jordan, life, Seattle, Uncategorized

Monday Motivation

 Happy Monday!

You might not know this but I am starting to LOVE Monday again!

Monday’s bring opportunity. Opportunity to start things you have been putting off or opportunity to look at something that didn’t work and try it again. Monday’s are the new Friday, in my opinion!

This weekend I mentioned some changes were happening and I will slowly tell you about them. The fist major change is that I am now staying home, blogging, developing recipes, working with companies and being a brand ambassador, and of course being more available for my family. I am planning on creating some brand new content, eating programs and implementing some fresh, positive ideas! I am also working on my health and wellness coaching and starting to build my client base. Positive changes! I am very happy and optimistic about the future and what is waiting for me! I will share more as it starts to unfold!

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Today was the start of Jordan’s new Pre-K, too! He was in a pre-school setting for the past 6 months and now I started him in a part time Pre-K environment to help him get ready for Kindergarten! And he is now only going part time, 3 days a week, instead of all 5. This way he still gets ample time with Mommy and Daddy and wont feel so overwhelmed.

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He was really excited! He is such a big boy!

After we dropped him off at his school, it was time for some coffee and breakfast.

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Oats with local, raw honey for him.

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A smoothie and coffee for me.

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It’s going to be another BEAUTIFUL day in Seattle, today! But my plans include cleaning the house from top to bottom! Including getting rid of any unnecessary pantry and fridge items. I am starting my detox today – no gluten, no sugar, no soy, no dairy – heavy raw fruits and vegetables, beans, grains, nuts, organic eggs and fish/protein as needed. I am developing the program today/tonight and will be posting it soon!

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A little fact about me: Tulips are my favorite flower! I bought these in Seattle this weekend.

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And look what we ran into! Another little fact is that we love watching Deadliest Catch. The boats in parked in Seattle right now and we happened to notice this bad boy, The Wizard! Keith and his crew are our favorite! I even tweeted Captain Keith this picture and he loved it! 🙂

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     I hope everyone had a safe and beautiful weekend!

tasha

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Seattle, seattle veg fest, whole foods

A food blogger weekend!

What a busy weekend I had! Both Saturday and Sunday were PACKED with foodie events! And both days I had company from my best friend, Ashley. We used to work together last year and since we both moved careers we only see each other on occasion. It was really nice spending some time with her again!

We met at Whole Foods for some breakfast and coffee. I love their oatmeal bar and I picked out a package of chopped mango and strawberries.

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After a glorious time catching up on life, we walked around a bit. They were having their Eggstravaganza Event which I was invited to. They featured some delicious egg recipes and dishes and had some great Easter displays! I am posting an Easter recipe post soon that will be showcasing some great Easter dishes!

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I also picked up some things as we were walking around…

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Coconut water, Lara Bars, Vega mix, Almonds, Hemp Hearts, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chips, Garbage Bags and some Odwalla Juice. I also picked up a dry brush. I have always wanted to dry brush – it’s great for circulation and eliminating toxins out of your body.

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After my Whole Foods outing, Marc and I had a wonderful sushi lunch at a local sushi joint. We shared a delicious roll and I nibbled on a seaweed salad.

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And a little soy fro-yo for dessert! Topped with coconut, mini chocolate chips and strawberries. 🙂

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The weather had a sudden shift from the day before and it ended up being a gorgeous day! A drive to Seattle was much needed!

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The night ended with some dart throwing, bud light drinking and some March Madness watching!

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Today was VegFest! And man, did I get some great veg-tastic treats! Ashley and I spent a good hour walking around, filling our bellies with eats and treats!

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There were a TON of people there! It was very difficult walking around and actually enjoying the festival. After about an hour I needed some coffee so we headed out and went to a local coffee place called Cafe Vita. I was familiar with it but never had been inside the shop. Nice and quiet after such an over packed festival!

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I ordered an Americano. It was an excellent cup of coffee!

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I ended up grabbing a pound to take home… French Press love!

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It was a really nice day today, too! Not to cold… and it was really fun driving around the streets in her new Mini! I love Mini’s!

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What a weekend! A lot of fun and very busy! But I do enjoy a good jam packed couple of days! Especially when it ends with a bag of goodies like this!

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SOOO much good stuff!!! I will have a ton of product reviews coming up!!!

My day ended with some spoonfuls of this AMAZING stuff! Good night! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

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tasha

recipe, Seattle, snow, vegan

Snow?

It’s the second day of spring and we are getting snow… ?

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Seattle gets some crazy weather at times!

So we are up, ready to start our day… errr just relaxing, eating Orchard Bars and drinking some coffee.

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I was looking through some photos and I found this gem!

