Later in the night on Saturday, we all piled into the car and headed to the city to see Banksy‘s documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop. Banksy has been a huge inspiration of mine for quite some time, not only because of his controversial work but because of his anonymity. He’s always been such a mysterious “character” whose talent is, for the most part, very in demand.
I don’t think I have ever laughed as hard as I did in a theater before. Although there are a lot of rumors that the documentary is some sort of sad joke on the public of Banksy pulling another fast one, I still really enjoyed it. I highly recommend everyone to check this out!
The day started off with some organic Ciabatta bread (yay for Trader Joe’s!), scrambled eggs, bacon, stuffed tomatoes, and a glass of orange juice. Yes, I am a firm believer that breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
We hit the road pretty early and made our way to the Science Fiction museum in downtown Seattle. If someone told me 5 years ago that I would be going to visit a Sci Fi museum, I think I may have laughed and said something along the lines of, “I’m not going to nerd hub central!!” Surprisingly, I kinda like to nerd out every now and then.
I was so excited to see costumes from the original Star Trek tv shows. There were also scripts, random props (woo phasers!) and lots of behind-the-scene facts that I never knew.
I couldn’t help but get super excited to see the Star Wars collections! I’m not a huge of Star Wars… to be honest, I think I’ve only ever seen one of the movies. All of my friends are huge Trekkies and Star Wars fans, so I couldn’t help but take a photo of this Stormtrooper!
The Sci Fi museum is connected to the Experience Music Exhibit, so we headed there next. My favourite exhibits were the ones that let people mix music. In the Jimi Hendrix section, there was a mixer with a bunch of JH songs where each part of the music (vocals, bass, lead guitar, etc) were split onto separate tracks and you could play around with a sound board to see how the final track was mixed.
A few hours of geeking out and mixing music made for a group of very hungry people. We headed over to McDonald’s (aka my all-time favourite junk food joint) and gorged on some fast food.
I was really impressed to see that there was a McCafé in this McDonald’s! It’s been so long since I’ve seen a McDonald’s that served specialty drinks and premium ice cream (The last time I saw one was about seven years ago, and the specialty menu didn’t last more than 3 months). Without hesitation, I dashed to check out the ice cream flavours after my super-healthy lunch. I figured I might as well indulge if I was already inhaling burgers. hahaha
Being the huge ice cream fiend that I am, I couldn’t help but add an extra scoop to my cone. I got a scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough and mint chocolate chip. It was soooooooo good!! …Except for the fact that there was glue on my waffle cone! I tried really hard to pick it off, but that just didn’t happen. I don’t understand why McD’s felt the need to glue the paper to the cone. Or better question: why did they feel the need to use such a generous amount of glue?
Ok, I realize that it’s Wednesday and I’m still recapping my weekend. Lots of photos to transfer/edit so please bear with me!
I hope all my fellow Americans had an enjoyable long weekend! My weekend started off with my first kitchen experiment since moving to Seattle. I was tasked with making breakfast for 3 on Saturday morning, so I experimented with making stuffed tomatoes on Friday night to make sure I wouldn’t be feeding “grossness” to our weekend guest. (haha yes, my roommate plays guinea pig when I get into my experimental moods in the kitchen.)
It all started off with a trip to Trader Joe’s for a batch of organic grape tomatoes. I was initially going to go with cherry tomatoes, but I found the grape tomatoes to be smaller and cuter in size so went with those instead.
Then, the daunting task of slicing and gutting the tomatoes commenced! I sliced each tomato in half and carefully took a teaspoon (for lack of better tools in the kitchen) and scooped the seeds out:
This was the fun part! I just went with my gut instinct on this one and decided to throw a mix of Italian spices into the tomatoes, followed by some pepper and salt. The tomatoes were topped off with a generous helping of marbled cheese and then popped into the oven for 10 minutes. Mind you, it took about half an hour to prep the tomatoes…
(outfit details: Fifi Lapin for Forever 21 sweater, Hollister tank top & jeans)
In the end, it was totally worth the work! The tomatoes turned out extremely well and they made an appearance in Saturday morning’s breakfast. Woo!
Because I can’t help myself, here’s another photo of my Fifi Lapin sweater.
I can’t really remember the first time I was exposed to thrift shopping, but I know I’ve only become more and more in love with thrift shops over the years. I don’t necessarily have a purpose when I go. To me, walking into a thrift shop is like walking into a room with hidden surprises; Not always good, sometimes hilarious, and other times I just want to run to the checkout with sweet finds in my hand! It’s like one big treasure hunt without a map!!
The worst part about thrifting (for me, anyway) is the fact that I feel like I have to block off a whole day for it. I can never tell how long I’m going to end up walking in circles around a shop. Some days I walk in and I’m out within 10 minutes, while other days I feel like I’m in a store for at least an hour.
Since moving to Seattle, I’ve had a lot more opportunities to go thrift shopping. There are a lot more places to check out here than in the suburban neighborhoods I used to live in (one of the many perks of living in a city!).
On a recent trip to Goodwill, my roommate and I had way too much fun in the housewares section of the store. We looked at shelf after shelf of porcelain figurines, tacky souvenir mugs from the 80s, and random bags of shot glasses (haha a truly classy mix of housewares!). My favorite find was the porcelain piggy bank:
Sadly, I couldn’t justify taking this guy home. I have a huge soft spot for porcelain animals, but in all honesty, I realize how ridiculous my collection already is (I have a pair of porcelain squirrels as well as two bunnies) and don’t feel like adding more to it would help me justify my sanity to people who see my collection for the first time.
The next cute find was this hand-painted plate. I think it was the doe-eyes on the birds that drew me to this one. Again, couldn’t justify taking this plate home since it was smaller than a tea cup plate and wasn’t very practical. Still very cute nonetheless!
The BEST find of the day were, hands down, these gloves:
How amazing are these? Each fingertip has a hand sewn sheep on it with crazy eyes. There’s are even some nicely embroidered grass on the bottom of the gloves! Genius!
When I first lived in Vancouver, a lot of my friends told me I would be a “waste of a plane ticket” because I don’t exactly like seafood and I can’t stand raw fish. I’m that girl who goes to all-you-can-eat sushi places and eats monstrous amounts of teriyaki chicken and tempura shrimp while everyone else enjoys plate after plate of salmon/tuna sashimi, handrolls and other various sushi servings.
After trying out a few Japanese restaurants on the west coast, I fell in love with one in particular. It’s called Guu. (They recently opened one in Toronto!) They don’t serve traditional westernized Japanese food, but rather a fusion of more authentic dishes (or so I’ve been told). The only traditional dishes on the menu, like sashimi, have a (good) twist to them… extra sauces, large amounts of garlic chips, etc. Although I didn’t eat any of the raw stuff, everyone else loved it.
The next dish was a complete surprise for me. Thanks to my picky nature, I’m not a fan of pumpkin. When I heard that we were ordering eggs covered in mashed pumpkin, I was pretty skeptical that I was going to enjoy it. I’m not sure if it was the mushy textures of both the egg yolk and the pumpkin, but something about this mix appealed to my usually bland taste palette.
I saved the best for last!! So as much as I am not the biggest fan of seafood, there are a few things I absolutely ADORE. Eel is one of them. I cannot get enough of the BBQ Eel rice dish at Guu. If I could, I would want to eat this stuff all day! Ok, that’s a little gross, but I think you know what I mean. Mmm… just looking at this photo again is making my mouth water… just a bit. haha