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Back in Seattle…

Striped dress – Aritzia / Birkenstocks / Sunglasses – Marc by Marc Jacobs

I had the best time returning home and visiting Seattle last month. These crosswalks in Capitol Hill were freshly painted that morning and I knew I couldn’t leave without getting a picture with them. We did our best! These crosswalks are typically so busy in the Pike/Pine corridor so it’s tough to get a photo without another stranger in them. These were mainly done just in time for Pride, but I had heard that they were going to be sticking around for much longer. As they should! They totally bring a little something to the neighborhood, plus they are super fun. I really love dresses like this for the summer where you can just pull it on over your head and have it be a no-fuss type of an outfit that is ready to go.

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The Best Time to Visit Seattle

It’s actually been a few weeks since I returned from my trip back home! It almost feels a bit outdated to write this post now, but then I remembered that I couldn’t not share all of the photos of everything that I ate while I was in Seattle. It just seemed like the wrong thing to do. Even though I’m calling the Bay Area home now, Seattle is never that far away and I don’t take advantage of the short flight as much as I should. It can be challenging because I have times at work where I should be in the office and not on vacation, but luckily for me the summertime is not that time. And that time also happens to me when Seattle is the hottest and the brightest! I decided to go back for Father’s Day and a few days extra which ended up being the right amount.


Before I even landed in Seattle, I had one request and that was for Kevin to pick me up at the airport (okay a 2nd request) and take me straight to Wasabi Bistro. I didn’t get to go here when I was in town during the holidays and it was the only thing that I wanted because no offense – California can’t even match up to Seattle when it comes to sushi and seafood. We were all thinking it. Also, I had sushi three times when I was home, so there.

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2015

I looked at this and all I could get excited about what Jamie xx! AMAZING!

Also, I think I had the opportunity to see TV On The Radio and The Kills at CHBP a couple years ago, but great to hear that they’ll be back again.

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Blog Roundup

– 8 Graphs That Capture the Truths of Breaking Up [The Bold Italic]

– How addicted to the internet are you? [PsychCentral] I received a healthy score of 14! What did you all get?

– The Secrets of Highly Efficient Napping [i09]

– How my old neighborhood of Capitol Hill is evolving and unfortunately, not in a good way [Seattle Times]

– The science of why Legos are so painful to step on [Quartz]

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Currently Craving:

I have the cravings of a pregnant woman. I’m not though I swear – I’m only just saying that because… have you seen the types of things I crave on these posts?! No rhyme or reason whatsoever. Well, tonight I forgot to pick up a second dinner for myself (because today I thought I needed two meals in addition to the plate I had at work) and came home wanting to eat my right hand. I’ve been missing Seattle a lot lately and have realized that I haven’t even planned a trip to return home post-holidays. I was a lucky girl when I was living in Capitol Hill just mere blocks away from Pike/Pine and never going hungry. There were just countless times when I would either a) drag my roommate Anna or b) go out on my own and leave my place at 10:30 PM just so I could get a late night snack. Life is SOOOO hard these days because nothing is in walking distance.

I had a very strong craving for Cupcake Royale’s Whiskey Maple Bacon cupcakes which happens to be their current monthly special and one of my all time favorites. In fact, I missed it so much this evening that I even considered going to their website and ordering a box for myself and my coworkers. Unfortunately, they don’t do that and now I’m back at square one and still v. hungry.

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Yow Yow! Visits Molly Moon’s!

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During my last visit to Seattle, I had an opportunity to visit the office of Molly Moon’s ice cream shop! The invitation for the trip was not only humbling for me as I learned that Molly Moon herself is a Yow Yow! reader, but also very special to me as Molly Moon’s opened up shop in Capitol Hill while I was a student at Seattle University. I still remember just how excited I was to be having an ice cream shop down the street from my dorm. It was frequented by my friends and I for my entire four years there and oh gosh – that smell of their freshly made waffle cones – how could anyone forget? It’s the kind of smell that you would want in your life every day if you could have it and actually – everyone that works at Molly Moon’s appears to be just that lucky!

Together, Veronica and I have visited a couple businesses within Seattle, but by far – Molly Moon’s was the most delicious. I was contacted by Emilia Arnold a couple of weeks before my return home and it just happened to work out that I could schedule a visit when I was in town. Before I had moved away, there was an empty space next to the ice cream shop. For a long time, there was some speculation that it might be a place where you get an inside look at how they were making their ice cream and cones – kind of like a Willy Wonka type of a shop. I later learned that the space was transformed into an amazing office space for their employees. Just see for yourself!

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Preview: Our Trip to Molly Moon’s

When I saw that the team at Molly Moon’s had emailed me a few weeks ago about coming by their shop on my next visit home, I was thrilled! Because it just so happened that I would be in town in a few weeks. Having been a student at Seattle University, Molly Moon’s was our neighborhood ice cream shop and a very dear memory to the college experience that both I and my friends had! Since then, the shop has expanded from two storefronts to six and we can only imagine that things are going to get better from here! Thank you Emilia and Molly for having us and being fans of Yow Yow!

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The Seattle Hipster

So this video came out in 2011 and even though Capitol Hill has changed a lot since then, the one shown in this video is the one that I love and miss. Someone posted this the other day which then showed up on my Facebook feed with a caption along the lines of “thank god, I don’t live anywhere near downtown.” Child, please, Capitol Hill didn’t want you to begin with.

I love Linda’s brunch. I love Unicorn drinks and $2 PBR’s. Haters get out.

