On a sunny Seattle day there's nothing better than the feeling of the sand between your toes and the sound of waves lapping against the shore.
"I feel like you get onto Seaview Avenue and you start driving towards Golden Gardens and something just changes about the space. You breathe out. You just exhale a little bit," said Miri Plowman.
Golden Gardens is a gem just minutes from downtown Ballard. It's a place to play, a place to relax, even a place where love can bloom. Just ask Miri and her partner in life and business, Gabe Skoda.
"We have some really great history here...We had our first date here, and have had some great picnics and just some great times," explained Miri.
"We met here...and we've come full circle and created a business and made something special here at Golden Gardens," added Gabe.
That business, Miri's at Golden Gardens is technically a concession stand...technically. Like any snack shack they carry chips, candy and soda, but that's where the similarities end. It's better to think of Miri's as a beach cafe. A year-round operation where Miri and Gabe are serving up the food that makes them happy.
"I will be the first person, when people ask us about the menu (to admit) that yeah, it is a little bit of a mishmash. How does it all go together? It goes together because it's all tasty food that you want to eat at the beach," said Gabe.
The menu draws from Miri's background. She was born in Israel, has family ties to Holland and spent years living on Orcas Island. Gabe's experience come from working in some of Seattle's top kitchens. That means things like kebab sandwiches in homemade flatbread, fresh fruit acai bowl and poffertjes - Mini-dutch pancakes. Difficult to pronounce but downright delicious.
"Who doesn't like pancakes? It's a very universal joy. And seeing them getting made is just mesmerizing," explained Miri.
Poffertjes are a popular street food in Holland, cooked in a special cast iron pan. As for making them? Well, it's tougher than it looks, unless you're a pro like Miri. She's been making poffertjes for years at farmers markets, so watching her make a batch really is fun to watch.
At Miri's they top the poffertjes several different ways, but my personal favorite is the fresh berries and whipped cream. As you munch on pofferjes while strolling down the beach, you realize it really is a perfect bite in a perfect setting.