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    Emily Malone

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Breathtaking.

Summer most definitely came to Seattle this weekend!  I was determined to spend as much time out in the sunshine as possible.  After getting up early and walking 5.5 miles around Greenlake with Casey, Sarah and I headed to Golden Gardens for an afternoon at the BEACH!

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Until we drove over there yesterday, I had no idea that something so gorgeous was hiding just ten short minutes from my house.  Literally breathtaking.

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While the pictures are pretty, they do no justice to actually sitting there and taking it all in.

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The grass and beach were filled with families, dogs, picnickers, sunbathers, adorable babies, and everyone else in Seattle.

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The sun was hot, but there was a wonderful cool breeze coming off the mountains.  It was perfect.

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This was my first of many days exploring the Seattle beaches, and I can’t wait to try out all of the others.  I feel so lucky to live somewhere so beautiful!

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After a long day in the sun, we cooled down back at the house before heading out for a delicious dinner with Casey.  We tried a new (to us) spot in Fremont called Chiso for vegetarian sushi!

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Starting with edamame…

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And a veggie tempura appetizer.  My favorite was the eggplant!

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Casey got some sort of yummy vegan veggie and rice bowl.

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While Sarah and I split a few sushi rolls!

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Sarah was a fan of the tempura onion ring.

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One of the things I missed the most when I stopped eating fish was sushi.  Vegetarian sushi is the perfect substitute!

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A perfect end to a perfect Seattle day.

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga     at 11:42 pm

Oh your photography is gorgeous…beautiful images of beautiful nature!

Glad your weekend was fabulous :)

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Ingunn     at 11:45 pm

Wasn’t this weekend amazing?? After weeks and weeks of rain, I sometimes start wondering why I live here…but then the sun comes out and it all comes back to me. There’s no place like Washington on a sunny day!

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Nicole @ Of Cookies and Carrots     at 11:48 pm

Oh, Seattle! I miss it… So excited to come home on Wednesday :) I always likened Seattle to one of htose high school girls who’s rather plain most of the time, but then somehow comes out of nowhere and is stunningly beautiful and one of hte prettiest places on earth when she’s sunny and at her peak. :)

Lovely photos!

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Maggie     at 11:48 pm

Yay! So glad you liked Golden Gardens. What a great weekend we had here!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Thanks so much for the suggestion!!

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Ashley     at 11:48 pm

You’re right. Seriously breathtaking!!! Wow! You’re so lucky to have mountains AND water. Jealous. ;) You look adorable in that dress!

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kris (everyday oats)     at 11:52 pm

All you pics make me want to visit seattle. Soo pretty!! and a place that just serves vegetarian Sushi??..Too Awesome!

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Lindsay     at 11:57 pm

Gorgeous pictures, Emily!! You are making me want to visit the northwest more and more :)

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Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)     at 12:00 am

Wow! I did not realize Seattle was that beautiful on a sunny day! It reminds me of Tahoe.

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Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]     at 12:07 am

beach + sushi. that IS my idea of a perfect day :)

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Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats     at 12:08 am

I can’t wait to move to Seattle! It looks simply gorgeous! And now I really want sushi…

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Sana     at 12:14 am

WOW!!! I am sooo jealous of all the amazing views!

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Katie     at 12:15 am

As a fellow NWer (B’hamer- someday you should check this town out)… don’t let the summer spoil you too much, it as good as it gets, but we pay for it come November to March. Enjoy the next couple months. There is nothing better than a Northwest Summer. :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

Why are you telling me that? :) Honestly, I don’t really think anywhere is particularly fabulous in January, so I’m willing to endure the grey and rain for nice summers. So far I’ve really liked it here!

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Michelle @ From Seed To Tree     at 12:26 am

This place looks absolutely stunning! I’m glad you were able to enjoy it.

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Lena     at 12:26 am

That looks like an amazing place to live. There is a chance we might be moving to Seattle in the near future for my husband’s work. I’m almost really looking forward to it now after reading all about it on your blog and all the yummy places to eat. Thanks for the updates.

Lena
Australia

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Adam Deane     at 12:49 am

The beach looks absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing :D

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Chloe (South Beach Girl)     at 1:22 am

Now you know why all of us locals want to keep Seattle a secret – it’s so gorgeous here in the summer! I’m so happy the sun is finally shining, it makes me feel like summer is finally arriving :)

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suki     at 1:26 am

Looks absolutely gorgeous! I cannot wait to explore. I’m heading to Seattle SOOON.

