After Wednesday’s barefoot running in the sleet-rain-slush-tornado weather, I was eager to hop on a plane to Seattle, Washington, Thursday morning. Three of my coworkers and I headed there for an afternoon business meeting in Redmond. We landed in Seattle, got our rental SUV, drove to Redmond, had lunch, had a three hour meeting, drove back to Seattle, had dinner, then less than twelve hours after arriving in Seattle, it was wheels up on the red-eye back to DC.
Before departing, the person we were in town to meet with suggested we grab dinner at Lola, which is a Tom Douglas restaurant. Tom Douglas is a restauranteur in Seattle, who defeated Masaharu Morimoto on Iron Chef America. The mediterranean-style Lola is a true haven for a budding foodie.
I only had my iphone on me (yeah, not going to bust out the big camera to take food pictures at a business dinner), so these pictures do NOT do the food justice. It was spectacular.
One of our appetizers: kebabs with halloumi cheese, fig, and fig balsamic. UNBELIEVABLE.
One of my coworkers’ meal — chickpea fritters, tabouleh salad, tahini sauce, and flatbread:
My meal, which tasted better than it looks — half a dungeness crab:
Everything at this place was delicious. If you ever happen to find yourself in Seattle, do yourself a favor and eat at Lola.
I hate taking red-eyes, but it is totally worth it to me to get back to my children faster. Plus, it gives me the opportunity to rest a bit before the weekend. The flight was uneventful, but I wasn’t able to sleep. I had a stop in Charlotte with less than an hour to change planes. Since our flight from Seattle arrived 16 minutes late, I knew there was very little chance I was going to make my connecting flight, but the flight attendants said we should run for it. So I did. And of course, Merfy’s Law, the gates were as far apart as possible.
I ran, with my carry-on baggage, from gate B12 (1) to gate E22 (2). I got there to find out they’d closed the plane and I’d have to take the next flight to DC, which was boarding in five minutes from gate C16 (3). Run run run!
See the pink dot? That’s Jamba Juice, which I had to run by not once, but twice, unable to stop. So depressing. I had to settle for this:
And after all that, my second flight was delayed by an hour because they needed to change the filters in the smoke detectors. Yeah.
By the time I arrived in DC, I’d been awake for 26 hours. I was feeling somewhat delirious, and my feet were bleeding and blistered from all the running. My cute cheetah-print flats are not meant for running. I got home, watched the American Idol results show on the DVR to see who got eliminated, and went to sleep for the rest of the day.
Tonight, we went to Unos for dinner and sat outside on the patio since it was so beautiful out. I had a fig, broccoli, and goat cheese pizza on five-grain crust. I’m all into figs now after my fig kebabs at Lola!
We especially love the mini desserts at Uno. I got the Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, and my husband got the Mini Macadamia Nut White Chocolate Chunk Deep Dish Cookie Sundae.
Good grief, I just looked up the nutritional information, and these “mini” desserts are over 300 calories and 22 grams of fat. I feel less awesome about this now. But it was really yummy. 😉
Now, I have a terrible headache, probably due to disrupted sleep, long flights, and changing altitudes. Time to get some sleep so I’m ready for the typical soccer-game and birthday-party filled weekend!!!