I didn’t expect to love Seattle as much as I did. I mean, you hear it’s wet and cold most of the time. And, frankly (London I love you to bits but…) I was over that having experienced it for most of 3 years. But while we were in Seattle the weather was glorious: warm and sunny. I know it’s not always like that but leave me with my illusion 🙂
For a whole week Ollie and I went up and down the hills downtown, me eating my way through various shops and him mostly hanging around. You see, the little tyke was teething and was feeling super needy. A stroller just wouldn’t do. Thankfully I brought along his carrier and just wore him the entire time. Going up some of those hills proved to be a nice workout.
For some reason I was craving ginger beer; something I first tried in the UK. I hadn’t found ones I liked in the States so I made it my mission to try various types. I loved Rachel’s Ginger Beer, even though it was different from what I was use to. It’s lemony and super gingery. I returned three more times, trying out their peach and strawberry ginger beers. Yes, it is as yummy as it sounds.
These other two were definitely my favorites among the ginger beers I tried.
You can’t go to Seattle and not try the coffee, right? I went to a few coffee shops, Moore Coffee being one.
I went by the first Starbucks but wasn’t tempted to have a coffee there since it’s not my favorite. To be honest I have yet to find a coffee that I enjoy as much as I did Monmouth Coffee or Climpson and Sons. I’ve been finding the local coffees bitter and the lattes much too milky (looking at you Blue Bottle Coffee and Four Barrel Coffee) more often than not. Oh well. I just brew at home mostly but I would like to enjoy a cuppa when I’m out and about.
Pike’s Market has a fabulous array of vendors. Our hotel was about an 8 minute walk away. I enjoyed people-watching, browsing and visiting the other sites and shops surrounding it.
Greg was working at his job’s Seattle office the whole week (boo, I know). But on his way home he would walk by a cupcake shop that has a happy hour! Can you imagine? We had a dozen cupcakes while there. Oh so good.
There was no escaping sweets. Across from our hotel was the delicious Dahlia’s Bakery. Everything they have there is great (except the coffee, sadly): sandwiches, pastries,breakfast sandwiches. And all made from scratch.
I did manage to squeeze in a bit of fabric shopping in between stuffing my mouth. I went to a shop called Stitches and bought a few notions and half a yard of some cotton lace for a shirt I want to make.
We also went to the Seattle Aquarium, where lots of fun was had.
If you stuck around until the end, thanks! That was a lot of eating, I know. But man, that’s what some vacations are about. I would have loved to have met up with some local people in the area but I just was too hesitant to make commitments just in case Ollie wouldn’t make it possible to attend. His naps were so erratic around that time. He napped for three-hour stretches each day we were there. Too bad he didn’t continue the habit once we got home 🙂
So yeah. Go to Seattle. It’s yummy!
Also, thank you so much for your lovely comments on our family portraits. Maybe one day I will actually print and hang them!(I can’t be the only one who still has her engagement, wedding, and first born’s photos mostly living in a hard drive?)