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Memorable Seattle Bakeries

Seattle has tons of bakeries.  There are many delicious and sometimes hidden spots popping up all over the city.  I've visited lots of bakeries and there's still lots more to check out.  In the meantime, here's a few gems I've discovered in the last couple of years. Three of my favorite bakeries are Sweet and Fresh Bakery in Chinatown, Honore Bakery in Ballard and Bakery Nouveau in West Seattle. 


Sweet and Fresh Bakery
Sweet and Fresh Bakery is located in Chinatown at 610 8th Ave S.  Their phone number is 206-682-7030.  They are a Chinese Bakery but not only do they have a wonderful selection of traditional Chinese pastries but French pastries too.   I love being able to buy a box of Palmiers, Croissants and then some Chinese Egg Tarts.  You also gotta love how the whole box of treats only comes to around ten bucks.  I visited this bakery last year for some treats for my Birthday, and enjoyed it as always.  Sweet and Fresh, some things are really all in the name. 



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Heavenly Filled Strawberries

Heavenly Filled Strawberries
I have seen many of these strawberry filled recipes all over the web and thought they looked fun to make.  The recipe is simple and they are yummy, plus they are bite sized.  They tasted like strawberry cheesecake and made a good afternoon snack. These filled strawberries would be perfect for a baby shower or a Mother's Day Brunch.  This recipe from Taste of Home, called for chocolate shavings to garnish with but I used cocoa powder.  Believe it or not, I didn't have any chocolate on hand.  After I made them I realized I could have sprinkled graham cracker crumbs on top instead, then they would have tasted even more like cheesecake.  The recipe also calls for almond extract but I used vanilla extract instead.  
Recipe from Taste of Home






Prep/Total Time: 20 min.






Yield: 36 Servings 20 20
Ingredients1 pound fresh strawberries2 packages (one 8 ounces, one 3 ounces) cream cheese, softened1…

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mt. Vernon, WA

Yesterday we drove to Mt. Vernon to visit the lovely tulips which bloom from April 1st to the 30th.  I think everyone else in the Seattle area had the same idea because the traffic was at a stand still the whole drive there.  Mt. Vernon is about seventy miles north of Seattle.  What was supposed to be an hour and a half drive took almost three hours.  Having never been to the Tulip Festival, we didn't know what to expect and we felt silly for spending so much time in the car to just see some flowers.  But oh, we were blown away when we first spotted the colorful and blooming tulips.  As far as the eye could see, the tulips bloomed in the distance.  I loved all the colors, from red to purple and pink, these tulips were worth seeing and worth the drive from Seattle.





















  For more information about the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival go to http://www.tulipfestival.org.  Remember, every April this place is packed with people checking out over 300 acres of tulips.  So take your time and leave…

Memorable Visits to some of Seattle's Restaurants

Seattle has many wonderful restaurants and I have decided to highlight some I have visited in the last few years.  One of them is Sky City at the Needle, the Space Needle's revolving restaurant.  This photo of the Seattle Space Needle, I took from Kerry Park on Queen Anne hill last August.  I've always been fascinated by the coolness factor of the Space Needle plus my husband proposed to me on top, on the observation deck. This post about Sky City is from the second time we ate there, in 2007. 

                                                              Sky City at the Needle

            I started off with a cocktail while I enjoyed the 360 degree view, overlooking the city. 

                            Downtown Seattle from the Space Needle's Sky City Restaurant.

                                              The view of Belltown from the restaurant.

I ordered the crabcakes and yes, they tasted delicious.   Sorry, not too many photos of the food. Back in 2007 when w…