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Until Monday, when we were graced with fleeting snow flurries, Seattle was experiencing some lovely Spring weather. Sunny, with highs of 60 degrees and cherry blossoms in full bloom. 

Saturday morning was no exception, and I celebrated the perfect Spring weather over an outdoor brunch with friends at Volunteer Park Cafe. Stumptown coffee, delicious baked goods, sunny sidewalk tables and friendly servers = cafe perfection.

The three of us shared the caramelized banana brioche french toast, brie, apple & lavender honey panini and the spinach & goat cheese quiche. All three were divine – the quiche coming in last because the thin, too crispy crust was difficult to eat, and left something to be desired. The atmosphere was perfect for sitting on the sidewalk, sipping iced americanos and chatting. Had there not been a line,  I could have sat their all day enjoying the sunshine and atmosphere. I am amazed I’ve been living in Seattle for almost ten years and have just now discovered this gem.


snow lakeMade the most of my three day weekend and headed out to Snow Lake friday to enjoy the crisp Autumn day.

The huckleberries and vine maples were a vibrant red against the hillside. If you’re in the area and haven’t done this hike, you should. Your heart likes the 1300 foot elevation gain, and its worth it to get over the hill and down the other side to sit by the lake and take it all in.

The hike only took us 4 hours round trip, including about a 30 minute rest for lunch, but once you reach the lake you feel so much farther from the insanity of the city. I am very much an urban girl, but I do like  to abscond into the wilderness from time to time.

IMG_2541Portland is so great. 

I’ve just returned from a long weekend with my siblings at our beach cabin on the Oregon coast. They are not trying to save their vacation hours to fly around the country for post-phone interviews, and thus, are still hanging out at the cabin. Those lucky bitches. My mister wasn’t able to come with me because of work, and I didn’t want to make the 7 hour trek home alone, so I brought my friend E, who had a great time and meshed well with my family members. The beach was divine and we had just as much fun coming home to Seattle, when we took a four hour detour in Portland for some great food with friends, and tax free shopping! (Mostly for her – but a liiiiiiiiittle for me)

Awhile back I read a review of Portland street food  in one of my mothers issues of Sunset magazine. The chickpea sandwich from Garden State piqued my interest, and I remembered just as we were approaching the city with grumbling tummies. Lucky for us, E is armed with an iphone, and we were able to look up the article to remember the name, the address, and then navigate our way! We arrived at 3:45 to find the shop owner in front of the cart tidying up. 

Owner: I’m sorry… we closed at 3:30.

Me: Oh, no. Really?

Owner: Yes.

E: …but we came all the way from Seeeeeeattle!

Owner: Really? Well, what would you like? 

How awesome is that? Everyone should go to the Garden State truck in Portland and order the chickpea sandwich. It is amazing with a chickpea patty, delicata squash, carrot slaw, lemon aioli and lettuce on a delicious roll. All this deliciousness for six freaking dollars. Amazing.

A and I took a roadtrip this weekend to Sisters, Oregon to attend the Sisters Folk Festival. The town is named after the Three Sisters mountains and is cute and quaint. We camped on the edge of town and walked around to the various venues scattered around town. 

I’ve been to Folklife in Seattle — but I will consider this to be my first real folk festival. I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting into, but was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the music! Some of my favorites were Peter Rowan, the Quebe Sisters Band, Blind Pilot, Antje Duvekot and Todd Snider, who puts on a hilarious show. I can’t help but think this is a sign of getting old — but if getting old is camping, drinking beer, and laying in the grass listening to beautiful music — I’ll take it! 

Initially we tried to volunteer to work the festival, since a 3-day pass goes fora steep $85 — but we were too late and all the volunteer positions had been taken. When we were in line for our tickets, A suggested that I see if they had any last minute volunteer positions available — there had just been a cancellation and I took it! Hooray! $85 saved. Miraculously… I took out $100 on my way down to the festival and came home with some of it still in my wallet. We brought a lot of food with us, so most of our money disappeared at the bar… as it tends to.

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