Monday, May 30, 2011

$$$$$

In case you didn't quite know what to make of the title, we spent a lot of cash this weekend.

Only one more week of classes for us, so we're starting to get ready for and look forward to summer. We began our Saturday with a delicious meal at Portage Bay, courtesy of Maximum. Sara got chai oatmeal with lots of strawberries (yay for the toppings bar!), and Katey ordered the eggs benedict with salmon. Yum. Then we took a trip to the new, three-story tower of glory, also known as the downtown Forever 21. It's brand new, super huge, and kind of overwhelming (think the Louvre, as Sara put it). We spent a considerable amount of time trying on different clothes (summer outfits for Sara, business attire for Katey). Katey even found a cute professional-looking pencil skirt and blazer for her new job! But they wouldn't let her take off the sales tax and said you could do it online - LIE. It's really hard to figure out, and anyone with advice on this subject should come forward (that tax could become a latte!). We had some trouble finding the bus to the Seattle Center, but eventually we made it to Folklife (or Folklore as Sara likes to say). It was much bigger than we expected, as in the entire Seattle Center. It was full of delicious-smelling food and a plethora of options. We saw many many booths full of fun and unique items, and Sara bought a skull bracelet for protection (according to the saleswoman). 
Katey got her face painted with a lovely flower, and we received free Lara bars and cereal.  There's always an abundance of interesting people at these kinds of events, and we even got to ride the bus there with clipboard people!
 After we finished perusing Folklife, we couldn't quite find our bus stop so we made our way back to Westlake (downtown by Pike Place) and took the bus from there. 
Sunday started off with yoga and Starbucks, of course. Big thumbs up for our teacher this week (from a studio called Sassy Fit!), who reminded us to take a break and be proud of our accomplishments and also gave a super great class. We walked to Counterbalance Bicycles to get Katey a helmet to go with her new bike and then walked to Trader Joe's for some groceries. We watched a couple of episodes of the Hills until splitting up to work on homework, or in Sara's case to film an Italian video. We reunited for dinner at Pam's Kitchen, which specializes in food from Trinidad and has been featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives."
Delicious. and spicy. After that we watched a little bit more of the Hills before calling it a night.
Today we took a trip to the sculpture garden!

We've been meaning to go for a while and decided today was the day. The sun even came out just in time. Then we walked down a path along the water, and we're not sure where we went exactly.

We decided to turn around before we ended up in Kent (or somewhere else unknown to us). We walked up the many hills and over to Macrina bakery where we purchased an apricot oatmeal pecan cookie.
We carried it over to the nearest Starbucks and refreshed ourselves after our long walking endeavors. That's where we are now (thank you to Starbucks for the free wi-fi!), and after this we're headed to UVillage for a bit.

We hope everyone had a swell Memorial Day weekend whether you were scaling hills like us or relaxing in the sun! Have a great last week if you're in a quarter school and good luck on finals!

Katey & Sara

Monday, May 23, 2011

Free Masons and Elephant Ears

Hello Everyone!
We hope you've all had lovely weekends! It turns out that last weekend was the Seattle Cheese Festival, which we both thought was this past weekend and thus missed it. We went last year and sampled lots of delicious cheeses (well mostly Katey since Sara is a picky eater) and it sucks that we forgot to actually the check the date for this year. We'll just have to wait around till next year now. This weekend we spent most of our Saturday at the UDistrict Street Fair. The Street Fair is always full of all kinds of people: street performers, vendors, religious people, and the ones that try to make you sign things (clipboard people). Fortunately, when we don't want to sign things, we can conveniently rely on the fact that we're out of state, so they don't want our signature anyway. We toured the street fair multiple times with different friends and saw all kinds of things. We saw super cute kittens as well as a man walking a ferret. Katey also got a blue balloon from the Free Masons so that the others could find her in a crowd. She took a pamphlet too for educational purposes. Sara got henna on her hand (in under 10 minutes!) and quickly became a walking advertisement for the booth. There was also an abundance of fried food, including the classic "brick of french fries." Katey also relied on the classic elephant ear for nourishment. After returning from the Street Fair, we watched Love in the Afternoon. We were quite disappointed in Audrey Hepburn's attraction to the older Gary Cooper. We followed the movie up with The Hills, as watching Heidi ruin her life while Lauren and Whitney (our alter-egos) succeed is much more satisfying.
Sunday we started off with yoga and Starbucks, of course! Delicious, as always. Then we went to a dance performance choreographed by graduate students at UW. It was nice, but we unfortunately almost passed out from a combination of hunger and fatigue. We felt the rest of the day was best spent relaxing and doing some homework.
Next weekend is Memorial Day weekend, so we're looking forward to some time for extra fun adventures - probably including Starbucks. We hope you have an excellent week and have some exciting plans for your 3 day weekends too!

