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Always fresh goodness


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As stressful as it is, there is nothing like the family coming together. This time, traveling from Ft. Lauderdale and Boulder, we met in Seattle for Lizzie's high school graduation. Weird. Really really weird. It seems like yesterday I was graduating high school but now my little sister is running off to college. Lauren and I were lucky to visit and I'm just glad we were all together this past weekend. It went by way too fast, the weather was beautiful, the food was incredible, and the time spent with my family was irreplaceable. 
Dinner at Ivar's in Downtown Seattle

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smoked salmon chowder
Grand prize winner of the 2010 Alaska Symphony of Seafood Award! A slightly spicy flavored chowder made with smoked Alaskan salmon


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Ivar's mixed grilled trio
Featuring marinated grilled tiger prawns; fresh Alaska halibut with balsamic and basil marinated tomatoes; and Wild coho salmon with basil pesto. Served with sour cream-green onion mashed red potatoes
 
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 Bacon wrapped fresh Alaskan Halibut fillet
Fresh white fillets of Alaskan halibut wrapped in our house-smoked, maple cured bacon. Quickly seared and presented with a delicate sherry wine vinaigrette, spring asparagus and garlic roasted Yukon gold potatoes

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Fresh Copper River King Salmon
Considered by many as one of the best tasting salmon in the world!
Grilled fillet served with a Champagne tarragon vinaigrette along with shaved fennel and watercress salad, roasted celery root and baby Yukon gold potato hash

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Blueberry scone from Il Fornaio bakery & cafe
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roasted chicken panini
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spinach tomato quiche
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chicken salad sandwich
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PARK BLT
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BBQ pulled pork sandwich
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We left VPC pleased and definitely satisfied. This was exactly the kind of place I wanted to go to for lunch on that gorgeous Seattle Saturday. This rustic little cafe proved to be what people are calling one of 'Seattle's best kept secrets.' delicious. 
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Mt Rainer
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mandel bread before it goes in this oven. beware: this stuff is absolutely irresistible so good luck.
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COPPER RIVER SALMON- melt in your mouth tastiness

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Grilled asparagus, peppers, and onions
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AND IN THE MORNING... I'M MAKIN' WAFFLES!
the best part is that everybody likes them differently
practice your waffle freedom
Ellen made a completely butter and chocolate waffle 
but scarfed it down before I could take a picture!
I must admit, we had a great buffet of toppings
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That is not an egg! It's vanilla yogurt topped with mango butter
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Turned dinner leftovers into plane food. Success!
Toasted 9 grain bread with lemony arugula, grilled onions, 
grilled salmon, red cabbage harissa slaw, and cilantro
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The food in Seattle is sooooo goooood! 
There is a sadness that overwhelms me when I leave Seattle, it happens every time I depart. Each trip reinforces and enhances my love for this city. I'm getting way too many ideas but I know I should stay put. Not going anywhere... or am I? People tell me I should definitely visit San Francisco but I have a feeling I'll seriously decide to miss my return flight and set up shop there. I can't help but love the big city, it's the environment I was raised in and the craziness will never leave me. Getting away from it is special and necessary, but being close to it is as well. Finding the balance and the pressure to do so while building a career is overbearing, something I feel creep up in my subconscious everyday. That plane ride from Seattle consisted of almost 3 hours of contemplation: what to do, where to go, what to make, how to sell, how to live. I'm young and motivated, really nothing stands in my way and right now I feel is the time for me to start making things happen.

10 comments:

  1. Glad you had fun in Seattle Katie! Love the pictures and the introspection... oh and I'll have to check out this VPC!

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  2. Hi Katie. I'm glad you had a good time in Seattle. I met you Friday night at Poquito's on Capitol Hill and you shared your blog URL with me. You never called me back for dinner, but I see that you managed to dine well none the less. You even found my favorite cafe - the VPC. Keep up the fresh goodness wherever you roam.... and eat. Btw, your pictures are really really good.

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  3. Thank you so much, I appreciate that! And thank you both, I had a great visit and I'd love to keep in touch for the next time I'm in Seattle. kbuurton@yahoo.com

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