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Seattle Slack Key Festival, Oct. 16

27 Sep

Cyril Pahinui saw our post about the Live Aloha Festival earlier this month and asked us to put in a plug for the upcoming Seattle Slack Key Festival on October 16th.  We are stoked that he saw our post and we are very happy to help spread the news of the upcoming Festival.

The 2nd Annual Seattle Slack Key Festival will be held October 16 from 2-6pm at the Town Hall Theater located at 1119 8th Ave.

Performers include: Cyril Pahinui, Jeff Peterson, Kamuela Kimokeo, Kalehua Krug, Blake Leoiki-Haili, George Kuo and Sonny Lim, along with steel guitarist Greg Sardinha and ukulele prodigy Kunai Pahinui-Galdeira.  Special guiest guitarist/harp guitarist Muriel Anderson, emcees Skylark Rossetti and Braddah Gomes and local hula halau add to this fantastic line-up.  You can buy tickets at

Hope to see you there!

Team Jongela, 12 years and counting…

23 Sep

This past weekend, we celebrated our anniversary by going to Victoria, British Columbia.  Hard to believe it’s been 12 years, but I guess we have the photos and memories to prove it (and wrinkles).  Of course it’s cliche, but it’s true… Time flies when you’re having fun!

We caught the first #5 bus of the day (6am)  from Fremont to downtown and walked over to Pier 69 where we caught the Victoria Clipper.  You can drive north of Seattle and catch the ferry from Anacortes or Vancouver, but we don’t have a car so this was much easier.  The ride was pleasant.  We fortified ourselves with hot coffee and snacks as the clipper cruised north out of Puget Sound and across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Three hours later we pulled into Victoria and started to explore.

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Since we only stayed one night in Victoria we didn’t have a whole lot of time to explore the city but we still had plenty of fun and ate some yummy grindz.  Downtown Victoria is very walkable and there are plenty of shops, restaurants, bars, and street performers to keep one busy while wandering around on foot.

We had lunch at the very vegetarian-friendly “Rebar” and walked around Chinatown.  We also caught a cool art exhibit called “World War 3” at Legacy Art Gallery and Cafe To celebrate our anniversary we had dinner at a nice Italian restaurant called Fiamo and after stuffing ourselves with ravioli and some tasty BC vino we headed back to the hotel to crash for the night.

The next morning we caught the ferry back to Seattle.  Although it rained on our boat trip back down to the states, by the time we reached Seattle it was a beautiful day so we wandered around Pike Place Market for a little while before retreating back to Fremont.  We made it home just in time to catch a great sunset on our roof.

Seattle grindz

16 Sep

One thing we’ve noticed about bars/restaurants in Seattle is the abundance of macaroni & cheese and tater tots. It’s kind of weird, but also kind of awesome. Reminds us of Wisconsin.

Go Storm!

15 Sep

Last night we went to our first Storm game (and our first WNBA game for that matter).  It was game #2 of the WNBA Finals and the Storm was up 1-0 against the Atlanta Dream.  Seattle won 87-84  so they are now 2-0 and can take the series tomorrow night in Atlanta.

The game was super fun.  The stadium was packed and the fans were incredibly excited.  There’s a lot of Seattle sports news that we are not aware of, but the Storm seem to be extremely popular and we’re hoping they have a long future in Seattle.  Even if Seattle gets another NBA team, the Storm should be here to stay!  The world could use more women’s sports teams!

While there were all sorts of fans at the game, the crowd was definitely dominated by women (of all ages).  We also noticed that these games seem to be a meeting place for Seattle-area lesbians.  A quick google search found this article that confirms our observations.  Check it out:

If anyone in the Seattle area wants to watch game #3 with us tomorrow night (5pm), let us know!  We don’t have ESPN2 so we need to find a place to watch the game.


Cloudy with a chance of sun…

14 Sep

We’ve been trying to be optimistic about Seattle’s weather and be thankful for sunny days and even partly sunny days.  It helps to change the way you speak of the weather– from partly cloudy to partly sunny.  We’ve actually been pretty lucky since we moved here and it’s only rained a few days in the past 2 months (we’ve been here 2 months!), but we know fall and winter are coming.

This morning when we woke up it was so foggy that we couldn’t see anything beyond Fremont.  Usually we can see Magnolia and Queen Anne (including the Space Needle) from our living room, but Queen Anne Hill has only just emerged from the clouds.  I guess we weren’t the only ones to notice the fog today.  Here’s the front page of the Seattle Times website

I think the caption is the best: “Fog, then sun, but rain.”


13 Sep

Friday was the 5th Annual Hopfest at Brouwer’s Cafe in Fremont.  Brouwer’s Cafe was opened a couple years ago (?) by the same people who run Bottleworks, a well-known specialty beer store in Wallingford, Seattle.  Lucky for us, we live nearby both businesses!  Bottleworks advertises that they offer over 950 beers and Brouwer’s Cafe offers 64 beers on draft and over 300 bottles.

Since Friday was Hopfest at Brouwer’s, they had over 60 hoppy beers on tap!  We are definite hopheads and had this one on the calendar for weeks.  Apparently we were not the only ones because when we arrived, there was a line out the door.  Granted it was nearing the end of Happy Hour and people were getting off work, but clearly Seattleites love IPAs.  The line seemed a little daunting, but it moved pretty quickly.  We met our friend Jonny there and thought it was appropriate that our first round be the Boundary Bay Imperial IPA.  In addition to Boundary Bay brews being amazing, they are brewed in the same town we met each other in college (Bellingham).

After Brouwer’s we met Serena and had our first Fremont bar hopping experience.  Cheers!