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

As I am sitting here in front of the window waiting for the record-breaking rains to arrive, here’s a look at the spring blossoms at the Washington Park Arboretum Continue reading “Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle”

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Seattle Restaurant Week – Vendemmia

Seattle Restaurant Week is held bi-annually in April and October. With more than 165 King County restaurants offering three-course dinners for $32, it is a great way to try out new places within budget .

This year we visited Vendemmia – a neighborhood Italian restaurant in Madrona.

We started our meal with an assortment of appetizers for the table, that includes

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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”

Dough Zone

Chinese restaurants in America (except those in L.A, New York and San Francisco) oftentimes try to serve everything on their menu, from stir-fries to hot-pots, from rice dishes to dumplings and noodles. Unless you know the chef’s specialty before hand and order accordingly, you are likely to be disappointed…that is, if authentic Chinese is what your are after.

Dough Zone is different and that is why they’ve been successful since opening in 2014. As the name indicates, they specialize in all things made with a dough, for instance these Shanghai-style soup dumplings, served piping hot at the table

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Juicy Jian Buns (I order them to-go and eat them as breakfast the next day – twenty seconds in the microwave, they are good as new 🙂 ) Continue reading “Dough Zone”

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”

That’s a Wrap – 2016

2016 isn’t a big travel year for me. I’ve only been to three countries: Japan, Iceland and Greenland. Both Japan and Iceland were re-visits.

My top 3 most memorable moments in Japan are all related to snow:

#1 seeing the elegant red-crowned cranes in the snow in Hokkaido:

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#2 snapping tons of photos of the Japanese snow monkeys:

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#3 staying at a farmhouse in the village of Shirakawa-go and waking up to snowfall: Continue reading “That’s a Wrap – 2016”

Seattle Lunch Options – Kisaku Sushi

When we go to Kisaku for lunch, we always sit at the sushi bar order omakase. Then we sit down, have our bowl of salad and miso soup, and watch the chef work his magic.

First come the basics, which consists of, but not limited to: amberjack, yellow jack, bonito, gizzard shad, yellowtail, and sea scallop with a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of sea salt.

Then follow the fatty fish…lots of fatty fish. They are so good, they give you this buzz that keeps you happy the rest of the day. Continue reading “Seattle Lunch Options – Kisaku Sushi”

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.

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