Catering tasting: Herban Feast at Sodo Park

Let’s talk about Herban Feast catering, shall we?

First of all, they know how to put on a beautiful event. Their home venue, Sodo Park, is in a gritty, industrial area of south Seattle, but the interior is gorgeously airy and rustic. This is like the hot place to get married right now… but I like our venue better, obviously.

The tasting was cruise-themed, with appropriate nautical decor and catering coordinators dressed in navy and white stripes. The food was set up in stations:

And we tasted ev-er-y-thing (minus the martini).

Our favorite appetizers were the spicy chicken endive leaf spoons (center) and sweet potato crab cakes (second from right).

The farmer’s market summer salad was good, but had nothing on the heavenly grapefruit-goat cheese salad from our first tasting.

As for entrees, the tender beef loin was, well, incredibly tender. The salmon and gnocchi were a bit dry, and the chicken breast was just OK, but the accompanying roasted lemon & caper sauce was the bomb.

Now let’s talk about the s’more parfait.

Holy shit, you guys. This was A-MAZ-ING. From top to bottom, it was a layer of toasted, molten marshmallow, a layer of chocolate mousse, a layer of gooey caramel, and a swirl of crumbled graham crackers spanning the bottom layers. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!!!

I’m actually getting kind of upset typing this because I don’t know when, if ever, I can have this s’more parfait in my life again.

That’s right — we’re not hiring Herban Feast. Not because the food isn’t good (it’s great), but because it just didn’t grab us the way the first caterer did (that salad!) and we already have a fantastic potential menu planned with them.

And that concludes our brief but wonderful catering tasting journey… until we do our cupcake tasting in early 2014, that is. I’ll be counting down the days!

For dinner…

I don’t post about food much, but I actually find it interesting to know what other people eat. Tonight I’m a little proud of my dinner, since it involved baking fish (which makes me feel like a grown-up for some reason), so I’m gonna lay it on you.

I made baked tilapia with lemon and garlic. I adapted it from this recipe, and did this:

– rinse 2 tilapia filets and pat dry with paper towels
– mince 2 cloves of garlic and sautee in 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil for a few minutes
– place tilapia in a baking dish and squeeze the juice of one lemon over both filets
– pour butter/olive oil/garlic mixture over filets
– bake at 375 degrees until tilapia is white and flakes easily with a fork, about 30 minutes

I didn’t have parsley flakes like the recipe called for, but I imagine that would be yummy! I had one filet for dinner and the other will be for lunch tomorrow (score!).

I also ate half of a red bell pepper and half of an avocado while the fish baked. The other halves will be for lunch as well.

I usually eat light after working out, since it kind of kills my hunger anyway. But I find that if I don’t eat at all/don’t eat enough, my tummy will be rumbling by the time I go to bed and I won’t sleep well. Tonight’s dinner was light, but filling.

In terms of other dinners, I am currently obsessed with:

– salads with romaine lettuce, diced tomatoes, avocado and a carmelized onion/poppyseed dressing
– red bell peppers
– toasted flat bread with hummus
– sliced zucchini and yellow squash sauteed in olive oil
– asparagus sauteed in olive oil
– penne pasta with olive oil and parmesan

I’m very much a creature of habit and go through phases of eating the same things over and over. I’ve eaten plain oatmeal for breakfast — just ½ cup oats and 1 cup of water in the microwave — for about a year now, and I don’t crave any variation on that.

This is a good thing in the sense that I can stick to healthy eating habits once I’ve developed them, but maybe bad in terms of have a varied diet. Oh, well — I just like what I like!

Run, run, drink, fail

Monday: 3 miles, 31 minutes, 10:20 pace. Big sweaty times at the gym.

Tuesday: 3.85 miles, 40 minutes, 10:23 pace. My first successful tempo run — 15 minutes at 10:42 pace, 15 minutes at 9:40 pace, 10 minutes at 10:42 pace. My right leg started to feel weird near the end, like I tied my shoe too tightly.

Wednesday: Quarterly bonus day at work! We had a party in the afternoon, and by “a party,” I mean quite a bit of food and booze at a swanky lounge downtown. Yum!

Today: 3 miles, 31 minutes, 10:20 pace. I wanted this run to be over the minute it started. My right shin and knee hurt, both legs felt like lead, etc. I blame the food. And the free booze (I had a bit).

Tomorrow: Executive decision: 5 miles (per training plan) will be postponed until Saturday; beginner yoga class will happen instead. Hopefully the shin/knee situation will resolve itself in the midst of a down dog.

On an unrelated note: Sauteed asparagus is so good. Fresh red bell pepper dipped in roasted red pepper hummus is so good. My dinner = so good.