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A Visit to Shug's Soda Fountain and Ice Cream

If you're searching for a new spot to grab some ice cream to beat the heat, Shug's Soda Fountain and Ice Cream just steps away from Pike Place Market will hit the spot.  Not only will it cool you down but it will satisfy. We tried the Dixie Split and let me tell you, that was some caramel sauce.  It wasn't your typical mass produced sauce you might find at 31 flavors.  But a homemade, thick, rich, buttery, you name it, sauce.  And the vanilla ice cream was so high quality that I'm not surprised by the price of the $9 Sundae.  Because, baby, you're worth it.  And I haven't even got to the bruleed bananas and the caramel coated walnuts.  Every bite was worth the calories but you better eat it fast, before it melts.  There was even a cherry on top.  How sweet is that?  

Drinks at Cafe Flora

I'm finding rhubarb everywhere.  In two days, I discovered rhubarb in my pie at a bakery, in my cocktail, and on my cheesecake at a dinner out.  It's finally in season and every time I eat some it brings me back to my childhood in Montana, picking it fresh from my grandma's garden.  We'd pull it from the earth and then rinse it off in the kitchen, slice it, and then sprinkle a little sugar on top.  Because everyone knows that rhubarb has a bite to it.  It's juicy and sour and the sugar is the perfect partner in crime to this crisp summer treat. 
So when my husband and I had pre-dinner drinks at Café Flora, I was happily surprised to see my Springtime Mule had a pretty rhubarb garnish and rhubarb bitters from Sun Liquor.  The cocktail also had vodka, aperol, lime, and housemade ginger beer.   Café Flora is a vegan restaurant so you can bet they're going to highlight whatever produce is in season and they're going to do it well.  The drink was cool and refr…

A Day Trip to Bainbridge Island

To celebrate our wedding anniversary this year, we took a ferry to Bainbridge Island and spent the day exploring and eating.  Bainbridge Island is only accessible by ferry and the ride is thirty five minutes.  The views are breathtaking.  Seattle gets smaller and smaller as the ferry reaches Bainbridge and Alki Beach winks at us from a distance.  The day was beautiful and blue with white puffy clouds, creating a picturesque look. 
When we arrived on the island our first thought was lunch.  We wanted a nice sit down meal with wine to celebrate so we headed to Doc's Marina Grill.  The restaurant had views of the water and the boats which we enjoyed.  When in Bainbridge, eat with a view, right?  I had a glass of Pinot Nior and my husband sipped a Bloody Mary.  I had the kale salad and the fried calamari and he ate a Prime Rib and Cheddar Melt.  Our children shared a cheeseburger and fries.  Then we were off to check out Bainbridge. 
I loved the feel of the town.  From the water v…

Georgetown Carnival 2016

 One thing we love about Seattle summers are all of the festivals.   One fun event is the Georgetown Carnival, held every year in June.  The street, Airport Way, is closed to cars so the people attending the event have a large area to walk around and see everything.  There were tents and booths lining both sides of the street with art tables, carnival games, and food.  There was also a couple of large stages with live music and a beer garden.  I attended with my sons and besides walking around and people watching and looking at some of the art, we shared a couple of treats.  We tried a Peanut Butter Chocolate Popsicle from the Six Strawberries truck and a Pineapple Carrot Cupcake with Browned Butter frosting from the Eat Cake table.  The popsicle was non-dairy and the peanut butter part wasn't too sweet.  Then it was coated in dark chocolate.  You can never go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate.  The cupcake was small and expensive, four bucks.  The browned butter frosting w…