*EDIT* We know about the 42 cents, lol… We have it covered XD
So my mom and I have been working the same waitress job for 5-6 years now. She had been waitressing years before, but this is recently. Anyway, about… 15 minutes ago this guy she waited on left and told her to take care. Just that. Prior to this she had talked to him about Italy. Her people are from Florence, this and that, and she said she’s never been. She’s got 8 years of art education and she’s working a waitress job. It’s pretty… Sad and disappointing, I guess. Her and my father divorced 6 years ago and she hasn’t had a real job ever. Just been stuck in a small town she’s not from.
This man who we have never seen before tipped her 1000 dollars for a trip to Italy. Walked out, not another word.
…you know. Just when I start to lose faith in humanity….Hm.
We recently received a call from a young man named Taylor wanting to create a special weekend for his girl, Jennifer. Her favorite city in the world is Seattle, and Taylor thought our eating tour could be the perfect way to surprise Jennifer with a marriage proposal. Of course, we agreed. While Taylor was busy at work, we called all our friends to help spoil them both and create the ultimate romantic weekend in Seattle.
The amazing team at Uber arranged roundtrip black car service from SeaTac to Hotel 1000. Plus, the legendary photographer Suzi Pratt agreed to grab her camera, hop in the Grubwagon, and capture the entire day. (We told Jennifer a little lie and explained Suzi was creating a press kit for us.)
Eating Tour On Wheels
Shined up the Grubwagon and pulled up to Hotel 1000.
The hungry couple is ready to eat.
We make a quick trek to Columbia City for a stop at Island Soul.
and some love from Theo Martin.
Our second stop was at Marination Ma Kai in West Seattle for some Kahlua pork tacos and Kalbi beef sliders.
and some views of Seattle.
We then hopped over to Belltown for some rabbit croquettes at Local 360. (She still has no idea what’s coming.)
Ericka Burke and her team from the Volunteer Park Cafe prepared a special picnic basket and hid the engagement ring inside with a baguette, cookies, a bottle of Prosecco, and a pair of champagne flutes. We then headed to the top of the water tower at Volunteer Park for a picnic.
When Jennifer discovered her ring, Taylor dropped to his knee and popped the question.
I had a fantastic experience recently. I went on a Musical Plates food tour with White Moustache here in Seattle. We rode around on a bus with OK Sweetheart’s Erin Austin. She sang some songs and we tried some delicious food. I discovered that you can have good ribs in Seattle, fried pickles are delightful, there’s such a thing as a hot dog slider and it tastes about what you’d expect, my own macaroni and cheese is better than that of some pretty good chefs, homemade potato chips are a wonderful breakfast treat the next morning, Trophy Cupcakes are fantastic, and a brisket sandwich from a food truck can be exactly what you need at that moment in time to make everything right with the world.
Wow, that is quite a run on sentence. In honor of the gritty streets of Seattle (Ha!) I am leaving it exactly as is. Don’t tell Dr. Erickson, my college advisor and favorite English teacher. She would not approve, even if I am doing it on purpose and know better. I think it makes me sound a little like a detective in a 1940s dime store novel. I know I’m the only one who thinks that but it’s my blog and I get to indulge my own fantasies sometimes.
The greatest thing about the whole darn Musical Plates trip? Why it’s Bryce Lathrop, Mr. White Moustache himself. He’s knowledgable. He loves food and music. He’s funny. He carries a bottle of whiskey in a paper bag. Scratch that, he might have a bottle of whiskey in a paper bag if it’s legal. He is a great promoter and knows the Seattle scene of music and food.
I love the Pike Place Market. My parents pushed me in a stroller through the Market and we bought our produce there when I was a kid. The Market is not just for tourists but is a glittering gem on the crown of Seattle, I might even say that it’s the centerpiece of the table at a great banquet. I might say that but it’s just ridiculous hyperbole. The Market is a wonderful place for native, transplant, and even tourist (Is that a dig on tourists blocking my path while they take pictures? You can judge for yourself) but I don’t need a tour of the Market. There’s nothing on a tour for me to discover that I can’t do on my own and that I probably haven’t already.
What makes Bryce’s White Moustache tours so wonderful is that he’s taking me to new and interesting places, maybe even quirky places. It’s even better when they’re places that I have driven by and haven’t noticed.
All right, Tom Douglas makes great coconut cream pie already. I’ve had it. I’ve been to a class where he showed how to cook it. I have the recipe. I want and need to discover something new and interesting and that’s where Bryce comes in. He searches the mean streets of Seattle, from Ballard to the U District and beyond, to find interesting food and people with interesting stories. He tells their stories and you get to experience their food. Oh, and the food is good, too, and surprising, and unexpected, and unusual.
Join me on the tour in June. I can’t wait. It’s a bargain with lots of food, great stories, and wonderful entertainment from the band Local Strangers.
Over the last three years of hosting Seattle’s only eating tour on wheels, we’ve crossed paths with lots of cool people, a handful of rich people, and even a few celebrities. Looking ahead to next year, we’re dreaming of those we’d giggle seeing in the Grubwagon.
Here’s our 2013 Bucket List of cool, rich and famous people we’d love to feed Seattle:
There are lists featuring the sexiest men and women alive, most influential people in the world, or the top business leaders in America. With the holiday season in full swing, it seems appropriate to reflect and share our list of Most Tasty Friends. Below is a handful of people who have graciously gone out of their way to make our lives taste better in 2012. They just happen to be the sexiest, most influential leaders in Seattle and we’re grateful to have them in our life.