Archive for January, 2012

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.