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Elisabeth     at 1:39 am

Wow! The photos are beautiful, Emily! I’d like to move there right now myself ;) (fellow Ohioian)

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Anna Crouch     at 1:40 am

oh my gosh!! I LOVE Golden Gardens! I’m so jealous that you went there…and live so close! I need to spend a day down there this summer. One of my favorite spots in Seattle!

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Emily Malone Reply:

I loved it there!

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Erica     at 1:48 am

Just wow. Seattle is so lovely!

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Gillian     at 2:37 am

After a long blog reading break I come back and find not only a name change but also your move to Seattle. Welcome to the west coast! I’m up in Vancouver (the Canadian one). For veg sushi the best is Yam/sweet potato Tempura roll:)

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Emily Malone Reply:

Welcome back! :)

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laura (starloz)     at 3:13 am

hi emily. i’m not 100% sure about this BUT i heard (from a pregnant friend) that rice is not good when you’re pregnant. i can’t remember why though, it might be worth looking into..

seattle is breathtaking, you’re correct.

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Erin Reply:

Rice is fine during pregnancy. You may be confused with the precaution for sushi. Sushi should be avoided during pregnancy because of the fish. Vegetarian sushi is typically okay as it doesn’t contain any fish, but my OB asked me to avoid it while I’m pregnant in case of cross contamination. Ever doctor is different as to what they recommend, but I’m almost 100% sure that just plain rice is fine. I’ve been eating the heck out of it so I hope so!
Seattle is so gorgeous!

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Emily Malone Reply:

I have never heard that. Interesting!

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MaryBe     at 3:15 am

I think you need to buy a house with about 50 guest rooms!!

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Flo     at 3:43 am

That day pretty much sums up what life is about, taking in and enjoying beautiful surroundings with the people we love, then filling our faces with the food we love! :)

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Casie     at 4:05 am

As an Australian, it always, always, blows me away that you can see mountains covered in snow from a Beach. I saw it for myself in Vancouver, but it almost doesn’t compute!

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Babs     at 4:25 am

The beaches look so beautiful. I love the view of the mountains.

Best veggie sushi is definitely, DEFINITELY sweet potato tempura roll . . . drooooooooool

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Jen R. (emeraldsunshine.org)     at 4:35 am

What a beautiful view. I’m very jealous. My husband and I would love to move to Portland, Seattle, Denver, or Austin. Thank you for sharing Seattle with me!

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Cait @ Beyond Bananas     at 5:05 am

That park looks stunning! One of the cool things about blogging.. reading blogs.. is that you really get to see unique parts of the country.. the world.. in real pictures, by real people!

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allison     at 5:17 am

What a gorgeous beach!! I always think of rain and clouds when i think of Oregon lol but i would love to go there someday!

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allison Reply:

Not Oregon lol i meant Washington! I’m not 100% awake yet:)

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Brittney     at 5:59 am

Wow, that is gorgeous! Beautiful day out there! Also- I love your dress Emily. You look great in it! :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

Thanks Brittney!

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Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet     at 6:24 am

That really is a gorgeous beach! It’s so unexpected to look out in the ocean and see SNOW-capped mountains when you’re at the beach ;)

You and your sister look gorgeous!

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Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups     at 6:39 am

I’m so jealous of your weather! I’m in Florisa and it’s way too hot to be outside. Once you’re outside for more than ten minutes, you are sweating buckets. It makes it hard to enjoy the sun.

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Lauren     at 7:00 am

I had no idea Seattle was so beautiful. You never really see the beaches in Washington but they are incredible compared to the beaches on the East Coast.

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Lisa     at 7:11 am

Such a gorgeous place to live! Love the dress ;-)

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Charlie     at 7:15 am

WOW! seriously beautiful, what gorgoeous scenery. You and Sarah look really pretty too.

Off topic question to all readers of this amazing blog- I am coming over to the US in August ( I live in London) and I will be visiting Pheonix, AZ and San Diego, LA and Vegas- any restaurant/touristy tips? I have never been to any of these places before and would love to know where to go and what to do! Thanks xxx

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Katie KS Reply:

Places where you can get wet? LOL. Phoenix and Vegas especially will be in the 100s (F) during August! I’ve been to all 4 cities but not recently and no real specific ideas. There’s all the Disney stuff near LA and of course Grand Canyon in AZ but that is pretty far from Phoenix – still if I came that far, I’d be sure to go!

