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runsenorun
Seattle, WA
I enjoy running and eating, not necessarily in that order.
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I am an idiot. I've lived two blocks from one of the best restaurants in Seattle and never stepped inside. Until tonight. The picture to the left is taken from my balcony. The triangle building in the middle is Mistral Kitchen. Yeah, it's THAT close. Before going, I did a little research on their website. I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to order, but the site says the menu changes daily. Even so, the menu is filled with so many great looking dishes, I was pretty sure I would leave satisfied. Upon entering, I took a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2011 at RunSenoRun
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OK, I do realize, this is probably The. Creepiest. Post. Ever. But, I walk past this mannequin every morning on my way to work. And every morning, I think, dang, she's really good looking... will this be the best looking woman I see all day? Alas, she's been up for nearly a month. I know that one day, she will be replaced with a younger model. Or, God forbid, I will come upon this window and she will be sharing it with a perfectly sculpted, Prada-wearing man. Should this day come to pass, my only consolation is knowing that, where... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2010 at RunSenoRun
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Last February I got into a bit of dispute with my cable/ISP (Broadstripe) and quit both while on the phone with customer service. I knew I wouldn't missed cable TV. But, I was left in a bit of pickle for internet. If I wasn't going to have cable, I definitely needed fast internet. Unfortunately, where I live, I was left with one choice for broadband... Clear. When I first started with Clear, my service was fine. Not as fast as my cable modem, but fast enough for everything I needed: general web browsing, streaming movies from Netflix, uploading photos, occasional... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2010 at RunSenoRun
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I was out to dinner with a friend on Friday night and we got to talking about risotto. It's been awhile since I last made it, so I found what seemed like a nice recipe on Epicurious and went shopping. Shiitake mushrooms are expensive enough ($13.99 a pound)... there was no way I was going to invest in black truffles for risotto... for myself! If I was cooking for someone else, I would probably indulge. You make this recipe in three steps. I basically took my time and did it in three different steps over the course of the afternoon.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2010 at RunSenoRun
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The natural light at Lot No. 3 in Bellevue made for a really nice picture. This was taken with my phone. The grilled cheese was pretty damn good, too. I'm actually doing one-off food posts on a Tumblr blog called Doug Santos Lives, if you're curious. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2010 at RunSenoRun
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Though I realize don't need to choose a favorite, I'm having an internal debate on whether I prefer Tom Douglas or Ethan Stowell. Let me rephrase that, I love them both, but if I could choose one chef for the private island I share with Zooey Deschanel (who, in said fantasy, eats both meat and gluten), it sort of depends on my mood. At the end of the day, I would probably choose Douglas, simply because his desserts are so damn good. But, for the food food, definite toss-up. Which leads to me to Staple & Fancy Mercantile, Ethan Stowell's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2010 at RunSenoRun
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Yes, Tom Douglas has another restaurant in Seattle. Actually, it's sort of two. The Seatown Snack Bar is two separate establishments, though they both share the same roaster. There is a takeout bar (that houses the rotisserie roaster) and a sitdown restaurant. My friend and I sat at the restaurant. The first thing you'll notice about the restaurant is that you can sit right on the kitchen counter. The other thing you'll quickly notice is that there's no smoke. The kitchen has no open flames or grill. Everything is fresh. I had the BLTC. You know what the BLT stands... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2010 at RunSenoRun
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While in Los Angeles, I attended my first ever soccer match. Not just any match, mind you, but I got to see Real Madrid... in the Rose Bowl! They were playing Landon Donovan and the Los Angeles Galaxy in an international friendly. Real Madrid did not disappoint. The photo above is taken after Donovan scored on a penalty kick just prior to the half to give the Galaxy a 2 - 0 lead. After halftime, though, Real Madrid inserted their stars. All of them, minus Kaka, who was injured. At that point, the Galaxy didn't stand a chance. It was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2010 at RunSenoRun
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Spending a week in LA is a little like spending a week in Hell, but minus the really cool fire. Well, actually, LA does seem to burn quite often. But, it didn't on this particular trip. Here are my three favorite things about Los Angeles: The weather. Fantastic. The beaches and wee little "mountains," which look nice and make for an easy hike. The food. Wonderful restaurants with food from all regions of the world. On this trip, I spent exactly zero minutes on the beach and in the mountains. The weather, though, was perfect... cool in the mornings (nice... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2010 at RunSenoRun
Time for a reset. I'm sort shutting down all the social crap I was doing. I need to redo some backend issues on this site (it will be devoid of images for awhile... I need to remove them, then manually re-add them), but eventually, it will be good to go. Kind of excited to start blogging again. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2010 at RunSenoRun
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I'm sure this post will go over like a stale fart in packed movie theater, but there's no way around it: I find soccer boring. I'm trying to enjoy the World Cup. I really am. I even convinced myself that I was excited about it. What I've found, though, is that while I'm excited about the event, I really don't need to watch any of the actual games. In that way, it's kind of like the Olympics. Outside of a few events, I'm perfectly satisfied just watching highlights and reading the results. I KNOW this boredom with watching soccer primarily... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2010 at RunSenoRun
This post was supposed to be about the iPad I just received in the mail. Instead, it's going to be about how it doesn't play nicely TypePad. The iPad doesn't seem to support the "Rich Text" editor for TypePad. Using the HTML editor works, though. I'm hoping this is something the smart people at TypePad can figure out. I also can't figure out how to upload a photo. Once you see a photo on this post, you'll know I succeeded. FYI, I'm typing this with using a bluetooth keyboard. If I had tried to type this with the onscreen keyboard,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2010 at RunSenoRun
