January 20, 2014

Biscuits to Die For

What is it about biscuits that are so delicious?  Is it their fluffy insides? Is it that golden and slightly crisp outside? Is it how perfectly butter melts when it's on it?

Well, whatever it is, biscuits are one of my favorite breakfast sides. They're great for cleaning up that leftover sauce on your plate or topping with eggs. Or just eating plain with some jam. So, my dear friends, it is with a happy stomach that I introduce you to some biscuits that are as incredible alone as they are part of these towering sandwiches.

Meet the Seattle Biscuit Company Food Truck! (Insert doves flying and a choir singing here) 

This "farm to biscuit" truck has no mystery behind it: it's just good ingredients and good cooks that produce ah-maz-ing food. Plus it has a slightly Seattle/Portland-hipster-vibe to it which, let's be honest, I kind of love.

I mean, come on. Do these not make you salivate or what?
The Che
The Varner
I had the special 'Varner' biscuit sandwich: egg, Beechers cheese, spicy Andouille sausage and peach jelly. Mom had the 'Che': egg, bacon, ham, cheese, pickels, sweet onion mustard and apple butter.

You can find these bad boys only on the weekends. Saturday they're on Cap Hill and Sunday they're in Ballard. Details on their site HERE!

I'll definitely be hunting down these bad boys next weekend. See you there?

January 13, 2014

17 days of Rice

Happy belated holidays!
Unlike most people, there was no Christmas tree in my house, no holly, and no wrapped presents. In fact, there were no presents, period. Instead, a few days before Christmas, mom and I jet set across the world to Japan.

After traveling 10 hours in the air, another 3 on the trains, a bus ride and short walk later, we arrived at our house in Tokyo. No time to think about jet lag because 2 days later, we packed our duffles and headed to Kyoto on the famous Shincansen (bullet train). The old capital city is full of shrines and temples older than the United States. Oh, and don't even get me started on how fabulous the food was...
View of Kyoto from the Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple gates

Ginkakuji Temple + Rock garden
Nishiki Market - fish brain, anyone? 
Nishiki Market - Unagi stall
Gion. Trying to spot some Geisha.
Bamboo Forest 
Perfect Zen garden
Kinkakuji Temple -- the Temple of Gold
The best breakfast buffet EVER
Fushimi Inari Shrine

After spending Christmas in the old capital, we headed back to the new capital, Tokyo, for New Years.
Crosswalk Madness
Infamous photobooth-ing
....we turned out like Anime characters
Japanese Hot Pot
Baby cousin & I saying hi to the loyal dog in Shibuya
Shopping in Harajuku
The traditional 3-box New Years Day breakfast 
Imperial Family Shrine
Waiting to make some New Years offerings
Chicken Katsu, one of my favorites!

A sliver of view from the Tokyo Skytree
The Tokyo Skytree: tallest building in the WORLD

It was a fabulous trip, but after being away from central heating and a regular shower for two and a half weeks, it was time to come home. I think my jet lag has finally worn off, too.