Lovely Phoenix

My sisters and I take an annual trip to Phoenix for some sun and Spring training baseball. I had forgotten to post these to the blog earlier; better late than never!

We stay at an absolutely lovely place: the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. It’s a beautiful place, nestled into the Phoenix mountains (yes, they do have mountains there! No Everests, but good sized hills nonetheless!). We throw in a couple of Mariner’s spring training games over in Peoria, and we’re SET!

Looking forward to next year already!

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Kickin’ it at the Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen

Below is a quote from the book by MFK Fisher, How To Cook a Wolf (where she’s talking about having a friend to go out with):

“He will be the kind who will have worked all day and be as glad as you to sit back and absorb a little quick relaxation from a glass and then eat, quaffing immortality and joy.”

 

That perfectly sums up what my sister, J, and I did on Monday afternoon at the newly opened Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen is in old Ballard, at the corner of 22nd and Shilshole Avenue and opened on Friday, August 16th. The place has a great atmosphere and a very cool vibe. They have done a really nice job with the decorating and overall feel, and have left no stone unturned. From the menus being printed on nice paper, to the light fixtures in the ceiling having a neat “wagon wheel”-esque shape. Even the bathroom has an old western kind of feel with rustic wood doors and an old timey sink and soap dispenser. Very nicely done.

We shared a couple of different food items, including the smoked cheddar & tasso grit sticks, pulled pork sliders, fried green tomatoes, and collard greens. Mmmmmm mmmmmm!!!! Delish!!! The grit sticks were definitely my favorite. I think I could eat like a gazillion of those things! All around tasty food, and I will definitely go back. I already have the menu in mind for the next time: fried chicken with mashed potatoes and a slice of house-made pie for dessert.

We also had some Southern themed cocktails. (We ARE from the South after all. It was our duty to make sure they were represented correctly and there was only one way to find out!)
We had the Mint Julep, Whiskey Smash, and Southern Punch. Refreshing and tasty.

We had such a nice time sitting back and relaxing on the deck (which is fabulous I might add), enjoying our cocktails and food. It was quite the enjoyable evening, and I look forward to my next venture to the  Kickin’ Boot..

Tully’s Coffee photo shoot

Back in May, the marketing department at Tully’s Coffee (headquartered in Seattle, WA) and I were in contact with each other regarding photography for an upcoming promotion of theirs. They were looking for a photographer to shoot various soups, sandwiches, and mini-desserts that they were going to start selling in their stores. I got the job, and was absolutely thrilled beyond belief!

The shoot took place in early June at the Tully’s headquarters, which is in the old Rainier Brewery building just south of downtown Seattle. I must say, I’ve driven by that building on I-5 I don’t know how many times, but until now, I never really saw it up close, and appreciated what a cool set of buildings it is. The buildings are full of fantastic old architecture, and they are a true piece of Seattle history.

The shoot was long and I was pretty exhausted by the time I got home, but it was truly an amazing experience. The Tully’s people were wonderful and were so easy to work with.  I did the post processing shortly thereafter, and got the final pictures to them; knowing that in weeks, I would see my “babies” front and center in Tully’s stores around Seattle and on the Eastside. I can’t even begin to convey how absolutely exciting of a feeling that was! A big grin comes across my face even as I write this!

So here is a list of where the signs should be (will probably be on those “A boards” that are the free-standing signs usually either just outside the entrance or right inside). I have a couple here on the blog as well. Stop by, grab a cup of coffee, and see them if you can!

Seattle:
5 Corners- 3042 NE 45th St., Suite A
Flagship- 1401 4th Ave
Market Place- 2001 Western Ave, Suite #110A
King Street- 408 2nd Ave S
Alki- 2676 Alki Ave SW
Airport Way- 3100 Airport Way S
Nickerson- 101 Nickerson St., Building ‘B’, Suite #200

Bellevue:
Bellevue City Center Plaza- 555 110th Ave NE, Suite #101
Lincoln Square- 700 Bellevue Way NE, Suite #140
New Main St.- 10812 Main St
Eastgate- 3080 148th Ave SE, Suite #113
Bellevue Place- 10500 NE 8th St

Redmond:
Bella Botega- 8862 161st Ave SE

Tacoma:
TRC- 1427 Pacific Ave