I got a rather amazing email the other day from Klout. I thought it was a spam mail.
They were offering me a 3 day, 2 night, all expenses paid trip to Seattle. You can hate me a little right now, I kind of do. I have no idea how I got this perk, other than I talk a lot and love the heck out of Seattle. And you can be there will be a TON of tweets and a blog post out of that trip.
So after I picked my traveling buddy (Boy Wonder is accompanying me on this quest. Chef is still in the middle of his 2 Year Challenge, or I’d be dragging him into this), I had to come up with an itinerary.
Not that I can’t travel without one, but I like to have a general idea of what we want to do, or we end up spending all our time staring at maps instead of experiencing something. And Seattle has a LOT to experience.
Oh, son. You are too young to know that is probably not the best thing to say to your mother.
So I took to Twitter, which I often do when I’m trying to find a good restaurant or a suggestion for something to watch or advice on whether or not it’s a big deal that Chuck is wearing two different shoes. Somehow, after a lot of reading on the 2 Days in Seattle site….I found my plan.
Boy Wonder and I have never had a really nice restaurant meal. I mean, the nicest place we’ve ever been is Cheesecake Factory. For serious.
Plus, I’ve got some super secret culinary plans that I’ll announce sometime soon…promise….so this plan is perfect.
Plus, Tom Douglas is the first professional chef I ever met, his cookbook is one I read all the time (and have NEVER tried to cook from…I need to nut up, really) and he looks like a nice combination between my father and my brother. Plus, he seems like a nice man. (I can only speak to the five minutes I talked to him back in 2003…)
Plus, the hotel we are staying at is located in an incredibly convenient location, where all destinations in this plan are between 3 and 16 minutes away (walking).
So, while Boy Wonder and I are in Seattle for our incredible trip (thank you, Seattle Tourism Bureau), we will be hitting all 12 Tom Douglas joints. From Serious Pie (both of them….and it’s too bad we are going on a weekend they don’t have a class!) to Ting Momo to Etta’s.
I will have to run into Brave Horse by myself though – not that Boy Wonder isn’t mature enough, but he definitely cannot pass for 21.
I know we are in for a LOT of good food, a fancy meal (or two?) and a great time. Boy Wonder and I do love a challenge.
So Tom? Congrats on your James Beard award this year, you totally deserve it. And I am very excited to finally be able to enjoy some of your food, instead of just looking through the window or reading your cookbooks.
And if you’re in town, we would love to meet you!