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It’s the time of day where sun fades away. A breeze swings from the west , and you’re hungry. (Of course you’re hungry.) You’re always hungry.

You long for multiple courses of food. A feast perhaps.

Small delicate plates with ‘artistically & aesthetically’ pleasing  food. The idea that it not only ‘looks gorgeous, but tastes gorgeous.’

Can such a place exist?

You’re tripped out of your ‘day-dreamed food haze’ by the cobblestone road. ( Like literally) . The husband grabs your hand and laughs. This cobblestone road is rich with history. So many stories have walked this path everyday. You walk this path everyday.

 

 

You look up and see a door. (Hmm) I don’t remember this.

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A face appears thru the glass, and the door creaks open.

“Will you be joining us this evening?”, the concierge says.

YES.” (we say in unison)

We enter Nordo’s Culinarium. Approach the lobby. Check-in with grace. The place has a vintage style. An Old-Hollywood feel. The concierge hands us an envelope. “Please open this at your table. Your table is right this way”.

I pause to check out the chic floor. Design goals. Just saying. (snaps photo)

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Our table is mixed within the hotel lobby. 

Imagine if you will– a little moonlighting , happy & delighted guests, wine flights galore.

(Lan  <The concierge >happily informs us we have a VIP wine flight with our 5 course dinner.)

Yes. You heard that correctly. A  (4) course Wine Flight. A (5)Course Dinner. We open our envelope. Our room key awaits.

 

 

 

 Do I have your attention yet?

This is just the tip of the ice-berg. Lettuce inform you.

(Sorry guys. I love cheesy puns.)

Sophie (the Bellhop) swung on by the table ..I asked how her shift was.. 

“Things are not as they seem. ”  

First wine flight arrives. (Flama d’Or Cava-Spain) . The husband selects local (Two Beers) – Immersion Amber Ale.



The music starts up. 

Lights go out. We hear a faint calling with beautiful synthesized orchestration. The faint bellow lending to a screeching halt . It’s as though the room can speak. The walls practically move with bellowing wails. 

And it begins. 
Welcome to Hotel Nordo

This live immersive theatrical & food experience ..is one of the best live immersive experiences .. I’ve ever had the pleasure to attend. 
The food & beverages are heavenly. If you want a 5 star dining experience that includes : incredible service, varietal menu, personalization , and bubbly beverages..

I like this check-in service. Attention to detail is on point. 

What I loved most about the colorful menu is the flexibility if you have dietary & allergy restrictions. They are more than happy to accommodate your needs. I have a food allergy, and often it is hard to dine out. (Gluten Free & Vegetarian options available)

Executive chef (Erin Brindley) had beautifully themed dishes that catered to every palatable need. It was beautiful to see and beautiful to eat.** ( Warning- of upcoming food selfies ) **



Don’t spoil your appetite. These are just a splash of edibles that grace your plate. 

I don’t want to give away any of the theatrical elements or archs of this experience , but you are 100% immersed in the Hotel Nordo environment. 

The ensemble actors (Ronnie Hill, Alyssa Keene, Corinne Magin, Evan Mosher, Heather Refvam, Ray Tagavilla) do an amazing job of portraying multiple roles. They transition effortlessly practically jumping time and space. Their performances we’re so effective, I would often forgot ..”oh yea, they we’re just here”.. 


Two standouts performances (for me): Opal Peachey & Richard Slaniker. 

From the very beginning of their 1st appearance , I was taken with their energy. This nervous un-easiness of ‘Everything is fine’ unraveled with crumbling care till it practically burst. 
At one point , Peachey’s bellhop , ..looked upon guests ..quietfully rageful. And it was brilliant. 

The musical interludes are breathtaking.  I absolutely loved the blend of modern pop-rock tunes mixed with (Anastasia Workman) original music tunes (“Baby, Why are you so cold” and “The Big Break). I’m really hoping they’ll release a cast recording. (iTunes- please?) 

The artistic team is brought to you by Terry Padgotski and Erin Brindley. Their electrifying story will have you on the edge of your seat. And it’s in the best way possible.  

For my fans of pop-culture & cinema  – I’d possibly liken it to -if “American Horror Story ” married Alfred Hitcock and they stayed at the Overlook from “The Shining”. 

This is the season opener for Cafe Nordo’s Mainstage performances . 

