BC: Thank you Di, for being such a wonderful host. And to the Florentia housemates, thank you for letting us crash your cute little pad.
FC: Fairweather Friends a weekend in rainy Seattle
1: Fairweather Friends a weekend in rainy Seattle | with Katy, Diana and Alison
2: Usually the term "fairweather friend" is used to describe someone that is only a friend in the good times. In this book, it means that despite the gloomy weather, a weekend trip of exploring with your friends is always fun.
3: When we arrived in Seattle, the sun was peeking through the clouds. Diana picked us (Katy and Alison) up from the airport and drove us to her new digs in the Queen Anne neighborhood. We passed by a Pepsi sign on the way, but that ended up actually being a sign for a Korean church. Maybe their motto is "Be young, have fun, and go to church ..." Hmmm, maybe not.
4: Once we arrived at the house, we made the exchange. Katy immediately went to her bag to unpack ... honey roasted peanuts! A huge bage of them! Di was very pleased with the gift and accepted it with a smile. Before we went out for the evening, Katy had to change out of her wonderful uniform. Don't you love the look? It is all the rage among flight attendants ... tres chic!
5: While waiting for Katy to don some regular garb, I sat down to consume a Nordstrom truffle courtesy of Diana. This lovely chocolate was so pretty I couldn't help but take a picture and devour it right then. Smooth creamy chocolate encased in a chocolatey shell, covered with a smattering of cacao nibs. It was a sneak peek into our very near future of visiting the chocolate factory in Seattle. Mmmmmm yum. I could tell this adventure was going to be deliciously fun. And so our trip began.
6: El Diablo Coffee Company Metropolitan Market Desert Sun Tanning Pasta Bella Restaurant, Queen Anne The quaint neighborhood of Queen Anne has a great variety of boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, and grocery stores for Queen Anne residents. So before dinner, we walked around and explored all the fun shops and took some goofy photos. Then we ate a scrumptious meal at Pasta Bella from their $20 prix fixe menu. Yum!
7: Upscale organic markets, hellish coffee and tanning salons speak of the bounty of produce, the importance of a good cup o' joe, and the absence of sun in Seattle.
8: Our Pasta Bella Menu Caprese Penne Cove Mussels Roasted Pesto Chicken Cannelloni Housemade Six-Layer Lasagna Baked Penne with Sirloin Creme Caramel Tiramisu Chocolate Decadence
9: Mars Hill Church, Ballard Campus Mars Hill Church is the church Di attends in Seattle. It is the fastest growing church in the area, with campuses in several different neighborhoods. The church is a converted industrial-use building with dark lighting, free coffee and tea, and lots of people. Di's housemate Beth and her brother Brian led worship that morning and we were really touched by it.
10: Come Thou Fount of every blessing Tune my heart to sing Thy grace Streams of mercy, never ceasing Call for songs of loudest praise Teach me some melodious sonnet Sung by flaming tongues above. Praise the mount! I'm fixed upon it, Mount of Thy redeeming love.
11: Walk this way ...
12: Pike Place Market, Elliott Bay Waterfront This market is famous for many things - namely the fresh produce, fish mongers, and tourists! After church we wandered around and took in all the colors, sights, and sounds of the market. We ate lots of delicious chowder, sampled cheese, and even kissed dungeness crabs.
13: The Pike Place Public Market opened in on August 17, 1907 and is one of the oldest continually-operated public farmers markets in the country. It spans over 9 acres of area in downtown Seattle! | Notable Attractions Pike Place Fish Market's "flying fish" The First Starbucks The Crumpet Shop Sol Amon's Pure Food Fish
15: At Pike Place Fish Market we encountered some surprisingly young fishmongers and saw the amazing flying fish. The fishmongers were experts at throwing and it took quite a few shots to actually catch the fish in motion. Can you see the fish flying through the air? This vendor is so popular that people were not only buying fish, but also t-shirts! Can I have an XL t-shirt with a side of monkfish, please?
18: Cooking Dinner at the Florentia House, Queen Anne After doing the "touristy" stuff, we came back and crashed on Diana's couch. So with the rain coming down outside, we all snuggled up under a thick blanket and slept the afternoon away. We awoke refreshed and cooked ourselves a delicious meal, then headed out for a night of pool and pomme frites.
19: Toasting the grains of rice | Cooking over a hot stove | Prepping the chicken | Part of the cooking crew
20: We enjoyed our late but delicious dinner and took pictures of our weekend accomodations at Le Hotel de Florentia.
21: Garage Billiards, Capitol Hill That evening we went out to a birthday party at Garage Billiards for Diana's community group leader. We didn't know how to play pool, but we tried our best. Check out those shots - we definitely aren't pool sharks! Or are we?
