Photo Friday: Sunset over Seattle

by Chris on June 15, 2012

This week’s Photo Friday takes a look at rooftops, illustrated by a glorious sunset over Seattle.
Sunset over Seattle

This is part of an ongoing photo series inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. This week’s Photo Friday topic is ROOFTOPS. This photo was taken from my second apartment in Seattle, a tiny studio that I sublet in the lower Queen Anne neighborhood. My husband Don had remained in Philadelphia to get our home ready to […]

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2011 in Review: Most Memorable Meal

by Chris on December 28, 2011

My most memorable meal of 2011 took place not on the other side of the world, but right down the street in Seattle at Mashiko, a sustainable sushi restaurant.
mashiko west seattle

Picking the most memorable meal, out of a year in which I ate very well, is difficult. The Park Hyatt Masters of Food and Wine Festival in Mendoza, Argentina stands out for sheer decadence (by the end of my long weekend, I felt like a goose with an enlarged liver, fattened up for slaughter). Our […]


Seattle Fireworks 2011

by Don Faust on July 5, 2011

View across the Sound: Seattle-area fireworks, 2011
Seattle Fireworks 2011

We arrived home from our Portland/Columbia Gorge roadtrip just in time to watch fireworks lighting up Bainbridge Island, across Puget Sound from our home. Hope you enjoyed your 2011 fireworks and 4th of July!  


My house is sold….and I couldn’t be happier. Why buying a home isn’t right for this quasi-nomad
House is Sold

“I’m as free as a bird now…and this bird, she will not change.” Yep, I’m quoting Freebird. Or Free-biiiird!, which is probably how we all say it aloud in our minds. I’ve been playing that song in my head like bad air guitar ever since last week, when I received word that my house – […]


#SunsetSunday – Seattle

by Chris on September 5, 2010

My entry into #SunsetSunday, a Twitter hashtag where travel bloggers share their best sunset photos, founded by Craig Zabransky of StayAdventurous.
Sunset over Seattle, #sunsetsunday

One of the best things about interacting with other bloggers on Twitter is that people are always coming up with new ideas. Craig Zabransky, who blogs as Stay Adventurous, started Sunset Sunday on Twitter as a way to show off his fabulous sunset photos from around the world. Check them out here. On this holiday […]

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Sushi at a stadium? It’s typical fare at Seattle’s Safeco field, cited by experts as having some of the best concessions in Major League Baseball
Safeco field, Seattle

Last night marked my first visit to Safeco Field, where Seattle’s Mariners play professional baseball. I’m not a huge fan, but my friend and fellow blogger Meryl Pearlstein and her son are on a mission to see games in every stadium across the country. They scored a free ticket for me. Apparently the Mariners don’t […]


Looking for high tea in Victoria? Hard to beat the Fairmont Empress afternoon tea.
Fairmont Empress, Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

I’m not going to lie: If I had my way, I’d live in hotels full-time. And if I’m really honest about things? My hotel of choice would be one of the sprawling Victorian fantasies built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in the late 1800s. Now run by Fairmont, the CPR hotels were created by the […]


Victoria Day Trip: Butchart Gardens

by Chris on August 2, 2010

Daytrip from Seattle to Butchart Gardens, Victoria, Cananda
Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Oh, Canada. I’m looking forward to getting to know you better, now that you’re just a few hours away. For my first foray north to British Columbia, I set my sights on Victoria, the province’s capital located on woodsy Vancouver Island. Known for its Anglophile leanings. Victoria is appropriately full of Victorian-era buildings, as well […]


How do you get a cheap spa day, with first-rate products, at half the price? Visit an Aveda school, located in 52 places around the U.S., Canada and Australia.
Day spa alternative, Gary Manuel Aveda Institute, Seattle

When it comes to cheap day spa alternatives, the Aveda Institutes – there are 52 around the U.S. Canada and Australia – have to be the gold standard as far as value is concerned. Usually the services at these Aveda schools, which train the next generation of stylists, cosmetologists, and estheticians, are a little more […]


Looking for cheap massage treatments? Try the regulated student clinics at massage and bodywork institutes, available in almost all major American cities.

I do love myself some spa treatments. My idea of a good life includes regular massages, along with mani-pedis, facials and a perfect haircut. But my wallet can’t handle the high prices that most day spas charge (plus it’s hard to find all these things when you’re on the road as much as me). It’s […]