Restaurant Review: Mount Bakery

Last quarter, as I mentioned, I spent quite a bit of time writing for my university’s student newspaper publication, the Western Front. As part of my coursework, I ended up writing about half-a-dozen restaurant review blogs for some of Bellingham’s more famous restaurants.

Note: With the permission of the editor-in-chief, I’ve decided to repost them here on Radical Geekery so that you can also check out my experiences at these delicious little eateries. Today’s review was originally posted here, on December 3, 2014 and all pictures and text are my original work. 

The end of the quarter has come and with all the stress and struggle of school, nothing less than comfort food will do. That is why Mount Bakery was carefully picked to be my last restaurant review of the quarter.

Located squarely in downtown Bellingham, Mount Bakery is a hub of activity during its dining hours and always quite crowded with locals and visitors alike trying to grab a table.

Although I was quite hungry, my appetite had to wait to be sated. The biggest complaint I had about this particular restaurant came to me as I walked in. Even though it has charm and coziness in its small location, it isn’t nearly big enough for the demand and patrons typically have to wait anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes to be seated — about 25 for me.

Already at a point of my stomach growling, I immediately ordered a fruity sparkling mimosa while pursuing the menu. Knowing full well I wanted to get fed as quickly as possible, I chose some sides that were affordable, coming to just under $15 for all five of my sides.

My delicious mimosa

My delicious mimosa

Unlike many other brunch joints in town, Mount Bakery has different options for your sides in case of preference and allergy. That morning I went with red potatoes and goat cheese, apple smoked bacon, organic scrambled eggs, seasonal roasted veggies with a bit of an avocado on top.  Sipping on my mimosa before I became impatient when it took almost 30 minutes to get my food to me after I had ordered. After an hour, I was finally able to dig into my meal and it was almost worth the wait.

As a bit of a foodie, I was worried that the seasonal roasted veggies might be a bit bland, but was pleasantly surprised with the local mixture that came to me steaming and with a special seasoning that made them stand out. The goat cheese melted onto the red potatoes giving them that extra punch of flavoring and even the eggs were fluffy and light, — you could tell they had just made them specially for me.

Brunch at Mount Bakery

As much as I love food, an hour is a really long time to wait for a meal, and even though the food was way above par from most brunch-type eateries, the time frame from entering the restaurant to getting my food weighted over me as I ate.

In all I would give the restaurant a 7 out of 10 purely on the wait time. Everything else was a 10 out of 10, the atmosphere, the price, the wait staff, and the food was beyond expectations.

If you are going to choose a time to stop by Mount Bakery, go at a time when the brunch crowds have died down and you don’t have to wait to get seated.

Geek Me!

So, the other day I laughed at my super geekiness and just had to take a picture. This is me encapsulated — I’m just passionately geeky about my fandoms. Can you name all of them?

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“I am the Doctor (Groot)” -Hero of Canton.

 

That is a hand-sculpted Groot by Jesse Kennedy, a cute little Jayne Cobb hat that came with my Browncoats Collection Set of eyeshadows from Espionage Cosmetics and my 10th Doctor Screwdriver. What is the geekiest thing you’ve done this week?

 

I don’t (I do) need no education

As a tribute to the Pink Floyd song, Another Brick in the Wall, I’ve had all but convinced myself that I didn’t need to be in school because it was stressing me out so much this last quarter. I spent most of finals week either sleeping, drinking or studying. Well, after a three week holiday break I am back on the saddle again, but with a new outlook. Today was my first day back for winter quarter and I found myself almost skipping across campus in my good mood.

My obligatory beginning of the new quarter bus stop #selfie Here I go again. *crossing fingers* Wish me luck!

A photo posted by Becky (@radicalgeekery) on Jan 1, 2015 at 10:58am PST

I’m excited about my class load and will actually be able to share a great deal of it on this blog because I am required to have a blog for one of my classes (photojournalism) and will be including quite a bit of my work from my chadō: art of tea course as well. I’m really excited to be taking classes this quarter and I am even going to see if the new organization I am working with (No Continues Media — check them out) will let me repost or reblog some of the work I am doing for them.

After dealing with a pretty heavy depressive episode in December, I’m feeling grateful and mindful of being in such a healthy place today and looking forward to what 2015 will bring. And to end off this little blurb of a blog post, here are some words that I’ve pinned to my Quotes board on Pinterest that have inspired me in the past few days — I hope you can enjoy them as much as I have.