Needless to say ,  I can’t wait to bite into the next show selection. 

If your looking for a dynamic and exceptional dining and theatrical experience – look no further – check in to Hotel Nordo . 

..Before they have no vacancy..

And you are lucky enough to be blessed as one of its guests. 

For at least one more night. 

You won’t want to check out. 


Quirky and craving a hotel’ stay, 
Kelli 

Local tid-bit /Info for your “stay” : 

“Hotel Nordo” runs thru September 22- November 20 at Cafe Nordo. 

~Happy Hour Bar opens at 5 pm 

~Seating & Drinks service begins at 7 pm. 

~ Dress to impress 

[Shows run Thursday – Sunday 

Thurs – Sat  8 pm showtime 

Sunday 7:30 pm showtime ] 

109 South Main Street Pioneer Square, Seattle , 98104 

www.facebook.com/CafeNordo

Twitter @CafeNordo 

Instagram @CafeNordo 

Special performances

{Special Halloween performance 10/31 ,Monday , 8 pm} 

+ Vegan Weekend 10/20-10/24 

+ Adults Only ‘ Special Tuesday 11/15 

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The world is full of opportunities.
Every minute, of every day , the possibility of “something” is upon us.
We take a path. The path twists and turns . We then make a quick judgement .
Do we take the path in front of us?
Do we take the off-beaten path? The road less traveled?
Do we create our own path? Hoping it collides with a highway to the unknown?
Do we take that main highway? [The one we’ve been on a million times]

But as we see it .. That road ‘ less traveled’… Is unknown to us.
Others [might] know it. But we do not.
It is a new horizon.
And that is when inspiration can strike.

Inspiration comes in many forms.
A dogs kiss when you arrive home.
Seeing a beloved family member after many years.
A hot meal. A smile. A laugh. A movie.
[Yes. A Movie. Three words.]
A road less traveled.
An unknown destination.
A handmade product.
Made with care.
Made with Love.
Made just for you.

My world got the pleasure to collide with Alicia Waltz [Etsy Boutique ~ Dawn and Copper]

www.dawnandcopperdesigns.etsy.com

The designs are refreshing . Such creativity.
Her decor and handmade jewelry captures the beauty and spirit of the breath-taking Pacific Northwest. The rebel’s heart. The adventurers eye. The wanderlust spirit.

Ethical Fashion that fits you. Eco Fashion that fuels you. And your Lifestyle.

PNW.
A land that ‘my pack ‘ will soon call home.
It was pleasure to feature Dawn and Copper on my Instagram and Blog.
I look forward to our future collaborations together next year.

Thank you Alicia for your work.
It’s beautiful.
A small piece of inspiration.
A small piece of Art … That I can take on my small unknown trek.. Called life.

Go take a trek through these Instagram shots.
[And see how The Force inspired this photo series]

-Dawn and Copper Brass Necklace | White & Pink Beaded Hoop Earrings

Location: Blue Ridge Parkway Asheville, NC

 

” Chewie, We’re Home” – Han Solo

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“Hope is not lost today, it is found.” -Leia 

 

“Rey, May the Force Be With You.” – Leia

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“The force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You, have that power, too. ” – Luke Skywalker 

 

“Every generation has a story.” – The TagLine to a Great Film

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“Same thing I always do, talk my way out of it.” – Han Solo

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“Escape now, Hug Later.” – Han Solo 

 

“It’s True. All of it. The Dark Side, The Jedi. They’re real.” – Han Solo

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“Alicia, you rock.” – US

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Quirky and inspired by collaborating & lifting others up,
Kelli


Last weekend …. I got to adventure around a cabin nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains….
[Yay! Cabin in the woods! Cue: horror music interlude]

I had family in town , that I hadn’t seen in a long time.

[It was a blast to run around and act all ” touristy” in a neighboring town of Chimney Rock, NC]

So , let’s see .

Where do we start?
We got lost trying to find the cabin.

I got several bouts of motion sickness. [blargh]

But , we had wonderful weather.

Great company.

And I had my trusty Pink Westie Sunglasses.

When you’re in a pinch, and feeling woozy from car sickness, it’s amazing how a good pair of sunglasses and a lot of ginger [can be your friend] 
I stumbled upon Ramsey Supply Co. [Ramsey Supply on Instagram]


What a wonderful organization !
They are a family run – business . [woop! ]

Each pair of sunglasses are hand-made, hand-crafted , and unique.

