Seattle, Day 5

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This first lot of images is just close ups found around the downtown area.  It really shows the beauty to be had everywhere you look!

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We spent the morning today really just being lazy.  We headed out for a brunch at Lola’s again and it was as fabulous the second time as the first!  Then we did a bit of shopping.   I stood in line for 20 minutes to snap a few pictures of the very first Starbucks and to grab a souvenir for a friend, but once I got in an employee explained they were out of alot of things and the truck would be in tonight so if I could come back in the morning not only would I avoid the line, they would be fully restocked.  Bonus!  From there we ducked into a little shop called The Paper Hammer.  It had the cutest stock cards, notecards, etc.  I didn’t get anything, because I just couldn’t see spending $20 on paper, but it was beautiful to look at.

We did take the time to stop back in at The Chocolate Box to grab another Moscato (to replace the take home one we ended up dipping into last night 🙂  ~  again the staff was very friendly and let me know that in Mid-January they would get another shipment and that I could call and order by twos and they would ship it to me *this makes me happy*

We took a cab home because it was a bit chilly (I feel very guilty writing this as back home they are experiencing below zero temps).  Now we are just taking some down time before I cook a fabulous meal!!  Lemon-pepper chicken with Spaghetti squash.  We plan on staying in for the evening.  We will probably play another game of scrabble and drink a bit more wine…  a perfect evening.

This has been such a wonderful opportunity, but I started missing my kids the minute I left them.  It is good to step away a bit here and there but I am definitely excited to hug and kiss them again!

In the meantime I plan to enjoy my final few days here.  Tomorrow being New Years Eve – we have a spectacular view of the Space Needle- and look forward to taking advantage of that to the fullest.  We plan to get dressed up, have dinner at home then head out for a drink. Wednesday perhaps we will do a wine tour or travel to see the mountains, then Thursday so very early in the morning I have to be at the airport.

Thank you for traveling with me!

~J.Lyn

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Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 * Ka-BOOM*

Couldn’t help it!  Thunderstorm in the area – lots of noise happening around here!

But anywho, it is officially my workout day off today.

But I need to share with you…      my food experience.

No. No.

That’s not quite right.

I need to share with you my food revelation.

Nope, doesn’t quite emphasize the importance of this moment.

So I guess you will just have to follow along and trust – you won’t regret it!

I began this venture with two frozen tilapia fillets.   I grabbed a frying pan and  put in about a half a cup of lemon juice.  I added garlic powder and onion powder.  Then eyed up the cinnamon.  Now, I will confess to you and you alone that this simple thing is one of my favorite secret ingredients.  I have added it to steak with amazing results, so I figured what the hay and shook it liberally in the pan.  The concoction starting boiling so I put in the fillets and added some water over the top.   I added pepper and let it simmer.  Once the pan dried out I added more lemon juice and flipped the fillets.

This is where it gets interesting and tricky!!

So I am thinking, “crunchy…. I need something to add a little crunch…”

I dig around and find no bread crumbs, no shake and bake…. but there in the back – I find….

graham crackers.

I can make that work!

So quickly I grabbed two and crushed them.

Now the glue….

I have this fabulous organic honey, not that golden, runny stuff you are thinking of…

this… this is the stuff that past civilizations were really referring to when they spoke of golden treasure.

It must be like a paste or it’s not real and let me tell you… it is amazing!!

So it is my glue… but honey in a hot pan sticks and burns in the blink of an eye so…

I very, VERY carefully drizzle some honey on the top (only the top) of the fillet then I coat it with a thick layer of the crushed graham crackers so the honey is coated well.  I add a little more water to the pan to keep it from drying out and burning. Then I flip the fillets, sprinkle the top with the crushed crackers and then pull them off before that honey has the chance to melt and burn.

***important:  if you flip and the honey hits the pan it will magically transform to living oil.  If this happens – QUICKLY add lemon juice and get the pan off the burner (and shut off the burner).  It will be okay if you move fast!***

I topped the fillets with fresh grated parmesan cheese and put this whole concoction over angel hair pasta.

O. M. Ggggggaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwdddddd!!!!!

seriously didn’t expect it to turn out much less be SOOOO incredible!

I am actually salvating and there it is….. Ka- Boom!!!!

I thought I knew what Foodgasm was prior to this moment…  I was so naive.     *sigh*

 

What are you doing?!?!?   Get up and try this!  lol

~J.Lyn