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Ah, ice cream. Who knew the stuff was so easy to make? I mean, about three minutes prep time, stick stuff in the ice cream maker, transfer to a container, put in freezer, and two hours later, fresh, all natural ice cream. Memorial Day weekend, Sur La Table (the greatest store known to man) had $89 Cuisinart Ice Cream makers on sale for $49, plus you got a $15 gift card for a later purchase. I had been looking at a higher end ice cream maker, but questioned whether I would ever actually use it. So, when I saw the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2010 at RunSenoRun
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No, this has nothing to do with Colt McCoy. This recipe comes from Dave McCoy, a buddy of mine who lives down in LA. After work on Friday, I stopped by Safeway to get the ingredients for the chili. $70 later, I walked out of there with two pounds ground beef, two pounds of London Broil, two pounds of pork chorizo, eight jalapenos, five red bell peppers, two heads of garlic, two onions, bay leaves, cilantro, basil and assorted spices. Yes, this is enough chili to feed the Seahawks offensive line... with leftovers for the kickers. The only difficulties I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2010 at RunSenoRun
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Today, the greatest player in Mariners history retired. Ken Griffey, Jr., just Junior to most of us raised here in Seattle, stepped away from the game of baseball. He and his mates in the mid-90's made baseball relevant in Seattle. I will never forget crying, bawling really, for 15 minutes after we dispatched the Yankees in game 5 of the 1995 playoffs. It was truly one of the happiest days of my life. When he demanded out of Seattle, he broke my heart. I hated him for it. His first few seasons in Cincinnati I rooted against him and wished... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2010 at RunSenoRun
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Yow. I nailed this one. Making risotto isn't really hard. It's just time consuming because you have you have actively cook for about an hour, if you include prep and reduction time. A couple of weeks ago, I was in New York for my friend's 40th birthday party. The dinner, at Spina, was wonderful. It was three courses, and each course was excellent. My favorite dish, though, was Beet Risotto. It was then that I realized that I just loved Risotto and hadn't made it in about five years. So, fast forward to the past weekend. I went to Pike... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2010 at RunSenoRun
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On Saturday, I met a couple of friends visiting from New York for brunch at Etta's, located down near Pike Place Market. Etta's is a Tom Douglas joint, so of course, it's really good. I'm not much of a breakfast guy, but having just come off of a run, I was actually hungry. I started with a wonderful, spicy Bloody Mary. It was one of the better Bloody Mary's I've had in quite some time. For my breakfast, I had a really good corned beef hash. It was more corned beed than "hash," but it was delicious. It was topped... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2010 at RunSenoRun
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As some of you know, I've been working on making really good peanut butter cookies. It took three tries, but I'm pretty comfortable with that, using this recipe from David Lebovitz. So, today I tried something new: Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies. These are my favorite kind of cookies to purchase, but they're not always that easy to find. So, I decided I should just make them myself. Using a recipe found on Food Network's site, I was able to whip out two batches pretty quickly this morning between a run and meeting a friend for lunch in the ID. The... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2010 at RunSenoRun
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I've been working in Bellevue for about a year. Mediterranean Kitchen is a restaurant near a bus stop I use if I wander after work. While waiting for the bus, I'd often read the reviews they have posted on their window. All of them, including a bit from the New York Times, rave about their "Farmer's Plate," barbecued chicken wings with garlic sauce. The wings are marinated overnight, then charbroiled and covered in a thick garlic sauce. The wings are served over a huge portion of saffron rice. Honestly, there's too much food. I left most of the rice and... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2010 at RunSenoRun
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I've been working in Bellevue for about a year. Mediterranean Kitchen is a restaurant near a bus stop I use if I wander after work. While waiting for the bus, I'd often read the reviews they have posted on their... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2010 at Eat, Play, Run
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Bartell's Drugs was out of the hockey puck toilet cleaner detergent thing I normally drop into the back tank to keep my toilet clean. But, I really wanted to get something because my toilet gets a "ring" in less than a week, and I'm not a big fan of scrubbing it. So, I tried a different brand. Unfortunately, it turns the water blue. I could live with that. What I can't live with is that over time, like about five hours, the blue water turns yellow. Do you know what yellow water looks like in a toilet? Yeah, it looks... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2010 at RunSenoRun
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Want to know why Delta Airlines sucks? I'll tell you. I missed Delta Gold status by 86 miles. I flew 49,914 miles last year. Delta would not credit the missing 86 miles. When I went back, I found two Alaska Airlines trips for which I did not receive Delta miles. When I pointed those out to Delta, I was told I needed to send them copies of my boarding passes to prove I actually got on the plane. Who the Hell keeps their boarding passes?!?! Delta would not budge on this. Oh well. I thought being Delta Silver Medallion would... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2010 at RunSenoRun
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12 hours from now, the final episode of Lost will air. For me, this is the single most anticipated series finale of my lifetime. I have no idea what's going happen. Frankly, I have no idea what IS happening. But, after season 2, I decided I was just going to go with it and enjoy the series. I stopped reading all the blogs and show theories. I just take it for it is, a highly entertaining show with great characters. So, here's to hoping tonight's show is as great as the rest of series. Oh, read a Tweet suggesting a... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2010 at RunSenoRun
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Posted May 22, 2010 at RunSenoRun
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If you're going to blow a diet, do it right. I ate like a saint, well, relatively speaking, this week. After a decent post-run... oh wait, forgot to mention, due to a back injury, I did my first run in a month this morning... meal of some fruit and leftover Thai red curry, I decided to let loose for an early dinner. Ezell's Famous Chicken! The spicy chicken is simply the best fried chicken I've had in the northwest, if not anywhere. I have to admit, there have been times when it's been a little dry. But, not today. It... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2010 at RunSenoRun