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Seattle Summer Recipes Anytime

Today is the first time in a long time that it doesn’t really feel like summer in the Bay Area. All week, the forecast has been telling me that today was going to be filled with showers and a bit of lightning so we’re indoors being productive. One of my favorite things about summer in Seattle is the seafood you get to have all season long. Granted, seafood is good pretty much anytime, but it just tastes better in the summer. Plus you get to eat outdoors and stuff and oysters are more in season at the end of summer anyways! Though I’m not much of a cook anymore – let’s just call it a hiatus – that doesn’t mean I don’t have cravings. From my Pinterest board, here are five of my favorite seafood recipes that we believe were made for the summer. We haven’t tried them yet, but maybe you can and let me know what you think!

Crisy Salmon with Strawberry Basil Salsa via Heather Christo

*My go-to fish that I always prepared for friends

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Psychology Behind Restaurant Menus

The Atlantic sat down with  FUDS: A Complete Encyclofoodia from Tickling Shrimp to Not Dying in a Restaurant author, Arthur Meyer, to discuss how restaurant menus trick us into making us hungrier and more loose with our wallet.

…tee hee author Arthur. I did that on purpose.

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Blog Roundup

– Throwback! Facebook is bringing back the “away message.” [Nylon]

– What Spotify users prefer to fall asleep to. Any guesses? [Billboard]

– Anthony Bourdain’s 3 best tips for eating out when traveling abroad [Entrepreneur]

– 20 mistakes inexperienced managers make from an Amazon exec via Quora [Business Insider]

– An illustrative guide to the most annoying trends on Instagram [Distractify]

– Summertime in a cup! Starbucks is introducing your campfire favorite (S’mores!) as a frapp. It will hit stores April 28th and you better believe we’ll be the first to try it! [Refinery29]

– The best food to order at every single major league baseball park [Esquire]

– Late night munchies? SF has got you covered. [Refinery29]

– 5 career mistakes that are OK to make in your 20’s [WhoWhatWear]

– Overdue, but we said goodbye to The Bold Italic :( [The Bold Italic]

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Currently Craving:

I’ve been having a major craving for sweets lately…and Seattle. That could only really mean one thing… it’s time to book a trip home! Thanks to Cupcake Royale for posting this delicious picture that appeared on my Twitter feed today and giving me a nice hungry reminder. These chocolate cupcakes have marshmallow dipped in chocolate to top it off. Yum. Nomzzzz.

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Currently Drinking:

I’ve already been to 85C in San Jose three times now in one week. I’d say we have a problem. I was actually planning on writing a post this week about the different ways that I’ve been saving my money lately and one of those things is because I have stopped drinking Starbucks every day on the reg and instead drinking the Blue Bottle Coffee that is now provided at work. I had a good thing going for me for the last couple of months… until this past week. On Kevin’s last day, we went to 85C for breakfast and I was caught in a whirlwind of delicious and warm pastries, a variety of desserts I could only dream of behind glass cases, and best of all – the sea salt iced coffee. This thing is heaven. I typically don’t drink coffee on weekends because I’m not working as hard and don’t need it, but I found myself making the drive to 85C on Saturday AND Sunday just so I could get this iced coffee. It’s all downhill from here…

I would drink this everyday if I could. There goes that whole saving money thing I established.

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I’m Part of a Recall Y’all!

Actually this is more scary than exciting, but Kraft has called for a re-call for 242,000 boxes of macaroni and cheese because they believe that 6.5 million boxes of mac and cheese might contain pieces of metal!

In a press release the company gave instructions so customers can find out if they’ve bought any of the possibly contaminated boxes. The issue has affected boxes of the “original” flavor size 7.25-oz with the expiration dates September 18, 2015-October 11, 2015. The boxes must also have the code C2 below the expiration date.

In their company statement, Kraft said, “Consumers who purchased this product should not eat it. They should return it to the store where purchased for an exchange or full refund.”

 

I actually just got up to go check my Kraft boxes and discovered, to my surprise, that they are no longer in my cabinets. It’s cool, I guess I’m currently containing metal then.

