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My Favorite Things Today 

The marathon retail race has begun. So many treats being unpacked each day, so many treats being wrapped up as gifts for customers each day. The steady hum of the tape gun closing up boxes to be shipped all around the globe is in the air. Below My Favorite Things Today and as always, not everything makes it on to the Watson Kennedy website, so if something catches your eye, give us a call at one of the shops or shoot me an e-mail. Happy Thursday everyone!



Dining and Wining

As often happens, I get asked a question/questions while wrapping up gifts for a customer. This one was what we do for dinner most nights during this busy season. Great question, with many variations as the answer. It is a mix of cooking ourselves, ordering take-out, and dining out. The above crazy good meal we enjoyed the other evening in celebration of my birthday at Spinasse. One of our all-time favorite eateries in Seattle. The Pink Door, Cafe Campagne and Cafe Presse are some other spots we adore and frequent. We are big fans of ordering from Uber Eats, as they have access to so many good places around town. Caviar, is a new food delivery service we have started to use too. The name is a tad misleading, as caviar has nothing to do with it, but it is a catchy name. When we cook, one of us generally makes the meal, and the other cleans up after. This has always been our set-up, which works nicely as you get to relax after you have prepared the meal. 

We picked up an incredible meal at May on Vashon Island on the way to the house the night before Thanksgiving. Seriously worth the ferry trip over if you can get a reservation. Best Thai food either of us can remember ever having. Wine & Dine Wednesday would not be complete without a little wine talk. Robin from Pollard Coffee who roasts our special Watson Kennedy blend she makes for us, is now making really lovely wine. Pollard Vineyard is really lovely stuff, and if you can get your hands on a bottle, do. Here is a bit about it from a recent article: “2015 Pollard Vineyard red wine, Yakima Valley: This Right Bank-style blend leads with merlot and includes cabernet sauvignon. It opens with rich aromas of plum, blackberry and cinnamon, followed by succulent flavors of ripe Rainier cherry, clove, cola and vanilla. Perfectly balanced with bright acidity and firm tannin.” A bottle graced our Thanksgiving table (below image) and was pretty perfect. A little bit of this, and a little bit of that, keeps the Watson Sive household fed during this hopping time. 



Loretta Trevino Painting Raffle at WK

We had the great pleasure of having artist Loretta Trevino painting at our Anniversary Holiday Open House this past Saturday. A Pacific Northwest native who now resides in Texas, she charmed all who stopped to chat with her while she painted her iconic houses. In the spirit of the passing holiday of thanks, Loretta thought it might be fun to raffle off one of her works. “Washington Barn” will go to the lucky winner, chosen this Friday. Simply leave a comment here, or on the Watson Kennedy social media platforms of Instagram or Facebook, of what you are MOST GRATEFUL FOR this season. You have until the end of the day this Thursday to enter. Good luck! 



Ted’s Tip No. 125

Lighting a few, or many, candles for your evening dinner elevates the experience. Even if is as simple as take-out, the flickering light adds a specialness to the meal.



A Sunday Thought 



Saturday at The Market

I write often of my ritual Saturday morning stroll through the Pike Place Market perusing all the flowers deciding which get to travel home with me for us to enjoy for the week. Thursday marked the 19th anniversary of our Market shop, and I still to this day get a rush of excitement when I put the key into the shop door, knowing a fun day awaits. It truly is an honor to be a small part of the history of the Market. As we head into our 20th Holiday season, I am filled with amazing memories from over the years of conversations, interactions, experiences. For any of you who have been to my 86 Pine shop, you know of the specialness of the courtyard. If you are in Seattle today, please stop in for a glass of bubbly or sparkling cider for our annual Anniversary Holiday Open House. I would love to see you. If you are a reader of the blog, please make mention of it to me–that always makes my day… For those of you who have never been to Seattle, put it on your list. It really is such a cool place on many levels, and a visit to the historic Public Market is a must. 



They Keep on Giving 

The flowering kale ‘cabbage roses’ were still going strong after several weeks, giving us tons of enjoyment for our Thanksgiving table. They had started to fade which worked perfectly against all the sun-bleached shells from the beach strewn about. They are our Flower Friday blooms as we begin the holiday of THANKS week-end.






Watson Kennedy Fine Living Anniversary Holiday Open House

Please join us this Saturday, the 25th of November, for our Holiday Open House. It also just happens to be the 19th anniversary of our Pike Place Market shop too, so lots to celebrate on that day. Oh, and it is also ‘Small Business Saturday’ which kind of works perfectly for the day! I do hope you can join us for a glass of Gruet bubbly or sparkling cider. Artist Loretta Trevino will be painting from 1 to 3. Stay tuned for details of a raffle for one of her beautiful works. Music will fill the air and we will be wrapping the day away. I so hope you can join us!

If you are not in the Seattle area, we have over 1000 goods on our Watson Kennedy website, so head on over and check it out for your gift giving needs. –TKW



Bits of Blue

The chocolate chip banana bread I posted yesterday in the blue splatter ceramic pie dish got me thinking of the color and how much my eye is drawn to it in many shades. A quick scroll through my photos and I noticed it often–whether in packaging, a quote, or a design element, it is our color inspiration for the day.