Sunday, June 30, 2013

Snoqualmie Falls

The temps have been high in Seattle lately so yesterday my husband and I drove to Snoqualmie Falls.  Snoqualmie is a quick twenty nine miles east but it felt a world away from the noise and heat of Seattle.  Snoqualmie's beautiful with its trees, rivers, mountains and of course its majestic waterfall. 

Last time I visited the falls was twelve years earlier with my 35mm.  I took a series of black and whites for class, developed them into prints and received an A.  Funny how with today's technology I'm able to press two buttons and my black and white shot of Snoqualmie falls is pretty much the same shot as the one I took and slaved over in the darkroom years earlier. 

I was hoping to get close to the falls to feel the cold and refreshing spray but the trail to the bottom is closed until fall. The view from where we stood wasn't bad, especially if you can find a spot among the tourists with their cell phone cameras. 

After checking out the falls and shooting some photos, we walked over to the gift shop.  I love gift shops, not because I like to buy anything in them, but because I love laughing at the overpriced items and wondering who would purchase them. 

On the walk back to our car we checked out the exterior of the Salish Lodge, the hotel that sits at the top of the falls.  What a view that must be for its guests. 

Then we headed into the town of Snoqualmie and walked past the Northwest Railway Museum where trains were on display in front.  Then finally, we had a bite to eat at the Snoqualmie Falls Candy Factory.  We split a cheeseburger and I drank a Huckleberry Cheesecake Shake which was cold and delicious for a hot day.  After eating, we drove back to Seattle.  Sometimes a few hours away is all you need to feel refreshed. 

                                   The Salish Lodge, which sits at the top of Snoqualmie Falls. 

                                          The dining room entrance at the Salish Lodge. 

                                          The Railway Museum in downtown Snoqualmie. 

     Some candy and caramel corn on display at the Snoqualmie Falls Candy Factory in downtown.

   My half of the cheeseburger we split.  Each half came with a homemade caramel.  I haven't eaten mine yet so I don't know how it tastes.  Our burger also came with a side of potato salad. 

     My huckleberry cheesecake shake.  Pretty good but not the same as the huckleberry desserts in Montana.  But its huckleberries so I'll take what I can get!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

A Church High Tea

Today I attended a tea at my church which is held pretty much every summer and is hosted by one of the women's fellowship groups.  Its always wonderful to catch up with friends and of course, eat! The food this year was tasty just like it always is.  Outside of this high tea I've never been to a traditional one in a fancy hotel or tea house.  But this high tea always seems just as elegant as those.  Here is the menu we had today. 

Tea Party Menu

Chicken Puff Cup
Spinach Spanakopita
Cream Cheese Garden Mini
Three Layer Sandwich
Smoked Salmon Tart
Assorted Fruit Platter
Shortbread Bars dipped in Chocolate
Pecan Bars
Petit Cheesecake
Tea, English Breakfast and Orange Spice

                           Chicken Puff Cups and Three Layer Sandwiches at our High Tea.

                                        The Spinach Spanakopita and Petite Cheesecakes.

                                                       Cream Cheese Garden Mini.

                                                           Smoked Salmon Tart.

                              Some refreshing fruit to go with our savory and sweet bites. 

         A platter of Pecan Bars, Petite Cheesecakes and Shortbread Bars dipped in Chocolate. 

                     A close up of the Petite Cheesecakes which were topped with raspberries.

 Every place setting had its own unique tea cup and saucer.  A guest of the tea brought her entire collection of 110 tea cups to share with us. 

 Doesn't this look good?  Me being such a fan of sweets, my favorite food was the Shortbread Bar dipped in Chocolate.  The shortbread was so soft and buttery and you can never go wrong with anything dipped in chocolate. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

A Graduation Party for Anthony

It's that time of year again when graduates from all over are celebrating by tossing their mortar boards in the air with a flourish.  On June 15th I photographed a high school graduation party.  The day was sunny and warm which in Seattle is always a nice surprise.  The party was held in the family's backyard and the graduate, Anthony, was surrounded by his friends and his family who'd flown in to celebrate with him. 

                      Anthony and some of his family did ichat with relatives during the party.

                                        Anthony posing with his family for some portraits.

