i love seattle: trips to leavenworth

oktoberfest in leavenworth, wa

while i am a bit tardy with the oktoberfest post, it has definitely not been forgotten! we crammed six people in a cadillac and drove 2.5 hours east to leavenworth washington. we parked in some random person’s backyard (w/ a trampoline that we partook in later that evening) and hung out in an adorable town drinking beer, eating brats with sauerkraut, chatting with friends, photo-bombing, taking in the scenery, and listening to tunes like johnny cash and neil diamond played by a bavarian band. we stopped at a 1950’s diner halfway back home to seattle to break up the trip and play some cards. i have no clue of the diner name but the gravy was delicious and they sell a crap-ton of shakes (also delish). all in all, it was a fun day…and i need to sport those beer socks for next year!

put a bird on halloween

today is last day left of my favorite month. i am thinking that halloween was strategically placed as the last day of october to say goodbye to such a kickass month with gusto. we had a halloween party over the weekend with some friends, old and new. my bro-in-law, john, did a fantastic job with decorations. we all had a blast and will hopefully throw another party next year to top this one! i dressed up at lisa eversman from portlandia:

eating my way through october

when the leaves start falling from the trees and the nights grow colder, it is time for pumpkin everything! i have been indulging in some of my favorites like pumpkin spice bubble tea, coffees, and beer. i had so many incredible fall beers in the last month and the best one is pumpking by southern tier brewing. currently, i am drooling over today’s design sponge post all about pumpkin dishes. check out the recipe for jennie love’s pumpkin risotto…yum! next week i plan to attempt making pumpkin ravioli with butter and sage from scratch.

pumpkin pie italian water ice at rita’s

pumpkin pie tastykake from philadelphia

everyone’s fave :: the pumpkin spice latte

i love seattle: elysian’s great pumpkin beer fest

elysian’s great pumpkin beer festival

it doesn’t feel like fall until the pumpkin beers start hitting the shelves! so when we heard about this event at the elysian brewery i knew it was an absolute must since pumpkin beer is my favorite! the wait in line to get in was incredibly long and next year i am purchasing pre-sale tickets for sure. the wait was worth it as we tasted a lot of fall-time brews and got to take home festive tasters. we tried a little bit from each of seattle’s best food trucks present: skillet, where ya at matt, snout & co, and bought a dozen of mini pumpkin spice donuts from mighty-o. yum!! the pièce de résistance was of course the tapping of the giant pumpkin. the extremely friendly men in orange jumpsuits tapped some delicious beer (unknown elysian brew?) and filled up glasses until the giant pumpkin was empty. they had too much fun destroying it and it was funny to watch. my favorites were big time hop goblin, schooner exact gutter punk’n and southern tier pumking (my favorite beer currently).