 

2015? Check. Hoverboards? Nope. Hype? Maybe.

Another year has passed us quite quickly and all of a sudden we find ourselves in 2015, or has been buzzed about, the year that Marty McFly went to the future. Speaking of the Back to the Future series, it was last year (with my 30 by 30 goal list) that I finally saw all three of the films. Great Scott! I can’t believe it took me that long.

Happy 2015

As mentioned on this Jezebel article, the interwebs have been abuzz how 2015 has let us done and not brought us self-tying laces or a hovercraft, but as one tweeter said,

I’m happy that 2015 is here and not at all disappointed that we don’t have a hovercraft yet. I mean, look at what we do have.

Those are just a few of the amazing technologies that we already have, and you can bet that 2015 is going to bring even more (if the Futurists are right).

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Knowing that, I wanted to start out this perfect rounded (it’s a multiple of five, c’mon, you thought the same thing) year by checking in on my goals from last year and setting similar, yet reachable ones for this year. Looking at my goal post from 2014, I didn’t give myself any specific ones other than achieving ones that I set for myself as they came up. Sticking with that train of thought, I haven’t made any direct ones for the 2015 year, but will continue to work on my 30 by 30 list — I only have about eight months left!

Even though I just caught up on many of these, I’ve done a bit of work over the holidays and have gotten even closer. And I don’t want to seem like I am bragging, but in years past (link), I haven’t completed my goals and that has always been something I’ve regretted. Part of my ‘wish/resolution’ to the universe (aka my inner self) this year was to set goals and finish them instead of getting close and walking away because I thought it was too hard. So without further ado and babbling from me, here is my updated 30 by 30 list, with a couple new goals thrown in.

1. Study abroad

  • Destination: London, England – Still working on getting this all set-up. It will be exciting if I can get it done. If you would like to help me out in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, you can check out my Fund My Travel page here.

2. Reach my Goal Weight of 145 

  • At 155 pounds, only ten (six) away from my goal weight. This is so exciting for me as I’ve been struggling with getting fit and back to my goal weight for almost ten years. I’ve done so well that as soon as I get to the original goal weight (145), I’m going to try for what the doctors said I could be healthy at (130). No matter what, with the healthy eating and exercising, I feel much better about myself.

3. Spend less time online

  • While this was an admirable goal, my current career path and work that I do isn’t going to lend me to spending much less time online, but I’ve decided to be wiser about how I spend my time online which has already started to change. I’m leaving this goal open to anything that comes up this year.

4. Go skydiving

Ever since my acrophobic mother went skydiving when I was around five years old I’ve wanted to do it. It is actually what I told my husband that I wanted to do for my birthday this next year.

*UPDATE* Still would love for this to happen, going to ask for it as a birthday present!

5. Go skiing

This may not actually happen, but after snowboarding a few years ago with my husband (see below) I’ve wanted to try the other snowy alternative out to see if I’m any better at it.

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6. Read 30 books (11 out of 30) – While the books on my 30 by 30 reading list are ones that I’ve been meaning to read, I’m also including any books, school or pleasure related on this list. Be sure to follow me on Goodreads to track my progress as well as my new reading goal of 24 books in 2015.

  1. Rachel Rising: The Shadow of Death (November 2014)
  2. From Perverts to Fab Five: The Media’s Changing Depiction of Gay Men and Lesbians (September 2014)
  3. Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale (September 2014)
  4. Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick (September 2014)
  5. Habibi (September 2014)
  6. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened (September 2014)
  7. Blankets (December 2014)
  8. The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act (December 2014)
  9. The Night Circus (December 2014)
  10. Will O’ the Wisp (December 2014)
  11. Fairest, Vol. 1: Wide Awake (December 2014)

7. Get a 4.0 during one quarter of my undergrad before my 30th birthday

  • Winter 2014: 3.53
  • Spring 2014: 1.92
  • Fall 2014: 3.35 (Coming in strong with an A, A-, B- and Pass)
  • Winter 2015: TBD
  • Spring 2015: TBD
  • Summer 2015: TBD

8. Pay off my personal credit cards and debt

Still working on this, but I have been able to find little jobs and ways of making money that I hope will continue so that I can pay off the debt I have incurred Not as a way of “bragging”, but as a way of keeping myself accountable, I’m going to keep track of it while writing my blog.

