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Highline – Seattle, WA

Published January 27, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

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I’ve been super beat lately adjusting to the new job wake up time. Getting up at the time I got used to going to bed for the last 3 months, has been a bit rough, so I apologize for the little hiatus of slacking here at the blog. Also, because Highline is one of our favorite places in Seattle so far, I wanted to make sure to give you a proper review, so I took my time writing it over the course of a few visits.

I say proper review, because I’m the type of person that reads a lot of reviews, and I found some of the reviews I read about Highline before going to be highly inaccurate. So I will start by setting the record straight!

Debunking the Highline myths created by happycow and yelp reviewers…

The first thing you need to know about Highline is that it is a BAR. A pub. A lounge. A venue. They also serve food, but that doesn’t automatically mean you can bring your children in here. It is NOT a family restaurant, that’s why it says NO MINORS on the front door. IT IS A BAR.

The second thing  you need to know is that Highine isn’t a dive bar contrary to what several reviewers seem to believe. Not to say that dive bars are bad in any way. I love dive bars, but bars with granite counter tops don’t qualify as dive bars in my book, maybe that’s just me.

The third thing I read and found untrue, was that it’s in a trashy neighborhood? Umm? It’s right on Broadway, in Capitol Hill. Do you think that’s a bad neighborhood, because I don’t. Yes, it’s directly upstairs from a store that sells lingerie and adult toys, but it’s actually a very nice store, with a thoughtful layout and a professional staff. 🙂

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Things that are true about Highline?

They have delicious food, it’s all vegan, and most of it wouldn’t really be considered health food. Now, there are a few salads on the menu (which I have yet to try!), but what they do exquisitely well is bar food. For example, they have vegan fish and chips. Seriously. The above burrito is actually what brought us in for the 1st time. They had it as their daily special, and Thomas needed a burrito fix badly one afternoon, so we decided to go check it out.

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I had the THE PELE wrap $8 / Maple teriyaki tempeh with pineapple, spinach, cabbage, red onions, miso-sriracha aioli, which as you can imagine was absolutely awesome.

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We shared the pickle chips, which have become Thomas’ new favorite food. They come served with ranch dressing. They kick butt.

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Here is the full bar as glimpsed over the shiny granite counter top. Highline doesn’t just pour icy cold beers, they also have a large list of house infused liquors and signature drinks. I’m a big fan of the ginger infused bourbon. In fact, that’s mostly what I drank all night on New Year’s when we came back for a special NYE edition CAKEAROKE (karaoke with vegan cake).  Here is my New Year’s cupcake being presented to me by Joe the bartender.

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Granite aside, it’s a pretty punk rock place, which we love. A lot of the staff is in, or tours with bands, and you’ll find lots and lots of ink, piercings and dreads on both the help and the customers. They also HAD a bad bathroom situation going, (but they would give you a key to the nicer bathroom in the hallway adjacent to the bar, if you asked!) but that has recently been remedied!

And this is not just a place for vegans either, pretty much everyone cool that we meet seems to love Highline, and like the food. Here’s their appetizer list…

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I really need to try those sweet potato tater tots next! And here are their nachos…

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They’re supposed to come with a nooch sauce too, but didn’t the day I ordered these. Didn’t matter, they were still super good.

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Along with some pickle chips, we also split an order of SATAN FINGERS with buffalo sauce that were fantastic.

I highly recommend Highline if you’re in Seattle. We plan on taking all of our friends here when they visit. We have yet to be there for a band night, but they have all kinds of things go down here like all you can eat spaghetti and movie nights, trivia night, the aforementioned cakearokee, and an industrial night too.

Highline is located at 210 Broadway E, Seattle, Washington 98102. Open Mon – Fri: 3:00 pm – 2:00 am and they open extra early on the weekend for BRUNCH! Sat – Sun: 11:00 am – 2:00 am (206) 328-7837, highlinevolume@gmail.com, http://www.highlineseattle.com

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Vida Vegan Tech Seminar – Seattle

Published December 3, 2012 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

I know I’m way overdue in telling you about the Vida Vegan Con Tech Seminar. Fortunately, I had already uploaded the pics of the seminar to WordPress after the fact. Otherwise they would have been lost in New Orleans with the rest of the pics that I hadn’t done that with, when my phone crashed to it’s untimely death on Bourbon Street!

I have much to tell you about our 8 day travel from South Florida to Seattle, but I’ll start chronologically with the two weeks I spent in Seattle. You’ll be surprised to know it actually isn’t a whole lot either, because I spent most of those 2 weeks sick as a dog. But on to the conference…

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This was me sitting at the bus stop in West Seattle. I had done a trial of bussing into town a couple days before to make sure I had the hang of it in time for the conference. I nailed it. 🙂

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The seminar was held downtown at the Seattle public library, and it’s a very cool looking building. The 4th floor is where all the meeting rooms are, and it looks like how I imagine the inside of womb. This is the view as you step off the elevator.

