Hello! I’m Ariel…

I’m all about that healthy-ish lifestyle and my food is at the center of my universe. When I’m not cooking, eating, or photographing my food, you can catch me passing the time on the trails or playing with purr babies. Happy Eating!

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The Pacific Northwest -- Seattle & Portland

The Pacific Northwest -- Seattle & Portland

Say what you want about Pike Place Market, but I loved it. Yes, it is touristy as many great things are. I guess many people want to go just for the sake of going and to retrieve some sort of instagram proof, but Pike Place is actually awesome. I'm not saying that I didn't post on instagram because that would be a lie and I only lie about eating the last cookie, or three. 

A beautiful display of Dungeness crabs. They don't look very comfortable, but who am I to know?

After checking out those crabs I turned my head and saw the most glorious thing I've seen since my sexy avocado brownies and cat wine. SALMON ON A STICK. Guys, this is real life and it was only 15 dollars for a stick that later fed three hungry human beans. 

I went all paparazzi on this garlic/pepper stick-o-salmon and she wasn't camera-shy. Sometimes I think things taste better on a stick: BBQ chicken, chocolate covered bananas, children, etc. 

After our bellies were full of salmon, roasted corn, and figs we headed down to the pier where one can find the ferris wheel and the aquarium. To the left of the wheel is a very industrial port that isn't nearly as picturesque as this area. To the right is the aquarium where we spent several hours under the sea with the fish and my fellow mer-people, I highly recommend it! If you look straight ahead across the water, you can see Bainbridge Island. The next day we took a ferry over to Bainbridge and explored the wonderful Bloedel Reserve and it's fairy-like environment. 

As usual, after a walk in the woods at the Bloedel Reserve one must consume a picnic. Here we have a fresh caprese panino and a happy girl (the girl is not featured). 

One last stop in Seattle at the The Walrus & the Carpenter, an Anthony Bourdain favorite. Skip the whole menu and simply order some local brews and 2-3 plates of fried oysters. These babies carry the whole restaurant on their shoulders and they don't even have shoulders. On to Portland!

Portland can certainly hold its own against Seattle. At first arrival we headed over to Lovejoy Bakers to snag some lunch and great coffee. These iced coffees are amongst the best that I've ever had, but if you like weak coffee and wedgies I would not recommend.  

And I will leave you with this sweet, sweet baby. This is the Viscous Hibiscus doughnut from Voodoo Doughnut. She treated me well and I will love her forever, but sadly we could not be together because I ate her. And I ate her so good.  

Happy eating my friends.

Pulled Chicken Summer Salad

Pulled Chicken Summer Salad

Silky Avocado Brownies

Silky Avocado Brownies