We spent the last week in Guadalajara Mexico celebrating our friends Karla and Gerardo’s wedding. It was not entirely clear to me that we were flying in the day of Hurricane Patricia until we landed in LAX for our layover. By then, it was too late to turn back, and there was no way I was going to miss their wedding because of stormy weather. What kind of Seattleite would I be if I did? After a lot of anticipation, Hurricane Patricia turned out to be uneventful in Guadalajara, and we were able to enjoy multiple sunny days immediately after the storm had passed. 

One of my favorite things about the city is the coloring. How amazing would it be if we could paint our buildings any color we wanted? 

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Autumn / Soup.

David made this Roasted Butternut Squash Soup recipe and it was the perfect meal to match the beautiful scene of Autumn in Seattle. If you’re a fan of bisques and chowders, but want a lighter alternative with much less dairy, give this soup a try and let me know what you think.

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Monsoon East.

I have been meaning to try the dim sum brunch at Monsoon (Monsoon East) ever since I realized there was such a thing. Dim sum and brunch? Yes, dare to dream.

After a failed attempt at getting a seat at Gilbert’s on Main, a Bellevue family favorite, we passed Monsoon East by chance.

Monsoon is the sister (well, parent, really) restaurant to Ba Bar, which is one of my favorite local restaurants in Seattle. Ba Bar’s congee is not the best congee in the world, but it’s Vietnamese style and fresh ingredients make it a great breakfast dish if you ever have the chance to try it. With that in mind, I figured that the pork belly congee at Monsoon would be similar, but it was quite different and incredibly flavorful. I’ve had the pork belly congee at both restaurants and they are each unique: Ba Bar’s has hearty chunks of salty pork belly, reminiscent of Cantonese BBQ, and Monsoon’s version has diced and sweetened pork belly slices sprinkled on silky congee that makes for an smooth and easy bite every time. 

David ordered the Drunken Chicken, and it was reminiscent of General Tso’s chicken. Like, really, really good General Tso’s chicken. This dish is fit for two: a massive dome of sweet and crispy chicken protects a bed of sautéed mustard greens, and to the side, a perfectly fried egg covers a generous portion of rice. For the first time in a while, we couldn’t finish the dish. There was just too much. As for dim sum, my all time favorite is pan fried radish cake. Monsoon’s take was a bit too pan fried and covered in a bit too much sauce. The ingredients were very fresh and despite this version being too sweet for my taste, I’m excited to try their other dim sum dishes like their lotus leaf sticky rice.

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Delicious Apple and Ginger drink.


Fusion pan fried radish cake.


Might not be a looker, but this congee was amazing.

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The spread. Drunken chicken on the bottom right. I didn’t get a close up shot because.. I mean, look at it. We dug right in.