Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

March 6, 2011

A Fun Afternoon in Seattle

I met a WONDERFUL woman and friend, Charlotte, on Facebook from playing Hatchlings.  We clicked right away, along with our third bff, Moriah, with whom I had dinner & did Ghostly Walks in Victoria, in October.  We're the 3 Musketeers, despite being geographically separated.  But Char and I are talking about taking a quick overnighter up to Victoria on the Clipper to visit her.  

Char lives up north of Seattle, in Everett.  We decided that enough time had passed before we met in person, so we made plans to get together on Saturday!  It's so hard to believe that this was the first time we met face to face because it was like we'd been hanging out all the time for years.  

After I picked her up, we headed back down to Seattle to have pizza at Tutta Bella, in the Wallingford neighborhood.  I've been dying for some decent pizza and she highly recommended this place.    

Char's pie was prosciutto & arugula.

Char and pizza

I went for the traditional Regina Margherita, which is my fave.  Fresh mozzarella, basil and tomatoes.  Nom nom nom nom  The crust was razor thin in the middle, puffy & crunchy on the edge.  This is the way pizza is supposed to be made.  No sweet sauce EVER. 

We shared a tiramisu but we dug in before I remembered to take a picture of it!!  It, too, was AMAZING!!!!!  We both thought that there was a little too much espresso on the bottom, but it was still unbelievably tasty.

She got a fancy coffee.

And I think this is a shot of espresso

She's a wicked good egg.

After lunch, we decided to find the Fremont Troll, which has been on my "Seattle Bucket List".  I never would have found it if Char didn't know where we were going.  That city, and this whole region, confounds me.  Nearly all the streets are designated by number and then compass direction.  If you suck at math like I do, and can't read a compass either, you are so screwed.  

This is a view under the Aurora Bridge, looking down the hill.  

The Fremont Troll under the Aurora Bridge.

Char posing with the Troll.

Climbed up for a peak over his shoulder.

It's a popular attraction.

I think that's a headlight for his eye.

That's a real Volkswagen Beetle.

I had a great afternoon and am very grateful to have Char in my life too!  Thanks for a great day my friend!


  1. OMG that Troll is so awesome!!!! I think that is the most bitchin' thing I have seen in a long time!!!

    Hey, I see you are as bad as Sonnia....what's with the food shots, man? I can't go any fucking blogs without being confronted with how lekker you people chow down!!
    YUMMMMMMM :-))

    Oh, and your girl...she has the inkage! Always in my cool book!

  2. Excellent! Glad to see you in good form and doing what you do best.

  3. a troll in seattle?? do you know who built it and why?
    and BOTH of your pizzas looked yummy.

  4. Anonymous2:46 PM

    Very cool shots of the troll.

  5. How wonderful to meet FB friends in real life! It looks like so much fun. I am with Axe on the food shots: ik wil die lekkere pizza's en koffie!

  6. Anonymous10:57 AM

    That troll is really cool. And, anyone who puts sugar in tomato sauce is not right.

  7. See? Elka feels my pain.
    Ek wil ook pizza eet!

  8. Anonymous2:21 PM

    Nice pizza, cool troll!