                        We wish Anthony lots of success in his future.  Congrats on graduating!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Dinner at Steelhead Diner

To celebrate our wedding anniversary my husband and I had dinner at Steelhead Diner in the Pike Place Market.  With views of the market and Puget Sound, its upscale atmosphere and delicious eats, its not like any diner I've ever been to.  I enjoyed the fresh seafood in both dishes I ordered.  I ate a cup of the Alaskan Razer Clam Chowder which was probably the best chowder ever.  It had apple smoked bacon with a drizzle of olive oil on top.  Then I ate the crab and shrimp tater tots which were also delicious.  I loved the way the cheeses blended with the seafood, the crispness of the tater tots and then the hint of flavor and spice from the sauce drizzled as a garnish.  My husband ordered the fish and chips which came with two large pieces of fish and tons of fries.  For dessert we ordered the Washington Cherry Bomb.  This amazing dessert had many components that just made it sing.  The cherries were so fresh and we loved the hazelnut streusel, vanilla ice cream and incredible caramel sauce.  Then it was garnished with a mint leaf.  Fabulous tasting and the perfect anniversary dessert.  It was the "cherry on top". 

                                        The Dungeness Crab and Bay Shrimp Tater Tots.

                                               A cup of Alaskan Razor Clam Chowder.

                                                 My husband's order of the Fish and Chips.

                                  Perfection in one dessert.  The Washington Cherry Bomb.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

National Doughnut Day

Who doesn't love doughnuts! Today happens to be National Doughnut Day so I though I'd share some photos of the awesome ones I've eaten and photographed.  What's your favorite kind of doughnut?  Hmm, that's a tough question.  I love them all and I'm not picky.  I've always had a soft spot for maple bars and raspberry filled but any doughnut with chocolate is a winner for me.  Take a look at some of the ones I've tried in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver, BC. 

A mini doughnut covered in powdered sugar from the Daily Dozen Doughnut Co. at Seattle's Pike Place Market. 

I loved this one!  A maple bar covered in crisp and salty bacon from Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland. 

 A cake doughnut from Tim Hortons in Vancouver, BC.  This is a popular spot and I was surprised by the lines to get my coffee and doughnut fix. 

 Tom Douglas' Dahlia Bakery has these awesome doughnuts that just melt in your mouth.  Plus they're made to order.  I loved the Mascarpone and the cranberry jam to dip them in. 

These are French Crullers which are light and airy and made with choux pastry.  They weren't too sweet and aren't my favorite doughnuts but I wanted to try them anyway.  I bought these crullers at a local grocery store.

 This Halloween doughnut was from Krispy Kreme, one of my favorite spots for doughnuts.  We have one not far from our neighborhood and my husband and I love to go them from time to time and get a treat.  He always sips on a coffee and we treat ourselves to some doughnut goodness.  This doughnut was filled with frosting and topped with chocolate. 

 A dozen doughnuts from Krispy Kreme.

 The chocolate doughnut is my favorite from Krispy Kreme.  Its super dense, moist, sweet and rich.  Plus its filled with creme and topped with more chocolate icing. 

So did I make you hungry for some doughnuts? I know I want one now!  Some places are giving away free doughnuts today.  Check out Krispy Kreme, Dunkin' Doughnuts, Tim Hortons and more.  Click here for more info. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

A Visit to Full Tilt Ice Cream

Seattle's weather has been beautiful this week.  June is impressing me so far.  Let's see how long it lasts though because we are talking about Seattle.  So today I wanted ice cream.  It was late afternoon, snacktime was calling and I wanted something sweet.  Its rare in my home when the only thing sweet to eat is a jar of Nutella and some chocolate pudding cups.  I racked my brain trying to think of a place nearby I've never been that had something tasty to eat.  Salted Caramel Ice Cream at Full Tilt in Columbia City came to mind so I quickly looked up the address and headed over to satisfy my sweet tooth. 

I was impressed by everything at Full Tilt.  The local ice cream shop has a few locations around Seattle and I liked the family oriented vibe.  I thought the old school video games were a nice touch and really added to the coolness factor.  I'd been hearing about Full Tilt Ice Cream for a while and about how popular their salted caramel is. 

So what did I get?  Salted Caramel of course, in a waffle cone, which was just made fresh and still warm.  I liked the ice cream, it was full of caramel flavor with a touch of salty, nothing overwhelming but cold and welcoming to the palate.  My favorite part?  When I got to the end of the cone there was a chocolate malt ball waiting for me.  What a sweet surprise. 

Full Tilt Ice Cream is located in Columbia City at 5041 Rainer Ave S.

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