Zack and I just got home from our Christmas adventures on Sunday and even though I have a terrible cough/cold situation, I had a really great time! I’m not sure how we fit so much into 6 days, but we did, which is probably why I’m sick. Since I can’t think of a good way to explain all the things we did on our trip I’m gonna let the photos on my iPhone tell the story…
Free gin and tonics on our flight from Burbank to Seattle! Thanks, Southwest.
I ate so many oysters! This is a white wine/oyster sampler at The Brooklyn in downtown Seattle.
A cold and rainy walk from our hotel to Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
Lunch at Sitka and Spruce in Capitol Hlll. I can’t stop thinking about the cured salmon and sunchokes dish, sooooooo tasty. In fact, everything there was amazing and the decor was beautiful. It’s tucked right next to a flower shop so you can see happy folks picking up parcels of fresh flowers as you eat. And the kitchen is simply a big island, in the dining room, with talented chefs standing around it and putting together wonderful, gorgeous dishes. It feels like you are at a friends house except your friends are very talented artists and you’re scared to talk to them.
Pike Place at night.
The line at Starbucks Reserve in Capitol Hill (we did not go in because lines are dumb and well, it’s still Starbucks, and they probably still don’t have almond milk).
The great wall of gum in Seattle. One of the few times in my life when I’ve found something to be totally gross and beautiful at the same time.
Everyone kept telling us that we MUST try a Tom Douglas restaurant, so we had lunch at Seatown Seabar & Rotisserie in downtown Seattle with Kim and Damaris (who, sadly, aren’t pictured here). If it’s good enough for Anthony Bourdain, it’s good enough for me!
The Fluevog store window in Seattle. I took this photo to send to my friend Patty because she loves fluevogs and I forgot to send it. But it still seems fitting…
Early Christmas morning trek from Seattle to Berkeley where I started calling Zack my “luggage robot”
Uncle Pauls extensive bug collection! We got to look at a bunch of them through the magnifying glass and they are fascinating. Some have eyeballs that look like glittery mesh!
Christmas cuddles with my aunt Arayah.
Day after Christmas brunch in San Francisco at my cousin Jenan’s house. My brother and cousin cooked a wonderful dish called “Shakshuka” and I made bloody mary’s with the finest ingredients I’ve probably ever used in a cocktail. Then we all ate outside on Jenan’s (sometimes) sunny patio. It was lovely!
After brunch hike to Bernal Hill, which just about killed some of the older folks.
Riding the Bernal Hill slide, which also just about killed some of us.
Saturday was dubbed “memory lane day” by my parents, but then their memories failed them when they couldn’t remember which house we used to live in and just kept driving back and forth on the same block looking for it. After that we had lunch at Chez Panisse, where my Dad spent a lot of his days and was once a partial owner, it was fabulous as always. Our friend Michele (a retired Chez Panisse pizza chef) and Rebecca (my former nanny and a retired Chez Panisse bus-girl) joined us for lunch, with that much history sitting at our table we got lots of attention and lots of food. There’s something quite magical about eating at a well-known restaurant with some of the people who made it all happen. And Alice gave me a signed copy of her most recent book!
The beautiful sunset as we drove around Berkeley looking for people and places we used to know.
Things that are not pictured but were still thoroughly enjoyed
- Dinner with Carol and Tal in Seattle.
- Dinner and drinks with Kim, Damaris, Jennifer, Cody and Ryan in Seattle.
- Christmas Dinner! yummmmmmmm.
- Dinner at The Sullivans house in Berkeley.
Now it’s time to go back to work and back to eating food from the 99cents store so I can pay off this trip! 😉