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July 7, 2008 3:03 PM

Bull shirt: Txori wants your blood

Posted by Nancy Leson

How's this for fun? You might know them better as the couple who brought us that bastion of Basque cookery The Harvest Vine, but Joseba and Carolin and the rest of the folks at their Belltown pinxtos bar, Txori, kick off their week-long San Fermin Fest today with "Run with the Bulls" fundraising event. The festivities are described in Txori e-mail newsletter thus: "a mass of participants will run up the two alleyways behind Txori in an effort not to get `gored' by one of the human-powered bulls dripping with red paint." Which, they promise, will wash out of your souvenir T-shirt.

Runners can sign-up till 7:30, but I might suggest getting there sooner, plunking down the necessary $20 for your uniform (the aforementioned T-shirt) and donating some blood to the Puget Sound Blood Center first. The Bloodmobile is parked outside Txori right this minute and they'll be happy to take your bright red donation from 4 to 7 p.m. At which point you may then step inside the pinxtos bar, raise a glass of sherry, down some smoky octopus and alley-oop.

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