Thursday, December 29, 2016

A Visit to the Space Needle Observation Deck

To cure a case of cabin fever we took our sons to the top of the Space Needle.  They had never been and they have a fascination for architecture and the Space Needle in general.   We figured the elevator ride alone would be fascinating.  They ended up loving the view of the buildings below and didn't want to leave.  My husband proposed to me up there ten years ago this month, so the Space Needle is special to us, too. 

Since the proposal was the last time we'd visited, there was many positive changes.  They now have the biggest touchscreen in the world you can play around on and other screens where you can see close-up views from the streets below.  Also, before visitors enter the elevator to ride to the top, they get your photo taken.  They are then handed a ticket they can scan from the observation deck and share the photo to their friends.  They have at least ten of these kiosks where you can do this.  I emailed my photo to myself but I never received it.  Luckily, when I returned home I was able to go to their website for the photos, here.   Then I entered the eighteen digit number on my ticket and not only accessed my photo but there were many different Seattle backgrounds to choose from.  Plus I could download as many different ones as I wanted. 

There were people everywhere because it is the holiday season and everyones out and about, but I loved the view of downtown from above.  It's always nice to gain a different perspective from time to time and to enjoy the views in our own backyard. 


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas Eve Lunch at Dim Sum House

Christmas Eve was on a Saturday this year so going out for dim sum sounded like a nice way to get the weekend going.  We checked out Dim Sum House in Beacon Hill.  We drive by it every week and we've always heard good things about it from our friends.  Like most dim sum places, it didn't look like much from the outside and the inside wasn't too fancy either.  But the flavors were spot on and all the food seemed fresh and made to order.  Everything was hot and tasty, perfect for a chilly day.  They were pretty busy and there seemed to be a lot of locals dining.  Many people were picking up food to go, too.  We tried a lot of dim sum dishes and everything came to only $24.  You can't argue with that.  We'll have to return soon and try more!
The Chinese Donuts with a Rice Noodle Wrap.

The fried Spring Rolls.

The Shrimp Toast.

A dish of Tripe.

Some Pork Potstickers.

Fried balls with various meats.  

Some Chicken Feet.

Steamed BBQ Chicken Bow.  

Dim Sum House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, December 26, 2016

Chocolate Croissant Breakfast Bake

Chocolate Croissant Breakfast Bake makes a sweet, rich, and filling breakfast for Christmas or New Years.  You can also make it the night before and then bake it the next morning.  The recipe reminded me of a French toast bake but with croissants, cream cheese and chocolate.  You use already made croissants, or you can use the canned crescent rolls.  Just make sure you bake them first and then cut them into pieces.  The recipe calls for two cups of chocolate chips, but I found the whole thing to be overly sweet, especially for breakfast, so maybe one cup would be better.  A slice in the afternoon with some coffee, while finishing some last minute holiday prep, was just the thing.  It makes a big pan, a 13x9 size, so unless you have a large crowd for brunch, then you can freeze some for later.  I really enjoyed the flavors of the bread, chocolate, and cream cheese.  I reminded me of a mix between cheesecake, French toast, and bread pudding.  Perfect for the holidays when you want a warm, indulgent breakfast. 

You can find the recipe to make Chocolate Croissant Breakfast Bake here

The Christmas Season Captured Through Instagram

I hope your Christmas was magical yesterday.  I hope you are recovering from all the fun today and reflecting on the holiday.  While you do that, here are some of my Instagram shots from December from my smartphone.  You can follow me at @kelliwongphotography to see more of my photos.   
I took this on December 1st at BelSquare in Bellevue. 
A drive through downtown Seattle on a Saturday night in December. 

The view from the top level of Westlake Center was a pretty one, with the Christmas tree, carousel, and the Macy's star shining bright. 

A little ice cream on a cold winter day is a good idea, especially if its eggnog ice cream!

No trip to the mall is complete without a visit to see Santa.  I took this at Westfield Southcenter. 

The Space Needle glows bright during the holidays!

The decorations at Pacific Place Mall in downtown Seattle were classy and vibrant. 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Four Places For Hawaiian Food In Seattle

Baby, it cold outside.  It's the night before Christmas Eve and I'm listening to Christmas music and looking forward to the weekend.  But if you're dreaming of the islands and some Aloha spirit, here are four Seattle restaurants for some Hawaiian food to warm you up and satisfy. 

Marination Mai Kai
This Hawaiian spot on Alki Beach not only boasts a killer view of the water and the Seattle skyline, but the food is on point and authentic and a meal you'll never forget.  I tried the Kalua Pork Sliders, the Spam Macaroni Salad, and the Strawberry Shaved Ice.  See my full post here


At the beginning of the year I tried brunch at Ma'ono in West Seattle and it didn't disappoint.  For some Hawaiian style goodies, some of the dishes I had were the Warm Portuguese Sweet Rolls with Nutella and the Coconut-Fruit French Toast.  The pineapple on top with the coconut shavings were so tasty and brought me back to Hawaii.  Plus I loved the coconut butter to pour over the whole thing.   See the full post here.  


For super fresh and authentic Hawaiian poke, head to Seattle's International District to goPoke.  Try the Spicy kinds of poke if you want a kick and really want to warm up from the winter chill.  But if that's too spicy, balance it with a Pineapple Dole Whip, you know you want one.  See the full post here. 

Super Six

This friendly Hawaiian spot in Columbia City will warm your heart and satisfy your belly.  Really want to feel like you're in Hawaii?  Order a rum drink served in a pineapple.  That will do the trick and you'll almost forget its forty degrees outside.  If you like ham, try the Quesadilla which also has pineapple and cilantro.  The flavors brought me back to Hawaii for sure.  Also try the pancakes because they're served with Toasted Macadamia Butter and Haupia Syrup.  For even more flavors of Hawaii, the Hawaiian French Toast is made with a Malasada loaf, bacon, and sticky toffee syrup.  And finally, you can't sample Hawaiian cuisine without indulging in a sweet Malasada doughnut with coconut filling.  See the full post here. 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Scenes from the Season in Downtown Seattle

I visited Downtown Seattle yesterday afternoon to check out the Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton and to walk around the city.  It was super busy and parking was a mess but I couldn't resist checking everything out.  I'm a sucker for Christmas decorations and everything just begs to be photographed.  I love all of the buildings and its always neat to see the lit up star on Macy's.  Come on, its a tradition and put up every year like clockwork for us to admire.  The theme this year for the Gingerbread Village was Harry Potter and it was very busy for a Wednesday afternoon.  The displays were  original and you could see how much detail went into every piece.  They were colorful and imaginative, too.  I think everyone else had the same idea to check them out because the lines to view the displays wrapped through the lobby of the hotel.  But if its Christmastime in Seattle, you've got to check out downtown and its many events.