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Dinner with My Dad, Queen City Grill!

Tuesday night I met my Dad downtown to try out a new to us restaurant. My last day of work (more on that later), I knew I would need something fun to look forward to, so I was excited to have dinner plans and catch up with him! We have a typical dinner get together planned every month or so. It’s a tradition that really helps us keep up with each other’s lives. With me being at school and his crazy work and travel schedule, sometimes scheduling a chance to get together is the only way it will happen! Plus, it’s an excuse to try some {new} great Seattle restaurants! Our new goal is to try a new spot each time – and we have been doing a pretty good job of that!

Queen City Grill was pretty empty when we got there. Maybe because it was a Tuesday, or the day after a Memorial Day holiday weekend? Regardless, we enjoyed a drink at the bar, before getting our table.

Absolute Mandarin club soda and orange

The waitress brought out a free happy hour slider for us me try, but it had meat so I passed most of it along to my Dad. He enjoyed it and I liked the challah-like bread bite I tried!

We I knew we had to get the grilled prawns when I saw them on the appitizer menu.

"Grilled Oaxacan Prawns with a jicama and red onion salad"

My Dad also ordered the Bruschetta appetizer for us to also share.

Toasted Bruschetta with cream cheese, avocado, tomato puree and topped with roasted red peppers.

Both appetizers were good, but the grilled shrimp definitely stole the show. The tomato salsa it was atop reminded me more of a thick tomato pesto. While the bruschetta was tasty too, I really wanted the goat cheese bruschetta that was featured online – but the waiter informed us the menu had recently been updated. I think goat cheese would have been more interesting than (way too much) cream cheese, but even still, the avocado made an interesting, creamy addition to the dish.

For my entree, I was really hoping to order seafood, but in all honesty, the smell of crab wafting through the restaurant when we got there turned me off to that idea pretty much immediately. My Dad agreed with me on this. I decided to roll with a *safe* alternative. Roasted beets are another favorite of mine, and not always found on menus!

Roasted beets, goat cheese, candied pecans and mixed greens with champagne vinegarette

After our drinks, bread and appetizers I wasn’t so hungry anyway, so this was the perfect choice for me. For some reason it looks  a lot smaller in the picture than it actually was. The flavors of the salad were incredible together; I was actually really happy with my order. I also stole some of my Dad’s fabulous roasted veggies – he didn’t have the same appreciation for them as I did – he was focusing on his meat and noodles!

With our dinner, my Dad ordered us a bottle of cabernet sauvignon:

Chateau Montelena“Keep the stem on the table, swirl as fast as you can to aerate …”

He is turning me into a wine-O! I’m not really a beer fan (yuck) but a nice glass of wine with dinner, I can do! 😀

Dinner of course flew by – we always talk the whole time and then it seems to be….time to go! I love these dinners we have and am already looking forward to our next one!

We haven’t set a date or time (yet)….but time to start scouting out new restaurants?!!

Are you close with your parents? Do you have “date nights” like these to get together?

What’s your favorite dinner / drink order? As I said, I’m not a big beer fan, but I do love wine and mixed drinks… just not too fruity! 😛

Oh! In other news…..

I bought the watch!!!!!

*and some Essie nail polish!*

Five Fun Friday {Part 2} !

Happy Friday loves!!! Yayyyyyyyyyyy, weeeeeeeeekend 😀 😀

Anything fun planned??

I am officially off school & work for the week and about to go get ready to finally go out and celebrate the end of Greek week tonight, but first I will leave you with Five Fun Friday!!

Random musings, what I’m wanting, wishing & loving:

Here we gooooo….

 

 

 Wanting……..

Still wanting this Michael Kors watch! There seems to be watch fevah, and it has caught on!!

Carrots ‘N Cake!! As I commented to Tina yesterday, I have been to B&N three times in the last two weeks, and they haven’t had it on the shelves!!!!



2. Wishing…….
Wishing I were in Paris with Julie right now, but I will be there soon! Just a few short months until I go abroad……
Also wishing for a delicious blue drink….maybe a margarita or pretty cocktail tonight, maybe necessary after this week! 😛

Finally, wishing it were next Wednesday so I would be off to FitBloggin! SO excited to visit Baltimore meet my new blogger roomies and see some old blends!! 😀
Loving……..
Loving new work clothes! Top: F21, pants: H & M ! 😀
Loving that it is the weekend meaning my weekend faves: Farmer’s Market, etc!!

