Does this look good to you? What if I told you this whole dish is less than 200 calories? I never thought I could get behind spiralized zucchini and cashew cream sauce but it is legit. It really tastes creamy... hard to believe when you find out it's just nuts and water.
It is super easy to make -- I go back and forth between zucchini and sweet potatoes.
I got my spiralizer from the Hip Foodie Mom -- she now uses a Kitchen Aid attachment so she has no need for one she gave me! Yahoo!
When I make these, I roll out four or five zucchinis for the week.
I really like the recipe from a Pinch of Yum but I add a little pinch of pesto or Parmesan cheese to mine. Whatever I feel like!
I had the coolest opportunity to host a fireside chat with GIPHY founder Alex Chung. What a humble, intelligent, creative, honest person! He had no issue with talking about how to start a start-up, venture capitalists, angels and all the stuff that makes my head spin about business.
Alex is from the Seattle area and has been behind a number of start-ups... it's the nature of the industry.
His company is basically a Google for GIFs. (Make sure you say it with a hard G -- we're not talking peanut butter here.) His company is worth at least $600 million... but to him, it's just on paper. He joked that he still lives in a one-bedroom apartment in New York City.
The event was hosted by the Korean American Coalition, Twitter Devs of Seattle, PuPPy, and TUNE. What incredible groups of people!
These are the kind of events I live for - don't get me wrong, I love helping organizations and causes but helping facilitate real, genuine conversations is what building community is all about. Plus I don't get a ton of anxiety trying to be funny.
Alex talked very openly and honestly about what it takes to start a start-up. He is so successful and brilliant but he was able to give us a few takeaways that even the dullest bulbs can understand. I say that because when you're surrounded by a bunch of techies you tend to feel a little inadequate with a journalism degree.
Alex is not afraid of failure. Once you listen to Alex, you may start wondering if you've been playing it too safe. I mean, here's a guy who's had a number of start-ups with the understanding and acceptance that many will fail. Does it stop him? Nope.
Alex believes work should be fun. Alex will tell you that building a start-up is much like creating a band. You should surround yourself with people you like, people you want to go on a road trip with, people you like to have fun with. I know most of us can't always pick who we work with but I am going to try to go a roadtrip mode.
Alex says money isn't really all that it's cracked up to be. I mean, that's what I took from it. If your company is worth $600 million or $600, what does that change? The valuation of a company is what it's worth on paper. That being said, Alex is doing aiiight but the company so far hasn't really generated revenue. Don't worry, it's coming. I mean, Alex thought what I did for a living was cool... and the whole time I was thinking, "man, I wish I could be in charge of a multi-million dollar GIF company."
Special thanks to Matthew Benuska for the pics!
BTW, there's a tech talk November 30 at TUNE on Cassandra for Analytics!
I'm not going to lie, this is stolen from the south. This is Carolina crab dip adjusted to fit the perfect Pacific Northwest potluck.
There are a few things that the south does better foodwise than anywhere else -- spicy shrimp and grits, oyster roasts, Calabash shrimp, hush puppies and CAROLINA CRAB DIP.
Since we're in crab country in the Pacific Northwest, I thought I'd share my crab dip recipe. Admittedly, it's taken from the Oceanic Restaurant, one of the most well-known restaurants in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. It is a must-stop for because of the incredible views!
OCEANIC'S FAMOUS CRAB DIP
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 cup mayonnaise
8 ounces softened cream cheese
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon horseradish
2 dashes of Tabasco sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1 pound crab (the recipe calls for Backfin crab but since we're in the PNW, let's go with Dungeness)
Saute the garlic in butter under tender. Add the flour, cook for about five minutes and stir constantly. Remove from heat.
Stir in the mayo, cream cheese, lemon juice, horseradish, Tabasco, salt and pepper. Fold in the crab. Spoon into a baking dish and bake in a 375 degree oven for 15 minutes until golden brown and bubbly.
*Recipe from Seaboard to Sideboard from the Junior League of Wilmington NC
I literally googled "downtown Seattle date night" and surprisingly found little help.
The first result was about the summertime, so I didn't put much stock into the rest of it. So here's what our date night looked like -- nothing too crazy but in case any newbies or visitors want an idea, here are some starters...
1. Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar - The restaurant was started by D.K. Kodama in Hawaii. He and his restaurants are award-winning and wildly popular. The latest opening in Seattle is the brand's first on the mainland.
Until the end of November, you can order a $16 Michelle Li "TLC" roll made with spicy salmon, cucumber, avocado, habanero-infused masago and aioli (to name a few ingredients.) $8 will go to the Pike Place Market Foundation, which helps support the people who live and work at the world-famous Pike Place Market.
Jake Whittenberg and I have a friendly wager. His roll - the KING 5 roll - is up for grabs as well. His charity is Mary's Place. His roll is made with tempura shrimp, king salmon, avocado, cucumber, spicy tuna and jalapeno masago. OMG!
2. Seattle Art Museum - A short walk will bring you to the museum but there is a catch -- it closes at 5 p.m. most days. However, do a quick search for the museum's REMIX night and you've got it back as an option until midnight! People in line were so excited about the event... really something for everyone there.
3. Dessert at Shug's Soda Fountain and Ice Cream: Super bright and airy. One scoop will only set you back about $4 and you may even get a little more like 1.5 scoops if you order it with a waffle cone. I highly recommend the salted caramel.
4. Unexpected Productions - Improv at its best right inside Pike Place Market next to the Gum Wall. Funny folks with a great knack for customer service. It's one of Yelp's most rewarded places thanks to director Kent Whipple. Try to go to Seattle Theatresports, the city's longest running show! It's a really entertaining group!
I hope that helps anyone who might be looking for an idea or two. I am too old and cheap to spend it barhopping -- so at least here are a few things that can give you a Seattle memory!