the cutest kitties that we've ever seen

Sara's awesome/fast henna


xoxo
Katey & Sara

Saturday, May 14, 2011

As we type, we are sitting at 14 Carrot Cafe basking in some long-awaited sunshine. Sara just ate some delicious granola and Katey enjoyed the French toast. Despite a somewhat sassy hostess, the experience has been lovely due to a friendly waitress, good food, and a fun atmosphere. And also probably because we're sitting in the sun. We walked here this morning (only 1.6 miles!) and thought it might rain, but luckily that didn't happen. We've been pretty lucky weather-wise on our walks lately. We walked to Greenlake 2 weeks ago (as seen in pictures in the last post), and last week we went to Fremont. For whatever reason our friends are appalled by the concept of walking any farther than it takes to get to class, but at least they only boost our egos with their shocked reactions to how far we walk.
Speaking of Fremont, while there, we went to the Sunday market and stopped by Theo. BUT Theo was out of samples! We had never seen such a thing in our lives and were very disappointed. They put out some chai and coconut, but it still wasn't up to normal Theo standards. We stopped at PCC and sat by the water and then made it back to UVillage just in time for happy hour at Starbucks (aside: Katey recently hit gold star status at Starbucks!).
Last night we stopped by a party at a friend's house and stayed just long enough for a guy (previously thought to be shy and awkward) to forcibly throw Katey into a mosh pit (even though he claimed that he "had no idea it would be that violent" and that "he was trying to protect her" which doesn't even make any sense). After walking through the longest alley we've ever seen (and in the wrong direction) we made it to Maximum's house to hang out, went to Dick's for late night food with our extremely drunk friend and almost passed out from exhaustion at 2 am. And yet we still we woke up at 8:34ish am to walk to this cafe because we love food that much. Although we're probably some of the few that would get up early to eat AND walk over a mile.

Kudos to us and applause to the food. Now go enjoy the sun and have some adventures of your own!

xoxo
Katey and Sara

Monday, May 9, 2011

oops

We've been super busy working on Dream Project (Katey more than Sara though) and haven't had a chance to update. Besides DP and homework, we have been going to yoga, taking advantage of the random days of sunshine (yes!) and obviously getting our fair share of Starbucks. We've also watched Pride and Prejudice (the Keira Knightley one, although someone recommended the 6 hour BBC version...) and partied hardxcore for Maximum's birthday. Oh yeah, our friend Jeremy ordered some banana bread with white chocolate chips which was delicious. And most importantly, we are going to do a guest post on Of Cookies and Carrots at some point in the future!



sorry for the crappy phone picture
here's the recipe (from Field of Green cookbook with our modifications): 
• 1 1/2 cups flour
• 1/2 tsp. of salt
• 1 tsp. baking soda
• 10 tbsp. butter, softened
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1/2 cup brown sugar
• 2 eggs
• 3 or 4 ripe bananas, 1 1/2 cups

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Sift flour, salt, baking soda together. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating until mixture is smooth after each addition. Stir in bananas. Add in dry ingredients. If you want to add anything in, do so now. It also helps to coat your addition in some flour so it doesn't fall to the bottom. We put about 1/4 of a bag of white chocolate chips in this loaf (and didn't completely fill the sugar, unfortunately we didn't measure but all we can say is that we went easy on it). 
[The original recipe calls for 1 cups of shredded unsweetened coconut and if you wish to follow the original recipe, mix all but 2 tbsp. into the batter.]
Spread the batter in the pan and bake for 60-70 min. [Sprinkle the bread with remaining coconut halfway through the baking] The bread is done when a skewer inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean and the bread is golden brown. 
Enjoy!