When we have a beautiful day in the springtime, my husband and I love to walk into the quaint waterfront area of our little Norwegian town of Poulsbo. The name of the town is pronounced Paulsbo but is spelled with an "O" instead of an "A." As the story goes, when the name was being submitted for the town, the person recording it thought the "A" was an "O." The town became Poulsbo and has been called that every since. Funny how things originate. We love our little community and are so active living here because the area is very conducive to walking. We always say everything in Poulsbo is only a five minute walk away....and that is exactly how long it takes us to walk down to the waterfront area from our home. Nice weather brings a lot of people to the waterfront section of our community. This area has lots of restaurants and shops to browse through. In spring and summer, we have a lot of visitors from out of town who come for the day...sometimes sailing their boats into the day moorage dock.
This sign below says Welcome to Port of Poulsbo...
On a beautiful day, sometimes my husband and I will walk into town and go to a place for dinner called the Loft. You can see the Loft Restaurant and Pub waterfront dining area in the next photo. It is a great place to watch the sailboats come in or see a sunset. There is usually music playing outdoors which is nice. They put up umbrellas over the tables in the summer and outdoor heaters in the early spring/fall to keep you cozy in the evenings. We go to the Loft quite a bit, and our friends join us there sometimes for dinner. The Loft is always a busy! There is also a little spot for breakfast down below called Sheila's. They make a wonderful herb bread there that they serve along with the breakfast fare.
The shops and restaurants usually have pretty flowers out in front of them during this time of year.
If we are in the mood for Italian food, we love to have dinner at a wonderful restaurant called "That's-a-Some Italian Ristorante." We know the owners of this restaurant, Tom and Mary. They are always there to greet you when you come in and make sure your dining experience is great.
On a beautiful day, you can sit outside under one of their umbrellas. They even put little water bowls outside in case you have your little furry companion with you that day. Your well-behaved pet is welcome to join you in the outside area. Isn't that nice? Sadie Mae has accompanied us several times.
One of my favorite dishes to have at That's-a-Some-Italian Ristorante is the Chicken Marsala. It is delicious! We also order the Chicken Picata, Eggplant Parmesan, and Chicken Parmesan. Pizza is delicious, too! They have a large selection of wines if you care to add some vino to your dinner.
Sometimes, the local merchants put on special events in Poulsbo. Some of the ones we have attended include the holiday events, artwalks, winewalk, streetfair, etc. When the movie, Burlesque, came out this year, That's-a-Some-Italian Ristorante featured a private event that we attended. They had door prizes/gifts and served a special pasta, pizza, and salad buffet for the people who attended. The music from the movie soundtrack was playing in the background, and they had special entertainment during dinner. You could also dress up with vintage clothing and have your photo made. Then, after dinner, the entire group went to the local theater for a private screening of the movie, Burlesque. We had a great time! My husband joked later, "Have you ever been to the movie with 80 women after a couple of glasses of wine? They are a hoot!" :) The movie was great, and both my husband and I had a great evening. We always try to support the local events hosted by the downtown shops and restaurants.
I want to share with you something else about this particular restaurant. Sometimes, we sit at a small table at the restaurant that is dedicated to the late John F. Kennedy, Jr., and his lovely wife, Carolyn. Some time ago, John and Carolyn sailed into Poulsbo and explored our little community. They chose to eat at That's-a-Some-Italian Ristorante and sat at the table that is now dedicated to their memory. Mary, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Tom, waited on them. She, of course, recognized John right away but allowed him his privacy. After a wonderful dinner, they were seen by the waterfront area dancing together....John in a baseball cap turned backwards. Framed on the wall above the table, there is a photograph of John, the receipt he signed for dinner, and a small write-up about the evening as observed by Mary. Like many people, I have always loved the Kennedy family. They were kind of like our "royal family" here in the United States...especially during the "Camelot years" when John F. Kennedy, Sr., was President. Like many people during that time, we were all influenced by Jackie's fashion. I even had a little pillbox hat when I was a child. John F. Kennedy, Jr., was a bright and handsome young man and his wife was beautiful. Sadly, as we know, they died in a plane crash a few years ago along with Carolyn's sister. Gone too soon and missed by many. I always enjoy sitting at this special table for dinner. Here is the frame above the table....
