Remember when I talked about the mural going up in our house at the end of September?
Here’s a summary of the process and the beautiful art we get to enjoy every day.
Thank you Jonathan Wakuda Fischer!
Check out the review of JWF’s new show in Seattle! The Stranger gave it a favorable review.
What do you think?
This weekend, Dave and I had a skype date with Jonathan Wakuda Fischer, the artist who will be installing a mural in our home this autumn. I mentioned him previously, when he was working on another project in Seattle, where he is based.
During our conversation, Jonathan asked “Are you familiar with Ninkasi beer?”
Dave and I excitedly looked at one another. You could say that Ninkasi was a way of life for us when we lived in the Pacific Northwest. For those of you unfamiliar with microbreweries in the Pacific Northwest, oftentimes they are bottling beer in 22-ounce bottles for retail sale. I’m sure they have a name for this size bottle, but we never learned what it was. Wikipedia tells me they are called “large bottles.” How clever. Colloquially, they are called “bombers” – well, that’s a little better, but I try to avoid nicknames based on violence, so I’ll stick with the non-name practice I have going.
Ninkasi large beers are widely sold in the Seattle metropolitan area and we happily scooped up bottle after bottle. They were just the right size for sharing…or not, depending on the night. We both appreciated the crisp, hoppy flavors that Ninkasi produces in their IPAs. They craft other types of beer, many of which we tried, but we always seemed to come back to the Total Domination IPA.
This line of thinking brings the Capital Brewery, Great Dane Pub, Ale Asylum, and the joy of living in Madison to mind. Just thinking about these beers makes my mouth water and brings many a long-winded story to mind.
Instead of tripping down that rabbit hole, I’m gonna bring it back to Ninkasi and Jonathan Wakuda Fischer.
After the elongated pause from Dave and I, Jonathan repeated his question, “Have you heard of Ninkasi brewery?”
This time, Dave and I stumbled over ourselves and each other to rave about Ninkasi and how much we love their beer. Dave even visited the brewery in Eugene, Oregon and brought back paraphernalia (really, I just don’t get to use that word often enough!). Bouncing along with our enthusiasm, Jonathan informed us that he was on his way to finish an installation for a Ninkasi tasting room in Seattle!
Today, it’s done.
Here is a close-up of the trompe l’oeil rug.
Mmmmm…happy sipping, Seattle.
(Uno) 1. Tomorrow is the strike talk day! Oh my goodness, I have completely forgotten the huge inconveniences of the gas shortages already. I have no trepidations about the negotiations – mostly because we’ll just deal with whatever situation arises with the resources we have available. Attitude!
(Due) 2. Cime rapa. (say it “chee-may rah-pah”). We bought these hearty greens tonight at the grocery store. The look of the greens and the “rapa” in the name had me thinking of “rapini.” Rapini is an Italian broccoli that has much smaller florettes and leafier stems than “American” broccoli (and I think I said that a million and one times while I worked at Lombardino’s). We sauteed the “cime rapa” with onion, garlic, and mushrooms and then tossed it with fresh pasta (purchased). Yummmmmmmm-my!
(Tre) 3. A bag stuffed full of groceries for only 14.39 Euro! We got a loaf of bread, four sandwich rolls, the cime rapa, four late-season tomatoes (green tomatoes), a huge head of frisee, three mushrooms, six small apples, nearly a pound of fresh pasta, a jar of pickled eggplant, and 100g each of orzo (teeny tiny pasta) and borlotti (beans). All that good stuff for about $20 USD.
(Quattro) 4. Getting back to my work-out. Do you ever have a really great weekend where you completely relaxed, had plenty of wine and conversation and ate more meat than you usually do in a fortnight? I had one of those weekends this past weekend and while it felt great to get my body moving again, it was…a little tough.
Barcelona!!! I absolutely LOVE this city. My first experience with it was in 2007 and I recently returned for a refresher. My heart is going pitter-patter just writing these lines. Watch the blog for an in-depth post about my trip by this weekend. Despite being located in Spain, Barcelona is also the de facto capital of Catalunya (English spelling: Catalonia). As such, Catalan and Spanish are mixed together in a fascinating mezcla (“mix”). By popular demand, I will be including a sample itinerary for a weekend trip to Barcelona from Catania/Sigonella. You can use it no matter where you begin your adventure begins or ends!