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August 18, 2009

Welcome!

Recently, I was telling some friends about a great new restaurant in town that I had been to. One of my girlfriends told me that when she moved to Seattle she couldn’t find any blogs that talked about great restaurants, fun neighborhoods, lovely little boutique shops, weekend getaway ideas etc… so here I am. A local girl that loves to frolic in this Pacific Northwest playground and share her experiences with you! Oh… a hori hori is a Japanese multi-purpose gardening tool. It means dig dig in Japanese. I recently bought one at my local nursery and I thought the name was cute.

EAT: There is no shortage of amazing restaurants here. I often hear of new restaurant openings on Daily Candy. As of today my favorite restaurant in Seattle is Frank’s Oyster House and Champagne Parlor. The lobster rolls are to die for! It is a little off the beaten track, but a charming space that will have you place them neatly in your back pocket the next time you want to impress your friends. When I’m feeling particularly domestic, I’ll whip out my America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks and look for the perfect recipe. A little geeky, I know, but I love that show. They test their recipes so many times and alter the ingredients until it is just right. So, assuming I follow the recipe it should turn out perfectly, and it usually does. I had a rib-off this summer and used one of their recipes. Sweet, tender, saucy ribs! I’m pretty sure I won too. There was some wine involved.

TRAVEL: While I’d love to tell you how worldley (I think this is a word, I would use it in Scrabble for sure) I am, my budget mostly calls for staycations these days. Whistler, Vancouver, Portland, the Olympic Peninsula, the San Juans or maybe just checking out a new neighborhood. No matter where you go, there is beautiful scenery, amazing food and no doubt a good story. I went to Whistler this summer for the first time. It was breathtaking. The new Peak to Peak gondola is amazing! Oh, and they have a new restaurant, Araxi. We went there 2 nights in a row it was so good.

GARDEN: I am a novice in every sense of the word here. I started volunteering with Seattle Tilth recently and now I have a great big crush on this organization. I give my time in the garden and they teach me everything I need to know about growing and harvesting edibles. They also help support other local farmers, which I love. Last week I harvested lemon cucumbers. Have you seen these things? First of all, they are adorable. Second, they taste delicious, and third, since they are the size of a lemon I waste less food!

These are the things that make me smile. I took pictures the first time I used my new Le Creuset 7.25 qt. dutch oven. It was a little present to myself. Why? I can’t remember. I must have done something I was proud of! Also, here is a picture of my first rustic apple tart from scratch.

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Isn’t it beautiful?! I can’t help it.

hori hori dig dig!

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