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Catch Up

Man it’s been a long time since I’ve written anything, hasn’t it?  I’ve just gone through and re-read all of my old blogs and must apologize for my poor proof reading skills.  Grammatical errors and mistypes spotted everywhere!  Honestly, I don’t really give a shit.  Apology rescinded.

I don’t want to rehash everything that has happened in the last 3 years in great detail, so I’ll break it down in simplified form:

  • Anthony didn’t work out.  He moved to Chicago to further his career and met a great guy named Russel who I met a month or so ago when they visited Portland.  We are still friends.  Dating in Seattle continued to suck during my time there.  Briefly dated a DB named Johann.
  • I have gotten a bit more comfortable with sex/my sexuality but I still think I’m fairly conservative for a gay guy.  I continue to work on this.
  • Colleen is still making amazing Piecakens.
  • Became friends with one of my neighbors from the Decatur in Seattle.  His name is Chris and he is awesome.
  • One of my sisters lived with me for a Summer in Seattle.  It was amazing.  I wish I could have all my sisters live with me for a Summer.
  • Got really fucking fed up with my job at Liberty Mutual.  Maybe this will turn into a full blog post someday.  I swear I’m not bitter ;).
  • Fell in love with a couple from the Portland area.  Got a new job near them and moved in with them, leaving Seattle for a big new adventure.  Chris also moved, but we are not neighbors anymore.
  • Love the new job.  I am managing an IT Help Desk for a little tech company.  Way more varied and challenging work.
  • Fell out of love with the couple.  This could also be a separate blog post, but probably will never be as I don’t think it’s right to post something like that.  I would definitely do another thruple in the future, just with different people.
  • Had a weird car accident and a 3-day mini case of amnesia.
  • Bought a house!  Whaaat?  Yeah I’m 30 and own a house, suck it bitches.
  • Had my first trip to San Francisco.  Nice city.  Expensive.  Wouldn’t live there.

That’s everything I can remember in a nutshell.  Hopefully I will continue to feel motivated to post here as I find writing to be therapeutic.


Arrabbiata Sauce

Let me tell you about my favorite spicy sauce: Arrabbiata.  I stumbled across arrabbiata one day as I was doing some grocery shopping at my local Wegmans back in New York.  It was featured in one of the monthly issues of their magazine and I decided I wanted to try it.  Boy am I glad I did.

Typically I am not a fan of pre-prepared sauces that sit in jars on shelves for months, but this was an exception.  The sauce was prepared locally by the store and kept in a refrigerated section in a little plastic container.  I bought it then immediately went home and made dinner.  It was delicious.

For some reason it never occurred to me to try to make a homemade version of the sauce.  It was always available at my grocery store and was relatively inexpensive so I always purchased it from them.  Well, since there are no Wegmans on the West Coast I can’t just buy it in the store anymore.  I must make my own!

Sorry for the low quality cell phone shot but I am usually far too lazy to take out my fancy camera, take a photo, and then upload it to the computer.  This is the recipe I used to make this great sauce.  I did not used canned tomatoes, but I’m sure they’d work fine in a punch.  I also wilted lots of spinach (it cooks down so much!) and added it on top at the end to add another layer of flavor.

Since I enjoy spicy food I added a bit more red pepper flakes then the recipe calls for.  If you like things a bit less spicy use less of the red pepper flakes.  That’s the beauty of cooking, you can tailor each recipe to your preference!  The sauce came out wonderfully and I’ve made it a few times in the past couple of weeks to try and improve on it but I still think the original I linked to is the best.

Side note: Thank you to those of you who have subscribed to my blog and liked my posts.  I honestly thought it’d be months before I’d get even one person to read my poorly written ramblings.  Your support is much appreciated!

Touchdown: Trio of Cookie Dough Dip!

Ah, the Super Bowl… Many people watch it for the game, many more people watch it for the commercials.  Why do I watch it?  For the food!  I have some foodie friends that throw a Super Bowl bash every year and the food is always to die for.  Everyone brings a dish to share and we all eat our faces off.

For the past few weeks I had been trying to figure out what I would bring to the party.  I had my mind set on bringing a big batch of guacamole (as I have a delicious recipe), but then I had a divine intervention which pulled me in a different direction.

