Monday, August 18, 2014

Food Trek: A (Wine) Barrel of Fun at the Auction of Washington Wines Picnic

I'd like to say it's no picnic being a food blogger, but that's a total lie -- it's totally a picnic. With incredible food and wine. I attended my first (but not last) Picnic and Barrel Auction, the kickoff event for the 3-day Annual Auction of Washington Wines. It's a big meet-and-greet with local winemakers, sips and bites of all kinds, and it's a fundraiser for Seattle Children's Hospital and the viticulture and enology research departments at Washington State University.

Cheers to Washington Wines! - Photo by Wasabi Prime

Monday, August 11, 2014

UnRecipe: Challa-back Girl

Hello, my name is Wasabi and I'm a Stress Baker. It's certainly not an unfamiliar means to combat anxiety, and to be honest, it's a great motivator to try new, overly complex things. In this case, I learned to make the traditional Jewish bread, challah. To which we all love to shout, "Challllllahhhhh!" like we're in a Missy Elliot video. That being said, I've most certainly become a Challah-back Girl, baking up a storm when times get wiggy.

Challah, you knotty little mix of a bread, you - Photo by Wasabi Prime

Monday, August 4, 2014

UnRecipe: Live Every Day Like it's Aloha Friday

I think many share this sentiment, which is: I'm not in Hawaii, but I sure wish I was. Maybe not right now, in the heat of summer where it's hot, humid, no one has air conditioning, and the airfare prices are as much as dragon eggs on the Westeros black market... but you know, all the other times when you're Not in Hawaii. Which leads me to the insatiable craving I get for the most unholy of unholy Local Kine Grindz, the infamous Locomoco. Beef burger patty, rice, gravy and a fried egg. It's so simple and cbeap enough to where it's about as much to go out to have it as it is to make it at home. I'm pretty sure McDonalds makes a version for the Islands. But we don't have such luxuries on the Mainland. We must fashion our own Moco of Loco!

Locomoco, Cascadia-style - yep, with kale - Photo by Wasabi Prime

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mixed Plate: Vacation!! (I think...)

It's Summer Vacation Time!! At least, that's the plan. Just for a few days, don't panic, I'll be back to the bloggosphere in no time. I'm supposed to meet up with family and friends for a few days in the Hotzone that is Nevada, but there's also a fair chance I'll cancel my trip to be with Indy, if her health is wavering. Ah, the joys of a terminally ill dog. Anyways, with the Vacation Gods in my favor, I hope to be somewhere else very soon, seeing people I haven't seen in a long while.

Let's Go-Go on Vacation! (photo from Go Go's album, if you're a child of the 80s)
In celebration of vacations as a whole, I of course think of the great anthem for taking some time off by Belinda Carlisle and her Grrl army of Go-Gos. If you feel like chair-dancing to this 1980s classic, here's a video from YouTube -- pardon the long pause before it starts, it's in place so the copyright police doesn't take it down (unless it's already taken down). If so, boo.