The Seattle Times didn’t have to tell anyone living in Capitol Hill that bad weather’s good news for neighborhood shops and restaurants.

I spent the weekend eating and shopping at neighborhood favorites, and it was a treat to see so many people doing exactly the same. Poppy for dinner Saturday was festive–the thali for the night was called “for a winter storm” and featured chestnut soup and coconut sweet potatoes and this baked vidalia onion with wilty kale that nearly killed me with kindness.

We kicked through the snow and took photos on our way to Stitches, where D bought a couple of yards of wool and started making me a Christmas skirt that afternoon.

And thank you, Joe Bar, for being exactly three minutes from my door.