Food in June 2021

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Notable stuff: I made KrisDi a drumstick-inspired cake for her birthday, and used some of the excess cake stuff to make the cones decorated above, which Chilkat and Chilkoot and I subsequently filled and enjoyed. KrisDi made something like 140 cupcakes of 5 flavors for a work event. I tried to make Mickey Mouse pancakes for Chilkoot, but ripped the ear off, and made a bandaid out of chocolate chips, but Mickey was still not happy about it.

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June 2021 Part IV

As you can see from the image above, it got brutally hot. I think it peaked at 113 around here (116 in some places). I was very thankful for my AC as I Zoomed with colleagues cooking in their uncontrolled work-from-home spaces. We had a few people choose to go into the office (which is a thing now) because they thought (probably correctly) that it would be easier to get work done in the air conditioning. My former boss went in to take a nap.

The first two days after our Baring trip, the kids had JTF, which they attended remotely. Their troupe rented a small theater for the two days so they could do it all together. This meant that for the most part, KrisDi and I had the days to ourselves. We went to a bunch of breweries and bars (The Pumphouse, Georgetown, Great Notion, Lucky Envelope). We did meet up with the troupe for dinner one day.

JTF was physically in Texas. They played a clip from the Kettleworks Frozen production which included Chilkat singing In Summer, so her face showed up 20 feet tall on a giant screen in front of a crowd in Texas, which tickled her pink.

Chilkat dressed outrageously again. And KrisDi got a nice picture of a bright red dragonfly.

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June 2021 Part III

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For our anniversary this year, we decided to get a cabin. We debated between someplace along the coast or somewhere inland in the mountains, and settled on the mountains. We ended up finding a place in tiny little (pop. 220) Baring, WA. It’s a three bedroom place along the Skykomish river. You have to pass a rickety (and apparently historic) one lane wooden suspension bridge to get there. Looking straight over the river from the house was Baring Mountain. We left the kids with Nana and Papa.

We didn’t have a detailed plan. We had a short list of breweries in between home and Baring, and medium-sized lists of restaurants in the area and hikes we might want to try. We also had a cooler full of beer, curated by me, and food, curated by KrisDi, primarily for a series of beer and food pairings selected from a recipe book KrisDi gave me for Christmas (The Beer Lover’s Table). KrisDi also brought along several kitchen implements she felt were unlikely to be available in an AirBnB kitchen.

We stopped at Formula Brewing in Issaquah for lunch on the way out on Tuesday. We had wings and a pretzel. I was impressed with the beer, and the food was good.

We got into the house and wandered around the area and marveled at the scenery. The river is fast and loud enough to drown out mumbled or muted conversation if the window is open. KrisDi made pizza for dinner. IPL was the recommended pairing; the style was a fad a few years ago but it’s hard to find now. I could only find a six month old collaboration between Boneyard and Cloudburst named Loose Ends. It was a very good dinner (wish I could have found a fresher IPL). We sat by a fire near the river and drank a couple more beers before bed.

I intentionally woke up very early the next morning because I wanted to see what sunrise looked like, and since it was the day after solstice in Washington, that was early as hell. Sunrise was not stunning, but it was still nice to relax on the porch with some coffee and a camera watching the light change and listening to the river.

KrisDi made cheddar and chive biscuits with tomato jam, eggs, and bacon for breakfast, paired with Saison Dupont (which is, I now realize, an absolute gem of a beer that I have been ignoring far too long). It might sound weird to have beer with breakfast, but this recommendation was spot on — this was a beautiful meal, which we repeated later.

We went hiking at Bridal Veil Falls after breakfast. It wasn’t crowded on the path, but there were several groups of people at the top when we got there. I think it was about two miles each way culminating in a spot right in the spray of the waterfall (we had to keep wiping the lens), I think somewhere in the middle of the overall falls. The hike itself wasn’t particularly interesting, but the falls were pretty amazing.

Both our first and second choices for lunch were closed on Wednesday, so we went back to the house and KrisDi made a tomato and burrata salad. It was intended to be paired with Spontanbasil from Jester King, which is a very specific spontaneous sour made with basil, made by a brewery that doesn’t distribute to Washington. The closest I could find was spontaneous sour made with stinging nettle. We also muddled a little basil into a small pour of a gueuze. The salad was excellent, and the unmodified gueuze was the best beverage.

We then had an apricot tart paired with Cantillon’s Fou’Foune, my birthday present to KrisDi (and one of the best beers I have ever tasted). It was delicious, though we were sad when the beer was gone. Then, IIRC, we Googled the rules to rummy (which we both used to play before we ever met each other) and played on the deck.

Dinner was Chinese glazed baby back ribs paired with a schwarzbier (black lager) named Splatter Haus from Grains of Wrath. These were delicious. KrisDi also invented a bok choy dish (which she cooked with a very makeshift lid on the pan). She missed one of the ribs in the marinade, so I cooked it over the fire that night.

The next morning we decided to hike to Barclay Lake. The trailhead was only about five miles from the cabin, but it took like an hour to drive because the National Forest Service figured out how to make a road entirely out of potholes. The hike itself was interesting (including this guy, and what might have been the melted out remains of an avalanche), about 2.5 miles one way, culminating at Barclay Lake. Surprise! We wandered around the lake, peered at all the hike-in campers, crawled through the downstream-side logjams, took lots of pictures.

After the hike, we went to Zeke’s Drive In for burgers and shakes. The shakes were great, the burgers were fine, and the chili on the chili burger and chili fries was the blandest, most boring substance I’ve ever heard called “chili”. Then we went back to the cabin for beer and rummy, followed by dinner at Smokey’s Bar-b-que (which was pretty good; and they’re in the process of building an on-site brewery). Another fire, a short stint in the sauna, and more beer capped off the evening.

The next morning, I decided not to hike — I was feeling the ~10 miles of hiking in the preceding two days + a poor decision to jump down from a trunk at Barclay Lake (it was only like four feet). So, we basically packed up and left, but we stopped a couple times on the drive home to take pictures of scenery. And we stopped for lunch at the Black Duck Cask and Bottle.

Overall, it was a pretty relaxing getaway. We were both surprised how little wildlife we saw. The only wild mammal we saw was a chipmunk. Not even a squirrel.

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