Sitka & Spruce, Take 100.

I miss my kitchen. I’ve been working on a restaurant project now that continues through the next month, and eating out almost every night has been a requirement. And the meals, in order to get a good sampling of the menu, have been big, necessitating not only some sort of daily exercise but doing what I can to avoid consuming calories in other meals. Which is why it’s a bit funny that today, when I could have made something small at home for lunch, I chose to go out.

See, my daughter and I have a pact. Whenever she has time off from school (and she has the week off for President’s week), we must make time in the day and room in our stomach’s for a trip to Sitka & Spruce for lunch. We share three of their daily selections… almost always a soup, a salad and something meaty, and I sip away at an expertly pulled latte while the dishes are being prepared. We talk about food, and how fortunate she is to get to join me and how unfortunate it is on a more normal basis she knows what she is missing. And, almost always, I sit and lament that yet again, I’ve forgotten to bring my camera and capture a few of these bites in the beautiful light that illuminates the tiny space. It has become a family tradition, and one that we both have grown to love.

Ah, but today! Today, I remembered my camera. So, while you don’t get a recipe, you do at least get some shots of the cafe that I drive everyone nuts with, going on and on (and on) about how truly wonderful it is. I sometimes think that people I tell think someone is paying me to rave, or perhaps that I have some stake in the business. But, no. I am just a Sitka and Spruce zealot. And, I have spoiled my daughter to be one as well.

Today’s meal consisted of a heavenly chowdah with a super light citrus-scented cream, a melange of seafood and freshly crisped croutons; a sinfully buttery white bean salad with a wonderfully mild cured tuna; and a bucatini with a meaty ragù topped with a finely shredded parmesan. Everything, as usual, unbelievably delicious.

Finger’s crossed that I can whip up a little something-something in the kitchen tomorrow.

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  • http://dineanddish.squarespace.com Kristen

    Lovely photos! Hoe you can get back to your kitchen soon.

  • http://scribbit.blogspot.com Michelle

    That food is just lovely. I can only imagine how it tastes.

  • http://hungryinhogtown.typepad.com/ rob

    I love pasta with a rich, slow-cooked sauce. Your lunch looks wonderful, and it sounds like you needed to escape to Sitka & Spruce for a little while. Hope you’re feeling recharged.

  • http://foodblogga.blogspot.com Susan from Food “Blogga”

    So how far of a flight would it be to get to Sitka and Spruce? The food looks fabulous, and I love your tradition with your daughter. I don’t think you have to cross your fingers about tomorrow.

  • http://www.beaskitchen.com/blog/ bea at La tartine gourmande

    ahahah, I hope not to miss the place next time 😉

  • http://www.cookandeat.com/ L

    Thanks Kristen! Me too!

    Michelle – Thanks!

    Rob – Thanks! It was a delightful meal!

    Susan – Ah, well, perhaps that’s even a little much for me… unless I was a pilot that is! Thanks!

    Bea – yes!

    -L

  • http://www.culinaryconcoctionsbypeabody.com/ peabody

    Thanks for posting this…I have never been there.

  • http://web.mac.com/tannajones Tanna

    Insane, you will drive me insane…everything look wonderful but I think I might most go nuts over the beans! Lovely.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/sifu_renka/ Renee

    :) This post reminds me of my trip to S&S last Oct when I had the chance to hit up Seattle for good eats. I just remember how tasty and fresh everything was. Simple and delicious. (We also ordered everything from the lunch menu).

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sifu_renka/287776425