My First Trip to Seattle

A few weekends ago I visited Seattle for the first time. The weather was a little fickle, ranging from gray skies, light showers, heavy rain, hail and perfect sunshine. The sun poked its head out for a few hours during our walk through Kubota Garden in Rainier Beach and also on the day we were leaving. I think I saw a glimpse of it when we were trying to take pictures in front of Pike Place Market too.


We rented a condo in Belltown, which turned out to be within walking distance of every restaurant that we had planned on eating at. It was only about 5-6 blocks from Pike Place too. Some of my favorite dining spots were Bedlam Coffee, Local 360, Serious Pie, Tilikum Place Cafe and The Crumpet Shop.

I wish I could have a lavender mocha from Bedlam Coffee everyday.


 There was something about the fries at Local 360 that was extremely addictive.


The baked egg at Tilikum Cafe was delish.


I don’t often eat pizza, but I have to say the pizzas at Serious Pie were one of the better ones that I’ve had. Oh yea that’s an egg on top.



My first crumpet from The Crumpet Shop was amazing. Ricotta, honey and walnuts? An excellent combo. I am going to try to make this at home.


We also did some touristy things and two of my favorite were the Chihuly exhibit and the Underground Tour.



There may not have been any strip clubs or drunk bar hopping activities, but we still had a great time. For anyone who is planning on visiting Seattle, I highly recommend booking a condo with Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals. Our condo was pretty,clean, well stocked and included parking.

Bachelorette Party Weekend in Las Vegas

Bachelorette parties in Las Vegas are always so much fun. Nice hotels + delicious food + insane amount of alcohol = unforgettable weekend. Congratulations Judy!

Scarpetta – Stracci (lobster, shrimp & basil bread crumbs) & Strawberry Tart.

There were no mermaids in the pool at the Marquee, but there were acrobats.

Estiatorio Milos – scallop skewers, Lavraki (grilled bass), walnut pie with Kaimaki ice cream & yogurt martini.

Judy seems to really like the SAW and shooting terrorists.

All photo and video contents having to do with games and dares executed on this particular weekend are censored and will not be posted here.

STK – Colorado lamb chops, fillet medallion w/ foie gras, yukon potatoes and lots of desserts.

We had a lot of fun at XS🙂

Bachelorette Party Weekend in Las Vegas

Okay, this is going to be a long post. I’m going to back track a bit to last weekend’s bachelorette party in Vegas for my friend Peian. We did a lot of partying and a lot of eating.

Our first meal was at my personal Vegas fave, Ichiza, which is a izakaya restaurant located off the strip on Spring Mountain Road in the heart of Chinatown. Cheap and yummy. Since we got there just a little after it opened for the day, we didn’t have to wait in line.

beef carpaccio
stir fried kimchi and pork
salmon and yellow tail sashimi
tuna tar tar w/ rice?
bacon wrapped potatoes
honey toast w/ vanilla ice cream

We were still full from Ichiza, but we made our way to our dinner reservation at Bouchon Bistro anyway. It was a good idea for us to take in more fuel so that we had enough energy to play at XS that night. Hmm…I don’t think our server was too happy with what we ordered though. There were six of us and we ordered only sides, appetizers, and I think one entree? Oh well.

mac n' cheese
Oysters from I forgot where. I prefer the ones from Sydney.
Mussels from I don't know where.
pommes frites
I like figs.

Getting ready for XS.

Lena, Me & Peian
The Sisterhood

Fast forward to the following evening, our dinner reservations were at STK in the Cosmopolitan Hotel. The wait for the food was an hour too long. So long that I was full after the first two bites of my steak. Sad right? The restaurant itself was a lot of fun though.  There was a DJ spinning and our server Collin was very entertaining.

I ate a lot of bread while waiting for my steak. It was so good.
pear & endive salad I think?
16 oz sirloin - medium rare. It was a waste on me. I only had two bites and I was full.
green beans - gotta have the vegetables
parmesa truffle fries - Argh! Word press won't rotate the image. Damn it!
some more mac n' cheese
dessert sampler for the bachelorette
chocolate covered cheesecake

Party destination for Saturday night was Marquee. The club has four levels and we only got to see two. Why? Because the club had too many damn stairs and not enough elevators. We did see mermaids though. Oh and Dash Berlin was there too.

Mermaids chilling in the pool.
Dash Berlin

Before we left Vegas on Sunday, we had brunch at Max Brenner. Oh how I love the mac n’ cheese there. I feel like I OD’ed on mac n’cheese this weekend.

Judy's cup of caffeine. I think it was a capuccino?
Golden latte. Perfectly refreshing for a Sunday brunch.
My favorite mac n' cheese.
waffle fries w/ cocoa powder
I only ate half of my burger.

I forget how much fun it is to party all night with the girls. I have to do this more often before I get any older. It took me almost a whole week to recuperate.