Seattle Skyline Chili

One of the few bummers about living out here in Seattle is that there are no Skyline Chili places. What the hell is a Skyline Chili you ask? Well, I’ll tell you, it’s a chain restaurant serving Cincinnati style chili. What the hell is Cincinnati style chili you wonder? It’s basically a greek style chili. In fact, the Skyline Chili restaurant chain was started by a greek immigrant, one Nicholas Lambrinides. Story goes that he opened a restaurant overlooking the Cincinnati skyline serving greek food. The chili was the hands down favorite and as they say, history was made.

What makes it so good? I really can’t put my finger on it. I’ve had other greek style chili and it’s pretty close to be honest. I think more than anything it’s a taste that sparks fond memories. Hitting a Skyline, getting a 3 way, 2 coneys and a large iced tea to wash away the stink of another Browns loss. Skyline coneys even became a sort of currency for us as well. “I’ll bet you 5 Skyline coneys the Bungles don’t even score Sunday” We’d meet later in the week and divvy up the wins. “Okay, I won 3 from Mike, and 6 from John, but I lost 8 last week to…” Lunches might go on for hours as the complicated math was figured out.

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Leavenworth WA – Day trip

This past Saturday Beth and I headed up into the mountains for a day trip to Leavenworth. Leavenworth is like a lot of small mountain towns. Formed when the railroad came through, Leavenworth was a happening town in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Then around the 30’s or 40’s, things changed. The railroad changed direction, and the main source of income, the sawmill, shut down. The town was hanging on by the proverbial thread when, in the early 60’s, community leaders decided the only thing that would help was tourism dollars. The town sits in an area that is very reminiscent of Bavaria, so they remade the town into a little bit of Alpine goodness, and the rest as they say is history.

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