What better way to celebrate Father’s Day then to put Lou to sleep in the stroller before heading to Le Pichet in downtown Seattle for a generous plate of Charcuterie, baguette, house smoked salmon with a spiced yogurt bulgur salad and several glasses of rosé. It’s not everyday you please a French person with French food in America and the chicken liver terrine, pork rillettes, pork pâté, beef tongue and saucisse lyonnaise certainly did their tricks this afternoon. It was all so delicious and Lou gave us a break all through lunch up until we made it to the park.

There is something so beautiful about the way Lou smiles when she hears Olivier getting home from work. She squeals with delight for papa and runs to him before giving him the tightest hug ever and nestles her little head into his neck. They have such a special bond and it’s amazing to see, especially the way she cradles his head and plays with his face when he carries her on his shoulders or the way they spoon while sneaking in more rest on a weekend morning. Olivier is incredibly gentle, loving and patient and It’s not enough just to say thank you on just today (hope the charcuterie helped)! Tchin Tchin to our amazing papa!

We tried the $15 lunch special at this new black and red decked out Russian restaurant. It was a hankering for Soviet nostalgia and borsch that brought us there. The special consisted of a salad, soup and entrée (Oli and I took a lunch special each to sample the Olivier & Russian Salad, borsch & chicken meatballs soup and mushroom zrazi & chebureki) and righteously filled our bellies. It’s unpretentious home cooking food that makes you feel happy it’s cold and grey outdoors. No soviet flashback is done proper without modeling actual soviet era military wear, especially in cotton candy pink. Nasha Rasha 4 W 19th St. NY, NY 10011