No two pairs of sunglasses are the same

[yes. That means no one will have your exact pair]

Each piece of wood is different, and they have a great selection.
They’re affordable , and come with a lifetime guarantee.
And here’s the best part about the company .

Their kind, compassionate, and a portion of each pair of Sunglasses …

Is donated to charity!

[I absolutely Love this]


Each customer, can suggest a charity to donate to.

This month’s Charitable Donation : One More Wave Surf Co 

[1mwave on Instagram]

Http://www.onemv.org

One More Wave Surf Co. is a 301C Non-Profit organization the provides wounded and injured veterans with surfboards [customized for their needs]
Soooo [let’s sum this up]

You’re saying

*My sunglasses we’re hand-crafted and hand-made ?

*They are ethically made , family-run, and made in the USA ?

*The bamboo wood is renewable and sustainable?

*Ramsey gives back to those in need?

Just knowing that by getting a pair of sunglasses, you’re helping multiple people? …

That’s amazing.

I’m inspired.

They say , ” She saw the world full of rose-colored glasses”. I mean, they are pink. [Yes. Kind of like a baby/ rose pink]

And my weekend family vacation? 

My mom & stepdad came to visit.

My stepdad has suffered close to 9 strokes this year.

He has gone from complete paralysis , losing his speech, motor functions, and has gone thru months of physical therapy.

I hadn’t seen them for over 8 months…

I saw my stepdad walk for the first time.

He is up and walking around. He is talking. He is laughing.

And my “Pink Westie” sunglasses were with me.

Sometimes …something as small [as Sunglasses] ….can be so much more.

 

Thank you Ramsey Supply Co.

We need more good.

We need more good companies like you.

www.ramseysupply.com 

http://www.facebook.com/RamseySupply/Shop
I’ll let the pictures do the talking.


 
How would you Frame Your World?

Quirky [sitting in the sun and Inspired] ,

Kelli


It’s our day off.

What’s any good day off involve ?

Well , let’s see…

It might involve that whole ” Adulting ” thing.

[Ya know] Like paying bills , running errands, and grabbing groceries.

Closely followed by an amazing Enchilada lunch [I’ll blog later] and a good cup of coffee.


And puppies.

I almost forgot about the puppies.
…Somewhere in between that Enchilada Queso sauce and a Venti Vanilla Latte ..

We stopped for puppies.


[Not literally.]

We just happened to be driving past Brother Wolfe Animal Rescue.

[Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is a wonderful no-kill rescue facility located in Asheville, NC ]

http://www.bwar.org

Me: “Let’s stop by. We can visit the puppies . We can give them treats. And show them some Love”.

The husband [so smart]: “You’re going to get attached. You’re going to want to adopt all the dogs. And we can’t right now”.

Me: yea. No . I’m totally fine. I just want to say hi [he’s totally right]

[Have you ever had a vision of running in a field filled with Puppies? Doesn’t that sound like the best dream ever?!]

So. There we we’re at Brother Wolf.

Just walking thru. Visiting & handing out treats.

And then we saw her.

A little smiling face . Wagging tail.

The cutest little furball in the world.

She looked like some kind of mini- Aussie & Lab mix

Body and mannerisms of a mini-Aussie. Fur of a lab.

Beautiful smile.

She had this twinkle in her eye.

We’d continue looking around, and we’d look over, and there she was smiling at us.

My husband couldn’t stop smiling.

As we we’re leaving, we talked about how she would be a wonderful addition to our family.

We named her Lexi. “Little Gray”. And talked about picking up an adoption application.

I want to rescue all the puppies.

Sometimes , you have to know when to give up, throw in the towel, or get a new sweater.

Which brings us to sweaters.

Do you realize how many sweaters are out there?

Specifically dog sweaters.


[There are a lot of dog sweaters out there in the world]
In the wake of ,wanting to adopt all the dogs, and a Venti coffee bean…

We ended up at Petsmart. Surrounded by dog sweaters.

We sat and debated all the different sweaters for our dogs.