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I made this tofu salad from Kris Carr’s book Crazy Sexy Kitchen. If you have not checked this book out, do it! You will not be disappointed! It’s packed full of amazing, plant based dishes that are easy to make and to eat! Plant based food has never tasted so good! 😉

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I first saw the recipe from Marie Forleo’s You Tube feed… I love these two together! I adapted the recipe from this video and her cook book. Enjoy!

tasha

groceries, Seattle

Grocery Time

Hi friends! I’m not sure what the weather was like today in your neck of the world but Seattle was breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL! Still a little chilly but so sunny!

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The view from my apartment is amazing! Plus, I have a thing for sailboats – call it a crush, if you will. They look so graceful out on the water. Every weekend hundreds of sailboats float by my apartment. I just sit and watch with amazement… and a little jealousy. 😉

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I went to the store early today for a few items and I thought I would share my loot with you. I swear, when I am in a funk or a not so good mood, I drive to the nearest WholeFoods and just walk up and down each isle. Something about being surrounded by food makes me feel so much better.

I did a pretty large shopping spree last weekend but I was running out of a few things.

Veggies: I still have a few items from last week. Plus, I have learned that less is more when it comes to fresh produce. I buy a handful of items and center my meals around them… this really helps cut down on waste.

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  • collard greens
  • avocado
  • red bell pepper
  • apples
  • yellow onion

Frozen goods:

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  • Peas
  • Peaches
  • Mixed Berries
  • Edamame

Rest of the goods:

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  • bulk Azuki beans
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Smart Dogs
  • Cereal for Jordan
  • Tomato Soup
  • Beechers Cheese
  • mini Baguette
  • Chobani
  • String Cheese for Jordan
  • Unbleached flour
  • Organic Cane Sugar

That’s it! Not too many items this time but enough to get me through the week.
And I know that Whole Foods has a bad rap for being expensive. And yes, on some items they are. But I always try to by their house brand, 365, when ever possible. It cuts down on the price significantly. I do most of my shopping at Fred Meyer (they have a great organic/health food section) and Trader Joes. But I do like to treat myself to some shopping at Whole Foods. =)

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

tashasig

birthday, breakfast, dinner, family, lunch, Seattle, sewing

Weekend treats + eats

Hello hello!

This may be the longest post in the history of TCEM but I hope you enjoy!

I had a fabulous weekend – finally some decent weather in Seattle!

Saturday I woke up and ate a piece of toast +PB and consumed a cup of coffee.

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I knew Seattle was going to get pretty warm, in the 80’s in some areas (!!!) so I went on an early run. I ran 6.40 miles in 58.37. I was pretty hot and sweaty after that!

I was craving something cool and semi sweet and I knew just thing to ease my post run craving.

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I was still hungry after my shower, this time for something savory. Beans, rice, salsa and cilantro. Simple is always good!

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Let me ask you this: what does one do on a warm, sunny Saturday afternoon? Get ice cream, of course!

Everyone in the car!

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And if you are wondering, J is still way to young and small to be without a car seat. I had to put it in and the little monkey beat me to it! I think he feels like a big boy sitting in the car. =)

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YAY for ice cream!

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I choose a soy Cinnamon Swirl – my favorite! I absolutely love cinnamon!

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Now to walk off that ice cream – what a beautiful day!

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Even though we live in the suburbs, nature is in arms length. This is also my running trail as I love looking at green while I run.

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We also found several families of duck and geese. You should have seen J! He was so excited, he ran right up to them and wanted to touch them. Of course I was right there making sure he didn’t get to close, but they seemed friendly. Of course I am sure they were just looking for hand outs – I don’t feed wild animals, period.

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Let me just say that J zonked out as soon as he took his bath and was all snuggly in his jammies. He was one tired boy from all of the running around.

I was still a little full from ice cream so I ended up eating late, like 9 – crazy for me. I made a home made vegetable ragu with whole wheat noodles and sweet peas.

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I sautéed yellow onions, kalamata olives, garlic, fresh basil and parsley, mushrooms, red bell pepper and a little of jarred sauce. It was so fresh tasting with the herbs and I love the addition of kalamata olives to my sauce – delish!

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Today is my Mom’s Birthday!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM!

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There were a TON of good eats, vegan of course 😉

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My plate consisted of a veggie burger with the trimmings (lettuce, pickle, tomato, mustard, ketchup, onion) green salad with homemade garlic-lemon dressing, orzo Mediterranean salad that my Grandma bought for me =),  and raw veggies!

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After lunch, there was some play time!

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I know my mom is going to shoot me for putting this up, but I think J’s face is effing hilarious!!!

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And of course there were presents – many presents!

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My beautiful Mama!

