Posts Tagged ‘cupcaking’

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Em’rald City: the spring break edition

March 23, 2010

I’m in Seattle, visiting my dear sister and partaking of the most adorable things to be had in the city. Among them are:

1. The Balagan‘s production of The Jammer, which is described as the “King Lear of roller derby plays.” Not an inaccurate description! This is why I love tiny hole-in-the-wall we-don’t-need-no-stinkin’-budget theaters: the production was so resourceful, so spirited, so darn enthusiastic, that it wasn’t even a case of forgiving or ignoring the cardboard-cutout (literally) ensemble. No, it was to the point where the cardboard was endearing, when the characters could directly interact with cardboard, acknowledge it as cardboard, and still have an emotional confrontation with it. That’s theater at its finest, most pure, most goddamn adorable. I’m definitely going to patronize the Balagan next time I’m in Seattle, just because of that.

(The Jammer also introduced me to an awesome idea: all emotional relationship-related conversations should happen on rollercoasters. It’s so ridiculously appropriate.)

2. Cupcakes! I continue to love and adore Cupcake Royale, the closest to my sister’s apartment and also my heart. I got my “Legalize Gay Cupcakes” teeshirt there last time I was in town, and this time I got a delicious lavender cupcake and also the cutest goddamn teacup on the planet.

3. Puppies!

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That is Batman, an 8-week-old English/American bulldog mix, the newest addition to my sister’s family. He’s awesome and falls asleep on me a lot.

More later; I’m off to have more adventures!

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Seattle Rhymes with Cupcake

September 9, 2009

And yea, the Goddess of Cute Thingies did descend and spake unto me in a dream, and did say:
“Unto Seattle-by-the-Sea ye shall descende, and so shall ye partake unto you all of the cupcakes, and all of the yarns, and so shall ye do so under the strain of thy feete and the sweat of thy pores.”

So, we drove to Seattle. And we got a parking spot because the Goddess of Cute Thingies put in a good word for us with the God of Parking Spots, and we are keeping that parking spot for the rest of the week because we know better than to spit in the face of the God of Parking Spots. That’s why Odysseus had such a hard time, you know– it wasn’t Poseidon he pissed off, it was the God of Parking Spots. And so, as the goddess bade us, we tramped all up and down the hills of Seattle and found the yarns and the cupcakes.

On our first day, sleep-deprived and a little dazed, damp from the rain and exertion, we stumbled into Cupcake Royale on Pike Street near Anna’s apartment. It was delicious and adorable, very simple cupcakes, and including very nice teeshirts. I bought one, because it was purple and my size and said LEGALIZE GAY CUPCAKES on it. So far I have had four strangers start conversations with me because of it.

On our second day, neither cupcakes nor yarn were had, but Anna and I did get to see Ponyo, and that was so adorable it made my teeth hurt. I’ll be knitting a little Ponyo fish plushie as soon as I’m in the same state as my yarn again. Instead of cupcakes, we did also find Molly Moon’s ice cream, which had amazing delicious flavors like honey lavender and balsamic strawberry.

Today, our third day, we managed both cupcakes and yarn. On the advice of the beautiful shopkeeper/potion-mistress in Pilot Books on Broadway, we tromped all the way downtown to try the cupcakes at Yellow Leaf. She said they were her least favorite, but the toffee-chocolate one was plenty amazing and they have definitely mastered the Art of the Buttercream, so it’s really a difference of taste I guess. We then tromped directly to So Much Yarn, where we were enthusiastically greeted by the most adorable shopkeepers on the planet. I escaped with under a hundred dollars of yarn, which felt like an accomplishment– I always forget that my Swift Stitch employee discount only, uh, applies at the Swift Stitch.

We have Plans for the rest of the yarn stores today and tomorrow, and there’s one more cupcakery we know of somewhere on Boren that we have to find and try. So, we shall see if this Holy Quest is successful~