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A Meatarian Adventure in Vegan Land

24 Jul

Check out Seattle’s first vegan bistro, Plum, during happy hour on Sunday 4PM-close

Rating | Cool
Revealed | A meat-eaters refuge in a vegan restaurant
Reminds me of | LL Cool J’s Hey Lover

First Things First

No, I wasn’t forced. Nah, didn’t lose a bet. And nope, it wasn’t a requirement for work. YES, I actually wanted to check out a place that for some crazy reason didn’t serve meat. In case you didn’t pickup on it, I’d rather rip out my finger nails with pliers than eliminate things like bacon cheeseburgers from my diet.  That said, eating healthy and being aware of what I’m putting in my body (meat included) is definitely important to me. I’ve even recently been whining passionately discussing the need for an organic drive-thru in Seattle. Sidebar — I’m always on the go and grocery-shopping-when-hungry gets the best of my bank account, sometimes I just want to drive up and order something without getting distracted and WITHOUT getting out of my car.  Anyways, I digress. Some “health food” taste like cardboard or even better, the dirt it was grown in, so I’ve actually avoided vegeterian (especially vegan) joints. Until now.

Well, look who finally decided to grace us with their presence

Before Sunday, I had heard about Plum Bistro many times. Consistently, I was told emphatically that it’s great “even if you’re not a vegetarian”. Everyone said really positive things, I’m just notorius for being incredibly dramatic trying to avoid neighborhoods with crappy parking. So how did I end up there? Well, the last time Plum came up in conversation, a friend slipped me a solid nugget of wisdom, “If you’re checking it out for the first time, you should go on a Sunday. They have a great happy hour and you’ll get to try a few different things without spending too much.” DING DING DING, tell her what she’s won Bob. I’m not sayin happy hour is the magic phrase or anything, but since I’m a commitmentphobe it sure brings down the barrier to entry. There are fewer things worse than ordering food I don’t like and suffering through it — I damn sure won’t waste it, I won’t be rude and return it, but I’ll be mad as hell while I finish it (internally of course). So not cute. Anyways, I was driving around Sunday running errands and the light bulb went off! It’s Sunday. I’m hungry. Go to Plum.

The meat-eater dilemma, what to order?

Onion rings made fresh while you wait, yum!

The happy hour menu has quite the selection, from hummus and sliders to tacos and pizza, I had plenty to choose from. Even moreso, I was wise enough to sit directly across from the open kitchen. It was great to see how the food was prepped, and even better, to see how good it looked just before carried off to its rightful owner. I’m not a food critic, so I won’t get into the annoying details of “savory this” and “ingredients that” but I will say, my food was pretty damn tasty. Tasty enough, that I’d try anything else on the menu (despite the fact that I secretly hate the idea of tofu). I should also mention, the house red was a nice Temperanillo (Tempranillo’s are so under-rated IHMO) and it went well with my Carribean Jerk slider.  Watching the dude in the kitchen slice giant onions inspired me to order what turned out to be some of the best onion rings I’ve ever had – yes, they even beat the ones you get from the greasy hole in the wall,  drive-up burger joint. Also near the top of my list EVERYTHING WAS MADE FROM ORGANIC INGREDIENTS, it was a very pleasant surprise to see that on the menu. If all that isn’t enough to get you in there…your loss…more for me 🙂

What you should know

  • The staff is FANTASTIC, I sat at the bar and had a lovely chat with the bartender Alex. She was great, and didn’t roll her eyes at my annoying “what’s in this?” questions. And believe me, if I was her, I’da rolled my eyes – at least secretly.
  • If you’re an onion ring enthusiast, you’d be a fool not to order them
  • There are 10-15 tables total in this place so if you’ve got a big party, call ahead.
  • Parking on Sunday evenings isn’t terrible, think I only had to go around the block once (huge win in my book)
  • The 90’s R&B music playing in the background is freakin awesome, but clearly, I love 90’s music

Bon Appetit!

If you check it out, we’d love to know what you think.

Ever Had a Dance Party in The Woods?

24 May

Dance party at Grim’s on Floor 3 @danceinthewoods

Rated | Crazy
Revealed | Old school dance party on the Hill
Reminds me of | I Like by Guy

You know it was a good night when you close the place down, the giggles spill out into the street, and the bootleg paparazzi are still trying to capture the Kodak moment. I can’t say that’s what I planned for when I left the house for a dinner party on Friday, but that’s certainly how it went…and I loved (almost) every minute of it.

