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Showing posts from April, 2016

The Conservatory in Georgetown

Down in Georgetown, a neighborhood in South Seattle, you'll find The Conservatory.  They serve coffee and tea, but they also have a stage for live music, Burlesque shows, and life drawing.  The coffee shop is a long and narrow space with large windows in the front with a counter and then you walk to the back to order your drink.  There is plenty of seating for sipping coffee with friends or discussing business with clients over tea and a pastry.  The d├ęcor is interesting, too, with books displayed on a bookshelf and an animal mount on the wall.  There are even skulls and lanterns that give the place an edgy kind of vibe.  I just needed a break from my littles, so I left them in the able hands of my husband and booked it down the street to Georgetown.  I got a small Chai and a brownie.  Life can be stressful so sometimes a coffee break is just the answer. 

National Pretzel Day

Pretzels are the perfect food.  They can be enjoyed a variety of ways, both savory and sweet.  Today is National Pretzel Day so thinking of all the ways to eat pretzels is a way to celebrate this popular snack.  Enjoy my collection of pretzel photos I've taken and expect to get hungry!

Lunch at Bitterroot BBQ in Ballard

Ballard is another Seattle neighborhood with many, many great restaurants and bars.  They seem like a dime a dozen and some of the best and most popular restaurants in the city are in Ballard, either on Market St. or Ballard Ave.   Its always fun to stroll down the tree lined streets and window shop and spot my favorite places or the places I want to check out.  I'd been hearing about Bitterroot BBQ for years and it sounded like a nice place, with an interesting interior, a good bourbon and whiskey selection and really decent BBQ.  My parents were in town so I suggested going to Ballard and eating there.  Plus, the restaurant's named after the Bitterroot River in Montana, the state we're from.  I thought they'd like a little piece of home while seeing us in Seattle. 
We all loved the look of the restaurant when we strolled in.  We were sat by the entrance and I liked all of the natural light from the windows.  The food was pretty standard BBQ with three sauces to choo…

Deep Dish Maltesers Cookies, Baked in the Microwave

"A playful crunch with a slow chocolatey crunch".  If you've ever eaten Maltesers, you know the description on the bag sums up the candy perfectly.  Available in Canada, Australia, and the UK, these little malt balls of goodness are like the American chocolates, Whoppers.  Recently in Canada, I couldn't resist grabbing a bag of some Maltesers when I saw them.  They have them in Seattle at some specialty candy stores but they are expensive being that they're imported.  The chocolate coating on the malt balls are so smooth and remind me of other chocolates I've had in Europe.  I first found them in Amsterdam and loved them.  Now I'm always looking for the bright red bag of them when I travel.  The big bag I bought in Vancouver the other day was tempting me and I was afraid to open the bag.  I didn't want to eat them all myself so I made a quick treat for my family.  I didn't want to bake a whole batch of cookies because I was low on butter, so I ju…

Metropolis Metrotown in Burnaby, BC

Metropolis Metrotown mall in Burnaby is British Columbia's biggest shopping center.  It has four hundred stores!  We probably could have stayed there all day, there was so much to see, buy, and eat.  There was even a train for the kids that went through the mall.  It was perfect for our kids and our cousin's kids, too.  We decided to have lunch in the large food court upstairs.  My husband was craving Pho, Vietnamese noodle soup, and I decided that's what I wanted, too.  The food court is impressive with pretty high quality food and we ended up enjoying the pho at Vina Vietnamese.  We got a plate of chicken and rice for our boys and my husband was swayed by the chicken wings. We also had a bowl of Lemongrass Chicken Pho.  Pop Bar caught my attention for dessert.  It seemed unique, like something I can't find at home.  They offer either gelato, sorbet, and yogurt on a stick and you can customize the toppings and sprinkles.  I had the peanut butter gelato pop dipped in m…