Seattle is a city too big for just one post, but we’ll hit some of the highlights. I think I’m partial to cities that border the ocean. There is just something vibrant and bustling about a waterfront city.
We’ve been to Seattle a couple of times now and I’m definitely looking forward to going again. We may have done most of the touristy things, but there is so much more food to sample.
We visited the Ballard Locks where boats can pass from Lake Washington to Puget Sound through this ingenious setup.
Of course, no visit would be complete without a stop at Pike’s Place Market. There is an abundance of good eats here, so bring your appetite. There is also an eating tour you can take, which might well be the best option because they give you small samples at several places. Even the best of appetite runs out pretty quickly here. I just want to mention the Port Townsend Creamery. Somehow, we missed them the first time through, and they’re not to be missed. We took home 4 different cheeses and they were all awesome, but my favorite by far was their fresh cheese with black truffles. We brought that one home in a cooler and ate it with raw honey, artisan bread, and blackberries.
Post Alley is where the famous gum wall is located. To each their own, it’s definitely got character. We figured we might as well see it since we were in the area.
Here’s a picture of the famous fish tossing in the market. All my pictures turned out blurry – those guys move so fast!
Save some room at the end of marketing for a delicious crab roll. The bread wasn’t fabulous, but there was so much crab piled in that I just ate the crab right out of the bun.
We visited several museums in Seattle and maybe I’m a dork, but I had a pretty good time. The Museum of Flight was by far my favorite, there was so much to see that we didn’t get to all of it.
The Seattle Aquarium was another favorite from our days in Seattle. They have a great display of marine life from the Pacific coast and all things living in Puget Sound. Every once in a while, it’s probably good to branch out and do something other than eat my way through yet another city.
We went up the Space Needle at dusk and stayed until dark. The view was spectacular at night with the city glittering into the distance.
We had heard that the underground tour of Seattle was awesome and it was. It was definitely my favorite thing we did in Seattle that didn’t involve food.
It was really neat to learn about the history of Seattle and see the remains of the underground ‘layer’ of this city.
We got to watch a couple of guys working on a piece of glass at a local glass blowing studio and I went away with a new appreciation for some of the beautiful glass vases I have at home. I find that I always look at something different after I understand the process.
And… finally, Top Pot. They make hand-forged doughnuts and they’re good, I mean, goo..oood! We went to their location nearest downtown which is supposed to be the best one. If you’re going for a yeast raised doughnut, try to get one from a fresh batch if you want to experience amazingness. My all-time favorite doughnut is an Old-Fashioned Glazed Cake Doughnut, and sometimes I find myself fantasizing about driving to Seattle just to get one of these. Then, maybe another one of those Crab Rolls, topped off with a trip to Tamarind Tree for Vietnamese Bun Noodles and one more order of Cinnamon Pork Balls. This outstanding appetizer was made of ground pork mixed with a hint of cinnamon, rolled in early harvest green rice, deep fried and served with a Nuoc Cham style dipping sauce. I love Vietnamese food and would be totally content to spend the better part of the day ordering food from their menu.
As much as I hated to leave, I know I’ll be back.