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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Spend Cheap, Feel Fancy

posted by on June 4 at 11:42 AM

I’m kind of glad that I only recently found out about La Buona Tavola (1524 Pike Pl). If I’d known this little gem of a wine (and truffle) shop existed when I worked near its Pike Place Market location, it would have been very difficult to resist spending my lunch hours there. Fortunately, I am now at enough of a remove that I am only likely to dally there when it is appropriate to do so, i.e. not during a work day. Check it out, boozers. Five dollars will buy you a personalized wine tasting, tailored to your preferences. Also, they do monthly sit-down dinners, but the shop is tiny, so you have to sign up pretty far in advance. For now, though, try their potato leek soup. It is fucking delicious. Go, live high on the hog for like, 40 minutes, and try to forget your shitty office job.

[Chelsea Alvarez-Bell is June’s guest Slogger. Her permanent home on the web is Who Did What To Who.]

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Are you secretly Pamela Sitt?

Posted by heywhatsit | June 4, 2008 11:48 AM

If only you lived in the 1960's. Then you could drink wine at lunch and go about your merry business at work. *sigh*

Posted by Miss Mo Green | June 4, 2008 11:54 AM


Fuck that. You could have a martini at lunch.

Posted by keshmeshi | June 4, 2008 11:55 AM

Lunch? What's lunch? Go away, i'm too busy drinking to eat.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | June 4, 2008 11:57 AM

I thought people were unnecessarily harsh to Our Guest Slogger yesterday after the SATC post. But the overblown, forced "I AM HIP - AND I OWN A THESAURUS!" writing is really tiring. I like the idea of Guest Slogger for a month, but think it's gotten off on the wrong foot. A whole month of this? Oy.

Posted by genevieve | June 4, 2008 11:57 AM

I was actually going to post a "thanks for the info" till I got to your completely forced and inappropriate use of curse words. Let me get this right, you like customized wine tastings and truffles...and you cuss like a sailor?

It's completely disjointed from the Judy Holliday affect of your posting voice.

Be gone.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 4, 2008 12:01 PM

Why did you post this?!?!?! Now I'm going to spend $400 on truffles instead of on paying my parking tickets and renewing my tabs. Fuuuuuck.

Posted by Queen_of_Sleaze | June 4, 2008 12:06 PM

You aren't going to win us over by forcing unnecessary f-bombs into every post, honey.

Posted by Hernandez | June 4, 2008 12:08 PM

That fucking rocks! I am so going to bail on my shitty, mother fucking job and hop on the cock-sucking Metro and get my tired old ass over there to eat some of that cuntlicious food!!!!

Right fuckin' ON!!

Posted by michael strangeways | June 4, 2008 12:09 PM

Go, live high on the hog for like, 40 minutes, and try to forget your shitty office job.

This is the Slog no one has an office job and they won't leave Cap Hill no matter how good the wine and soup is.

Posted by jmr | June 4, 2008 12:10 PM

I have an office job, but it's in West Seattle and I don't have a car, so that makes going downtown during lunch pretty difficult.

I usually bring something and eat with the Cambodians at 12:30, which is awesome because they usually share with me.

Posted by Abby | June 4, 2008 12:13 PM

@1 I believe she left the Times to go work for Real Networks, not secretly blog on Slog. If it was her it would contain at least one obligatory reference to a celebrity.

Posted by PopTart | June 4, 2008 12:14 PM

I have an office job, and I occasionally grab a pint during lunch. Usually once a month or so on a Friday. We also have beer in the mini fridge for the infrequent late night.

Software developers are largely fueled by coffee, beer, and RSS feeds.

Posted by w7ngman | June 4, 2008 12:17 PM

@9 - LMFAO! That alone made this post worth reading.

Posted by DanFan | June 4, 2008 12:18 PM

Ooh. A for improvement and information, but better luck next post.

Posted by squidoo | June 4, 2008 12:18 PM

Shut up. There's nothing not to like about this fucking post.

Posted by Fnarf | June 4, 2008 12:35 PM

Mr. Poe has been conspicuously absent today. Coincidence?

Posted by kid icarus | June 4, 2008 12:36 PM

Seriously, guys. You object to a post that includes the line, "Five dollars will buy you a personalized wine tasting, tailored to your preferences?!?!!!!!"

Come on! Any post that gives info about a 5 dollar wine tasting is a great post.

Posted by arduous | June 4, 2008 12:39 PM

Poe is getting ready for his fight with Terry Miller. Westlake Square, 1:00 sharp.

Posted by 67, now 65 | June 4, 2008 12:42 PM

@ 10

i have an office job, and it's the main reason why i'm reading the slog all day.

