Monday, July 3, 2017

Pardon the dust.

As you may have read, Photobucket is basically holding photos for ransom by demanding $400/yr for 3rd party hosting.  In the past, you could store your photos there, then link them in code so it helped with basic HTML photos and things.

That's business, I guess, but they killed all our image links with no advance warning.  So while I get my images moved and rewrite my code, things will look a little fugly... and you have Photobucket to thank.

I'd don't often rant here, but it's so messed up.  I'd have paid like up to $99/year maybe, but $400/year for the dozen or so images I hosted?  No thanks.

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

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