seattle, wa

I've got a major crush on the Pacific Northwest. I went to Seattle for the first time in 2011 with my mama on a little weekend expedition when I was still living in Victoria, BC. I've been back three times now, and I still can not get enough. This summer, my boyfriend and I headed out on a road trip to both Seattle and Portland in late August, and we were not disappointed.
Percy's & Co Space Needle
^^^ We brunched at Percy's and Co., and had the most amazing rum sticky bun.
The Negroni Experiment at Canon
^^^ Canon Whiskey and Bitters Emporium. This is the Negroni Experiment, which is three variations on the negroni. The boyfriend went with a Skull and Blackberries, which was made at the table and super cool.
Pike Place MarketAnalog Coffee
^^^ Obligatory Pike Place photo, plus Analog Coffee.
Skillet Diner, Take 1 Slate Coffee
^^^ We made two breakfast stops at Skillet Diner, and I got the same thing both times. That place is damn good. This is also my second time visiting Slate, albeit a year apart. It's my favourite stop for coffee in Seattle.
Bandera Mountain
Bandera Mountain Hot Cakes
^^^ Bandera Mountain. We were not prepared for this hike at all, but it was well worth it for the views. We had dessert and a drink at Hot Cakes after dinner at Delancey. We opted for the smoked chocolate whiskey cake, which was quite possibly one of the best things I've ever had in my mouth. I've gotta learn how to recreate that one.
Pike Place Market
EMP Museum The London Plane
^^^ The EMP Museum for a visit to the Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix exhibits, plus breakfast pre-hike at The London Plane. We both went with the biscuit and friend egg with bacon, mustard greens, and salt, as seen below.
The London Plane The London Plane
A few of our food favourites:

Revel. My second time back and still quite possibly my favourite meal of all time. Last year I got to experience it as a vegetarian and it was amazing, but the meat dishes are even better. Get one from every category and don't stinch on dessert.

Slate Coffee. The staff are knowledgeable as hell and also so friendly. We had the best iced coffee there, and I took a bag of the stuff home that I've been enjoying for weeks.

The Whale Wins. If the interiors of this place doesn't win your heart, the food certainly will. We had some pretty unreal roasted carrots here.

Skillet Diner. Like I said, we went back twice in the span of five days. Check out their Instagram for some major food porn.

Canon Whiskey & Bitters Emporium. If fancy ass drinks are your thing, Canon is the place for you. All we could keep saying is, "I wish we had a place like this in Calgary!"

- s

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Cherry galette
We had a little "catching-up since Christmas" dinner last night with Gabi, myself, and two other friends. I love to host these things, and I always meticulously plan out an extensive menu. I love planning everything, so this sort of entertaining style works for me. Sort of. When it comes down to it, I usually end up spending the evening rushing around, making sure that the courses are being put out, tending to drinks, and overall not getting to spend a whole lot of time mingling with guests. My plan ended up falling through, and our meal was a lot more free-form than it usually is. Although at first when I realized this, I was a bit stressed out and unsure of what to do, in the end it worked out better than ever and I had the opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy the conversation. The cherry galette, pictured above, was a last-ditch effort to throw together a dessert an hour ahead of guests arriving. All in all, the meal turned out great, and it was nice to be part of the catch-up conversation for a change.

Popsicles to keep cool in the heat.
7 things you need to stop doing to be more productive.
The importance of making time for friends.
Turning jealousy into motivation.
A new to me blog that I'm really loving.

- s

Serenading cattle with this excellent trombone version of Royals.
Hats, hats and more hats (and home decor).
15 Ways to Beat Anxiety.
Chris Pratt RAPS!
Pursue everything.


san francisco, ca


Palace of Fine Arts
Typical Breakfast
Fisherman's Wharf
Craftsman & Wolves

San Francisco
Palace of Fine Arts

At the end of July, I took a long-planned trip out to San Francisco with a friend. By long planned, I mean years in the making, months in the planning. It was one of those sigh of relief, "we're finally doing this" moments, and for the most part, it lived up to the hype. The trip was definitely a short one—only four days—and we managed to cram one hell of a lot into the trip. A most-wise suggestion: Do not attempt to walk from Mission to Fisherman's Wharf, to the Golden Gate Bridge, and back. By the end of THAT day, all that was left were two very delirious, very exhausted girls. The trip was mostly food and shopping-centric, so here's some of our favourites.

flour + water. I think it's safe to say that this was both of our favourite dinner. The atmosphere of this place is really cool, and the food is amazing. We didn't do the full courses and opted just for an appetizer, pasta, and dessert, but it was all AMAZING. Get the budino for dessert.

Craftsman & Wolves. Three words: The Rebel Within.

Ritual Coffee Roasters. My somewhat surprising pick over the other coffee shops. The coffee was great, and we had some excellent pastries as well. Unfortunately, they're now undergoing renovations, but still one to keep on the list.

Bar Tartine. Brunch! Small plates! Bar Tartine has an ever-changing menu, but if you have a chance to try the smoked potatoes with black garlic, do it.

The Mill. The home of the $4 toast, and worth every penny.

Aesop. This place will bleed you dry, but the products are petty incredible and smell amazing.

- s.


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