• food

    Truffled Gnocchi Goodness

    Last night, before heading to the symphony, we got dinner at the Art Restaurant & Lounge in the recently opened Four Seasons Hotel downtown, about 2 blocks away from Benaroya Hall. Overall, great experience—the service was superb as one would expect from the Four Seasons. The ambience and decoration was modern and simplistic, much like the rest of the hotel. The view mostly phenomenal were it not for the huge Public Storage building right in front–it is right on 1st Ave so there are water views aplenty. The menu consisted of food either from the “the counter”, which was literally a counter in the middle of the restaurant with a…

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    got me some tires

    so I’ve mentioned that I’ve had some bad luck with my car this month—well, in addition to my recent parking spot snafu where I swiped the door and mirror, I’d also been observing a slow leak in my rear passenger wheel. After filling it with air a few times, it would deflate much too quickly…so I brought it in to be looked at it. Turns out: there’s a nail in the tire that’s awfully close to the sidewall, so a patch wouldn’t hold because of its proximity to the sidewall. As a result, I needed to replace the tire. Unsurprisingly, the dealership quoted me something ridiculous for ONE tire—about $300!…

  • travel

    going to Portugal?

    I recently learned about a friend going to Portugal and she asked for tips. I know I’ve written up tidbits for people over the last 3 years (since we went in 2006) but I couldn’t find any of the notes I’ve ever written…so I thought I’d publish what I wrote about our experience for future reference: We loved it (naturally, since we got engaged there) My husband proposed to me from our hotel in Cascais and we loved much of our stay. We visited in mid-May, so similar time of year–and hence why we didn’t go down south to the beaches. Our 2-week itinerary was: Lisbon – Belem – Sintra…

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    credit card checks

    You know those pesky checks you get from the credit card companies so that you can transfer a balance or pay something big off? You know, the ones that typically have some low APR? Well, like most of you, I shred those up and throw them away as soon as possible. But this last week, I had something big to pay off. A few weeks ago, we got a letter from the IRS saying we owe a TON of money. I freaked out at first and thought it must surely be a mistake. But no, after digging around some big, we realized that our tax preparer made some grave mistakes…

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    random updates

    A bit late reading this, but guess what is the First Family’s favorite sweet treat?  Seattle’s own Fran’s Chocolates Smoked Sea Salt Caramels in Chocolate!  And yes–these were the same yummy treats we included in our wedding favors.  Neato.  Apparently Obama prefers milk chocolate while Michelle likes the dark.  I love these and could overindulge in them easily. Today, we went to the symphony to watch Joshua Bell perform who was as amazing as I expected.  Some of you may remember him as the virtuoso behind all the incredible music in the movie The Red Violin.  He was also the subject behind an interesting social experiment hosted by the Washington…

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    cold then hot then cold

    God, the weather in Seattle is so wacky this time of year.  April is really so unpredictable.  One week ago, Monday, it was so cold that it was *snowing* in Seattle (and again, it rarely snows within Seattle city limits, much less in April).  Fast forward to yesterday and today, when it was sunny and in the lower 70’s.  Man, the weather was so great and so liberating.  I LOVE Seattle when the weather is great.  I decided to take advantage of it by going on a bike ride, my first ride of 2009.  It was a great ride as I went from Capitol Hill up to Greenlake and back,…

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    reality show rant

    If you know me, you know one of my guilty pleasures is a reality tv show. It’s been awhile since I’ve put my two-cents in, so here goes: American IdolIt’s about time Megan left–I don’t know how she lasted for so long. I do think she has an interesting voice but she just always chose the wrong song. If she sang “Rehab” by Amy Winehouse last week, she probably would’ve lasted another week. My predictions for the next 3 to get voted off, in no particular order: Scott, Anoop and Matt. Final 3 will be:Allison – amazing voice, always deliversDanny – he’s been a fan favorite but I feel like…