Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Washington State Fair

I was pretty excited to check out the Washington State Fair this year. Growing up in Wisconsin meant lots of fairs full of deep fried food. I don't think Washington's fair could top Wisconsin's in the fried food department, but I was still pretty impressed by how many food booths there were. I was looking forward to eating a deep fried Twinkie or Oreo, but by the time we found that booth (right before we left) we didn't have any cash left and didn't feel like heading back to the ATM to withdraw any. We sort of felt maxed out in the sugar department by that time, anyway... Speaking of sugar, elephant ears are so good! I think they're my new favorite junk food.

Adam was intrigued by the booth selling Russian food, so after passing it three times, we finally decided to give in and try a veggie piroshki. :) I loved watching the women make them by hand.

We spent a lot of time checking out the animals and hanging around the petting zoo. I couldn't believe they had a zebra there! I've never seen one up close before. They're so pretty.

We really want a pygmy goat... Adam was head over heels for this one, and he kept asking the woman working at the petting zoo all these questions about them. He also won't stop asking me if I'll buy one for him! :) I'd love to have our own little farm someday...

Adam was in Canada over the weekend on a mountain biking trip with a friend. On our way to the fair, we noticed there was a butterfly flapping around in the bed of his truck. Adam thinks he must have hitched a ride all the way from Canada! So, at the end of the night, we let him go before heading home. Hmm, is that illegal...?

I really enjoyed the fair. I feel like I haven't spent much time with Adam this summer because we've both been doing some traveling for our jobs, so it was really nice spending the day together. He left yesterday on another two week work trip to Asia and I'm missing him already... 

Have you ever been to a state fair? What's your favorite fried food?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Moab, Utah

​Adam and I took a four day trip back in March to Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. Of course I never got around to posting the pictures from Utah, so here they are! Only five months later... ;)

Adam lived in Moab for a year, teaching adult education for Americorps. We stayed a night at his former boss's beautiful home and had breakfast the next morning with his friend Kyle at the Love Muffin Cafe where Adam used to frequent.

Utah was gorgeous and definitely my favorite place we visited on our Southwest trip. I camped at Arches National Park when I was 15 or so, but other than that, I've never really gotten a chance to explore much of the state. The colors of the rocks and mountains in Utah are so breathtaking! I loved driving down roads that seemed to lead nowhere and spotting animals along the way.

There's something really special about Utah. I think a return trip is already in the works for January and I can't wait. :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Seattle Spotlight // 8oz Burger & Co.

I moved to Seattle a little over a year ago, and while I love exploring all of the fun places the city offers, I realized that I very rarely share them here on the blog. So, I'm starting a new feature that I'll update on occasion showcasing different places (food, sightseeing, etc.) in this wonderful city that in my opinion, are definitely worth a visit. :)

I'll start today's Seattle Spotlight with 8oz Burger Bar on Capitol Hill. A friend of mine has been talking up 8oz for months, telling me that I must try their veggie burger, so on Saturday, I went with Adam and my brother to check it out.

The feel of 8oz is old school southern with a modern twist. There's a chalkboard above the bar with a chicken, a pig with the word "bacon" scribbled inside of it, and a cow who has its insides numbered the way a butcher might label them. Obviously, this is a very meat friendly joint. Being the vegetarian that I am, I appreciate when meat heavy restaurants not only offer a veggie burger, but actually take the time to put some creative thought into it. I immediately liked this place for that reason.

Their veggie burger consists of: a house made patty, watercress, tomato, onion, pickle, avocado, and herb aioli, all on a vegan pretzel bun. Yum! They also have a really appetizing snack menu featuring things like mac & cheese (Beecher's cheese, cinnamon), popcorn chicken, a "plate o bacon", short rib poutine (Kennebec fries, house gravy, mozzarella), brussels sprouts, sweet potato tots (cinnamon powdered sugar, honey curry aioli), and grass fed sliders.

"Not all burgers are created equal," is the motto of 8oz and that's something I picked up on right away, as it seems they pride themselves on using only local and organic meat and ingredients. As stated right on their menu, "Our house blend patties are made from naturally raised, antibiotic free, hormone free, 100% local black angus from Open Prairie, located in Pasco, WA." Can't argue with that! They also boast that they offer vegan pretzel buns as well as gluten free buns, making it obvious that they strive to please all customers.

When we sat down, our waitress was extremely friendly, asked if we had ever been there before, and then gave us the spiel, going over the menu with us and giving suggestions on what to order based on how hungry we were. The vibe while we were there was laid back and even though almost every table was full, it never felt like a rowdy burger joint. Classy burgers done right, is how I'd describe 8oz.

Along with our burgers, we also ordered the sweet potato tots to share as well as a couple of milkshakes. (Adam got the chocolate shake and I got the salted caramel.) We both ordered the veggie burger, and my brother ordered the 8oz, their signature burger. The sweet potato tots were really good, and the honey curry aioli they served them with was amazing! I think I may have enjoyed those more than my burger... The burger was good, don't get me wrong, but I really enjoyed the tots. I also thought my shake was delicious; I'm a sucker for all things salted caramel.

So, if you find yourself on Capitol Hill and are craving a creative and delicious eco friendly burger, head over to 8oz Burger & Co.! They also have a location in Ballard. :)