Hanson Day 2018: Day 3

Hanson Day 2018: Day 3

We may have been heading home on Day 3, but we managed to squeeze in a LOT of fun before we left.

We made a stop by the Golden Driller after we checked out of the hotel. He’s a Tulsa must-see!

We had a GREAT breakfast at a spot called Table 20 (which we found out was newly opened).  All of our food and coffee was delicious.

After breakfast, we hit up Trader Joe’s.  It’s one of mine and Amber’s traditions to hit up TJs on the way home.

But before we left Tulsa, we made one more stop to see Hanson’s childhood home.  They sort of openly talked about where it was, so it was easy to find.  I won’t post pictures out of respect for the people currently living there, but it was neat to see.

Then we headed home (and had to stop at the gas station on the toll road for one more snack stop!). That’s a wrap until next year!

Hanson Day 2018: Day 1

Hanson Day 2018: Day 1

One of my favorite weekends of the year just happened- Hanson Day!  I’ve been a Hanson fan for 21 years- and for the last 10 years, they’ve treated their fan club members to a fun event and concert in Tulsa.

I’ve attended the last 6 years. This year, my friend Amber and her friend Emily all headed to Tulsa for a 3 day weekend.

We had the BEST weekend. Somehow, our timing was awesome all weekend and we only waited in ONE LINE all weekend (for the store- about 45 minutes).

Seriously. We got there and registered with like two people ahead of us.  Walked right into pictures with the band. Then we hit the store. It was a little warm while we waited, but we had a good time hanging out.

We made a stop by the mural wall.

We took a detour away from downtown to see the campus of the University of Tulsa. It was a BEAUTIFUL day and the campus was quiet without any students. It was gorgeous.

This is their library and giant lawn.

We got back downtown and parked for the Storytellers Concert.

I have deep love in my heart for Cain’s Ballroom.  Yes, it was the first place I ever saw Hanson back in 2004, but I’ve also seen other artists here (Pentatonix, Karmin) and had AMAZING nights here. It was a gorgeous Tulsa day.

In the past, they’ve done lectures for the Friday fan club event, but last year’s Storytellers talk turned into an acoustic show- so they went with that.  They played a TON of music, mostly from Middle of Nowhere or the Albertane tour (which happened 20 years ago). So much fun!

After the concert, we checked into the hotel, freshened up and headed to my FAVORITE for dinner: Caz’s Chowhouse.  Thankfully, it’s become one of Amber’s faves too- so she asked to go. YES.

Ya’ll.  I got a chicken fried steak and it was THE SIZE OF MY HEAD. And it was wonderful.  I didn’t finish it, but it was amazing.


After dinner, we went across the street to Glacier for chocolates!  Always a favorite.

We had a GREAT first day. More to come!



Savor Seattle Food Tour

Savor Seattle Food Tour

Before we went to Seattle, we wanted something fun to do when we arrived. Yes, we wanted to sight see, but we wanted an experience. My coworker, Becca, and I both like good food, so we were drawn to the Savor Seattle Gourmet Food Tour. It was a GREAT decision.

There were 9 of us all together, plus our lovely tour guide and we hit 6 spots for 11 yummy bites and drinks.  We went in April 2018, and I’ve heard the offerings can change at any time, so if you go, you may not get the exact things, but it will be good! These people KNOW food.

At most spots, the manager came over to talk to us about locally sourced items, the process, the chef, and sustainability.  So much of what we ate was locally grown or harvested, including the wine and beer.

Our first stop was Orfeo, where we had a GREAT lamb bolognese (they usually do beef, I think, but it was lamb for restaurant week specials) over a WONDERFUL crispy, cheese polenta cake. Then we also got a Washington sparkling rose.

Next up was Serious Pie, and it was AMAZING.  Traditional mozzarella and a truffle mushroom. Both were GREAT. 

Steelhead Diner was our next stop for a Washington white wine and razor clam chowder. I was thankful for this stop because I didn’t know if I liked clam chowder, so I wouldn’t have paid to order it….but trying it was great. And this was FABULOUS.  (We came back here later in the week to sample their crab and shrimp tator tots and desserts.  The tots were ok – not as great as everyone said- we think our local food truck’s stuffed tots were better….but dessert was SO GOOD).

Then we sampled some Thai food at Noi Thai.  This area has a ton of Asian influence, and this was a great treat. Some honey chicken and a mango cocktail.

Next up was Von’s 1000 Spirits (which we came back to later in the week, as well) for homemade sourdough pasta with salmon and a local beer. This pasta was TO DIE FOR and Becca and I returned later just to eat pasta again.


Last up was Fran’s Chocolates. They were the official chocolate of the Obama administration, and it’s easy to see why. They were amazing. The caramels were buttery and smooth and the best bite.  I brought some home for everyone.

I highly recommend this tour if you’re in Seattle (or one of their other tours – I’m sure they are just as great!).

To Emerald City!

To Emerald City!

I went to Seattle for a conference for work. It was an adventure.  Travel was good, weather was cruddy, the food was AMAZING (Weight Watchers, what?) and overall, it was a great trip. I’m grateful to work for a place that values education and training and sends us to conferences each year.

The flight there was HILARIOUS. A lady next to me put on a sleep mask and headphones and PASSED OUT.  She was all floppy head slinging all over. I snuck this photo.

We took the first flight out because we were arriving the day before the conference started- and we wanted time to explore. We took a gourmet food tour (THAT’S how I gained 4 lbs! ha) which I’ll make it’s own post later, in case anyone is interested in doing that when they travel to Seattle.

I traveled with Becca, a great coworker friend.

The food tour ended at Pike Place Market, so we explored. We almost got a second food tour, sampling smoked salmon, crab and produce.

We were walking and literally stumbled upon the original Starbucks. There was no line (which everyone said was a miracle and never happens).  Of course, we had to get a Pike Place roast and a souvenir.

Our last fun stop (besides meals later in the week- the rest of the time was all work) was the Space Needle.  It was under construction, which to be honest made it very underwhelming. It was all plywood and the views were blocked. But when in Rome  Seattle, right?

I was thankful for my people for holding the fort down at home. Remi was happy and hardly even missed me. Tyler did AMAZING- the house was pretty great when I got home- dishes were done, laundry was running and baby was fed. Mom and Nancy helped out a ton since Tyler worked part of the trip (and his hours are not condusive to daycare drop off).  I’m grateful.