2016 – A year of heart exercise

Well, it serves me right for complaining that my 2015 felt uneventful during last year’s post. This year has had just as many highs as there has been lows for me. It certainly has been the biggest roller coaster that I am still on and I can’t see the end in sight anytime soon. 2016 …

Women & Whiskies: Whiskey 101 with Sara Rosales

Without Sara Rosales, there is no Radiator Whiskey. I loved Radiator the moment I walked in four years ago, but what kept me coming back was Sara. She is the cocktail queen, as well as an all around badass. I never liked whiskey cocktails until I met Sara and no one makes learning about whiskies as …

Fête le Market

Quite possibly my FAVORITE market event so far. A new fundraiser for the Pike Place Foundation…Fête le Market! If I ever could have a wedding in the market, I would do it like this. The umbrellas…the UMBRELLAS!   Like me!

Sunset Supper 2016

Another summer goes by and another year closer to helping raise money for the new Pike Place Market Expansion! I spent the end of my birthday week shooting photos for the Pike Place Foundation’s annual event, Sunset Supper. One ticket for the evening gets you such a vast variety of local food and drinks, I …

Arcade Lights 2016

What has quickly become one of my favorite things about Spring, is looking forward to Arcade Lights. I have so enjoyed my last couple of years being a part of this fundraiser from working the photo both to being a roaming photographer (2015). It’s always so amazing to see the community rally together and how much …

Rockstar Women: Sara Luchi

Meet Sara Luchi, recently turned 29, one of 4 brewers at Black Raven Brewing, one of the fastest growing breweries emerging east of Seattle. While the world of brewing is still largely dominated by men, Sara kicks that stereotype out the door. She’s been brewing almost as long as she’s been legal to drink, and she’s …

Beast Feast: Round 2 and 3

It’s come to my attention that my first beast feast experience is now a little outdated (the advice has not changed so definitely still refer to it!). Being that it is one of the only articles on my site that consistently still gets views and likes, I feel it’s about time to update the information. I …

Seapine Brewing Company

Last night was spent celebrating the expansion and new home of Seapine Brewery! Congrats to Drew and Adam on the expansion! If you haven’t had a chance yet, visit them at their new location at 2959 Utah Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98134! I’m not usually a fan of saisons, but I do love the Seapine …

A Proper King Crab Experience

I admit, I’m a lazy foodie. When it comes to things like shellfish, I want my food to taste just as amazing and the level of effort it takes to get it (once it gets to my plate). For this reason, while I love crab, I’m always dismayed by the idea of having to crush …

Skagway Brews and Local Eats

Ok I know not everyone can have the amazing King Crab feast or crab cakes Ryan cooked up for us, so I’ve compiled some mini reviews of some of the places I ate while staying in Skagway. Skagway Brewing Company Being a true blue PNW girl, I stopped by Skagway Brewing Company. While much of …

Taste of the Valley 2015

It’s not everyday you get asked to photograph your favorite restaurant in Seattle at a special event. I’m pretty sure if I could do this for the rest of my life, I would be the happiest. Taste of the Valley combines everything I love in one place. Every year, The Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance puts …

Arcade Lights 2015

You know how it goes. Food and fun! And we raised $66,000 for the market in just a few hours! Learn more from the Pike Place Foundation!    This girl and her dad were the cutest pizza slingers and were a hit all night! I miss living across the street from them.          …

American Whiskey Snobs, Have No Fear, Westland is Here!

Forgive this naive whiskey lady, but enjoy a personal experience learning about one of Seattle’s fastest growing trends, and believe it or not, it’s NOT BEER. But there is Filson, and you can’t hide from the plaid and beards. Enter…Whiskey. Many of you foodie trendsters may already roll your eyes at this new, but what …

2014 – Taking Chances and Learning to Focus

What a crazy year it’s been. Once again I’m amazed how many things can happen to you to in a year and how fast relationships can grow and disappear.  I pretty much sucked at blogging this year, and for that, I can terribly sorry, but I am hoping to get caught up over the next week …

Sunset Supper 2014

What an honor it was to be one of the main photographers for one of Pike Place Market’s biggest events of the year! Sunset Supper, is every Seattlite’s foodie dream. For one night, the streets of Pike Place Market close down early and 1,400 people gather to taste some of the market’s staple offerings as …

How to Conquer the Beast Feast – Radiator Whiskey

For the incredible deal of $300 (Seriously, view this album to see how much work goes into this), you and up to 20 of your friends can enjoy a night of feasting on 50 pounds of smoked and roasted meat (among some other dishes). [Note: Since this post was published, the going-rate for the dinner …

Storyville Coffee…Pike Place Market’s Newest “Secret”

As Andrew likes to point out…I have a knack for finding restaurants as they’re opening. I just think that if you spend enough time in food industry…you’re bound to come across some gems. Since I’ve been “off-the grid” from the Seattle food scene for the past year, I was pretty ecstatic about this discovery. So …

Review: Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Factory

Hot Cakes is one of those places I am constantly urging (but more like begging) people to go to. Without any explanation, other than IT’S JUST THAT GOOD. Don’t go thinking you’ll discover the latest and greatest thing though, Hot Cakes has gained plenty of recognition after being featured in many Seattle magazines and even …

Foods of Home

After being away from the reason that made leaving so hard to begin with, reuniting with some of my closest friends has been WONDERFUL to say the least. It’s incredible how easy it was just to jump back into conversations with people (skyping and facebook make being away much easier).    The look on my …

Mount Etna

It doesn’t surprise me at all that among the beautiful places Italy has to offer for a wine fair, that I would end up in the foothills of Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano. Located on the east coast of Sicily, 3,329 meters (10,922 feet) high, Etna is the largest active volcano in Italy. Because …

How to eat your way through Sicily

My Sicilian vacation can be summed up in three words: Food, Wine, Beach. From my experience, that’s all that matters there. Because when you’re not stuffing your face with food and wine, you’re swimming it off in the Mediterranean Sea. I was especially excited to dine in Sicily because it is where I have always …

Best Job in the World: Taste Master Application

*Update: Well I didn’t make the cut…not surprisingly, but nonetheless dissapointing. I did watch most of the lucky 25 videos that did make it, and to be completely honest, they deserve it. Most of the videos are VERY well done, as well as the applicants being quite qualified! One guy was a finalist that Gordan …

Italian Easter = American Thanksgiving

I’ve never really celebrated Easter aside from Easter egg hunting as a kid. My parents are buddhist so it wasn’t really a thing for us. Easter is however a big deal in Italy (big surprise). I wasn’t sure what to expect, other than lots of food (GIovanni tells me it’s the time of year when …

Beautiful Moments one Sunday Evening

Right before I embarked on my England/Thailand/India expedition, I was fortunate enough to discover Maiale Volante. One of the things I was looking forward to on my return to Italy was eating here again. Lucky for me, I didn’t even have to think of an occasion for us to go, Corrado was holding a book …