Seattle Travel Diary

Summer feels like it’s quickly slipping away, and I’m just not ready to say goodbye. It has been several weeks since I’ve blogged because July and August got super busy! I spent most of my down time working on our kitchen renovation. Almost everything has been selected and ordered, and construction should begin toward the end of September. I’m in shock that its actually happening! Beside working on the kitchen, my son started school and turned two, and my husband and I took a 5 year wedding anniversary trip to Seattle. I had always wanted to visit Seattle, but I had no idea that our experiences were going to exceed all expectations. Everything was so great, so I must share our trip details with you!

We arrived in Seattle early in the morning, checked into our hotel, and walked straight to the iconic Pike’s Place Market. The market was already crowded with people trying to get a look at the famous fishmongers throwing fish and packaging orders.IMG_0832 IMG_0836

My husband spotted Elleno’s Real Greek Yogurt at the market, and I was so excited because it had been on my list. This discovery became an every day stop on our trip. Elleno’s takes the creamiest Greek yogurt and adds some of those most delicious toppings. It was unlike any yogurt we’d ever tasted, and we just couldn’t get enough. Our favorites were the Marion Berry Pie and the Museli.IMG_0834 IMG_0835IMG_1284

After walking around the market for a while, we took a nice walk to explore the Pioneer Square neighborhood. We had lunch at The London Plane, which was a cool space with a flower market and cases to take food to go. We shared a beautiful curry avocado toast and a salad sampler.IMG_0838 IMG_0839

Our first night’s dinner was at The Walrus and the Carpenter, an oyster restaurant in Ballard that was on many a Seattle restaurant lists. The wait time and the food lived up the hype. Even after an hour wait, we only scored seats at the bar. Our perch proved to be the perfect spot to experience the restaurant, as we had front row seats to watch oyster and small plate food prep. The highlights were the oysters, the halibut carpaccio with dried lime and hazelnut oil, and Billy’s tomato’s (not pictured).IMG_0841 IMG_0842 IMG_0843

On day two, we hopped the commuter ferry to Bainbridge Island, which was a quick 35 minute boat ride. When we arrived in Bainbridge, we first stopped at Blackbird Bakery for lattes and a blackberry lemon scone. We spent the morning walking through the little shops in the town of Winslow. It was such a cute area and I’m so glad we went out there!IMG_0844

When we got back to Seattle, we stopped for a quick lunch at Homegrown, a local chain of sandwich shops. The egg, cheese, avocado, and hot sauce sandwich on soft but toasted multigrain bread was so simple, yet so good!IMG_1264IMG_1265

After lunch, we headed to the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibit. I felt it was imperative that we experience the most “Seattle” tourist attraction there is! The ride to the top of the Space Needle was quick and the views were incredible. Even more impressive was the Chihuly Glass exhibit, which showcases the most beautiful glasswork I’ve ever seen!IMG_0847IMG_0845

As if we hadn’t already done enough this day, I dragged my husband to the Fremont neighborhood to tour the Theo Chocolate Factory! I only learned about Theo Chocolate a few months ago from my cousin, but once I tasted it, I was hooked. Naturally, when I found out we could tour their factory in Seattle, I insisted we had to go. I love that Theo Chocolate was the first organic fair trade chocolate in the US! The tour was interesting and tasty, with many different chocolate samples along the way.IMG_0850IMG_0849 IMG_0848

A new, delicious discovery:IMG_1275

For dinner, we went to the University Village neighborhood to dine at Din Tai Fung. Din Tai Fung is a restaurant that originated in Taiwan and specializes in soup dumplings, and other types of dumplings. It was so crazy how we could watch the team of people cranking out basket after basket of these dumplings. After another hour long wait, we consumed so many dumplings, green beans, and noodles!IMG_1274 IMG_1273 IMG_1271

On our final day in Seattle, we shopped, got massages at our hotel, and laid by the pool. I have no photos from these activities, but I assure you everything was amazing đŸ™‚ On our final night, we really went out with a bang! We headed over to the Capital Hill neighborhood for some major eating. The night started at Lark, a beautiful restaurant with royal blue velvet booths, 150 twinkling lights overhead, and a wine wall spanning the length of the restaurant. I loved the seasonal menu featuring locally sourced cheese, vegetables, and meats. The highlights were the burger with sunchoke chips, and the tri-colored carrots with truffle honey sauce.IMG_1299IMG_1295

After Lark, we walked to Trove to get dessert. Trove was just named one of the “50 Best New Restaurants in America” by Bon Appetit magazine. Within the restaurant, there are four different concepts: a bar, a noodle bar, a Korean BBQ restaurant, and a walk-up “food truck” window called Parfait, that offers layered frozen custard parfaits. When we arrived, we checked out the place. The Noodle bar looked so amazing, we truly could not resist. Throwing all caution to the wind, we sat down for a second, lets just call it “mini”, dinner! We shared the Garlic Chive noodles, which consisted of shrimp, cherry tomatoes, shaved asparagus, crispy spinach, and the most amazing coconut red curry sauce. I am not kidding you when I say this was one of the best things I’ve ever tasted! I was feeling a little sad that we had just eaten before this, because I wanted more! Thankfully my pants were stretchy, because we ended the night by sharing a Pike Street Mud Pie parfait, which was coffee custard, chocolate cookie crumb, chocolate fudge, and peanut butter crunch. Oh boy!IMG_1302IMG_1307IMG_1301IMG_1310

Although we needed to be rolled home from Seattle, we had such an amazing trip! I loved the city even more than I thought I would. We had perfect weather and did not see the rainy, dreary city that Seattle is known to be. In fact, I could pack my bags and move there if it was always like it was for the few days we were there! There were so many great things to do, see and eat; I highly recommend Seattle for a summer getaway.

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