1. Stary, stary night…
    First time attempting long exposure photography. Thanks to Jenny and Wang for their help! Can’t wait to try more tomorrow. Crazy to think how hard it is to find dark sky.
     

  2. From where I stand, Seattle is beautiful.

     

  3. A gorgeous way to start off November.

    Taken on the Fremont Bridge, Seattle, Washington.

     

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  5. I love autumn.

     

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  7. See/Eat/Do/Stay NYC?

    As a 30th Birthday/Graduation/Christmas present to us, Cole and I will be enjoying a first-time adventure to New York City. We’ll be there December 13-25 and have repeatedly heard NYC described as “magical” during that time of the year. Our plane tickets are booked and now are in the dreaming stage of planning. We’ve never been before and there’s so much to do, it’s overwhelming to know where to start! Apart from New York Philharmonic, MOMA, FAO Schwartz (a childhood dream!), and a few jazz clubs, we could use some additional recommendations!
    • What boroughs and neighborhoods should we explore?
    • At which local joints should we eat and imbibe?
    • Which experiences must we have? 
    • Where should we stay (general locations, hotels, bnb’s, couches are all helpful leads!)?
    • Any tourist traps to avoid?
     

  8. What does one do when the studio camera dies right before you head out to take some headshots? Improvise with your iPhone and VSCO CAM, of course! Use the tools you have, right?


    These are a few outtakes of Charles Morrison, the September speaker for CreativeMornings:Seattle. He’s been writing 3-4 letters daily for the last decade. One of those people you walk away from desperately hoping you will be like them someday. You can catch an interview we did with him right over here.

     

  9. This is my precious friend, Holly. She’s leaving Seattle this weekend to make her way to Brooklyn. We took a moment from packing to make gin & tonics and celebrate the skyline, the last sunset she would have from her amazing rooftop view. Even Mt. Rainier came out from hiding to bid farewell.

    While depressed about not having such a dear chum just a short walk away, it’s dwarfed by excitement for her next adventure. She’s headed to the right place at the right time; it’s easy to delight in the deluge of rightness.

     


  10. See/Eat/Do Seattle [abridged]

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    Cole and I are pretty crazy about Seattle and love playing tour guide when our friends visit. We’ve talked about making a travel guide, which may come to fruition someday. In the meantime, here’s a truncated list of some of our favorite places in the city. This list is primarily for weekenders who are looking to explore some of the neighborhoods. There’s just too much to love in our beautiful city to capture the fullness of all that Seattle has to offer. :)

    P.S. Pardon the inconsistency of the list. I’ll be updating this list with links and maps soon! Just needed to get this up and going for now. Be patient with my work in progress.

    South of Downtown

    Pioneer Square (Best around lunchtime)

    - SEE -

    • Waterfall Garden. On 3rd and Main. Nice place to eat lunch outside.
    • Walk down 1st Ave between Cherry & King. Lots of interesting shops/galleries.
    • E. Smith Mercantile. On 1st Ave, south of Washington. American-made goods, complete with pantry and apothecary sections, letterpress ephemera from my pals at Constellation & Co., and coffee.
    • Agate Designs. On 1st and Washington. Lots of really cool rocks.
    • Bookstores/Galleries below Grand Central Bakery. There’s stairs going down and a handful of bookstores, galleries, and even a book bindery.

    - EAT -

    • Salumi. Mario Batali’s dad decided he wanted to learn how to cure meats. So he did. And boy does he do it well! Lines start to form around 11:30. Lunch only. www.salumicuredmeats.com
    • Rain Shadow Meats. CRAZY GOOD sandwiches in a fancy butcher shop. If you like unusual flavors, get the celery soda (refreshing, but not your typical sweet drink). http://www.rainshadowmeats.com/
    • Delicatus. More crazy good sandwiches. Gypsy Rose Lee is my favorite.
    • London Plane & Bar Sajor. Chef Matt Dillon’s latest ventures. Haven’t eaten here yet, but my eyes have feasted on the beauty of the space where the food is served!
    • Little Uncle. Street Thai Food. A bit of a wait, but delicious.

    - DO -

    International District

    - SEE -

    • Uwajimaya. Giant Asian market. Has a cool bookstore attached as well. Food court pretty tasty.
    • Lots of Asian/community gardens. Just look for the green spaces on Google Maps.