John ordered the catch of the day for his dinner and Carolyn ordered a regional dish for dinner.
The photo shows "John-John," as he was called as a small child, giving the famous salute to his father at his funeral. There is also another photo of him as an adult in the frame.
Right down from That's-a-Some-Italian Ristorante is a little place we sometimes walk to if we are in the mood for a nice veggie wrap an icecream cone, or a cup of coffee.
We love the veggie wraps with hummus, but they also have other wraps to choose from...
On this same street, there is a bookstore on the corner called Liberty Bay Books. I love to browse in this bookstore. It has always reminded me of the "little shop around the corner" on the movie "You've Got Mail." It makes me think of the little bookstore that Meg Ryan's character, Catherine Kelly, owned....a quaint, cute little bookstore.
Sometimes, we love to go to a local restaurant not far from this bookstore called Sogno di Vino. We dine at this restaurant quite a bit. I have mentioned the restaurant in a few other postings.
Here is my husband in front of the restaurant...
The restaurant has a cozy fireplace downstairs. They feature outsidedining, too, with gasfires in the center of large tables to keep you cozy if the night air develops a chill. We love to sit upstairs because it is a little more intimate. We love the acoustic guitar music and vocalists that play upstairs at happy hour time and on the weekends. Our favorite waitress/bartender, Katie, works up there, too, and we love chatting with her and Matt, the owner's son who runs the bar area. From upstairs, you can really appreciate the beautiful magnolia blooms...
They also serve other things including wonderful salads. I like these pendalum lights over the bar. Sometimes, even if we eat at home, we will walk into town on a Saturday evening and come to Sogno di Vino to have a glass of wine or Irish coffee and listen to the music.
Our table reserved.... This is where we usually sit...
The view is pretty out this window, and you can see the boats in the marina. Our sailboat is moored in this marina, too.
Grandpa cookies have great things in them like flax seeds, honey, oat bran, walnuts and pumpkin seeds... It is just the right mix between salty and sweet. I just love them! Along with all the other wonderful things they bake, they also have their own bread which is delicious! The Poulsbo Bread they make is well-known in the area. In the winter, they make fabulous rum and bourbon balls which my family loves. When I travel to visit my family at holiday time, I always remember to bring them some rum and bourbon balls. Everyone looks forward to these treats. They also have a fruitcake that is very similar to the fruitcake my grandmother used to make. Next to hers, of course, the best!
If you are interesd, Sluys' Bakery ships right to your door! I did a full posting on Sluys' Bakery on a previous posting which you can find on my blog. I put the information on the bakery down at the bottom of the posting. You, too, can enjoy some delicious goodies from there!
Of course, like many, I watch my weight....and I love fresh, organic veggies. So, I am always happy to see the Farmers Market start up each year. I believe in supporting your local farmers as well as the local shops and restaurants.
Speaking of eating and being healthy, I also have started going to Yoga since we have moved here to Poulsbo. The Yoga studio I attend is called Well-Being Yoga. I love the therapeutic yoga classes taught by Dr. Michelle, a great yoga instructor who is also a chiropractor. The yoga studio is very close to my home, and I can walk there, too! My husband recently started attending classes with me and could see a difference in himself after only a few visits. Not only does yoga help your spine and flexibility but it also helps your outlook on life. It really is a great stress reducer! Hope you try a class sometime! Namaste!
Hope you are having a great day today! Just thought I would share a few of the places my husband and I love to stroll to on a beautiful day here in Poulsbo. There are other places in town which I will introduce you to on another day. Where do you like to go for a relaxing stroll or evening? Do you have a favorite restaurant? I would love to hear about the places you love to go and the things you love to do! Maybe your favorite place to eat is at your very own home! We love to grill chicken and veggies for a nice, quiet evening at home sometimes.
After all, there is no place like home!