Loving this local Groupon, $6 for $12 worth of gluten-free, vegan bakery goods! Also loving that I subscribe to my sisters’ city Groupons and bought them each one this week – cupcakes for my sister who just finished finals and 2 movie passes for my sister who was just saying she and her bf never get alone time since they are both freshmen living in dorms…. Love spreading the love! ❤

Loving this photo I oh-so sneakily snapped the other night walking down the street in the Greek system – this guy had two girls holding him upright to walk home….rough night?!
Well, that may have been more than five fun things 🙂 Hope you are all having Fab Fridays! Question Time!
1. Any other Groupon lovers out there?! I know where you are hiding ;)…..
2. What are you up to this weekend? Are you out of school for the summer (if you go)? I still have another month almost!
Before I forget…..
     *Majahhh congrats to Gabriela for graduating this week! –
     *and to Ada for completing a crazybusy academic year
     *Congrats on bringing Babycakes into the world, Katie!!!!!!!
     *congrats on the big move, Emily!! Welcome to Seattle!
     *Enter Julie’s giveaway!

You Only Turn 21 {Twice}…

Whewww, where have I been!?! 

I meant to post last Sunday night, and never hit publish.. and now it’s Sunday again! Anyway….. I have had a good week!

Cinco de Mayo Thursday night…

Purple dress Express, Leather fringe boots Steve Madden, necklace BP for Nordstrom

Peach Liz. My night changed course when I ran into an ex…and we ended up back at the bar.

(My second Paris orientation meeting) and A spring formal dance Friday night…

Yesterday morning started off with a hot yoga session, followed by the usuals:

Saturday University Farmer's Market.

Walking beat driving my car. Especially on the weekends.Walking beats driving my car. Especially on the weekends.

Mandatory weekend Whole Foods stop for coffee and some groceries.

And last night, my twin friends who turned 21 Monday had a birthday party at a cool lounge/bar downtown. Their Dad threw it for them and while it was a lot of his/their siblings friends, some of their friends came out too, it ended up being really fun! (and an open bar, holler Daddy S! : P ) You only turn 21 oncetwice. We went out dancing afterso needless to say it was a late night by the time my head finally hit the pillow at 3 am.

Me and one of the twins!


Today I went back to the Fremont Farmer’s Market that I first visited last weekend. It is an amazingly large flea-type market with more jewlery/clothing vendors than anything else.

Fremont Farmer's Market.

Yoga again tonight and then catching up with laundry/school/my sisters, etc and all of a sudden the weekend is over again, what happened? :/….

Oh well, on to the next!

What was the best thing you did / saw / ate this weekend ? For me it would have to be last night (all of last night), a ginger/raspberry drink I had, dancing/hanging out with friends!! So fun. And doesn’t seem to happen enough. My Mom is actually out of town, in Cancun this weekend, so I couldn’t spend Mother’s Day with her. I’m glad she and my Dad are having fun for their anniversary trip though, and I did get to see her Thursday morning, I took w a break from work to get coffee with them on their way to the airport!

On another note……

Okay, okay I know pretty much all bloggers are obsessed with peanut flour and have been using it like woahh for everything from peanut buttery uses to oats to ‘frosting’, to cookie dough, to mixing with frozen blueberries, to making peanut candy, etc. But, I have to say….I’ve tried it and just don’t really like it that much. I know; gasp! I actually think TJ’s Better n’ Peanut Butter is waaaaay better, and can’t seem to keep my hand outta the cookie jar finger out of the better ‘N jar. Anyone else out there with me on this?

So I ask you: Better 'N Peanut Butter > Peanut Flour?!

Night!! ❤

Saturday Studying, YTTP and Sushi.

Hey Bloggies, Happy Saturday { night } !

I spent the majority of my day holed up in Tully’s, studying for a Nonverbal Communication midterm I have Monday, but I did manage to peel myself away to try Yoga to the People Seattle! It was a good class – not my studio, but a nice change to try something new…and, it was HOT!

It was a gorgeous spring day in Seattle today. Seriously, this is such a nice time of year here…

Tonight is pretty chill, unfortunately I have a lot more blog reading studying and response paper writing to be done, although the night did end on a positive, with Sushiland dinner with my friends {who turn 21 Monday, holler!},
Not to mention the leftover chocolate chip cookies and dark chocolate drops I found in my sorority kitchen when I got home ; ) ….

How was your Saturday – highlights?

Who watched the Royal Wedding?!

Five Fun {Things} Friday!!

Hello lovely blog readers and friends and friends of blog readers ! : P

Hope your week has gone by swimmingly and your Friday is too, can I get a TGIF Dance up in hurrrr?!!!!!!!!!!

So I have actually had an up-and-down week :/….

BUT LET’S FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE, shall we?!!

*however, a not-so fun post is in the works and will be coming your way…some things I need to get off my chest so to speak*

 

But for now — Onward and upward!

My first ever “Five Things Friday,” I am going to share some five fun things that have been on my mind or going on in my life. Let’s spread the positivity!!!!!

  1. My little sister’s 19th Birthday is tomorrow, she is coming home from Oregon (where she goes to school) for the weekend to celebrate and for Easter. Tomorrow night, the fam has tickets to see Maceo Parker perform live at Jazz Alley ! I have been before, a few times actually, they have amazing food and entertinment, I am excited – it never ceases to amaze/impress me!!! I just love going out with my fam!