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Charlie Reply:

Thanks! Oh goodness 100 degrees, I am going to melt! Definitely going to Grand Canyon but was going to do it as a trip from Vegas. I am not exactly a gambler so wont be sad to take a day out of Vegas! Not too sure about the Disney world etc as have been to Paris and Florida when I was younger, so may give it a miss in LA. I haven’t been to America for about 8 years and I am so excited to come back. I lived in Virginia, near DC when I was younger and in New York for a bit, can’t wait to return!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Of those cities I’ve only even been to Vegas, and there is NO shortage of things to do there! :) I would see a Cirque show – they are amazing!

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Charlie Reply:

Thanks, will look into it!

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Tracy     at 7:34 am

Wow your pictures are beautiful – being from Atlanta, I’m so jealous of the cooler weather you guys have out there, and the beautiful scenery!

Do you ever miss fish anymore? How long did it take til you “got used” to being a vegetarian?

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Emily Malone Reply:

I don’t really miss fish at all. I transitioned pretty gradually, so it wasn’t really that hard for me to give things up bit by bit.

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Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun     at 7:39 am

That does look like such a gorgeous day! I love when the sky is so blue like that. Also, veggie tempura is so good. I’ve only had it a few times before but always love it.

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Amelia     at 7:44 am

Very pretty!

I am a big fan of sushi. These rolls look delicious, although I could never give up my spicy tuna. :)

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Lee     at 7:56 am

Beautiful. That’s one thing that I don’t like about living in Georgia – too far from the beaches. When I was growing up in the DC area, we could at least get to the beach in 2.5 hours.

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Kristi     at 8:09 am

Seattle looks beautiful.

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Megan     at 8:10 am

Chiso is my favorite vegetarian sushi ever. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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Jennifer (The Gourmetour)     at 8:12 am

Wow, beautiful! Dinner looks yummy too!

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Elizabeth@The Sweet Life     at 8:22 am

Stunning! You’re making me want to move there!

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Stephanie @ StephSnacks     at 8:38 am

What a wonderful way to spend the day! That beach really looks incredible. And the sushi doesn’t look half bad either ;)

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Charise     at 8:42 am

Those views are breathtaking! It makes me jealous I live in glorious Ohio. ;)

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen     at 8:44 am

Beautiful scenery! I love how the mountains always have their snow capped peaks even when it’s warm outside in the Pacific northwest.

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Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life)     at 8:45 am

That scenery is unreal!! What a beautiful place for baby Garnish to grow up in :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

I kept talking about baby trips to the beach when we were there. So fun! :)

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Meagan     at 9:05 am

Why don’t you eat any fish?

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Emily Malone Reply:

Because I am a vegetarian!

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Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}     at 9:10 am

Wow that is breathtaking! Loved seeing the beautiful pictures-thanks for sharing.

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SaraRM     at 9:11 am

What a beautiful weekend! I love your dress, you look great!

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Gwen     at 9:33 am

Looks beautiful! I’ve only spent a very short time in Seattle, definitely would love to visit again!

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Katherina @ Zephyr Runs     at 9:49 am

Man, and I thought it was beautiful in the fall when I visited! Can’t wait to come up for a spring or summer!!

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Melissa     at 9:53 am

Wow, Seattle is gorgeous! And I feel ya with the sushi. I ate fish for a while just because of sushi, but I finally gave it up and veggie rolls are a great substitute when the craving strikes!

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Marta     at 10:12 am

love the dress Emily. so pretty :) Seattle is gorgeous! I miss the west coast so much. used to be a Vancouver girl myself and I can’t wait to move back there!!

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Bridget     at 10:14 am

So pretty! Your posts are moving Seattle higher and higher on my list of places to visit!

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Tracey     at 10:51 am

Wow, those photos are so great. Amazing views!

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Shannon @ My Place In The Race     at 10:55 am

What a perfect day! Your pics a beautiful! And that’s a super cute dress you have on :)

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Sarah @ See Sarah Eat     at 10:57 am

Gorgeous pictures! Love your dress. Looks like a great time :)

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jenna     at 11:03 am

what gorgeous views!! sounds like the perfect day! :)

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skinnyrunner     at 11:25 am

i was at the seattle airport yesterday for 4 hours and surprised how warm and sunny it was! love when WA has great non-rainy weather!

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Michelle (The Runner's Plate)     at 11:38 am

These pictures make me want to move to Seattle.

The picture of older couple sitting on the bench is super cute!

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Emily Malone Reply:

That was my favorite pic!

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Amber K     at 11:53 am

Looking lovely up North! It’s definitely going to be interesting come winter time, but summer is definitely beautiful in the NW.

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Emily Malone Reply:

I don’t think any place is particularly fabulous in the winter though, except for maybe southern California. I’ll take the dreary winter for a nice summer. :)

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Julie (A Case of the Runs)     at 12:08 pm

Seems like Seattle is nowhere near the dreary place I hear it is!

