Posts Tagged ‘pike place market


treats, treats, treats

Tonight, I came home to a wonderful treat. Derek cooked up a fantastic dinner for me. He is a great cook and a top-notch griller. Tonight was no exception.

Drink: A cold gin & tonic

Appetizer: Cougar Gold Cheese and Rice Crackers

Main Course: Ginger – Soy Flank Steak atop Grilled Green Onions

Side Dishes: Sautéed Baby Bok Choy and Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

I’m stuffed – it was delicious. And to top it off – the meal was mostly fresh and/or locally grown. The Cougar Gold was produced in Pullman, Washington. The Flank Steak was bought from a local butcher on Queen Anne – the beef was raised in Oregon. The green onions, ginger, garlic, lime, bok choy and the potatoes were all purchased at Pike Place Market. We are about to start a movie – but he tells me there is dessert too. Life is good!


Flash Pillow Fight – Pike Place Market

This just cracks me up. Every time I hear about these “flash pillow fights”, I can’t help but laugh. First in Ballard, now in Pike Place Market. It’s weird – but funny!


a kid tourist in Seattle

This weekend, my 7 year old sister (Sydney) and stepmom (Danna) came to stay with me for a “girl’s weekend”. Sydney is a triplet and the only girl in the trio. They live in Wenatchee, so it was a special treat to get to spend some one-on-one time with them.

They arrived in Seattle Saturday afternoon and we immediately headed downtown to see Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who.  Sydney was very excited to see it, and she loved it. I thought it was cute and had a good message.  The animation was fantastic.  After the movie, we jumped on the Monorail and headed over to the Seattle Center. Sydney had been wanting to go the top of the Space Needle FOREVER (or so she claims).  J I don’t think she was that impressed once we got up there.  We spent 15 minutes up there and she was ready to move on. In her defense it was cold, windy and rainy up there.  That night, we ate dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and then headed home.   

The next morning we woke up and headed to Ballard for breakfast.  We went to the Hi-Life in the old Ballard firehouse (a very kid friendly restaurant). After breakfast we drove downtown and walked around Pike Place Market. We watched them throw the fish and looked at all of the crafts and trinkets.  After the Market, we walked down to the Seattle Aquarium – what a hit! Sydney informed me later that it was her favorite part of the weekend.  The aquarium is interesting and does a good job of showing a wide variety of sea life. The highlights include octopi, sharks, sea otters, sea lions, and all kinds of strange looking fish.

All in all, it was a really fun weekend with Sydney and Danna.  It’s so fun to be a tourist in your own city, and it’s even more fun to be a kid tourist. Thanks for all of the fun!


buy local

I’m sure you’ve heard all of the talk and debate about how far our food travels, buying locally and supporting local farmers. I won’t pretend to be an expert, because I’m not. But I went to Pike Place Market on Sunday and purchased everything that I possibly could for our dinner that night. The market was bustling with tourists and locals alike.  Everyone was marveling at the vibrant produce and fresh seafood. I left with a bag full of groceries and a smile on my face.

While I don’t have the time or the money to ‘buy local” everyday, it was delicious and made me appreciate our dinner even more. This summer, I hope to check out the local Farmers Markets in Ballard, Fremont and Magnolia.   

Derek took a few pictures while we were there.


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