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Currently Craving:

Oh boy, another late night craving has returned! So tonight I made the mistake of not picking up second dinner for myself when I didn’t eat enough at first dinner because I wanted to make it home in time for the Vanderpump Rules Reunion Pt. 2. The sacrifices I make! And now all I want is just this bowl of pasta pictured above. When I was living in Seattle, I would have no hesitation at all making myself a large pot of pasta late at night at say 9:00 PM and then inviting Veronica over to eat it with me. But now, I’ve reached the ultimate laziness and am making myself wait until the morning when I can actually have breakfast.

Guess it’s a good thing I have an early morning call…

And if you’re looking for the recipe, you’re welcome!

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Currently Craving:

Happy Pi Day!! When I was in college, I would always claim that Pi Day was my favorite school holiday – mostly because I felt no shame in having it for both lunch and dinner. We were completely spoiled by our caterer and would have a selection of 8+ pies to choose from to have with our lunch. Additionally, they’d have one giant apple pie skillet (the largest that I’ve ever seen!) off to the side because HOBviously apple is a popular choice. I had been craving a slice all day and never got it though! Sad day.

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Chef Roy Choi Visits Silicon Valley

Chef Roy Choi paid my office a visit the other day to talk about his new project loc’l with Daniel Patterson and to do a Q&A with my employees and it was awesome. For the last couple of years, I’ve been watching videos on him and his work through Doobybrain the blog that I read on a daily basis and each time I feel like I’m learning so so much not only about what good food really looks like, but why food is important and how it drives him in his work. It felt really special to have him in our office and talking about the things that he’s achieved. I both love and hate these kinds of things because a) it makes me wonder what I’m doing with my own life and then b) I leave these things feeling completely inspired! I’m pretty sure my co-worker and I were messaging each other during this whole talk and saying how we wanted to go change the world after this. I felt like I could especially relate to Roy when he talked about what his childhood looked like with regards to food – always a full fridge and just competely hearty meals prepared every night by our moms. S/o to Moms. His vision for just wanting to feed people is badass. I’m looking forward to trying out some of his food the next time I’m down in LA.

Also, hearing that Roy mentored Jon Favreau while filming “Chef” was super cool. I finally watched the film on Netflix a few weeks back and enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

Roy Choi

This has to go down for being one of my favorite pictures of all time because hello- I’m the most awkward person ever. Probably a truth – Roy didn’t even know I was in the picture until after the picture was taken. I’m like five seconds away from just peeking out from behind his right shoulder.

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Currently Craving:

I have the cravings of a pregnant woman. I’m not though I swear – I’m only just saying that because… have you seen the types of things I crave on these posts?! No rhyme or reason whatsoever. Well, tonight I forgot to pick up a second dinner for myself (because today I thought I needed two meals in addition to the plate I had at work) and came home wanting to eat my right hand. I’ve been missing Seattle a lot lately and have realized that I haven’t even planned a trip to return home post-holidays. I was a lucky girl when I was living in Capitol Hill just mere blocks away from Pike/Pine and never going hungry. There were just countless times when I would either a) drag my roommate Anna or b) go out on my own and leave my place at 10:30 PM just so I could get a late night snack. Life is SOOOO hard these days because nothing is in walking distance.

I had a very strong craving for Cupcake Royale’s Whiskey Maple Bacon cupcakes which happens to be their current monthly special and one of my all time favorites. In fact, I missed it so much this evening that I even considered going to their website and ordering a box for myself and my coworkers. Unfortunately, they don’t do that and now I’m back at square one and still v. hungry.

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Cash for Dick’s [Drive In]

Cash for Dick's

So a friend of a friend created this calculator for Dick’s Drive In and this is basically something ONLY Seattle locals will understand. We’ve all been there. The club went up on a Friday and a Saturday and you closed the bar. It’s now 2:00 AM and while everyone thinks they want a street meat, you know what you really want. A good ‘ol meal from Dick’s. You’re going to walk yourself down Broadway and stand in line with all the other hungrys just to get your fix. If you want my opinion, you should always be ordering the Deluxe, fries, and a rootbeer float. If you’re a beast, you’ll also get a milkshake just because.

