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THE GOLDEN TOUCH

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

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I will admit I have gone a bit gold crazy.  It wasn’t that long ago that I wouldn’t even think of it!  My engagement and wedding rings are platinum and for years I would only wear silver or white gold accessories.  Recently, I have thrown caution to the wind and dove into gold head first!  I was so excited when I browsed on Moorea Seal‘s new online shop.  It was overflowing with gold treasures!  I gathered a few of my favorites, but honestly there are just so many it was hard to choose!  I met Moorea Seal at the Altitude Design Summit in San Francisco.  Her curated store is just over a week old!  Pop over and check it out!  “Do good, do great” is their motto.  With each purchase, 7% of proceeds are donated to non-profit organizations.  Nothing better than doing good while shopping!

Take a peek at mooreaseal.com.  Which item is now on your wish list?

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GUM WALL

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

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A recent trip to the Pike Place Market marked our first visit to Seattle’s Gum Wall.  It is located in Post Alley under Pike Place Market.  [Find Rachel the Pig and go down a short flight of stairs.  Turn right at the bottom and you are there.]

Visually, it is striking.  Colorful and textured.   Standing back from it you almost forget it is chewed gum.  Almost.  The boys couldn’t visit without leaving their mark.  Will jumped right in and stretched his gum long and left it dangling from a pipe.  Little Man was apprehensive, but eventually went for it.  He really wanted to shape his gum into the letter H because he had noticed that some visitors had spelled out their name or messages and left them on the wall.  When it proved to be a tedious job he just stuck his next to his big brother’s.  I delicately stuck my piece to a very small empty space on the wall.

Being a tourist in your own city is a great way to spend a summer’s day.

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radiator whiskey

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek [and taste] at Radiator Whiskey Monday night.  There were thoughtful details, in every corner, that give this new space charm [and a little grit].  The staff is amazingly talented and welcoming.  The spirits plentiful.  And the food is fantastic.  Let it be said that the 1/2 smoked chicken and potato salad is to die for good!  On any given night out, I am certain this is going to be the place we end up over and over again.

The doors to Radiator Whiskey opened to the public yesterday at 4pm!  Go get some.
Check out RW @ 94 Pike Street | Seattle, WA

Radiator Whiskey:  A whiskey and cocktail bar brought to you by Dan Bugge of Matt’s in the Market, featuring custom and barrel-aged cocktails mixed using craft-distilled spirits, including local labels and a house-branded whiskey by Seattle’s 2bar Spirits.

{cool, old wood crates hold an endless selection of whiskey}
{the bar. built from salvaged high school football bleachers}
{vintage post office mail slots used as wine storage}
 {Radiator’s 2bar Moonshine}
{Radiator Whiskey is just up the stairs from the heart of the market.}

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volunteer park cafe

Monday, April 1st, 2013
I had lunch [again] last week at Volunteer Park Cafe.  Nestled in a residential Seattle neighborhood, it is a lovely spot for a meal. The food is fresh and delicious.  The incredibly friendly staff make you feel right at home.  However, what I truly love is their attention to the little things.  
{galvanized buckets with stacks of fresh baked goods}

{gumballs near the register}
{fresh flowers arranged on the long community table}
{garden herbs planted in sidewalk boxes}
The little thing are what make you linger after your meal and keep you coming back time and again.  

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oddfellows

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

I am totally digging my new plan to meet up with friends.  I will call it my, “Let’s do breakfast.” plan.  Lunch is great, but it happens right in the middle of the day. [Funny how that works!].  With lots to do, meeting a friend right after I drop the kids off at school allows me ample time after to get sh*t done!  With a bit of rummaging, I have been finding some amazing places that serve mid-week breakfast.

I recently lingered over a breakfast at Oddfellows Cafe + Bar.  Exposed brick, repurposed furniture and fixtures, and tons of light make this Capitol Hill eatery comfortable and easy.  They are open 8am-late daily-with a full bar.  Breakfast was delicious, so I can only assume lunch and dinner would be too!  Oddfellows gains total bonus points being next door neighbors with Elliott Bay Book Co.  That is a perfect one, two punch!

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toulouse petit

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

“Daytime drinking has never been been so dignified, fun, and guilt-free….”

Who wouldn’t love a restaurant with a motto like that?  I had a long, indulgent breakfast this week at Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge.  It sits on the corner of Queen Anne Blvd. and Mercer Street in lower Queen Anne [Seattle].

