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Summer in the city (of Seattle)

August 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Highlights of a trip to Seattle.

I have extremely good weather every time I go to Seattle.  It is usually cloudless, with blue skies, and visibility that reveals Mount Rainier.  My Seattle friends tell me that I shouldn’t expect such unsusual weather if I leave Los Angeles for Seattle, but I’m beginning to think all the talk of Seattle rain is myth to keep housing prices affordable.

I stayed with friends who live in the Queen Anne neighborhood.  The neighborhood is named after the architectural style of many of the single family homes in the neighborhood.  They live near the top of the hill a brief walk from Kerry Park which affords impressive views of the Puget Sound, Space Needle, Seattle Skyline, and Mount Rainier.  What a spectacular and gorgeous place to go for a morning or evening walk!  If you are visiting seattle you will want to stop off at the park as so many tour busses and vans do.

We enjoy trying beer and restaurants wherever we go.  I provide a list of where we visited here and link out to my Yelp reviews to give you the deets:

Besides spending time with our friends we enjoyed visiting the museum formally known as the Experience the Music Project and now known as the EMP as they’ve expended beyond music into sci-fi and pop culture.  We enjoyed the Nirvana exhibit, the making of Avatar exhibit, and the studio lab where non-musicians get to learn elementary lessons about rock music.

We also did a tour of the Olympic Sculpture Park.  Great outing.

My favorite experience as watching North Pacific salmon at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks .

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Categories: food, seattle

Corey Chow comes to Los Angeles

August 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Per Se came to Los Angeles this weekend as sous chef Corey Chow brought is usually Brooklyn-based supper club to SilverLake, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

A friend hosted this evening under the stars by opening her backyard and patio to about 30 guests and turning over her kitchen to the skilled hands and palate of Corey Chow.  The evening started with cocktials prepared by Kelly Carambula of The Best RemedyEagle Rock Brewery supplied an insurmountable number of bottles of Manifesto, Revolution, and Populist.  Plus there was wine.

While I sipped my first cocktail of peach juice and whiskey I enjoyed the canapes:

  • Tiny kalua pig sanwiches with cucumber and spicy kewpie
  • Shishito peppers accompanied with Li Hing Mui salt

In retrospect I was too tentative with the canapes, I could have put away and enjoyed many more than the two of each I allocated for myself.

Corey Chow was introduced and then we moved immediately into his four course menu.

The first course was my favorite!  It was a “panzanella” salad with greenmarket tomatoes, lemon cucumbers, red onion, shisho, basil and FRIED MOCHI as a bread substitute to the traditional recipe.

We moved on to a seafood course of pan-roasted seared scallop served with a creamy orzo, compressed peaches, XO sauce, and smoked foie gras.

Third course featured a dry-aged rib eye served with bone marrow stuffed squash, woodear mushrooms, crispy trao, pea shoots, and a black bean jus.

We finished off with a black sesame panna cotta, summer melon granite (my favorite layer of the dish, I could eat layers and layers of this, especially on a hot summer’s night), and a kaffir lime mousse on top.

It was a beautiful evening and I was delighted to have attended.

Categories: "los angeles"