La Rustica

Sep. 12th, 2008 11:24 pm
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A and I got back a little while ago from an amazing dinner at La Rustica, a little hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant tucked into the southern corner of Alki beach way over here in West Seattle. The menu was crafted with a tremendous amount of care, paying attention to both seasonality and location! I approve. The seafood was particularly good. I had a paella with mussels, clams, shrimp, and boar that was absolutely delicious. A's polenta with boar was possibly even better---I know I was jealous when I tasted it.

Plus--the waitress was very knowledgeable about the wine list and gave us a great recommendation. A and I both thought that La Rustica reminded us of Drago in Santa Monica, our favorite LA restaurant.

In short, if you ever find yourself out on the West Seattle side of the world, check out La Rustica.

La Rustica
4100 Beach Dr SW
Ste A
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[ profile] morganlf has come and gone, and it was so wonderful to get a chance to see her and hang out with people!! The last three weeks have been busy with work, but there hasn't been much to do outside of the office, so it was wonderful to have my best friend back, even if she's now off to Victoria for the week.

Some of the weekend highlights:

* Checking out cafes, antique shops, and used bookstores near the Junction in West Seattle -- The sheer number of used bookstores continues to amaze me. Being the bookaholic I am, I love it!

* Gardening! We have a small garden plot that I started the weekend I arrived here with a variety of lettuce and greens. Now we've expanded it to include four tomato varieties, three varieties of pepper, long neck squash, zucchini, kale, chard, basil, thyme, oregano, my transplanted mexican tarragon, sage, italian parsley, and cilantro! Whew. My lemon verbena plant that I moved from LA is coming back, and the baby bay trees are also doing fine. The syrah grapes? Not so much. I think the trip all but killed two of the three, and the third has only one green leaf left. Yikes. Still, not bad overall! And the new garden will be producing before too long, although just greens at first. I hope we have tomatoes by August....

* A late night mint-chocolate malt at the Luna Park Cafe -- OMG. So good. I think I would have liked a bit more malt powder, but wow. The cafe is really cute and kitschy as a kind of a 50s pastiche.

* Dim sum in the International District with [ profile] jmpava and [ profile] coraa -- Only my second time experiencing dim sum. Overall, it was really good. I love the rice noodle dumplings!

* Exploring Uwajimaya after dim sum -- I definitely have to go back here. The food selection is amazing; for example, they have three different types of kecap manis, my favorite type of soy sauce. Plus, I saw my first geoduck!

* A 5 mile walk around Lincoln Park with my babe! This wasn't supposed to be quite so far, but it was still fun.
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Whew. [ profile] morganlf and I just got back from three days of house/apartment hunting and being tourists in Seattle. The more time I spend there, the more excited I get about moving.

We decided that West Seattle seems most appropriate in terms of price and location, plus we absolutely loved the downtown area along California. We've applied for a smallish (1000 sq ft/2BR) mother-in-law unit that looks like it will be more than big enough for now. We'd ideally like to buy a house in 6-8 months, assuming the market continues to act like it has been.

The big pluses of Seattle for me seem to be: a tangible environmental/green focus, a strong presence of a foodie culture, lots of available outdoor activities, and lots of used book stores. Taken together, these are huge. The downside is going to be two-fold--I will definitely miss the sun, and in terms of friends, we're leaving behind a large and established social base. That's pretty scary, but I am definitely looking forward to reconnecting with folks I've not seen in a long time.

My major annoyance of the weekend: having to watch the BSG premiere streamed over "borrowed" WiFi in our hotel room for The stream kept sputtering.... however, it was still worth it. :) The song that [ profile] morganlf wrote/translated the lyrics for seems to be Baltar's new theme music. How cool is that?????


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