Seattle in the Summer

Summer is just flying by! This past weekend my mom came out to visit, and we were able to show her some of the amazing-ness that is Chicago. But first I must go back to the previous weekend in Seattle!!

Seattle is incredible.  We hit up delicious happy hours, went for a scenic but difficult run, explored the Bite of Seattle festival and of course went to Pike’s Place! Here are some details on the places we went and pictures of course!

Day 1:

Happy Hour at Peso’s Kitchen & Lounge . The happy hour menu is huge and delicious margaritas!!

Thai Food for our late night dinner >> Cheap & Delicious

Day 2:

The run >>> including wild berries, the Fremont Troll, rolling down hills at Gas Works Park, Lake Union and finishing with a great view of the Space Needle. Just under 8 miles…and a few sets of stairs that will have those beads of sweat rolling off your forehead.

Cafe Ladro Espresso, obvy.

Bite of Seattle Food Festival 🙂

Pike’s Place, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese

The sampler at The Pike Brewery

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Bite of Seattle was huge! Almost too many vendors, I obviously went for the sweet option (Nutella Crepe). Yum.

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Pike’s Place Market>>>Obvious choice, but extremely busy!

>>>Perks >Flowers are inexpensive and Beecher’s Homemade Mac & Cheese is to die for!! I could have it for every meal!

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The Pike Brewery sampler was mmm..mmm..good!

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I really love Seattle. If you haven’t been, you need to carve out some time to explore this city!

Happy Adventures,

Erika

Strawberry & Cream Scones

Back from an amazing weekend in Seattle (pictures and more to come!) Now it is time to put those Stanley’s strawberries to use! I followed the recipe from A Cozy Kitchen, but I am going to put my suggestions for “tweaking” the recipe to the right of the original recipe. I also didn’t follow the recipe in drying the strawberries (I like the scones to be a little moist).

Therefore, I started by preheating my oven to 425. 🙂

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Ingredients:

8 Strawberries (quartered)

2 cups flour

1 tablespoon baking powder ::: 1 TEASPOON (suggested)

3 tablespoons of sugar ::: 4 tablespoon of sugar (suggested)

1/2 teaspoon of salt

5 tablespoons of unsalted butter (frozen)

1 cup of heavy cream

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Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425. Combine dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, sugar, salt) in a bowl. Using a box grater, grate the frozen butter and mix into the dry ingredients. Next add heavy cream to create dough. (In following the recipe it had said to add strawberries then cream but I would suggest adding cream first, will make it easier to combine and then fold in strawberries once blended.) Hand mix in strawberries. I usually just form the scones by hand. But you can roll dough on floured surface and cut into wedges, if desired!

I then lightly brushed top of scones with remaining heavy cream and sprinkled a little sugar on top. Butter or spray pan (I used 9×13 non-stick) Bake for 12-15minutes or until light brown. Cool on wire rack. Lastly, ENJOY!

Happy Scone Adventures!

Erika

Breakfast.Lunch.Dinner | Anchorage, AK

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This is a small panoramic from my bike ride along the Anchorage coast (see more below)!

This week, I had the opportunity to have a 28hr layover in Anchorage! I mean…it was a-mazing!

I have to share the things I did and places I ate because it was all just too good! A day in Anchorage…

:::Breakfast:::

SNOW CITY CAFE

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Snow City Cafe is the best in town, everyone knows it, hence the every seat filled. I always sit at the same exact seat at the bar which is kind of funny that it works out that way. The six or so seats at the counter are first come first serve (for us who dine occasionally for one). I find it very peaceful in this bustling cafe, I don’t get service on my phone…I just sit, watch and relax. I always (the three or four times I have been there) get the make your own omelet with spinach, swiss, reindeer sausage and Canadian bacon. It’s about $11 and the Snow City Mocha (white chocolate & vanilla) $5. P.S. THE JAM IS AMAZING! Yummy. I have heard from other flight attendants that the Kodiak breakfast with Alaskan crab cakes is also delicious. I just can’t seem to stray from that omelet.

