Yesterday was a lovely day, relatively warm and sunny and I had planned on taking my camera and doing some serious picture-taking. However, I ended up getting a very late start and ended up at Pike Place in the afternoon. It was filled with tourists. Uggh. Slow-walking, super-gawking and my least favorite attribute of all, their insistence on walking three or four abreast. (Were you hoping to get around us, Seattleite who knows where you're going? Well, it's not going to happen. Just stand behind us until we figure out where those guys are who throw the fish.) Let me reiterate in the form of an equation: Sun + Weekend = Crowd at the market. Winter is over. The tourists are here.
On the bright side--since it was so crowded with people taking pictures of everything that anyone who's ever gone to the market takes pictures of (produce, flowers, Pike Place Market sign), I ended up taking shots of some of the utilitarian things that make the market work. I think I'm going to try do some more of these.
This is a detail of a quilt hanging in the window of Undercover Quilts (a quilting store one block south of Pike Place). This is a quilt of a chart of the San Juan Islands. I, of course, focused in on the Port Townsend region of the quilt. I think this is such a cool idea, and the quilting itself is just fantastic. There was also another quilt that was a detail of a topographical map of Mount Rainier. Also very nice.
Lemongrass beef Vietnamese noodle salad. Very tasty (and a wee bit spicy). I marinated some steak in lemongrass, garlic, fish sauce, brown sugar and soy sauce, then broiled and sliced it. Dumped it on top of a bowl of napa cabbage, carrot, red pepper, red onion, cilantro, thai basil, shiso and rice noodle. Dumped the nuoc cham "dressing" (fish sauce, lime juice, minced garlic, minced thai bird chile, water) on top of that and threw some chopped peanuts on top of the whole thing. Light and filling at the same time.
Before going to dinner Tuesday night, Mike had to run into his office for a few minutes. Juliet and I waited in the car. She played with her DS in the backseat, and I had my camera in the front. So I took a couple shots through the rainy windshield.
More from the thrift store. I remember all of these colors and motifs of the 70s so well. Harvest gold. We didn't have much of it at our house, but we were the proud owners of two avocado phones (rotary, of course) and an avocado refrigerator. We did have a harvest gold set of dishes though, procured from our local Safeway.