I’m back! Other than missing my children and furry kids, I’m not sure why I’m happy to be home. lol
When I left Boise it was 106, and I landed in Seattle to 68 degrees. The whole month I was there, I think 78 was as hot as it got.
It is one of THE most gorgeous places on Earth. Lush green, mild summer temps and when it rained it was a slight drizzle or mist. I drove back home and the Snoqualmie Pass was even more, (if possible) beautiful than the Seattle area.
I forgot my camera, but ended up buying a disposable, and I hope some of the photos will be good ones.
Most of my time was spent taking care of Gauge, but, I did take some time to myself.
The Seattle Art Museum is having an exhibition of Impressionist Artists. I really love Impressionist paintings.
There’s something so wonderful, exciting, about being able to get up close (close enough to touch, if I wanted to get arrested…) and see the actual brush strokes that were made by Renoir, Monet, Mary Cassatt, Cezanne, etc.
I found that I love, Monet, but not Manet, and a print of a Renoir can never, ever, be as breathtakingly beautiful as the real thing. I’m a long time fan of Renoir, but the whole collection was fantastic. It’s talent and beauty that feeds my soul.
I took my time and spent most of the day in the museum. I enjoyed most of the permanent collections they have. It’s amazing to think that a vase, etc, was made by some one over 500 years before Christ was born, and yet, there I was looking at it all these years later.
There was a very cool Cat head figure from Egypt. I wish they made a reproduction for the gift shop.
When I was finished I walked around Pikes Place Market, and downtown.
I ate at the museum. They have a restaurant, "Taste," I was there during happy hour, which was fun because the portions were small and I could taste several things. I had the, griddled cheese sandwich (3 kinds of cheese) and roasted tomato soup, a cheesy leek dip (cheddar and smoked curado cheese gratin) and for dessert I tried their, stone fruit panzanella with creme fraiche. I took some of it home but ate all the dessert. I was soooooooooo good!
HAPPY HOUR DAILY FROM 3PM-6PM. ALL ITEMS $5
oysters on the half shell | black pepper granita* 2.5 each
rosemary frites & rémoulade 5
griddled cheese & roasted tomato soup 8
pork sliders | skagit river ranch bbq pork, pickled cucumber, slaw 9
heads & hooves terrine | braised pork in gelée, tarragon mustard, cornichons 9
cheesy leeks | beecher’s cheddar & smoked curado gratin 8
tuna melt | st. jude albacore tartare, brioche, three lily soubise* 10
curry mussels | coconut milk, lemongrass, thai basil 11
woodstone pizza | smoked paprika salumi, savory goat cheese, tomato confit & arugula pinenut toss 11
alsatian style flatbread | local fromage blanc, caramelized onion, bacon 10
salumi board | daily selection, castelvetrano olives 11
mini organic beef burger & frites* | cumin gouda, dijon aioli, pickled jalapeño* 6 | 9 | 12
local cheese | 6 | 9 | 12
mt. townsend creamery "cirrus" – cow’s milk | parsley-almond pesto
quillisascut "ash tome" – goat’s milk | fresh cherry & port compote
the rogue creamery "rogue river blue" – cow’s milk | tiny’s organic apple
stone fruit panzanella | crème fraîche 7
inside out sassafras float l sassafras ice cream, vanilla soda, vanilla cookies 7
craig hetherington l executive chef
zack chamberlain l sous chef
18% gratuity is added to parties of 6 or more.
| *Washington State Department of Health would like you to know that foods served raw or undercooked may pose a health risk
I then went to my favorite store in the Chinatown area, Uwajimaya’s. About a block from Uwajimaya’s is a little store that sells crepes. You can buy them sweet or savory filled. I bought some for everyone to have either later that night or in the morning. I had strawberry, with custard and whipped cream. My son and his girlfriend had a filling of bananas, custard, chocolate and whipped cream. Lil guy had strawberry and whipped cream. It’s called, Unicorn Crepes. I recommend you try them if you are in the area.
That night was a big parade downtown and I got caught in it just as it was starting. The way I was supposed to take to get back to the apartments was blocked off. Thank heavens for GPS!
I’m not going to go into the drama and other crap that went on while I was there… at least until I’m more calm about it. I will say that my son and Gauge are here at home for awhile, and although it was not her first choice, his girlfriend came with us all.
Nick, my son broke his hand about a week ago. It was such a bad break that they put pins and mesh to heal it. He’s out of commission for at least a month or two from what they have told us.
Even with having Dekeon here (now age 3) it seems that I need to rethink just how "child proof" the house is. Gauge (20 months) is finding all kinds of things that I didn’t notice… but, it’s so good to have him here!
Thanks for checking on me, and for your love, prayers and support. I feel very fortunate to have such wonderful friends. BIG HUGS, Steph