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Dinner at Barrio

Tonight Ryan and I went to try Barrio with Trevor and Ly. Funny enough, they thought we were meeting at Barolo downtown and it wasn’t until Trevor saw our Gowalla check-in’s at Barrio that he realized they were at the wrong restaurant. (Who says geo apps aren’t useful?) To his credit, Borolo is a favorite of ours, but I digress.

Two quick highlights:

1) I decided to be adventurous on my entree choice and it paid off.
2) I had the best churros of my life. Yeah, I said it.

The entree I decided to try was the Dungeness crab chile relleno. Wait, Dungeness crab? It was served with a potata-pea puree, dry-cured chorizo and corn crema. The photo looks more like a baked potato, but if you look closer you start to see the big chunks of crab.

Dinner at Barrio

It was delicious. I never imagined these ingredients all in one dish. Besides, I’m a sucker for Dungeness crab.

Then there was dessert. Or well, Ryan’s dessert. He ordered the churros which sounded pretty pedestrian until I tasted one. They were so perfectly crispy and airy, yet soft and practically creamy on the inside. Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of it because we were all too busy marveling its texture. That and the conversation soon turned to Trevor’s “corn ice cream” which was um, interesting.

So yup, Barrio was good. Service was a bit slow, but maybe that’s what the extensive tequila menu is for. The tortilla soup is more like an okay chili. But the chile relleno, churros and the short rib quesadilla we ordered as Trevor and Ly made their way up the Hill were all pretty amazing. And yes, the candles there are cool. Thanks William for the recommendation and Ryan for the reservation. Hasta luego, Barrio.

Dinner at Barrio | by jamiey

Crest is Dead to Me

Two weeks ago I started to notice that no matter how hard I flossed, brushed, and used mouthwash 2x a day, my teeth didn’t seem to be getting clean. I had just gone to the dentist earlier this month and was being particularly zealous with my cleaning routine; so to see my teeth start to discolor so soon after my cleaning left me dismayed.

I started to suspect my new mouthwash, Crest Pro Health, and stopped using it. The discoloration on my teeth started to get better after a few days, but it was still driving me nuts so I started to Google it. And lo and behold, Crest Pro Health is commonly reported to cause teeth staining. What the hell!

Even check out Amazon’s reviews, more teeth staining! Why is this product on the market? A mouthwash that stains your teeth–can they be serious??

I really can’t believe it. Tomorrow I plan to throw out all my Crest products out of sheer disdain for the brand. And pick-up some Colgate.

2007 Book List

Last year, after repeatedly walking into Barnes & Noble and looking longingly at all the possibilities, I made a New Year’s resolution to be more proactive reading. And to make it measurable this time, I decided on a simple book-per-month quota. It may not be much for more avid bookworms (er, Val), but I’m happy to report I actually accomplished it. So with that, here are all the books I read in 2007, in order of completion:

The Confessions of St. Augustine
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
Flags of Our Fathers
The Kite Runner
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)
The Four Loves
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
An Assembly Such as This: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman (Fitzwilliam Darcy Gentleman)
Duty and Desire: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman (Fitzwilliam Darcy Gentleman)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Book 1): Adult Edition
X-Treme X-Men Volume 7: Storm - The Arena TPB (X-Men)
These Three Remain: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman
Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
Empress: A Novel

So there you have it! Granted I “cheated” a bit by re-reading some Harry Potter, but I’m convinced that’s just plain good for the heart (like red wine, I suppose). That and I noticed I tend to get sucked into series and this year was a cheesy (but fun) Mr. Darcy trilogy, hah.

I’ve listed some rough ratings below each book. But if you’re looking for a recommendation, I’d have to say the best books I’ve read this year are Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Kite Runner, and Empress: A Novel.

Also, what I found also to be helpful for tracking and also motivating is the Facebook Books application, so if you’re a book reader, check it out.

For 2008, I’ve decided to do a book per month again, not so much as a resolution, but more now as just a “practice”. I’ve already completed 3 books, so this year looks promising. :)

Kite Runner

The Kite RunnerIt’s been a while since I’ve stumbled upon a phenomenal book. I finished reading Kite Runner by Jhaled Hosseini last weekend and it really blew me away. The review from the Washington Post Book World sums it up well:

“A powerful book… no frills, no nonsense, just hard, spare prose… an intimate account of family and friendship, betrayal and salvation that requires no atlas or translation to engage and enlighten us. Parts of The Kite Runner are raw and excruciating to read, yet the book in its entirety is lovingly written.”

Admittedly I was reluctant to read at first, but although it is largely set in Afghanistan (and its violence-ridden last few decades), the book is not so much about the recent events in the Middle East, but rather uses the scene as a backdrop for the plot’s focus on the relationships between the main character and his father, his best friend, and “making things right again”. It’s a true redemption story, a unique and vivid one at that.

If looking for a new fiction to dive into, do check it out.


Chocolati? Check

Chocolati in Wallingford
Jules and Taylor standing inside Chocolati in Wallingford

Last night, driven by impulse and the prospect of a decadent dessert, Jules, Taylor, and I went out to Chocolati in Wallingford. None of us had been before, but we had heard a lot about it, so this was our chance to check it out. Known for their infamous hot chocolates, we each decided to get one. I picked the classic “house” version, Taylor chose a raspberry-chocolate blend, and Jules went for the dark chocolate.

“Oh my God,” basically sums up what it’s like to have your first sip of a Chocolati hot chocolate. And well, every sip thereafter, really. All three cocoas were devastatingly good. Taylor’s raspberry-chocolate was my favorite, reminding me of Seattle Chocolate’s raspberry cream truffles. Jules’ drink (if you could call it that) was so thick we reasoned that if she let it cool, it would harden in her cup. “I think I can chew mine,” she said between gulps. We left dizzy, our throats lined with chocolate, and ready to crash. It was really somethin’ else.

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The West Wing – The Complete Fourth Season

Hiroshi’s on Eastlake

Ryan and I went to Hiroshi’s on Eastlake for the first time tonight. It wasn’t what I expected, but in the good sort of way. I had figured it was just a small teriyaki joint, similiar to what you’d find on the Ave, only to walk into a restaurant warm with color, bustling with people, and live jazz playing. (Yeah, Fridays are “Sushi and Jazz Nights”, who would’ve thought?) Anyway, the place is more cozy than it is small, the food was pretty good, and it just had a lively atmosphere. The service was a tad slow, but given how busy it was, it was pretty reasonable. Food-wise, I really liked the yellow tail and green onion roll. Given it’s proximity and good first impression, we just may have found a new sushi place to frequent.

In other news, I’ve realized how much I usually blog about places I’ve eaten at and have begun wondering if I should aggregate this somewhere other than here. While it’s nice to write a blog post here or there, it’d be nice to either flush out my neglected CitySearch profile or take up writing in Judy’s Book. I haven’t quite decided what I want to do yet though.

Tangent aside, Hiroshi’s = Thumbs up.

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