My favorite photos from sweet home Walla Walla

IMG_2229 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. IMG_2247 We got nostalgic driving by the paper mill before Hwy 12. IMG_2259 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.IMG_2262  For dinner, we went to the infamous Whitehouse-CrawfordIMG_2290 I went here for my 21st birthday and haven’t had the chance to go back. They still have the amazing blue velvet chairs. IMG_2293 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 onionsIMG_2297 and the Pappardelle with chicken ragu and Pecorino Romano. IMG_2299 We also had Halibut with mushrooms, snap peas, and pureed potatoes IMG_2310 and a strawberry-rhubarb tart for dessert! IMG_2315 IMG_2319 On Saturday, we had a hearty breakfast of biscuits and gravy with eggs and hashbrowns at a new place (to us) called Bacon & Eggs. IMG_2321 IMG_2323 We also wandered around campus to walk off some of breakfast and paid a visit to Styx (the horse statue by Deborah Butterfield.) IMG_2349 IMG_2356 IMG_2385 Before lunch we stopped by Rasa Vineyards. We saw Walla Walla Sweet Onions growing next to the grapevines! IMG_2386 image 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. IMG_2417 After lunch we drove to the Doubleback release at McQueen Vineyard. IMG_2445 IMG_2449 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.  IMG_2451 There was even a bonfire of wine barrel slats! IMG_2459 We loved the view of the Walla Walla Valley and all the blooming lavender surrounding the vineyard and separating them from the wheatfields. IMG_2461 IMG_2463 IMG_2495 Before dinner, we stopped at Beresan and saw the cutest winery dog! IMG_2499 For dinner, we went to Saffron Mediterranean  Kitchen, where we had fois gras with curried rhubarb, ribeye steak, and ravioli with oxtail and kale. IMG_2502 IMG_2503 IMG_2504 The best part was the olive oil semifreddo with raspberries and pistachios! IMG_2540 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.

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  1. Penny Bowen

    I love your blog, Emily. Vicarious joy and terrific photos and commentary. Thanks for sharing! See you next week — Penny

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