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She loves grapes and has grape decor in her kitchen and dining area. A few years ago I had made her a set of placemats, but over the years they have started to look a little… meh. I surprised her with a brand new set of placemats. She loved them!

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They are made out of batik fabric. I appliquéd a grape motif on the front of each one, then quilted the entire top. They turned out great!

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Happy Birthday again, Mom! I hope you enjoyed your special day!

Phew… well that’s a wrap!

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life, running, Seattle, sewing, soup

Homemaker Love

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My apron was on all day yesterday; I cooked, cleaned, sewed and played. 

I decided to grow an avocado plant. I have heard it’s easy, and with the amount of avocado’s I eat I thought what the heck!

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Grow little seed, grow!

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All you do is suspend the pit in water for a few weeks until it sprouts, then you plant it in dirt and give it love. =) I love growing plants!

I wanted to run outside yesterday but Seattle’s weather has been anything but predictable. Yesterday we had it all – rain, hail, sun, thunder and wind.

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I took advantage of the bad weather and made a large pot of soup.

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Lentil soup is my all time staple for comfort food.

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I also finished up some sewing projects.

A fleece baby blanket

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A delicate yo-yo pillow

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My Great Grandma taught me how to make yo-yo’s several years ago. I loved them then and I love them now.

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These items are listed here.

And speaking of running: I ran 3 miles last night in under 30 minutes! I couldn’t believe it! I did stop after every mile to have a small water break, though. And my lungs need a little cardiovascular training, but my legs felt great! It’s amazing even after a few months of not running how my muscles still have strength and endurance. Muscle memory is no joke, people!

Looks like today will be another warm day inside the house as the rain clouds are still covering Seattle. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Seattle, seattle veg fest

Yes, I am here!

Holy Tuesday! I haven’t blogged in 4 days – wow!

I’ve have been pretty distracted and busy; some personal decisions going on right now. But I am well so no need to worry =)

I have had no time to check out my blog roll :ashamed!: but I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

For breakfast I had a wonderful smoothie – banana, almond milk, peaches and strawberries. So gooooood! Summer in a glass! =D
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And J decided he would rearrange my cupboard for me. Can you say “Future Chef”?

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Back news: I am having my x-ray tomorrow and will meet with the doctor again this week to go over what is happening. Luckily it is finally starting to feel normal again! Thank goodness! I haven’t tried to run but I have been walking. It is pretty sore towards the end of my walk but the pain resides fairly quickly.

VegFest 2010

This past weekend was VegFest 2010 in Seattle. Marc and I attended Saturday and we were both blown away by the size and the variety of the vendors. There were big names like LaraBar, Cascadian Farm, Odwalla, Morning Star, but I loved seeing the locally owned businesses just as much, if not more! We estimated that there were about 150-175 total vendors.

We didn’t make any of the seminars or book signings but we did have a good time sampling products! Here are just a few of the vendors that were there and most of the samples we ate:

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It was pretty crowded and we had to push through the crowd to get to the tables.

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I wanted these shorts!!!

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We donated a dollar to help animals in need =)

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Marc went straight to the Stacy’s chips!

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MMMmmmm this was soooooo yummy! Tofu and enchilada sauce, simply delicious!

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Mighty O Donut’s are a local vegan and organic donut bakery here in Seattle. I have been wanting to visit their shop for some time and we were so excited to sample their donuts! I will DEFINETLY be making a stop there more often!

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I was very pleased to see so many organic produce delivery companies. I currently am not a member of any but I have been looking into the option.

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A big shout out and Thank You to Living Harvest for giving me two tickets the the event! Here is Jennifer pouring yummy samples of Tempt Hemp Milk!

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We ate A LOT of food (!!) and gathered a bunch of samples and information!

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It was a wonderful event and I am looking forward to attend next year, too!

Before we headed to the event, we stopped by Bamboo Garden in Seattle. It is an all vegetarian/vegan Chinese restaurant that I have always wanted to try. Marc has eaten there before and he loved it.

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The corn chowder was amazing! The hot and sour soup was a little too sweet for my liking but it was very fresh tasting.

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We shared a combo plate – fried rice, spring roll, sweet and sour “chicken” and some noodle dish. It was very tasty but next time I try this place I will trying something different.

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I loved reading this! =)

Phew – so there you have it! I will be back tomorrow with a chocolate recipe 😉

ztashaz

breakfast, dinner, lunch, Seattle

Feeling nutty

Good morning!
Yesterday was awesome – simply put.
I started out with a yummy bowl of Stoneyfield vanilla yogurt, strawberries, granola and trail mix.
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Then I packed a few things for J as my mom was watching him last night for us. He looooooves his Grandma!
I dressed him a pair of coveralls that she bought him for Christmas – he looks like a little farmer!