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Serious FOMO


It pains me to have to miss Capitol Hill Block Party this year – the first in many years! It used to be the event that I looked forward to the most every summer not only because it was just so much fun, but because it took place in my neighborhood. I’m missing it this year (for a while I thought I was actually going to fly back for it) and while I’m disappointed I won’t be there, I know that the festival won’t disappoint. They’ve got such a great lineup and I wish I were there! My friend from back home, Lucas, sent this photo over to me last week from the Girl Talk set last summer on a flier promoting Capitol Hill Block Party.

Nailing it.

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Currently Craving:


If there’s anything I could eat all summer long, it would be corn. On just about everything. Is it not the vegetable mascot of the season?! One of my favorite restaurants in Seattle – Oddfellows – served up this herbed ricotta ravioli with corn relish for meatless Monday today. I hope it’s still available when I get into town this weekend!


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Cardiknox Does Capitol Hill

We’re five sleeps away from Seattle and I’m already getting nostalgic. Last year we blogged about a band called Cardiknox currently in Brooklyn, but originally from Seattle – at least one half of them was from there anyways. They recently did a photo shoot with Free People back in my old stomping grounds of Capitol Hill and it’s basically…perfect. They hit up my favorite spots, walked my favorite streets, and looked exceptional while doing so. Here are some of my favorite snaps, but don’t take my word for it – you’ll have to check out the full spread on the Free People blog here. Above, the duo is at one of my favorite restaurants – Oddfellow’s – on the secret outdoor patio that is a dream!

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2014 [Full Lineup]

We recently released the partial lineup for this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party featuring the headliners, but earlier this week the full lineup was announced and we’re still just as excited about the whole event.


A$AP Rocky // Spoon // Chromeo // Matt and Kim // The War on Drugs // ODESZA // Budos Band // A$AP Ferg // Dum Dum Girls // RAC // Beat Connection // The Julie Ruin // Star Slinger // Sol // Robert Delong // Tanlines // xxyyxx // Man or Astro-man? // Angel Olsen // Poolside // EMA // Cymbals // Slow Magic // Small Black // HOLYCHILD // Shy Girls // Hundred Waters // Pillar Point // Raz Simone // Iska Dhaaf  // The Chain Gang of 1974 // Wild Ones // Kithkin // Cataldo // Weed // Special Explosion // Childbirth // Katie Kate // Tangerine // Sandrider // Otieno Terry // Lemolo // Natasha Kimeto // Pollens // Ayron Jones & The Way // Constant Lovers // Shaprece // Gaytheist // Country Lips // Fox and the Law // Ricky and Mark // Dub  Thompson // Audacity // Manatee Commune // Hand of the Hills // Tennis Pro // Dude York // Tom Eddy // Wimps // Pony Time // The Pharmacy // Vox Mod // Deadkill  // Eternal Bad // Trash Fire // Grave Babies // Cabana // Tacos! // MonogamyParty // Theories // Sex Blister // Great Goddamn // Bad Motivators // The Beach Boy // Sashay // Blood Drugs // Power Bottom // Wolfgang Fuck // So Pitted // Stickers // Haunted Horses // The Dip // Paralyzer // Murmurs

Whoo! Those in bold are the acts I recommend checking out if you have the time!


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Capitol Hill Block Party 2014 Partial Lineup


When I learned that the partial lineup would be released this morning, I had my laptop in… lap at 8:55 AM ready to go and not willing to miss a thing. The partial lineup isn’t the entirety, but it’s enough to hold us over and give us a tease of what’s to come. By the looks of it, if these are the names they are releasing now, then the rest of the lineup will surely not disappoint. I saw both Chromeo and Matt and Kim at the former Street Scene San Diego Festival years ago and have been itching to catch a performance of theirs ever since. I also was able to catch Beat Connection at Bumbershoot this year as a last minute filler to their lineup and am so excited about all of their new material.

Not bad Capitol Hill… but don’t make us wait too much longer for the rest. We’ll be waiting.

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Goodbye Piecora’s

The Capitol Hill that I had the opportunity to experience back in college is not the Capitol Hill it is today. When I first learned about the closing of the pizza place in my university’s neighborhood, I was instantly reminded of that Boy Meets World episode where Cory returns to his hometown to find that the restaurant he frequented – Chubbie’s – had undergone a complete renovation. It wasn’t the same and in a weird way it completely turned pirate themed. Piecora’s was a huge part of the Seattle University community. We always worked with them for events and they were so happy to work with us! I could always count on them for a slice of their amazing veggie pizza, salad, and spumoni. I still remember a night in college where I had given up on studying and dragged my then roommate – Anna with me so that I could get my fix.

Piecora’s has decided to sell to a developer – Equity Residential for $10.29 million. It’s interesting because Equity is one of the largest owners of apartments and was my home for two years. Piecora’s has been living at their E Madison location for 30 years and will close for good on Tuesday, April 15th.

I’m really going to miss this place.


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A Map of Hip America

Some may call it a nightmare or annoying to have lived in a hipster nation for four years, but can I just say – I loved every second of it? The Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle is one place that I cannot shut up about. My only qualm with it recently is all the basic people that have started to overrun it around the time when I left. I’m a music snob and I’m somewhat of a hipster snob, unfortunately. At the end of January (good lord, it has taken me about a month to write this post) Kevin sent me this Gawker article about where to find neighborhoods like my favorite Capitol Hill all over the country.

Who wants to plan a road trip? I need to be with my people.

Check out the article here! Do you live in any of these places? Are they really that hipster? Did the Gawker do a good job or did they disappoint us?

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