Friday, April 30, 2010


I arrived home to find these wonderful creatures in my potato+onion bin.
They'd be good seeders.


Pike Place Market.
For organic tomatoes, lovely parsleys, giant goose eggs, triple-cream brie, the best seafood chowder, Chukar Cherries, Icelandic yogurt and tulips in every colour.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

the first supper outside

The other night was so warm, we set up the card table and enjoyed a late supper under the stars:
broiled fillet of sole with sea grass, shallots and pattypan squash
a radish and frisée salad
chocolate brownies with coconut eis and raspberries

Monday, April 19, 2010

Camlin and Paramount

Kitty corner to each other in downtown Seattle.
The Camlin opened October 31st, 1926.
The Paramount opened March 1st, 1928.

The architect for the Camlin was Carl Linde, a one time brewery builder. He designed the edifice to resemble an Italian castle. Composed of 93 apartments, each contained the latest conveniences: “shower baths”, dinettes, kitchenettes. The penthouse occupied the entire 11th floor.

Originally the Seattle Theatre, the Paramount was renamed in the 1940's. A 2,807 seat theatre, it was designed by the firm Rapp & Rapp (Paramount Building on Times Square) in collaboration with Benjamin Marcus Priteca (Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Centre, Seattle) as a venue for film and vaudeville.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Boat Street Café Pickles

One of Seattle's top 10 restaurants, and it's no wonder. After last night I'm thoroughly smitten with Boat Street Café. It was too dim to take proper photos when we were there for our dinner so tonight I'll (have to) go back (earlier) for (another) dinner. Will post some images of the décor, exquisite food and the wait staff's gorgeous linen aprons for you tomorrow.

In the meantime, a few shots of their delicious pickles and lovely packaging. I bought 3 jars of the French plums last night (& there are already 2 jars of the onions and a near-gone jar of the pickled figs in the fridge).

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

fish chowder

A recipe from Massachusetts (specifically).

Key points: whole baby fingerling potatoe, large slices of vidalia onion and giant chunks of fresh cod. Garnish with thin croutons, a pat of butter and a freshly ground black pepper.

(if you can get oat milk, use a combination of 1/2 oat and 1/2 organic cow's milk. the flavour is really nice).

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Kubota Garden

It's absolutely resplendent this time of year.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

chickpea miso

and soba, with sesame and daikon = yesterday's breakfast.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

bouillabaisse in larrabee

...from the French, bolhir (to boil) and abaissar (to reduce heat, or simmer).

Stopped off in the Skagit Valley for supper at a little oyster house overlooking these lovely falls. It was a day of driving from British Columbia into Washington, through Bellingham and Larrabee State Park.