Basically, this is the best thing I’ve seen in a long time. Next time you’re headed to Dick’s after a long night out – click the squares that you’re trying to order and then count up your bills and change to make sure you’ve got enough! I’m not going to type out what the URL is (even though it’s great) because my parents still read my blog, but to access the calculator yourself you can click here. (and see the URL for yourself)

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Blog Roundup

– Off the Grid is back in season! [The Bold Italic]

– Hunger makes you buy things, period. Not just food. [Smithsonian]

– How to do your baby announcement in 2015. [Etsy]

– 7 common reasons for why people are late [A Cup of Jo]

– Mindy Kaling gives an entire interview on happiness and we love it [Good Housekeeping]

– Job Interview Fails (Welcome to my life as a recruiter) [Mashable]

– How to care for introverts [Kottke]

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Bay Area Eats:

star belly

So readers, here’s one thing you should know about me – I’m never good at learning lessons. Fact. Though I wish it weren’t true. I’ve been wanting to brunch at Starbelly in the Castro ever since New Year’s Day when we tried to brunch there the morning after New Year’s Eve and they told us it was going to be a wait and asked if I had a reservation. When things are unobtainable, you naturally want it more. To be clear, Starbelly is no Plow, but they shut me out the first time that I had to go back. So what did I do? I made the reservation one week ahead and when I got there I ordered the Loco Moco.

The lesson I was supposed to learn? You don’t order Hawaiian food at a non-Hawaiian restaurant. It’s the same as not ordering Asian food at an American restaurant – you get the idea. The Loco Moco wasn’t bad. I like that I could add avocado and the sweet soy, but it’s no gravy. The egg wasn’t even runny like it was supposed to be and the portion itself? Only a fraction of what REAL Loco Moco looks like. And I know what that looks like because I’ve had it at Seattle’s Kona Kitchen and San Mateo’s Takahashi Market in which the rice fills the plate and isn’t just a small scoop. It was a nice attempt, but Matt and I left feeling hungry and still. Hopefully, I’ve learned my lesson for the last time!

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Currently Craving:

Kevin is getting a lot of shoutouts on Yow Yow! this week.

It’s not rare for me to get the late night munchies right before bed on…just about any given day, but I like to think I practice a little bit of self control. So lately, I’ve been buying packaged vegetables with ranch (my mom hates this stuff) so that I can snack if I need to in a healthy way! However, my late night snacks weren’t always like this and when I got hungry this evening, I was reminded of some classic childhood times. There’s something really endearing about having not only childhood traditions, but a brother that you can share them with! When we were kids, Kevin and I were all-star bakers and we LOVED cake mix probably more than the average household. It felt like every Sunday we were allowed to bake a cake and each week we’d compare if it was too dry, too wet (just so you know – this means it wasn’t cooked enough initially and we were probably on the verge of salmonella) or just right. These cakes would last us a week because we’d treat ourselves every night (and after school) until the next Sunday when we baked another cake!

Readers, did you have any quirky childhood traditions with your sibling?

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Girl Scout Cookies Can Be Yours Year ‘Round

Every year around February and March, the look in my friends’ eyes start to get crazy. Thin Mints and Samoas are all anyone cares about and all anyone is talking about. The sight at a Girl Scout troop is enough to send people sprinting towards them with $20 dollar bills. I know all this because that girl was once me. Uh, I was the one with cookies on the brain – just to clarify – not in a Girl Scout troop. Earlier this week, it was announced that Wicked Cool Toys would be putting out a Girl Scouts Cookie Over – yep! Just like the Easy Bake – so that you can make your own Girl Scout Cookies whenever you feel like eating them. The only downside? You’re going to have to wait for fall, but after that, you  can have these cookies whenever you want instead of just once a year.

The oven will include a Thin Mints cookie mix, and the company will offer replacement packets for Trefoils, PB Sandwich, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Coconut Caramel, Chocoalte Chip, Sugar, and Oatmeal. According to the press release, “there’s also a viewing window that lets bakers see the treats they’re making and a warming station to heat and melt delicious cookie coatings and frostings.”

Christmas list – check!

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