Mentally preparing to “man up”

Last Friday, just as I was heading into Xscape mode — kick off my shoes and relax my feet – everyone around me was getting their drink on second wind. In my delirium, I hear “no, that salsa place is closed. How about…” admittedly, I closed my eyes real tight as if to avoid the monster under my bed that goes away when I can’t see him. Unfortunately, I’m an adult and it doesn’t work that way. I opened my eyes and knew I had to mentally prepare myself for a night on the town. First thought: “Thank God I wore this today.” Second thought: “So glad I just got my hair done!” If I feel good about the hair and the fit, I can always get my mind right – even if it requires a running start.

Dance Party in The Woods

Girls’ night out

I overheard “Oh yea, you’ll like Grim’s” and I look over at my friend who is wide-eyed and smiley, and I immediately  turned my internal frown upside down. In truth, the hill -Capitol Hill- is far from my go-to guy. Parking nightmares and cover charges give me hives, but Grim’s has a special place in my heart and and inspires me to chock it up. Background story, my first time a Grim’s was for a close friend who held a private going away party on the 2nd floor Butterfly Room. I love him, but some of his female friends are dumb as rocks and I can only take so much. When I ventured upstairs to take a break from the groupies young ladies with high-pitched voices, I found myself in The Woods and didn’t come back down until the party was over! The DJ was dope! So good, I didn’t really care that only 1 of 3 people around me could find the beat. Honestly, it’s the type of place you can has so much fun NO ONE ELSE around you matters. And on this girls’ night, like any other at Grim’s, the 80’s and 90’s music transported me to another place and all I had no choice but to let my feet, arms and dance face take over. It made me forget about the annoying line outside. Forget about how hot it was inside. Forget that I was soooo ready for a nap only 60 minutes ago.

Keep the party goin

You can’t really go wrong with cocktails in a mason jar and Michael Jackson, Adina Howard or DJ Quick playin on the 1’s and 2’s #justsayin. Yes, we had out lil sista circle of dancing ladies, but there were plenty of couples enjoying themselves as well as dudes clearly on a prowl mission guy’s night out. One of the best things about Grim’s is that if you have a mixed group of friends, everyone can have fun here – there’s 1st floor bar with cafeteria style seating for the rhythmically challenged or those with sore feet, the 2nd floor is pretty chill (it’s too snug to be anything else) and the 3rd floor is where the real party is at if you like you shake it fast – or slow I suppose, but that’s just extra IMO. The potential parking madness, line to get in and $5 cover to get up to The Woods is totally worth it, and I’m high maintenance selective.

We had an awesome time, found a spot to dance near the fans, and partied until they turned on the lights. Laughter and snapshots spilled into the streets and we had some fun reunions on the way to the car. Friends from college, random break dancers. All good stuff. Turns out the Capitol Hill isn’t just for hipsters. Who knew?

Break dancers don’t need a dance floor

Henry & Oscar’s: Kickin’ it old school in Belltown

21 May

Henry and Oscar look like cool dudes

Rated | Cool

Revealed | Chill hangout spot in Belltown

Reminds me of | L.O.V.E. by Nat King Cole

Last week me and the man had an impromptu date night when we got free tickets to see “What To Expect When You’re Expecting”. We decided to keep the party going down at Henry and Oscars with their late night happy hour. Street parking was plentiful near 4th and Vine which is always a nice way to kick off a night out. When we arrived, things were a bit quiet with just a few folks at the bar and a group of people over by the fireplace (consider that area mine next time!). Music from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s welcomed us into our seats near the bar as we settled in for some food and drinks. Our server Marisa was super nice and looked super cute in her uniform that echoed the mid-century style present in other elements of the restaurant.

Chicken Parm Sliders…Nom

From the happy hour menu, I selected the Chicken Parmesan Sliders and the man had the House Made Sausage Sliders. Both were quite tasty although we proabably should have ordered some fries or something else on the because sliders are small (duh Leslie). Although I didn’t partake in any adult beverages that night, the next time I visit I will join the “Henry and Oscars Social Club” which comes with a custom engraved martini glass and a free drink! When it was time wrap it up and head out, Marisa brought us the check with two Hershey’s Kisses. What a sweet ending to date night.

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