Seattle

After an amazing time in Vancouver, we jetted off to Seattle (it was literally a 20 minute flight) to see my little sister.

We were able to sneak in a few days before heading back east to NYC… so we continued our eating tour of the west coast. Starting with brunch…

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Brunch at Oddfellows

We had a couple of hours exploring Pike Place, trying some fab latte art and admiring (revolting) at the (in)famous bubble gum wall.

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Pike Place
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Watching the fishmongers do their thing
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The bubble gum wall… kinda cool… kinda gross
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Tulips on tulips on tulips
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Grey skies and Pike Place
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Moore Coffee – Latte Art
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When my sis thought her latte said Enia… it says Enjoy
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Riding the bronze pig at Pike Place – can’t take us anywhere
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Finding my man’s band’s album (Sonic Avenues!) at Sonic Boom
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The troll under the bridge – made famous by Ten Things I Hate About You!
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Brunch at the Fat Hen
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We ordered a light brunch… brunch goals
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Two of my faves at the Seattle Japanese Garden and Arboretum
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Turtle hunting
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There’s about to be a duck fight…over a lady duck… typical.
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Bloom alert!
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He gives me all the feels – sorry… that was barfy
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Little sis looking for seals in West Seattle
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Seattle in the back – squinters in the front
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Oh hey Seattle!
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Heading into the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room – ready to get our caffeine on
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Coffee on coffee on coffee – heaven!
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Checking out the roasting
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Espresso on ice cream
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Views from Kerry Park
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Sisters in Seattle
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We still hold hands… she’s my fave

I don’t get to see my little sister as much as I would like, but I definitely will be back to Seattle sometime soon! If you want to see some of the amazing things she is doing, head over to Nightingale Express – gorgeous gift boxes for nurses. There will be a post coming on that little project shortly, but until then – go check out all of her cool gift boxes (not just for nurses but for anyone needing a little self care and loving).

And if you are wondering where to eat in Seattle:

  • Oddfellows – Great place for brunch – easy to get a table in the spacious urban chic environment. Their biscuits were fab but they RAN OUT OF AVOCADOS! For the love of… I was not happy. The food was still good… but get there early – just in case you need your avocado fix.
  • Molly Moon’s Ice Cream – I went to Molly Moon’s twice in four days, it was that good. The seasonal flavor – Sour Cream and Rhubarb Crisp – was fantastic. But the real winner was their Cookie Dough … which is apparently an homage to Hillary Clinton’s award winning cookie recipe – cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and rolled oats – SO AMAZING. They also make their own homemade waffle cones… left me wishing I had a Molly Moon’s in Manhattan!
  • Starbucks Roastery and Tasting Room – a must do in Seattle, home of Starbucks. The Roastery and Tasting Room in Capitol Hill has a great shop, a view full of the roasting process, plus a unique menu which includes ice cream drinks, alcoholic drinks and coffee flights.
  • Moore Coffee – amazing latte art right near Pike Place on 2nd – you could end up with a Totoro or a cat or a Shrek… and no, you can’t request something special – I tried.
  • Din Tai Fung – you may be surprised to hear that this place is located in an upscale mall, especially when the locations in Asia have received Michelin stars. You have to order the soup dumplings (XiaoLongBao), the sauteed string beans with garlic, the Shanghai rice cakes and the Sticky Rice ShaoMai. Such fantastic dim sum and the best part is, there is a Molly Moon’s just downstairs… in case you still have room.
  • Ray’s – Beautiful views of the sound. We had dinner here at sunset – the seafood is fantastic. Try the crap dip and the clam chowder!
  • The Fat Hen – o.m.geeee brunch. The fresh ricotta toast with sea salt… the avocado toast with poached eggs… the baked egg dishes…. gahhhhhhhhh. SO good. A definite must for brunch – any day of the week! Prepare yourself for a wait – there are only about 6 tables. Definitely worth the wait.
  • A La Mode Pies – Cutesy little pie shop in Phinney Ridge. We tried the toasted coconut cream pie and the french apple – pies available by the slice and by the pie! Ice cream optional. Organic and locally sourced – this place is a real gem.
  • Hot Cakes – This little cakery in Ballard has all sorts of chocolate delights, featuring their smoked chocolate chips. I tried the smoked chocolate hot chocolate, which was darker than most but delicious. They also serve a wide variety of desserts, milkshakes, beer and wine.

After all of the indulgence in Vancouver and Seattle, it was time to go back to the Big Apple (and back to the gym).

Next stop is a surprise my little kumquats – stay tuned!

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