22: Commonly Heard Phrases Throughout the Game What is that thingy called? How do you hold the stick? Oops, I hit the 8 ball again. Oh that was sooo close ...
23: Diana strategizing Behind the back! Silly Katy, pool is for pros. Hey, let me concentrate! Space Needle at night One leg up Katy in good form The perfect start to an awful game
24: Cafe Presse, South Capitol Hill After billiards we wanted a midnight snack - so we went over to Cafe Presse, a late night restaurant specializing in French cafe food and a large selection of magazines and newspapers (thus the "presse"). We ordered hot chocolate, hot tea, and an order of pomme frites with traditional mayonnaise to dip. Their use of old wine bottles as water carafes was neat.
26: The Troll, Fremont This infamous public work of art was a fun and interesting pit-stop for us. Based on the folk tale "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," this big guy sits underneath the Aurora Bridge waiting to take cars from above. During our stay in Seattle, we watched the teen flick "10 Things I Hate About You" which is based in and around Seattle and Tacoma. In one scene, two of the characters have a conversation while climbing the Troll. There's something so cool about visiting a landmark where a movie was shot, and sticking your hand up a stone nostril ....
27: In the movie, the characters Bianca and Cameron have a deep discussion under the bridge next to the menacing Fremont Troll. There are a few differences between the movie troll and the real life version: - the VW bug he's clutching is not (currently) red - he is not covered in ivy | Washington Landmarks seen in the movie: Kerry Park Stadium High School Gas Works Park The Troll Buckaroo Tavern Fremont Place Book Company Ted Brown Music Company The Paramount Theatre Century Ballroom
29: Top Pot Doughnuts, Wedgwood Top Pot Doughnuts is known for its dense, delicious donuts and free wi-fi. Their tasty treats make any morning a good one, which is surprising coming from this night owl. We looked out at all the historic homes in Wedgwood as we drove through yet another neighborhood in Seattle. Top Pot had some great books to read, with many older titles (1907!). Our personal favorites were the old Cordon Bleu cookbook (lard is a common ingredient), Housekeeping After Hours, The Story of a Bad Boy, and the popular Nancy Drew novel - The Mystery at the Ski Jump.
32: Theo Chocolate, Ballard Theo Chocolate has only been around for one year, but their chocolate tastes like they've been perfecting their recipe for much longer. We went on a chocolate tasting tour at their Ballard factory and were pleasantly surprised at the generous amounts of samples. Free chocolate? Get out of town! In addition to their dark chocolate, they also had flavors like Coconut Curry Chocolate, Bread and Chocolate, and Vanilla Chocolate. We ended up going on the tour with a group of homeschooled children and their parents. Since we had to wait for the tour to start, we decided to uh, entertain ourselves.
33: Theo Chocolate Flavors Vanilla Milk Chocolate Chai Milk Chocolate Coconut Curry Milk Chocolate Bread and Chocolate Dark Chocolate Coffee Dark Chocolate Nib and Brittle Dark Chocolate 91% Cacao Venezuela 84% Cacao Ghana 75% Blended-Cocoa Ghana-Panama-Ecuador 75% Cacao Ivory Coast 65% Cacao Madagascar
35: During the tour we got to hold a real cacao pod and see cacao beans, which are really seeds. We tasted pure roasted cacao nibs which were very bitter, and also ate some of Theo's best chocolate which had the essence of cherries. Theo Chocolate got its name from the scientific word for cacao, which is "theobroma cacao." This word literally means "food of the gods." Well forget the gods, just give us the chocolate!
36: Our tour guide talked about the origins of chocolate and explained the roasting process We got to see the factory's bright green (and really loud!) machinery and hold some of the dried cacao seeds We all had to walk through the factory with funny hairnets for sanitary reasons
37: Tacos Guaymas, Fremont This Mexican taqueria was a great spot to fill our stomachs with food, since all we had to eat was chocolate. We ordered a beef tongue burrito, tortilla soup, and carne asada tacos. Everything was muy delicioso! This was our last place to eat before returning back home, and we enjoyed every last bite. Especially that tongue burrito!
38: Carne asada taco, yum ... | Chicken tortilla soup on a cloudy day tastes delicious! | What's in that burrito, Di? | La lengua (beef tongue)!
39: As we drove to the airport we had our last look at the Space Needle, Safeco Field, and the emerging sun which was peeking through the clouds just as it had when we arrived.
40: We had such fun, and will remember the trip fondly. Goodbye Seattle, you remind us of a fairweather friend. The End.