Event: The Photography of Modernist Cuisine
Location: Pacific Science Center
After-Exhibit: Best. Lunch break. Ever. I have been dying to see this exhibit, so I decided on this sunny day to take a stroll over to the Science Center and finally check it out. I rarely do things like this by myself – but I actually very much enjoyed being alone and strolling through the exhibit. It showcases blown up images of food. My kind of exhibit. It reminded me a bit of the food exhibit I saw while in New York last year, except this was just raw images of food, nothing else. I saw close up shots of steak, blueberries, steamed cabbage, sandwiches, burgers, ice cream, the whole gamut! I was in Foodie Heaven! They also included props which consisted of kitchen appliances cut in half. It was amazing seeing all of the gears that go into blenders, ovens, and grills. They had a television that I watched for about 10 minutes because all they were showing were slo-mo videos. Cream being poured into coffee, jello bouncing on a counter, an egg being crushed. Mesmerizing. The exhibit was a lot larger than I was expecting – they had separate rooms for different classes of food. Fruit, vegetables, junk food, meat. Mmmmm, I loved the pictures of all the different meats. I walked out of the exhibit a happy (and hungry) girl!
Link: Modernist Cuisine
Band: Imagine Dragons
Location: Key Arena
After-Jam: Imagine Dragons has been one of my favorite bands for a while now, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see them while they were in town. I’ll never forget – a couple years ago my friends and I were riding over the Pass to go floating and my friend Derek decided to play “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons. The moment I heard it, I was hooked and knew that I wanted the entire album. Some of my favorite songs of all time are “Radioactive” and “Top of the World.” I saw them perform at the Showbox SoDo before – this venue was a little better just because it was more intimate. But we decided to do General Admission – this is always risky for me since I’m so short! But I had a decent view, and they had great videos on the screen, so even when the tallest person in the building was standing in front of me, I still had something to look at. It was just very special to be there with the people that I first heard them with. What can I say? I get a little sentimental sometimes… They did a great job and I was jammin’ out the entire time. Seattle just came off the Super Bowl win, so I think all of us were waiting for the lead singer, Dan Reynolds, to give a shout out, which he did….but it was a little odd. He said, “I’m not really into football and don’t pay much attention to what’s going on. But I guess if I were a football fan, I’d root for the Seahawks…” Wait, what?? The comment was a little weird, but it still sparked the loudest cheers of the entire night. Imagine Dragons was coming fresh off their Grammy win as “Best Rock Performance,” so the energy was palpable. The wave broke out during the concert, which is always fun to be a part of. My favorite moment was when everyone turned on their cell phone flashlights and the entire arena looked like the night sky full of bright stars. Just wish these concerts weren’t on weeknights! This girl likes being in bed by 9:30!!
Creation: Apple Pie
Location: My Kitchen
After-Taste: OMG!!!! Hell has officially frozen over!! I made a PIE! And a pie that actually tastes GOOD!! On this Sunday, I had a lot of time to kill, so I got a weird thought in my head to try and make a pie. From scratch. Yes, crust and all. Making the dough was one of the greatest parts of the experience – I was so proud! I used a wine bottle as my rolling pin because I’m classy like that. And I decided I was going to attempt a lattice crust. Holy moly. Shit is getting real. And you know what? Creating the lattice was my favorite part! It was really fun, and a lot easier than I was expecting. The recipe I used told me to pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust to have it seep through all the apples, but I decided to mix the liquid with the apples beforehand. Take note: if you bake a pie, make sure to put a cookie sheet below the pie in the oven. I made the mistake of not doing this and sugary liquid dripped all over the bottom of my oven that will be very difficult to clean. Oopsies! I’ve said many times I’m not very good in the kitchen and this mistake is a perfect example. But I’m getting better, and that’s all that matters. I’m very proud of my apple pie and I’m so happy that it looks good AND tastes good!
Location: Highland Ice Arena
After-Skate: What is broomball, you ask?? Welp, it’s basically hockey but on sneakers and uses brooms and a bouncy ball. My friend Hanny wanted to get a group together for his birthday, so we headed up to Highland Ice Arena and had the private ice rink reserved. I have to be honest and say it was difficult to see the little kids get kicked out of the rink so our time can begin. But then I realized that when we went onto the ice without skates and all carrying brooms, they were wildly amused and watched us the entire time. If I were a kid, I’d love to see a bunch of adults acting like idiots! If you agree to do broomball, know this: you WILL fall. It’s inevitable. Some people fell many times, others did not. But there wasn’t one person who stayed upright the entire time. I’m pretty sure I’ll have a bruise on my knee for weeks due to the fall that I had [worth it!]. Also know: bring a sturdy broom and duct tape. If you want to look like an official broomball badass, you’ve gotta tape up your broom the correct way (even though all of the duct tape will fall off by the end of the game). I was nervous about how I was going to run on the ice in my shoes – but it was easier than I was expecting! I mean, it wasn’t easy, but I could actually semi-run without any problems. It was quite a workout and we all had grins from ear to ear when our time was up (fine kids, take the rink back…grrrrrr). Cross your fingers I don’t find any crazy bruises on my body!
