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Snack at Safeco Field

June 3, 2011

After dinner at Pike Place Chowder, we headed over to Safeco Field to catch a baseball game.  The Mariners were hosting the NY Yankees for the weekend and it ended up being an exciting game!  Besides the game going into extra innings and the home team winning in the bottom of the 12th inning, 5-4, there were four separate people who rushed the field to get arrested, one of them being completely nekkid.  That served for quite a bit of entertainment, especially when the towel the policemen brought out to cover him, fell off.


It was chilly at the park with pretty gusty winds so by the time we ate this, it was cold.  I was pretty surprised TM didn’t grab a hot dog since we were at a baseball game but he said the spicy chicken was calling his name.  The chicken had a nice kick to it and I ate a handful of fries because I can never seem to turn down french fries.  Sadly enough, it was too cold for me to even consider drinking a beer.  I opted for hot chocolate to keep me warm during the game.

Safeco was a nice, clean park with great views.  The sun didn’t set until after 9 PM and we got some great shots of the buildings in the background as the sun was setting later in the evening.

1250 First Ave.   Seattle, WA

French Fries at Balthazar… and other stuff too

September 23, 2009

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My last meal in NY was at Balthazar.  I had been crossing my fingers we’d make it there and barely did before they closed, our last night in town.  Bobby Flay said the best french fries he ever ate was at Balthazar and seeing as how I love french fries, I needed to try them.

Keep in mind that before we made it to Balthazar, we had a slice of pizza as a snack, dinner at a Japanese izakaya with numerous pitchers of draft beer, a slice of pizza as a snack soon after and gelato for dessert at the place next door before we rolled ourselves a few blocks to SoHo.  This was all in the span of four hours.  You’ve already seen the pictures of how piggy we were that night!

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I didn’t even notice the french onion soup on the menu and would’ve been tempted to order it had I not been obsessed with getting fries.  Candace let me try some of her soup and it was all sorts of goodness with cheese melted on top.

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Joy got the shrimp cocktail.  The color of the shrimp were so beautiful and they looked so fresh!

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This was the seafood bar we sat next to.  Everything was beautifully laid out on ice.

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Boyfriend had a hard time deciding what to order and finally chose the warm goat cheese with caramelized onion tart.  It sounds quite wonderful, doesn’t it?  By looking at the picture, I’m sure you can tell that is not a goat cheese and onion tart… Boyfriend ended up with a burger because they had run out of his first choice appetizer.

Joy told us that Balthazar is actually known for having good burgers and it was quite an impressive one!  The patty was cooked to order and had a great flavor to it.

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Now for the star of the show.  The whole reason I had any desire to go to Balthazar to begin with were the french fries.  They were mentioned on “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” and I was immediately intrigued.  They soak the cut potatoes in water to get rid of the starch and then blanch them in oil.  When you place your order, they fry them again so they come out fresh and hot.  It’s a two part deep frying process that leaves the fries silky on the inside while crispy on the outside.

This restaurant was amazingly packed at 11 PM on a Monday night.  I can only imagine what it’s like at prime dinner time on a weekend!

80 Spring St.  New York, NY

Pommes Frites

September 16, 2009

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While we were waiting for our table at Caracas, we decided to stroll over to Pommes Frites for a snack.  This place boasts of authentic Belgian fries and 25 different dipping sauces.

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The fries are made from freshly cut potatoes, fried twice to golden perfection and topped with your favorite sauce.

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We chose #9 pesto mayo and #18 curry ketchup.  The latter sounded strange but ended up being surprisingly good!  Boyfriend loves anything curry flavored and Randall and Candace liked it as well.  There are other “interesting” sounding sauces on the menu such as pomegranate teriyaki mayo, Vietnamese pineapple mayo, and peanut satay.

The fries weren’t out of this world but the sauces are what made them special.  It was a perfect snack to hold us over until our dinner.  All sauces are $1.00 extra.

123 2nd Ave.  (between 7th St. & St. Marks Pl) New York, New York

New York’s # 1 Steakhouse 24 years in a row

September 14, 2009

I did it again.  I ate steak for the umpteenth time this summer and have therefore sworn off red meat until Christmas.  We just HAD to make a trip to Peter Luger’s  though, since we were in New York. 

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I was worried about what to wear to dinner this night.  We had been at the U.S. Open all day and barely had time to shower before heading out to Brooklyn.  Once we got there, I realized I didn’t need to worry at all.  This is your no frills, good meat kind of steakhouse.  Nothing is fancy, no dim lighting, just good food all around.  Since there were eight of us at dinner, we ordered two “Steaks for Four.”  The big thing at Peter Luger’s is to share your steaks.  We also got tomatoes and onions with Luger sauce as an appetizer, creamed spinach, french fries and special German fried potatoes.

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The meat is broiled and brought to your table and served.  It comes sliced so it’s easy to eat in a big group.  Some of the guys in the group (including Boyfriend) grabbed a bone to gnaw on at the end.  We all left stuffed and happy.  We did not order the “Holy Cow Hot Fudge Sundae” because we headed elsewhere for dessert that night…

Peter Luger’s only takes cash so go to dinner prepared.  This place has been around since 1887 and will probably be around for a looooong time with the quality of steaks they serve!

178 Broadway  Brooklyn, NY 11211


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