Staycation Day 7

worked in the home office for the morning a bit, then headed over to Greenwood to stay with my cutest neighbor Izzy for a few hours so SS could get some work done – D is 4 delicious!

Then in the evening went north to Edmonds for Trivia night celebrating TA’s birthday – so fun to catch up with them and others, plus we won!  It helped that we had the birthday girl on our team 🙂

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Staycation Day 6

started off pretty great with breakfast in bed – thanks BK!

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then we tackled another organizing project, a new shelf in the basement for kitchen appliances, yay!

BK played with his new sous vide machine and torch for dinner, yum:

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and capped off the night with wine & desserts with the neighbors (yay for awesome neighbors!)

Staycation Day 5

Actual project day – clean and organize the garage.

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First stop Costco to buy a new industrial strength shelving unit:

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Next, clean everything out of the way and assemble the new shelf:

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Lastly, put everything back nicely and make a dump run:

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Oh yeah, and then go celebrate all your hard work with a yummy dinner at Harvest Vine, mmmm…

Staycation Day 3

Husky Football Saturday!  Huskies kicked off at 11:20am in the Heart of Dallas Bowl vs. Southern Mississippi.  Our usual tailgating crew came over, and while the game was much closer than it probably should have been, the Huskies won!  (phew)

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Staycation Day 1

Christmas Eve – lazy day at home then dinner at the Jones’.  Typically the Jones’ have celebrated Christmas morning, but we decided to move it dinner instead so we wouldn’t be so rushed tomorrow.  However, we did not want to miss out on Janet’s beer waffles, so it was Breakfast for Dinner!

 

11 days at home…

My office decided to close for the week between Christmas & New Years, and with the Huskies playing the morning after Christmas that means no travels and no work for 11 days.  I’m pretty sure I’ve never had a staycation this long – what can happen in those 11 days?  First things first, a Joy-ful kick-off…

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Dinner at n/naka

Hadn’t had a big splurge dinner in awhile, but with a Saturday night in LA, MK managed to secure us a spot at n/naka – if you haven’t watched Chef’s table yet, be sure to check out this episode:  Niki Nakayama is one of the only female Kaiseki chefs in the world.

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We thought we would get a menu at the end of the meal so we didn’t take notes – and then we didn’t get a menu, so I don’t remember exactly what some of these were.  But a sample menu can be viewed here, and some are the same.  Otherwise, just enjoy the pics!

Saki Zuke :  (A PAIRING OF SOMETHING COMMON AND SOMETHING UNIQUE)

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Zensai   (SEASONAL INGREDIENTS PRESENTED AS AN APPETIZER)

GRILLED SQUID STUFFED WITH SNOW CRAB SQUID INK SAUCE, FRIED RENKON LOTUS ROOT WITH LOBSTER

BLACK COD MARINATED MISO, TUNA AVOCADO

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Modern Zukuri :  (MODERN INTERPRETATION OF SASHIMI)

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Owan “Still Water” :  CLAM, SEAWEED, GINGER, CARROT, KAIWARE, DASHI

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Otsukuri :  (TRADITIONAL SASHIMI)    O-TORO, KAMPACHI, KINMEDAI, SHIGOKU OYSTER, NAMA TAKO

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Yakimono (GRILLED)

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Mushimono/Agemono  (STEAMED/FRIED)      CHAWAN MUSHI WITH SNOW CRAB, SHITAKE, MITSUBA

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Shiizakana   (NOT BOUND BY TRADITION, THE CHEF’S CHOICE DISH)

SPAGHETTINI WITH ABALONE, PICKLED COD ROE, BURGUNDY TRUFFLES

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Niku   (MEAT COURSE)   JAPAN MATSUZAKA WAGYU BEEF A5      (Halibut for me & JJ!)

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Sunomono

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Shokuji   (RICE DISH- SUSHI)

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Dessert

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Dinner was delicious – so fresh, well-paced, great combinations, excellent wine & sake pairings. Highly recommended.