Photo Diaries: Wallingford, WA.

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This photo diary is from my day trip to the wonderful area known as Wallingford. Above are pictures featured of my favorite parts of this charming little area. So let’s talked a little tour, shall we?

Top Left: TnT Taqueria

By far some of THE best tacos I have ever had! A charming, colorful little taco shack wtih extremely friendly service. My food was delivered in about 10-15 minutes. If you ever find yourself in Wallingford, TnT Taqueria is the place you need to go for a quick bite to eat.
Top Middle: Golden Oldies Record Shop

Okay, seriously this music shop is bad. ass. Golden Oldies has been in business for over forty years and is a must see for any music lover. I got about three Dean Martin records for eleven dollars.  One of my favorite places in Washington by far. The mural in the top right and the mural of The Beatle’s Abbey Road are painted on the sides of the record store.

Bottom Left & Right: Some of the best parts about Wallingford are the fantastic murals. This is a spunky, quirky little city where each place offers something different and original.

I believe a full day, and a little part of the evening is the perfect amount of time to spend here. You can walk around the city and check out the shops, but then by night enjoy the bar scene.

Until our next adventure,

Chloe.

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Photo Diary: Frye Art Museum and Cafe Presse

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This past week, I kicked off my Seattle Bucket List by visiting my first destination.

This bucket list is directed towards seeing the city on a budget. Everything is going to cost around twenty dollars or less, although a majority of them are next to nothing.

The first stop: Frye Art Museum

704 Terry Ave. Seattle, Wa. 98104

Admission: Free!

Parking: Free!

The Break Down: Currently under construction, there is one small room open to walk through. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Photos are allowed, just no flash photography. There are also artists in their as well, painting in the exhibit.

Would I go back? Once they’re done with construction most likely because there will be more rooms open. Still, if you haven’t gone I would definitely check it out. You’re getting some early 19th century European culture for completely free. There is a bistro style cafe inside, as well as a very sophisticated gift shop filled with modern art pieces and art history books.

Food Stop: Cafe Presse

1117 12th Ave. Seattle, Wa. 98122

Pricing: $$

Parking: 2$ an hour

The Break Down: Typical French Style Bar and Cafe. All the staff was very friendly and outgoing. I ordered the tartare de boeuf, salade au radis $13.50. Grass-fed beef, hand chopped and seasoned arugula, radish, radish greens and grapefruit, with a grilled baguette. I also order a chocolate chaud, a Parisian-style hot chocolate made to served with some incredible whipped cream. I also took home some caramels au beurre which are house made caramels and oh my god were they incredible. I’m definitely going back just to order more of these little drops of heaven.

Would I go back? Yes. You can never not go back to a Parisian style cafe.

Photo Diaries: New York City

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Today’s Photo Diary is dedicated to all that is beautiful in the glorious New York City. I took the trip a few years ago and I’ve been dying to go back. This city is everything I dreamed it would be and more. There are so many sights to see, so many people to meet. There’s something for everyone here.

Top Left: Children enjoying Humpty Dumpty puppets in Central Park.

Top Right: A picture of me at the stunning Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Bottom Left: The view from The Top of the Rock.

Bottom Center: The Statue of Liberty (duh).

Bottom Right: Cyclists and Carriage rides through Central Park.

What all did I do:

-Took a boat tour around the statue of liberty

-Saw Jersey Boys on Broadway.

-Explored NBC studios and Top of the Rock

-Had lunch at Rockefeller Center.

-Walked around Central Park.

-Visited John Lennon’s apartment complex.

-Took dozens of pictures at Times Square.

-Visited the Empire State Building.

-Paid respects at Ground Zero.

L’Opera Garnier 

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This is a throwback in photography dedicated to my beloved Opera Garnier in Paris, France. It was as magical as it looks, if the photos do it justice. Another little fact about me, I’m obsessed with The Phantom of the Opera, it was the musical that got me interested in singing. This was an unbelievable dream come true, I highly recommend going there if you ever get the chance. 

Until next time,

Chloe 

Photo Diary 3: Chihuly Garden & Glass 

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Aquariums/Museums/Ehibits are some of my favorite things in the world. I could probably spend hours in these places just taking in all the beauty.

