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When I was last in Seattle, I visited artist Jenny Vorwaller. As we were wandering the Ballard neighborhood, she asked me if I collected anything. At the time, it didn’t come to me, but I do in fact collect something: pebbles. Whenever I go somewhere new or walk along a beach or simply want to remember a moment in time, I search for the perfect rock. I don’t really label them and I probably couldn’t tell you where they’ve come from, but I just enjoy having them to stack and rub together in my hands. It soothes me, what can I say. What do you collect?

Links:

  1. meditation cushions from Canvas
  2. porcelain paper plates from SIN
  3. dessert plates from Suite One Studio
  4. long handle tasting spoons from Harabu House
  5. milk glass vases from The White Pepper
  6. Ya Wen Chou via Sight Unseen

Greetings from Seattle! On Wednesday, I jetted off to Seattle for some quality time With Dan, as well as some much needed wanderings around my favorite city. On Friday I decided to take in two classics: The Seattle Art Museum and The Seattle Aquarium. While the SAM currently has a huge exhibit devoted to Rembrant, the highlight of my visit was definitely The Porcelain Room. Darkly lit and intensely dramatic, imagine a room filled with beautiful vintage tabletop and decorative pieces. Talk about inspiration for days!

While downtown, I popped over to the aquarium (after a quick stop for my favorite pork buns at Pike Place Market…) to revel in the overwhelming beauty of nature. I have always had a fascination with underwater worlds. As a kid, my mom painted a mural on my bedroom wall of an underwater scene and bought bedding to match… you better believe I still have those pillowcases. I think it’s because I’m a pisces, but there is something insanely magical about aquariums to me. I could certainly watch jellyfish for days!

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I remember when Dan told me a taco stand had opened down the street from his house. I had just booked a flight to visit him and pretty much demanded that we go check it out — I literally counted down the days {ok, maybe I was excited to see him, too}. What can I say, I had a hankering… Philly has plenty of taco options, but nothing can quite compare to a west coast taco stand! I fell in love with it that first time and absolutely had to go back during my most recent trip to Seattle.

TnT Taqueria has something for everyone — taco platters, Coke in glass bottles, and freshly made churros. Locally sourced ingredients are combined to make amazing combinations like chile braised beef, chorizo verde, and {my personal favorite} hominy hash. While I may not always opt for the vegetarian option, at TnT, I always do. The hominy hash is that good. And my favorite part? Watching the chefs crank churro dough into the fryer and, within a few minutes, having them hand me a perfect doughy, cinnamon & sugar covered morsel.

If you find yourself in Seattle and have a hankering for tacos, stop by TnT Taqueria for a very memorable experience… and make sure you get a churro!

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With thanks to Hurricane Sandy, my trip to Seattle was extended a couple days longer. As usual, I spent my extra days canoodling with my man, tree-scouting in the Wallingford neighborhood, and going on foodie adventures. It’s always bittersweet to leave, but as we head into the holidays, I am excited for what the future has to bring!

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It’s no big secret that I miss living in Seattle. I might have grown up on the east coast, but within months of living in Seattle, I knew that it was my actual, forever home. I have nothing against Philly or the east coast, but this is a matter of feeling like the absolute best version of myself when I am here in Seattle. There’s something about the air and surrounding water and mountains that make me feel complete. I’m always scared to be one of those people who stagnates and can’t embrace change, so I hope that my love of Seattle doesn’t inhibit me in that regard. Believe me, that is something that is a perpetual work in progress for me, especially as I learn more and more to embrace my new home and try to rebuild my life in Philly.

My visit has been longer this go around and I am happy to say that I have been able to experience new things, while also revisiting some of what I love best about this city. A few highlights include treats from Dan at the airport, my first ever hockey game, and having a romp with my favorite pup.

Oh, that potato-y goodness in the lower left corner? That is probably the best comfort dish ever, a sweet potato hasselback via A Cozy Kitchen. I made it for the boy last night and it was a MAJOR hit!

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