She Said–Postcards to the Pacific–Day Eight–April 17, 2012

APRIL 17, 2012–DAY 8

A.M.  I saw a Chickadee from the kitchen window land on a blossom covered tree, so I grabbed my camera and headed outside.

And I got the photo I wanted.  Perhaps I should crop it closer, but I did capture the bird on film.  I won’t tell you how many photos it took to get this one.

A man with the Book.  Here is my father-in-law.  I love this picture of him because it captures what is important to him–GOD’S WORD.  And he lives it.

The rest of the day we spent at Andy and Jennie’s.  The “men-folk” worked on a play structure for my nephew, and the ladies played at structured work.  At least I did.  I played with my nephew and kiddos.  We all got in the hot tub together–no relaxing happened with five kids, but we had fun.

Then we hurried home for showers because. . . . .


The Hunni and I rarely get out alone.  So I was looking forward to an evening together.

Remember this skyline?  We were headed to Seattle’s most famous landmark–The Space Needle.  The Space Needle is 50 years old and was built for the 1962 World’s Fair.  It celebrated its 50th anniversary just after we left.

At the top is a revolving restaurant.  The floor moves so that visitors get a 360 degree view of Seattle and the surrounding mountains in 47 minutes.

It was overcast, so we didn’t get to see any mountains peeking out, but we did enjoy our time.  You can’t actually see the Pacific Ocean.  Still, this water goes to the Pacific.  So here is our last “Postcard to the Pacific.”

I looked down and saw this.  I didn’t know what it was, so I asked the waiter.

This is Dale Chihuly’s garden scheduled to open this spring–my guess is that it opened on the Space Needle’s 50th anniversary.  I would LOVE to see this garden.  Dale Chihuly is an expert glass artist.  His work is beyond beautiful with underwater scenes, waterfalls, flowers, floating balls (think Venice canals), and so much more.  He is a link to his homepage.

This is a fountain where in the summer you can splash and play.  I love the “outer space theme” of the fountain.  The planet orbiting around the Space Needle and spraying out a meteor shower of water.

Views add to the ambience, but the main attraction is the food.


We are in the Northwest, so we started with crab cakes with an apple slaw.  The crab is Dungeness crab (from the peninsula), and see that green smear?  It is delicious.  It is herb aioli.  What is aioli?  Here is a recipe from

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 medium garlic clove, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable or canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  1. Place egg, garlic, and mustard in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment. Process until mixture is evenly combined, about 10 seconds.
  2. With the processor running, slowly add oil in a thin stream until completely combined, about 2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and season with additional salt and freshly ground black pepper as desired. Process until well incorporated, about 10 seconds.

And if you need help pronouncing ailoi click here.

One crab cake for me and one crab cake for me!

Keeping with the seafood theme, here is a clam chowder with corn.  See that little waffle-cut potato?  It is perfect for scooping out some chowder.

When I am in Seattle I always order salmon. “Honeycrisp apple butter, Pacifique absinthe,  caramelized fennel, rosemary roasted potatoes, braised Tuscan kale”  The “Pacifique absinthe” part is another name for a licorice-like spirit.”  The kale was novel to me.  Pioneer Woman has a kale recipe in her new cookbook that I plan on trying.  She doesn’t have the recipe online, but here is a breakfast strata with kale.

This is angled so we could share.  It was chocolate, and oowey-gooey delicious.

Now as we were enjoying all of this good food, we circled around this contraption that had a sign “WEIGHT LIMIT 250 LBS”.  I had to ask the waiter about who cleaned the windows.  And here is the story.  Currently the window washing is contracted out as the previous window washer had “such a cushy job” that he gained too much weight and exceeded the limit.”  And here is how it is done.  “There is one window that unlocks.  The washer climbs out with his/her gear, then THEY RELOCK THE WINDOW!!!!  Until the washer is finished.  If they are no streaks, then they allow him or her back in.”

After dessert, we climbed the stairs to the Observation Deck.  It is very nicely done with many interactive computers to let you see the views during different times of the day.

We asked the attendant to take out picture.  He asked me if I had a “synchro flash”.  “No, I don’t think so,” I responded.  He fiddled around with my camera and said, “Yes you do.”  Then he took two pictures.  The first with a regular flash, and the second with a synchro flash.  Here are the two pictures he took.

Here is what I learned.  Synchro Flash Mode tells your camera to use a slow shutter speed and then pop a flash.  Here is a handy website to explain it in more detail.  My synchro flash can’t be found while using my Automatic Mode.  I have to switch to “P” for Program or “M” for Manuel.  Then push the buttons for my flash options and “Synchro Flash” appears as an option.  I hope this helps someone.

We had a really nice time.  And finished it off with a Starbucks coffee then headed over to Lisa’s place for a short visit.

Thanks Grandpa and Grandma for watching all the kiddos.

And thank you Seattle for a wonderful evening.

(Space Needle photo captured with a synchro flash.)

Folks, that is it.  From here on out the title will no longer say “Postcards to the Pacific” but “Postcards from the Pacific.”  Tomorrow we pack up and then head home.

Stay tuned for Postcard on the Way Home.


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11 Responses to She Said–Postcards to the Pacific–Day Eight–April 17, 2012

  1. bethany says:

    ahhh, dates … so glad you got one, and a delicious one at that! have to try an aioli, been wanting to and so thx for the recipe :). kale is a big favorite around here, my boys beg for more kale chips when i make them, and love it sauteed too.


  2. natalie says:

    For once a waiter knows how to use a camera! I suppose when you work in the Space Needle you’re pretty used to taking pictures of your guests. : ) A lovely evening out, so glad you got the chance! ♥


  3. Kathy Tanner says:

    You must have saved along time to pay for that dinner Ü And worth every penny.


  4. Looks like a wonderful date night.


  5. brooke says:

    I am QUITE certain Grandpa and Grandma enjoyed their evening as much as you did yours! Good pictures of the two of you! That food looks quite delish. PW also has a recipe (this one IS on her site) for potato-kale-sausage soup and it is very, very yummy. A knock off of an Olive Garden soup and the kale makes you think you’re eating healthy, never mind the sausage, butter and cream. So glad you two got to go on a date–and a fun one at that.


  6. Bel McCoy says:

    What a memorable evening!! GOOD food, each other,and kiddos well cared for by the BEST Grandparents ever!!!


  7. Lisa Buchanan says:

    So glad you got a date in! Looks like a ton of fun! I live here and I’ve never been up the Space Needle. boo.


    • whitsendmom says:

      I think it would be a good place to take a son or daughter that just graduated. A special outing or a sixteeth birthday. Brunch is cheaper. John had won two different gift certificates for $50 each at two different F.B.O.’s (airports) by correctly guessing the amount of candy in the jar. The first time he won he said, “I’ll take you out for supper.” And when he won the second time he said, “I’ll take you out to a REALLY nice dinner.”


  8. Bel McCoy says:

    Go, John!! Wise man……


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