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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Seattle's Best Cheese

If you haven't tried Beecher's Cheese located at Pike Place Market, you ought to try them. They are delicious.

Beecher's Cheese's Mac and cheese is definitely the world's best mac and cheese around town. It is best when eaten fresh out of the oven, bubbly and hot.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Specialty Bottle in SODO area


I don't know if Specialty Bottle is the only company in Seattle where they sell varieties of bottles, but it's pretty cool to find out that we have this unique company in Seattle SODO area. I stumbled upon their website the other day and I thought, this is pretty cool!... If you are in need of glass or plastic jars/bottles or special containers, you can always check their selections.

For small business owners or artist, this could be one of many resources to keep and use.

You can order through online or call their store.
Their Address: 3434 4th Avenue S |Seattle, WA 98134 | 206-382-1100 | service@specialtybottle.com

Ideas that you can do with bottles or jars.
Flower in a jar.


Candle holder


Favors / Cookie Jars


Photo Displays


Candy Displays


Organizing materials


For more ideas.. you can look at Martha Stewart Website, and Weeping Cherries Blogspot (All images in this article are from this blog).

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sweet Tooth for Cupcakes

Cupcake has become a form of art in Seattle. A lot of cupcakes business blooms in the past few years. Yet, no one has written a review about cupcakes in Seattle. Let's explore more about Seattle's Cupcakes!... This is definitely going to be an interesting article.

First, let's find out where does cupcake come about. According to Wiki (yes, this is my favorite resource when looking for origins), in 19th century 'cup cake' or 'cupcake' were baked in individual pottery cups, ramekins, or molds and took their name from the cups they were baked in. The name "fairy cake" is a fanciful description of its size, which would be appropriate for a party of diminutive fairies to share.

Nowadays, cupcakes artist make them look so beautiful and amazingly creative, with decorative frosting and fondant, colorful wraps and liners. Cupcakes soon becomes an alternative to cakes for celebrations, such as weddings, graduations, and birthdays.

Check out some of Seattle's amazing Cupcake Places:

Trophy Cupcakes, located at three major location throughout Seattle and Bellevue.


The cupcakes based on many reviews was voted as one of the most moist cupcakes in town. Don't believe. Try it for yourself.

Cupcake Royale, located mostly in and around Seattle. Cupcake Royale always have cupcake of the month. Check out what their cupcake of the month is by going to one of the stores around Seattle.

Coffee to a Tea with Sugar Cupcake Place has some delicious and delightful cupcakes and other types of dessert.



The Yellow Leaf Cupcakes is one of the newest cupcake place in Seattle. They just recently open (May 2009). "You won’t believe there's Campbell's tomato soup in the signature cupcake at Belltown's petite Yellow Leaf Cupcake Co. (the tender cake tastes more like a marriage of spice and carrot cakes), but co-owner and chief cupcake baker Tony Portugal assured me it's in there. The subtly sweet cake... "from Seattle Magazine.

New York Cupcakes is definitely divine. It's one of my favorite cupcake place in Seattle. Their cake is very moist. It's too bad they close the branch in Seattle, however you'll find them inside Bellevue Square.



See more Cupcake Places in Seattle:
Wink Cupcakes, located in Queen Anne.
Sweet Cakes, specialized in Gluten Free Diet, located in Kirkland.
Common Ground Cupcakes located in Renton.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Featured Artist: Susan Najarian, the Encaustic Painter

Susan Najarian is a local Seattleites artist with an amazing talent. Check out Susan's recent interview with Seattleites' Diary and her paintings below.

PAINTING: MAGIC IN THE AIR


Tell us a little bit about yourself. Please describe your creative process and the material.
I am an independent artist and I live on Bainbridge Island. I am married and have thee school aged children. I create encaustic paintings. Encaustic is from the ancient Greek word that means to heat. The medium consists of beeswax melted with a small amount of resin to impart hardness. This mixture becomes paint when pigment is added to the molten wax. I use the hot wax like paint and I fuse layers of wax to a stable surface using a blowtorch or heat gun.

I love the process of encaustics. There is a lot of preparation, which I see as part of the fun. I like all the setup that is needed before you even begin to paint. Also, living here in the gray, damp, Pacific Northwest I like the warm, sweet smelling, medium, (as beeswax warms, there is a sweet smell of honey). Most of all, I like the finished look. Every completed piece has a sensual, tactile quality that invites the viewer to caress the paintings.

What inspires your work?
I love nature and color. Birds and trees show up in my paintings quite often. I am also drawn to the color of water and I use a lot of blues and greens in my work. And the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest is always inspiring.

What made you want to become an artist?
I have always been creative. I don’t think I “became” an artist it has always been who I am I can remember being in Kindergarten and the teacher praised my creative ability. So I guess getting positive feedback over the years made me want to be an artist.

What advice would you give to other Seattleites Artist?
I guess the advice I would give other Seattle Artists is - try the internet to sell your work. Etsy and other online venues are fantastic. I have met so many wonderful people through Etsy and the support and encouragement is fantastic.

GROUP INSTALLATION PAINTING

Check out her shop at Etsy. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook. Check out her photos at Flickr and her latest news at her blog.

Some of the rave reviews from the buyers:
"Beautiful little painting. It spoke to me the moment I spotted it and is more beautiful in real life. Thanks." - mackaren

"This is truly amazing art. i have never seen anything so creative in my life. it brings such an interesting aesthetic. truly amazing. and the artist is a pleasure to work with. no prima donnas here!" - cathlapotle

"I love my new art! I have received many compliments and Susanna was easy to work with." - AnneMulick

PAINTING: BLUE FOREST

Susan Najarian upcoming Events:
Jan. 8 – Jan. 31
Bainbridge Island Library - exhibition - Bainbridge Island, WA

Jan. 4 – Jan. 31
Walnut Street Coffee - exhibition - Edmonds, WA

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Seattle Wedding Show 2010

Dear Readers, last weekend I was invited by my friend to Seattle Wedding Show... It's so fun to be there. There are so many vendors participated in this event. The great thing about this show is their samples!... Sweeeeeet!... I get to try many different food samples, Espresso shot, cakes, took a lot of the brochures and information from each of the vendor...

Check out some of these amazing vendors.

Metropolitan Market Flower Stand


Bridal Shower invitation card from Paper Zone



Table Decorations by Ravishing Radish Catering





Mixed Media Photography by One Love Photo


Cute Umbrellas from Bella Umbrella


Cakes by A Tier Above


It's definitely a worth while event to go to... they also have Fashion Show that features different kinds of wedding dresses/tuxedo from Seattle Bridal shops.