West Coast Fun, Part 3

Posted on August 23, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

After the adventures on the mountain, we stopped by the groom’s BBQ. He had cooked up a ton of awesome food and we chilled on the porch with some beers and enjoyed. It was a the perfect lunch we needed post-hike. The rest of the afternoon was spent by the pool and then it was time to get ready for the wedding.

The ceremony took place outside with the most stunning backdrop I’ve seen. The weather was PERFECT. Seriously, it could not have been any better. In front of a blue sky and shimmering water background, my two friends said their vows in a sweet ceremony.

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Following the ceremony, we walked over to the reception area and enjoyed cocktails and appetizers outside before moving inside for dinner, drinks and dancing. The food was delicious, the decorations were beautiful and the DJ was awesome. It was such a fun wedding! I really had a blast and loved every moment.

Rocking my Rent the Runway with the gorgeous bride!

Rocking my Rent the Runway with the gorgeous bride!

The lovely tall centerpieces!

The lovely tall centerpieces!

Congrats again to Rory and Ally!

After a very late evening, I was up early on Sunday to catch the ferry with some friends. We waited 2.5 hours for the ferry and headed straight to the Eagles Salmon BBQ for a quick lunch after we disembarked. From the BBQ we drove to Woodinville for some wine, vodka and whiskey tasting. There are 31 wineries in a little industrial area of Woodinville, making it super easy to walk around and enjoy a bunch of tastings. We did one wine tasting at Eye of the Needle.

439We then headed off to Project V Distillery for some vodka tasting. It is family run and a really cool, eclectic place. We tasted a chai vodka that was very unique.

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And our final stop was at Woodinville Whiskey. I already knew I liked their whiskey because I enjoyed a great glass of it on Friday night at the wedding!

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We then headed into Seattle to the Ballard neighborhood to get some oysters at the Walrus & the Carpenter. It was one of the best meals I’ve had in a really long time. We started with two dozens oysters and also enjoyed the salmon tartare and the smokee trout. Holy crap was everything delicious! The oysters were so fresh and just out of this world. The salmon tartare was creamy and decadent and the smoked trout was a combination of many different flavors that brought the dish alive. Man, oh man, it was good. We ended up getting an addition dozen oysters of our two favorites kinds after we fished the other dishes. They were just too good not to get more!

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Smoked trout with capers, creme fraiche, onion and walnuts.

Smoked trout with capers, creme fraiche, onion and walnuts.

Salmon tartare with celery root, caraway and walnuts.

Salmon tartare with celery root, caraway and walnuts.

It was seriously the perfect ending to my trip. Full of delicious seafood, I headed to the airport for my red-eye flight. Once I landed in Dulles, I hopped a cab to Union Station where I had some breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien and had a nice visit with Addy. Woo! It was great to see her and catch up for a bit. I miss her!

Smoked salmon breakfast - so good!

Smoked salmon breakfast – so good!

The final leg of my trip was a train back to NJ. I arrived pretty tired and spent the rest of the day unpacking, doing laundry and resting up. I head off to Richmond this weekend for a quick trip with friends. I have been doing a lot of travel but I’ve been enjoying ever minute of it. Check out this post from Buzzfeed for a little travel inspirtation 🙂

Stephanie

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