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Hello Seattle + Spicy Steamed Mussels in Beer


Photos in this post were taken in Seattle with vintage Polaroid cameras by my  incredibly talented sister Kim van Groos 

Check out her Flickr, it’s very impressive.  

Space Needle Kim vanGroos Polaroid

I told you last week that I’m in the process of saying goodbye to Los Angeles. A process made easier by the fact that it will end with a move to Seattle, a city that I’ve loved for years. A city with a vibrant love for food, people who are aware and grateful, plus a craft beer scene that is one of the best in the world.

Colorful Grass Kim vanGroos Polaroid

I’ll get to discover a new city, fall in love with the local beer, cook with the incredible produce. I’ll also be near my sister who took all these photos, as well as my other sister who almost died with me in Morocco. I’ll be around the world’s best hops and the country’s best seafood. The idea of wandering around a new city, losing myself in the streets and the strangers is incredibly exciting. Especially a city like Seattle that has so much to offer.

Pikes Place Kim vanGroos Polaroid

I’m not limiting my explorations to Seattle. The entire Pacific Northwest, from Medford to Bellingham, has an incredible craft beer scene that I can’t wait to explore. The beer, the people, the pubs and the events, I plan to jump in with both feet, grab a pint, and become a part of what’s happening up North.

I want to share it all with you. Not just on the blog, but also on Instagram and Twitter. I want you to see the beer I find, the salmon I catch, the people I meet, the butcher shops, the breweries, the farmers markets, the coast and everything else that’s waiting for me up there.

Glare Kim vanGroos Polaroid

As I pack the boxes and say goodbye to Los Angeles, I wanted to make something that has a bit of Seattle in it, a reminder of what I have to look forward to.

Seafood and beer it is. Can’t wait to dig in.

Spicy Steamed Mussels In Beer

I start my trek North in two weeks. Join me, it’s going to be a big move and a big adventure. I’d love to have you along for the ride.


Spicy Steamed Mussels in Beer

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 entre portions, or 4 appetizer portions


  • 4 strips thick cut bacon
  • 1 cup diced white onion
  • 4 tbs unsalted butter
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lbs diced tomatoes about 2 large
  • 1 jalapeno sliced
  • 1 tbs red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup pale ale
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 ½ lbs black mussels cleaned and de-bearded
  • ¼ cup green onions diced
  • Bread for serving


  • In a large pot or deep skillet cook the bacon over medium high heat. Remove the bacon from pot, chop and set aside. Pour off about half of the bacon grease, leaving about 1 tablespoon still in the pan.
  • Add the butter and cook until melted.
  • Add the onions, cook until slightly browned.
  • Stir in the garlic, then add the tomatoes, jalapenos, red pepper flakes, beer, lime juice and chopped bacon. Bring to a low simmer.
  • Add the mussels, cover and allow to cook until mussels have opened, about 5 minutes.
  • Discard any that didn’t open. Sprinkle the green onions over the pan.
  • Serve with crusty bread.

Adapted from Epicurious

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Averie @ Averie Cooks February 10, 2014 um 12:44 am

How exciting! Can’t wait to read and hear about all your new adventures!


Sarah | The Sugar Hit February 10, 2014 um 2:03 am

The whole west coast has always had this incredible allure for me (being from Australia). I’m psyched to get your take on another part of the area!


Bob February 10, 2014 um 2:13 am

Where abouts are you moving to? I am in Renton. Be happy to show you around and buddy up for some blogging.


Jackie February 10, 2014 um 9:39 am

Sounds good Bob! I’ll be in the Woodinville area


Cassie February 10, 2014 um 6:27 am

I ALMOST guessed Seattle yesterday. Best wishes to you, can’t wait to follow along!


Lori @ RecipeGirl February 10, 2014 um 6:47 am

Excited for you… I hope you guys love it up there!!!


Sophia @ NY Foodgasm February 10, 2014 um 6:47 am

Congrats on your new city, never been to Seattle but it looks lovely! I am sure you will have many more amazing adventures to come! Cheers!


Becki @ Bites 'n Brews February 10, 2014 um 7:12 am

Congratulations! A ton of my blogger friends (and myself) have finally escaped LA in the past few months. Enjoy your last two weeks!


Barara Groom February 10, 2014 um 8:33 am

You need to change that sentence to "Humboldt County to Bellingham". Humboldt County is part of the Pacific Northwest in climate and sensibilities.
Just saying.


Claire Gallam February 10, 2014 um 10:17 am

Oh i love love love the pacific northwest! You’ll have a great time.


Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious February 10, 2014 um 10:58 am

Happy and excited for your next adventure! We’ll miss you in L.A., but that’s what planes are for, eh?


