Posts Tagged ‘Seattle’

Magnolias & Loulay

We will return to our European sojourn shortly as we have Paris yet to cover, but hitting pause for the moment to welcome the arrival of spring where dull backyards and greenery become instantly refreshed by these oversized fuchsia blooms weighing heavily on the branches of magnolia trees everywhere.  And since one can often be besieged by beauty without the optimal tools of documentation, these images were captured using the iPhone 5S and the VSCO camera app.  As for Loulay, was most impressed with the gorgeous space … Definitely recommend trying the tasty small and medium plates on the dinner menu.  Do order a few to share.Seattle, Chef in the Hat (more…)

Crumble & Flake Patisserie

Last year, fellow food-loving friends brought us a sampling of offerings from the tiny Capitol Hill bakery, Crumble & Flake, and since then we have been heading over whenever we can, especially on weekends when pistachio croissants make an appearance.  Admittedly, our taste buds are spoiled from having tasted the most delectably buttery goods in Parisian bakeries, so when we sing the praises of this patisserie, we mean it.  There are little creme puffs with a delightfully light crunch on top, pumped to order with delicious fillings like coconut, banana caramel, and lemon {all good and not too sweet}.  There are also flavor-packed macarons, and if you are a fan of macarons, it is difficult to find anything better.  One ever so slight drawback to such a tiny place is that it is often sold out by noon, so you may wish to call before you go.  And there may be a small line, but like all good things, it is definitely worth the wait.

Crumble & Flake, bakery, patisserie, seattle

Crumble & Flake Patisserie, bakery, Seattle

Crumble & Flake Patisserie, bakery, seattle

Crumble & Flake Patisserie, bakery, Seattle

Crumble & Flake Patisserie, bakery, Seattle

Notes from the Weekend

Despite a rather blustery weekend, hints of spring abound as we peered over Queen Anne Hill at the pretty Seattle cityscape below.  Continuing to discover the endless capabilities of the new Nikon D600 camera, especially on Saturday during Andy’s crew team {Sammamish Rowing Association} race at Green Lake.  CHI Fotographi’s arsenal of telephoto lenses made the race images possible.

Seattle cityscape, Space Needle

Spring in Seattle

Sammamish Rowing Association, Green Lake Regata

Sammamish Rowing Association, Green Lake Regata

Dining out: Copperleaf

Backtracking a bit here, but I simply must share a few details of a wonderful dinner at Copperleaf over Valentine’s day.  Tucked away in an unassuming neighborhood near SeaTac airport is Cedarbrook Lodge, which unbeknownst to me has been ranked #1 on both Tripadvisor and Expedia of late.  Its restaurant, Copperleaf, boasts a chef who is currently on the shortlist for a 2013 James Beard award and who’s resume includes the world-renowned French Laundry in Napa.  Despite a slightly limited prix fixe menu that evening, our meal was delightful with flavors paired to perfection and artfully presented. My advice is simply this: Go.

Copperleaf, restaurant, Seatac

Copperleaf restaurant, Seattle Tacoma

Copperleaf restaurant, Seattle Tacoma

Pacific Galleries Revisited

It had been a year since I last visited Pacific Galleries Antique Mall and since then my talented sister-in-law opened a booth {Location: Magnolia no.2} filled with beautiful antiquities.  She has an exquisitely detailed eye for all things vintage and French-inspired, forever scouring flea markets near and far for old treasures. There is a lovely collection of sparkly crystal chandeliers, silver, and tabletop porcelain, and I am told the booth is getting a Spring makeover soon {coastal blues, greens, and neutrals}.  More goodies to come and if you prefer online shopping, visit her Etsy shop here.  Lots of things caught my eye that day … See other well-curated gems below.

Pacific Galleries

Pacific Galleries Antique Mall

Pacific Galleries

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