Rose hips

The wild roses that are so abundant around here have lost their delicate blooms. Now come the rose hips, the seed pods that are left behind. This one caught my eye. Its oval shape and pale, peachy color is different from the round red ones produced by the common Nootka rose (rosa nutkana). It may be a less common baldhip (rosa gymnocarpa). Rose hips are a food source for birds, small animals, deer, and elk. Humans use them too. Click here if you want more information about that.

Bliss

I recently had lunch with friends at Alder Wood Bistro. It was one of the first perfect weather days we’ve had this summer and the outdoor patio was ideal. Lunch was great. Dessert was better still. Bliss, in fact. Chocolate bliss, one of their signature sweets.

Shaker lemon pie was also on the menu, also a winner.

The patio area is shaded by two enormous cherry trees and landscaped with edibles that are used in the kitchen. A wonderful spot for a good time with friends.

Breakfast at the airport

Before we went to the Port Townsend Aero Museum, here and here, we went to the Spruce Goose Cafe nearby. I’d heard the food was good. I’d heard right.

The decor is all about airplanes: posters, models, framed photographs.

It was a nice day and the deck was full. After they finished their meals several diners walked down to the air field, untethered planes and took off. That’s one way to make an exit.

Let’s do lunch

Our gang of buddies did some retail grazing recently in Silverdale, a city that boasts so many stores, large and small, that it’s frankly not for the faint of heart. In my case that’s why I travel in a gang. There’s also an abundance of restaurants. But Silver City stands out. And I did some happy grazing on this offering. There’s a salad underneath all this yum.

Theme Day: Let’s eat!

I went with a classic for today’s first of the month theme day, “Let’s eat!” But this wasn’t just any old burger and fries. This was a rather fine dining experience at the Roche Harbor Resort on San Juan Island. Kobe beef, apple wood bacon, a slab of Gruyere cheese, carmelized onion, smoky ketchup, and greens on a Brioche bun. My cholesterol went up simply reading the menu.

But it was arguably the best burger I’ve ever had, accompanied by equally good fries. And half of this meal was still delicious reheated the next day.

To see other City Daily Photo interpretations of today’s theme, click here.