When I moved to Seattle in 2013, one of my first purchases was a pair of coveted Hunter rain boots. Living in San Francisco prior to our move, I always admired the chic women who wore the rain boots on their wet commutes to work. I could never justify buying them in California since our rainy days were rare, but I figured living in Seattle was the perfect excuse!
My first job in Seattle was at a major technology company where the dress code was very casual (think engineers in sweatpants and Crocs). I remember one rainy fall day I decided to wear my new Hunter rain boots to work. To my credit, I did have a wet commute walking down a hill to my bus stop, riding a damp bus, and traversing through puddles downtown to my office. However, I was less observant to what my fellow Seattleites deemed appropriate rain footwear, especially in the office.
When people find out I live in Seattle, the first thing they ask is “Does it really rain all the time?” To which I respond, “Yes, but…” and rattle off my list of defensive answers that it’s not as rainy as it seems (all Seattleites have this monologue memorized).
With our countdown to our Ohio move getting closer, my husband H and I are trying to visit as many Pacific Northwest destinations as possible. Our list includes old favorites as well as new places we’ve been eyeing to go. Last weekend we finally made the pilgrimage to one of the top ski destinations in the world – Whistler, BC.
This trip was a milestone for me because up until a few years ago I did not know how to ski. When we moved to Seattle in 2013, I decided it was finally time to learn. Seattle is famous for our dreary winters and what makes them slightly more bearable is escaping the rain to ski on the mountains. Because when it’s raining in the city, it’s snowing in the Cascades. It’s the silver lining that us Seattleites use to cheer up our sun-deprived selves!
Did you know making your own granola is actually pretty easy? There is a myth that granola is difficult to make (“It’s so expensive to buy, it must be hard to bake!”). Whatever the reason, I’m busting this myth right here, right now. I’ve made this granola for family and friends over the years, many of them borrowing my recipe to make their own variation with great success. I promise you can too!
The base of this granola is oats, almonds, and pecans, stirred with a healthy dose of honey, a dash of cinnamon and vanilla, and olive oil. Yes, olive oil! I try to use healthy substitutes whenever possible in recipes. While this granola is definitely not a low-calorie recipe, it does provide healthy fats and oils. I’m from the healthy eating camp that believes in eating food that is fresh, unprocessed, and contains healthy nutrients. All good things in moderation, right?
Whether you are visiting Seattle or live in the city, Pike Place Market holds a special place for tourists and residents alike. Founded in 1907, it is one of the oldest continuously operated farmer’s market in the United States. Today, it is a place of business for small farmers, craftspeople, and merchants. What I love most about the market is the old school charm it retains, despite being in the middle of a rapidly growing city.
My husband and I make a point to have lunch at the market once a month, usually on Sundays when 1) it is less busy and 2) we can take advantage of free street parking. Over the years, we have visited dozens of spots but we keep returning to the same handful. While this by no means is a comprehensive list (I know, I didn’t even list a fish stand!), these places meet the insider mark by having minimal lines and being easy on the wallet. And, of course, they’re delicious too!
So without further ado, I present to you my countdown…
I love almonds and anything almond-flavored. Almond croissants, slivered almonds in salad, marzipan – you name it, I’ll eat it. So it’s no surprise when I ran across these no-bake almond bars I knew we were destined to be.
Almond bars are the perfect afternoon pick-me-up (and may I add, healthy too!). Just whip up the ingredients, set in the fridge, cut into bars, and you are ready to go! No oven required.
December 30th, 2016. The day my husband and I made the decision to accept a dream job opportunity in Dayton, Ohio. It is 2,336 miles from our current home in Seattle, Washington. It is also 2,392 miles from the suburbs of San Francisco, where I grew up as a born-and-bred California gal. Between Seattle and San Francisco, as well as four years spent in sunny San Luis Obispo, California for college, I have been lucky to live in some of the most beautiful cities on the West Coast.
So why the heck are we doing moving to Dayton, Ohio?!
And is that where the big car race is?! (Folks, the Daytona 500 actually takes place in Daytona Beach, Florida. But I understand the confusion!)