16 February 2009
Even though I was working this past Saturday, I wanted to take advantage of the extended weekend. So, directly after my training ended I continued driving north to Seattle.
I used Bellevue as my home base (thanks to a cheap room via Priceline), and set out to explore Ballard and Capitol Hill.
Lunches were based on recommendations from Yelp, and both places I visited were spot on. Mmm!
The first stop was Lunchbox Laboratory for a ridiculous "Burger of the Gods" with caramelized onions in balsamic vinegar and gorgonzola sauce. Oh, yeah, why not add tater tots with rosemary sea salt and a blueberry custard milkshake to the mix? For some reason, I think I can be indulgent on vacation.
I fought off the post-meal slump by visiting a condo open house, walking through the REI flagship store, and falling in love with this little number by Mash Studios:
As I was thumbing through a local paper, a review about the current exhibit at the Seattle Asian Art Museum caught my eye. Entitled, Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur, I was intrigued and decided to go.
The paintings were so vibrant and detailed, I wish I had been able to capture an example with my camera. The exhibit definitely gave me more insight into an era if Indian history that was unfamiliar to me. Once the exhibit concludes in April, the next stop is the British Museum in London.
And, late last night, I enjoyed an impromptu get together with a childhood friend I hadn't seen in years. She and her husband relocated to Washington after several years in southern California. It was fun to reconnect, reminisce, and meet her baby daughter, Vanessa. It was a perfect trip to get through that mid-winter slump that seems to settle in around this time of year.