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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and New Year surrounded by loved ones. We decided last minute to drive down to San Francisco to visit Dan’s family the Sunday before Christmas. We had a great week visiting and eating our way through the city. Dan’s brother-in-law’s family has a great tradition of oysters and crab on Christmas Eve and we happily obliged. On Christmas Day I attempted my first apple pie and pumpkin pie from the Dahlia Bakery Cookbook. On the day after Christmas Dan’s brother and sisters took us into the city to check out the Ferry Building, eat at Hog Island Oysters, and take pictures/drive over the Golden Gate Bridge. Can you believe I’ve actually never been there? Thursday we ate at Dan’s brother-in-laws amazing restaurant, Postino in Lafayette. Saturday we visited Dan’s uncle at Anchor Brewing and had a great lunch at Nopalito right next to Lincoln Park. On Sunday we did the long drive back from San Francisco to my parent’s house. We’re finally home and while it’s been great to be with family, it’s so nice to finally be home and be reunited with the cat. I’ve already been quite productive making butternut squash orzo, organizing the food cabinet and I’m on my way to make banana bread after I post.

As the new year rolls around I’ve decided to make some resolutions for myself. I’m hoping this blog will help me keep them!

  • Meatless Mondays – I’ve wanted to do this for awhile, but I found myself always forgetting about it. This year I’m going to try and consciously remember to abstain from eating meat on Mondays, both for my health and for the environment.
  • Put more effort into blogging- I’m sure by now you guys have noticed how up and down I am with blogging. I would like to keep blogging most consistently, at minimum twice a week. I don’t think I’ll always have a recipe, but maybe I’ll find something fun you guys will enjoy! Suggestions are welcome!
  • Try to save money and budget – Let’s be honest, I try this every year… But this year will be the  year! … Right???

Thank you guys for spending so much time with me on this blog! I truly appreciate each one of you and hope to stay in better contact this year! Here are a few pictures to let you guys know what I’ve been up to in the past few months. Happy 2013!!!

Thanksgiving Day Breakfast Bloody Mary

Ugly sweaters for my birthday party

World’s best burrito

View from the condo in Puerto Penasco, Mexico

Puerto Penasco

Clams that were caught that morning

Our Christmas tree

Dahlia Lounge Pumpkin Pie

Dahlia Lounge Apple Pie

Ferry Building

Oyster Wreath

Golden Gate Bridge

Burrata Plate at Postino

Anchor Brewing

Totopos con Chile at Nopalito

Cabinet organizing, I was too embarrassed to take a before picture


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Weekend Review

Dan’s parents were in town for the weekend, so you know what that means – LOTS of eating. Much more than a person should do in a 5 day span. Since last Tuesday, I’ve eaten at Ponti, Annapurna, Mariner’s suite (courtesy of work), 35th Street Bistro, Library Bistro, Sound Brewery (beer tasting, with some delicious smoked salmon) JJ’s Fish House and Juno. Needless to say this weeks eating is vegetable and fruit based.

Steak au Poivre at 35th Street Bistro

Chicken Milanese at 35th Street Bistro

Beignets from 35th Street Bistro

Rainier Club

Donuts with vanilla cream cheese frosting from Library Bistro

New Ferris wheel on the Seattle pier

Poulsbo, WA

Bremerton, WA


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Weekend Review

This past weekend Dan and I went down to LA to visit his parents, watch the Sounders match and celebrate his birthday. We flew Virgin America down to LAX in their Main Cabin Select which offered extra feet room and food and drink! On Saturday we went up to Koreatown Galleria and got food for Sunday’s BBQ and had lunch at Road to Seoul. Saturday night we watched the Sounders tie Chivas USA. Sunday morning we went to the Kozy Cafe on Redondo Beach and spent the day BBQing and hanging out. We went to Santa Monica on Monday before heading to the airport where we shopped a bit, had lunch at La Sandia and walked around the Promenade. The weather was gorgeous all weekend and the temperature stayed in the 70s, it made me understand why everyone moves there!

Drinks and eats

Cupcakes from Cake House

Dan’s birthday cake

Lunch trio

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Weekend Review

It was another gorgeous weekend in Seattle. The sun was out and the heat finally came. I spent most of the weekend on a bike and eating around Seattle. Friday night I went to Black Bottle to say good-bye to a friend who’s moving to Paris, then Dan and I grabbed dinner at Satay in Wallingford. The food at Black Bottle looked really good (I just stuck to my cocktail), though I did nibble on some flat bread which was delicious. I’ve never had Malaysian before which is why we stopped by Satay. I got chicken satay and Dan got a curry dish, it reminded me of a mix between Thai and Indian food. On Saturday we biked around Fremont and Ballard, stopping at our favorite Indian restaurant – Qazis, then going through the Ballard locks, my first time ever! We met up with friends who are back in town from Chicago that night and watched the Sounders lose their first match in awhile. Sunday we went on a 42-mile bike ride to Red Hook Brewery and back. I love sunny, Seattle weekends.

