Carkeek Park

I am finally back online and taking time to catch up with my blogging. Our last day in Seattle, WA we went to see Nancy and work and had a picnic at Carkeek Park.

We decided to go see Nancy before we went to the park. She works at Swanson’s Nursery.

https://www.swansonsnursery.com/

We brought the boys, Frankie and Charlie, with us. Nancy got to show them off.

Swanson Nursery
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Caribbean Food

Today before John Lee went to work he said he needed to go to Bongos Café to talk to the owner about a gig for the Seattle Houserockers. He said we could have lunch there. So off we went.

In the summer they have the outside open. This is where the Houserockers play. You can sit with your feet in the sand while you listen to music.

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Brewery and Mexican Food

Four years ago while visiting John Lee and Nancy we found a nice brewery called Lantern Brewing. Every time we come back we always go to have a beer or two. It is about 6 blocks from their house.

When John and Nancy left for work we decided we would walk to Lantern Brewing and eat from whatever food truck the have there.

Yes, I had to take some flower photos on our walk.

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Gig at Tim’s Tavern

Our friend John Lee is a bass player for the Seattle House Rockers and he had a gig while we were in town. Friday night we headed to Tim’s Tavern for a beer and some Blues music.

We went out to eat at a Central American restaurant that was next door to the tavern for dinner. It is called La Cabana and was very good. Once again I was too busy eating to remember to take a photo.

Bistec Encebollado (Nicaragua) $17.50
A traditional dish from Nicaragua made with a choice cut of beef and top it with a generous amount of caramelized onions, and tomatoes. Served with Gallo Pinto, freshly made tortillas and a green salad. This is what I had.

Salpicon (Honduras)  $17.50

This traditional dish comes to you from Honduras. We start with a choice cut of beef, peeled knuckle, which is cooked in a special seasoning mix. We mince the meat and blend it with diced onions, cilantro and top it with fresh lime juice and diced radish. Served with rice, freshly made tortillas, and a green salad. David had this.

Huevos Rancheros  $10.75
Over easy or hard (fried) eggs on a corn tortilla topped with a home-made spicy red salsa,bell peppers,and onions. Served with refried beans, queso fresco and crema. John Lee had this.

They make their tortillas and they are really good.

They have special non-alcoholic drinks.

Horchata  $3.75
Sweet rice water drink w/ a hint of cinnamon
(contains dairy) I had this drink and it was nice. It kind of reminded me of Thai Ice Tea.

Nance  $3.75
A refreshing drink made from the fruit of the
palm tree, a small tart, yellow cherry-like fruit. David tried this one which we thought had a nice flavor but was a little too pulpy for David.

John Lee did it again and took us to a wonderful place to eat. If you are ever in the neighborhood you should give it a try.

La Cabana

https://timslivemusic.com/

Nancy and John Lee

Trouble at Home played first. One of the guys is actually in the Seattle House Rockers. They were good too.

The guy on the harmonica, John Marsh, also joined in with the House Rockers.

After they finished it was time for Seattle House Rockers.

If you would like to hear some of the Seattle Houserockers check it out here.

We had a great time and the music was great too.

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U District on the Av

John Lee was off on Thursday so we headed to the University District in Seattle on the Avenue.

Last time we visited John and Nancy he took us to an Indian Buffett. Chili’s South Indian Cuisine has one of the best Indian buffets I have ever been too. The price is great too, $14 after tax. You can check them out here.

http://chilissouthindianrestaurant.com/home

Of course, I didn’t bring my camera like an idiot so no photos. Well I guess I could of taken them with my phone but I was to busy feeding my face.

When I waddled out of Chili’s we headed to Bulldog News. John Lee was looking for a magazine. Bulldog News is one of the few news stands left around.

https://www.bulldognews.com/

There is a baker that does have gluten free goodies. You have to get a coffee from Nathaniel who is the longest serving barista in the country. He makes great coffee too!

https://www.bulldognews.com/9/caf-espresso.html

Another one of John’s favorite places in Tea Republik. This guy makes some of the best blends and more different teas than I have ever seen.

NO COFFEE HERE!

After John’s nap at Tea Republik we headed home.

We had a great time wondering around the Av in the U district. John always find the best hole in the wall places. We keep telling him he needs to start being a tour guide for foodies.

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Wondering Around Greenwood

Our first day in Greenwood which is in North Central Seattle John and Nancy had to go to work. David and I decided to go for a walk.

Just a nice looking bug.

We decided to go eat at a Turkish restaurant that we had gone to before. To our surprise it is now a Thai Restaurant.

https://thaithaikitchen.net/

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Home and Concert

Our last day with our kids before we head into Seattle to visit David’s best friend before we head back to York.

Sarah and Steve made it home around 11am.

They made it 13 days without killing each other. Sarah was a little afraid because she said that this is the longest the two of them have ever been alone. I think from the smiles on their faces it was ok.

They were happy to be home.

They met the kids at the bus stop with candy Lei’s. Then home to give them their gifts.

What goofy granddaughters we have.

Willow and Meadow had a concert with the middle school that night and wanted to go dressed like this. Mom had to tell them no.

We all went to their last concert of the year. There were 3 local elementary schools who went to the middle school to sing with their choir.

We stopped at Subway on the way home for dinner. It was a great night and we really loved the kids concert.

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South African Burgers

On Sunday Cade needed to go to Tracy and Ryan’s to help him with some trees they had fallen. Cade had left him his chainsaw to cut the trees up for firewood. There were a couple that were really big and Ryan couldn’t handle them.

Ryan and Tracy are from South Africa. Of course they have a different way of cooking and seasoning their burgers.

When we first arrived we all hung out to visit a bit and have some chips and dips or were we the dips. Not sure but anyway.

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Escape of the Grandparents

Last Saturday David and I escaped from the house for a while. My son, Cade, was home and the girls were all out playing. We decided to go enjoy the day. Cade told us to go to the back of his property and follow the dirt road to the first power pole. There we will find a trail that takes off into the woods.

Believe it or not we actually found the trail.

He said if you follow it all the way you will come to a road and then you can continue on the trail on the other side.

We then came upon the creek.

We then took another trail back to the road.

It was just a very nice day.

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Key Peninsula

After we got the girls on the bus to school David and I decided to drive into Purdy and walk along the beach by the bridge.

That’s right the name of the town is Purdy, Washington. My son, Cade, was telling me that when he was looking for a house he saw an ad that said Purdy house. This might be the place I want that must be owned by a hillbilly like with his purdy (pretty) house. Anyway it wasn’t the house for him but if you would like to know more about Purdy check out this link

https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Purdy_(Washington)

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