Tuesday, July 8, 2014

29/52: 4th of July Weekend Fun!!

We had a wonderful time in Seattle over the 4th of July holiday!

Wednesday night, Brian and I took Chick to Duos Lounge in West Seattle.

This is quickly becoming our favorite little neighborhood gem...especially on Wino Wednesday when all bottles of wine are 1/2 price!

They have a great happy hour, daily from 4-7 with a great variety of options.

We had Beef Sliders, Caesar Salad and a Dungeness Crab Cake.  Yum!

On Thursday, we took a stroll around the Kubota Gardens.  In 1927 Fujitaro Kubota bought 5 acres of logged off swampland in Rainier Beach and began his garden.

He was a man with a dream.  An entirely self taught gardener, he wanted to display the beauty of the Northwest in a Japanese manner and was soon designing and installing gardens throughout the Seattle area.

The gardens on the Seattle University campus and the Japanese Garden at the Bloedel Reserve are public examples of his work.

He died in 1973 at the age of 94.  In 1987, thanks to the efforts of many dedicated individuals, the city of Seattle acquired the garden from the Kubota family and it is now maintained by the gardeners of the Department of Parks and Recreation along with many volunteers.

For the 4th, we had a wonderful BBQ at Mom and Kenny's.  Brian and I had a game of horse shoes and we hung out on the patio until the winds picked up and it turned chilly.

Kenny cooked burgers and dogs, potato salad and Brian brought baked beans.  The fireworks were a bit too late but the neighborhood kept us awake until midnight.

On Saturday night, we had a wonderful Mexican dinner at Mission Latin Bar and Restaurant.  The Mission offers Latin and Mexican cuisine in an enchanting atmosphere in the heart of the Admiral District.

We loved the cozy restaurant and sat upstairs overlooking the bar.  The menu offered everything from sweet potato enchiladas to shrimp tacos to Pork "street tacos" Carnitas.

No need to mention that diets start back up again today!