Looking for something to do on a Sunday? Ballard on a Sunday morning has quite a bit to offer. The Ballard farmers market is a great place to start. Come rain or shine the market is open year round for artisanal breads, organic produce and handmade jewelry among other items. But first I recommend grabbing brunch because you'll need your strength for all the shopping to come.
There are plenty of dining options to choose from, I just happened to pick the place with the crowd (I fully intend on visiting some of the other establishments soon). Bastille has a simple, fresh menu with just a enough choices but not too many to be overwhelming. I opted for the melted leek omelet. Leeks sauteed in butter with a mild white cheese and fresh herbs from the rooftop garden... the eggs perfectly under done, needless to say I was not disappointed.
Beyond the market there are lots of independent shops full of unique goodies for the home, self and original gift ideas. I mostly found myself window shopping other than the soaps and decedent coconut/hibiscus lotion I found in one of the shops. I also happened upon a very original furniture resale and consignment store which I will discuss in a coming post.
I was told If I go to Ballard there is one thing I absolutely had to try, Hot Cakes. The word cake is such a magical word, combine that with chocolate and I'm in heaven... Now combine chocolate cake with molten and I'm reincarnated a thousand times over! (And yes they have gluten free molten chocolate cakes.) Needless to say my Sunday in Ballard was quite perfect!
Life evolves and with it hopefully so do we, so does our creative expression. There have been many changes in my life over the past year and a half, and with these changes I hope to find a renewed sense of inspiration. As we move forward into the coming Spring I know good things will be born from all the not so ideal moments that I have endured in my recent past. The birth of something new is upon us so let the sun shine in.
"Design is conceived when an inherent need to be creative manifests itself into physical or visual form."