Friday, April 30, 2010

Nuts & Dates

Date Numero Uno (the unofficial start of our alternating "dates")

B took me to a neighborhood last night that I have been wanting to meander through - Madison Park. From what I was told, Madison Park is one of the older and more affluent parts of Seattle - with large, beautiful homes abound - "Old Money," if you will.

We went to this AMAZING restaurant called Cactus where we shared the carnitas tacos and (drum roll, please) the BUTTERNUT SQUASH ENCHILADAS (O.M.G.)!!!! It was truly phenomenal...I mean..."Crisp white corn tortillas with Jack and goat cheeses, sautéed spinach, roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions, manchamanteles mole and guacamole." The perfect combination of tastes - and I don't even like mole all that much (Eric, aren't you proud!?).

B, who isn't the most adventurous eater, was blown away by the taste and is inspired to turn over a new leaf and try out more new food options! In the spirit of adventure, he even ventured out with me and ordered a "three-ingredient" margarita - the Agave Margarita - made up of fresh squeezed lime juice, tequila and fresh agave juice. Just when we thought we couldn't eat any more, one of the managers came out and gave us a FREE three cheese flan for being first-timers!! That too was extremely good! I can't wait to take my out-of-towner visitors here!

Most of the shops were closed, but we wandered down to the park that hugs the water and got to catch the beautiful pinks and blues of the dusk sky. With the 520 to the left (excuse my use of "the" it's a California thing) and the 90 (ok, ok, I-90) to the right, we were situated in the perfect viewing spot of many events which will take place at the Seattle Seafair (imagine two weeks of Havasu in Washington). According to Cody it's a great people-watching spot in the summer as all kinds come out to bask in the sun...speaking of sun, I hope summer gets here quick! My brief trip down to Cali, complete with beach house lounging, sun soaking, stand up paddling fun, has me desperately yearning for the days of summer...

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