Always Aubrey

Monday, June 26, 2017

Seattle: Fremont

Every year, Dan and I try to take a week-long vacation as a couple.  For our 2017 trip, we decided to take a road trip through parts of Oregon and Washington!

While in Seattle, we stayed with dear friends in Fremont, a vibrant neighborhood that was full of awesome stuff!  We walked to the Fremont Troll, a public sculpture under a bridge.  It was commissioned in 1990 to help cut down on trash dumping and illegal activity happening in the area under the bridge.



For breakfast and a caffeine fix, we enjoyed some true latte art at Fremont Coffee Company, set up in an old house in the neighborhood.  My chai latte was beautiful, but Dan's skull art in his latte was amazing!




If you're a chocoholic, you might want to take a tour of organic and fair-trade chocolatier Theo Chocolate.  I've seen Theo for sale in many other states, but I had no idea where it was made!  We didn't make it in time for a tour, but we did peruse the shop and try some samples.  I also bought a couple of chocolates to take along with us as to-go snacks.





Our favorite meal of our entire vacation was in Fremont, at Joule.  It bills itself as a contemporary Korean steakhouse, and in 2013 it was named one of the Best New Restaurants in America by Bon App├ętit.  We ordered a ton of courses, and cocktails, and I didn't even get photos of them all, because we were enjoying the meal and spending time with our friends L & J.

“that” short rib steak, kalbi, grilled kimchi


Honestly, I loved Joule so much that it will be hard to keep me from wanting to eat there every time I'm in Seattle.  I love Korean flavors, and the fusion of it just felt very... me.  I don't know how to describe it, because as a half-Korean, half-American girl, this food basically is what I imagine a restaurant based on my life might be like!

Spicy rice cake, chorizo, pickled mustard green

Prime bavette steak, truffled pine nut, artichoke

Lamb shank, rendang, masa cake, collards

Fremont was an awesome home based for us while we were in Seattle.  There were always cars in close proximity if we wanted a Lyft to downtown, and there was so much within walking distance!  We also enjoyed the massive beer list at Brouwer's Cafe too.  We are so lucky to have been able to stay in our friends' guest room, complete with adorable kitty cats and even late night board game fun to boot.

Don't forget to visit the Fremont neighborhood in Seattle!
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Fremont Seattle

Friday, June 23, 2017

Seattle: Museum of Pop Culture

Every year, Dan and I try to take a week-long vacation as a couple.  For our 2017 trip, we decided to take a road trip through parts of Oregon and Washington!

One of Dan's favorite experiences in Seattle, hands down, was the Museum of Pop Culture (a.k.a. MoPOP).  If you're a nerd like us, and you have your fav fandoms, chances are they are represented at MoPOP.

The MoPOP used to be the Experience Music Project, so it has an incredible guitar sculpture, Jimi Hendrix exhibit, and a lot of music-related stuff.  But now, it contains so much more!



The majority of the exhibit were props and other items from TV and film, which we loved.  There's a Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame exhibition on the main floor, and more throughout the building.  Dan's favorite was probably the horror exhibit, and we both loved the fantasy and sci-fi sections.  I think my favorites were the Dalek from Doctor Who, costumes from the Princess Bride, and swords from the Lord of the Rings.  We also explored the Star Trek exhibit.  


 


One of the temporary exhibits was on video games.  You could actually play a bunch of indie video games on various platforms, which was pretty cool.



A special treat at the museum was the visiting Jim Henson exhibit.  One thing Dan and I have in common is a love of Jim Henson!  I grew up on Sesame Street, and we love the movie Labyrinth.  We picked up the Ludo Funko Pop while we were at the gift store.




Dan loved the museum so much, we explored it, ate lunch, then went back through our favorites again.  It was the perfect nerd date for the two of us, and we'd go back in a heartbeat!


Fellow nerds, this is the museum for you!
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Museum of Pop Culture Seattle

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review: Aventura Clothing

Disclosure:  I received clothing for free for this sponsored post from Aventura.  I promised to review the product, honestly, with all opinions as my own!


I'd never heard of Aventura, until I got an e-mail asking if I'd be interested in reviewing the company's clothing.  To be honest, I wasn't entirely sure that it was my style.  I'm more indoorsy than outdoorsy, and it felt kind of crunchy.  But when I read about Aventura's sustainability efforts, I decided to give it a go; I certainly don't dress sustainably on a daily basis, but I was interested in whether or not I'd like the fabrics.

Thanks to Lauren for taking pics before dinner!


After sending over a list of clothes that I liked on their site, Aventura sent me two pieces: the Easton dress and a pair of leggings.  The first thing I noticed?  Quality!  The Easton dress has so many nice details with pintucks and the back yoke, and the fabric was incredibly soft.  It had a great thickness and felt so comfortable to wear at the office all day.  The leggings were super soft as well, and they have an amazing stretch.  It was feminine yet functional, and not the assumed crunchy look I'd imagined; I was able to express my own style.




Aventura produces fashionable and comfortable clothing with a low environmental impact.  They try to avoid chemical pesticides and choose organically farmed cotton.  Over 75% of their styles use lower impact or sustainable materials.  I wore a cardigan due to the A/C in my office, and I liked how the grey-green could go with a variety of different colors.



After these photos, I ended up taking the sweater off to have dinner with two of my friends outdoors in Nashville.  See, I go outside!  Zero complaints after wearing this dress all day, and into the night.  I kept touching the fabric because it was so soft.



As for the leggings, I think they'll be perfect under a tunic or a dress, but they didn't pass my opacity test (bend over, look in mirror! LOL) as to whether I could wear them with just a tee or for working out.  But the stretch and the seamlessness felt incredible and comfortable, so I will definitely be wearing them as they're the only grey colored leggings that I have in my closet. Note: Aventura let me know that their leggings are meant to be worn under dresses/tunics, not as pants, so FYI! :)



Overall, I loved the quality and the sustainable sourcing of Aventura clothing!
I wouldn't hesitate to shop this brand!

Disclosure:  I received clothing for free for this sponsored post from Aventura.  I promised to review the product, honestly, with all opinions as my own!
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