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Christmas time in Seattle – first outing

This year I decided to pet sit during Christmas.  My kids and I had an early Christmas so I set out to enjoy my charges as well as take advantage of being in Seattle during Christmastime.  I’m watching over a special little dog named Harpo and a beautiful cat named Kevin.

Harpo and I always have a great time together.  He absolutely LOVES his walks, snuggling under a blanket with me on the couch, and cocking his head trying to understand what I’m saying.

Harpo - "Whaaat?"

Harpo – “Whaaat?”

Kevin has been hanging out more with me this time since it’s been colder and wetter outside and he’s spending more time indoors.  He loves to stretch out for a belly rub, curling up and purring while I’m petting him, and he even likes to help me with my paperwork :-).

Kevin - "I'll help!"

Kevin – “I’ll help!”

First thing on my list of things to do in Seattle during Christmastime was to go to Pike Place Market to see the Christmas lights.  So one evening I headed out to see them.  Of course everyone knows what a foodie I am so I first had to try out a new place to eat.  I decided on Pike Place Chowder in Post Alley.

Pike Place Chowder

Pike Place Chowder

I was not disappointed.  I had their specialty, clam chowder in a bread bowl.  It was delicious!  In fact it could just be the best chowder I’ve ever had.  It had big chunks of potato, onion, bacon and lots of clams in a thick creamy sauce.

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After enjoying this wonderful meal, I headed across the street to the market.  I never tire of the hustle and bustle of all the vendors and visitors, and the beautiful displays of flowers, seafood, fruits and vegetables.  And I love the street entertainers.  There was one guy playing absolutely beautiful music on a piano.  I passed him by and had to come back just to take in a few more moments of that beautiful sound.  Such talent!  It was just getting dark and the lights were shining!  There were small Christmas trees on the roofs lining the street, and even the pigs were lit up.  It was really beautiful!

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Since I was so close I decided I would head down to Pier 57 to ride the Seattle Great Wheel.  Looking out at the water during the dark nighttime was a little eerie but what a beautiful view of the city!

The Great Wheel

The Great Wheel

Next post I’ll have more Christmastime in Seattle adventures.

Merry Christmas!!

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December 25, 2012 at 10:36 am Leave a comment

Mt. Baker neighborhood, Seattle

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been staying in the Mt. Baker neighborhood of Seattle.  I love these older neighborhoods with the beautifully preserved 1920’s homes.  I’ve seen lots of squirrels during the day and even a couple of raccoons at night!

I’ve been watching Kevin, a beautiful, stately gentleman who pretty much rules the house.  He loves to stay out at night but occasionally he wants to come in before I get up so he comes to my bedroom window…second floor mind you… to tell me in no uncertain terms that it’s time for me to let him in!  Other than that he likes to hang out around the house, getting belly rubs and doing a lot of sleeping as all good cats do 🙂

Kevin

I’m also watching Harpo, an adorable little guy who I’ve been having so much fun with and is the total opposite of Kevin.  He makes me laugh every day by cocking his head when I talk to him.

What???

He thinks my hand is his favorite toy to play with, he loves to cuddle with me in the evening, and he practically jumps into his harness when I tell him it’s time for his walk.  Harpo LOVES his walks!

Yay! It’s time for a walk!

Every day we walk along Mt. Baker Blvd.  It’s just such a cool street!  There’s a park between the lanes as it meanders from Franklin High School down to McClellan St.  I found this wonderful old aerial view of the park.

Mt. Baker Blvd Park

After crossing McClellan St the park has a paved walkway that goes along a playground, tennis court and water garden as well as fields and fields of grass.  The park continues all the way down to Lake Washington.  No wonder Harpo loves his walks so much!

Mt. Baker Park trail

Water Garden in Mt. Baker park

Every day I pass by this cute little cafe called Mioposto.  It always seems to be busy when I walk by.  I hear the sounds of clattering dishes (I love that sound) and people chatting.  There’s always someone sitting outside with their dog or bicycle and the inside is always bustling.  I decided I had to try it.  What a wonderful place this is!  It kind of reminds me of Cafe Lalo in New York (except it borders parks instead of buildings).  It’s in an old brick building and has outside seating and windows that open in nice weather.  I sat where I could watch the cooks bake the pizzas and sandwiches in the wood burning brick oven.

Mioposto Cafe

I had the Zucca Balsamico pizza.  It had a really thin crust, which I love, and roasted butternut squash, pancetta, caramelized onions, goat cheese and a balsamic reduction drizzled all over the top.  Is your mouth-watering yet?  Oh..my…gosh it was sooo goooood!

July 31, 2012 at 9:40 pm Leave a comment