So, I... er... um... kinda blew off blogging the last couple of days we were in Seattle. to be honest, I pretty much did everything that was interesting in the first few days, and was just kinda hanging around the hotel by the end of the week, except for my trip to the Seattle Art Museum. And since you can't take pictures inside the museum, there really wasn't a huge incentive to record it for posterity. LOL

So take aways from the trip are:

1) Don't ever go to Seattle in the early spring again. It's cold, wet, and rainy. (Even snowy sometimes, as we got some fat wet snow on friday)

2) Don't drink the coffee. It will forever ruin you for coffee any place else. Vivace, Zeitgeist, I will miss you the most. No, really. The espresso I had in Seattle has become the bar by which all other espresso will now be compared against. I suppose I should be grateful, as this has spurred me to find really good places for coffee in San Francisco, but mostly I just miss Zeitgeist.

3) Seattle-ites are crazy. As evidenced by this street sign that was common on many streets in the area:

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I mean, honestly - what the hell? How in the heck are you supposed to know which way is north or south or east or west, in an area that is, oh - I dunno... CONSTANTLY CLOUDY AND FOGGY?!?! Or how about if you are just unfamiliar with the area and trying to figure things out? This sign is supremely unuseful. Just sayin.

Anyhow - I had a good time altogether, and so did Mr. Man. Next time we're going in the summer though. Srsly.


So, I... er... um... kinda blew off blogging the last couple of days we were in Seattle. to be honest, I pretty much did everything that was interesting in the first few days, and was just kinda hanging around the hotel by the end of the week, except for my trip to the Seattle Art Museum. And since you can't take pictures inside the museum, there really wasn't a huge incentive to record it for posterity. LOL

So take aways from the trip are:

1) Don't ever go to Seattle in the early spring again. It's cold, wet, and rainy. (Even snowy sometimes, as we got some fat wet snow on friday)

2) Don't drink the coffee. It will forever ruin you for coffee any place else. Vivace, Zeitgeist, I will miss you the most. No, really. The espresso I had in Seattle has become the bar by which all other espresso will now be compared against. I suppose I should be grateful, as this has spurred me to find really good places for coffee in San Francisco, but mostly I just miss Zeitgeist.

3) Seattle-ites are crazy. As evidenced by this street sign that was common on many streets in the area:

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I mean, honestly - what the hell? How in the heck are you supposed to know which way is north or south or east or west, in an area that is, oh - I dunno... CONSTANTLY CLOUDY AND FOGGY?!?! Or how about if you are just unfamiliar with the area and trying to figure things out? This sign is supremely unuseful. Just sayin.

Anyhow - I had a good time altogether, and so did Mr. Man. Next time we're going in the summer though. Srsly.


Tomato Soup

Ingredients:
  • 4 cans 28 ounce whole plum tomatoes
  • 1 cans 28 ounce diced tomatoes
  • 2 whole Red Bell Peppers, cleaned, stemmed, seeded and quartered
  • 2 whole Carrots, ends removed and quartered
  • 1 whole Green Bell Pepper, finely diced and sauteed
  • 1 Whole Onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 whole Garlic
  • 2 tbls Balsamic Vinegar (or to taste)
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth – to desired consistency (Can substitute vegetable broth)
  • ½cup White Wine
  • 2 tbls olive oil
  • 2 tsps additional olive oil
  • 2 bunches fresh Basil Leaves, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 1/8 cup fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Method:

  • Pre-heat Oven to 400 degrees
  • Drain whole tomatoes, reserving liqued, and place in large roasting pan
  • Add Onions, red bell pepper, and carrots to roasting pan and drizzle with olive oil
  • Cut top off of garlic and set on foil piece large enough to wrap around it. Drizzle olive oil in to the garlic clove and then wrap in foil.
  • Place vegetables and garlic in oven and roast until carrots are tender; approximately 2 hours
  • Remove skin from roasted red bell peppers and discard.
  • Place all vegetables in large stock pot
  • Squeeze roasted garlic in to stock pot, discarding the husk
  • Adding reserved tomato juice as needed, puree vegetables (either in batches in blender or using a stick blender) until mostly smooth.
  • Add sauteed bell pepper, diced tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and white wine and return to simmer
  • Add chicken broth in batches until desired consistency is reached. *See Note
  • Stir in Oregano, thyme and basil, salt and pepper to taste.

*Note: Also makes a nice marinara, just reduce the amount of broth

Tomato Soup

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