Encore Paris

“This is what you do on your very first day in Paris. You get yourself, not a drizzle, but some honest-to-goodness rain, and you find yourself someone really nice and drive her through the Bois de Boulogne in a taxi. The rain’s very important. That’s when Paris smells its sweetest. It’s the damp chestnut trees.” – I can almost hear Audrey Hepburn saying those words in her 1954 film Sabrina.

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Gluten-free in Portland

This is a guest post by my friend Darcy, who visited Portland last weekend and checked out the gluten-free food scenes over there. Below is a report of her food adventure in the City of Roses:

GF Chef 

This is gluten-free comfort food. Started by a retired couple after he learned that he had Celiac disease. They also serve Chicken and Waffles, using different flour mixes.

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Fish and chips

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Back to Paris

In Paris we stayed at Hôtel Saint Paul Rive Gauche in the 6th Arrondissement, a few blocks from the Luxembourg Gardens. On the day of our arrival, after storing away our luggage, we went for a walk.

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Hiking: Artist Point Snowshoe

The road for the last stretch of the Mt. Baker Highway was completely clear.  The sun had been shining for the past two days. With avalanche danger being low, Monday was a perfect day to head up to Artist Point.

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Rouen, France

“It was a beautiful summer morning. Silver gleamed in the windows of the gold and silver smith, and the light that fell obliquely on the cathedral shimmered in the cracks of the grey stones. A flock of birds circled in the blue sky around the trefoils pinnacle turrets.”

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Lamb Shanks in Seattle

It’s cold. It’s damp. It’s time for lamb shanks in Seattle.

Hungry Eyes Afghan Cuisine (CLOSED)

This used to be my favorite lamb shank place in all of Seattle Metro.

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Bald Eagles on Skagit River

For my part, I wish the eagle had not been chosen as the representative of this country. He is a bird of bad moral character; he does not get his living honestly.”
— Benjamin Franklin

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Two weekends ago, I went to see our National Bird.
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