My most recent trip to Seattle, I had gone to the Chihuly Glass Garden, as it was recommended to me by a coworker. Although the tickets were slightly overpriced, (70$ for 3 people), it was breathtaking. Some displays were so abstract, while others made you feel like you were walking around Willy Wonka’s factory. There were only a handful of rooms that had displays, then a brief outside portion. There was no wait time and we were able to by tickets instantly. Obviously you can take pictures, just no flash photography. 

If you can’t visit, take a virtual tour here.

Until next time, 

Chloe 

Photo Diary Day 2: Food in Seattle, Wa.

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The second Photo Diary is here!

It’s pretty exciting, I must say, because this one is all about the wonderful food that Seattle has to offer. Below are all the places I’ve visited followed by a brief review:

Kickin’ Boots Whiskey Kitchen (Seattle, Wa.)- This place was pretty much hipster meets country. Your typical loud saloon atmosphere. The food was filling and delicious, I had a pulled pork sandwich with french fries. Our server was pretty nice for the most part, towards the end she forgot to give us our bill so we waited a little bit longer then we wished we had to. Overall, the location of this restaurant is very charming and an incredibly fun part of downtown.

The Five Spot (Queen Anne, Wa.)- This was the second time I had visited this little gem. It’s located in one of my favorite places in Washington, Queen Anne. The atmosphere of the restaurant is a jazzy New Orleans theme. Unfortunately, the food wasn’t as great as I remembered and our waitress wasn’t too friendly.

Bakery Nouveau (Seattle, Wa.)- I. Loved. This. Place. I love anything French or Parisian, so this was a dream for me since I didn’t get a chance to eat at many of the French Cafes Seattle has to offer. The staff was friendly and helpful. All of their pastries, deserts, breads, etc. were so dreamy and, I’ll say it, beautiful. If any of you have visited France or Paris, you know that they take their food very seriously. It’s pretty much an art.

Next Door Gastropub (Port Angeles, Wa.) – There was a little bit of a wait to be seated here, and I’m not sure if it was entirely worth it. The atmosphere was crowded and noisy, not very pleasant. We had about three different servers waiting on us which is one of my pet peeves, because then I’m not sure who I’m supposed to tip if I wanted to tip at all after that.

Indigo Kitchen and Alehouse (Lynnwood, Wa.)- Strict 21 and over only rule. Typical bar atmosphere/food. I had some chicken tacos that were loaded with bell peppers. The waitress was very friendly and waited on us in a timely matter.

Paseo Caribbean Sandwiches (Seattle, Wa.)- The reason there’s no pictures of the food for this place is because I ate it in about five minutes or less. Amazing sandwiches here! Very small inside seating, very little outside eating. It gets crowded fast so expect to wait a little but these messy, finger-licking good sandwiches are worth the wait, must try.

Easy Street Cafe (Seattle, Wa.)- A record shop and cafe combined, this place is filled to the brim with charm. Everyone was so friendly here, the servers and record shop staff. Each food item on the menu is a music pun. As for the record shop? Everything is cheap, I mean ridiculously cheap so you’ll definitely be able to stock up on some good cds, dvds, and records.

Italianissimo Ristorante (Woodinville, Wa.)- I’m a sucker for a good plate of fettuccine Alfredo and man did this place deliver. It’s not incredibly fancy, but I definitely wouldn’t wear jeans. They have a no cell phone rule and that creates a very relaxing dining experience. Our waitress was very friendly. I ordered some sort of peach martini-oh my god this one of the best cocktails I’ve ever had. I would definitely visit this place again.

Photo Diary Day 1: Pikes Place, Wa.

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Hello!

I am going to be doing a few photo diaries to share all the wonderful photos I have taken of Washington and its glorious cities that I have visited this time such as:

Edmonds, Lynwood, Alderwood, Seattle, Forks, La Push, Snoqualmie and Queen Anne.

My first photo diary is of one of my favorite places in the world- Pike’s Place. A typical tourist destination? Maybe. But this famous market is filled with huge diversity, handmade goods, and of course all of the fish, fruits, vegetables, and flowers to overwhelm you.

Enjoy the pictures!

-Chloe