My debt started at: $1500

Current debt is at: $1000

*Update* Getting down to $1000 is exciting as my husband decided some debt I incurred to us as a couple was forgiven and that I only need to pay off my personal credit card.

9. Watch 100 must-see movies suggested by friends and family (8 out of 100)

  1. Back to the Future Trilogy (August 2014)
  2. Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II (September 2014)
  3. O, Brother Where Art Thou (September 2014)
  4. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (November 2014)
  5. Alien (August 2014)
  6. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (August 2014)
  7. Paul (August 2014)
  8. Fight Club (November 2014)

*Update* I’ve been a bad cinephile and not watched any other movies on my list. In fact, I’ve been busy catching up on the Arrow, the Flash and Game of Thrones. But, I really do want to make this list, so I’m working on getting this list whittled down ASAP.

10. Finish one cross-stitch project (December 2014)

As 2014 came to a close, I eeked in on finishing one of my 30 by 30 goals of finishing one cross-stitch project.

Finished craft! @subversivecrossstitch #bitchbitchbitch #punkrock #crafty

A photo posted by Becky (@radicalgeekery) on Dec 12, 2014 at 11:47pm PST

To be honest, I didn’t think I would like cross stitch, but I found out that it is a perfect craft for me to do when I need something to do with my hands. I’ve already created that one and started on another.

I’m addicted to cross stitch. #crafty #diy

A photo posted by Becky (@radicalgeekery) on Dec 12, 2014 at 8:47pm PST

11. Watch a meteor shower

*Update* This particular goal may be a little tricky, but I’m going to be following this calendar from the American Meteor Society to try and catch one before my birthday.

12. Go to a concert with the husband

*Update* So far, haven’t gone to a concert with him yet, but my top picks for our outing will be Brandi Carlile, First Aid Kit or Crosswave (a new rock band out of Seattle).

13. Organize and set-up office

*Update* I am so close to making this a reality. Our second bedroom has been a bit of a dumping ground for random odds and ends but I realized I need a place to study and get my work done that isn’t in front of the TV or on the couch. I’m hoping by March it will actually start to resemble and office.

14. Start a garden in a community plot

15. Develop three (two) new hobbies

*Update* As mentioned in goal #10, I’ve started to cross stitch, and it has become a bit addicting, which means it is going to be a new hobby of mine.

  1. Cross Stitch (January 2015)

16. Get two (one) more tattoo + two more piercings (1 out of 4)

  1. Portal Tattoo (August 2014)
  2. Idea in Progress (January 2015)
  1. Second Ear Lobe Piercing
  2. Belly Button

17. Go to Emerald City Comic Con (tickets purchased) and cosplay

18. Dye my hair bright red or orange

19. Watch all of the Classic Doctor Who episodes

20. Learn how to make thirty (29) new Becky-friendly recipes – I’ve actually started a Pinterest board that you can check out here that will help me keep track of new recipes I want to try.

  1. Italian Chicken Potato and Green Bean Bake (December 7 2014)

21. Start to volunteer at non-profit of choice

22. Start and try to complete three new video games (2 of 3)

  1. Minecraft (November 2014)
  2. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (December 2014)

23. Try thirty (26) new kinds of wine

Using the fun little wine app Vivino, I’ve been tracking most of the wine I’ve been purchasing in bottle form in the past few months and I’m already up to four different kinds. Check out what type of wines I like and have been drinking on my Vivino profile here.

  1. Quady – North Rosé – Red (September 2014)
  2. Sockeye – Sweet Pea Apple – White (November 2014)
  3. Freixenet – Cordon Negro Extra Dry – Sparkling (December 28 2014)
  4. Segura Viudas – Gran Cuvee Reserva – Sparkling (December 31 2014)

24. Join one student organization (December 2014)

*Update* As part of my career path, I’ve joined the Western Washington University chapter of the PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) and plan to join the Quidditch team at the university as well in the coming quarter.

25. Publish the equivalent of a blog post at least once a week (whenever I can)

Because of school, this goal has fallen by the wayside, but as of this post I am up to 6 out of 52 posts, with more to come within the next few weeks.

