I spent the entire month of June in Seattle visiting family and friends! Its always fun to be a tourist where you are from and rediscover all that you have missed after being away for so long! I visited Pike Place Market, attended several Seattle Mariners games, took a ferry to the islands and had the opportunity to play Chambers Bay where they had played The US OPEN the week before! I was also able to attend my nieces high school graduation and head up to Bellingham to see friends I have not seen in years. I also attended the Kenny Chesney / Jason Aldean concert. Chesney is the best and the people watching was out-of-this-world! The weather was unseasonably spectacular! Without question it was a wonderful trip filled with countless memories!
No, I did not win The US OPEN, but I did have a chance to photo-op with the historical trophy and play the very difficult course. When I attended the practice round for The Open, it was clear the course was going to be the most difficult I have ever played. The hilly terrain, narrow fairways and questionable greens made for an adventerous round of golf. There are no golf carts at Chambers Bay. Although I did not score particularly well, I was proud to have completed the more than 8-mile hike around the course in 88 degree weather. I feel blessed to have been able to play the round with my brother Ian.
In my on-going quest to have the best Bloody Mary, I stumbled across SAMS TAVERN on Capitol Hill in Seattle. Their bloody has just about every possible topping-including two mini-burgers. They call themselves a burger joint, but they are more like the ultimate dive-bar. The service is great, fun beer selection and the food is incredible. Best time to go is in the middle of the day. They are slammed with a line out the door on weekend nights.
CHEF is everything I wanted it to be! Its a must see if you have worked in the food industry or know someone who has. Jon Favereau is brilliant in the lead role in this movie. CHEF pays attention to detail as it tells a simple story of a man dealing with the ups and downs of family life working in such a demanding industry. Faverau nails this role. He deserves high praise for making it so authentic. He is more than believable as a chef and flawed father.
We talked with him on our show this week. He was genuine, appreciative and more than kind. I left the interview and movie and even bigger fan of his.
Dyngus Day continues to grow in Cleveland! This was the fourth Dyngus Day here in Northeast Ohio and it has grown from Gordon Square to Tremont. Ive attended every Dyngus Day in Cleveland and always make sure I stop by The ParkView where it all began. Other stops this year included Prosperity, Hoopples and Southside.