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Back in washington

Back in washington

August 15, 2014 |  Category:   family life Seattle & the NW travels

Looks like we escaped that crazy, record breaking rainstorm on Long Island just in time. We were watching the weather all day, wondering if our flight would get delayed, but it was on time and we even flew in 45 minutes early, missing the storm on the East Coast by a few hours. I feel like we’ve had some good weather karma this summer, escaping rain on market days when it’s been in the forecast.   The days here in Washington so far have been drizzly and cool. We come in August because it’s usually a guarantee of the best weather of the year. The sun usually shines and the temps are warm but dry, and it feels like an… CONTINUE READING

september, brooklyn, coffee

september, brooklyn, coffee

September 10, 2013 |  Category:   dining out happy purchases life Seattle & the NW

On our last few days out in Washington, I really thought I’d come home and suffer from post-vacation depression. I used to get it really bad years ago, pre-kids, and I sort of felt that familiar feeling build up again. It’s a feeling that is hard to explain in words, but it’s like the Sunday blues, but bigger and it makes you lethargic and want to do nothing but mope around the house and eat chocolate. It’s interesting, however, that when we finally did come home after nearly 3 weeks, it felt fine to be back (oh, and a Depeche Mode concert in Brooklyn with my friend Anna the night after we landed helped kick me back to life on… CONTINUE READING

the rainforest, big trees, yellow jackets and rain

the rainforest, big trees, yellow jackets and rain

September 7, 2013 |  Category:   life remembering Seattle & the NW travels

I’ve done a lot of camping and hiking in my late teens/ early 20s and have spent a lot of time on the Oregon Coast and camping out in the woods and national forests on both coasts, Minnesota and even up in Quebec, but I don’t really remember being in such awe of nature like I have on this trip. Maybe it’s because I was just a kid back then and didn’t really appreciate it like I do now. You know how unimpressed with the world teenagers can be, even for a city kid who suddenly found herself in the middle of the woods for weeks at a time with just a backpack. “Isn’t this amazing??!!?”, I ask the girls.… CONTINUE READING

washington coast, la push

washington coast, la push

September 4, 2013 |  Category:   family life Seattle & the NW travels

I think we may have found a new family tradition.   The weather didn’t exactly cooperate so we didn’t spend as much time out on the beach at La Push like we thought we would (including roasting marshmallows over bonfires at night on the beach which we were really looking forward to), but we had a great time just the same. There’s something about staying in a cabin by the ocean with lots of family that makes it the quintessential family vacation. Most times the days center around meals. You cook, eat, drink and clean and in a few hours you do it all over again for the next meal.   On our way over to the coast from Olympia,… CONTINUE READING

the washington coast, ruby beach

the washington coast, ruby beach

September 2, 2013 |  Category:   family life Seattle & the NW travels

One of the great things about our annual Pacific Northwest trips are the mini trips that we often plan within our vacations. Since we come out here every year to visit and stay with family, we like to revisit places that we haven’t been to in 20 years and we get to share some of these places with our girls. This year we decided to drive to the Washington coast. A road trip! Driving our cousin’s big van with family, the trunk filled with suitcases and food, we set out for a 5 day adventure.   Ruby Beach was our first stop on our way to our final destination. We ate brie and pear sandwiches and explored the beach while… CONTINUE READING

Ballard

Ballard

August 22, 2013 |  Category:   dining out life Seattle & the NW travels

Walked around Ballard yesterday on a warm, sunny day, drinking coffee and eating Mexican food at Senor Moose. Pretty much the agenda every day so far, a different neighborhood a day. We sure are on a vacation diet, indulging in things we don’t normally get at home.   “Oh look, more coffee…do we need to drink more coffee? YES. YES we do.” “A fruit croissant! And cake! We haven’t had cake in ages. Let’s throw in that key lime pie. Oh, and a strawberry cream puff!”   Yup, vacation food.… CONTINUE READING

food, coffee, family, seattle

food, coffee, family, seattle

August 21, 2013 |  Category:   family life Seattle & the NW travels

Have you ever noticed when on vacation that the first few days feel like you’ve been away from home for an eternity? Then somewhere after the midway point, time speeds up and you feel like holding on to the last few days because it’s suddenly going too fast. We kept saying yesterday that we couldn’t believe we were on a plane just 24 hours before because we felt like we’ve been in Seattle already for a week. So far in the first 2 days we’ve eaten a lot of seafood, drank a lot of coffee, walked for miles and hugged a lot of family.   I guess there has been more humid than usual summer weather this year because we… CONTINUE READING

We ate here travel edition, Northwest restaurant guide

We ate here travel edition, Northwest restaurant guide

September 17, 2012 |  Category:   cooking dining out life Seattle & the NW travels

We ate out a lot on our NW trip this year which is not always the case; we usually do a lot more cooking. Don’t know why it was different this time around, but since I’ve received emails from readers in the past asking about places to go in Seattle, I thought I would put together a list of places we ate. I’m not listing all the places we grabbed food at Pike Place Market or any of the other food trucks and farmer’s markets because I just can’t remember them all, but the joy in that is really just walking around and discovering what grabs you anyway.   Oh, and coffee. Yes, lots and lots of coffee. Not surprisingly… CONTINUE READING

a morning on Sauvie island

a morning on Sauvie island

September 13, 2012 |  Category:   life seasonal Seattle & the NW travels

Sauvie Island is a small island on the Columbia River just 10 miles from downtown Portland, but with all the farmland and a view of Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens on clear days, it can feel like you’re a million miles away from any urban city. It was one of our favorite places to go when we lived in Portland and it’s still one of our favorite places to go when we’re in town. Blueberry picking season was just about over, but Mark and the girls managed to pick enough berries to make the blueberry lavender cake that he baked that night at Jen’s. Blackberries, on the other hand, were abundant and ripe for picking, but I gotta say… CONTINUE READING

a stay with friends in Portland + a girl and a dog

a stay with friends in Portland + a girl and a dog

September 11, 2012 |  Category:   friends life Seattle & the NW travels

Our trips down to Portland while we’re out in the Northwest are usually limited to day trips to meet up with friends, but this year we stayed for 3 days at my friend Jen’s house in our old neighborhood close to where we used to live when we were there in the mid 90s. Jen’s another friend who I met on the internet through various blogging/twitter circles and we hung out when she was in town earlier this year in NY. She’s been wanting to meet the girls for awhile and when we arrived, she put together the best welcoming care package full of notebooks, crayons, lip balm, colored pencils and mini slinkies. Jen’s the sweetest!   I’ve mentioned my… CONTINUE READING

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