On Friday we drove from Seattle to Walla Walla, stopping in Ellensburg for lunch at a fun restaurant called, The Red Horse Diner! We loved the burgers and neon signs. We got nostalgic driving by the paper mill before Hwy 12. One of our first stops was aMaurice. The lavender was blooming as we drove up the driveway and the sky was trying to become blue again. For dinner, we went to the infamous Whitehouse-Crawford! I went here for my 21st birthday and haven’t had the chance to go back. They still have the amazing blue velvet chairs. We loved the tasting menu and were thrilled to find one of our classmates is the restaurant manager. Here are a few of my favorite courses, like chili shrimp with quinoa and pickled onions and the Pappardelle with chicken ragu and Pecorino Romano. We also had Halibut with mushrooms, snap peas, and pureed potatoes and a strawberry-rhubarb tart for dessert! On Saturday, we had a hearty breakfast of biscuits and gravy with eggs and hashbrowns at a new place (to us) called Bacon & Eggs. We also wandered around campus to walk off some of breakfast and paid a visit to Styx (the horse statue by Deborah Butterfield.) Before lunch we stopped by Rasa Vineyards. We saw Walla Walla Sweet Onions growing next to the grapevines! For lunch, we went to our favorite place in Walla Walla, La Monarca taco truck! We love their tortas and Walla Walla Sweet Onion beef tacos. After lunch we drove to the Doubleback release at McQueen Vineyard. Drew Bledsoe (the former NFL Quarterback for the New England Patriots) held the release party in his amazing vineyard and we got to try the new release, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon and barrel samples for the Stolen Horse Syrah and the 2011 Cab. There was even a bonfire of wine barrel slats! We loved the view of the Walla Walla Valley and all the blooming lavender surrounding the vineyard and separating them from the wheatfields. Before dinner, we stopped at Beresan and saw the cutest winery dog! For dinner, we went to Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen, where we had fois gras with curried rhubarb, ribeye steak, and ravioli with oxtail and kale. The best part was the olive oil semifreddo with raspberries and pistachios! On our way home on Sunday, we listened to American Gods by Neil Gaiman which was helpful when we got stuck at the Snoqualmie Pass for an extra hour or more due to rockblasting.