Wash / Van Trip [part 8]

We woke up on our last day in Canada and packed up to head back to the states.

On our way to Seattle we made a stop at Whatcom Falls Park. It was a nice scenic spot to take a break and walk around for a while. 

Once in Seattle, we checked into our favorite place to stay [The Moore Hotel] and went for a walk to visit some favorite shops and spots. 

That night we ended up going to watch a few innings of the Mariner's game. After getting a little restless we decided to end our night at Hot Cakes. We opted to travel by foot which was a little over 2 miles. We weren't quite fast enough though and the rain started about a block before we reached our destination. 

The following morning we stopped for breakfast at Oddfellows Cafe before heading to the airport. Oddfellows is one of the stops we make every time we are in town. We may have also stopped in at General Porpoise for...you guessed it, a donut, to tide us over at the airport while we waited to begin our trip back home. 

san francisco [day 3]

We started our third, last full day in San Francisco by going to Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. I hate to admit it, but it was the second time on this trip we were standing in a line that we didn't know what it was for. So, here we stood, outside in a line as it started to rain. 

Thanks to some girls next to us who also wondered after about 5 minutes what they were in line for, they investigated. Turns out everyone was a line to get a cruffin [a croissant / muffin hybrid], which wouldn't be available for another 20 minutes. Sure a cruffin sounded delicious, but it wasn't worth waiting for in a long line, in the rain. 

We decided to bypass the long line and get a boring 'ol donut and bread pudding.

The show we had planned to see this particular afternoon was Superego. We had first seen them the last time we were in town for Sketchfest

Not only did we see the Superego regulars, but some amazing guests where there as well including John Hodgman, Amanda Lund and Janet Varney.

The show we saw has not been released, however, you can check out TONS of Superego on Howl.fm. I highly recommend this.

After the show, we found out there were still some tickets left for the Workjuice Players [basically, The Thrilling Adventure Hour]. However, it was for the late show. Meaning 10:30 pm. MEANING 12:30 am our normal, back home time. You know, two hours past our normal bedtime. 

But, we decided to live it up and got tickets. Knowing we had a late night ahead of us, we decided to not do too much and just walk around / explore. Maybe grab a beer and a snack. 

The beer and snack idea did not go as planned. We found a cute coffee shop, but they had JUST stopped serving food. 

Then we found a brewery Eric wanted to check out. Both their bar areas were full, but since we would be sharing an appetizer they would not let us sit in the dining area [even though it was before the dinner-time rush and only 2 tables were currently occupied].

[Thanks for nothing 21st Amendment Brewery.]

We were about to give up and head back to the hotel when we came across a little sports bar on the water. At this point we were exhausted from walking and just needed to sit for a bit.

For dinner that night we stopped at Gott's at the Ferry Building before heading over to the Brava Theater

It's probably worth mentioning that we spent most of our time in SF at Brava. All three shows we saw took place there. Needless to say we knew our way around that area pretty well by the end of the trip. 

The Workjuice Players started out with a solo by Rhett Miller, singing Life on Mars. [Unfortunately it was the next day that David Bowie passed away.] You can hear Rhett's great performance here. You can also hear Sparks Nevada, the story it proceeded, here

I'm glad we stayed up way past our bedtime for this show. There was so much talent on the stage and it was such a fun way to end our trip. 

new york, donuts

I saved my last New York post to dedicate to donuts. No vacation is complete without donuts, right? Maybe we overdid it, but a] we just got married and needed to celebrate and b] when you walk roughly 9 miles a day in New York, I think it's justified. 

The first place we tried was the Doughnuttery. I was already drawn to the name of this donut place because if you know the old TV show Strangers With Candy and you know me then you know that I love names like Sticky Bunnery, Dry Cleanerie, and Corn Doggery. 

Anyway, back to the donuts. The Doughnuttery has mini donuts that can be sprinkled with a variety of different sugars. Also, you can also choose a dipping sauce! We got 3 cinnamon sugar and 3 glazed mini donuts with beer caramel dipping sauce. Delicious. 

We took our donuts to the High Line, grabbed some coffee and people watched for a while. 

We stopped at Dough the morning we went for our bike ride. They had quite a variety and these donuts were HUGE. 

Just like our first trip to New York, we went to Doughnut Plant the morning before leaving. These are the donuts we would have had at our wedding if possible. This place is the best.

The two donuts we split were raspberry + carrot cake. 

Thanks for the great donuts, New York.

wedding attire

My dress hunting started in the beginning of the year. I had a few dresses in mind, but it meant I would need to travel to Chicago to try them on. My mom, cousin and I picked a day to head to Chicago to look at wedding and bridesmaid dresses. 

Our first stop was at J.Crew. I tried on quite a few, including a cotton one which I hesitated to try on [it was on my list, but not until I saw it did I realize it was cotton]. 

After J.Crew we had a bit of time before heading to our appointment at BHLDN. We ate lunch and stopped to pick up some Glazed donuts to take home to our guys.

After both of those stops, we still had some time to kill. It was February, but luckily it wasn't too cold out, so it was nice to walk around the windy city. On our way to BHLDN, I saw a sign reading "SPRINKLES CUPCAKE ATM". I had heard of the cupcake atm before, but figured my mom hadn't and would get a kick out of it as she works at a bank.