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DAMI SUSHI

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Dami looks unappealing from the outside–it’s somewhat attached to the Econolodge–and you might even be second guessing still when you pass through the door. But just wait until you try this sushi! It is mind-blowing. Fresh to the max and flavor filled! I went with my whole crew, one of the flight attendants requested the Anchorage trips just for this sushi place. I ordered the “Calvin Choice” roll (which is pictured above, sorry for the poor photos).  All orders come with miso soup, a small salad and as a dessert a fried Oreo! Ha! It was surprisingly tasty and not too heavy.  This would be great for lunch or dinner, but a must!

:::Dinner:::

GLACIER BREWHOUSE

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This was only place I didn’t get pictures. But things to try: every beer ;), calamari, seafood chowder, and anything else that comes out of the water just a couple hundred feet in front of you! Some of my past crews say to go here for every meal. There is plenty of Alaskan food and beer to choose from!

:::DURING THE DAY:::

RENT A BIKE!

After you get done at the Snow City Cafe, walk across the street to the Copper Whale Inn (adorable). Right in front, they rent bikes. You can rent a bike for $18 for 3 hours. They will give you a map of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail which is breathtaking. It was so peaceful. I love a chance to soak in gorgeous scenery and/or a chance of spotting a moose! Here are some of my iPhone pictures below!

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Happy adventures!

Erika

~all photos taken by me with iPhone 5 (excluding Brewhouse logo)~

Stanley’s Fruits and Vegetables

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If you live in Chicago, you need to know about this place. If you are a ‘juicer,’ you need to know about this place. If your want to fill your fridge with healthy foods without making a dent in your wallet, you need to know about this place.

I purchased the cardboard case (below, sorry for blurry pic) of 8 cartons of strawberries for $1. YES…8 cases of strawberries for a dollar. Not a dollar each, 8 for $1!!! Mangos 3/$1, Limes 10/$1, Watermelon $2, and the list goes on! They also have fresh bunches of Kale and other greens, perfect for your “green machine” smoothie. Honestly, half of my purchases go into the freezer because Jake and I won’t be able to eat it all before it turns bad.

I’m going to try to make some strawberry scones this week with my bounty! (I’ll keep you updated :))

Jake made the delicious sandwiches below with the sun-dried tomato focaccia bread they sell, along with a side of their juicy peaches!

HERE  is Stanley’s on Google maps!

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I’m sad the weekend is over, but excited to enjoy some fresh eats and hopefully some delicious scones!

Have a great week!

Erika

Beach Day

Hoping for sunny weather this weekend! I spent probably too much time today looking at bathing suits, sandals, and other great items for sunshine! Here are some goodies I stumbled upon (links below photo):

World Flattened Necklace – $19.99, Mod Cloth

Striped French Bathing Suit Top – $39.99, J. Crew

Glamour-Girl Bathing Suit Bottom – $40.00 J. Crew

Round Folding Sunglasses –  $220 Ray Ban

Black Lace Romper – $18.33 She-Fashions

Dark Tan Caged Sandal – $27.00 LuLu’s

 

Happy Weekend!

Erika

Montana — Virginia City

I don’t know about you…but I’m still thinking about my incredible July 4th weekend! Here is the info I promised on a great Montana “must!”

:::VIRGINIA CITY, MT:::

It is a city packed with fun history, great corky people, and cute shops that won’t break the bank. You can take train rides, mine for gold, eat churned-right-in-front-of-you ice cream, and even watch an act in the historic theater all in this small town. I remember going as a kid and it being fun but 15 years later it is still a hoot! — I still even said the words, “Mom, is that candy shop still there?!” You will see what I mean when I get to the taffy pictures! They also have more adult things like the Brewery Follies, click here – not seen in my pictures.

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Some of the shops are still set up like they were back in the early 1900’s/late 1890’s!!

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This place was called the “Gypsy Arcade,” where you can participate in the old carnival type games for 5 cents-20 cents!!

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The two items below I found in this Artisans shop. On the left, called a “Re-Pit Warmer” for your aches and pains…filled with Flathead Lake Cherry pits, warm it in the microwave and viola it’s a heating pad! On the right, hand crafted ladles from a Virginia City artist.

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The infamous salt water taffy machine! Isn’t it magnificent! All cut and packaged right in front of you! And the FLAVORS!! I love the Huckleberry and Watermelon. So many more to choose from! Sad to say ours just ran out…didn’t last very long.

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Ice Cream…yummm. Jake’s flavor: Cowboy Coffee Erika’s flavor: Peach Cobbler. Divine.

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Hope you are having a great week!

Erika