Chase and I took off this past weekend on a trip to Seattle. We had no agenda, no overall purpose for being there. I want all of my vacations to be this way, where we just have the freedom to explore and wander. And I didn’t have to explain or justify why I don’t want to eat at chain restaurants on my vacation. I’m not always so fortunate.
Delancey & The Pantry – You might have heard of them from this girl or this girl. It is absolutely not fair that I have now eaten this pizza and can’t order it here in Los Angeles. It also isn’t fair that Brandon, the owner of Delancey, was teaching a class about making pizza at home and we weren’t able stay due to the fact that those classes sell out in nanoseconds. I may or may not be planning a trip to kidnap Brandon and force him to tell me all his secrets.
Brunch at Revel. The only regret I have from the trip is that we weren’t able to taste everything on the menu. It’s entirely possible that I considered asking the people next to us at the bar if I could have one little bite of their dishes. If you’ve ever eaten there I’m sure you understand.
Molly Moon’s makes some of the BEST ice cream I’ve ever had. I tasted chocolate, Earl Grey and then finally settled on salted caramel.
Pike Place Market, where we found…everything.
Beecher’s, where you can actually watch them making their delicious cheeses. The mac & cheese and grilled cheeses are heaven, but the best deal there is the cheese curds. If we hadn’t been full to bursting at this point we would have just bought a big container of these to munch on.
Did you know there was such a thing as elephant garlic? Or that the individual cloves are larger than a head of ordinary garlic? I certainly didn’t.
We had to visit the original Starbucks of course, where they still have the original logo on all the merchandise. I wondered out loud why they changed it and Chase calmly pointed out that that the original logo has a naked woman with large breasts. As a non-male I honestly hadn’t even noticed but things made sense after that.
Trying to find Walrus & the Carpenter was like going on a scavenger hunt, since it is completely hidden from view behind a building and only marked by a teeny, tiny white sign. Once we got there though, it was worth it. We sampled every type of oyster they had and devoured a few more of their seafood plates. Pictured above are the grilled sardines.
On our last day we went to the aquarium and became so engrossed in watching the otters that at one point there was a distinct possibility we were going to miss our flight. No one had told me that otters were the most freakishly cute things. I want one. No, really.
Thanks for a wonderful trip, Seattle. Hope to see you again soon.