Weekend.

We are in Taiwan! As I’m living up some seriously exciting and blog-worthy experiences, please enjoy some shots of what I was up to a few weeks back.

I don’t need to do anything that exciting on weekends, but these precious days do need to include  a few “elements of happiness.” Those elements being: food (brunch, if possible), coffee, walks and the discovery of something new. Please, read on….

Brunch at Barrio. You all know I love Barrio for dinner and drinks, but their brunch was something else. The menu includes dishes unique to Barrio’s Mexican influence, and our orders were executed perfectly.

I knew it was going to be a good brunch when they dropped off chips and salsa at our table. Who eats chips and salsa before noon? I do. And now I can do it at Barrio.

“Gringo Breakfast two eggs any style, housemade chorizo bacon, fried potatoes, fresh tomato salsa and corn tortillas.”

“Vegetable & Egg Cazuela scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese, portabello mushrooms, red bell peppers, spinach and corn crema served with fresh tomato salsa, guacamole, papas bravas and housemade tortillas to build your own tacos.”

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After brunch, I met Sinae for one of our girl-lover-dates at Cherry St. and shared updates over their delicious raspberry and lemon bars. It was a quick date because I had to make my hair appointment – I cut off six inches. Like I said before, I’m never satisfied with the state of my hair for more than three months at a time. My hair hasn’t been this short since 2010, but it is a refreshing change. Like I told David, I can’t be a long haired goddess forever (…). We headed toward Pioneer Square to run some errands, but stopped at Rocky Mountain for a caramel apple. The above is their “Apple Pie Apple,” (yes, that last “apple” is necessary to the name), and it was amazing. I’ve never been a fan of caramel apples, but this experience just adds to my list of vices; 99% of said vices are desserts.

Coffee at Caffe Umbria.

His and hers.

Last glimpse of the leaves before fall.

Chic magazine stand.

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Strolling.

We have been taking after dinner strolls that double as exercise and extra catch up time. Our trip to Taiwan comes at the very end of the month, so I’m trying extra hard to enjoy the remaining summer nights. I anticipate Fall to be in full swing when we get back – rain, flu shots, early nights, dark mornings – the whole thing.

As an aside, we have been looking for Cow Tales everywhere we go (I’m not sure why, but this quest started a few weeks back). On this particular walk, we finally found them at a local store that we seem to have missed. This situation reminds me of when we checked over ten places for Lay’s Chicken and Waffles flavored chips – ten different places in less than 24 hours, I should note.

When we want something, we do whatever it takes to find them. Well, “whatever it takes” within reason.

The storekeep even gave us a signature Cow Tales cup to reward us for our efforts. “Efforts.”

Shots taken ten stories above Boren Avenue on First Hill.

My camera quality poorly represents the glow of the moon against our skyline.

Noshing.

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Fried Chicken Sammy from Skillet. THIS is the reason why I can’t follow a strict diet.

Fresh Rolls from Chillies Paste in Fremont. After too many outrageous college (and some post college) nights in this neighborhood, I hardly visit Fremont anymore. But after some good Thai food and a nice post-meal walk, this place is growing on me.

Phad Woon Sen with pork.

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Salmon Panang Curry. This is the BEST Panang curry I have ever had. It’s a must try.

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Cabbage and Chicken salad garnished with little bursts of savory flavor (basil, fried shallots, red onions, peanuts).

Catfish Vermicelli Bowl from Ba Bar.

Beef Pho. Although I had my heart set on the duck confit noodle soup, which they ran out of, this was the BEST beef broth I have ever had. Please try.