*Update* While I would love to be consistent in blogging, school made it almost impossible for me to make the time. I’m hoping this quarter I can be a little more blog worthy, but I am not going to put any pressure on myself to write every week. That being said, I am up to (as of this blog post), you can check them out below

  1. 30 Before 30
  2. 100 Must-See Movies
  3. Keep Portland Weird!
  4. The Bibliophile’s Dirty Thirty
  5. Thirty Evergreen Cities
  6. Achievement: Unlocked?
  7. 2015? Check. Hoverboards? Nope. Hype? Maybe.

That being said, if you do count the articles and blog posts that I wrote while I was a student reporter for the Western Front, that would boost my total to 22. You can check them out below.

  1. Restaurant Reviews: Mount Bakery
  2. Restaurant Reviews: Asian 1
  3. Restaurant Reviews: Fiamma Burger
  4. Restaurant Reviews: Zen Sushi
  5. Restaurant Reviews: Brandywine Kitchen
  6. Top Shelf is not your average dispensary
  7. Northwest pot laws lack fire
  8. WWU professor travels to Scotland to witness history
  9. Bellingham Comic-Con brings together the best of Bellingham’s nerd culture
  10. A nerd’s night out
  11. Heroes Resource Festival showcases subcultures
  12. Retroid night gives nerds a chance to strut their stuff
  13. Fantasy to reality: Western on the quidditch field
  14. Western Quidditch places third in tournament
  15. Pinball to come to State Street winter 2015

26. Learn five new tabletop games - Finished November 2014

  • Ticket to Ride (October 2014)
  • Smallworld (November 2014)
  • Pandemic (November 2014)
  • 7 Wonders (September 2014)
  • Carcassonne (October 2014)

27. Run a 5K

28. Go on a 10-mile hike

29. Visit my family in Utah

30. Go to 30 new places in Washington State I have never been to before (2 of 30)

  • La Conner, Washington (September 2014)
  • Snohomish, Washington (September 2014)

So here is to a new year, a new day and a new focus. I’m going to make 2015 one to remember.

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Achievement: Unlocked?

This year has gone by like The Flash, and especially the last few months since my birthday and I have not had a TARDIS like the Doctor to achieve my goals or even write blog posts. In fact, my last post was on September 21st a little over two months ago.

The quarter is finally winding down and I had a few minutes this evening to reflect on the year and my 30 Before 30 list came to mind. As I perused my list, I realized that some of my goals have already changed and I wanted to adjust my list and update it.

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Here is the new and flashy list with updates, cross-offs and all the changes I’ve decided to make before the new year arrives in a little over a month, and in fact as I was going through my list I realized that one of my goals (#26) had already been achieved.

1. Study abroad

  • Destination: London, England

2. Reach my Goal Weight of 145 

  • At 155 pounds, only ten away from my goal weight.

3. Become a vegan

  • After working with my doctors, naturopaths, friends, family and myself (I’m not crazy, I promise!), I realized that being a vegan was just not in the cards for me. As of this time, I’m calling myself a flexitarian. This means that I am flexible with my food preferences, but for the most part I will be sticking to a pescetarian/vegetarian diet and listen to my body as needed. Which brings me to my new goal….

3. Spend less time online

  • This is an incredibly vague goal with no measurable statistics, but it is something I am aiming to do so that I can spend more quality time with the people I love. This goal may change at one point, but as of right now, this is what I am working on.

4. Go skydiving

Ever since my acrophobic mother went skydiving when I was around five years old I’ve wanted to do it. It is actually what I told Marcus I wanted to do for my birthday this next year. *crossing fingers*

5. Go skiing

This may not actually happen, but after snowboarding a few years ago with my husband (see below) I’ve wanted to try the other snowy alternative out to see if I’m any better at it.

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6. Read 30 books (6 out of 30)

While they aren’t necessarily the ones from my Bibliophile’s Dirty Thirty list, I’m still going to count them towards my goal, especially since I’ve recently gotten into graphic novels and comic books.

7. Get a 4.0 during one quarter of my undergrad before my 30th birthday

  • Winter 2014: 3.53
  • Spring 2014: 1.92
  • Fall 2014: TBD
  • Winter 2015: TBD
  • Spring 2015: TBD
  • Summer 2015: TBD

8. Pay off my personal credit cards and debt

Still working on this, but I have been able to find little jobs and ways of making money that I hope will continue so that I can pay off the debt I have inccured. Not as a way of “bragging”, but as a way of keeping myself accountable, I’m going to keep track of it while writing my blog.

