So, the Seahawks are going to the Superbowl. Did you know? As a native Seattleite this is no small thing. Our road to the Superbowl has been somewhat overshadowed by recent unfortunate and unfairly overblown remarks from a certain player, the media and the public, BUT nonetheless, here we are and I could not be more thrilled!!
You'll have to forgive me for this post. It's not exactly your typical food blog post, but I just feel it necessary to share a little history, a little peek into all the hubbub and excitement from a Seattle point of view. We're a bit nuts around here these days, and the whole city is humming with excitement.
The Seahawks played their first regular season game in Seattle in the Fall of 1976. I was 6 years old at the time and living in what is now the very hip and happening neighborhood of Ballard. In 1976, Ballard was as far from hip as any town could be. A blue collar working town full to bursting with Scandinavian fishermen and their families, Ballard was workaday, hard working and hard drinking.
Every Seahawks Sunday, I had vivid memories of the town grinding itself to a slow and blissful halt. It was nothing to see people walking down the street, transistor radios glued to their ears, neighborhood bars fair to bursting and old Norwegian men lining the street out front of Lutheran Sunday services leaning in around car radios cheering the Seahawks on to victory. It was a huge, huge deal to have our own NFL team. We had for all intents and purposes arrived.
Despite that feeling of accomplishment however, we've always felt a bit of the underdog here in Seattle. Never quite well, enough. We have made many "worst town to be a sports fan" lists and have always struggled to shake a perception of inadequacy. But to have this, our second chance at the rodeo that is the Superbowl is almost more than we as a town can believe. It's nothing short of magical. Our fans, the infamous 12th Man and our team have worked so very hard to get this far. We haven't always played the prettiest football but regardless of the outcome on Sunday, we as a city, a state and corner of the world are enormously proud.
I have no intentions of spending my Superbowl Sunday working away in the kitchen. All of my energy and focus will be spent watching the game and relishing the spectacle, the excitement and a small sense of wonder at how far we've come.
Easy, make ahead fare will be the order of the day on Superbowl Sunday. These slow cook tacos definitely fit that bill. Simple to prepare before hand, both the meat and the toppings are perfect to set out right before game time. There is something about tacos and Mexican food in general that just seems to fit the tailgate vibe. Bright fresh ingredients, spicy, creamy, perfect celebration food. Serve these with a nice cold beer and a Seahawks win and you're golden.
This recipe is a special installment for the Issaquah Press, and as such you can find the it by clicking on the link and checking it out there. Go Hawks!!