You probably don’t know that I do tech support as my day job as I haven’t mentioned it yet.  Part of my daily routine involves popping into other people’s computers to help fix their problems.  Last Friday I was helping a very nice woman with an Outlook issue that she was having and when I opened up her email to check it out I saw “Cookie Dough Dip” as the subject of her most recent email.  “What the heck is cookie dough dip?” I asked her.  “It is amazing!” she said, “We’re all eating it right now and it’s so good!”

Well, this was clearly a sign from the gods that I was destined to make this for the Super Bowl party.  I went to my favorite recipe site (All Recipes) immediately and searched for it… no results!  For there I turned to good old Google which only resulted in a few pages.  After checking them all out I finally settled on this recipe to use.

Sooooo good!

The bottom left one is peanut butter chocolate chip.  I chopped up a bunch of peanut butter cups and put them on top to make it a bit more fancy.  This was probably the most popular of the three.

The one on top is the double chocolate dip.  I used dark cocoa powder instead of regular and then put a bunch of chopped chocolate chips on top.  It was seriously chocolatey and seriously delicious.

The one on the right is the snickerdoodle one.  It was probably the least popular of the three, but it was still very yummy.

I served them with chocolate graham crackers, ‘nilla wafers and pretzels.  There were about 12-15 people at the party and I’d say about 2/3 of each dip ended up getting eaten.  Now I just have to find a way to finish off the rest of it…

Unleash the PieCaken!

Oh dear, it’s been a few days since I’ve updated the blog!  It’s been a very busy week for me with going on a nice 3rd date with Anthony and helping out my sick bestest friend Colleen and catching up on a bunch of TV!  The DVR has been cleared out, Colleen is feeling better and the date went well so I’m back!

Let me tell you about the most magical thing that has ever come out of an oven: The PieCaken.

Last Sunday I went over to Colleen’s pad to help her make this magical beast.  In the end, I didn’t really help at all but it was fun keeping her company.  What is a PieCaken you may ask?  Well… it’s a pie inside of a cake!  We made a double decker PieCaken though… so a pie inside of a cake on top of a pie inside of another cake!

One layer was a spiced chocolate cake with an apple pie on the inside.  The other layer was a lemon cake with a blueberry pie inside.  Then, a coconut frosting was spread alllll over and the cake was decorated accordingly.  Let me tell you… this thing was DELICIOUS!

As the knife entered the PieCaken for the first time to divide up the slices a large gush of blueberry and apple juice oozed out of the crack.  It was both beautiful and a bit terrifying.  You may be curious as to what the inside of the PieCaken looked like:

Well it looked like a god damn mess!  The most delicious god damn mess you ever did lay your eyes on.  The flavors in both of the layers blended very well together.  After eating my slice of PieCaken I couldn’t stay at the party very long.  My blood sugar spiked super high and I knew I would crash shortly after.  I decided to go home, take a little nap and then cook a red sauce recipe I had been dying to make for a few weeks.  The sauce turned out delicious… but that’s another blog post for another time.

Obsessions: La Carta de Oaxaca

Seattle has a reputation for having bad Mexican food.  This is only a half true statement… there is a lot of bad Mexican food here, but there are a few gems hidden here and there.  My absolute favorite place to go is La Carta de Oaxaca in Ballard.  “Ugh, Ballard” you might say and my response to you would be “SHUT UP FOOL!  This place is worth it!”

I found this place via Yelp shortly after moving into the city and have been back many, many times.  In fact, it’s easily my most visited restaurant since being here.  Their Tacos al Pastor are to.die.for.  The pork in these tacos is incredibly tender, slight spicy, and straight up delicious (if you don’t like pork, get the beef version instead).  They are easily my favorite menu item, but everything else I’ve tried has been very tasty as well.  Their mole sauce is another stand out.

This place has been consistently packed every time that I’ve visited, although I’ve thankfully never had to wait for a table.  The restaurant itself is a little small, but people come and go quickly.  Oh, another favorite feature of this place?  There’s a salsa bar!  There’s somewhere between 6 and 8 salsas with different spiciness levels available to choose from.  They’re not labeled though, so it’s a bit of a guessing game as to how spicy the salsa that you pick actually is.

I’ve had a few people mention that they feel it’s a little pricey for what you get, but I don’t personally think that myself.  In fact, I was there just last night and the total bill for 2 was $30.  We both left quite full and happy.  If you’re in Seattle and you’re a fan of Mexican food you owe it to yourself to check this place out.