My debt started at: $1500

Current debt is at: $1400

9. Watch 100 must-see movies suggested by friends and family (8 out of 100)

  • Back to the Future Trilogy (August 2014)
  • Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II (September 2014)
  • O, Brother Where Art Thou (September 2014)
  • Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (November 2014)
  • Alien (August 2014)
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (August 2014)
  • Paul (August 2014)
  • Fight Club (November 2014)

10. Finish one cross-stitch project

11. Watch a meteor shower

12. Go to a concert with the husband

13. Organize and set-up office

14. Start a garden in a community plot

15. Develop three new hobbies

16. Get two more tattoos + two more piercings (1 out of 4)

  • August 2014 – Portal Tattoo

17. Go to Emerald City Comic Con (tickets purchased) and cosplay

18. Dye my hair bright red or orange

19. Watch all of the Classic Doctor Who episodes

20. Learn how to make thirty new Becky-friendly recipes

21. Start to volunteer at non-profit of choice

22. Start and try to complete three new video games (1 of 3)

  • Minecraft (November 2014)

23. Try thirty new kinds of wine

24. Join one student organization

25. Publish the equivalent of a blog post at least once a week

Because of school, this goal has fallen by the wayside, but as of this post I am up to 6 out of 52 posts, with more to come within the next few weeks.

26. Learn five new tabletop games - Finished November 2014

  • Ticket to Ride (October 2014)
  • Smallworld (November 2014)
  • Pandemic (November 2014)
  • 7 Wonders (September 2014)
  • Carcassonne (October 2014)

27. Run a 5K

28. Go on a 10-mile hike

29. Visit my family in Utah

30. Go to 30 new places in Washington State I have never been to before (2 of 30)

  • La Conner, Washington (September 2014)
  • Snohomish, Washington (September 2014)

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Thirty Evergreen Cities

Going along with quite a few of my recent posts, here is another that has been inspired by my 30 by 30 birthday challenge. I’ve always loved traveling and since an early age, and have traveled by road hundreds of times on RV trips with my grandparents. The love of the open road was instilled in me from a young age, and since Mr. Geek and I now have a more reliable method of transportation, I am able to take small day trips to places I would like to go in Western Washington.

1. Snohomish, Washington – September 4th

2. Duvall, Washington

3. Freemont Troll

4. Gum Wall

5. Gas Works Park

6. Mt. St. Helens.

7. Peace Arch

8. Blue Canyon and Park, Washngton

9. Volunteer Park Plant Species

10. Duck Tours

11. Fort Nisqually

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12. iFly Seattle

13. Edison, Washington

14. Bellevue, Washington

15. Lynden, Washington

16. Bloedel Reserve

17. Underground Seattle

18. Gallaghers’ Where-U-Brew

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19. Semiahmoo, Washington

20. Dupont, Washington

21. Flaming Geyser State Park

22 Bors Hede

23. Big Four Ice Caves

24. Fort Ward State Park

25. Chancellor, Washington

26. Hibulb Cultural Center

27. Port Gamble, Washington

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28. Darrington, Washington

29. Mercer Island, Washington

30. Nooksack Mines

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The Bibliophile’s Dirty Thirty

As going with the theme this year, this is another 30 by 30 list that I have created for myself. This one includes one of my favorite things, books and reading. As with any bibliophile, I tend to have books in my collection that I haven’t even read yet. This year, I want to take that pile of unread books and minimize it by a few. Without further ado, here is my thirty books that I want to read by the time I turn thirty.

1. Hyperbole & a Half by Allie Brosh (September 7th)

2. The Dresden Files Series by Jim Butcher

3. Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal

4. Sex at Dawn Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá

5. Doctor Who: The Lost Adventures by Douglas Adams

6. Thanking the Monkey by Karen Dawn

7. Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape by Danica McKelllar

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8. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

9. The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott

10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

11. Wisdom of the Shire by Noble Smith

12. Dune by Frank Herbert

13. Hot Flat and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman

14.  Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

15. Savor by Thich Nhat Hanh

16. One Square Inch of Silence by Gordon Hempton

17. Just a Geek by Will Wheaton

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18. The Complete Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

19. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

20. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

21. Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss

22. An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore

23. Yes Please by Amy Poheler

24. Behind the Kitchen Door by Saru Jayaraman

25.  The Crowded Universe by Alan Boss

26. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

27. Making Kind Choices by Ingrid Newkirk

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28. Monkey Girl by Edward Humes

29. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

30. Bonk by Mary Roach

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