More “00” Flour Pizza

by A.J. Coltrane

I’m continuing to work through the 22 pounds (10 kg) of “00” flour that Iron Chef Leftovers gave me. That’s actually more than it sounds like — a typical pizza uses ~300 grams of flour.

Caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, red sauce with a little sausage, and feta. The onions are hiding […]

My High School Teacher Was Right

by A.J. Coltrane

I had a teacher in high school who said that [paraphrasing] “football is only about being fast and big.” That quote has stuck with me all this time..

Yesterday I searched for a graph showing speed vs weight results at the NFL Combine and came up empty. FiveThirtyEight obliged today.


The image is taken from […]

For Entertainment Purposes Only

by A.J. Coltrane


2015 championship odds:


MLS Cup Odds L.A. Galaxy 3/1 Sounders 9/2 Super Bowl Odds Seahawks 6/1 Patriots 7/1 Packers 8/1 World Series Odds Nationals 6/1 Dodgers 13/2 Angels 10/1 Cardinals 12/1 Mariners 14/1 Red Sox 14/1


The Mariners over/under for 2015 wins falls somewhere between 85 and 87.5, depending on […]

Recommended Game — 7 Wonders

by A.J. Coltrane

Title: 7 Wonders

Game Type:  Card Drafting/ City (Civilization) Building.

Number of Players:  2-7

Complexity of Rules:  Medium-Low. With a little explanation it’s a good gateway game. (A gateway game makes for a good introduction to “modern” boardgames, without being too crazy complicated or having a million rules.)

Time to Play:  60 […]

Cheap Seat Eats Turns 5

by A.J. Coltrane

Well, we know where we’re going But we don’t know where we’ve been And we know what we’re knowing But we can’t say what we’ve seen And we’re not little children And we know what we want And the future is certain Give us time to work it out

Five years is […]

Backwards Through The Telescope — Food

by A.J. Coltrane

(a.k.a. — Part III of Where I’m At With Writing About Things. This time, Food.)

Food. By far the subject receiving the most attention at Cheap Seat Eats, including an incredible 237 “Beer of the Week” posts written within a 10-month window by Iron Chef Leftovers. (October 2013 to July 2014.) Add to that […]

Backwards Through The Telescope — Games

by A.J. Coltrane

(a.k.a. — Part II of Where I’m At With Writing About Things. This time, Games.)

I can’t write fiction. I can’t write poetry either.

To some degree it feels like writing the Games posts draws on that same part of my brain, which may be part of the reason why only 71 […]

Backwards Through The Telescope — Sports

by A.J. Coltrane

CheapSeatEats is almost five years old (February 18). I thought I’d post about where I’m at personally with the three Pillars Of Leisure that form the foundation for writing here, starting with Sports.

You may have noticed that I haven’t written many posts about sports lately — July through October saw two or […]

The Spring Seed Catalogs Are Here

by A.J. Coltrane

Territorial Seed sent a 2nd Spring Catalog. NW Edible just posted “To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: February 2015”.

I am *so* not ready for spring.

Maybe eventually I’ll stop being surprised by the seed catalog and instead view it as the first sign of the changing of the seasons. As […]

How do I Hate Thee, Let Me Count the Ways

By Blaidd Drwg


Super Bowl 49 is a worst case scenario for me – the two teams I despise the most are playing each other in a game that I couldn’t give a crap about. I figured that I should pick a team to cheer for, but every fiber of my being is telling […]