Seattle, a.k.a. Rain City, a.k.a., Emerald City, a.k.a., BELLTOWN was our long-weekend destination one week ago. MT had to go there for just one day of meetings on a Friday, so we decided to seize the day and use airline miles so that I could go there too!
I started off the day on Friday (while MT was working) with a ride downtown on the bus and a chai latte and blueberry scone at Victrola Coffee Roasters. Read a little bit of “The Stranger,” Seattle’s weekly periodical.
I got giddy over this map: “A Pictoral Map of the Literary Development of the United States.” LOVE!
Had an amazing little lunch on the lawn outside of the market area, overlooking the Puget Sound. The weather was gorgeous–about 75 degrees that day–a welcome respite from the Midwest’s month-long heat wave! I enjoyed a “pear-fect” grilled cheese sandwich from Pear at Pike Place Market, which included a pear glaze on top of the plentiful melted cheese–YUM-O! And, the pun was the menu’s, not mine. Can’t claim credit for that one.
With a load of cheese in my tummy, I walked over to the Experience Music Project and Sci-Fi Museum, where I learned a lot about Avatar, Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana. And pondered this guitar tornado.
I wrapped up my time downtown that day with a visit to Seattle’s Central Public Library–a very cool place!
Day 2: Saturday. We started the day off with another bus ride downtown and walked over to Pike Place Market. We picked up half a dozen doughnuts from the Daily Dozen Doughnut Co. Holy. Yumminess.
No, that’s not grease at the bottom of the bag. It’s….it’s….oh nevermind.
We sampled some smoked salmon (delish!) and observed the fish-throwing fish market workers.
Checked out the gum wall in Post Alley….
Ordered some more tasties…such as mango bubble tea and Korean BBQed chicken on a stick.
Then, about 20 minutes later, ordered “lunch” at Pirosky Pirosky. We tried the salmon and the ham/spinach/cheese piroskys. Again, YUM!
After our midday gluttony, we made our way down to the Pioneer Square area, where we went on Bill Speidel’s Underground Seattle Tour. It was sarcastic, creepy and full of fun historical facts. In short, it was awesome.
After the tour, we got down to business and hit Nordstrom Rack, Banana Republic, and some other favorite shops of ours that were in the downtown area. Then, FINALLY, it was time to eat again! We dined at Elliot’s Oyster House on Pier 56. Nice view, great service, and wonderful food (including half a dozen free oysters due to the restaurant’s error).
(Note: This is the only photo we got together the entire weekend.)
After dinner, it was time for some (brief) night-time viewing of the Space Needle, and then it was back to the hotel for us.
And we thus concluded our time in downtown Seattle. Both MT and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If we could re-do our time there, I think we would have tried to plan better to make time for a ferry ride over to Bainbridge Island, so that we could enjoy being on the water and see a from-the-water view of downtown. But, apart from that and not having any Frasier sightings, this short, food-centric weekend jaunt did not disappoint!