In which we visit Vancouver, BC

Yep, Canada TWICE in one week! And we weren’t even smuggling anything (pinky promise and cross our hearts, hope not to die, dear US Border Patrol). Jeff’s friend Joe聽from Kindergarten and his lovely wife Jess were there for work and it would’ve been horrible to miss them but for a three hour drive North. I hadn’t seen them since our wedding and Jeff hasn’t seen them since their’s last July.

Joe escorting Jess down the aisle at our wedding; a prelude of what was to come for them.

Joe escorting Jess down the aisle at our wedding; a prelude of what was to come for them.

We started off by heading to Granville Island which is the Vancouver tourist trap disguised as a market equivalent of Pike Place Market here. There a a bunch of cute (read: expensive) shops and nice options for a quick bite to eat. The seagulls are vicious though and you’ll have to heed the signs to watch your plate or they’ll take off with your meal (or at least knock over your tea and tarter sauce, poor Jeff)!

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Can you believe these two have known each other for going on 23 years??

Can you believe these two have known each other for going on 23 years??

DSC_0431After dodging the seagulls and wandering around we decided to head into the city for drinks. Our entire purpose was to visit Jess and Joe and we knew we could always make the quick trip up I-5 anytime to see the city again later.

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Exploring Yaletown. Where they love to keep the dumpsters right outside the restaurants.

Drinks at Yaletown Brewing Company

Drinks at Yaletown Brewing Company

Way too soon it came to and end. It was so much fun seeing y’all! Come to Seattle to visit!

The next morning Jeff and I explored Stanley Park at the tip of the city’s peninsula. Maybe next time I can convince him to ride bikes around the 5 mile long path.

Stanley Park walkway

Stanley Park walkway and beach

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And then we headed home to round out my vacation. We were grateful that the border crossings didn’t take too long and even the I-5 bridge collapse in Mount Vernon didn’t delay us too long.

We have seen everything on that sign except the Golden Gate bridge.. so guess where our next big trip is going to land us??

We have seen everything on that sign except the Golden Gate bridge.. so guess where our next big trip is going to land us??

Also: This makes 100 posts! Whoo hoo!

In which we have a weekend

Ahh, my first weekend not on call in awhile.. It’s heady not needing to know where the pager is, roaming outside of the designated range and sleeping in unconcerned.

No big plans of excitement except relaxing, eating amazing Italian food and…

Watching the microhail fall after a spring thunderstorm.

watching the microhail fall after a spring thunderstorm…

Stocking up on food at the grocery store. The power went out because of the storm, so it felt like a zombie movie, but the cash registers were working at least!

…stocking up on food at the grocery store. The power went out because of the storm, so it felt like a zombie movie, but the cash registers were working at least!

Playing a card game with friends that'll probably result in all of us going to hell.

…playing a card game with friends that’ll probably result in all of us going to hell…

...and hanging out with these fun guys. Thanks for the many belly aching laughs!

…and hanging out with these fun guys. Thanks for the many belly aching laughs!

Now for listening to the Mirah radiostation on Pandora in preparation for her concert next Saturday. Happy weekend 馃檪

In which we celebrate

A big congratulations to our friends Symon and Ashley on their engagement! To celebrate Jeff and I took them out to Luc in Madison for some delicious French American food. We’re so, so happy for y’all!!

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And our second bit of celebrating was for the re-opening of Paseo after over a month’s hiatus. Only in Seattle can you provide virtually no seating, accept only cash, frequently run out of food by 7pm, close FOR OVER A MONTH and still have people lined up out the door for your delicious, delicious Cuban sandwiches. I guess that’s what happens when you’re one of Esquire’s top 25 sandwiches in America. Welcome back messy goodness!

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In which Molly comes to visit!

After the novelties of pumpkin flavored everything has long since worn off, but you have too much work to do to fully enjoy the Thanksgiving feast聽hearkening聽upon you, the rains tend to get you a little down.聽Is there any better sunshine to claw through the late Fall gloom than a friend coming to visit? I think not.

In steps Ms. Molly, my Chapel Hill walking partner, official therapist and bridesmaid to the rescue. She had a conference this weekend fortuitously scheduled in Seattle and I loved having her here as our first official houseguest! Between her sessions downtown (including one with Ms. Sandra Day O’Connor!) we got in some nice long walks around Green Lake and some late night catch ups over our favorite meal of Trader Joe’s appetizers and wine.

On Saturday night we took her to the third Seattle Underground Market and I appreciate her adventurous spirit in joining us to a semi-legal full on foodie rave. This time the organizers didn’t disappoint in choosing the sketchiest location possible: on old warehouse in the SoDo neighborhood near the Old Rainier Brewery.

The entrance was marked only by that small orange sign on the door reading, “SUM”.

Once we made our way in (complete with need for a “secret passphrase”) I was surprised how many people 聽bought the “early tickets” that began at five. I blamed people like our friend Symon who brought extra guests to this one and he rightly blamed me for blogging about it. Duly noted. If you’re reading this for the first time, please come late!

We immediately got in line for the wontons that we didn’t want to wait for last time. I have no pictures because I was too busy eating the delicious Lobster, Mac-and-Cheese with bacon and Gyro flavored fried concoctions. The Gyro wonton served with tzatziki was the best, but they all were delicious and totally worth the wait in the longest line there.

Other notable foods:

Cake pops! Favorites: The Lemon and Pumpkin flavors

Osso Buco empanadas? Omg, yes!

Delicious ice cream by The Spoon Project – the brown sugar walnut was totally worth the diabetes I’m going to develop

The face should make you want to buy a sampling of all The Spoon Project’s flavors.

Ms. Plummy’s was next to the wonton stand, so I felt bad for them that they weren’t getting the love that the wonton line was getting. On tasting their “Run Down” – good Lord, that was my favorite food of the night!

Fryin’ up some Run Down dumplings

The soda people were back! We sampled the grapefruit and also the pear – omg, such a great compliment to all the other delicious food.

Another favorite: popcorn shrimp – not what you’re thinking, but SHRIMP WITH POPCORN IN IT. MIND BLOWN.

Thanks for being so food adventurous with us Molly!

Afterwords we picked up Kuppy who had had a long day of those Amazon kids schmoozing her and trying to get her to take their job offer. It was so amazing to have TWO of my best friends in our Seattle apartment AT THE SAME TIME. How聽could聽I get so lucky??

Unfortunately Sunday morning came fast and it was time to say goodbye. Thanks for coming all the way out here and making our lovely Seattle rain a lot more sunny!