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Seattle Sunday at Ballard Farmers Market

In Seattle, a friend in Ballard recommends a visit to their neighbourhood’s weekly farmers’ market. Despite the forecast for intermittent morning showers, I’m lured by any stroll through a market for bright harvest colours and freshly prepared food.

A slow meander through the stalls, letting curiosity be the guide. Fresh apples and pears here; ripe plump tomatoes there. From an assortment of red and yellow peppers; to an array of yellow and green gourds. Quickly, the appetite is on high alert. Quesadillas prepared fresh from the grill. Hot from the fryer, little donuts sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Happy dogs walking their humans; couples strolling with children; others sitting on the curb for a chat, nosh, and sip.


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My Santa Fé: fall colours, chile flavours

Above/featured: northbound on I-25 to Santa Fe – 8 Oct 2018 (6D1).

From different parts of the continent, we flew in and out of Santa Fé, which served admirably and comfortably as our base for a couple of day trips to Taos and Abiquiú (Georgia O’Keeffe Country). These would kick off our two-week drive through the American Southwest.

But Santa Fé is also important for these reasons:

•   Established in 1610 as the seat of governance for province of New México within colonial territory Viceroyalty of New Spain.
•   Oldest continuously inhabited state/territorial capital city in the continental United States.
•   Near the northern terminus of 16th-century Spanish colonial Royal Road (Camino Real) from México City.
•   Western terminus of the 19th-century pioneer Santa Fé Trail from Franklin, Missouri.
•   Key destination in the original configuration of 20th-century highway US route-66.
•   A delicious, flavourful, and spicy introduction to New Mexican cuisine.


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My Seattle: the 1st Starbucks, 1971-1976

Above/featured: Exhibition “Edible City: A Delicious Journey” at MOHAI – Seattle, 8 Jan 2017 (6D1).

What: 1st Starbucks, at Virginia/Western in the Rhode Island building.
Where: A restaurant now; no historical plaque or sign, though.
Why: 1st location between 1971 to 1976, as an historical exercise.

Many write about and refer to the “original Starbucks” location in downtown Seattle. If they’re referring to the present location in Pike Place, that Starbucks outlet while oldest is not the original.

So, what happened to Starbucks’ very first location from 1971 to 1976?


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Uptown Diner, Uptown, Minneapolis, Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday in MSP: Uptown Diner

Between 2003 and 2006, I spent three memorably enjoyable years in Minneapolis and working at the University of Minnesota. I visited the Twin Cities as one of many destinations during my year-long RTW in 2012, and I returned again briefly in 2019 to see what became of the city.

I lived the entire time in what is colloquially known as Uptown, known also as Lowry Hill or East Isles. But “Uptown” was good enough with a mix of different people, little restaurants and cafés, a variety of commercial activity, a synagogue, temples to religion and drink, and small lakes within easy walking reach. Whether the `hood has gotten too hip for its own good is left as an exercise to the interested reader.

But better that a working diner served as reminder of Dad’s working heritage. The Uptown Diner goes 24 hours on the weekends; that breakfast- or burger-platter at 2am hit the spot, before waddling that final block back to the apartment building.

I made the photos on 14 March 2019 with a Fujifilm X70. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-gn9.

Uptown Diner, Uptown, Minneapolis, Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA, fotoeins.com

Left: “The Minnesotan” omelette (3 eggs, wild rice, sausage, onions, tomato, Swiss cheese), hash browns, & toast. Right: bison burger with green salad.

End L201, Baad, Kleinwalsertal, Vorarlberg, Österreich, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday in Kleinwalsertal: Baad

Austria’s Kleinwalsertal (Little Walser Valley) is a picturesque mountain valley southeast from Oberstdorf. This piece of Austria’s Vorarlberg is cut off from the rest of the federal state and country; so, the only way in by car or bus is through the town of Oberstdorf in southern Germany.

At the foot of Wannenberg mountain, the hamlet of Baad anchors the end of the Kleinwalsertal and marks the end of the Kleinwalserstrasse road (Landestrasse 201). Alpine rainshowers aren’t as fun as snowshowers, and I wisely step inside the nearby cafe for warmth and a late-morning snack.

I made the photos on 9 March 2017 with a Canon 6D mark 1. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-gmb.

Cafe Baad-Grund, Baad, Kleinwalsertal, Vorarlberg, Österreich, fotoeins.com

Cold and wet outside? Hot Milchkaffee and warm Apfelstrudel inside Café Baad-Grund.

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