Going international

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Sorry we’re off schedule here, Sunday is usually a good day for our new blog post but it’s been a busy weekend and new week for us! This weekend Ally’s mom visited us for more than just one dinner this time. We were excited to take her out in our new surroundings and visit the unknown land above us, Canada!  Friday we went to Seattle’s seafood institution, Ray’s Boathouse, which happens to be about 5 minutes from our home. Glorious views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains with boats coming and going right by the restaurant. We indulged in local sustainable seafood, Dungeness crab wrapped in honeydew melon ( a bit sweet for our tastes,) gorgeous bread with pink sea salt & herbed butter (yes, please!) Chinook Salmon, Alaskan Weathervane Scallops (mouthwatering) and Alaskan Halibut (less meaty than regular halibut, yet tasty.) A fabulous bottle of Sauvignon Blanc/Semillion blend to top it all off.  Good company, great food, a lovely evening was had by all.

Saturday, My mom wanted to relax and see something different, so we took the 2 hour drive north to Canada! James’ first official international trip, although no stamp in the passport made him a bit disappointed. Our scenic hilly ride to Vancouver was just the relaxation my mom needed after working like a dog all summer. We explored the Granville Public Market, Vancouver’s version of Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Fresh produce, fish, meats, cheeses, ethnic foods, flowers and salts. We bought a locally harvested pink salt while visiting. James loves eating fancy salt, so this was a real treat. This market was right on the water where we watched boats come in and out while eating smoked brats!  A sake tasting (only one made in Ca) and Granville Beer tasting, then off to enjoy some Japanese food. Vancouver is very ethnically diverse and known for it’s variety of Asian cultures. Ally found a place through a local Vancouverite (via Twitter) who raved about Kingo-izakaya style Japanese cuisine.  So of course we had to go right?

What a discovery! A local part of town right on the water, a mix of Miami, San Francisco and Europe all wrapped into one city. A beautifully sunny day had all sorts of people out enjoying themselves. Kingyo was like a NY hot spot but with a broken english accent. The most amazingly fresh seafood!!!! Ahi tuna carpaccio, fresh raw salmon, sashimi salad and melt in your mouth Mackerel, the menu says you can’t die without trying it, they are right and I’m glad we did!  So delicious and such a great ending to our gastronomic day.

We ate again at Volterra by our house, our new favorite Italian place that we blogged about last time my mom was here. She said she was dreaming of those Dungeness crab raviolis and had to have them again. Can’t disappoint the Mother, can we?  Perfect again. Beet noodles, wild boar, spinach fettucine, raviolis, all homemade. We were happy campers.

By surprise, I took my mom to high tea on Sunday. One of her favorite things to do. We indulged in some gorgeous black teas, crumpets, desserts and tea sandwiches all in an eclectically fancy setting. It was so sweet.

Whew what a weekend! A gluttonous food filled weekend that has kept us full all week long! So nice to be able to enjoy this diverse place we now call home.  Up next.. Ally’s dad is coming on Thursday!  Space needle, Pike Place Market and baseball here we come!!

Update: Pictures added!!

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