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Showing posts from September, 2012

Pike Place Market

I've taken tons of photos at Pike Place over the years and its one of my favorite places in Seattle.  I always look like a tourist with my camera but really, there are way worse things in life than looking like a tourist. 

                             This was the view of Post Alley after leaving Cafe Campagne

The iconic sign I'm sure millions of people have also taken pictures of.  But its so cool looking!

Another new view of the Seattle Great Wheel, this time from Pike Place Market looking towards Elliott Bay.

Le Panier

After having a bite to eat and a glass of wine at Cafe Campagne we walked around Pike Place Market just enjoying the sunshine and people watching.  My husband wanted a cup of coffee and he had never been to Le Panier, a french bakery, so we stopped in.  I couldn't resist shooting some photos of the delicious looking french pastries, tarts and macarons.  He ordered a shot of espresso and a pain au raisin and I got a raspberry macaron. 

Le Panier is located at 1902 Pike Place in Seattle.  Their website is

Happy Hour at Cafe Campagne

Tonight my husband and I dined outside on the patio at Cafe Campagne in Pike Place Market.  It's still September and that often means Indian summer so why not take advantage of this beautiful weather and eat outside.  This was our first time to Cafe Campagne, a french cafe located in Post Alley. 

The text below is taken off their website:

The Heart of France in the Heart of Seattle Since 1994, CafĂ© Campagne has built a regional and national reputation as Seattle’s foremost classic French restaurant. Located just along the historic Post Alley of the Pike Place Market we offer a dining experience that is familiar in its service of authentic culinary preparations. Our service of traditional foods and ambiance conjure up relaxing memories of Continental dining in all-day Brasserie style setting. Whether you have a full lunch or dinner, week-end brunch or opt for a quick service mid-afternoon coffee, we address equally the needs of leisure, business and special occasion clientele.

Happy Hour at Poppy

This was one of those meals where you lay in bed awake at night thinking about what you ate.  Poppy was a culinary experience I won't be soon forgetting.  My husband and I sat in the bar and ordered a little off the happy hour menu, the dinner menu and last but definitely not least, the dessert menu, the dessert thali for two.  We tasted so many different flavors, spices and textures, it was like a dance of tastes as we experienced all the small plates.  One of the unique aspects about Poppy is that the owner has his own garden behind the restaurant and grows herbs and spices for his dishes. 

Below is taken from Poppy's website and tells you a little about the restaurant:

jerry traunfeld’scapitol hill restaurant brings a new style of dining to the northwest. jerry’s inspiration comes from the “thali,” a platter served to each guest holding a variety of small dishes. poppy’s menu borrows the idea of the thali to present jerry’s own style of northwest cooking, highlighting seaso…

Avalanche Bars

This weekend I went over to my sister-in law's house and made Avalanche Bars with my niece.  What are those, you're wondering.  They're rice crispy treats with peanut butter, white chocolate chips, chocolate chips and marshmallows.  They're dangerous stuff.  I couldn't stay away from them when they were finished and I wanted to eat the whole pan.  I loved the flavors of the peanut butter with everything else plus they are pretty sweet.  Like I always say, if you're gonna indulge and have dessert, it better be good!  These were simple to make and also no bake.  I found the recipe from   I didn't make any adjustments to the recipe except for letting the bars set for up to a couple of hours.  We didn't let them set long enough and they were very crumbly, not like bars at all. 

You can find the recipe for Avalanche Bars here

Kadin's Party

This Saturday I photographed my friend's baby party for her son Kadin, who was born in July.  It was the perfect opportunity for her to introduce Kadin to their friends and family.  The party was at Renton Seafood Restaurant and they served a Chinese Buffet and yes, there was cake!

Fun Times at the Fair

As a child I loved the fair.  I would wait all summer long for the fair.  Like literally wish my summer away and count off the days on the calender.  I couldn't wait for the rides.  I loved those few minutes of true fun on each ride.  When I think of the word fair, I think fun.  I still love the fair as an adult.  I love the sights-people of all ages having as good time, the sounds-the screams of people on the rides, the smells-popcorn, cotton candy (maybe not the smell of farm animals) and the enjoying all the food, in my case-the beer garden, elephant ears, ice cream and fried candy bars.  The fair is always the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer while we transition into fall.  I didn't make it this year to the fair so I thought I'd post photos from the last few years. 

In 2007 I attended the Northwest Montana Fair in Kalispell.  This was the fair I grew up going to.  That summer was a particularly bad fire season and the sky was a crazy pink and red color in the…