Every year when Christmas gets close I’m reminded to buy local. Somehow that slips my mind as the year goes by and I gravitate back to eating in chain restaurants.
When I needed to go into Monroe to do some errands while pet sitting Brody and Calla in Maltby – get groceries, gas, etc., I decided to drive into the old section of town and stop at a restaurant for lunch. Boy was I in for a treat! The first thing I noticed was the wonderful inviting exterior. How often do you see locals hanging out on benches along Main Street any more?
I have to say as you walk in the door the first thing that comes to mind is….busy! It’s a small café and the place was packed. There are murals of days gone by on all the walls, booths, everywhere you look. After the initial shock, I have to say it was pretty fun to look them all over while waiting for my food to come.
Not only is the Hitching Post a fun place to go just for the atmosphere, the food was DELICIOUS! I forgot how home cooked food tastes in a restaurant. I had the parmesan chicken tenders (melt in your mouth chicken) that came with a nice big fresh salad and French fries. I had to take half of the meal home with me for dinner, and I’m not a small eater! They have all the old favorites on their menu – burgers & sandwiches such as tuna melts, Rueben’s, clubs, the list goes on. And remember these are all home made, not taken out of a freezer and popped into a microwave like many restaurants serve now. And you can definitely taste the difference. They have vegetarian options and a great kids menu too!
And to top it all off, I got to share my booth with Jimmy Stewart :-). Fun!!! So if you’re ever driving through Monroe and are hungry for a great breakfast or lunch, stop by the Hitching Post Café at 107 W. Main St in Monroe, WA. You won’t be disappointed!
The other place I went out to lunch during my stay in Maltby was Mongos Clearview at 16510 State Rt. 9 SE in Snohomish, WA.
This was another pleasant surprise! You would never expect a little hole in the wall restaurant like this, located in a strip mall between a gas station and an Ace Hardware store, with The Joint (a medical marijuana dispensary) just two doors away, would have such a menu! Score!!!
The owner and head chef Christopher Cunio (all decked out in his chef’s jacket) greeted my daughter and I at the counter. He was SO friendly and personable! I already loved this place!
There are lots of gourmet items on the menu such as filet mignon sliders, New York strip steak sandwich, several signature tacos like blackened salmon and grilled chicken breast, Mongo noodles, beautiful salads…and all served in a to-go container. What??? Yep, no pretense here, just wonderful food!
I had the Kataifi Prawns, jumbo prawns wrapped in phyllo dough over noodles served with coleslaw and garlic chili dipping sauce. Wow! Spicy and delicious! My daughter chose the balsamic grilled portabella mushrooms over noodles served with balsamic tomato, basil & garlic tapenade. Equally delicious!
I would suggest the next time you’re in the mood for a meal out, check out one of your local restaurants. I will bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – When dogs first started coming into the veterinary clinics, lethargic and vomiting, veterinarians didn’t know exactly what they were dealing with.
But now it’s clear the new virus, circovirus, is one that originated in pigs and birds, and vets say there are a lot more questions than answers.
Dogs around the country are falling ill to this potentially deadly disease, and Dr. Ashleigh Rhoades from Southern Arizona Veterinary Center said owners should be on the lookout.
“What they’re going to see is a severe depression, collapse, weakness, vomiting and diarrhea and not wanting to eat,” she said.
But if symptoms get this bad, Rhoades said dogs can suffer severe organ failure and even die.
“As long as we can get them in early and start treatment, the prognosis is much better,” she explained. “The later we get these animals, the worse they are and it’s really tough…it’s much tougher to get them healthy again.”
Vets have seen possible cases in Ohio, Michigan and right next door in California.
Experts aren’t sure how the virus jumped from pigs and birds to man’s best friend, but they say between dogs, it’s highly contagious, and more likely to be spread through kennels or dog parks.
There is no vaccine for dogs as the virus is too new, but vets say it can be treated and to get your pet in right away if it exhibits any of the symptoms.
By Simone Del Rosario on November 16, 2013
Article by: Dr. Landorf, Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital
Recently reported illnesses linked to the feeding of jerky treats manufactured in China have reopened the question of what can I give to my dog or cat that I am sure is a safe and reasonable snack. There are still many questions about what is causing these illnesses, but there is no doubt that a large percentage of the treats given to these pets are made in China and contain chicken, duck, sweet potato, or dried fruit. Several of these have been recalled as traces of antibiotics have been found in the products, but it is not clear that the antibiotic is the causative agent.
