9 years

J and I recently celebrated our 9 year anniversary of when we first started dating. I promised him that this would be the last time to celebrate this one since we have two other ones (the day we got married AND the day of our wedding) for him to remember.

We are a big foodie couple. We love trying out the latest restaurants with great reviews in all areas of Seattle so when we have an occasion we always try to find something we haven’t been to. We headed to Spring Hill a newish restaurant in West Seattle which has a northwest theme to its menu, using local ingredients from northwest farmers and fishermen.

I think this is the first restaurant that I took my camera to. Our waitress probably thought I was crazy taking pictures of everything!


We are typically a wine couple, we always order a bottle of wine with our meals, but I was enticed by their cocktails that night so that’s what I went with and J got a beer.

his: deschutes, black butte porter, ( bend, or. )
mine: smith – pomme d ’ eve, green apple water, apple sorbet, sparkling wine

On some of the menu items they would note where they got the ingredients from which I thought was neat.

The delish appetizers
left: sautéed manila clams ( hammersley inlet, wa. ) – spicy-cured pork belly, lemon mayonnaise, olive oil grilled bread
right: alder smoked oysters – in olive oil, roasted peppers, flatbread

Main Courses

His: red wine braised short ribs ( strawberry mtn., or. ) –
baked dumplings with jarred tomato, caper-lemon relish

Mine: roasted duck breast
cabbage sausage, quinoa waffle, spaghetti squash, orange-maple mustard

There was a waffle under my duck! it was unexpected but quite yummy! J’s was the winning entree though. The short ribs were cooked to perfection and so yummy that he finished the plate and wanted more!

And of course, we couldn’t leave without ordering dessert!


They don’t have their dessert menu online so I don’t know the exact description but his was a bread pudding and mine was an apple tart with cinnamon ice cream.

That apple tart was the best dessert I have gotten ever! A week later and we are still talking that apple tart and that ice cream. It was the definite winner of the two desserts and a great way to end the night.

Blurry picture of us driving over the bridge to go back home

The streets around us had set up pretty lights and we stopped to take some photos.


My last demand of the night… “lookbook picture! lookbook picture!”


And that was how we spent our anniversary 🙂

You May Also Like…

Previous Story
Next Story
  • Rachel
    December 18, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    What a great thing to do; hubby and I always talk about trying new restaurants but mainly we stay in and he cooks new recipes.

    The food looks fantastic…great job on the pics it was as if we were with you celebrating! Cheers to you both on many many more years!

  • Diane
    December 18, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    wow that dinner looks amazing! you’re making me hungry!
    congrats on 9 years! that’s wonderful 🙂

  • Anonymous
    December 18, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    How far are you from Redmond? You think you’ll try out Gold Class Cinemas?

  • Ashley
    December 18, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    You’re just too adorable.

    STOP IT!

    Also, whenever I’ve taken pictures of my food, I fairly certain everyone around me thinks I’m insane.

    Or a food photographer.

    Those pictures turned out so well – even in the dim lighting! What camera/lens did you use?

  • kay*
    December 18, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    seriously – you guys are the cutest couple ever and when i find a guy worthy to be my boy we’re going to take notes from you and j cause you seem to have an awesome relationship! i love a guy who is open minded to try new foods!

    and everything looks deLISH!

  • Elizabeth
    December 19, 2008 at 12:30 am

    Congrats on 9 years! What a beautiful dinner!

  • Kaitlyn
    December 19, 2008 at 1:10 am

    Congratulations on your anniversary– looks like you celebrate in (what else?) style!

  • Savvy Mode SG
    December 19, 2008 at 1:40 am

    ahhh what a great night. bf and i love to eat too.

  • Nina (femme rationale)
    December 19, 2008 at 5:36 am

    aw, happy anniversary! i love your hat, too. and the food…OMG. i always order braised short ribs if it’s on the menu.

    (btw, we’ll be celebrating our 10th anniversary in feb. still can’t believe how long it’s been…

  • issa
    December 19, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    awww happy anniversary!!! and LOVELY outfit!!!

    great food shots!! Dru actually brought his camera in the restaurants in NYC and took photos of every course.

  • x dee
    December 21, 2008 at 7:41 am

    Congratulations and a Belated Happy ‘dating’ Anniversary! =P

    The food looks absolutely divine and you look fantastic in your lookbook picture!

    I absolute love your pictures!

  • AmyJean
    December 22, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    The food looks amazing, you look gorgeous… Congrats on the 9 years 🙂

  • Diabolina Da Fashionista
    December 28, 2008 at 2:00 am

    yay on 9 years!!

    wonderful pictures. I think i have to step it up with the camera next year.