The mountains are calling…

Hi friends! Happy 2015 (5 months in–woops)! CB here. It’s been a minute or two.. sorry.

Though I am already an avid hiker, one of my new years resolutions was to truly step up my game. So, I thought I would update with the hikes I’ve done thus far! (LB calls it my quarterly update)

Please excuse the length of this post.

First hike of the year, ok not a hike..but whatevs. Snoqualmie Falls with LB!!

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Ok, first real hike: Mailbox Peak- New trail with my sista, LB! –9.4 miles roundtrip

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Second up, Lake Twenty-Two with my girl, Kristine. –5.4 miles roundtrip

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Third, Kamikaze Falls with Janay and Kristine. –6 miles roundtrip

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4th: My solo sunrise hike up Rattlesnake Ledge. SO amazing. –4 miles roundtrip

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Cinco–Sunset at Poo Poo…sort of Sunset, with Sarah and Justin. Chirico Trail –3.8 miles roundtrip

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6: Annette Lake with Justin. No pics because it was pouring rain and I could NOT feel my fingers. –7.5 miles roundtrip

7: Granite Mountain with Ms. Tara. –8.6 miles roundtrip

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8: Heybrook Lookout with Mama B. –2.6 miles roundtrip

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9: Hwy 410 hikes with Sarah. –8 miles roundtrip

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10: Lake Serene/Bridal Veil Falls with my coworker, Paul. –8.2 miles roundtrip

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11. Bandera Mountain with Justin and Kaitlin! –8 miles roundtrip

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12. Mount Si solo –8 miles roundtrip

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13. Blanca Lake with Sarah –7.5 miles roundtrip

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14. Rattlesnake sunrise with Justin –4 miles roundtrip

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15. Poo Poo sunset with sissy –3.8 miles roundtrip

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16. Oregon Explored…Smith Rock & Stuff –6 miles roundtrip

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17. Oyster Dome with Kristine 😀 –6.5 miles roundtrip

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18. Hidden Lake Lookout w/ Kaitlin and Justin –8 miles roundtrip

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19.  Mount Pilchuck sunset with Kristine and Janay –5.4 miles roundtrip

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20. Sunrise at Rattlesnake with Kristine –4 miles roundtrip

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Grand total I have hiked so far in 2015: 124.7 miles.

Hope you enjoyed the pics! I will try and update more frequently so I don’t create a huge ass post like this again.

P.S. if you have any questions about any of my hikes, shoot me a comment! :))

 

Ciao!

 

 

SUP

Have you ever gone paddleboarding? Or wanted to try?!

I’d definitely recommend Surf Ballard for all your SUP (stand-up-paddleboard) and SUP Yoga needs. That is right. I said SUP Yoga. Yoga, with the paddleboard as your “mat”, in the water. Amazing.

I’ve gone paddleboarding here before, and did SUP Yoga with them as well. They are super friendly and knowledgeable! You definitely get the island vibe when you enter their shop. Check out Groupon for a deal, they usually always have one on there! 🙂

For more info on Surf Ballard, click here!

My twinner

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My twin (not actually my twin, just what people call us :P) and I got the 2-hour rental for $20 when it is usually $40. It was a perfect day yesterday for paddleboarding! Our beautiful, hot, sunny weather is supposed to be leaving us for a bit, so I’m glad we got this in before the sun heads out!

We practiced our stand up paddling, our knee paddling (which is an awesome leg workout btw) and our sitting down paddling (arm workout, whoa). And we also just laid out on our boards for a bit by Discovery Park to catch some rays (you should check it out).

Paddleboarding out on the sound really allows you to see and appreciate the beauty of the PNW <3.  If you visit Seattle during the summer, I’d say paddleboarding should be pretty high on your list. You may even see a seal or two, they like to come say hi as you paddle around :).

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-CB

Here are some more pics from yesterday… :))0716141601d0716141645PicsArt_1405609205188

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Summer Festies

Happy Hump Day! Procrastination station here. I’ve been meaning to post about my explorations around the City this past weekend and am not gonna let myself wait a day longer!