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I found my tweeps right away including Molly, Brit, Helen, and Dawn, whom I had never met before in person. We chatted for a little while and then got serious with our notebooks as the first speaker took the mic. We had an interesting variety of topics that day, starting first with HTML, and writing code for websites. I’ll admit, it was a bit over my head. My skills in this department are limited to using templates, and copying and pasting code to customize when I’m feeling fancy.

Seminar topics included Nuts n Bolts of Webpage, Blog Design in an Ever-Changing Digital Landscape, Podcasting on a Budget, Shooting, Editing and Integrating Video, and Next Level Social Media.

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Lunch was provided Veggie Grill, which is now in Seattle! These were the Santa Fe Crispy Chickin’ sandwiches ($8.95) which were absolutely awesome and made up of Fried Chickin’, lettuce, tomato, red onion, avocado, spicy vegan mayo!

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Also provided was their All Hail Kale salad (Yay, kale!) ($8.45 in stores) consisting of Marinated kale and red cabbage, corn salsa, agave-roasted walnuts, and ginger-papaya vinaigrette. SUPER good.

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Lunch would not have been complete without dessert, and little carrot cakes also came with the spread. I’m not a big sweets person, so I wasn’t crazy about the very sweet carrot cake, but they had also given us Mighty-O Donut holes that morning, so I might had already reached my sweets capacity for that day.

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My first helping. Followed by another half a sandwich and another helping of kale. Mmmm!

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They also had bags and bags of Pacific Northwest Kale Chips, which were incredible. Here are Brit & Molly showing off their bags.

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They had two flavors. Both had a little spicy kick.

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The cilantro, jalapeno were my favorite.

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This was one of the slides from the introduction to Helen & Dawn’s presentation. And here’s one more of them prepping for the talk.

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It was a really nice experience overall. It was great to meet the Vida Vegan Con girls, and we got to take in plenty of good food and inspiring information. I was definitely able to start using some of the tips right away, and am planning to do more in the near future.

Posts should be coming back to a normal pace of frequency now that we’ve got the WIFI situation setup at home!

Thai 65 – Seattle’s University District & Seattle Update!

Published November 2, 2012 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

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Hey everyone! I’m alive! Just a quick update from Seattle. I arrived Tuesday and have been busy trying to get us an apartment since I got here. Great news is, it looks like we’ll be getting the apartment we had been eyeing for the last year after all, and Ganon & I could be moving in as soon as today or tomorrow! Speaking of tomorrow, I have the Vida Vegan Con tech seminar tomorrow where a couple of my twitter friends, Helen of Vegtastic! And Dawn of Veganmoxie will be giving presentations. And it’s being catered by the much buzzed about Veggie Grill, which I happened to see by coincidence last night in the University district.

We had gone there just to check out the area, and were overwhelmed by all the great choices of food! Vietnamese, Thai, and Indian were a toss up, but we ended up at Thai 65 in the end. I had a DELICIOUS Orange Tofu with brown rice, ordered heat level 4 (the hottest – “very hot”). Our server told us to order 4, because it’s not a traditional Thai scale of heat, and he was correct. I totally forgot we had ordered it with heat at all until he checked in with us at the end. Still, it was a nice tingle. 🙂

I have a phone interview today at 2 for a per diem job that could lead to a 2nd, in person interview, so wish me luck! Also wish me luck on getting in to the apt today, b/c I am actually limping from all the walking I did around downtown’s crazy steep streets yesterday, and I would like a short distance to get to my seminar tomorrow. Which actually, come to think, I need to google the location of again! Which is at the central library, and extremely close to our new place!!

Talk to you soon!

<3,
Ty

AFR Tamarind BBQ, Roasted Brussel Sprouts and our move to SEATTLE!

Published September 28, 2012 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

This is something I made months ago! I’ve been ridiculously behind on blog posts, but I think it really all worked out, because October is VEGANMOFOVegan Month of Food, and I have plenty to blog about! October is always the darling of this household’s calendar because of things like pumpkin beers and pie, and of course, Halloween, but this year it’s going to be an extra bit hectic because we will also be preparing for our MOVE TO SEATTLE! I’m flying out to Seattle on October 30th with Ganon (our kitty) and as much clothing as possible, and then coming back in 2 weeks to do the drive with Thomas. We’re very excited, and that extra long road trip will be packed with vegan goodness as we travel from south Florida to New Orleans, Austin, San Diego, LA, San Francisco, and finally Seattle. We’ll even get to spend Thanksgiving in Santa Monica/ LA, which will be VERY cool! 🙂

This is definitely one of my favorite dishes from Appetite for Reduction. I served it over some brown rice, and tossed in some roasted brussel sprouts for an awesome, easy meal that all cooks at the same time! The rice cooks while the other two bake up together. I just swapped their positions halfway to ensure even baking.

