Postcards From The Road - Week Two

Week two of cooking classes is starting off beautifully. It was like something clicked yesterday for  me, and I found some of the confidence I have in my own kitchen. Secrets were revealed, revelations were plentiful, and at the end of the day, I bounced out of there feeling like something had shifted. I can admit now, that last week I was kind of overwhelmed. There's a lot going on here, and I needed some help to absorb it all gracefully. Rick as always, is my champion when it comes to stuff like this. He always, unquestioningly, believes in me. Lauren is great at telling me what I need to hear, and it often sounds just like what I've been telling her all her life. And my friend Sally is an absolute gift from the Universe, sent to smooth out my pokey edges, always at just the right time. With these three here, and a handful of friends at home who check in with me regularly, I feel like I have a Team to support me, and I'm so grateful to them all.

So here was yesterday, a typically cloudy, drippy Seattle day, which required strong coffee and a lemon poppyseed scone to kickstart it properly.

Driving into downtown from West Seattle, it all looks so industrial. I love Smith Tower, the little white one with the pointy roof. It was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi.

No trip to Seattle is complete without a visit to the Fremont Troll. That's a real Volkswagen he's holding. A lovely fellow, really.

It was a great food day. See for yourself...

Roasted red pepper hummus

I need a veggie smoker. Now.

Wraps with the most amazing BBQ sauce ever.

Veggies smoked on the stove top.

Blackened tofu

The Springroll Secret was revealed, but I can't tell you... :o)

Beautiful springrolls. I made these at the end of the day, for the folks who work at the Abbey. I'm rather proud of them.
After a nice long cafe visit with Sally and Lauren, we drove past one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle - in the world, really - and were thrilled to find it had re-opened after a flood forced it to close for remodeling recently. I was afraid we'd miss it this trip, but there it was, waiting for us with bright lights and open arms, so we went in for a bite, which turned into a feast.

Thrive is a lovely little organ, raw, vegan cafe. If that sounds boring to you, think again. There is definitely life beyond the expected bowl of lettuce. We had a fresh juice that made us feel like light was beaming out the ends of our hair, an appetizer made with pepper leaves and assorted fillings and sauces, two beautiful main dishes, and chocolate truffles that were better than any I've ever had - and I
I've had many.

Actually, now that I think about it, Thrive is where I sat last summer with Sally, and thought, I need to learn to cook like this. Less than a year later, I'm back in Seattle, doing just that. Way to manifest a dream!

Today is Dessert Day in class - I'd better go find a non-sweet breakfast to float me through the day.

Wish You Were Here!
xo Kim


  1. As a kid I used to visit the mini-Chinese museum at top of the Smith Tower. It had the most exotic wonderful ebony/shell inlaid furniture. I wonder if the furniture is still there. The elevator was one of those creaky cages that were really scary. Hope it's still there, too. So glad you've hit your stride at school. I want some of that red pepper hummus. Norine


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