    - EAT -

    - DO -

    West Seattle

    - SEE -

    • Easy Street Records. Need to buy a physical copy of music? Stop here. Huge LP selection. There’s also a cafe.

    - EAT -

    • Prost!. More German-style beer and food.
    • Mashiko Sushi. Best sushi I’ve ever eaten here. All sustainable. Chefs are really artistic.
    • Marination Station. Hawaiian street food. Taaaasty.
    • Bakery Nouveau. Freaking amazing pastries. 29/30 Zagat rating. Get the twice baked almond croissants and thank me later.
    • Husky Deli. Ice cream!
    • Cupcake Royale. Cupcakes and Stumptown coffee!

    - DO -

    • Alkai Beach. Great views of the city skyline. Get here by water taxi for full effect.
    • Schmitz Preserve. A little hard to find on the ground, but it’s old-growth forest that’s been preserved since Seattle was settled. Enormous trees block out the city sounds. One of our favorite places to escape the city within the city.
    • Take a scenic drive around the peninsula to Lincoln Park. Or stop at Alki Beach along the way. Or anywhere else that looks amazing. Be sure to do this before dark.
    • Alki Kayak tours. A little pricy, but absolutely worth it. We took the Elliot Bay tour and were thoroughly delighted.

    Downtown

    Downtown

    - DO -

    • Seattle Art Museum. They have a “suggested donation” for entry. You’ll have to pay for 
    • Columbia Center (tallest building in Seattle, amazing view)
    • Seattle Public Library
    • Triple Door. Cole says he’d go to this venue to watch paint dry. It’s amazing and they’re always bringing incredible people in. Best place to gamble on trying a new band.


    Waterfront/Pike Place

    - SEE -

    • Ye Olde Curiosity Shop. Touristy, but has lots of fun piratey things.
    • Waterfront Arcade. Beautiful walk along the sound.
    • Original Starbucks. Worth walking by, but not standing in line for it.

    - EAT -

    • Ivar’s Fish Bar. Classic sea food fare. Good for a quick fish & chips.
    • Our favorite place is Piroshky Piroshky! EVERYTHING is good. You’ll smell it before you get to it!

    - DO -

    • Pike Place Market. Don’t forget to go downstairs! There’s multiple levels of wonderful!

    - First Ave

    • Design Within Reach. We like sitting in the beautiful furniture that we’ll never be able to afford.
    • Paperhaus. Paper products, like amazing modern notebooks. I’m pretty sure the dress code is black turtleneck here.

    Belltown

    - SEE -

    • Peter Miller Books. All designy/architectural stuff. Books, gifts, magazines…it’s  easy to get lost in here.

    - EAT -

    • Black Bottle. Our favorite place to get cheap gourmet food. Small shared plates. We always get broccoli blasted, potatoes cauliflower curried, and the mussels Marseilles, but it’s impossible to go wrong here. Cocktails are fantastic and they also have allergy-friendly menus.
    • Macrina Bakery. Delicious baked goods.
    • Any Tom Douglas Resaurant. Local restauranteur. Everything is delicious, would point you to Serious Pie if you had to pick one.

    - DO -

    • Olympic Sculpture Park

    North of Downtown

    South Lake Union

    - EAT -

    • Brave Horse Tavern. Amazing pretzels—get the bacon peanut butter dip!
    • Fierahbend. German-style pub. Cole’s favorite.
    • Espresso Vivace. Probably one of the best coffee shops in the city. They know how to pull their espresso and foam their milk.

    - DO -

    • Center for Wooden Boats. Rent a row boat for an hour or so on Lake Union. Really romantic and relaxing. Bring a picnic with you!.
    • MOAI. Museum of History and Industry. Actually haven’t been here yet, but they’re always doing fun stuff.

    Queen Anne

    - SEE -

    • Kerry Park. One of the best views of the Space Needle. Take your iconic Seattle pictures here…with all the other tourists. :)
    • Parson’s Gardens & Betty Bowen Viewpoint. Walk west after seeing how many people are at Kerry park. There’s another stunning view of the sound and city, as well as a small tranquil garden. 

    - EAT -

    • 5 Spot. Rotating American fare. Food is pretty good, but it’s the experience that you want to visit for.
    • Caffe Fiore. My personal favorite. I really like their roasted coffee.
    • El Diablo Cafe. Cuban-style coffee. Get yourself a cordadito.
    • Menchi’s. Latest in the DIY fro-yo craze.

