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Drinks at Tavern Law

After dinner at Barrio we had a drink at Tavern Law.  It is a pricey place for drinks and more of a see and be seen spot than anything.  We sat at the bar and had fun watching the bartender make craft cocktails.  My husband drank a shot of fifteen year old Scotch on the rocks, a Glenfarclas.  I sipped a cocktail called a Carrie Watson.  It had Old Forester Bourbon, Campari, Maraschino and Orange Bitters.   

Dinner at Barrio

My husband and I checked out Barrio on Capital Hill for our latest date night.  Seattle Times claims it "burst with urban energy" and I'd have to agree.  They also have one of the best happy hours on Capital Hill.  We were lucky to catch it, as the tacos were $3.50 and the enchiladas $5.  I'm still thinking about the Oaxaca cheese on my Chipotle Braised Chicken enchilada.  I also tried the Chili Braised Pork taco which packed a lot of flavor and was served on a corn tortilla.  But we started with chips and the made to order guacamole.  I liked the fresh tomatoes on top and it was a great start to the meal.  I washed it down with a House Margarita.  I loved the d├ęcor and the three hundred candles that they actually light each evening.  The hallway to the restrooms had candles on panels in the wall, which I enjoyed.  It was a hot day and we sat inside but next to the side of the restaurant that opens up onto the patio. 

Apple Crisp

Too many apples in the fridge?  Make some Apple Crisp!  I bought some apples at the store thinking I'd eat them every night for dessert instead of ice cream.  That didn't happen so I made Apple Crisp.  I can always buy more apples in a couple days and try it again.  When life gives you apples, make a crisp with them.  This recipe I found was super easy and oh, mama, it tasted good.  Diets be damned because you don't want to miss hot apple crisp out of the oven with some whipped cream on top.  I may or may not have put a little caramel sauce on top, too.  But really it was just for the photo, I swear.

Apple Crisp

Recipe adapted from

1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup of butter 2-3 big apples  ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Peel your apples, and cut them into the bite size pieces. Layer them in a buttered casserole dish.   Sprinkle with cinnamon and make sure its mixed well with the apples.  In a separate bowl combine flour, brown sugar, a litt…

Wine Tasting at Olympic Cellars

While in Sequim we heard about the winery, Olympic Cellars, seven miles away.  We decided to check it out and do some wine tasting.  You can try five wines for five dollars and they even had children's books for our little ones while we did the tasting.  I tried three reds and two white wines.  I normally prefer red but the last one I tried was my favorite of the five.  It was a Barn Nouveau White and it was crisp and light with a hint of pear.  We also bought some lavender cheese to eat while we tried our wines.  What first caught my eye when we drove up was the 125 year old barn that houses the winery.  A unique setting to try some wine.  Who wouldn't want to stop in? Plus the two ladies helping us were friendly and personable. 

A Weekend Getaway to Sequim

Sequim, Washington is located near the Olympic Mountains and is fifteen miles from Port Angeles.  To get there from Seattle you can take a thirty five minute ferry ride to Bainbridge Island.  Then it is just an hour drive to Sequim.  It's a small and quiet area compared to Seattle and makes for a nice weekend getaway.  My husband has family there and we love to visit them.  There's also a beach we always visit, too.  This was the first time with our sons and their favorite part about the beach was throwing rocks and sand, making it a different experience from the times it was just my husband and I.  But it was a fun and memorable weekend, none the less.