Adventures in the Pacific Northwest

Did you think I only had food related adventure while in the Pacific Northwest? Well, I didn’t.

Upon arrival at our gracious guest’s place, we had water at the bedside and posh toiletries on our pillows.

After a night of fine dining and shaking our asses in the bars, we headed up into the mountains for some snow shoeing. Our trek was powered by some amazing homemade granola bars made by Jeremiah. I want one right now just thinking about them. Yummm.

On the way to our trail of choice, we hit a little bump in the road. Really, where was our sense of adventure?

So we turned around, found another trail. Here, I got to use my first Honey Bucket…

Then we were on our happy way where we snowshoed(or is it snowshod?) over this bridge. The snow was so packed on it that we were walking above where the handrails were. A bit scary at first…

But we had to cross it, so we could get down by the water’s edge. Snow shoes were removed…

And snow was rolled…

Until a 6’5″ snowman was built…

After some more snow shoeing we drove to Snoqualmie Falls and took in a magnificent waterfall.

Then headed back to the city to take in the most iconic view of Seattle.

On Sunday we headed to the market, where I was in Heaven.

We bought a whole Rockfish.

And made a magnificent feast of a dinner out of ‘Ole Rocky(post coming soon). While we were there, Aaron caught a fish.

The crowd loved it!

On the way back , this woman in the airport couldn’t believe that you couldn’t take your Starbucks through security. So, she put all of her stuff on the best to go through, then sat down to enjoy her drink while the line was held up. It was one of the most unbelievable things I’ve ever seen in airport security.

It was an amazing trip with tons of adventure and fun. I’m fortunate to have such great friends…that live in great places to visit!


Seattle’s tastiest bites

After a long weekend trip to Seattle that involved lots of eating I’m going to share some of the tastiest things I ate.

On my first night in Seattle we ate at Terra Plata and ordered about one of every dish on the menu. Everything was amazing. The three things that probably stood out the most were the fennel crusted tuna, the maple brussels sprouts that were charred on the outside and caramelized to perfection and the marrow. I had never had marrow before and was quite frightened to try it, but it was absolutely delightful.

Jeremiah showing his love for the marrow:

Sunday morning we got a dozen of Seattle’s famous Top Pot doughnuts and shared so we could get a good variety. We then had a voting system to determine the best one. The winner was the bullseye, then the best apple fritter any of us had ever had, followed by the old-fashioned glazed. Insanely fresh and full of flavor.

After digesting our doughnuts we went for a late lunch at Skillet Diner. They are known for their brunch and fried chicken. Not being a huge fan of fried chicken, I decided that I would try theirs. I got the kale caesar salad with a fried chicken thigh. Holy cow. This may have been the best salad I have ever eaten. The fried chicken was really good, too. Nice and crispy on the outside and there were caraway seeds in the batter which added an amazing layer of flavor. Can you tell that I liked it?

And for a late night bite? I would recommend trying Po Dogs, where you can get just about any kind of hot dog you’d like. Jeremiah and I split a Philly dog that had cream cheese and scallions on top.

After reliving much of what I ate over the last few days, I see a lot of running in my near future. If you are ever in Seattle, give these places a try. You won’t regret it.