eating out, seattle

Restaurant is Good but Needs a New Tidal

First, let me apologize for that pun, but let me also point out that if I was really sorry I wouldn’t have done it in the first place. The Ebb n’ Flow located at 2114 N 45th St in Wallingford area of Seattle is a great (though not cheap) place for brunch. But don’t go to there expecting seafood, that just isn’t their thing, even if the name suggests water they offer a gourmet greasy spoon menu. At least that’s what I saw looking at their brunch and lunch menus. Dinner may be different, and from what I hear dinner may be worth missing out on.

I was torn between waffles and french toast (they called it Pain… something, “pain” is French for bread). I’ll tell you this, the french toast was very tasty. Right now I don’t know about the waffles. I did see them at a table beside me, and I think I made the right choice going with the toast. And let me tell you this was no run of the mill french toast. Made with thick white bread in a oval shape, a little (too) light on the egg, then add cinnamon and a brown sugar/butter spread with some maple syrup on the side. Yikes, it was good. The serving size was enough to fill me up with some meal to spare and it cost about $8 plus some tea, tips, and taxes*. Reasonable for sure.

My friend ordered a custom job of scrambled eggs with spinach and bacon, and some potatoes on the side. it looked pretty good, though again it was absurdly light in the egg department. Maggie didn’t seem to mind too much until the end when the egg was difficult to find among the bacon and greens. I didn’t notice the price, but I think it fell along the same lines as mine.

If you are in Wallingford, which is a nice part of Seattle —home of Open Books, nice tea and coffee joints, the Erotic Bakery, some decent park space and a bunch of other neat stuff— then you should make it a point to get brunch there.

*I should point out that in my rush to catch the bus I forgot my wallet and now owe my friend Maggie a meal. Thanks again, Maggie.

[tags]brunch, eating out, ebb n’ flow, restaurant review, restaurants, seattle, vegetarian options, wallingford, ebb n’ flow[/tags]


Ride the Apple Wave

Even champions of Microsoft Windows are switching over to the Mac. But that isn’t news anymore, what is interesting about this MIT Technology Review article is what caused Erika Jonietz to leave the PC behind. In her own words:

Ironically, playing around with Vista for more than a month has done what years of experience and exhortations from Mac-loving friends could not: it has converted me into a Mac fan.

I said it before, and I’ll say it again— Vista might be the best thing that ever happened to Apple. Vista’s high cost (in terms of both the OS, the hardware upgrades needed, and the inability to use many older peripherals— like a printer) coupled with increased limitations to counter “piracy” make it unappealing. Add to that the fact that many of the tauted “innovations” in Vista are already built into Mac’s OS X 10.4, which will be soon be replaced by OS X 10.5 (full of new features for Microsoft to add to the next version of their own OS due out sometime between 2015-2050).

People don’t want to monkey around with their computer just to get it to print, or spend hours removing adware, malware, viruses only to have their computer crash— as Erika puts it they “just want things to work, and with [the] Mac, they do.”

[tags]mac os x, microsoft vista, mit, switchers, vista reviewer[/tags]


Initial Notes for tuneDNA

The problem I discovered is that my laptop doesn’t have the ratings for most of my music. iTunes stores the ratings in a library file, not in the song files themselves, and that file didn’t make the transfer. This is annoying, but I won’t get into that because that is an iTunes issue.

It’s just that ratings and play counts are how tuneDNA is supposed to work, so I had to play around with things for a little while in order to get enough info to feed tuneDNA.

tuneDNAI rated about twenty songs and listened to a bunch of music this weekend. I hoped that between the ratings and play counts that there might be enough to get something from tuneDNA. Well I did get something back, but it was not what I was expecting. The suggestions were… well… off. I recognized almost all of the music, but I recognized it as music I wasn’t excited about. I’d be able to comfortably bear listening to about ten percent of the music it suggests, the rest would leave me angry and/or annoyed.

I don’t want to write off tuneDNA too soon. As more people use it the suggestions should get better, and as I continue to (re)rate my music things should get better too. That doesn’t change the fact that right now it is useless to me. Registration was easy, getting the info from iTunes was also easy, so I don’t feel like it was a huge investment of time that I lost, but I’ll probably wait a month or so before trying it again.

[tags]itunes, mac software, music, music services, music software, review, social software, tunedna[/tags]


Non-Profit Funding (notes)

Some notes towards something more later:

greenYesterday I was approached by Greenpeace for the second time in three days while walking home. They were doing some fund raising. It was a typical deal, where a young man with a clipboard asks you an easy question like “do you care about the environment?” Of course I care about the environment. The problem is what this question leads to, will you give us money? Asking for money isn’t the problem though, it’s how they are asking for the money that is. Non-profits have started to use a new system where they automatically deduct “as little” as ten dollars straight from your bank account. What’s more, you won’t be given an other option. Either give a minimum of $120 a year or don’t at all. You’ll have to go to the website for that, but only after getting the hard sell on the street.

The explanation is that it lowers their overhead, which is undoubtedly true. The problem is that I don’t have a lot of money. I like to give to charity, but my little means makes it so that I can only give a little and what little I can give I like to break up among important issues. Yes, I like the environment, I also like the ACLU, and saving children, and ending Hunger and Homelessness in America, and so on. But I can not give every group $120 ever year, not without risking becoming a charity case myself anyway.

The Greenpeace hard sell was extra insulting because the fella implied that I should have given to him instead of buy my new shoes which I needed to keep my feet dry after four days of straight rain, which I explained to him. He then told me how I could say the environment for the price of X number of lattes, which I don’t drink (partially) because of the cost. I then explained that I just moved here and just got a job and that I have a bunch of bills and also need to get money together for a deposit so I can get an apartment. The solution? He’s signed up a bunch of broke college students so I should too. I won’t go into why that was a dumb thing to say, but it led me to this thought— non-profit funding is in crisis. If they all are depending on broke college students and people like me to support important issues there isn’t much hope. And this funding isn’t just money, but time and energy. I didn’t like the guy hard selling me, but I respect his commitment and I realize what good work these people are trying to do. I think from here it would be easy to get back into class, but I’ll hold off, I need to get ready for work anyway.
[tags]aclu, class, fund raising, funding non-profits, greenpeace, hunger and homelessness, non-profits, save the children[/tags]