Saturday, May 23, 2009

Taking Angela to Fremont and Ballard

I met Angela while I was living in Florida. She moved to Portland a few months before we came to Washington and we've been able to visit each other a couple of times since we live only a few hours apart. Her husband has recently joined the Army and is now in basic training and Officer Candidate School. While she waits for him to get done with training, she's decided to move back to Florida to hang out with her family, before they get stationed. Luckily, she came to visit me and hang out one more time before she headed back to the Sunshine State.

Angela got to town around lunchtime and we headed straight to Burger Express here in Federal Way. Burger Express is a local burger joint that boasts probably the best burgers ever. Robb and I feel lucky to have this awesome local restaurant in our very own town. After Burger Express we hung out at the house a bit to chat and then headed to Seattle. We visited the REI flagship store and then walked around Fremont. It was a typical, chilly and rainy Seattle day. But, being the Northwesterners that we are, we just put on our rain jackets and walked around anyway. Plus, I got to wear my awesome new green rain jacket that I got from REI for my birthday in March. I love this jacket; it's suited perfectly to this area. It's breathable but has a warm lining and is waterproof. I feel like a Seattle girl when I wear it.

Have I mentioned the Fremont troll before? It's an art project under a giant bridge. The car the troll is holding is actually a real VW bug. Robb and I love taking visitors to the Fremont Troll, but this was the first time we've been able to get a picture of BOTH of us in front of it. After the troll we checked out the local independent shops and then we hung out in an Irish pub and had a few beers before making our way to Ballard.
At Ballard we finally got a chance to eat at the artisan pizza restaurant, Madame K's. Robb and I had been wanting to try the place for a long time. Apparently the building that Madame K's is in used to be a brothel, so the decor is all about luscious red walls and lingerie hanging from the lamps. We thought the pizza we tried was a little boring; it wasn't bad, just wasn't as flavorful as the menu description indicated it could be. But Robb and I have decided that we won't write Madame K's off altogether. We'll, visit one more time and try something new before we decide whether or not it's a keeper.

The whole day and evening was planned around attending a midnight show at The Tractor Tavern in Ballard. Robb and I had found out about and planned on attending a performance by Cash'd Out, a Johnny Cash tribute band for awhile. Once we figured out when Angela could visit (she said that she was also a Johnny Cash fan), we planned on attending the 8:00 show that night. But, somehow, we accidentally got tickets for the midnight show. I'm the type of girl that usually is in bed by 9:30 or 10:00 on weekdays and 11:00 on weekends (on a good day). So a midnight show was a little ambitious for me, but we thought it might be fun to act like adults in their 20s, without kids -- considering that is what we actually are.

The Tractor Tavern is a bar/music venue that I'd heard about as being a great venue and fun time. It was a pretty neat place with cowboy boots on the wall and plenty of space to watch a show and/or dance. The performance wasn't quite as good as I would've hoped, but it was their second show of the night and they were not actually the real Johnny and June Carter Cash. The most exciting part of the night for me was seeing two separate bar fights during the show. I don't generally spend a lot of time in bars, especially that late at night, so it was my first time witnessing such shenanigans. A little exciting and more scary then I thought!

The day was pretty good, despite getting home at 3:00 in the morning. The other great thing about this weekend is that I now definitely know how to get to Fremont without a map or directions. And I know how to get to Ballard from Fremont. And I know how to get home from Ballard and Fremont. And I know how to get to REI from the interstate and from Ballard and Fremont. Considering these are my two favorite Seattle neighborhoods and my favorite store, there is nothing else I need to know. Who needs a map? Not this local girl!

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