Started off the weekend on the quaint patio at Volterra in Ballard, the fading midsummer night gave off a perfect breeze. We got seated next to this gorgeous wall overrun by ivy, I have a fascination with the way ivy clings to things (oh yeah I already professed my love a few posts back). White sangria (is it lush to ask if it's sold in pitchers? It's so good..) and prosciutto with truffle cream to start. Shrimp and lobster squid ink and saffron pasta for me and seared sea scallops for him. What made the night was our fun energetic server who had a great accent so we made up epic names for him. His name turned out to be Paul, but I'd still like to think it was Esteban..
Then to Barrio in Capitol Hill for their churros - crispy, airy, lightly sugared with cinnamon, and a side of warm semisweet chocolate sauce for dipping. Okay, admittedly we also ordered their housemade guacamole and totopos. Quite normal for me to do some post-dinner post-dessert snacking.