A Seattle Sunday
Life is just terrible. I'm typing to you from a houseboat on Lake Union in Seattle, Wash. There's a breeze blowing through the screen of the sliding door and I can hear alternating quacks of ducks and caw-caws of sea gulls. Occasionally, a seaplane whizzes by on its way to the San Juan Islands. On a clear day, I can see some of the Olympic Mountains in the distance.
Yesterday, four of us enjoyed brunch (which included a batch of blue corn blueberry pancakes) on the roof of the houseboat, so as to keep a watchful eye on the parade of sailboats out for a tour. It was a hot day for Seattle as temperatures reached the high 80s, so we jumped into the chilly lake for a quick invigorating dip.
Our lazy afternoon eased its way into "An Incredible Feast." For three hours, we ate our way through a community center parking lot, all for a good cause, of course. In its second year, "An Incredible Feast" showcases the good eats from Seattle chefs using local, seasonal ingredients. Hosted by the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance, a local group dedicated to this year's event featured around 20 chefs, each teamed up with a local farm to illustrate the farm-table connection.
The price of our upscale parking-lot grazing was not cheap -- 50 bucks -- but the proceeds will be used to fund a new farmer's market scheduled to open next year in the Seattle neighborhood of Phinney Ridge.
Nibbles highlights of the evening? La Medusa's rendition of an Arborio rice ball filled with goat cheese and served with grilled local peaches, an ultra-basil-y pistou with a quenelle of poached chicken from Campagne restaurant and the roasted organic suckling pig served with a kick-butt (no pun intended) vinegary sauce from Brasa that I could have sipped on all night by its lonesome. We drove home just as the sun was setting, casting peeks at Mt. Rainier for a perfect ending to a summer Sunday in Seattle.
Stayed tuned for more tales from "the Emerald City."
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