We’ve officially entered the holiday season. And when I say season, I don’t mean Thanksgiving and Christmas. Somehow every single important date in our family got crammed together into 11 1/2 weeks of the entire year. Irving and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary yesterday. Thanksgiving is Thursday. My birthday is Monday. Christmas is 3 weeks later. And to keep things going, both Irving’s and David’s birthdays are in the first half of February. And then we’re done, for the whole year, until the next November 24th.
Let’s back up to our anniversary for a minute (we’ll tackle Thanksgiving in the next post). Irving took me to a restaurant named Canlis, arguably one of the swankiest restaurants in all of Seattle. I’ve always wanted to go, just once, to check it out and see what it was like. A few months ago one of my friends went and told me that they will make an entire vegan tasting menu for you. Sold. So I dropped a few hints and finally Irving let me know that he’d made reservations for dinner, and for a table with a view overlooking Seattle! I was so excited, and they really delivered. I have a few pictures to share with you, although I don’t think they do any of the food justice. I was trying hard not to be an obnoxious blogger with my phone out the whole meal, and I also wanted to enjoy the evening. But I managed to snap at least one picture of each item. Basically, I got the 7 course vegetarian tasting menu veganized. Delicious!
Clockwise, Top L – R: Appetizer of cucumber and tomato, pickled radish, and chickpea cake, bowl of olives (in lieu of bread made with butter), the most amazing ever Squash Honeycrisp Apple Soup, Pickled beets and radishes with micro greens and a cherry sauce
Clockwise Top L-R: Gewurtztraminer cocktail (sweet wine) juice with lemon juice and bitters, Carrots with cauliflower and carrot puree, Truffle fries (ordered a la carte because they just sounded good!), and butternut squash medallions with pear and artichoke purees, sage, capers, and pepitas
Clockwise L-R: Roasted cauliflower and mushrooms with a romanesco sauce, pineapple sorbet with fresh fruits, and a palate cleanser of shaved frozen pear
Everything was delicious, but my very favorite was the beets. The funny thing is that I don’t really like beets, but being vegan, if the menu is set, I try not to ask for many changes and just try some new things. So glad I did—they were delicious. My other favorite of the night was how they matched our desserts. Irving had the creme brûlée, and they garnished his with the same fruits and a scoop of the sorbet that I had. It was a really nice touch! Sadly, we probably won’t be back anytime real soon, as we’d like to be able to help David go to college some day, but I’m sure we’ll make it back eventually!
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