Brunch is, by far, the best meal of the day. It is your friend in all weekend scenarios. For example:
– You decided to treat yourself to a bit too much to drink the night before. You wake up at 5am desperate for some water, and pass out again until 10, effectively missing time for your usual breakfast of a protein bar and a diet coke (I know… I know…). It’s too early for lunch, so put on some yoga pants have a cup of coffee and get yourself to brunch by 11. That hangover will not cure itself.
– You find the you are now a more responsible adult by default since getting an alarm clock that cost you over $1,000, and insists on waking you up promptly at 7 (I am of course talking about my puppy and all of his related expenses). Did I mention that there is no snooze button? You have stopped hitting the bars until the wee hours of the morning, in favor of waking up ready for the dog park. With all that money saved by not drinking, you really should treat yourself to a nice meal. Thankfully, your new alarm clock loves to nap, so day drinking and nursing a food baby is totally acceptable. Treat yo’self, dress up, and go to brunch.
I have recently found my favorite brunch pairing yet in Seattle – Tallulah’s and Hello Robin in Capitol Hill. You know you are in Seattle, as these two gems sit on the same block, separated only by a super cute local/artisanal/gourmet convenience store and a homeopathic remedies shop. I am craving a slice of avocado toast, a glass of green juice, and a bourbon cookie as I type this. I recommend anything pictured below – see captions – but I’m sure everything else is fabulous. The best part about this brunch, is that it is actually pretty inexpensive despite how luxurious the food is. I have been to this combo twice now, and have not broken $25 total (ordering a shared toast plate, eggs benny, green juice, and some cookies).

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Eggs Benedict with Virginia Ham on Macrina Brioche toast

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As you enter Hello Robin, you are greeted by both an overwhelmingly delicious aroma, and an overwhelming selection of the best cookies you could dream of.
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Whipping up some Mackle’smores en masse.

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Enhance! Just look at how delicious that mountain of dough is.

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We ended up with a little box of a half dozen cookies: Brown Butter Bourbon, Mackle’smore, Totes Oats, Whole Grain Sea Salted Chocolate Chip, Molasses, and Pumpkin (ranked in order of deliciocity)

 

 

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I went to Alaska with my Dad back in June, and cannot believe that I haven’t posted anything about the trip (actually, I can believe it, as the blog had been collecting dust for almost the entire year).

A few months before the trip, my Dad called me up during work and asked if I’d like to join him on his annual fly fishing trip in Alaska. As you can imagine, my answer was a very enthusiastic “YES”. He has been fishing with the same guides for longer than I’ve been alive, so to be invited to tag along was really exciting.

We flew into Anchorage, and the flight there was probably the most beautiful flight I’ve ever been on (pictured above). The mountains and glaciers in various shades of blue and white will remain one of my favorite sights. From Anchorage, we flew to Bethel, and then on to Quinhagak on a private plane. When I say private plane, I really mean that there are no roads over the tundra, and we were the only two passengers on a plane that could carry 12 people and cargo…

Quinhagak is on the southwestern coast along the Kanektok River. Our camp was a few miles up river, and was only accessible by boat. This was definitely the most remote place I’ve ever been. We spent every day out on the river fishing for Rainbow Trout and Salmon. I spent about half of that time reading and trying to stay warm. Even though I don’t consider myself to be an avid angler, it was so rewarding to feel a tug on the line and find that the hook caught a fish and not a root! I enjoyed learning to fly fish, taking photos, and disconnecting from real life; but more than anything, I was excited to get to share in one of my Dad’s favorite places and activities.

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 Dad with a fish on the line
 
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 A dark, old Rainbow Trout

 

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The most massive trout of the trip. Rainbowsaurus Rex

 

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Chum Salmon have the coolest “tiger stripes” 
 
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With Dad and a Rainbow Trout 

 

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 King Salmon – I actually caught this on a rod meant for a trout… This was quite the arm workout!

 

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Quinnie, the camp dog.

 

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The Kenektok River

 

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A few weeks ago I went to Bainbridge Island for the first time with my Mom. I can’t believe that it took me over a year to hop on the ferry and visit this little island across the sound. With its boutique lined main street, tall trees, and cute little houses, Bainbridge reminds me so much of my childhood hometown in Connecticut. I only took a few photos during the day, but I am so glad that I caught some of the autumn colors at Bainbridge Winery and forced Brodie to pose with some pumpkins.

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Since moving to Seattle and moving into an apartment with abundant patio space, I have wanted to have a nice little herb garden to supply my culinary creations with some additional spunk and pizazz. Alas, my herb garden lived a very short life before inexplicably drying up. One thing that did survive – for now at least – was my Lavender plant.

I love Lavender. It is just so relaxing. As a result of my love for this little flower, I’ve aspired to make a Lavender Gin and Tonic for a while now. I’ve had a very variations of this in bars and restaurants, but I wanted to perfect this refresher at home.

This couldn’t be easier. Not really feeling the hefty price tags of Lavender Cocktail Shrubs or liqueurs, I opted for a dry soda instead. This is just about as easy as my all time fave – Deep Eddy Ruby Red and Soda. I crave the feeling of a fancy cocktail, but usually if it involves a mixer or a strainer, I’m already checked out. The one thing I wish I had was a straw – it would have helped me to keep from chomping on Lavender buds….

Recipe:
– 5 oz Dry Lavender Soda
– 3 oz Gin (Floral)
– 2 slices Lime
– A few sprigs of fresh lavender
– Ice
1. Put everything in a glass
2. Stir
3. Enjoy! 
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So this post has been sitting in my drafts for like, a month and a half now. I had the best birthday weekend – I dare y’all to try to top it. I had such a great time with my Mom in town, and with my friends by my side. I was spoiled – my friends bought me cupcakes and macarons, and faux tampons that are actually tiny flasks. What more can a 25 year old ask for?

Here are some pictures from my trip…

Sneaky Sneaky…. 

These two Scandal and Weeds nerds found Guillermo Diaz’s doppleganger at Toulouse Petit

Birthday Cake Macarons = <3

Wine tasting at 14 Hands Winery in Yakima

My beautiful Mom taking pictures of the weirdly beautiful terrain in Ellensburg.

We went to a fish hatchery. So. Many. Salmon. So. Many. Trout.

Multnomath Falls.

Let’s pretend this is the top of the falls…

 I never wanted to leave this place.

This little guy and his comrade wanted to join us for birthday Champagne, Smoked Salmon, Brie, and Macarons.

25, but I haven’t outgrown a sly middle finger joke… Excuse me while I adjust my glasses…

I touched this.

This is the exact moment that I got a fever and a cold that lasted a month. #worthit

I spy a sad, and slightly phallic, sea anemone…

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We’re Cute.
After combing through sand for an hour I finally found an intact Sand Dollar. This is basically gold to me… pun intended.

25 and I was so excited for the beach swings in Seaside. I swung by myself for a solid 15 minutes. Not ashamed.

I was 2 for 2 on weekends that included Sea Lions for a little while.

Cape Disappointment. Didn’t live up to its name. It was pretty cool.

Modern Hike Documentation. 

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