Facebook Annoyances

Blogging everyday is hard.  It’s not that I can’t think of things to blog about but sitting down to actually type them out is soooooooo much work.  Okay, so maybe it’s not that hard… but I’m just a lazy bastard.  I’ve been letting this topic marinate in my head for a few days and I think it’s finally time to unleash it.  There are two things that bug the hell out of me on Facebook… well, there’s lots more then two things, but these are my biggest annoyances:

1) “Like my status if…”
Posts that start like this really make me wish there was a “dislike” button because as soon as I saw the phrase “Like my status if” I would definitely pound that dislike button into oblivion.  There are a few people that I am friends with that do this, but there is one in particular that I want to strangle (virtually) because at LEAST one post a day of his starts with this phrase.

However, there is an exception to the rule.  If liking your status is going to get me something out of the deal then I am fine with it.  For example: Recently someone posted one that said “Like my status if you want me to share my favorite memory of you.”  That’s perfectly okay in my book.  You get a like on your status and I get a heart warming story about how much you love me (and really, who doesn’t love me?).

2) “Just saying”
“Just saying” or “Just sayin” are phrases that are typically used at the end or sometimes at the beginning of a post where someone is complaining about something.  Now, I have no problem with people complaining about stuff on Facebook.  I get it, we all need to vent sometimes.  Go ahead, do it on Facebook for all your friends to see.

The thing that really bothers me about “Just saying” is that it adds no value to your statement.  You don’t need to say “Just saying” because you just said what you wanted to say.  We don’t need an immediate reminder directly after your statement to let us know that you just said your piece.  I have also noticed that most of my friends that use “Just saying” typically use it after really stupid opinions, or incredibly insignificant complaints.

Well, now that I’ve got that off my chest I feel much better.  Toodles!

Obsessions: Biscoff Spread

Welcome to the first posting of the Obsession Session.  These posts are where I will share some of my favorite products, recipes, websites, or other random items.  These posts will also typically occur when I’m feeling too lazy to blog about anything else.  So, onto the obsession!

Obsession: Biscoff Spread

This shit is tasty!

I was introduced to Biscoff Spread via Sugar Plug Blog (another obsession of mine).  If you are a fan of biscoff cookies, then you will definitely enjoy Biscoff Spread.  The back of the label describes it as a European alternative to peanut butter.  Back in NY this stuff was easy to find at my local Wegmans store near the peanut butter, but it’s been quite the challenge to find here in Seattle for some reason.

My favorite use for this stuff is to drizzle it on some chocolate ice cream and straight up devour it.  I’ve also used it in place of peanut butter in a PB&J sandwich, which is quite good as well.  I think my next experiment will be using it in some cookies to see how it turns out.  If that goes well, I’m going to fill a pool with the stuff and swim naked in it for days!

Seattle Snowpocalypse

As you may or may not know, Seattle is currently covered under “a lot” of snow.

The reason I put “a lot” in quotes is because realistically the amount of snow we’ve gotten isn’t a lot.  In fact, it’s very little compared what would regularly get dumped on us back in New York… but for this city it is A LOT.  For two days now practically the entire city has been shut down.  I’ve seen buses abandoned in the middle of the road, cars that have slid into buildings, and more people falling on their asses due to the ice then I can count on both of my hands.  It’s sort of sad how unprepared the city is for events like this.  I haven’t seen a single plow at all since it all started and a lot of roads are closed because they’re just too damn icy to drive on.

The Oatmeal did a great piece on the storm.  I’m on the right.

My good friends Amy and Eileen were in the news!  NYers don’t give shit about no snow!

I saw this on my walk home from work OUTSIDE of a hotel (on the sidewalk).  Really?
It’s slippery and wet in the middle of a god damn snow storm?  You don’t say!

ME! In a nutshell…

My name is Rich, I’m a 26 year old single (gay) man that currently lives in Seattle, WA.  I grew up in a small town in Auburn, NY then moved to Rochester, NY when I was 23 for about 3.5 years.  I have had a lot of successes and failures throughout my life, met some amazing people, fallen in and out of love, lost family members, and learned a lot.

Eventually I will share all of these stories and then some with whoever may be reading this blog.  Stay tuned!

Welcome to my blog.

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while.  Sometimes I feel that my brain is so scattered, it’ll be nice to have a place to get my thoughts out.  I am hoping to share funny dating stories, my hopes and dreams, random thoughts, recipes, fun stuff from around the web, and a bunch of other things on here.  My first post will be a little into to me, but I’m not going write that just yet because it’s getting late and I need to be in bed.