Lots of people had random tidbits of knowledge to bestow on me when they found out I was moving to Seattle. My favorite example is one of my Pennsylvania aunts trying to convince me that the city was teeming with serial killers. All I really knew was that there was rain and there was music. I definitely found those things (luckily no serial killers), but I also found a city with fantastic food, lots of interesting, creative people and beauty -- natural and otherwise -- pretty much everywhere I looked.
In the six years I lived in Seattle, I became an artist and a member of a creative community like none I've experienced in any other city. I became a much better cook and fell in love with gardening. I also became a wife and the member of the giant clan of Seattlites that came with my husband. With the husband and the clan came the gift of always being connected to this fabulous city.
You can imagine why I consider it my second hometown.
|Beauty. Natural and otherwise.|
|I never get tired of this place.|
|The plan is always to eat as much seafood as possible while in Seattle. It is not hard to find the good stuff.|
It was Super Bowl weekend when I was in town, and I've never seen Seattle so pumped up about sports. It was Seahawks everything, on everyone, everywhere.
|Rachel, all dressed up for game day.|
There are lots of other things to see and do, but really Seattle visits are all about the food. I made it a point to eat some oysters from the paradise that is Uwajimaya and lots and lots of Theo Chocolate, but the through line of this trip was sandwiches.
|The Pork Medium (P Med) from Pecos Pit Barbeque - a thing of messy, eat with a spork beauty so good that I will sit outside in Seattle in January to eat it and the sweet and spicy beans that are it's perfect mate. Pecos is the only BBQ joint with a sauce too spicy for me to order the hot version. The medium is ass-kicker enough.|
|We are a family of bloggers and food nerds, so of course there was documentation of the construction process of Drew's fried chicken sandwich with spicy slaw --special request for my sister in law's birthday dinner.|
|There is no trip to Seattle that doesn't include a stop at Dick's Drive-in. Did I mention that it was Super Bowl Sunday? Lots of very excited Seahawks fans were also having burgers for brunch. By the time we got our Deluxes and cheeseburgers, fries and a chocolate shake, the all of the lines stretched well into the parking lot. It was a sea of blue and green.|
|A team effort creating salmon BLTs for Super Bowl sustenance.|
|Many of our friends and family have bought cute little houses on the streets surrounding "downtown" Ballard.|
|A mild Pacific Northwest winter means that the daphne (and lots of other gorgeous flowering things) were ready for spring as early as January.|
|Quite a few of the little craftsman houses in Ballard are being remade into Northwest modern homes like this one.|
|There's a fabulous view of the diving lady, my Ballard beacon, from the living room window of my in-laws' condo.|
|Here's how she looks when the fog rolls in.|
And I could never make a post about Seattle without talking about coffee. I miss the coffee culture so much -- Los Angeles just can't hold a candle to it -- so I have to have "real" coffee when I'm in town.
|The Ballard outpost of Bauhaus Books + Coffee. The original store at the corner of Pine and Bellevue had amazing views of downtown and the Space Needle. It was one of my haunts during graduate school.|
|A perfectly made mocha. And that's a little bar of chocolate on the rim of the cup.|