The full recipe for the sprouts is in my recipe tab at the top of the page, but I’ll post the simple version here for you too. This lovely, warm, comforting meal was just SO good!

Simple Oven Roasted Brussel sprouts

small to medium brussel sprouts
extra virgin olive oil
sea salt & fresh ground pepper to taste, I used smoked pepper

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven according to directions for AFR dish, and prepare a cookie sheet.

2. Wash sprouts and trim off the brown ends. Remove any yellow or unappealing looking leaves, and cut in half if medium to large in size. Little ones are fine left whole.

2. Place sprouts in a bowl and spray or drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss with hands to coat.

3. Bake right along with tempeh. Don’t forget to switch the positions of the trays halfway! They should be nicely browned and just starting to blacken on top; this is the where the toasty sweet flavor comes from, but keep an eye on them so they don’t burn up!

 

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Thomas & Ty take Seattle

Published December 27, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

So with all the holiday rush and traveling we’ve been doing I didn’t really get to tell you about our trip to Seattle. Instead of making separate posts, I’ll just include everything in this one, and try to keep it concise for the sake of brevity.

So we stayed at the Maxwell Hotel in lower Queen Anne. It was really, really close to the space needle and sci-fi museum, and also only one building away from Bamboo Garden, an all vegan (except the fortune cookies have eggs!) chinese restaurant. (Behind the blue building.)

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The first place we went to eat was Bang, Bang Cafe. It’s a cute little breakfast and lunch place in Belltown that has vegan options & Mighty-O Donuts (all vegan), as well as incredibly tasty vegan mac n cheese that even omnis rave about on yelp. I had a VBLT, which was terrific, and Thomas & I split a scoop of the mac n cheese and a cinnamon & sugar doughnut that we got for half price. (day old!) Since the doughnut was so good & cheap, we grabbed two more to eat with our morning beverages in the hotel. Mmm!

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Me: “look! real christmas trees! with pine cones! 🙂

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Me: “i want a purple volvo!”

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Then we headed down to the Pike Place Market and did some window shopping. I also picked up a wreath of hot peppers (not pictured) for my dad from the market, from Alvarez farms.

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Then we met up with Anthony, Karen and Edgar, and headed over to Plum Bistro for happy hour. Unfortunately, Thomas & I were still full from lunch since it was early, but we had some tasty beers. Afterwards we hit up the Elliot Bay Book company and a record shop, and managed to work up an appetite just in time to miss the happy hour pricing for our dinner! I couldn’t take any pictures because my phone was dying, but we took some bad ones in a hurry with Thomas’ phone. We split a salad and ordered burgers since we were trying to be somewhat frugal. It was good, and it was expensive.

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Then Thomas & I walked the entire distance of Capitol Hill, through downtown, and back up towards Queen Anne. We both took night time shots of the space needle. This is mine. Thomas’ was way better.

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I thought it was pretty cool that a lot of places there had not only recycling next the to garbage cans, but also composting! This was at one of the MANY Starbuck’s.

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Saturday we got dressed up and decided to try to get into Seattle’s member’s only goth club. However after waiting for the bus twice, and seeing the time, we decided it’d just be easier to hang out at a bar close by. By chance we found a bar with the best array of kareoke music that suited our taste. Consequently I sang 3 songs. That’s a record for me. And we drank a lot of Blue Moon.

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Unfortunately the combination of eating dinner WAY early and drinking beer way late did not agree that well with my stomach. So Sunday brunch was in bed with takeout from said Bamboo Garden that was right by our hotel. Turns out it was really tasty, and the mongolian beef was incredible!

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Later we met up with my dear friend Kat, whom I hadn’t seen for about 15 years. We met up with her at Teapot Vegetarian House Restaurant (all vegan). Since I ate lunch so late, I just had some ginger tea, and tried Kat & Thomas’ dishes, which were pretty yummy. (Below.)

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I wanted to check out Remedy Teas (downstairs) and found that they had vegan baked goods. I decided to go with some simple and delicious, thick sliced mulit-grain toast and vegan butter. (PS- They have 150 teas!) We also got a couple of goodies to go, which proved to be yummy.

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After this we walked through Capitol Hill again, and stopped by the Elysian Brewing Company and had a couple of beers. Then we took our final stroll through the downtown area before heading back to our hotel to sleep before we headed out in the morning.

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