What is known is that nearly 600 dogs have died since 2007 after having eaten jerky treats made in China. The treats have been sold under a variety of brand names. Most illnesses were reported to the Food and Drug Administration by the pet owners, while many others were reported by veterinarians who have seen multiple cases of stomach and intestinal diseases, kidney failure, and a rare kidney disease known as Fanconi syndrome.
Symptoms of the illness are decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting and diarrhea (sometimes intestinal bleeding), increased thirst and increased urination. Many of the symptoms show up within hours of eating the treats.
The most common scenario is a small breed dog who has consumed a large amount of the treats. Because the disease etiology is unknown, the FDA is trying to get the word out to pet owners and veterinarians not only to prevent illnesses and deaths, but also to request assistance in gaining more information from owners of pets that have been sickened or have died. In humans it is the norm to perform autopsies on those that have died from mysterious or unknown cause, while in pets most owners are unlikely to have a post –mortem exam performed for various reasons.
In the vast majority of cases the symptoms dissipate when the pet stops eating the treats. This is why it is important to get the word out as continued feeding of the treats can lead to the more serious and life threatening disease.
At the beginning of 2013 a few of these products were removed from the market after finding residues of 6 drugs at a lab in New York. The products removed from the market at that time included Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky treats and Chicken Grillers made by Del Monte, and Waggin’ Train and Canyon Ranch dog treats made by Nestle Purina.
The FDA has been unable to institute a widespread recall on jerky treats made in China as a causative agent has not yet been identified.
You can report complaints about FDA regulated pet food products at http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.
As always, the best thing we can do is to know what is in the food and treats we give to our pets and where it was produced. That is good advice for ourselves as well.
This article was taken from the Pet Sitters Association Members Newsletter.
When Oscar and I aren’t at the dog park or taking our walks around the beautiful Queen Anne neighborhood…
we are hanging around the Condo overlooking the beautiful view of Seattle and Elliott Bay. I enjoy watching planes of all different shapes and sizes circling over the city on their way to SeaTac. I have even seen a couple of unique aircraft.
Barges and ferries are constantly coming in and out of Elliott Bay.
Since I’ve been here there has been all kinds of weather. We’ve had a wind storm with gusts of over 50 mph. The big planters on the deck blew over and there were fallen branches and debris all over on our walk. For over a week the city was covered with an unusual fog bank. And we’ve had cloudy and sunny days. Every day is beautiful in its own way. Here are some shots I’ve gotten of the beautiful view.
Oscar isn’t too interested in the view. When I’m not rubbing his belly or playing tug of war with him, he’s pretty content hanging out on his bed.
When I’m not enjoying the sights of the Bay and City, I’m watching the birds coming onto the deck and getting their breakfast. I put out peanuts every morning for them.
And the hummingbirds come to get their nectar. There are two that I see. I think it’s a male and female. They’re so sweet and delicate.
Soon I’ll be leaving Oscar and this wonderful place, but I’m looking forward to going to the Phinney Ridge neighborhood to pet sit for a couple of pups I’ve watched before with a new little 4 month old Yorkie addition.
If you’ve been reading my blogs you will know how important I believe it is to walk your dogs. I’ve been staying in the lower Queen Anne neighborhood with Oscar for the last couple of weeks and taking him for walks every day.
Every other day I take Oscar to Magnuson Dog Park so he can have the freedom to run and play with other dogs. He absolutely LOVES it! And so do I. It gives me so much pleasure to watch him socialize and run and play in the water.
But on the days I don’t go to Magnuson, we walk up and down the hills of beautiful Queen Anne. There are SO many things to see on our walk including many historic homes. Here are just a few that we pass by along the way.
The Chappell House is a French Gothic style home built in 1906. Chappell was one of the first men at the gold strike in Eldorado Creek in Alaska. He came back, founded Rainier Heat & Power Co. and built this beautiful home. The home is currently home of the Japanese Consul.
This massive home was built in 1931. To the left is a separate bungalow with a garage underneath and formal gardens. To the right is a view of Seattle and below is a second large underneath garage. The picture doesn’t do it justice.