Kim Sharpe Jones February 10, 2014 um 2:03 pm

Welcome to Seattle! Check out our annual beer+food event, we’d love to have you this September: I look forward to meeting you out and about in our friendly beer community!


Jackie February 10, 2014 um 3:16 pm

Thank you Kim! I’ll be in touch.


Kirsten Helle February 10, 2014 um 2:15 pm

Welcome to Seattle! You’re going to love living here. The food and beverage culture is just amazing – you’re a welcome addition! Cheers! 🙂


Liz @ FloatingKitchen February 10, 2014 um 4:39 pm

Glad you’ll be joining sunny Seattle. I just love it here! And yes, the beer is incredible. May I suggest becoming a WABL (Washington Beer Lovers) member. They do tasting events and other fun things. It’s a lot of fun!


Julie @ Table for Two February 10, 2014 um 5:49 pm

That is SO exciting! I’m excited for you and can’t wait to follow your adventures there and see what you’ve got cooking up! Next time I’m there, we should go grab a beer 🙂 you’ll know the best in town! xoxo


Courtney February 10, 2014 um 5:56 pm

Welcome to Seattle! I’m lucky enough to live in brewery filled Ballard, and recommend a brewery hopping tour of the area when you get a chance. Also recommend Bottleworks and Chuck’s Hop Shop for bottles and Brouwer’s and Noble Fir/Sixgill for on tap.


aaron February 10, 2014 um 6:43 pm

Welcome to the PNW. About one of the few places where you’ll experience every version of bodies of water. Mountains, flatlands valleys and deserts. And the most bipolar weather ever.


Tieghan February 10, 2014 um 8:23 pm

So very exciting! I have never been to Seattle, but I have spent two summer in Mt. Hood, Oregon and it is beautiful! I cannot wait to read about all the fun stuff that is to come!


Kare @ Kitchen Treaty February 10, 2014 um 8:33 pm

Yahoo! Excellent choice! We will be lucky to have you. Best of luck with the big move!


Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen February 10, 2014 um 8:48 pm

Can’t wait to have you here in Seattle Jackie! You will love it here!!! Welcome and I hope to see you at one of the local pubs!


Amy February 11, 2014 um 11:44 am

Come visit us at Diamond Knot Craft Brewery!!!!


Joey February 11, 2014 um 12:20 pm

So stoked you’ll be in my neck of the woods! You are not allowed to go to 7 Seas brewery in Gig Harbor until I am back in town.


Jackie February 12, 2014 um 10:00 am

That’s a deal 🙂


Sommer @ASpicyPerspective February 12, 2014 um 2:14 pm

The Pacific Northwest is beautiful! What a great place to explore! Safe travels!


Val February 12, 2014 um 3:00 pm

Woo hoom Bellingham shout out! We’ve got the best breweries, taphouses and gastropubs!!! All within walking (or stumbling distance).

The NW is so great for beer culture! WABL, the Washington Brewer’s Guilt, Cider & Mead festivals and keeping current on what’s new with the Washington Beer Blog.

I just love finding tucked away little breweries no matter where I’m wandering. Like the Elk Head in Buckley, the Powerhouse in Puyallup, the North Fork out by Mt Baker, Island Hopping on Orcas Island, Valholl in Poulsbo.

Speaking of seafood and beer – have you seen the New Belgium / Elysian Trip Series – Taylor Shellfish Farms Oyster Stout that was just released? Fascinating and terrifying all at once.

Welcome to beer nirvana!


addie | culicurious February 14, 2014 um 11:47 am

How amazing! Congrats on moving to Seattle! That’s very cool. I’ve never been but have always wanted to go. 🙂 Enjoy it all!


Charmaine (The Party DIY) February 14, 2014 um 1:26 pm

How exciting! I imagine your thrilled to be moving to Seattle,what an adventure that will be. If there’s one seafood I can’t get enough of it’s mussels and this dish you made looks delicious.


Maisie October 11, 2015 um 8:11 pm

Hi there! I’m also a transplant to Seattle from LA (Dallas was in between there). We love all the breweries out here.

Quick question on the recipe. I have made this recipe twice and I keep having issues with the mussels not opening up too well even after cooking for 15 minutes. Any idea as to why?


Jackie October 12, 2015 um 9:45 am

They aren’t good. If mussels don’t open, don’t eat them. It means they went bad before you were able to cook them. It’s fairly common with mussels and clams, but it is a big health concern. Make sure to buy as fresh as you can and use within hours of buying.If they come wrapped tightly plastic, remove them from the plastic as soon as you get home and keep them in a loosely covered container (but not in water).


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