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Jim’s top 10.5 restuarants in Seattle

My friend Jim just posted his Jim Benson’s Foodie Tour of Seattle – 10.5 Restaurants You Have To Try. Neither Anastasia nor I have been to the majority of the restaurants on his list, so it’s definitely going to come in handy—thanks Jim!

Read Jim’s posts to see his comments, reviews, and the full address info for each restuarant. I’m going to just list them here to help us remember that we need to go (again):

  1. Crush
  2. Monsoon
  3. Salumi
  4. Bakery Noveau
  5. Chiang’s Gourmet (7845 Lake City Way NE)
  6. Palisade
  7. Shiki
  8. Saint Germain
  9. Cafe Besalu (5909 24th Ave NW, Ballard)
  10. Sichuan Bistro (212 N 85th)
  11. 663 Bistro (663 S Weller St, in the ID)

(Jim, if you’re reading this: I did warn you about the Mussel Casserole at Saint Germain!)

Back from SF / NYC

Anastasia and Jay at Indian Oven, San Francisco, April 3, 2007

Sarah snapped this picture of Anastasia and me while we all were eating at Indian Oven, in San Francisco. (Sarah’s got more pictures of us on her Flickr.)

Sarah and David, whom we became friends with when they lived in Seattle, now live around the corner from Indian Oven in San Francisco. And, we were happy to simultaneously revisit our own Indian Oven obsession and initiate them into their own.

Altogether, Anastasia and I had fantastic times in both SF and NYC. Eating lots of good food was definitely a fun part of our visits in both locales, and we had many Seattle-SF, SF-NYC, and Seattle-NYC cuisine comparison discussions, given the amalgam of our (Anastasia and my, and all our friends) combined nomadic eating histories.

Nancy and Jonah in NYC get special thanks in this foodular dimension. Not only did they take us to uncountably many wonderful eateries in a handful of days, they also made us a totally bitchin’ home cooked Moroccan-themed meal with a super-fine tequila-themed digestivo. Also note: Gawain came down from Rochester and joined us, which, while not specifically food-related, should highlight what an all-out good time the meal was.

So, burritos are often a topic of conversation amongst all of us: they’re awesome in SF, harder to get awesome in Seattle, and, it turns out, harder to get awesome in NYC. James and Radha say the Mexican place near them in Brooklyn is good, but we didn’t have a chance to try it. In fact, we didn’t have any burritos on the whole trip, believe it or not.

Thus, The Alameda-Weehawken Burrito Tunnel is the perfect complement to this blog post. I look forward to a similar Alameda-Renton tunnel to get me a good burrito here in Seattle, sooner than later.

Finally, special thanks to cousin Lisa Lutz for taking us on book tour with her. Lisa, if you’re reading this, definitely get yourself a good Pancho Villa or El Toro when you’re back in SF—just in case the burrito tunnel to Seattle isn’t open when you get back!

Welcome 2007, nostalgia games

Happy new year! I am invoking nostalgia today—working on a new Ear Reverends podcast that features an interview with my cousin Dean Fienberg about the worst song ever written, that we wrote together, circa 1983. (Hope to get that up in the next day or so.)

Going with the nostalgia, since both Bre Pettis and Lee LeFever tagged me in the five things you don’t know about me blog game, I’ve decided to play it here and now in the form of “five things from the 1980s that you don’t know or remember about me.”

  1. The first live music show I saw was the Ramones at the Hollywood Palladium on April 10, 1980. I was still under 5′ tall. I went with my friend Loren Philip. Several people whom I didn’t know at the time, but who were also at the show, would later become my good friends. It was an incredible show.
  2. Popped Oxheart Jay's Garage album coverSo, it’d be fair-enough to categorize me as: one of those kids who saw the Ramones and then went out and started their own bands. My first band was Popped Oxheart, which was led by Bernard Bernard (who also was at that Ramones’ show). Popped Oxheart’s active career spanned from morning to afternoon on November 27, 1981, during which I recorded a 30-minute side of a cassette, labeled “Jay’s Garage.” In 2006, I remastered “Jay’s Garage” for private release on CD. (btw, if any of the other members of Popped Oxheart are reading this: contact me—I’d love to hear from you, and I’ll send you a copy of the CD!!)
  3. SlobotFrom ’81 to the present, Bernard Bernard has been my best friend and musical collaborator. Most recently, we’ve been talking about releasing a CD compilation of Slobot, our band with Eduard Margidan that I recorded on cassette in 1986. In 2006, I finished remastering all of the Slobot tapes for CD—so, maybe we’ll release a Slobot CD in 2007.
  4. Speaking of bands and my friend Loren, when we lived in Santa Cruz, he once (circa 1988) got himself a gig playing a big party at Davenport beach. He didn’t have a band or songs per se, and I don’t remember how it all came together. But, I do remember that we ended up on a makeshift stage on the beach in front of 150+ people, and that I improvised on guitar for two hours or so, up until the police came. Some people came up to me afterwards and said they really liked the music!
  5. Man on FireFrom ’83 to ’87, I gigged a lot in LA, especially with a band called Man on Fire (’85 – ’87). We played pretty much all of the classic Hollywood clubs that were left at the time, plus many of the less-classic West LA / Santa Monica and Valley clubs: the Whiskey, Roxy, Troubador, Central (later called the Viper Room), Palamino, Madame Wongs West (we played there every month), Hop Singhs, and others whose names escape me. We also did a big outdoor show as part of the L.A. Festival in 1987, which apparently made me a famous rock star in many non-English-speaking tourists’ photos.

(Be sure to check out the music on the Popped Oxheart and Slobot pages. Plus, if you don’t own them already, be sure to buy the new CDs of Bernard Bernard music—they’re awesome.)

So, in order to perpetuate the five things game, I should tag five more people. But, pretty much everyone I know with a blog has already been tagged. So, I’ll just change the game: anyone can play, no need for invitations—what are five things from the 1980s that we don’t know or remember about you?