Seattle

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.

The Bookstore Bar @ The Alexis Hotel: Cozy decor. AMAZING clam chowder. More whiskeys in once place than I have ever seen before. We loved this place.

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.

Flowers.

Donuts.

Pasta.

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.

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8 Thoughts on “Seattle

  1. You hit all of my favorite spots in town. I love living up here in SEA and it’s great to see it through the eyes of someone else. Glad you had a great time!! Hope you come back soon :)

  2. Bryan on May 4, 2012 at said:

    Oh, my. I want to go to there now. The Bookstore Bar looks exactly like what I want in my home. Also, funny thing, when I moved to LA, I dated a guy named… wait for it… Brandon… Delancey.

    Great post. I’m now hungry again.

  3. Wow, it looks like Seattle was such a wonderful time. It’s on my list of places to go!

  4. Beautiful! Oh, how I’d love to visit this city soon.

  5. I LOVE Seattle!!! Love your photos

  6. Taryn on May 9, 2012 at said:

    FYI…your links aren’t working correctly. they all added your address to the front of the appropriate URL (eg. http://www.pinkbasil.com/www.revelseattle.com).

    Thanks for the recommendations though…I’m in Portland, so maybe I’ll check some of these out next time I’m in Seattle.

    • Caroline on May 9, 2012 at said:

      Super weird… I think I got them all fixed, but thanks for letting me know!

  7. Oh, I LOVE when visitors hit up all the good spots! If you’re into whiskey, next time hit up Canon on 12th avenue.

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