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Eating Out

Monday, July 12th, 2004

It’s my birthday…

I always had this childhood fantasy that I would marry the person who first took me to Canlis. As it turns out, my mom took me for my 31st birthday.

The restaurant was beautiful with an amazing view, but horribly quiet and empty (of course, it was a Monday night). We split the foie gras and Dungeness crab leg appetizers, which were both fantastic. I ordered the $70 Kobe beef steak on recommendation from the waiter. It was good, but $70 good? Probably not. Mom had the duck and we split some desserts. Overall, the food was quite good, but also really simple. I think for as much money as was spent, I prefer ‘fancier’ food and a more engaging atmosphere.

As we were leaving, we peeked into the piano bar area and I realized that this is where we should have been—lounging in the bar, drinking cocktails and eating fantastic appetizers. I’ll be back for that. With or without a man.

Tuesday, June 15th, 2004

Lark

I had dinner with Zach at Lark. We shared a bunch of dishes, including Pork Rillettes. I actually can’t remember what else we ate because the Pork was so good it made me forget everything else. It had great pork flavor and the perfect meat to fat ratio. [I’ve been looking for a recipe that would live up to this, but have not found anything yet. Although, this looks promising, and this too.]

After dinner we walked across the street to the Seattle U campus and I showed Zach the church where my friend did an installation. It’s so beautiful and it smells like honey.

Then we had dessert at Supreme where we had an amazing berry semifreddo [which prompted a summer-long obsession with them—this is my favorite one so far]. The semifreddo was served with a great and unusual chilled, sparkling dessert wine: Marenco Pineto Brachetto d’Acqui ‘03 [haven’t been able to find in Seattle yet…].

It was a very good night for food.