Hiking: Annette Lake

Here in the Pacific Northwest, it always amazes me how quickly our mood shifts according to the weather – one day it was rainy and gloomy, the other sunny and uplifted. Fortunately later was the case on Saturday. And it just so happened to be the day of the Chinese Double Ninth Festival, also known as the climbing festival.

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So there we are, setting out to a mountain. Continue reading “Hiking: Annette Lake”

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Food Lover’s Day-trip to Vashon Island

Washington State governor declared a state of emergency last Saturday. With the forest fire spreading across the region and ashes falling from the sky, this has certainly been a VERY unusual summer!

On a separate note, in mid-July – before all the craziness – my friend and I made a food-themed day trip to Vashon Island.

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Seattle Bakery Recommendations – Asian Options

Hood Famous Bakeshop

If you think you can find Hood Famous Bakeshop on Market Street, as the address – 2325 1/2 NW Market Street – indicates, you are wrong.

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Seattle Bakery Recommendations

Cafe Besalu

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For years Cafe Besalu was my go-to place for morning pastries. I always get the plain croissant with homemade jam and a cup of hot chocolate, pick a seat and watch owner and baker James Miller work his magic. A couple of months ago, Miller sold Besalu and moved his family to Spain. Continue reading “Seattle Bakery Recommendations”

Hiking: 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 “Hiking: Wallace Falls State Park”

Best Steak in Seattle

I AM NOT so much a meat eater. But a trip to Bateau could change that.

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Here, you order your preferred cut off a long chalk board. All steaks are butchered in house, sold by weight and served á la carte. Continue reading “Best Steak in Seattle”

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”