Posted by tiffany | June 4, 2008 12:55 PM

Yay! More FUCKing in a Slog entry! This is an especially cooooool expression to use here because its about food and and and and like something else. And that makes us all think about FUCK instead of shitty jobs. Was that supposed to be "city jobs"?

Oh, and your own blog title should say "whom".

Posted by Hartiepie | June 4, 2008 1:08 PM

Still frothing at the mouth, (and anus) a poor but well sedated Mr Poe was last seen being loaded into a van and taken to Steilacom and booked into the Francis Farmer Suite at Western Washington...he'll be in fine fettle after a few days of rest and mass-tranquilizing and back to his old shenanigans before we know it!

Posted by michael strangeways | June 4, 2008 1:15 PM

I heard something about him returning as Ms. Poe, but that might not be true...

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | June 4, 2008 1:47 PM

They serve good portions too, and tell great stories about the winemakers. I actually got tipsy enough for buying a bottle of their overpriced wine to seem like an excellent idea. And going back to see if I can resist the temptation to buy also seems like an excellent idea.

Posted by Lythea | June 4, 2008 1:48 PM

Chelsea Something-Something is back! Yay!!!

Posted by NapoleonXIV | June 4, 2008 1:51 PM

I's a good idea but:

1)Guest Slogger of the WEEK might be a better idea.

2)Ms Alvarez-Bell was NOT a good choice to start this off...they should have asked some hard core Sloggers to start this off before trying out rookies from the minor leagues.

Posted by michael strangeways | June 4, 2008 2:03 PM

I don't like the Chelsea person. She is not very good and Chelsea just because you use the word fuck it does not improve your writing or add credit to your review they all just fucking suck.

Posted by new guest slogger please | June 4, 2008 2:05 PM

Thanks for the tip. I'll have to check it out sometime with the boss. :)

Posted by Original Monique | June 4, 2008 2:12 PM

Why don't people like her cover places other than Capitol Hill?

News flash - we don't all live on Capitol Hill.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 4, 2008 2:39 PM

I find it endlessly amusing that in about half of the posts about a place that is NOT on Capital Hill someone always says "Why do you guys only post about places on the hill?!?!"

Since when is Pike Place market Capital Hill??

Posted by Callie | June 4, 2008 3:14 PM

Our problem is you think Pike Place Market is far.

It isn't.

When I first moved to Seattle we used to drive down to Tacoma to get a bite to eat.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 4, 2008 3:28 PM

Pike Street runs through Capitol Hill and is immediately suspect...

The reason so much is written about the Hill is because it's interesting. Shit happens here. Nothing much happens in West Seattle or Wallingford or Crown Hill and it's not interesting. As a rule of thumb, any neighborhood without a visible mixture of trannies, punks, and assorted oddballs is dull and unworthy of much attention from alternative news sources.

Also, the Stranger is located on the Hill and the majority of the editorial staff are lazy and drunk and unwilling to stumble any further than a bar stool at Moe Bar to report on anything else.

Posted by michael strangeways | June 4, 2008 3:41 PM

@31 What?

Who says I think the market is far from the hill? I don't. My point is, though, that it is not on Capital Hill. It's downtown. Closer to Belltown than anything else, so I think your whining is misplaced.

Posted by Callie | June 4, 2008 4:16 PM

callie hilpert...

Posted by tiffany | June 4, 2008 4:20 PM

@34 - I don't know what that means.

Posted by Callie | June 4, 2008 4:29 PM

I have not been asked by Mr. Poe to explain or defend his absence here today, however, I can assure you that Mr. Poe does need to work hard for the money -- so hard for the money -- and maybe, just maybe, he's been busy at work today.

Or maybe his cher Juif and he are banging it all together somewhere.

Carry on.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 4, 2008 4:42 PM

I love the descriptive term "cuntlicious." I think I'm going to start slipping that one into conversations.

Posted by Greg | June 4, 2008 4:44 PM

Nothing much happens in West Seattle or Wallingford or Crown Hill and it's not interesting.

What, just this week, West Seattle has had burglaries, SUV vandals, some guy masturbating in a park in broad daylight - it's becoming more like Cap Hill every day.

Posted by jmr | June 4, 2008 6:13 PM

JMR can never shut up about West Seattle. West Seattle fucking sucks and everyone who lives there is a loser. Period.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 4, 2008 8:13 PM

1)"Cuntlicious" is the name of my new super-group and is a trademark of Strangeways Inc.
2)West Seattle is where banality goes to retire.
3)I masturbate in the park every day. Big whoop.

Posted by michael strangeways | June 5, 2008 9:47 AM

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