    - DO -

    • Blue Highway Games. We spent many, many, many hours here when we lived in Queen Anne. They have a huuuuge board game library in addition to the games they sell. Not into board games? You will be after visiting this store. There’s truly something for everyone here!

    Fremont

    - SEE -

    - EAT -

    • Milstead & Co Coffee. Great place to get caffeinated on craft coffee. More medium-roast connoisseur coffee than dark and bold. http://www.milsteadandco.com/
    • Paseos. Cash-only Carribian food. Another place with lines out the door. Call ahead to make a to-go order. The Caribbean roast is the best. http://www.paseoseattle.com/
    • Jai Thai. Delicious Thai food with floor seating. http://www.jaithairestaurant.com/ 
    • Blue Moon Burgers (also in Cap Hill, South Lake Union). Excellent burgers. Rotating monthly menu. http://bluemoonburgers.com/
    • Brouwer’s Cafe. Bajillions of beer on tap and bottled, mostly Belgian. Food is delicious and beer-incorporated. brouwerscafe.blogspot.com
    • Barrel Thief & Six Gill. Next door to each other, Barrel Thief has more of a Euro wine bar feel, while Six Gill has a clean northwestern tavern atmosphere. Can’t go wrong either way.

    - DO -

    • Theo Chocolate. Tasty chocolate factory. Offer daily tours for a minimal price. Or you can go to the show room and taste all the delicious chocolate for free. Both a big win. www.theochocolate.com


    U District

    - SEE & EAT -

    • “The Ave” — traditional college town fare.

    - DO -

    • Washington Park Arboretum.
    • Kayaking on Lake Washington

    Capitol Hill

    - EAT -

    • Stumptown Coffee. They do coffee right.
    • Stumbling Monk. Belgian-style beers, but no food. There’s a chicken and waffle place behind, however.
    • Knee High Stocking Co.. Speakeasy bar. Their cocktails are phenomenal. 
    • Quinns. Fancy pub food.
    • Roy Street Coffee. It’s actually one of those “Indie Starbucks” coffee shops. And while it’s still Starbucks deep down, the interior is still lovely and thoughtful. 
    • Stitka & Spruce. Situated in Melrose Market, get ready for unexpectedly delightful food.
    • Oddfellows. This is truly a hipster-style restaurant. But you won’t be sneering at anything in here. It’s all delicious.

    - DO -

    • Lake View Cemetery/Volunteer Park/Asian Art Museum. Really beautiful walk. You can see Bruce Lee’s grave here. 
    • Broadway between Roy and Union. Lots of restaurants and shops.
    • Pike/Pine Corridor. More shops/restaurants. http://www.pikepinetriangle.com/
    • Elliot Bay Bookstore. Not as big as Powell’s, but they’re an incredible independent bookstore.


    Ballard

    - SEE -

    • Ballard Locks & fish ladder. Watch the ships descend into the sound and the salmon make their way back up the canal.
    • Bop Street Records. All used LPs. Be sure to ask the owner about all the bands that have stopped there. 
    • Sonic Boom. New CDs and LPs.


    - EAT -

    • Full Tilt Ice Cream. Best ice cream in Seattle, hands down.
    • Jolly Roger Taphouse. One of our favorite local brewers.
    • Moshi Moshi Sushi. Fantastic sushi and amazing interior design. There’s a giant LED-lit cherry tree inside!
    • Miro Tea. Great tea selection.
    • Skillet. Restaurant that has an affinity for bacon.
    • Staple & Fancy. If you need a fancier meal, head here. There’s a great oyster shop next door if you’re more in the mood for those.

    - DO -

    • Golden Gardens. Closest thing we have to a real beach here.

    Wallingford

    - SEE -

    • N. 45th St. between Stone Way and I-5 has great shops and restaurants

    - EAT -

    • The Rusty Pelican. Diner fare.
    • Bottleworks. Imported beers from around the world.
    • Trophy Cupcakes. Our personal favorite in the cupcake rivalry.
    • Chocolati Cafe. Incredible hot chocolate and truffles.
    • Eltana. Montreal-style wood-fired bagels. Simple flavors with unexpected spreads—which is great for us dairy-free folk. We love coming here and working on the weekly crossword puzzle over a salt bagel with almond butter on one half and caramelized onion hummus on the other.

    - DO -

    • Archie McPhee. Part gag shop, part curiosity shop, part weird uncle’s basement.