Starting the weekend out with a Rising Sunrita

Flowers in the Locks

Watching the water lower to sea level…

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Visitor Center

Watching the water rise….

Much deserved beer sampler from Red Hook


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Weekend Review

This past weekend I went down to Duck country (that’s Eugene for anyone not familiar with the Pac-12) and ran a half marathon with one of my best friends. It’s been years since I’ve been to Eugene (the last time I was down, I was there with the same friend visiting her old roommate when we were all in Paris). Maddy had a friend who lived down there and was able to take us to all the yummy places to eat so we could fuel up for our big run. We had lunch at Cornucopia followed by huge scoops of ice cream at the famous Prince Puckler’s. I was a good Husky and refrained from saying anything or wearing my UW shirt, but I did get some looks whenever I looked at my phone, which has a Husky cover…  Sunday morning we woke up super early, kicked butt during the run, had lunch, then made the drive back to Portland, and I got ready for my second leg back to Seattle, making sure I stopped by and said hi to my mom on the way up.

Much needed triple shot Americano Saturday morning after a 7:30 AM run.

Maddy and Bo

Bo, right before she started to howl in my face.

I was super excited when I found these at a gas station. It was like finding the end of a rainbow.

The world's largest Cobb Salad from Cornucopia. I ate it all.

Joey, finishing up Maddy and Karen's sandwiches.

Coconut Ice Cream. A-ma-ZING.

View from Skinner Butte.

Pre's Rock - Memorial to Steve Prefontaine.

It's 5:30am. Way too early to be up.

In the start corral.

Done! Sporting our sparkles and Husky pride.

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Do the Puyallup

Fall has officially arrived in Seattle. It actually began this past weekend, but the sun was out in full force on Saturday and most of Sunday (there may have been a sudden rain storm out of nowhere and hurricane style winds downtown for about 15 minutes). This morning though, the skies were grey and the rain was falling. Here comes 6 months of grey and wet in the good ol’ PNW! I am currently cuddled up with a brand new yarn blanket (thank you, Martha Stewart) and Dan is attempting to get the fire going.

Last week my friend and I took advantage of the sunny weather (and a Groupon) and went down to Puyallup to Washington’s most famous fair. Actually, the Puyallup fair is one of the top ten in the nation. I find this shocking, but growing up in a small town and having watched enough movies, I know that local fairs can draw a big crowd.

Like any good fair goer, the first place we headed for was Fisher’s Scone Stand. I was first introduced to them last year and was wondering where they’d been all my life. The Seattle Times ran a great article on the history of the scones and the fair. We decided to forgo the scone and get strawberry shortcake.

*Please note, all the food below was split in half… Though I won’t lie, I probably would’ve tried to eat it all myself

Fisher's Strawberry Shortcake

We walked around eating the strawberry shortcake, pondering what to eat next. We split a brat, but there is no evidence of that because I was so hungry, I forgot to take a picture of it. No picture means no calories, right? I hope so, because after the brat, we moved onto a hand-dipped ice cream cone with nuts.


We walked around looking at the booths, horse draft races, dogs, rabbits and of course, Mutton Bustin’. If you’ve never heard of this, Mutton Bustin’ is an event where kids under the age of 7 and under 60lbs ride on a sheep for as long as they can without falling off. The winner of the whole fair gets to go compete at nationals.

Kid hanging on for dear life

After a three hour food break, we went to go find onion rings.


There was more walking around, agriculture designs, looking at collections (there was a My Little Pony one, it brought me back to my childhood) and sows.

So cute! Who doesn't love bears made out of fruits and veggies?

Papa pig and baby pig

And for our final food fare of the night? We went to the fried booth. So many options! Fried peanut butter cups? Snickers? Bacon covered poppers? Butter?!?! We ended up with fried pickles.

Fried pickle

It was interesting. It tasted like a pickle, covered in fried dough. They made the batter a bit too thick and not all of it fried, but that’s probably for the best since I didn’t eat all thedoughy parts. We also dipped it in ranch dressing.

Fried pickle and ranch

It was a good way to end the night, and now I have a year to recover before I do it all again.

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Restaurant Week!

Put it on your calendars! One of the best weeks of the year is coming up! Seattle’s Restaurant Week is going on October 16-20, 23-27.

Granted, I have not done restaurant week in a couple years, something always comes up (10 days goes by so quickly!), but this year, I’m determined to have dinner at least once. I think I’m going to drag Dan to “How to Cook a Wolf.” I may be tempted to go to “Joule” as well, I’d love to try some high-end Korean food! So many delicious choices there!

Any restaurants on there that you want to try? Recommend?

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