Seattle

Where The Flavor’s At In Seattle

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Approximately two years ago, the husband and I moved to downtown Seattle from Columbus, Ohio. Somedays, it feels like yesterday and other days, it feels like we’ve been here for years and years. Coming from the midwestern city of Columbus, a lot of folks from the PNW seem to think we lived on a farm. Ha, right. Obviously, these people do not realize Columbus is a thriving city. And with that, it has a great food scene… some of the best, in our opinion…. rustic, unassuming, farm to table goodness that doesn’t shy away from flavor. And man, we sure do miss that food!

However, we have found a few gems that we believe are on par with our beloved hometown restaurants. So, I thought I would share what we’ve found so far to complement the Seattle Wander Guide post I wrote back in June 2014.

I’m breaking it down by neighborhoods, and I’m sure I’ll have more to add in the near future. But for now, this should get you started on a tasty, little food tour if you so desire and definitely without breaking the bank too much. (Don’t even get me started on the abundance of gourmet/fine dining in Seattle. I just want good food without the pretentiousness or triple+ dollar signs. Know what I’m sayin’?) Continue reading

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Exploring The Georgetown Steam Plant In Seattle

Georgetown Steam Plant Seattle Leaning Tree

Every second Saturday of the month, the Georgetown Steam Plant in Seattle is open to the public for free from 10am to 2pm. It can be a little confusing navigating how to get there, but if you see this crazy leaning tree, you’re really close! The entrance is right near it.

I enthusiastically suggest a visit if you’re into history at all or architecture… or steam… or ya know, power plants… maybe?

You get the idea. I won’t bore you with the historical details. You can obviously find that information elsewhere. Besides, I also don’t know all that much except its prominence in powering the streetcars in Seattle.

After stepping foot into the place, I was immediately distracted by how large the plant is and could definitely see the appeal of photographers and filmmakers renting the space for their creative endeavors. I mean… really! Continue reading

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Exploring & Urban Hiking Queen Anne In Seattle

Space Needle In Queen Anne's Backyard

I was a bit of a tomboy when I was a kid. I guess you could say I was pretty balanced actually. I loved pretty dresses and shoes, but I also knew the value of a t-shirt and worn jeans and didn’t mind getting dirty playing outside. Those qualities still pretty much hold true today as well.

When I was a wee girl though, I like to think I did my fair share of tromping around the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in southern Ohio. I have the scars of a childhood of playing outside whenever possible. I have the memories of scrapes and carefully pulling off ticks as well as getting bitten and stung by various insects. And, it was no big deal. Even with the ticks, it was all “pull it all out, you’ll be fine”. Now, it seems inevitable you’ll get Lyme disease.

So, even with all that lovely nature and coming across snakes and getting lost in the mountains, I loved being outdoors and immersing myself into Mother Nature’s realm. Continue reading

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A Different Kind Of Friday ~ Seattle Snapshots

I hope y’all had a fabulous Thanksgiving! The husband and I had a quiet and relaxing holiday weekend that consisted of eating so much food, watching the Seattle Macy’s Day parade in the rain, listening to the chants of protesters across the city, and catching a showing of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. (I really hate these two part-er movies!) I roasted a turkey and made way too much food that my husband and I had little difficulty in finishing off all by ourselves by the end of the weekend. Ooops. I love the holiday season, but I always look forward to them being over so I can again lose that five pounds or so I had lost before the holidays awakened the fat kid in me.

Instead of my usual gratitude posts where I spew how I’m thankful for cupcakes, puppies, my husband, and rainbows, I thought today I would just share some of my favorite images I’ve managed to capture since the husband and I arrived in Seattle… almost four months now! Whoa… time is flying!

Gorgeous sunsets over the Olympic Mountains and sailboats on the Puget Sound have been quite plentiful since we arrived up until recently. This is the view from our abode…

Seattle Waterfront Sunset Over The Olympics

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Seattle Wander Guide Part 2 ~ Elemental Exploration

Seattle Japanese Garden

After hitting up all the major sights and things to do in Seattle, maybe you have a couple days left to unwind and relax. Or you can do as we did and intersperse some moments of serenity in with all the city-hopping. Get out there and experience the elements of nature… earth, air, water, maybe not fire unless it’s a well-monitored campfire (during a wet season, of course).

If you’re looking to commune with the earth, I recommend visiting the Washington Park Arboretum in Northeast Seattle. Continue reading

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Seattle Wander Guide Part 1 ~ Urban Exploration

Seattle Neighborhoods

Last week, I wrote about our trip to Seattle from the standpoint of searching for our new home. And even though it was a whirlwind of chaotic traveling, it was still a pretty great vacation filled with good food, pretty sights, and interesting history. If you’re thinking of visiting the Emerald city anytime soon, may I offer up some suggestions?

Where To Stay

A few times in the past, the husband and I have stayed in B&Bs when traveling. However, a lot of them are very old, Victorian, and flowery in their decor which is not our cup of tea. So when we ventured to the Pacific Northwest last month, we decided to give Airbnb a try for the first time.

We stayed in a fantastic apartment in the southeast Portland neighborhood of Hosford-Abernethy. As I mentioned before in my Portland Japanese Garden post, you have got to eat at Pine State Biscuits for brunch and Salt & Straw for some yummy ice cream!

In Seattle, we first stayed with friends in Fremont and then opted for this beautiful and cozy Airbnb cottage in Columbia City to get a feel for different neighborhoods. Continue reading

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A Midwesterner’s First Impression Of Seattle

Seattle Spring Skyline

Dearest Seattle ~

It seems so long ago, but it has been only a month since we first met. Hopefully, we both have had some time to cool off and learn some hard lessons. As I ponder what went wrong between us during our first encounter, I thought I’d be honest and lay it all out for you. Maybe, just maybe, we can make it work if we communicate and share our feelings with each other, ya know?

You see, I had heard all about how glorious you are surrounded by water, mountains, and forests of trees… that you are just pure bliss whether rain or shine. It seemed like utopia when I read or heard anyone who lived there describe you. I was so excited to see you, to get to know you, to determine if you would be my citymate forever and ever…
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Wanderlust I Must ~ Coastal City Living

Portland Maine

The husband and I visited Portland, Maine on our honeymoon cruise in 2010, and it was so beautiful. We both love the ocean and long to live damn near on it or at least much closer to it.

We are planning to visit another Portland in the next couple months… Portland, Oregon! Seattle is also on the agenda. We can’t wait! Not only have neither of us ever been to the west coast, but we’re also thinking of a major move within the year. Seattle (and possibly Portland) is on our list of new cities to call home.

We’re currently residing in Ohio, so we’re obviously going to fly for our vacation. However, when we make the big move, we’ll be road trippin’ it. I’m super excited about a major road trip across country… and a bit nervous & slightly stressed.. we’ll have our two dogs! Our muppet whines with excitement in the car, and the doodle… well, she just plain hates it. We’ll definitely need to do some short practice trips and get advice from our lovely veterinarian.

I recently found and bookmarked the site, Go Pet Friendly. It looks like it will be incredibly useful on finding pet friendly hotels, restaurants, activities and such. If anyone has trips on traveling with pets, I’d definitely love to hear ’em!

What place are you daydreaming about today?

xo~ Frani

 

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