Green Eggs and Lamb

No, you did not misread that. Yes, I do mean lamb and not ham!
IMG_1806I never ate Green Eggs and Ham on Dr. Seuss day when I was a kid, but I think I made up for it last weekend by enjoying myself some Green Eggs and Lamb. Isn’t that a pretty plate?!

My friend, Meagan (a first year Naturopathic Medicine student! who has a GREAT gluten/grain-free/paleo/primal/Weston A. Price friendly food BLOG), and I ran into each other at school during the second week of Winter quarter at a time when I was basically running to my next class, and due to our exchange being so brief she suggested breakfast at Portage Bay Cafe that weekend. Um, yes. Absolutely yes. Breakfast may be my most favorite thing in the world.

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It was actually kind of unbelievable that I’d never been to Portage before. It was on my Seattle to-do list, but I hadn’t yet made it. The place is local, organic, sustainable, and encourages everyone to “Eat Like You Give a Damn.” I love it. There are several locations, and we went to the Roosevelt one.

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I’m sure those of you who know me well are rolling your eyes currently…because, of course I love this place. 😉

So, I had Green Eggs and Ham, and Meagan had a Goat Cheese Omelet. The green part of mine was an arugula pesto, and it was dee-lish. I don’t think I’d ever had lamb before, but it was really good. Salty, but good. Meagan’s omelet had spinach, crimini mushrooms, green onions, goat cheese and dry-cured olives, and it was also delish. We kind of shared, so I know this from personal experience.

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Yes, I know I look like I just woke up. It was an 8:30 am breakfast!

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And yes, Meagan was aware of being pink stripe-tastic. 😉

Portage Bay also has a “toppings bar”, for which they are famous, I guess. Meagan and I shared a trip to the toppings bar…despite having anything to really “top.” So basically we each had a small plate of extra goodies: berries, whipped cream, honey butter, pecans. Yum.

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Meagan’s plate o’ toppings.

I’m aware that these fruits aren’t currently in season… Not sure how that works. I’m sure locally and organically and sustainably, though. Maybe they freeze them. Or can them. Next time I’ll ask.

Anyway, after brekkie we took a little stroll to the U[niversity] District farmers market. It was a really chilly and gray morning, but it was nice to be out.

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The U District market is one of the few that is open year-round, so that is neat. Also Rockridge Orchards (from Enumclaw, WA!) is a vendor there, and that is extra neat because they have cider. Extra.hot.cider.

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And free refills, which seriously made the farmers market meandering a pleasant one.

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Quality Saturday morning for sure. Come visit me and I will take you to Portage Bay where you can “Eat Like You Give a Damn” and maybe have some Green Eggs and Lamb! Yeah!

One more food photo for good measure:

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Pretty plate!

Cheers, my dears!

{All food photo credit goes to Meagan!}

Back At It

I said at least a million 12 prayers that it would be sunny in Seattle upon my return.

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And sunny, it was! Thankfully.

This made my transition back a little more pleasant…for, like, a day. Maybe even only a few hours, if we’re being honest. Because honestly, IT IS SO DARK HERE. And my reaction to the darkness was so dramatic that I checked and compared the sunrise and sunset times of Springfield, MO, and Seattle, WA, to find that on the day I arrived back in Seattle there was a full hour and a half less daylight than there was in Springtown. Boooo. I can look back on this with humor now (I act like this all occurred more than two weeks ago), but, truth be told- I pouted for a solid few five days as it rained and was dark and I dreaded the start of a new scholarly quarter.

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First day of school pic. Gross.

This was all despite my best efforts to be cheery, too. My friend, Chloe, having just returned from a month home in Wisconsin, was in the same state of despair as was I, and we arranged to hang out together so as to not sit at home and do nothing. So, Chloe and my roommate, Amy, and I drank wine and watched Hope Springs.

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This wine is great. It’s called Organic Agriculturist, and it’s organic and sulfite-free. From the label:

What is the culture of organic? riding on tractors, getting grubby, watching the moon rise, Solstice bonfires, barefoot cousins, three-legged dogs, quoting Sir Henry Neville, picking grapes and picking guitar, cold beer, ripe peaches, growing wheat between our rows of grapevines, Beba’s chocolate chip cookies, acorn woodpeckers, making wine without sulfites or preservatives, leaving the earth a better place for our grandchildren to inherit from our children.

Love it.

We also had a little craft day. Which involved more wine.

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Sunday afternoon crafts/red wine from a goblet, anyone? Photo cred: Chloe.

Chloe did some scrapbooking (of her first year in Seattle)…

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…and I did a little mod-podging.

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Not dry yet. {SUPER CUTE WHEN DRY!}.

So, needless to say- we survived. And I think we’re both in better spirits now. Thankful for that.

It’s been sunny (and also foggy) for over a week now, so there has been some legitimate scenery, which is particularly nice during the morning rush hour that I brave every Wednesday and Friday.

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{Don’t worry, those photos were taken in standstill traffic. I PROMISE.}

And this was taken last weekend from my kitchen window. So pretty!

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I guess it snowed a little, too. Forgot about that.