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Can I just say, holy festivals?! Seattleites sure do know how to make the most of the AMAZING weather we get in the summer. My boyfriend Chris and I are no exception. We always seem to find ourselves in new/fun/adventurous situations. Take Saturday for instance. We had a wild night at the Mariner’s game Friday night, friends crashing on our couch status, and Saturday morning when we woke up, we drove one of our friends home to his place in West Seattle. Shortly after dropping him off we decided we were hungry and went to scope out a pecadobrunch spot on the main drag, better known as California Ave SW. Upon our arrival we came across a ginormous street fair. We parked, strolled, and ended up at Pecado Bueno, one of our FAVE Mexi joints who recently opened their second location in West Seattle (original spot located in Fremont), and happened to have the perfect people watching viewpoint amidst the fair.

After having some delicious grub and a hair of the dog, we checked out several of the vendors and then followed the music to the main stage. What? Free live music!! In heaven. We were boethere for one of the first bands, Two Story Zori, incredible reggae band. The vibe was perfect on a sunny, 90 degree, not a cloud in the sky kind of day. And to top it all off, my man Boe Oddisey was there! He never disappoints. Unfortunately we couldn’t stay long but I scoped the lineup and there were awesome bands scheduled to play all day with the last act at 9:30 p.m. More info at: http://wsjunction.org/summerfest/. Definitely going to make a day of it next year!

 

Chapter 2:

After a brief siesta, Chris and I decided to go on one of our infamous urban hikes. This time we walked up to Capitol Hill to run an errand and then decided to keep on going towards Madison Park. 3.7 miles later we found ourselves amidst another street festival! Madison Valley Bastille Bash. Wine flowing, music playing, food, laughter, family, all factors that make a street fest bastillegreat. It appeared as if there were tastings at most of the establishments up and down the neighborhood. Fun! I was 2 seconds away from suggesting that we join in when I realized I was sweaty and in workout clothes and not dressed for this magnificent French event. We’ll put that on the list for next year as well. According to their website you get 10 tastings for $20! Check it out…next year….bastillebash.com.

Fast forward to our walk home. We decide to stop at 13 Coins. Best late night grub….even though at this point it was only 10:00. There was a wait for one of our favorite high booth tables so we sat at the bar and had a drink. The bar is pretty nice, complete with live Jazz music, the crowd all dressed for a night out. After we order our drinks the bartender asked us if we had just come from Chive Fest. Another festival?? ….I then realized we were still in our workout clothes. Oh dear. He thought we were hippies or whatever. Time to go home. But yes, yet another festival had occurred, this one at Seattle Center. Tons of live music once again, with Girl Talk as the headliner. Check out Chive Fest! Trust me when I tell you that you will never be bored in Seattle during the summer!

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Oh and if you need one more, Ballard Seafood Fest was going on last weekend as well.

Needless to say Boe Oddisey had his work cut out for him this past weekend! What a champ.

For a somewhat all inclusive list of other upcoming Seattle area festivals, check out: http://www.visitseattle.org/visitors/discover/festivals.aspx

Ciao!!

-LB

Pike Place Market Express

Love Pike Place Market but don’t love the summer crowds? Love convenience and taking a break from your desk during lunch? Well, if so, you’re in luck! If you didn’t already know, Pike Place Market has spinoff “Express” markets at various locations within the City throughout the week. Today I stopped by the Express Market at City Hall Plaza. The following vendors were slangin’ their goods:

m4Magana Farms – Orchard fruit & produce
Alvarez Farms – Organic produce
Xai Cha Farm – Flowers, produce, berries
Neng Farm – Flowers & vegetables
Martin Family Orchards – Orchard fruit, Bing & Rainier cherries
Sidhu Farms – Berries & jams
Hayton Farms – Berries
Herb n Farm – Herb rubs & mixes
Yang Farm – Flowers & produce
Mt Townsend Cheese – Varieties of cheeses
Thao Farm – Flowers & produce
Holmquist Hazelnuts – Hazelnuts, oil, flour

Get your butt down there! There are tons of beautiful flowers, with peonies and sweet peas in the spotlight, and of course, an abundance of various organic fruits and veggies.

