Monday, April 29th, 2013

Yee’s Orchard stand, selling our favorite mangoes, Golden Glow. Eleven mangoes, three avocadoes, a handful of dragon eyes (longan), five limes, three pineapples, one pomelo, two passion fruit, two grapefruit-sized lemons, one orange-sized grapefruit, two whole coconuts, pickled green mango, and a dozen and a half apple bananas. We now know: this is all the […]

Bellingham sweets and eats

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Are you planning some local travel this summer? Maybe you’re heading north across the border, or over to Lummi Island, as we recently did. Or you might be a Canuck heading down our way. Either way you’ll find yourself passing by Bellingham en route, hungry after being on the road or stuck at a border […]

Willows Inn on Lummi Island

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Vacations are time for dreaming.  While vacationing in a particularly idyllic spot, I like to imagine myself as a local.  “See that house way up on the bluff?  Wouldn’t that be a beautiful place to live?”  “Or what about this cabin on the waterfront?  I would take a beach walk here every morning.”  Of course […]

Allium on Orcas

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

It turns out that, yes, it is entirely possible to spend just 24 hours in the San Juan Islands and feel like you’ve had a grand getaway.  At least it felt like this to us, parents with some unexpected vacation time and a babysitter for one night.  We considered a whirlwind food trip to Portland, […]

Brittany, Normandy, and Paris

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Ok, so it’s been three months since we promised you this blog entry. We’ve been busy enjoying one of the sunniest summers we’ve seen in Seattle in a long time, and somehow time has slipped away faster than we expected.  But we’ve finally got all of the photos from our trip to France together with […]

The Portland food rampage

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Six of us met up in Portland for three days this past weekend for the sole purpose of eating our way around the city.  Our friends Kye and Eric initially proposed the idea so that we could all try their favorite Portland restaurant, Tanuki, and we were immediately on board along with friends Michael and […]

The Sweet Life in Paris

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Eric and I are just off the plane last night from our vacation in France and now recovering from jetlag.  Our typical routine when we return is to awake by 4 or 5:00 a.m. (since it’s impossible for us to sleep any longer) and head out to breakfast somewhere.  Last time, we discovered that Seattle […]

The year of the Ox

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Omakase at Tojo’s. When our friends Michael and Susan proposed that we make a trip up to Vancouver to celebrate the Chinese New Year, it took us about two seconds to say yes.  It had been a year since our last trip, and we’d been wanting to go back to some of our classic favorite […]

Wisconsin Belgian Red

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

The day before we were headed out to Wisconsin last week to visit my family, our friend Traca found out where we were going and begged us to bring back some beer for her.  Her friend had told her about a cherry beer called Wisconsin Belgian Red, which is not available for retail anywhere outside […]

El Bulli taking 2009 reservations this week

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Whenever people discover that we managed a reservation several years ago for two of the coveted seats at El Bulli, they ask, “so, what’s the secret to getting a table?”  I don’t know the answer to that.  Mostly, it was just plain luck, I think. Ferran Adrià talking with guests at the chef’s table in […]

Five days in San Francisco

Monday, October 6th, 2008

The Chez Panisse kitchen; Eric ready for dinner at Chez Panisse; Blue Bottle coffee at the Saturday market. Eric’s f/1 photography group met for a weekend in San Francisco at the end of September.  The two of us flew down a few days early to do some eating, and then my friend Jacki and I […]

A quest for buffalo mozzarella

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

It was a hot August afternoon when we arrived in Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley.  We had been traveling by car and ferry for over six hours, and although we knew we were close, we thought we might have made a wrong turn when the country dirt road passed a sad stretch of logged tree stumps.  […]