First though, I should say that I'm very sad to have missed the Nutella cookies and hope to be able to replicate them up here in Seattle. Also, I had a dream that I received some in the mail from Sara, and they were delicious.
Luckily my infrequent post does not equal missing out on lots of cool stories. I mean, there are some interesting stories from my work, but I don't think it's legal to tell them. Sorry :(
The exciting bits from the past week revolved primarily around one of my best high school friends coming to visit. She was not, however, available on Friday, so Max and I helped his best friend Ethan celebrate his last weekend in Seattle. These festivities consisted of yummy Banana Leaf Thai food, lemon Skittles jello shots (which the two of them worked very hard on all day), and many many delicious beverages with many attempted toasts to Katey for no apparent reason. A solid Friday evening.
I somehow managed to awaken for early morning (and by that I mean 9 AM) espresso (much needed) with Marguex, the aforementioned friend. We stopped at a cute (ish) little French place on Capitol Hill. Not le Fournil, but I had a very espresso is espresso type of mentality.
I then had to dash off to lunch at Ivar's with Maximum's family. A beautiful view, lots of indecision about what to eat that resulted in the classic fish and chips, and just as we were leaving the Blue Angels flew over (it's a Seafair tradition...Seafair is like this thing where people with boats go out on the water or something and I still don't really understand the rest).
I met up with Marguex and her sister, and we attempted to go to Cafe de Lion. The cafe has, however, been closed for like EVER since a death in the family and the reopening date is tbd. So we went with Fremont Coffee (Sara's been there!) instead where I had Mexican Coke! Much yummier sugar. I think the trick is that it's real.
Then we decided that some mimosas and guacamole were in order down by the lake. We improvised a bit by smashing an avocado in a cup and adding salsa, but it was delish. The evening concluded with Maria (Marguex's sister) and I grabbing a vegan chocolate chip cookie from Starlife on the Oasis Cafe, and then my meeting up with Max and Ethan for a really strange movie during which I fell asleep.
Sunday! Sunday began with breakfast at Gallerias (Marguex, Maria, etc.). Yummy. and Extra Yummy because while you wait for brunch you get to have cake and yogurt and fruit and granola from a buffet. Very incredible. Then we moved on to the Fremont market, always always a good time (highlight = you can grow mushrooms in a box!). Next was getting ice cream (Molly Moon's of course!) and swimming on Mercer Island (well in the water next to it)! The evening ended with some homemade ravioli (no recipe but delicious) and some not homemade pizza.
All in all a successful weekend, but what I'm most excited about is the weekend ahead! My friend Laura and I are preparing for our garden party! It's always a fabulous time with wonderful treats! I bought flowers today at Pike Place about which I am quite enthused for sure.
A fun bouquet, dahlias, and sunflowers oh my!!!!
Also, here's a sneak peek at one of the things we'll be serving:
Note: This is Martha Stewart's recommendation for Strawberry Hand Pies, but we plan to make a variety of flavors :)