Anyways – HELLO! I’m back from Seattle, and facing serious cheese withdrawal. My April Whole30/Paleo challenge has officially begun, although I admit I totally flopped yesterday and accidentally ate a veggie burger that contained oat bran and corn. Somehow I totally missed that little fact til I had finished eating…… oops. We’ll blame my nonexistent jet lag. Today, though, it’s on like donkey kong. If you want to follow along on Instagram/Twitter, I’ll be using the hashtag #springpaleo for all my Whole30-related photo sharing.
Now, how’s about a photo recap of my trip to Seattle? I am now completely smitten with the Emerald City, and it has been officially added to my list of places to eventually live…. because yes, that is a thing, and I definitely have one. Wanderlust is real (even within your own country). I cannot wait to visit Seattle again, and eat all the carbs.
^Just a gal and her city. 😉 My fearless tour guide and local, Val, made Alki Beach + west Seattle our first stop Friday morning…. It’s where Seattle was first settled! There’s even a mini Statue of Liberty. So random, and also so awesome.
The original Starbucks! I got that delicious pour-over as a part of my usual soy misto, and you could definitely taste a distinction. The taste was superior to their usual suspects at their shops around the country, in my opinion.
Beecher’s Cheese Shop! Oh maaaaaaaaan… my grilled cheese (the original, starring their Flagship cheddar) was fan-freakin-tastic, and we watched the cheesemongers in the shop physically separate curds and whey through a viewing window. We went strolling around downtown Seattle from the market. Soooo lovely! And yes, it was raining, which I was sort of expecting.
Friday night was pizza from Tutta Bella and wandering around Columbia City neighborhood… followed by, obviously, wine + popcorn + an awesome movie. Also, Seattle has the best street signs I’ve ever seen. The end.
Brunch at Portage Bay Cafe by Union Lake, aka home of some of the best pancakes in Seattle (at least according to my research). I got the classic stack and they were pretty good… and the topping bar? Please. Val easily ate our check’s worth of whipped cream. Oh, and the friendly host (might have been the owner) gave me that mug with their awesome logo (which was not for sale) for free, just because. #Winning.
Lake Union, aka where my future houseboat shall live. And the duck who jumped out of the water and wanted to come home with us.
We took the ferry (!!) to Whidbey Island to spend a few hours hanging out there, where Val grew up. I had a total Grey’s moment on the ferry, and it was wonderful.
In a nutshell, Saturday night for ya. Special shout-out to our new fav restaurant, Machiavelli’s, for its delicious Italian food and cheap house wine.….and my final adios to Seattle: Beecher’s Mariachi mac and cheese, purchased at the convenient Beecher’s airport stand, and eaten while waiting to take off on the plane back to Cali. It was worth every single cheesey calorie, let me tell you.
How’s your week going? Do YOU have a list of places you want to eventually live or visit?