Getting set up
I’m now into my third week of living here in Seattle. So far? I’m liking it. After living in Las Vegas for 5 1/2 years, the climate is an adjustment for me.. I’m one of those weird people who actually like hot, dry climates. But I’m originally from Los Angeles, where the humidity level is similar, and I can learn to deal with more grey skies and rain. And hey, now I have an excuse to buy new clothes and shoes!
Right now Adam and I are living in temporary quarters on the Eastside of town, and if all goes well, will be moving into our new home the end of this month. Fingers crossed! Work-wise, my story is a bit complicated. I’m through one week of a month long stint of employment; after the first week of October, who knows. But since I’m working downtown for now, I’ll have a chance to explore a few restaurants there.
Food wise, the main thing I’ve noticed here is an overwhelming focus on local, organic, and sustainable products. I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am to have such an abundance of this available! While I enjoyed my time in Vegas, and found some incredible restaurants, one thing that I found quite challenging was to try to live sustainably. Living in the middle of a desert is just not that conducive to it. Yes, you can find local produce, but it’s a challenge. Try to get that organic, and it’s even more of a challenge. Farmer’s markets were few, and had only a handful of produce vendors. I tried, but struggled to get most things to grow in my backyard. And fresh seafood? Umm… no.
Case in point. A couple of weeks ago, Adam and I went to the Ballard farmers market, and walked by one of several fishmongers. The guy told us he’d caught salmon the day before, smoked it overnight, and this morning, voila. There it was. It was without question the best smoked salmon I’ve ever tasted… soft, mild, and so unbelievably fresh and delicious it almost brought tears to our eyes! Things like this make me quite happy.
Anyway, I already have a backlog of blog entries to set up and write, and will get to this asap. Hopefully my Seattlemusings co-writers will want to help out. Hint hint… =)