The Treat House is a Gable House built in 1905. Originally the lowest floor had a ballroom, mens gambling room and stage. It was the largest home on the hill at the time. For many years it was used as apartments but now has been purchased and restored to its former splendor. The stained glass windows is what sets this home apart. Beautiful!
This gorgeous Georgian Revival style home was built in 1901. It now houses six luxury apartments averaging 1200 sq. ft. each.
There are several beautiful historic apartments along our walk too. Here are just a couple of them.
The Narada Apartments were built in 1926. The buildings unique features are its extensive and ornate use of terra-cotta. The projecting window bays are clad entirely of it. It’s striking!
The Tudor Revival style apartments are built of red brick and terra-cotta. It occupies an entire block. The U-shaped building surrounds a vast terraced lawn which allows residents to not only have views of the city and Elliott Bay but to have a garden view from virtually every window.
Not only do we pass by beautiful homes and buildings, but there are several stairways tucked throughout the area.
And of course since Autumn is my favorite time of year, I have to include the wonderful colors I see along the way.
During the first week I was here I passed an older Korean lady standing underneath a huge tree. It was littered with spiny pods underneath. She told me she was gathering chestnuts. She said Koreans LOVE chestnuts and they’re very expensive so she comes every year to gather them. I got my first lesson on the difference between horse chestnuts and edible sweet chestnuts, otherwise known as the American, European, or Asian chestnut. I had no idea that all the horse chestnuts I had been seeing were not edible, in fact could actually be poisonous.
The walks up and down the hills of Queen Anne have really taken a toll on my ankles. They are aching and swollen. I’m not used to walking such steep hills. But it’s been worth every ache and pain!
On my next post I’ll share the views from the condo that I’m staying in with Oscar. Every day I look out onto Elliott Bay and the city it looks different. Ahh, what a wonderful life I have!
I am so happy that I was able to take some time away from my pet sitting to be with my daughter when she had her second son. Now I warn you, this is a Proud Grandma blog so bear with me while I show all my Grandson pictures
Heather was due to have her second son on September 28th. That morning she was up fixing breakfast for her family looking big and full of baby.
Heather’s husband Joe went off to work and I spent the morning playing cars with LJ.
Soon Heather told me she was in labor and called Joe to come home to take her to the hospital. Later LJ, along with his other Grandma and grandpa’s were off to the hospital to meet the new little one.
Heather and Joe told LJ that when Declan came home he would get to go into his swing. So the next day when he came home from the hospital that’s the first place he went. He loved it!
It wasn’t long before we were back to our normal daily routines. LJ loves to help me cook so he’s always thrilled when it’s time to make dinner. He’s a great helper!
And the following week LJ went back to his two-day a week ‘School’.
Declan had his first bath…
And was much happier once he was back cuddled in his nice warm towel.
Mommy and Declan having some tummy time.
My two weeks went by way too fast, and too soon I was back to pet sitting. As much as I’ll miss my little boys, I know I’ll see them again really soon ♥.
My new charge – Oscar.
I have to share a few fun things I’ve done this last month.
First of all my sister and I had the amazing opportunity to stay at a friends cabin in Winthrop.
If you’ve never been to Winthrop you really need to check it out. Take a drive over the North Cascades Scenic Highway to the Methow Valley and into the Old West town of Winthrop. There’s usually lots of things going on in the area, including mountain biking, camping, horseback riding, etc. etc. etc. In March there’s the Balloon Festival, Labor Day Weekend is the Methow Rodeo, In the winter there’s cross country skiing and snowmobiling. Or if you just want to hang out in town, there are tons of restaurants, the Rhythm and Blues festival in July, the list goes on and on.
We chose to spend most of our time at the cabin enjoying the deck, the peaceful quietness, and the many deer who came to visit us.
My next fun week-end was having a great time at our Annual Poker Party at one of my friends house on beautiful Lake Chelan.
We spent the week-end laughing, enjoying the beautiful scenery, acting silly like only the best of friends can, and oh yeah, playing poker!
Last but definitely not least I helped celebrate my grandson’s second birthday. His favorite thing in the whole wide world (right now) is riding the train. So my daughter planned his birthday party at Country Village where he could play on the swings,
play catch with his new ball and mit,
watch the model trains,
take a ride in the caboose with daddy,
and of course open his presents.
It’s definitely been a fun month!