Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Lunch at Zippy's in Georgetown

Sometimes you just want a cheeseburger for lunch.  So it was the perfect time to head to the new Zippy's Giant Burgers in Georgetown.  They have another location in White Center and people love their burgers so they opened another one.  The burgers are fresh and their beef chuck is ground everyday.  We could tell the patties were high quality as the texture and flavor was spot on.  My husband and I shared the No. 11 which had the perfect amount of heat due to the peppers.  It had Mama's Lil' Kick Butt Peppers, smoky chipotle mayo, lettuce, Monterey jack and smoked cheddar cheese and we were kicking ourselves that we didn't get our own.  We also got a Zip Burger for our boys to share which had Zippy's secret sauce, tomato, pickles, red onion, lettuce and cheese.  We liked their secret sauce which resembles Thousand Island and is mayo based.  We shared a basket of fries which we also really liked.  We are fry fiends and these hit the mark.  Their d├ęcor is nice with bright blue walls and framed photos of old school burger and drive in joints.  Their burgers are way good and we'll return for more soon! 

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Northwest Folklife Festival 2015

Happy Memorial Day weekend! There's tons of activities to keep us busy and entertained this weekend and the Northwest Folklife Festival is one way.  Held every year for over forty years, this event is held at Seattle Center.  I go most years if I'm in town and I decided to check it out yesterday.  Its focus is music and art with countless performers either on stage or along the walkways.  I really felt the energy of the crowd and enjoyed doing some people watching.  Folklife just reminds me how progressive Seattle is and how many types of people live here.  The crowds were thick though and the lines for food were long.  But another neat thing about the event is how many variations of food you can get.  It's your typical fair food with Elephant Ears, corn dogs, burgers, ice cream and just about anything else to give you a stomach ache.  Before we left we shared an Elephant Ear is ice cream and it was worth every calorie!  For more info on the event, click here

Monday, May 18, 2015

Beth Turns Two!

The special milestones are the ones we remember the most and turning two is very special, indeed.  The birthday girl may not remember, but all her friends and family surrounding her as she blew out the candle on her cake, will. 

This past Saturday I took some photos at Beth's second birthday party.  It was held at her home and she had fun running around her backyard with her cousins, eating hot dogs, opening gifts and having birthday cake.  Her great grandma bought her a kiddie cell phone, a quite nice one in fact, and she had a blast playing with it the remainder of the party.

I love capturing special moments and now her family will have these pictures to treasure.  Because I'm sure Beth will grow up fast and isn't it fun looking back at these times when they're small?
Beth is two already?  It seems like I was just at her baby shower! 

Make a wish, little Beth!

Aww, she loves her little cousin.  Squeeze him good!

Awesome, my own phone! Now I don't have to use Mommy's!

"Hello?  Can you hear me?"  Guess what?  I'm two now!"

Friday, May 15, 2015

Memorable Museum Interiors

There's nothing like that awe moment when you first enter a museum.  Before anything is viewed and pondered over and admired and criticized, you see and feel the powerful room which houses all that great art.  The inside, the interior rooms and the structure of the museums, is also art.

From the grand and sweeping interiors of the Louvre and the intimate Rodin Museum in Paris, these places are every bit as memorable as the art.  The Bible Museum in Amsterdam has a blue sweeping staircase that's not only picturesque but adds an eclectic note to the place that's worth checking out.  In New York, its MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art.   Spacious and contemporary, each floor has white walls and long windows showing each level, that makes it stand out.  Also home to NYC is the American Museum of Natural History.  Who doesn't love the dinosaur in the lobby, looming toward the high ceiling and making it the centerpiece of the lobby?

The saddest thing for me is when all photography is prohibited.  I understand not photographing the art sometimes, but some interiors just beg to be photographed.

Note: I got inspired last week at Seattle's Asian Art Museum.  It was a surprise and a treat to see the beautiful rooms there.  I'm excited to visit some more museums in my own backyard of Seattle, as their are many more I've yet to see.  The Frye Art Museum is my next visit and I'm hoping I can use my camera.  Click on the links to the museums above and you'll be taken to each one's homepage.
The Louvre in Paris offers plenty of breathtaking rooms filled to the brim with art.  I loved the high ceiling and endless paintings to ogle. 
The famous marble Nike of Samothrace sculpture dominates the room and is perfectly suited for the grandness of the Louvre. 
The lobby of the Rodin Museum in Paris has a gorgeous staircase and high ceilings that called to me. 
The blue staircase at the Bible Museum in Amsterdam that we could walk up again and again... 
Even the walls and windows at MoMA are artistic and unique, just like the art. 
And finally, the iconic Dinosaur that greets each visitor at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Rione XIII

Rome is on my bucket list just like a lot of people I suppose.  So when I discovered a notable Trattoria with traditional Roman dishes, I had to check it out.   I'm talking about Ethan Stowell's Rionne XIII in Capital Hill.  He named it after his favorite district in Rome, Trastevere, in the 13th district.  I'd had my eye on it for a while but was looking for a special occasion to go.  So this Mother's Day my husband and I took a chance and decided to go with our twin boys.  They do have highchairs and are family friendly but its still a nice place and my boys are loud and vocal.  We did draw some attention but we loved the food. 

