For the past five years or so I have been following a blog called Orangette. Four years ago, Noah and I lived in Ballard on 70th and 24th and would walk 10 blocks to our favorite little pizza place, Delancey. When we got married, my friend bought me a book, A Homemade Life, that I couldn’t put down for our entire honeymoon!!
These three things have one thing in common: Molly Wizenberg.
A week ago, this last Monday, I got to meet her. I met Molly Wizenberg.
It was a surreal experience- meeting and talking to someone I’ve only read about. A person who I have idolized and who has inspired me. Well, I met her, she is real- and she is lovely. You know what the real icing on the cake is? The next day, she and Brandon, and their adorable daughter June, came to Argonaut! It was such a great moment, sharing our space with someone who I’ve looked up to. If you follow Orangette, it isn’t hard to tell I’m heavily influenced by her simplistic layout, personal stories and careful photography.
When I read “Gastronomical Me” by M.F.K. Fisher my admiration for Molly was realized even more. There is a quote in the forward that reads: “People ask me: Why do you write about food, and eating and drinking? Why don’t you write about the struggle for power and security, and about love, the way others do? / They ask it accusingly, as if I were somehow gross, unfaithful to the honor of my craft. / The easiest answer is to say that, like most other humans, I am hungry.” It was when I read that, that I understood why I love what Molly does. She writes in a way that you get a glimpse into the people behind the food. This is part of why Delancey is so great: great people. I love the experience of food and beverage and how it brings people together, allows for conversation, the experience of food allows for life.
Cheers on the beginning of another beautiful week! May it be filled with love and laughter and especially good food!
You guys! Argonaut is OPEN EVERY SINGLE DAY.
As you know, this winter season we decided to be closed two days a week. It was a response to our space being merely a walk-up and the fact that there are less people in town. Now, as the weather has been getting increasingly nicer and warmer and so many of you are asking for it, we have decided to be open every day. We want to be able to provide you with the best espresso in town on the daily so you don't ever have to ask yourself, "Wait, is Argonaut open today?" Also, with the days getting longer and many of us waking up earlier, we want to be there for you when you need it so, not only are we open everyday but we are open earlier on the weekdays! Argonaut is now open at 7AM Monday-Friday.
This decision has been a long one coming. Since we opened, Noah and I have debated whether we should be closed one, two or no days. Up until now, we've opted for at least one day to ourselves. And although we totally believe in self-care, making sure to take time for yourself, it seems like the right time to make the switch. We must move with the way we feel is right and figure it out as we go!
When Noah and I go rock climbing, a point in our adventure usually occurs when I'm on a route, Noah belaying below, when I say "I don't know what to do, there's no holds, there's no where to go." And Noah responds, "Just reach out, stand up and the hold will be there for you. And, even if it's not, I've got you." We've reached that point at Argonaut and we can't deny it anymore- we have to grab the next hold even if we don't fully understand how it will work yet. We've made this move cautiously with sustainability on our mind, but it is time to stand up and reach out. Noah and I have had the best time settling in to our little spot and we're so excited for this summer. We hope Argonaut will meet some new faces and spread the joy of finely crafted espresso to even more people who live and work in the area.
Argonaut's NEW HOURS:
Saturday + Sunday 8am-4pm
See you soon!
This post is a couple weeks late but I thought I would share some pictures with you...
For my Twenty-Eighth birthday this year, Noah and I took a trip to Seattle to hit some new food-spots. It was a tour d' eats in the city and it was delicious!
The weekend after my birthday I got to go on a Bachelorette weekend while our friend Zach guest Barista'd. The ladies and I enjoyed some pretty amazing views from our rented house atop the hill.
Last weekend, while Zach was still around, we all took a hike to the Eight Mile Lake. It was beautiful, to say the least.
All of these trips and adventures make me feel so blessed to live in this amazing place. We are so close to so much beauty- whether it is a short trip over the pass to the city, a drive down the road to an amazing trail or a jaunt to the next town north for a little get-a-way, Leavenworth is a pretty magical place.