My cousin tried to buy a cupcake out of the machine but broke it - err, I mean it got stuck. We eventually went inside the store [boring] and bought a cupcake that we all shared. 

We finally made our way to BHLDN where I tried on three dresses - only one which I deemed to be a possibility. 

After that day in Chicago, I think I knew in my mind which dress I wanted but I still showed a few friends the pictures of what I tried on to get opinions. In the end I choose the cotton dress from J.Crew which I almost didn't try on! But in the end, it felt the most "me". Also, it had pockets.

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

Eric's journey to find a suit was a little bit easier. He ordered two different suits online to try and he also tried one on at J.Crew. He ended up with a suit from Bonobos. His shirt was from Banana Republic Factory.

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

Katie, my matron-of-honor's dress was also from J.Crew [we had already decided on that during our trip to Chicago.] Unfortunately I can't tell you much about what Brian was wearing, except we bought him the tie! We just wanted him in a suit, looking sharp, which is exactly what he did. We are pretty easy-going that way. 

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

As for other little details, my necklace and his tie clip were from J.Crew. There's a story to go along with his tie clip, but I will save that for another post. [Tie shown below is a tie my mom made with material that belonged to my Great-Grandma. Eric wore it for rehearsal.]

My belt, earrings and hair clip were from Anthropologie

Eric's shoes were Original Penguin Brogue wing tip while mine were B.A.I.T. Hailey in yellow. 

Oh yes, and I should also mention my make-up was done by my good friend Rachel! Kind of wish I had her on hand daily. 

[Of course this post was not sponsored by any of the places mentioned. Do you really think that many people read my website that I would get a spiff for mentioning them? Well, except Rachel. She may have paid me to say she's a great make-up artist...]

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

Tall Guy + Cranky Al

From the early planning stages of our wedding we knew we wanted kabobs for dinner. I am not quite sure when or how we came up with that idea, but once we thought of it we were determined to make it happen. 

We also knew we didn't want a traditional wedding cake, but donuts instead. 

Here is a little look into the food from our wedding day.

[Thanks to our awesome photographer Ester for letting me use some of her photos! And if you haven't seen her post about the wedding, what are you waiting for?]

TALL GUY + A GRILL CATERING. 

I came across Tall Guy + a Grill one day online and a couple days later we were on our way to Wauwatosa to talk to Tall Guy, aka Dan [spoiler alert, he really is tall]. One of the great things about working with Dan is he talked to us about what kind of food we liked and he came up with a meal plan [in other words, there was no set menu we had to choose from]. 

I know we gave him ideas and told him what we liked, but I am still impressed with how everything he put together was EXACTLY what we wanted. 

Before the wedding we were able to go in for a tasting and not surprisingly the food was great and we didn't ask for anything to be changed. 

Fast forward to the wedding - the appetizers and meal turned out great. Dan, his wife, and rest of the staff were fantastic. Everything ran smoothly, presentation looked great, and the food tasted amazing. 

[Side note - I am also a big fan of Dan because he tries to source all his food locally through farms / markets.]

Appetizers consisted of veggies, hummus, cheese, pita bread and crackers. [People STILL are raving about the cheese - so I think that means if you are are in the MKE area you better go check out Clock Shadow Creamery.]

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

Dinner included beef / chicken kabobs, strawberry salad, cous cous, mediterranean pasta salad and fruit kabobs.

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

CRANKY AL'S

Although we knew we wanted donuts for dessert, we were undecided for quite some time about where to get them. Ideally I would have LOVED to bring them in from Top Pot in Seattle or Donut Plant in New York - but neither will ship. 

Luckily, the day we went to talk to Dan at Tall Guy, we stopped for coffee at Valentine Coffee. In the pastry case, there was a donut that Eric couldn't resist buying. We asked where it was made and found out at a place called Cranky Al's - a few blocks away from Tall Guy. 

We stopped by Cranky's yet that day, but they were closed [they do donuts in the morning, pizza at night and are closed in the middle of the day]. We had to wait until the next time we were in the area, but eventually we were able to go to Cranky's, try their donuts and become hooked.

I worked with Joey at the shop and he was extremely helpful. I asked if he could make a giant donut to surprise Eric with and he did. It was amazing. 

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ESTER B. PHOTOGRAPHY

I really didn't think we would come home with any donuts, but luckily we did! They worked out great as a meal for gift opening. [Kidding, we had other food too...but let's be honest the donuts were the best part of the gift opening meal.]

THANKS again to both Tall Guy + Cranky Al's! You both rock!

donut day

Happy National Donut Day!

To be perfectly honest, it's been donut day around here a LOT lately. We had donuts as our dessert at the wedding and the next week our trip to New York was filled with trying different donut places.

Although I am not sick of donuts at this point, it's time to go back to limiting the amount of donut intake. But before that happens, I had to celebrate National Donut Day. 

I used the generic recipe found on the Wilton donut pan packaging. [Whale measuring cups help make extra yummy donuts.]

After the donuts cooled, I mixed the frosting  - 1 cup of powdered sugar / 1 TBSP of milk / green food coloring. I did both a light green and dark green [made dark by just using a LOT of food coloring]. 

Hope everyone had a great donut day.