So now I am back in full school mode. This quarter my classes are: Advanced Nutrition: Micronutrients, Nutritional Counseling, Nutrition Assessment and Therapy, Disease Processes 2, and Chef’s Pantry. On Tuesdays I have every one of these classes. That means I’m in class from 8am ’til 7pm, with a lunch break that attempts to maintain my sanity. From now until March 19, Tuesdays have been renamed: Coffee and Stretchy Pants Day.

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Back to Seattle = back to Seattle coffee/espresso. Coffee snob in the making.

In other fun news, I cut my bangs (again) promptly upon my return. My brother told me I look like a boy, and another individual who shall remain nameless asked if I could “get those under control”.

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You can all thank my friend, Paula, for the tweet exchange that inspired this photo…otherwise you’d just never know what I look like right here and now. 🙂

Hope you’re all enjoying your here and now! XO.

“Just Keep Swimming”…

…is my mantra for the next 8.5 weeks. And there is no beach or sun involved. Just Advanced Macronutrients, Disease Processes, Intuitive Eating, Nutrition Through the Life Cycle, and Fundamentals of Counseling. It really hit me this week what being a MASTER OF SCIENCE entails. And that is a lot. A lot a lot a lot.

My friend classmate Rebecca and I split this awesomeness on Wednesday when we thought the school world was coming crashing down upon us.

It was seriously phenomenal. Came from the Bastyr cafeteria and had great ingredients–whole wheat flour, flax seed, olive oil and more. Probably the best cinnamon roll I’ve ever had. Bold statement, I know. Life was definitely better after it.

So, for the next 8.5 weeks I will be repeatedly telling myself to just keep swimming. And doing things in the meantime that contribute to sanity maintenance.

Like weeknight baking of Spiced Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins (adapted from Daily Garnish!). For no reason.

Awful photo, I know. So good, though.

And getting up at 6am on no-class Friday to start writing a paper in order to feel good enough about my productivity to go out for a short while that night.

At The Yard. Super great place in Greenwood.

And making this (kinda time consuming- lotta chopping!).

Collard greens, red cabbage, wild rice, red bell pepper, parsley, pumpkin seeds. Dressed in olive oil, lemon juice, garlic. Adapted from Feeding the Whole Family (third edition) by Cynthia Lair (Sasquatch Books, 2008).

And…doing things other than eating. Like, taking leisurely walks, going to yoga, meeting friends for coffee, painting my nails. And blogging, obviously.

So, two weeks down, 8.5 to go. And I’m definitely counting. It’s still sunny here, so that’s great. It’s getting darker, though. And I think the rain is coming soon. Yay! Joke.

Happy October to you all!

Go Cards.

Summer in Washington {photo recap}: Part I

Hello, my long lost reader friends! I am sorry for the hiatus. It lasted much longer than I intended. Somehow summer came and went and now we are days away from fall and less than 100 days away from Christmas (WHOA!). So, what better time to recap my summer than now?

This summer was my first in Washington, and it was largely different than any other. I waited and waited and waited for summer weather to hit, but it really never did. There were a lot of sunny sky-ed days, but there were only a handful of hot, shorts-weather days. Weather aside, though, it was a pretty solid summer. I kept myself overly busy (unintentionally) by taking two summer school classes and working two jobs. I did make time for fun, though, and found myself settling into Seattle life a little more, so that was good.

I apologize for this post being really photo-heavy, but I think photos will provide the best (read: quickest/least boring) summer summary, ha.

Here we go! In mostly chronological order…

I discovered Green Lake.

I mean, I knew it existed, and I even knew right where it was, but somehow I never made it there until the summer. It’s a nice little lake in Seattle, and it has a three-ish mile loop around it that is perfect for walking/running. The entire setting is just really enjoyable.

Moving on- this post could have very accurately been titled “Summer Concert Series”. I saw a lot of live music this summer. All with my friend, Andrea.

First up was Florence + The Machine.

I was super, super excited for this show, and to be honest, I was a little disappointed after it. Don’t get me wrong, Florence Welch can sing. She can also flail around on stage, which I found to be somewhat distracting. I guess it just wasn’t really my style. It was fun, though, and it was at an outdoor theatre on a gorgeous night so that was lovely. Would I pay another $75 to see this show again? Sadly, no.

A few days after the Flo show, Andrea and I saw Fiona Apple live at the Paramount downtown.

This place totally reminded me of the Gillioz in Springtown, which I loved, of course.

WOW. That is really all I have to say about that. Fiona Apple is straight CRAZY. Also crazy talented. If you’ve ever heard Fiona Apple’s recordings and wondered (as I have) how in the world those sounds come out of someone’s throat/mouth, you should definitely see her live. I still have no idea how she does what she does, but I can tell you she sounds EXACTLY the same live as she does on her albums. And seriously, she is crazy. It really is something you have to see live to understand. I was speechless.

Though seemingly less notable, no less entertaining were our adventures at the Kenmore summer concert series.


