Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Seattle getaway

Just a couple of photos from our 36 hour long date night in Seattle this week.

Sadly it was lashing rain on Monday night, so I did not get photos of our supper meal at Le Pichet.  The bourguinonne sauce on the root vegetable main dish Kim had was life changingly good.  I had a super tasty selection of charcuterie as a starter and ling cod main dish with pistou sauce that was very tasty.  And wine, most notably a chewy red from Bergerac.  Super dinner.  No pictures.

I did take a few photos on Tuesday.  Mostly food.

Our lunch at Serious Pie was a no brainer.  Their yukon gold/rosemary pizza is to die for.  That's a 3.14 Ale next to it, a joint project between Serious Pie and Elliot Bay Brewery.  3.14?  Pie?  Get it?

We strolled through Pike Place Market- how couldn't we?- and just had to stop at Beecher's Cheese.  Here's just one portion of their selection.  You might notice a dark, grape ash Tomme (goat's milk, soft cheese) in the middle there made by Quillisascut in Oregon, and redolent of some that I enjoyed in France with Anna last summer.  Yep, that's the one we got.  Very delicious.

And here is a festive holiday arrangement of peppers by another vendor.

We did non-food things too: strolled the massive REI flagship store, and even popped across to Feathered Friends, from whom I bought my down sleeping bag some 15 years ago.  Took in a movie at the fantastic Cinerama Theater.  Our favorite Hotel Ă„ndra kept us comfortable overnight.  Cool and modern stationer Paperhaus had some tempting wares.  And we saw the new (to us) location of Elliott Bay Books, no longer in Pioneer Square but near Broadway now.  Finally, coffee with Kim former schoolmate, house mate and dear friend Sara before catching the ferry back to Bremerton.

We had a super time!

Monday, January 2, 2012

A PNW New Year

Here's a photo-dump of what we've been up to since Christmas on our Pacific Northwest holiday.

Kim and I enjoyed a nice kayak outing.  Just above the trees you can see the snow-capped Olympic mountains peeking out.

On the go!

Sam and I had a vehicular outing as well, on Grandpa Doug's tractor.

Yet another vehicle: ferry boat!  Sam enjoyed spotting the gulls.

The girls out on deck as we approach the Emerald City.

 Pop and Sam out on the beach at low tide.

 At the Experience Music Project in Seattle.  A Gehry designed building, Space Needle behind.

Inside, marveling at the massive guitar fountain.

A clear view of the Olympic mountains, from Seabeck, across the Hood Canal.

Morning sunrise across Dyes Inlet, Rainier peeking out.  Fire on the mountain!