Salvatore needs a rain slicker. The border collie doesn’t like getting his fur wet. Spencer [our mini Aussie] loves wearing sweaters. Plus she gets cold. And the one she has now is a little worn. So she is due for an upgrade.
You know , you’re that ‘Dog Parent’ when you spend 30 minutes debating over dog sweaters. Literally.

Pink doesn’t fit her’. The Velcro could be uncomfortable. The argyle square print . The argyle square is perfect.

We leave with one sweater.But want five sweaters. Sound familiar?
***[Luckily till tomorrow, Petsmart , is having a 40% sale ,on coats & sweaters. plus an additional 15% for PetPerks Members YES. So we got a $20 sweater, for $10] ***
Some things are unresolved. Timing is everything. We’d love little Grey. But, right now ,we have two dog sweaters. We don’t want to overstuff the closet. But we’d love a bigger family. Maybe sometime soon. I’m grateful for the beautiful family I do have.



Quirky and in love with adorable dog sweaters,

Kelli


Sometimes the TV can teach you stuff.
Thanks to watching Ellen a few days ago
I learned all kinds of cool stuff.

Like new words that people are using.
[I can’t believe I didn’t know what they mean]

I’d see words scroll across my Instagram.. And feel like , “um. What does that mean?”
You know how it feels awesome when Bae does something cool?

[Whose Bae? When did you meet someone named Bae?]
Bae: Baby / Sweetheart
Like , Bae, surprises you with pancakes.
Or brewing the coffee.
Or taking the dogs out while you sleep.
Or pizza when you work late.
So sweet.
[and it’s going to take me awhile to get used to that word]

All those things are on point.
Or as the cool kids would say…
On Fleek: on point / perfect
That late night Pizza dinner is ‘on fleek’.
That Netflix Binge [sweatpant ensemble] was  ‘on fleek’
This mid-week Uber- Puppy party is ‘on fleek’.
Yes. I just said that.

Also, in currently trending Fashion news.. [According to Ellen]
People are glittering their hair and their beards.
I’m with Ellen on this.
Just say no.
Keep the glitter in the craft box.
I’m not understanding this.
The glitter will be stuck in your hair for like 5 years.
It’s just like dog fur. It will pop up everywhere. [Everywhere]
Could you imagine if people glittered their dogs?!

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And last, but not least, my favorite part of Ellen.
She is incredibly giving.
She is always reaching out to help those in need.
It’s inspiring , how big her heart is.
Thanks Ellen.
Thanks for showing a little humor, heart, love, and dancing [can go a long way]
I wanna be like you when I grow up.

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Happy Wednesday

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Quirky and wanting to have a random dance parties,
Kelli

[giphs provided by giphy]

Ellen : http://www.ellentvshow.com


So movies. 

If you haven’t figured it out yet..

I have a crush on Movies. 

I totally am in ” big-like “with the silver screen. 

Like writing my name “in cursive with hearts ” on my notebook. 
And of course this just so happens to be  my favorite season for Movies 

You know.. 

Some cool holiday parties are coming up. 

[Wish I had an invite, sigh] 
You’ve got the upcoming Golden Globes, SAG awards, and 

[oh-hi Man -Crush- Monday] everyone’s favorite Golden Boy 

my favorites of favorites , ‘The Oscars’ 
[yay! ] Yes. The Oscars are my Super Bowl
Any who, [enough gushing] 
**Spoiler Alert: year of the awesome ensemble- driven drama & so many good “Based on a True Story” Contenders **
here’s a run-down : 12 Movies [I can’t wait to see!] 

[in no particular order] 
1. Spotlight 

[Dream team cast alert]

Mark Ruffalo , Michael Keaton , Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber , John Slattery, Brian D’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci 

  High-stakes ensemble drama based upon a true story of the Boston Globe uncovering the scandal of the Catholic Church 

Man, I want to play a reporter in a movie. 

http://youtu.be/WgnrwwiID1I

2. Bridge of Spies

[Favorite Director Alert] 

A steven Spielberg movie . starring Tom Hanks. 

No intro /bio/ tag line needed 

http://youtu.be/E_iB3KAxEYY

3. Truth 

Another newsroom drama involving 20/20 Dan Rather and the Bush Administration ..  

[with another great ensemble] 

I’m a fan of newsroom ensemble dramas & Cate Blanchett always rocks. 

Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Elisabeth Moss, Dennis quad, Stacy Keach, Topher Grace 
http://youtu.be/MqOz8-Sto1g

4. Steve Job

Yes, this movie has been out for awhile, and yes .. I still haven’t seen it. I need to. 

Written by Aaron Sorkin [Favorite screenwriter Alert] 

Directed by Danny Boyle [Slumdog Millionaire] 

A bio-pic [yet again] ,another stellar ensemble driven cast , including: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels about [that Apple cool guy , Steve Jobs ] 

http://youtu.be/9XEh7arNSms

5. By The Sea 

[Favorite Dream Collaboration / Couple / Bad-Ass Female Writer /Director ] 

Angelina Jolie- Pitt [Writer /Director ] 

Brad Pitt 

http://youtu.be/WvCwtQPBhDA

6. The Big Short 

Based on a true story with a great ensemble 

[you would think I’d be sick of saying that phrase, nope] 

Trailer Vibe has a very dramatic Oceans 11 feel 

Pitt / Bale/ Gosling/ Carell / Tomei / Gillan 

[yup. You know you’re cool, if you list only the last name] 
http://youtu.be/1kQc3mmtH-o

7. The Good Dinosaur 

Pixar movie about Dinosaurs . 

[Consider me there] 

Directed by Peter Sohn , force behind Ratatouille & Monsters University

http://youtu.be/daFnEiLEx70

8. In the Heart of the Sea 

[Favorite Director Alert] 

Ron Howard at the helm of a true story. Sailors stranded at sea. In the face of a whale 

http://Youtu.be/K-H35Mpj4uk

9. The Revenant 

[Favorite Actor Alert] 

Leo. 

Can we please give him an Oscar already. 

He’s earned like 5 by now [not really] but he has in my book. 

http://youtu.be/LoebZZ8K5No

10. Joy 

[ aka : Silver Lining’s Playbook Reunion] 

David O’Russell Directed. family drama . starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro. 

http://youtu.be/uR-2TiQVY-k

11. Concussion 

[ Favorite Sports Movie Alert] 

Will Smith [another Oscar contender] playing a doctor discovering brain damage in repeated concussion offenders playing in America’s favorite pastime . Sure to be a hit. 

http://youtu.be/tNCvaa-RogQ

12. Star Wars

[Favorite Director Alert / Everything Award] 

Because J.J. Abrams & Star Wars  

One day, I will work with you J.J. One day. [in a distant far away casting] 
http://youtu.be/sBxmsDFVnE

So there you have it guys 

12 movies [ I can’t wait to see! ] 

Movies inspire life . Reflect Life. Imitate Life. 

And sometimes.. just make our Life better 

What movies are you excited to see? 

[Thank you YouTube for providing all the trailers] 

Quirky and ready to buy’ all the tickets’ on the fandango, 

Kelli 

  


It’s wonderful when you get a chance to collaborate with others. 

  

This past week , I had the opportunity , to feature my first boutique on my Instagram [and Blog] [YAY!] 

I fell in love with the jewelry of FableBay on etsy. 

One day it scrolled across my Insta newsfeed , and I was like ” Hey. ” 

And the pretty wire-wrapped gemstones necklace was like “hey”. 

It was like ..Love at first sight. 

I like the idea of supporting a hand-made product, supporting small business. Products are made in the USA and you are supporting business owners, artists & creatives. By supporting small business, these businesses are able to thrive and in turn , support their family. 

Amber who runs FableBay Jewelry was so sweet. She was open to collaboration, willing to make time ,for my little newbie blog. She personalized my stone , and got to work that day, and shipped the next day. Professional & Super efficient. The idea that two creatives could collaborate on a first name basis, across the country, is fun and inspiring. Girl Bosses unite. 
Go check out her jewelry. It’s beautiful work. Http://www.fablebay.etsy.com

 Photo-shoot : Downtown Asheville, NC  
  
  

[Plus no stone is the same. Wire-wrapped. Totally fit my bo-ho rocker style …Unique pieces , what up?!.. I got your number now] 
   
 
  
*[And if you follow  my Instagram Feed, you’ll see a present discount code , if you make a $50 purchase by the end of the day. ] *I’m just saying. 

Plus. You should be following my Instagram. 

I post too many cute dog photos. [oh , & there’s the photographer, my husband ♥️] 

  

Quirky , creative , and happy to collaborate , 

Kelli 



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