Business trips are better when your business is meat!

Beef Tartare, Rain Shadow Meats Squared (Pioneer Sq)

Beef Tartare, Rain Shadow Meats Squared (Pioneer Sq)

I posted a teaser last week about my business trip to Seattle in which I promised more pictures would be coming. I have finally gotten my act together so here’s how I spent my 5 days “working” in the Emerald City! (As a side note — working in the meat industry really has its perks — we ate constantly.)

On the drive to Seattle from Portland, we stopped in Olympia to get dinner at the Water Street Cafe. The food was pretty fabulous and the pasta special was super good. I’m going to ignore the sprinkling of dried parsley on the rim.

Stinging Nettle Raviolis with Fiddlehead Ferns

The next day, my friend and co-worker Breezy and I embarked on day-long trip around Seattle doing sales calls.

We started in Ballard:

Watching our lunch cook

Watching our lunch cook at Stoneburner

Roasted cauliflower with agro dolce sauce, and an incredible pizza with sausage, olives and mozzarella.

Roasted cauliflower with agro dolce and an incredible pizza with sausage, olives and mozzarella. Oh yeah, and a bottle of rosé.

Inside Stoneburner

Inside Stoneburner — a very pretty restaurant.

After 25 other sales calls (not involving eating and drinking, I swear) it was 5 pm. Exhausted and in need of sustenance, we found an adorable little wine shop/cafe called The Bottlehouse where we settled in for some happy hour treats:

The most incredible cheesy sandwich with tomato jam and a pickle, at the Bottlehouse.

The most incredible cheesy sandwich with tomato jam and a pickle, The Bottlehouse.

I like pink wine!

I like pink wine!

Seattle, WA

The next day we did more sales calls, hitting up two of my favorite butcher shops, The Swinery (in West Seattle) and Rain Shadow Meats (which has two locations, Capitol Hill and Pioneer Square).

The Swinery, West Seattle

The Swinery, West Seattle

Porchetta sandwich topped with crispy pork bits, Rain Shadow Meats Squared (Pioneer Sq)

Porchetta sandwich topped with crispy pork bits, Rain Shadow Meats Squared (Pioneer Sq)

Since it was a Saturday, we spent the rest of the day wandering around town. We stumbled across a shop called Glassybaby. It was full of the most beautiful hand blown glass votives and tumblers I have ever seen. Absolutely gorgeous colors! If I could have afforded it, I would have bought them all.

Blown Glass at Glassy Baby

We popped into Nacho Borracho, a new restaurant specializing in nachos (of course) and fabulous boozy slushies. Seriously, the nacho were amazing — their homemade cheese sauce is the stuff dreams are made of. And the drinks! They were so good I’m still thinking about them. If you live in Seattle, this place should be on your radar. It’s got quality ingredients in a slightly dive bar/hipster type atmosphere. I would live here if I could!

Nacho Borracho, Seattle, WA

Nacho Borracho, Seattle, WA

Another evening, my boss treated us all to a never-ending feast at Loulay Kitchen & Bar, followed by more food and drinks at Aragona.

Seared Foie at Loulay, Seattle, WA

Seared Foie at Loulay, Seattle, WA

Panna Cotta, Loulay, Seattle, WA

Panna Cotta, Loulay, Seattle, WA

Basically it was a long weekend full of food, fun and festivities.

I love my job!

Just a grill full of Iberico pork Costilla Falsa (boneless ribs)...

Just a grill full of Iberico pork Costilla Falsa (boneless ribs)…

Seattle water front from Pike Place Market

Seattle water front from Pike Place Market

The Great Wheel, Seattle, WA

I love the Ferris Wheel in such an industrial looking setting.

Seattle Skyline

Till next time, Seattle!

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18 thoughts on “Business trips are better when your business is meat!

  1. Love that city…although there are a lot of hills, eh? I am going to have to try some of these places the next time I’m there, the food looks amazing!

    • Yes, lots of hills! Luckily the longest uphill walk we took was under the influence of a lot of wine so it wasn’t too bad. 😉 And all the food was so spectacularly good — we ate so much it was almost sinful.

    • It was a super fabulous trip! But no, I resisted all urges at Glassybaby. I thought I might buy one but I couldn’t decide so I just left empty handed. However I did find a $10 cashmere sweater at a vintage shop that I bought so I came home with something! =)

  2. You had me at the Beef Tartare photo and then made me cry at the fiddlehead pasta…I adore fiddleheads, but don’t get to enjoy them as much as I used to, since I no longer live in an area where they’re plentiful or appreciated. And seared foie gras? Oh my! You lucky dog!

    • I love fiddleheads too — though I’m lucky to live in the PNW where they are on every springtime menu. The foie was wonderful too. I make a point to eat as much of it as possible whenever the opportunity is there. =)

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