Wednesday, August 31, 2011

SVC Wayzgoose

I don't know about other cities, but in my opinion, I think Seattle is one of the best cities for "fun on the cheap". This past weekend, I went to the free School of Visual Concepts Wayzgoose event. I stumbled upon it via The Stranger (local Seattle newspaper). I was sold when I read that they used a steamroller to make giant original letterpress posters. It really is a contest for the local letter press houses to see who can make the best poster. The posters are auctioned off at the end with the proceeds going back to the school. The giant posters are hanging in the background of the picture below, drying in the sun.


There was so much to see there! There were a bunch of booths with lots of original cards/calenders/posters and then there was a 'make your own Wayzgoose poster' demonstration! I came out of the event with a class schedule (I'm deciding between a letterpress printing or a photoshop one), free t-shirt, tote bag and tons of free posters! Here is just a few of the posters I got.

The event ticket printed on really nice cardstock with gold edging

Blue Wayzgoose poster I printed

Bookmark/Washington Skull sticker that I got

I ended up buying 6 raffle tickets right before I left...and I won an letterpress print of Mark Twain done by a local artist! I can't wait to go to this event next year!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Agua Verde

Agua Verde is one of my favorite places to grab Mexican food. Though, I don't know if I can really call it authentic Mexican food, it definitely has a Pacific NW twist to it. There's a good variety of the classic Mexican items (like carnitas taco), seafood tacos and vegetarian tacos. I love their yam tacos! Another plus is that in the summer time, they also rent kayaks. I haven't done it but before this summer is over, I'm going to rent a kayak and then grab lunch afterwards. The restaurant was too full so I wasn't able to take a shot of the interior but it looks and feels like the restaurant is in someone's home.





Wednesday, August 17, 2011

drive in all american experience

Am I abnormal for not wanting to always go out on a Friday night? Sometimes I just want a mellow night out with a girlfriend :) Since it has been so nice in Seattle lately, we decided to go for a drive in movie! It's a pretty good deal, $8 for 2 movies. The only downside is that we can't change theaters after the first movie. We decided to watch Friends with Benefits followed by Bad Teacher (well, we didn't actually make it to the 2nd movie, FWB was over close to midnight!)

I loaded up the back of the Subaru with a mattress pad and threw in tons of pillows. Voila! Make shift bed and we even brought healthy snacks with us.

All we had to do was wait for the sun to set....


I was surprised at how fun the drive in was. While I don't condone talking during movies, it's nice to be able to talk to a friend without worrying about disturbing my neighbors. The other major plus was bringing in my own snacks! We brought hummus/carrots, cheese/crackers and grapes. I would definitely go back to the drive in again. If only it wasn't a 40 min drive!

Monday, August 15, 2011

I've always wanted...

Pocahontas boots. I don't know what about Minnetonka boots has me wanting them year after year. I usually talk myself out of them due to the fact that they are suede (so fairly impractical in the rainy winters here) and they don't seem that sturdy. I saw this picture recently from Dear Scarlet

Granted, she's so adorable that she can pull anything off, it's made me want Pocahontas boots all over again.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

best homemade sandwich ever

crusty sesame bread, brie, raspberry jam (don't knock it until you try it!), turkey, bacon and spinach. I could eat it for lunch EVERYDAY
best homemade sandwich ever

Saturday, August 13, 2011

coconut cupcakes with lime curd filling

I felt extra crafty over the weekend and decided to bake cupcakes for my coworkers birthday. She loves all things lemon flavored (lemon bars being her number 1 weakness). I've had this Ina Garten coconut cupcake bookmarked forever and decided that a coconut cupcake with lime curd filling would be the perfect baking challenge. I read over the reviews for the recipe and it seemed like the key to a light and fluffy cupcake was the beat the butter and sugar for at least 5 mins. I decided to use the whisk attachment instead of the paddle attachment just for extra precaution. It seemed to do the trick, the cupcakes came out moist and fluffy. I didn't have a single cupcake left at the end of the day. I'm going to call this a success and giving myself a pat on the back.

I am in love with the mini flower cupcake liners. They are so festive!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I wish...

I was crafty enough to piece together a fun vacation video like this

MOVE from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Foodgawker vs Punchfork

I've been a fan of Foodgawker ever since it came out. Who needs cookbooks when you have Foodgawker! I'm usually on there towards the last hour of work and I need to madly figure out what I'm going to make for dinner. The one thing I didn't like about FG is that half the time, when it was my turn to try out the recipe, I would fail miserably. At least when I take recipes off of Food Network, there were many reviews/friendly suggestions on how to tweak the recipe to make it foolproof.
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I recently found Punchfork which uses real time data (from twitter/facebook likes etc) to rank all the food related blog posts. So the creme de la creme are feature on the front page. I hate to say it (since it feels like a popularity contest) but those recipes have never let me down (I have yet to have a recipe from Smitten Kitchen turn out bad!).

Dahlia Lounge

I can't imagine another chef in Seattle that has more restaurants than Tom Douglas. Just in South Lake Union he has 4 restaurants in the span of 2 blocks. I went to Dahlia Workshop for breakfast last month.
They only serve biscuits there and fancy ones at that. I got the frittata biscuit.
It definitely was not my light breakfast and by the time lunch time rolled around, I still wasn't hungry. They do seem to have a pretty interesting sounding happy hour that I will have to come back to take advantage of. As for breakfast, I don't know if I would come back again. It wasn't all that special. I'd rather spend my money at the other TD establishments

Monday, August 1, 2011

I finished...

my first knitting project! A super simple circle scarf but at least I know I will wear it. I'm on the hunt for my next project. I think it will be a scarf again.