i don’t think we could ♥love♥ this city any more….
One of the cool things about the space needle is how it peeks out over rooftops, surprising you as you walk around the city.. and you can have parties in the lower observation level (we had friends who did this.. how fun would that be?!)… and they have a really good gift shops with all things Seattle…
( a little FYI…the cost to go to the observation deck is $18 per person ($11 per kiddo) or if you eat at the restaurant your admission is free with a $25 minimum per person for lunch or $45 per person for dinner)
chinese with a diner vibe.. and one of our *favorite spots*
the hubby’s i’m happy we’re about to eat face (;
salt & pepper tofu appetizer that we both gobbled..
sesame ball for desert..have you had one?
Pike Place Chinese Cuisine is tucked into a tiny long space inside the Public Market (which we’ve professed our love for here) and has a great view with some of the best Chinese food we’ve had anywhere. The salt & pepper tofu was soooo good, crispy on the outside and like cream cheese on the inside, his dish was chock full of shrimp and my chow mein was perfect. The only really good chow mein we’ve had. It’s one of those places that you could easily walk by and dismiss because of the hustle & bustle of the market combined with the amount of Chinese restaurants in the city but don’t let it pass you by, at least for a lunch. We finished the meal off with a sesame ball, a first for both us, it was good, hard to describe and supposedly one of the best in the city.
We had our very first dim sum & love, love, ♥loved♥ it… The line was around the corner to get in (very typical here) so we grabbed a to go order and ate our dim sum standing on the street. We thought it was the perfect first-time-dim-sum experience!
It’s challenging figuring your way around Chinatown and knowing where to eat, more importantly where not to eat. All of the restaurants look basically identical and if there isn’t a line out the door it’s a mystery where to go. We wandered around trying to make a choice and finally got a little nudge towards Green Leaf. We started with their version of spring rolls which were very fresh (and gone without hesitation) then moved on to two noodle dishes. He had shrimp & veggie vermicelli and I had a tofu two ways with veggies and faux ham sprinkles vermicelli and we loved both. We felt so successful on our first meal in Chinatown, what’s your favorite place?
The hammering man in Seattle is located by the Seattle Art Museum (which has a fantastic gift shop!) and is 48 feet tall and 26,000 pounds of fabricated steel. The arm is mechanical and swings the hammer 4 times per minute 7a.m. to 10 p.m 7 days a week. We were surprised to learn that it is one of three hammering men statues, a smaller version (and first of the three) is in Frankfurt and the largest is in Seoul.
this famous fish stand (at the main entrance) gets massive amounts of customers..
maybe his charismatic greetings (;
It is a huge understatement to say we *love* Seattle, it is one of our very favorite places ever. (nothing tops Manhattan & it’s burrows for us but after that…) The city is beautiful, the mountains in the background every which way you look, the waterfront, the parks… everything. But one thing we really love, even though it’s very touristy, is the public market. It’s so alive with energy and is one of the most positive, life’s on the move, everybody’s doing their own dance kind of places. The people care about the products they’re selling and sharing and everything is so fresh. We had a latte every morning, watched the going-ons, the perfect way to start the day. Each day, although the same, is different. We love it! We would move here in a minute except for that one little thing called weather! It’s not sunny often, lots of clouds and more than their fair share of rain (although not downpours like people think). They have one of, if not the highest number of cloudy days in a year of any city in the U.S. and me and the husband are sunshine people. This and only this keeps us from plopping right down and never ever leaving.
this city has more spectacular city/water views of anywhere we’ve ever been..*love*
qwest & safeco fields
all along the piers are walking paths, benches, large sitting areas, restaurants, shops
and birds eye views of the ferries coming and going to the various islands..oh i love ferries.
olympic park, one of the prettiest views of the water and a good spot to walk/bike/people watch.
sauteed mushroom and chard crepes.. my first vegan crepes, yum..
are crepes hard to make? i think i’d like to try…
crazy jamaican burger..
i love burgers.. where oh where is the perfect veggie burger? (besides top notch)
sage cafe is a tiny vegan lunch spot (they only have 3 two top tables) in the capitol hill neighborhood of seattle. we popped in for a quick bite and split the above two dishes, the crepes were wonderful, a little cool but I think that’s the nature of crepes. the jamaican burger was marinated tofu and extremely flavorful.. a little too much for me (i like a “real” burger flavor) but perfect for him. (here’s the link for menu & directions)