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Oh – and did I mention that J thought it would be nice to give my phone a drink of water in the dog bowl? I guess he thought it was thirsty.
Off to Verizon today to see if I can get a new one. Although, I need to check to see if it dried out over night. Sometimes they still will work even after a day of drinking! 
I met Marc at home at about 3, ate a light lunch of left over soup and Kashi crackers and went and showered.
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Then it was show time!
I love driving through Seattle when it’s dark. Errr.. correction. I love being DRIVEN through Seattle when it’s dark. Marc knows his way around the city which is nice. Me? Not so much.
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This REI is giant! I love it!
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Hi Whole Foods!
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I’ve never eaten at this restaurant but I do love the sign.
And of course some Spaceneedle shots.
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Then we arrived at the hall!
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This hanging mural was made up of ladders, tape measures and other material. It was quite impressive!
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We had amazing seats – second tier, front and center. We also had an aisle seat so we didn’t feel so cramped!
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Since this was the last showing of the season they “oomphed” the performance a bit; adding some comedy to the music and the performance. They would start randomly play music from the Wizard of Oz, TV shows and so on. It was quite comical and the audience really got into it!
At the intermission Marc and I stepped out and had a quick bite that we pre-ordered.
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Pesto rigatoni and a tomato, basil and mozz salad. YUM! I was STARVING so this was a great way to split up the performance!
I also had a nice cup of coffee.
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And yes I know – I need to re pain my nails!
Photos were prohibited once the performance started but there was a lot of this:

It was such a flawless  and beautiful performance! I would love to attend more ballets – Romeo and Juliet would be next on my list.
Then we headed back home, stopping for a nice relaxing dinner by the water. Anthony’s is one of our staple restaurants, as Marc opened the Seattle location as executive sous chef. We stopped by their Edmonds location which is a tad closer to our home.
We were not extremely hungry so we opted to share. BUT there are just too many choices on the menu! We started with a nice glass of Merlot – Red Diamond and their crab, shrimp and artichoke bake.
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It was very cheesy and rich! Then I just simply ordered a cup or chowder and their house seasonal salad.
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Baby spinach, raw mushrooms, parm, bacon all tossed with an herbed dill vinaigrette.
Marc ordered their fish tacos and garlic mashed potatoes, which of course I had a few bites of.
Between rich food and too much bread I was not feeling well last night. I was completely stuffed and had a horrible stomach ache. I had to take some tums before bed – yuck!
It was an amazing evening and a perfect way to end 2009! And yes – I am still in shock 2010 is here!
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I have been up since 5:30 this morning, tossing and turning. Of course the morning I don’t have to get up I do – oh well. I am off to FINALLY grab some coffee. Have a wonderful day everyone!
ztashaz

Seattle

The Pike Place Market

Just ANOTHER reason why I love living in the Seattle area.


The Pike Place Market is filled with the salty aroma of the ocean and the abundant amount of fresh seafood, the vast array of every kind flower available, freshly picked local fruits and vegetables and the eclectic feel of Seattle’s locals wondering around. Nothing beats or even comes close to the experience of Pike Place Market.
Now being that I am a “local” I don’t frequent here as much as I would but it becomes extremely crowded, and with a stroller to push around I do get annoyed. So I try to visit on weekdays when it isn’t so populated. The main reason I go to the market: the flowers.


I buy 2-3 bouquets of gorgeous, fresh flowers for under 20$! I usually split them up into 4-5 different vases all over the house and I have beautiful flowers all week long.

We also go there for the fresh seafood.

It’s not shipped in, it hasn’t been sitting in a cooler for days, not flash frozen or fake – this is the real deal. Marc loves crab so we picked up two fully cooked crab and had them break it up for easy eating.

Now let’s talk about the vast array of wall to wall fruits and vegetables.

I actually wasn’t in the mood for veggies as I have a full fridge of them but I did end up picking a few baby bok choy and a handful of sugar snap peas.

But believe me there are many layers to the Market – many!
Did you know that the first ever Starbucks is here? The ORIGINAL Starbucks!

This the the original Starbucks Siren and the original store. I looks like a library in there – sliding wall ladders and very rustic. They even throw cups around like they do with the fish!

Of course all the walking around makes a person hungry so we stopped and picked out some baked goods at Piroshky Piroshky. Flaky, buttery crusts, rustic fillings from savory to sweet – whatever you are craving they have something for you!


I had a smoked mozzarella, mushrooms and broccoli and Marc had ham and cheese. YUM! It really hit the spot!

I really could go on and on all day about the Market. There are secret passage ways, overseen shops and hidden gems around every corner. If you ever have the chance to visit Seattle, visit the Pike Place Market – you will not be disappointed!