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The Express Markets run from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the following days and locations:

Pike Place Market Express at City Hall Plaza
Every Tuesday through September
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Pike Place Express Market at Virginia Mason Medical Center (Seneca St. between 9th Ave. & Terry Ave.)
Mondays through September
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Pike Place Express Market at Occidental Park (S. Main St. & Occidental Ave.)
Wednesdays through October 1
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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For more information, visit www.pikeplacemarket.org.

 

P.S. How amazing is the weather today?! We’re halfway through the day and it’s already 80 degrees! #heatwave 😛

P.P.S. Go Team USA!!!

-LB

Sunday Brunch @ Terra Plata

Just about every Sunday morning me and my boyfriend Chris ask each other the same question when we wake up, “where do you want to eat?”. This is no easy answer. There are so many great choices in each neighborhood throughout the City and we are two of the most indecisive people in the world. Thank god for Eater! Using Eater’s “Seattle Brunch Heatmap”, our choices were immediately narrowed down to 23 of the hottest spots to get brunch right now (http://seattle.eater.com/archives/2014/03/28/updating-the-eater-seattle-brunch-heatmap-2.php).

After much deliberation, we decided on Terra Plata in Capitol Hill. Best choice ever.

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Located adjacent to Melrose Market on the hill, in a triangular building, this quaint little spot didn’t disappoint. Everything we ate (and drank) was packed with bold flavor and fresh ingredients. Besides saying “mmm” we didn’t talk much during brunch. It was that good. Craft cocktails are offered during brunch, along with an amazing menu of sweets, egg dishes, earth, land and sea dishes with what appeared to be a Spanish influence, and an array of savory sides. We settled on a Manchego Biscuit to start, along with their house Bloody Mary and Pomelo Mimosa. Delicious. The biscuit was definitely big enough for two, super fresh, and served with a side of butter and jam. The Bloody Mary had incredible flavor and was dressed with a hunk of Manchego, a slice of sausage, pickled cauliflower, and a gherkin. The mimosa was made with grapefruit juice, cava, and ginger, and was delicious as well.

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For our mains we ordered the roast pork hash with farm vegetables, poached egg, and spanish sauce, and the chimichurri steak and eggs with sirloin steak, roasted potatoes, and sunny eggs. YUM! The seasoning on the chimichurri steak was so flavorful, definitely my favorite dish! The roast pork hash dish was amazing as well. I am all about the sauce, and the spanish sauce in this dish definitely delivered… Get your mind out of the gutter. 😉

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Roast Pork Hash

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Chimichurri Steak & Eggs

So, to sum it up, if you ever experience indecisiveness in restaurant selection, definitely check out Eater for assistance. They know what they are talking about. Furthermore, brunch at Terra Plata is a must. And afterwards swing on by Melrose Market or do like we did and hit up the Sunday Broadway Farmers Market. Tons of great stuff. We got a gorg bouquet of flowers for only $5!

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Oh, and shoutout to Pride day! We ended up missing the parade but loved seeing everyone out showing their support!

-LB

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Louie’s Last Supper

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Anyone with lifetime ties to Ballard knows that Louie’s is a staple in the neighborhood. Open for 37 years, over 3 generations, the property in which Louie’s stands has recently been sold and they will be closing their doors this Sunday. For us sisters, this place is dear to our hearts. Our grandma and grandpa lived in Ballard, in the house our mom grew up in, and we often frequented Louie’s as a family. The BEST Chinese around, with the absolute BEST service. Everytime you walked in those doors you were treated like family, and last night was proof that they still treat you like that to this day.

Last night we had our last supper at our favorite Ballard spot, seated in the center of the room, us sisters in the grand tall backed cushy chairs, in the company of our madre and boyfriends. We ordered the Lily dinner as our mom always ordered for us, complete with pork fried rice, chicken chow mein, deep fried prawns, egg rolls, won ton soup, the list goes on. foodIt was all perfect and just as we remembered it. Family is so important to us and this moment was perfect. We definitely were dragging our heels as we exited the building for the last time.

So, Louie’s, thank you so so much for all of the beyond great memories. We will never forget you and will forever hate the new apartment complex that will take your place. We hope you decide to continue the tradition and open a new restaurant in the future.

And if you’re reading this and have never been….get your butt in there before they close this Sunday June 29!

http://louiescuisine.com/

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