Thursday, December 11, 2008


Earlier this week, Kooba and I ventured up to Seattle for a quick work-related trip. The trip was a bit of a whirlwind and started way, way too early.

4:30 am early!

However, I was uber-paranoid that I would sleep through my alarm and miss my flight, so I actually didn't have that much trouble waking up, despite only a handful of hours of sleep.

The day flew by. I got to meet a bunch of people that I work with that I had only known up until that point by email. We all got along really well, which made for a fun trip. Besides the good company, the best part of the trip was of course the food! We ate really, really well, especially on Monday.

For lunch we went to a casual restaurant called Tutta Bella. They had brick-oven pizza that was so, so good. I forgot my camera, so you'll just have to imagine along with me. We shared four different thin-crust pizzas and a couple salads, and polished off every bite. There was the threat of a throw-down for the last few slices, but unfortunately, no fists were thrown. Next time.

That evening, we bundled up (as much as I could in my SoCal-friendly light trench) and ventured out to the Farmer's Market. It was so fantastically festive! Normally I love this time of year (one of my favorite days of the year is when Starbucks switches to the red cup!), but I've been feeling a little behind this year on the excitement of the holidays.

Please excuse the following photos as I was trying to maneuver the old cobblestone road while still maintaining balance in my heeled (below the calf) boots.

Kooba and Kurly walking along the cobblestone much more gracefully than I was:

Me still trying to figure out our relatively new point and shoot while trying not to fall over on the road. I also could not for the life of me see how to turn the flash on and off or find the zoom in the dark.

Still unable to locate the zoom and I was so pissed! This was the cutest damn pig Rudolph I've ever freakin seen and I couldn't get a good picture. Ugh.

Trying to get rid of the flash and accidentally taking a picture:

I think this is the most normal picture of the bunch:

The menu at Il Bistro! Mmmmmmm.

Il Bistro was fucking fantastic and a must-try if you're in downtown Seattle. Such a great location, although I wouldn't recommend trying to get there if it's icy. I could barely walk to it when the cobblestone was bone dry.

So while we're perusing the wine menu for a good red, JollyBloody'RightThenMate starts asking us what kind of wine we like. Do you like a bold flavor, do you like this, do you like that, do you like your wine chewy?


Unfortunately, JollyBloody'RightThenMate happened to be looking at me when she asked this questions. I stared at her blankly, trying to quickly figure out what rhymed with chewy, which is what I was pretty sure came out of her mouth, but what surely she couldn't be asking me.


JollyBloody'RightThenMate had to explain to all of us novices that chewy is actually a legitimate term to describe wine. In fact, while searching for chewy wine on the internet, I found all kinds of great definitions!! From

Chewy: lots of tannin and full bodied. Big wine.

Flabby(!!!!!!): Lacking in acid.

Jammy: Usually wines from warm climates and soft dark fruit, cooked flavours dominate. (Or, my definition: what you wear at night while drinking your wine.)

Fleshy: Smooth full bodied reds usually. (Or, how you feel after too much wine and cheese)

Cardboard: Smell of damp papers or cardboard. (A sign you're drinking the wrong wine?)

I could go on and on. These crazy Brits!

A couple more pictures from Il Bistro:

To end, when you're in Seattle, go to Il Bistro, and order some chewy wine. But stay away from the flabby cardboard jammy wine.

5 Comments, shout outs, and other gold diggin' love:

WeezerMonkey said...

I love the picture of the brick wall. Ha!

Seattle rocks.

wan-nabe said...

i love seattle.

i don't love wine, chewy or not.

dapotato said...

i like seattle a lot. thanks for the wine tips.

Insomniac said...

I like those pics... pretty! I always use adjectives in jest when talking about wine. Flirty, bashful, assertive, etc. Or some sort random scent/plant - juniper, boysenberry, etc. If you say it with just the right hint of assertiveness and deliberation, you'll get the head nods every time.

amber said...

those wine terms are hilarious :)

when starbucks switches to the red cups, i always perk up, too!

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