 

Maceo Parker, Saxophonist!
  1. Today is Earth Day!!!!!!! I know I have some fellow Earth loving peeps and Coffee loving peeps out there – go to Starbucks today, bring in your own cup and get free coffee!

Darth Day on April 22

  1. I have plans to try a new yoga studio tonight. I have done Yoga to The People in New York City long ago – it was actually what/where I really got into my practice, and they recently opened a Seattle chapter really close to me! Going to check out their hot yoga class tonight and get ma sweat on! 😉

  1. Yesterday at work I planned an event, second time we’ve done this actually, EMPLOYEE MASSAGES! I got two – free massages!! Holler to that!!!!!

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And Finally……………

 5.       I have a study abroad orientation meeting this afternoon after work!!!!! Paris in the Fall, HERE I COME!

Also, it is Easter / Passover Weekend! What are you doing to celebrate?!

My aunt (Dad’s sister) recently moved (last weekend actually!) from Australia to the area, haven’t seen her for (2?) years! My sister, parents, aunt and her husband, and grandparents are having ‘Easter brunch’ Sunday morning – oohhh I need to figure out a vegetarian entrée to make! 

Well – quite the ramble here!
My mind is kind of all ovah the place today!!

TGIF!!!!
Will be back soon!

 Lots of XOXO,

J $  ❤

What are your Five Fun Things Friday?!! 

Any good Easter Vegetarian entree recipes out there?!!!

What are you looking forward to this weekend?!

Would you Believe me…

Would you believe me…………….

If I told you I hopped on a plane and spent last weekend in New York City??!!!

Last time I was there was last fall – with the Fitnessista and Gabriela!Would you believe that I flew 3,000 + miles to spend only two days in the city?

But, I got to see my sister, who i saw last month in Vegas! I took her & my friend and his friend to lunch at The Coffee Shop, a cute hipster esque eatery in Union Square.

Bathroom, mirror shot!

Seeing Morgan and being able to take her out to lunch Saturday was definitely a highlight of the trip. I love my sister!

Would you believe that even though it was supposed to be rainy all weekend, New York City saw some of the best weather they have seen in months (because I was there, obv 😉 )

So, I spent some time walking and shopping in union square, my favorite

And came across a street fair, sampling delicious eats,

While in Union Square, would you believe that I ran into Marina?! I had never actually met her in person – only through blogging – so it was a crazysmallworld moment when I recognized her!

Would you believe that Saturday night, we went to a 12+ person birthday party at this place called the Hurricane Club, where they roasted an entire pig (didn’t partake) and served fancy tiki mixed drinks out of goblets and watermelon, a straw for each person and just let you fire away?!

You better believe that probably wasn’t the best idea for a vegetarian at a pig roast 😉

"To share" Brazilian Rum, Passion Fruit and Ginger

 

Blurriness intended 😉

Would you believe that I, Jaclyn, who never, ever loses her cell phone, left it in the back of a NYC cab Saturday night and spent the next morning filing a “missing item” report for $24.95 thankyouverymuch online to retrieve it??! Yeah, I can’t either……..

No thanks to you, Tiki drink!!,

It was still a fun night though. After the dinner, I stuck to water for the rest of the night, but the party continued as an after party for the birthday boy, then a few more bars before culminating on the roof of my friend’s apartment. It was a late night early morning!

Other than my lost phone and lost hours of sleep this weekend, it was such an amazingly fun and random trip, and I definitely don’t regret it a bit 🙂 I love, love travel, it is actually something I want to make time, effort and money toward pursuing, so I was happy to oblige that goal with this lil trip. 😀

I only wish I had a few more days there. I love. New. York. City.

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What did you do last weekend?

What’s the furthest you’ve flown for the shortest amount of time?

Ever recognized a blogger or reader  on the street/ in a store / somewhere random?!

 

Spring Break.

Back to life, back to reality today, yesterday, but I had a great ten-day spring break! It started with a wedding in Portland last weekend, Saturday night…

*remember when I went through the Portland train station when visiting my sister last fall? Took the train again last weekend, had a funny & interesting experience sitting with a Bachelor party that was going down, made some friends…

hung out with my sister, (and hit up our fave restaurants!),

 

Indian!

 

commuted from home,

 

Gorgeous morning crossing...I do miss that view

 

 

worked a lot bit,

 

TAO memories 😉

 

had a guest come visit, whom i showed around Seattle, and the island,

and finished the week with yoga reorganizing my room, hanging out and catching up with a friend and going to Susssssssssssssshi 😀

A fly-by week for sure, it felt!! This week will be a crazybusy one, full of trying to get in classes (but, already going v. well!) including FRENCH (<–back in the game language aftera brieft hiatus; a little scareed, but also excited!) work, my usual Monday sorority meeting and hot yoga, cleaning the studio, etc etc..

 

Glad to be back though! Looks like this will be a full quarter for me, but I am ready. 😀

 

What classes are you taking this quarter?

What did you do over Spring Break, if you get one?!