My favorite day in Seattle

I’d have to say the best day I had in Seattle was the last full day I was there. An honest save the best for last type feeling occurred to me and I was able to get in an amazing amount of fun. My morning started off with breakfast at Toulouse Petit  this lovely eatery is located in Queen Anne, its décor is chic and welcoming. The food is fantastic and southern inspired, I love breakfast when I’m in the mood for it and here I was very happy with the outcome of my meal. I ordered Fried Oyster and Bacon Eggs Benedict. The absolute luxury of this dish was something to recoil at because it was such an early hour but seeing this item on the menu was too tempting to pass up the offer. I had chosen correctly and was happily on my way through three quarters of the platter before second guessing its lavish appeal on my taste buds. The influence of the south was present on my plate, thick cut crispy bacon, perfectly fried corn meal battered oysters flowing with runny egg yolk and Creole hollandaise sauce over a lightly toasted muffin take the cup on one of the best breakfast plates I’ve had in a very long time. Breakfast Happy Hour is an affordable and awesome way to start the day.

After breakfast I took the bus down to the city and took a stroll over to the market and looked into some shops. Later on I made my way back to my hotel and decided to stop at the Experience Music Project I absolutely loved this place, it’s a combination of music and science fiction. They have amazing exhibits on Nirvana, so many guitars, Jimi Hendrix, and also they had a really amazing exhibit on Avatar which is one of my favorite movies. I could have spent an eternity in there looking at all the music pieces and reading about guitars as well as playing in the sound labs. It was really one of my favorite museums I’ve been to.

After that I met up with a new friend I made at Ashley and Bryan’s wedding Lia. We had drinks and happy hour at Toulouse Petit because she said it was one of the best happy hours in town which I’d have to say was correct. We had a plethora of different dishes ranging from amazing mouth watering modern southern flavor to the classic down home fried bar grub. We chatted and made it through the menu, I love meeting new people who love food.

Fried Okra with Remoulade

Wild Mushroom and garlic bruschetta with arugula

Ahi Tuna Tartar with Quail egg and horseradish cream

Golden Beet Salad with haricot vert, blue cheese, kalamata olives, citrus vinaigrette and candied walnuts

Katie Mae pearl vodka, st germain, grapefruit juice, prosecco

After some awesome conversation and lots of good eats, Lia offered to take me the other side of Lake Union to Gas Works Park which had an amazing view of Seattle from across the lake. Before getting to the park we stopped at an awesome Pie Shop in Fremont called Pie. They specialize in all things pie, sweet and savory. I ordered a Raspberry Peach Pie and Lia got Banana Cream we sat in the sunshine and ate pie by the lake, which was delicious light flaky and wonderful. It was such a beautiful afternoon. After that Lia let me off at my hotel. I hope one day we’ll see each other again soon.

After I got situated I decided to take a walk on the waterfront and watch the sun set over the sound. I walked by the water front and along Olympic Sculpture Park.  I sat alongside the sculptures and watched the sun fade into the distance, taking note of the beautiful Washington sunset. Something I knew I wouldn’t see again for at least a little while.

I finished walking by the countless bustling shops and eateries got money for the bus in the morning and turned in looking into the cloud ridden skies at the space needle for the last night.


From Bellevue to Queen Anne and In between

After the wedding we packed up and left Coastal Bellevue Hotel and headed up the huge hill with our luggage to get on a bus to Seattle. It was still Seafair and our bus driver was furiously trying to make it over the 90 bridge before it was shut down for the blue angels show. I’ll have to say that was one of the most insane bus rides I’ve ever been on. My nerves were a wreck but lucky for us we made it over the bridge before it closed or before the bus driver ran anyone off the road. People were lining up to see the aerial show it was a very packed shore line over lake union. So we made it to our destination finally after taking a pretty long or what seemed to be long hike with our bags from Downtown Seattle to Queen Anne. Note to self make sure you take a cab next time. We stayed at the Inn at Queen Anne just a couple of blocks away from the Space Needle. We decided to have lunch finally and made it to the quaint little Greek restaurant in Queen Anne called Athina Grill  I ordered an Antipasto Plate (Greek Style) that came with tomatoes, kalamata olives, Peperoncini, feta cheese, and pita. I also ordered one skewer of Chicken Souvlaki which was pieces of tender white meat chicken that were grilled with Greek spices and citrus. It came with Tzatziki sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, and red onion. I was able to make perfect little bites out of my mixture of ingredients. The flavors are some of my very favorite. Lunch was wonderful.

While in Seattle I explored downtown stopping by the famous Pikes Place Market, one of my favorite places I’ve been for food. I love this market and yes it is annoyingly packed with tourists but the fruits and vegetables are just picture perfect. They have so many different things all seasonal and beautiful as well as some amazing fish markets. I wanted to buy and eat so many different things there. It’s a wonderful place for food.

On my exploration I found this adorable coffee shop called Macrina. This lovely little place has some of the most beautiful breads and pastries but I opted for my favorite fatty whole milk cappuccino because I have to have at least a couple when I’m in Seattle. It’s located in Belltown and I’d check it out if you’re in the area.

I also stopped into Vital Tea Leaf is a very interesting Chinese Tea Shop. They let you sit at this bar and taste free tea from their selections. They have so many strange and awesome verities of tea so if you like Chinese tea or are looking for something new this place has so many different leaves to choose from. I left having experienced new flavors of tea I’d never had before. They have locations in San Francisco as well as Seattle.

Tons More to share coming up.