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Emily Malone Reply:

I’m sure it is in the winter, but the summer is lovely!

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Bethany     at 12:14 pm

Isn’t Seattle just the greatest? It’s such a wonderful city in the summer.

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Kristina     at 12:28 pm

I lived in Seattle for two years, and when I see pictures like that, it does make my heart kind of ache for it! Not that Southern CA doesn’t offer its own world of wonders, but there are those times when I really miss the urban-scene mixed with the outdoorsy nature of Seattle.

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Lauren C. @ FocusedToBeFit     at 12:38 pm

Wow, beautiful there! Also, that sushi looks amazing :)

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Maryann     at 12:43 pm

What a lovely dress Emily.
Those pictures were breathtaking for sure. Wow and so close to you. I hope you have many more this summer.

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Taysa     at 1:08 pm

Uuuughh, your pictures make me so homesick! I am spending a week in the Olympic mountains with my family at the beginning of August and it can not come quickly enough!

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Emily Malone Reply:

That sounds wonderful!

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Taysa Reply:

I highly recommend it if you have some time to take weekend trips. We have a cabin on Lake Cushman and go hiking in the National Park. The coastal towns of Port Angeles and Port Townsend are equally wonderful.

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Holly @ Rust Belt Runner     at 1:13 pm

Sounds like I’m not the only one who missed the boat on this one… why don’t you eat fish?

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Emily Malone Reply:

Because I’m a vegetarian!

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Amanda @ Still Life with Duck     at 1:16 pm

I’m so glad you went to Golden Gardens, it’s a great beach. What fantastic weather we had here in Seattle this weekend…finally! Fingers crossed we have more sunny weekends soon.

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Cindy @ The Flipping Couple     at 2:35 pm

So beautiful!! Thanks for sharing those photos. Definitely makes me homesick, though. Minnesota just can’t compete with the beauty of Seattle’s scenery!!

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LauraJayne     at 2:57 pm

Those pictures are gorgeous – Seattle is gorgeous, but especially when it is sunny! Glad to see that your appetite is back!

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Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn     at 3:11 pm

Oh my gosh, so so beautiful. It reminds me of my grandma’s on theChesapeake…I miss it so much!! And that tempura looks to. die. It’s like ethnic fast food! :)

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Lori     at 3:29 pm

I love the pictures! Seattle is top of my list of places to visit. My little sis just moved there for the summer! Where did you get your dress? I love it!

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Gina     at 3:36 pm

I just love that phot of the older couple sitting on the bench! It reminds me of when I see couples in old cars and the woman sitting in the middle of the front bench seat!

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katie @ KatieDid     at 4:03 pm

WOW! It’s so gorgeous there, I’m sure it was breathtaking. I had no idea Seattle had so much natural beauty.

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Sara Winter     at 5:15 pm

Your pictures are wonderful! I’ve lived here my whole life and days like we had on Saturday make putting up with the darkness in January worth it. I’m glad you are enjoying it here.

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Whitney Reply:

I completely agree! :)

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Haalat     at 5:41 pm

Wow! pretty photos! I would love to visit this beautiful city… enjoy it.

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Stephanie     at 7:42 pm

It was definitely a beautiful weekend here in Seattle. Glad you and sister made it to Golden Gardens. It has a special place in my heart since that is where my husband proposed just 2 years ago! You should definitely check out Discovery Park. It is also really close to Fremont and it has beautiful views of Puget Sound and a great place for a run or to walk the dogs.

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Alaina     at 11:14 pm

Those views look stunning! I cannot wait to visit Seattle. :-)

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Whitney     at 10:51 am

:) We try to keep the stunning scenery a secret so that we don’t get too many transplants from other states (but I am glad that you guys are here!!)! Ha ha! We like to keep up the “it rains ALL.THE.TIME stereotype as much as possible :) Glad to see that you guys were able to enjoy the sunshine last weekend….looks like we are back to gray today…..

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Annie@stronghealthyfit     at 2:35 pm

Gorgeous photos! I can’t wait to move to Seattle!

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Emma @ Getting There & Going Places     at 5:01 pm

Wow gorgeous indeed! :D
Vegetarian sushi is the best and not that different from normal sushi! I love it! :D

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Amykinz @ Foodie4Healing     at 10:31 pm

Gorgeous! I am in LOVE with that picture of the old couple on the bench. Soooo sweet. :)

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Liza     at 9:46 pm

Wow! I was visiting Seattle and went for a run around Greenlake Sunday morning! What a beautiful day– and the mountains were out all weekend. :) That beach looks lovely too!

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