Thursday, June 17, 2010

The end of a really long year!

By this time in the academic year my brain has slowly taken on a mush-like consistency, making even most contrived of tasks burdensome. Desperately, attempting to retain whatever capacity to function I have by means of wholesome meals and sleep. They each seem to be only in vain as I wake the next day more tired than the day before. Such is the life for the medical student, and before I allow myself to sink any lower into a state of self-pity, allow me to state, there is no place else I'd rather be. The numerous relationships fostered, countless lives divulged over scrumptious meals, and secrets confessed through the moonlit hours of the night, I've come to realize, I live a wonderfully blessed life, and I'm happy to share the experience with anyone within an ear shot.
To those cruising through this blog, I wish you all the very best, and pray all that is good and wholesome may continually showered upon you and your loved ones!


Pizza Party!!!

There is absolutely nothing more fun to create with friends and family than homemade pizza! The process of making the dough, patiently allowing to rise (also a great time to sip on the vino!), then adding all sort of exciting colors, flavors, and textures as your topping. For evening we would be following in the steps of our Sicilian counterparts; a little bit of Genoa salami, some red peppers, fresh mozzarella, basil, followed by some sliced red onions. Outcome: wonderful!!

Wake & Bake

Struggling to get a start on my day, I decided it best to call up a good friend for some much needed Mimosa's and Eggs Benedict. We met at Mariposa, a hidden little gem inside of Neiman Marcus, and I must say, having spent my fair share of time in this haven, their food is just as good as the shopping experience. From fresh hand-squeezed orange juice blended with Veuve Cliquot. Your day could not begin any better. Once our meal was brought out to us, the aroma of time-honored homemade biscuits permeate your nasal vestibule. Your mind was swimming in the glistening tides of orange goodness, while your spirit coasted in a "champagne supernova!" It was a good start to the day!

Deliciously Light & Simple Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

At the end of a long day I was hoping to enjoy the company of a friend without all the fuss of going out. My only challenge to myself was to still create a bit of a vibrant ambiance. My solution was the following recipe accompanied with an amazing Cabernet Sauvignon. I highly recommended this meal as a delicious approach to sinfully delightful evening without the hassle of leaving the house. Recipe from Epicurious:
Prep Time: 30min
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 28.2-ounce can peeled tomatoes in puree with basil
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, halved, pitted
  • 3 anchovy fillets, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons drained capers
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 3/4 pound spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes with puree, olives, anchovies, capers, oregano, and crushed red pepper. Simmer sauce over medium-low heat until thickened, breaking up tomatoes with spoon, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite. Drain pasta; return to same pot. Add sauce and parsley. Toss over low heat until sauce coats pasta, about 3 minutes. Serve with cheese.

Yield: 4 servings

Canlis for the win!!!

To commemorate the day's toil, I invited a fellow food snob to explore the birth site of Pacific Northwest cuisine. Canlis, has been a Seattle landmark since the 1950s, family owned and operated, Canlis chefs have allowed the local taste and flavors to truly speak for themselves. One must ask themselves, resting on one of the most picturesque views of the sound, heavenly live piano music, and supreme aesthetic appeal, is it truly hard to disappoint? Certainly, simply put. But there is no disappointing here. Everything from the wait in the lounge, to the dinner table overlooking Seattle, was a salute to those of us striving and straining to live life to the fullest. Our meal was as follow:
Appetizer: Peter Canlis Prawns
Entree:Muscovy Duck (for two)

Outcome: Definitely recommend!! Would go back as soon as I pay off the bill in 3 months (-:

Pho you?!

Having moved around every 3-4 years, it is rare I have the opportunity to bring together various people from different parts of my life. This past weekend, my sole surviving relationship from high school happened to be in Seattle. Typically when he's in town our time together consist of reminiscing about fading memories, mixed with a time honored tradition we've carried from Germany, drinking. Instead of our usual rendezvous, I decided to introduce my old friend to some of my newly acquired buddies. My only reservation about doing such a thing was exposing a history of excessive behavior to my professional colleagues. In hopes of avoiding any such awkwardness, I thought it best to include a bit of social lubrication (Vietnamese beer) with some good homemade Pho. Conclusion, two distant lifestyles becoming acquainted in a way, you realize after all the disastrous decisions you've made throughout life, to end up here and now, makes it all worthwhile.