Sunday, April 12, 2009

Green and Purple

The last weekend in March I celebrated my 26th birthday. We started our Saturday early and headed to Top Pot Doughnuts. This Seattle chain sends some of their doughnuts to the local Starbucks in the Puget Sound area, but we had been wanting to try the doughnuts in downtown Seattle. They were pretty good, but I don't know if they were more special then any other doughnut. But it was nice to finally try this local chain. After doughnuts and coffee we headed to the Green Festival. This giant expo was held at the Seattle Convention Center, which has beautiful views down to Pike Place Market and Puget Sound. There were hundreds of vendors, speakers, presentations, and nonprofits. We learned about gardening, organic cleaning, buying sustainably, living more simply, cloth diapers, bamboo utensils, paper made from elephant dung, etc. All of the food was vegetarian and organic. There were "Bag Monsters" walking around to demonstrate how many bags an average person uses in a year. There were food samples and coupons galore. It was an overwhelming and informative experience. Robb and I have really gotten into the "green" lifestyle, so this Green Fest was perfect for us. We learned some new things to incorporate into our life. Plus, for my birthday Robb got me gardening supplies and seeds. We have been planning to start a vegetable garden and I was able to make it to a couple of presentations on gardening and irrigating, which were very helpful!
After the Green Fest we walked to Cafe Ladro, Robb's favorite Seattle coffee house, to kill some time before our dinner reservation (and get a little caffeine power to make it through the rest of the day). Robb had made reservations at Purple for my birthday dinner. Purple is a wine-tasting bar and cafe. We decided to go the tapas (little appetizers) route and have appetizers with the suggested wine pairings. We had an amazing halibut ceviche, artichoke spread, beef carpaccio, and a trio of cheeses. We also finished the night with a flight of wines (sample of four Washington reds). It was really fun to try the different foods and wines and see how they complemented each other. The restaurant was a great experience. While the little square building was dwarfed by skyscrappers and seems very unassuming, it was decorated beautifully inside and we loved the urban feel. We don't get the chance to have dinner in Seattle very often, so it was a great time.

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