The rustic art-nouveau decor invites you to linger over your press coffee and make tough menu decisions!  Sweet or savory?  I went with savory this time!

Eggs Benedict with Dungeness Crab and Fine Herbs.
It was so incredibly delicious!  Our waitress offered her Top 5 menu items.  
  • Cured Pork Cheeks Confit Hash
  • Duck Confit Hash
  • Spicy Shrimp Creole and Eggs over Creamy Grits 
  • Eggs Benedict with Dungeness Crab with Fine Herbes
  • Crème Caramel French Toast
Even better, Monday-Friday [8-11] is Breakfast Happy Hour.  Most items are only $8.  SO grab a friend [or a few] and head to Toulouse Petit for a mid-week breakfast! 

Cuoco

Friday, February 24th, 2012
Ventured out to the “New Seattle” last night.  That is what I call South Lake Union.  You seriously must run on down there- if you haven’t already.  Brightly lit shops, inviting restaurants, a bustle of people, great architecture.  (Can you tell I liked it?)
I dined at Cuoco.  A newer Tom Douglas eatery.  It was delicious!  The ambiance was warm. The service was superb.  The food?  Fantastic!
Our indulgences:
I shared with my sister in law:
20 month aged parma proscuitto, honey crisp apples, arugula
Roasted beets, mache, almonds, goat cheese, apples, cider vinaigrette
I ordered:
Bucatini – hollow dried wheat pasta, marinara, brasied beef meatballs
Had planned on leaving some to snack on today but I couldn’t stop myself.  It was that good!
She had:
Agnolotti dal plin – house-made filled pinched egg pasta, rabbit, veal, pork, marjoram butter
Tiny, delicate bow tie raviolis. Simple and perfect.
**If you or someone you love must eat gluten free, they have a gf pasta that can be used as a substitute in almost any dish.   That makes us smile in this house.
Give Cuoco a try on your next night out.  Happy Weekend. xoxoxo

moving up in the world

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

For those who shop in downtown Seattle often or just every so often- the Nordstrom Rack is moving up in the world. Or at least up Pine St.

  Snapped this shot in front of Westlake Center.  Spring 2012 is looking brighter already!

occupy wall street. buy from main street.

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Every year I set a goal.  Finish holiday shopping before Nov. 1.  Well, it is Oct 18th and I haven’t started, but I suppose there is a faint possibility that it will happen. Doubtful, but possible. 

When the shopping does commence, my goal is to use local shops to stuff our stockings.  Last year, I loved the feeling of holiday, community, and spirit in every small shop I walked into.  I look forward to great customer service, seeing their displays, and finding one of a kind gifts.

A few of my local favorites:

Island Books-Mercer Island
greatest book store around.  Books, gifts, expertise, and amazing service.  They ship anywhere in the US for free.
http://www.mercerislandbooks.com/

glassybaby- Seattle/Bellevue/NYC
one of kind, works of art!  Great gift for almost anyone on your list.
http://www.glassybaby.com/

Sweetie-West Seattle
fantastic boutique with amazing finds in every corner. 
http://sweetieboutique.com/

Bellevue Art & Frame-Bellevue
frames, decor, toys, art supplies.  the list is extensive! 
http://www.bellevueartandframe.com/

What are your favorite local shops?  Post them and let others know.  Support local business owners! 

we do love this city!

Friday, August 12th, 2011
taken on one warm August night….

Some of us are wavering on the “unconditional” love for our city this summer, but we do love it all the same!  Came across this city guide by Sunset Magazine. 

One of favorite past times is to find new great restaurants! 

A few I already know:
Monsoon is totally yummy.  Eat in the bar and share some small plates over cocktails.
Licorous is right next door to the all-together delicious Lark.  Drinks at Licorous, dinner at Lark!
Steelhead Diner.  Am I the only one that thinks this place is a little overrated?

Salumi!  My husband has attended the 5-course private lunch.  It is served in the back of this well-renowned deli only on Wednesdays and, from what I am told, totally amazing.  Great for a special occasions.

Others were new to me:
I am thinking I really want to try Lunchbox Laboratory.  Who doesn’t love a great burger?

Check out the other restaurant suggestions and the unique Seattle shops list:
http://www.sunset.com/travel/northwest/seattle-city-guide-00418000067983/

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