7.24.2009

leisurely bites



It's been a while, I know, and so I wanted to pop in for at least a minute before the weekend rolls in. I still have a recipe or two from our Seattle trip that I would like to share with you. But for today, I've brought a few photographs instead. I hope you don't mind. They capture the best of my last, leisurely bites out west.

There were steaks and grilled onions eaten at dusk, leaning pancake towers, and feet on the table.







After a little over two weeks at our friends' lake house, we drove into Seattle for the remaining days of our trip. We ate a very special meal at a restaurant that feels more like a home, and sipped wine until our eyelids were heavy.





Pike Place Market is always swarming with a kind of vegetable paparazzi, and I happily joined their ranks. It's fun to play the tourist in a city that once was home. Who wouldn't be star-struck by dreamy vegetables like these? I walked through the market with my camera thumping against my stomach, and snapped away with the rest of the crowd.



We scooped cherries from upside-down-elephant boxes, and brought them to a barbeque at the home of friends. That Jocelyn makes a mean french fry.





Then, we flew home. I got right back down to business: I took another one of my comprehensive exams (just one more to go!) earlier this week; I'm settling back into my kitchen; I'm sending off friends who are moving across the country and around the world; and, at long last, I'm catching up here with you.

Vacation is lovely. But coming home is nice, too.

Enjoy the weekend, friends.

17 comments:

maybelle's mom said...

looks relaxing. good luck on your comps.

Andrea [bella eats] said...

What a lovely vacation. Welcome home, I can't wait to read more of your lovely posts.

squirrelbread said...

inspiring, to be sure!

cheers,

*heather*

Jennifer said...

Welcome home! Missed your writing. :) These photos capture beautifully snippets from your holiday. I wish you much luck with your comps.

Shannalee said...

Jess! These pictures are gorgeous, especially that top one - the view! Welcome back! Have missed you!

Susan said...

These photos are beautiful! Welcome back!

Sara@SproutedKitchen said...

how beautiful! where is that lake house?? we are looking for a mini vacation idea, and that is exactly the scene I want. Glad to have you back!

Jess said...

Thank you for the warm welcome back, everyone! I've missed you. I'm so happy that you enjoyed the photographs. I love film, and I love Seattle light; I find that the two together are just magic.

Sara - The house is on Lake Wenatchee in the Cascade Mountains, just about a two-hour drive from Seattle. It belongs to some very generous friends of ours who invited us to stay there for a few weeks while they were traveling in Europe. I wrote a little bit about our stay here, here, and here.

Rogue Unicorn said...

what lovely pics.good luck on your comps.

Jess said...

Thank you, Rogue Unicorn. I'm falling hard and fast for film. A quick walk around the neighborhood with my camera has become my ideal study break.

RecipeGirl said...

I love Seattle... my sis lives there so I get to check it out often. Love Pikes. It's too bad you didn't get to check out Orangette's new restaurant "Delancey." I can't wait to see what she has done w/ it.

jacqui | happyjackeats said...

looks like you had a lovely time. gorgeous photos! welcome back!

Rosiecat said...

My favorite part of this post was the upside-down elephant box! (The cherries aren't too shabby either.) You've got such a way with photos--your market photo of the vegetables actually LOOKS like the sort of blinding-light photo that a celebrity shot sometimes has.

I'm happy to see you've returned. Welcome home!

Julie said...

Oooh, that just sounds fantastic, all of it! Beautiful photos! welcome back!

Cate O'Malley said...

Sounds like a simply perfect trip, punctuated by beautiful pics!

Jess said...

RecipeGirl - Thanks for stopping by. Fortunately for me, Seattle is one of our homes away from home, so dinner at Delancey is no doubt in my future.

Jacqui - Thank you! How are your adventures in film coming along?

Rosiecat - You are such a sweet and careful reader of both texts and images. I love those boxes, too. And your take on that veggie "celebrity shot" is great!

Julie - Thank you. It's good to be back.

Cate - Thanks for your note. It was a wonderful trip, indeed.

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hmm.. Looks like you had a great vacation. What great photos you've brought. Welcome back!