We all got together Friday night for “pub golf” in Ballard. We started at The Sloop Tavern and basically got sidetracked when we discovered “karaoke Friday” at a dive on the way to our next destination. This group doesn’t turn down a chance to sing, dance and liven up an otherwise empty bar. It was a great night.

If you see this wizard once, you’ll see him everywhere around Seattle. Look up at phone poles.

The Sloop Tavern in Ballard.

Impromptu stop: Hamburger Harry’s.


Bar accoutrements.

Karaoke Fridays.


David downloaded a Zippo application on his phone for free (obviously). It made a lot of sense at the time.

His and hers.


King’s Hardware.

We basically stood in a circle around the heat lamps because they were that hot, yet necessary.


We ended the night at Ballard Pizza Company.

David got a slice of the Asparagus and Roasted Garlic Pizza. This picture is a horrible representation of how awesome it was.

Dum Dums.

Little things.

At work this week, someone walked up behind me while I was on an page for how to use VLOOKUP in Excel. It was probably the most embarrassing thing to happen to me since I peed my pants in an inflatable hamster ball. If you are reading this and thinking, “Uh, who doesn’t know VLOOKUP?” I agree. If you are reading this and thinking, “what is this thing called ex-cell…?” I envy you. If you are reading this and thinking, “what inflatable hamster ball?” then we should hang out.

David noticed the numbers and letters in the bulk bin vegetable soup mix at QFC.

Coveting this chartreuse mug from Starbucks. I don’t buy mugs because. Mug.

What happens after I’m done with the bread aisle.

Starfruit. My childhood favorite.

Interesting tiles on the outside of an apartment building on First Hill.

Mushrooms in full…bloom?


Barbecue Chicken Ranch Salad from The Cheesecake Factory.


Avocado Egg Rolls.

Dressing(s) on the side for…

Fried Chicken Salad. The Cheesecake Factory has the best salads.


Our favorite pre-packaged cookies.


New congee look at Ba Bar on First Hill.


Twice-Cooked Pork at Sichuanese Cuisine in Bellevue/Redmond. We also like to frequent the Seattle location.

Sauteed Kong Xing Cai is in season.

I have no idea how to translate this dish but it is delicious and a saute of pork, black fungus, red bell peppers and melon.

Vintage finds.

David took me to Smith Tower in Pioneer Square for the first time this winter. Having been to the Space Needle observation deck about, um,  500 times with my family growing up, The Chinese Room & Observation Deck of Smith was a very refreshing change. The view is oriented more south-west that the Needle, so you really need to experience both to get a full picture of the city. The Columbia Tower Club is heralded with the “best view in Seattle,” but if you have issues with heights, or just don’t have the time or money to schmooze, Smith Tower is a much more accessible and comfortable alternative. You can see them side by side in this picture:

Smith Tower in the center and Columbia Tower to the right (black building).

On our walk in Pioneer Square last week, we also stopped by a vintage/antique shop called Assemblage’. I try to stop in any antique shops or estate sales that I come across, and this was one of the most low key I have been in. The man who I presume is the owner didn’t get out of his chair to greet us, but just said hello and continued reading his book, which is a great sign already. The pace is great for low-pressure browsing. Here are some of my favorite finds:

Pretty painting. This was one of many in a collection.


I love this bust plaque.


Small table decorated with painted tiles (there are two available with different colors).

I’m not sure what these contraptions are called, but I don’t see them too often.

Decanter and glasses.

Lamp with ink wells and holder for their corresponding pens.

Heavy duty scale for heavy duty things.