Link: Highland Ice Arena
Race: Love ’em or Leave ’em Dash
After-Dash: Can you believe it?? It’s been exactly a year since my first official race! I certainly can’t believe it… Especially because I’ve completed a few different races during this year. I’m actually paying money to run. What? Who am I?? Last year at this race, my friend Zack came to support me because I was so nervous. This year he decided to run with me!! Well, not with me – he’s way fast. I was far faaaaar behind him. My goal when I run in any 5K is to not walk. I’ve failed on that goal once, but not this race!! I ran the whole thing and was very proud of myself. This is a great 5K to do if you’re just getting into running – no hills and it’s just one loop around the lake. If I can do it, trust me, you can do it too. :) The good news is that I beat the giant Hershey’s Kiss and the “runaway brides,” I did not beat the man that was BAREFOOT. What?? What a machine! The weather was perfect and there were so many people covered in pink and red. I wonder how many races I’ll sign up for THIS year?!
Link: Valentine’s Dash
Event: Super Bowl Championship Parade
Location: Downtown Seattle
After-Celebration: Damn! Talk about best week ever!!! To celebrate the Seahawks Super Bowl victory, the city held an kick-ass parade in their honor. Working at Fisher Plaza has its many perks, but to be at the start of the parade has got to be one of the coolest experiences ever. I had many friends come downtown and I struggled to decide where I should stake out for the parade. I’m short, so I knew that no matter where I ended up, I probably wouldn’t be able to see much. So I decided to join my co-workers on the 4th floor balcony, and I’m so glad I did! We had the most amazing view of the parade with the Space Needle in the background. There was pretty much no hope in actually working today – Seattle was buzzing and it felt like a National Holiday for us. The parade was wonderful – Lynch throwing out Skittles to everyone, Pete Carroll waving up at us, seeing the shiny Heisman Trophy with my own eyes (not to be confused with the Heisman balloons pictured above). There were thousands upon thousands of people; I can’t even imagine actually being in the parade! Seahawks deserved it – they brought so much happiness to their city!!
Check out the video I took of us starting the “Sea! Hawk!” cheer from the balcony! So cool!!
Event: Super Bowl XLVIII
Location: Downtown Seattle
After-DOMINATION: We did it!!! SEATTLE SEAHAWKS ARE SUPER BOWL XLVIII CHAMPS!!! What an amazing day!!! The game was spectacular, our Super Bowl party was a total blast, and the celebration was UNFORGETTABLE!!! I am on cloud 9 right now!!! What an amazing experience for our city! We had a ton of friends get together at a friend’s house and we had a ton of food, snacks, beer, cake pops – it was like Heaven. After the game we couldn’t NOT go out and celebrate, so we decided to hit up a bar nearby and it was so hilarious! The moment we walked into the bar, everyone just started shouting – the win just made us all so happy that you could just shout “Go Hawks” and everyone around you would start whooping and hollering. The bar was packed with happy Hawks – but some of us wanted to get even more involved. A few of us decided to head downtown to be in the thick of it. This is the first time we’ve ever won a Super Bowl, and we are here, in Seattle – essentially, we are a part of history, so we had to live it up the best way we could! So we drove downtown and along I-5, the most inconvenient thing happened. My tire blew out!!! It was pretty terrifying considering my car started shaking and smelling of burnt rubber. Luckily, I was able to exit and pull over. Even more lucky, I had two guy friends with me who put on my spare tire within 10 minutes. My heros! (Thanks, Dan and Jared!!) Honestly, this was the best time for me to get a flat tire (I mean, I’d rather never have one), but everyone was in such a good mood that we laughed it off and didn’t worry about it for a second! We made it downtown, walked to Pike Place Market, and it was absolutely surreal. There was an unofficial parade with cars honking their horns, people piling on top of them, screaming, drinking in the middle of the street. It. Was. AWESOME! We met up with some friends and just soaked it all in. This was truly one of the best days and nights Seattle has ever experienced. GO HAWKS!!!