Each Thursday evening of July and August, the City of Kenmore (where I live and where my school is) hosted a free concert in St. Edward’s State Park, which is conveniently located two minutes from my house and zero minutes from my school. It worked out well that I got out of class on Thursdays at 5:30 and the concerts all started at 6. There were a variety of bands that played, but the nights I attended were country/americana/bluegrass. Each time we had a little picnic and just enjoyed the evening.

Good, summery times. And all were followed by hanging out at 192–a little taproom with a gigantic patio, located on the Burke-Gilman trail (conveniently five minutes from my house and two minutes from Andrea’s).

192 is brand new, and Andrea discovered it immediately following its opening. We spent a lot of time there over summer. It’s a little taproom that was opened by a guy who brews beer in his 192 square foot basement, hence the name. The space actually took over what was previously a gardening/landscaping business…and all of the landscaping paraphernalia is still there. So when I say gigantic patio, I actually mean landscaping jungle with tables, chairs, and fire pits.

Perfect setting for enjoying summer nights and good conversation.

Before I wrap up the Part I post, I need to make known my latest obsession, which was the final act of my headliner summer concert series…

JACK WHITE.

This show was unbelievably phenomenal. Jack White was penciled in on my imaginary concert bucket list and quickly became Sharpie-d in after I repeatedly heard rave reviews. I bought the tickets right when they went on sale, and then I was so stressed out when the week of the show rolled around that I was trying to sell/give away the tickets up until 3 pm on the day of the show. Andrea (along with a special someone in Missouri) convinced me that I should go, and I have been fantasizing ever since about the next time I will be able to see Jack White. The next day on the radio I heard someone say, “Jack White and his girl band shredded for two hours straight and at the end not a face left unmelted.” Well said. My face is still melted. And I will see Jack White and his girl band again.

So, there you have a partial recap of my summer in Washington. I’ll be back with more. And soon! (Hopefully.)

Get Your Hot Cakes!

So, who is currently a full-time student and has worked 60 hours in the last 10 days?

This girl!

An opportunity fatefully presented itself, and I felt the pull to seize it; thus, 60 hours of work in 10 days happened…in addition to attending to regularly scheduled scholastic activities. Fun times!

It really is crazy to think about the way life happenings play out. Several significant events have occurred/are occurring in the homeland recently (revolving around super important people in my life!), all for which I want/ed to be present, but I never could pull the trigger on booking a flight to make it happen. As it turns out, if I would’ve gone home, opportunity would have been compromised. Really, crazy to ponder over. But, that’s neither her nor there. I know you’re wondering what said opportunity is, specifically.

And I give you: Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery, located in the super fun Seattle neighborhood/district/whatever that is Ballard. I really, really urge you to visit the website and let it do itself justice. I’m serious. Hot Cakes is a dessert shop, but I can guarantee you it is FAR from anything you’ve experienced.

From the website: “Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery crafts organic, American comfort desserts and other original and innovative confections. We were founded in 2008 by Autumn Martin with the dessert that gave us our name: Take-n-Bake Molten Chocolate Cake in a Mason Jar.” Awesome, right? Go here and read more.

Autumn has been running Hot Cakes since 2008, but the storefront just had its Grand Opening this weekend. It went so well, and I wish I had more quality photos to share. The space is so unique and perfect. There was a media party on Friday night, so I’m hoping to find more photos when I have the time to search.

View from one corner of Hot Cakes. Photo taken at the media party.

Looking out from behind the bar.

Notice the clothespins, old photos, gum ball machine, and other decor.

While I wish I had all the time in the world to tell you of my involvement in this awesomeness, I do not. Details forthcoming, though. I promise.

I do, however, need to share something of the utmost importance, which regards Hot Cakes and is oh-so-pertinent.

Hot Cakes needs your help! You may or may not be familiar with Kickstarter, which refers to itself as “the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.” Basically, projects (like Hot Cakes) set a fundraising goal for themselves, which is to be met in a given time period. People make pledges to support the project, and if the goal is met within the timeframe, then the project is awarded the funds. No pledge goal met = no funds for project.

Hot Cakes launched a Kickstarter campaign and is less than three days away from its ending. The goal is $25,000, and a little over $20,500 has been pledged thus far. Autumn has participated in an amazing video, which explains what Hot Cakes and the needs for the funds are all about. Please, please, please! watch this video (you can find it below). If nothing else, you will get a little glimpse of what I’ve excitedly gotten myself into.

You should also know that Autumn is graciously giving all those who support the project (with a gift of $25+) a serious hookup of sweet treats. These desserts are DEE-LISH, and I promise, promise, PROMISE you will never regret supporting Hot Cakes! Please, watch the video, visit the Kickstarter campaign page to learn more about how truly awesome Autumn and Hot Cakes are, and make a pledge! Hot Cakes is so close to meeting its goal, and the implications are huge! If you do make a pledge, PLEASE let me know, so I can give you a big hug. Maybe I’ll even send you more treats. Probably I will, actually. And Autumn will definitely send hugs, too. Your support is appreciated.

NOW WATCH THE VIDEO. 😉

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1185564491/hot-cakes-an-organic-molten-chocolate-cakery/widget/video.html

Thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my organic and dessert-loving heart!

Peace, Love, and Hot Cakes.