Wallace Falls State Park

Come forth into the light of things.
Let nature be your teacher.
-W. Wordsworth

Spring weather in the Pacific Northwest can be rather interesting.

When we arrived at the Wallace Falls State Park, the rain was still pouring down. So we decided to sit in the car and have breakfast. Minutes later the sky cleared and we set out for the hike.

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If you love water, you will love this park. Continue reading “Wallace Falls State Park”

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Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle

“There’s no dry day in the forecast after Friday,” warns a meteorologist. Seattle has had 140 rainy days since Oct. 1 — blowing past the previous record with more rain to come before the month is over.    – Seattle Times Friday April 20, 2017 Continue reading “Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle”

Memphis & New Orleans

This is a guest blog by my friend Jing, a first-time blogger who was born in China and moved to the US not so long ago. Jing visited several southern states during the time of Christmas and New Year 2016. Right after the election, I heard stories about foreigners being threatened and mistreated and was concerned about her trip down South. As it turned out, my worries were completely unnecessary.  Continue reading “Memphis & New Orleans”

Big John’s PFI, Seattle

Who would have thought that rummaging through an old dimly lit warehouse could be so much fun?

At Big John’s Pacific Food Importers, you’ll find aisles of specialty food items such as Hazelnut Spread from Italy made with Arcacia honey and Piedmont hazelnut; Cream of Almonds from Sicily; or Crème de Calisson from Aix-en-Provence.

Shelves of olive oils from France, Italy, Morocco or Spain. Continue reading “Big John’s PFI, Seattle”

Nisqually Wildlife Refuge

Did you know that, just an hour drive south of Seattle there is a National Wildlife Refuge? It is one of my favorite places to visit all year round.

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Upon entering the refuge you are first greeted with a duck pond. Continue reading “Nisqually Wildlife Refuge”

Sushi Kashiba

Sushi Kashiba is an upscale sushi restaurant in Seattle. It’s conveniently located by the Pike Place Market and is owned by the Seattle legendary sushi chef Shiro Kashiba, who trained with Jiro Ono back in the 1960s. Sushi Kashiba is often regarded as one of the best sushi restaurants in Seattle. Tourists and locals alike queue up outside its door before the 5 o’clock opening time waiting to get a seat at the sushi bar.

But, does it live up to the hype? Continue reading “Sushi Kashiba”

Elliott Bay Trail, Seattle

Elliott Bay Trail is a short walking/biking trail, twenty-minute walk from the touristy Pike Place Market. It is ideal for visitors of the Seattle area who wish to enjoy a great view without the crowd.

The trail starts from the Olympic Sculpture Park, goes through Myrtle Edwards and Centennial Park. There are interesting Pacific Northwest artifacts along the trail , such as a totem pole Continue reading “Elliott Bay Trail, Seattle”

Christmas in Seattle

It is true I don’t write enough about Seattle. I figured everyone else has already done that. Only this past Sunday when the rain finally stopped, I decided to venture out and play tourist for a day.

First things first, a good lunch at the Pike Place Market Atrium Kitchen.

Continue reading “Christmas in Seattle”

RMS Queen Mary

This post is contributed by my friend Katia who spent four days aboard the RMS Queen Mary at Halloween last year.

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RMS Queen Mary is a retired ocean liner that sailed primarily on the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967. Along with her sister ship, RMS Queen Elizabeth, they were British response to the superliners built by German and French companies in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Continue reading “RMS Queen Mary”