I enjoy Italian, in fact its my favorite.  Hello, pizza!  Their pizza was incredible, very tasty and notable.  We shared one with roasted mushrooms and the four of us savored every bite.  But first we ate the Burrata and oh my, how can one go wrong with creamy mozzarella?  It also arrived with bread and a delicious, sweet red sauce which enhanced the flavor of the dish.  Our drinks arrived after that and I can't remember the names but mine had grapefruit juice and prosecco and my husband's had bourbon.  Next up was the fried artichoke which was also unique and unforgettable.  They arrived with small tongs to make it sharable and a nice aioli for dipping.  Then the pizza came and after that showstopper, we concluded our meal with the Suppli al Telefono- fried Risotto balls with beef ragu and mozzarella.  We also liked those but they didn't seem as special since we'd had something like it before at other places and can make them at home.  But they were a nice way to end things.

If you're looking for a taste of Rome in Seattle then check out Rionne XIII.  You'll be dreaming of Italy and you'll leave feeling full and satisfied.
This creamy Burrata was a good way to start our meal.

The Carciofi alla Guidia- our fried artichoke with Aioli.

Our Taleggio Pizza.  It had roasted mushrooms, Taleggio cheese and truffle oil.

Suppli al Telefono, our fried Risotto balls. 

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Huckleberry Croissant Puff

This year for Mother's Day I wanted to start the day off right with some brunch.  So instead of going out to eat,  I wanted to make things simple and faster. Our little boys have a way of making me think this way, by making brunch at home.  I ended up making Huckleberry Croissant Puff, turkey sausage, scrambled eggs with shredded white cheddar and last by not least, mimosas.  Because how can you go wrong with a little champagne and orange juice?  The Huckleberry Croissant Puff I baked the day before so it would be ready and just need some reheating.  Eggs are always quick and the sausage just took a few minutes to cook on the stovetop.  Before I knew it, we were all eating brunch and we had the rest of the day to look forward to. 

I found the recipe for the croissant puff here, at The Girl Who Ate Everything blog.  Her recipe uses blueberries which I substituted for huckleberries.  I loved how tart and creamy it turned out.  We reheated ours but it tasted better cold later and reminded me of cheesecake.  The only thing I would change was that I didn't soften my cream cheese enough and it didn't mix well enough with the sugar and egg mixture.  It looked clumpy but it still tasted yummy!

  • 3 large croissants, cut up (about 5 to 5½ cups)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen huckleberries
  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place croissant pieces in a 9 inch square pan. Sprinkle with huckleberries.
  3. Beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla in medium bowl with electric mixer until well blended. Gradually add milk, beating well after each addition. Pour evenly over croissant pieces. Let stand 20 minutes.
  4. Bake at 350°F for 35 to 40 minutes or until set in center and golden brown. You may want to cover it with foil for the last 10 minutes if the tops are getting too browned.
  5. Serve warm sprinkled with powdered sugar.
  6. Variation: Instead of baking in a square pan bake individually. Place croissant pieces evenly in 10 (1/2-cup) ramekins; sprinkle with huckleberries and pour cream cheese mixture evenly over croissant pieces. Let stand 20 minutes. Bake at 350°F for 20 to 25 minutes or until set in center and golden brown.

Don't forget the champagne!  It's not Mother's Day without some orange juice and bubbly!

Some gorgeous green hydrangeas from my husband brightened our dining room and was a sweet gesture for Mother's Day.

Friday, May 8, 2015

A Visit to the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park

This month I decided to check out another museum for the free first Thursday event in Seattle.  I'd never visited the Seattle Asian Art Museum so I decided it was the perfect time to go.  It's located in Volunteer Park near Capital Hill.  A spacious and lush park with many attractions, the art deco building that houses the museum is a gem that should not be missed.  Collections from China, Japan, India, Korea, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas can be seen along with special exhibitions. 

Being showcased during my visit was work by the artist Chiho Aoshima. She used imagery she created from computer graphics to make futuristic scenes with creatures.  There were many paintings with buildings and fairy-like faces featured.  She even created an animated 3D Soundscape which was also on display.  It was large, spanning the whole wall, and loud and vibrant.

I loved the bright airy rooms and the general feel of the museum.  My favorite part was the room overlooking the park, giving it a feel of a museum in Paris and New York.

The Seattle Asian Art Museum is located at 1400 East Prospect Street in Seattle.