Seattle is my favorite city in America. I was devastated when my friends moved there 5 years ago, but can’t be too mad now because it means I’ve been able to come visit almost every year since. And every trip I fall more in love.
This was a short trip; I flew in Wednesday morning and flew home on Thursday evening. But that still left plenty of time for the essentials. My friends recently moved to an apartment in Pike Place Market, which is actually pretty legit. I love my new house but this apartment has me feeling a bit green, with its stained concrete floors, exposed brick accent walls, and view of the water. And let’s not talk about their interior decor aesthetic; retro and bohemian with geometric shapes and lots of textures. So cute. It was a perfect start to the trip though, walking through the market and down all of the stairs to the water to get to their new place. There were live musicians playing at the market entrance, the typical bustling flow of people, and all of the sounds and smells that are quintessential here.
The first order of business was coffee and breakfast. We tried a place in the newer construction area of the market, Honest Biscuits. As the name suggests their biscuits are the focus. They are very large and really good. We got their vegetarian biscuit sandwich with a delicious mustard, heirloom tomato, pickled red onions, and Tillamook cheese. We agreed we would have appreciated the toppings more on a regular artisan bread, and the biscuit with some jam, but overall it was delicious. We do recommend getting your coffee elsewhere though. My friend got a regular brewed coffee with coconut milk and I got a coconut milk latte. Both left a lot to be desired.
Next we went on the hunt for a (faux) leather jacket. I’ve been shopping for a new one since my first leather jacket died after the last winter season. Oddly enough, I found that one on my very first trip to Seattle, so we decided it’s going to become a tradition to come to Seattle anytime I’m in the market for one. I haven’t found anything at my local shops that I like and is in my budget. I also hesitate to buy that type of item online because my proportions make it difficult to find the right fit without being able to try the garment on first. But of course I found exactly what I was looking for in the bigger city. Between Zara and Nordstrom Rack, I had a lot of great options, all for less than $100.
We are always torn when I come to visit between eating out at all of the amazing restaurants in the area, and being good and indulging in our mutual love of cooking. On Wednesday we decided to be good and hit up the market for some delicious dinner ingredients. Since my last visit my friends have discovered a source for fresh cut pasta in the market. We picked up some fresh produce, fresh pasta, fresh mozzarella and Parmesan, and a variety of yummy spreads. Then we stopped at Le Panier for a baguette and lemon macarons. We made caprese salad, fresh pasta with olive oil and Parmesan, and ate the baguette with our spreads. It was so satisfying and we were overfill by the end of it.
The main purpose of my trip was to see my favorite artist, Passenger, in concert. He was playing at The Showbox at the Market. It’s an incredible and historic venue just across from the main entrance to Pike Market. It is unfortunately under threat of being torn down to make room for high rise condos, and there is a petition out (with the support of many artists, including Pearl Jam) to save the venue and make it a registered historic landmark. The concert started at 9pm, with doors opening at 8pm. It shares space with a bar though, and if you’re over 21 you can arrive up to 2 hours ahead of doors opening, have a drink, and get priority entry into the show. We arrived at 7pm, enjoyed a gin and tonic while we waited, and ended up with incredible seats with a direct side view of the stage. The sound wasn’t ideal, as we were to the side of the speakers, but it was still enjoyable. The bar inside the venue has the same beverage options as well as some basic appetizer foods (onion rings, really yummy fries, jalapeno poppers, etc.).
The concert was amazing and everything I ever wanted it to be. I had a few serious fan girl moments, to be honest. It was an incredible show, so entertaining, and we had the best time! Afterwards it was straight home and to bed for both of us.
The next morning we got up and had coffee. We planned a veggie egg scramble for breakfast, which turned into a frittata instead, with baby potatoes, onion, and squash. I have to confess that I’ve been craving eggs recently. This is odd for me, even before I started my vegan journey. I was never a big egg person (I preferred mine in baked goods…) and had to be in just the right mood to have them for breakfast. Once I had them, it would be another few months before I’d be ready to eat them again. But for some reason recently all I can think about is eggs in the morning. So I’ve been making scrambled eggs with veggies for the last week or so. I’m hoping this dies down soon though, but we shall see. At the very least I’m getting an extra serving of veggies and protein because of it.
We lounged around a bit after that before getting ready for the day. We then made our way up the hill to Barrio for the most incredible vegan chorizo tacos on the planet. So messy but so worth it! And then around the corner to Frankie and Jo’s for the best vegan ice cream I’ve ever had. I like most of the vegan ice creams I’ve tried, and even make my own. But there is something different about the texture on these. And their flavors are so unique. I made a joke in the store that I wish I could order online and have it shipped to my house… And as I went after the link to their website, I discovered that this is, in fact, a thing. They ship pints in 4 packs. And now I’m really tempted… I ended up with their Brown Sugar Vanilla, but also tried their Gingered Golden Milk. My friend’s favorite is their Date Shake.
Unfortunately after that it was time for us to head back to the apartment. My friend had to go to work and I had to leave for the airport. I kicked myself the whole time for not taking Friday off as well and extending my trip through the weekend. But alas, PTO is never as abundant as I want. I was a bit sick at the thought of leaving. Like I said, I fall more in love with the city every time I’m there. This was, I believe, my first time there in the heart of fall season. The leaves were falling and the air was crisp and everything was perfect. Now I just have to convince Pat to move here with me.
On a side note, I have to tell you about my airport experience. First, SEA/TAC is horrid at TSA security checks. Their lines are unreal and it’s just a mess. Anyway, I made the mistake of booking my tickets in my new married name. I figured I was traveling 3 weeks after my wedding, which would be plenty of time to get my license updated, right? Yeah, not in Idaho. Apparently it takes up to 45 days to get your new license in the mail, and if you didn’t know, you can’t fly (even domestic) with a temporary ID. I also hadn’t updated my passport because I had to renew it before I got married so we could book our Ireland tickets. So those are booked in my maiden name. So I had to take my temp ID, my SS card with my new married name, my passport in my maiden name, and my certified marriage license. Imagine handing that mess to the TSA officer… They did accept that mess, but it meant I was flying with an “Alternate ID”, which means you have to do the full pat down and they have to fully inspect your purse and any carry on items. Since it was an overnight trip, I just had my purse and my Thirty-One Cindy tote with a change of clothes and basic bathroom essentials. I didn’t check a bag. So they went through it all. It wasn’t a super big deal in Boise. They rummaged through my bag but left it packed. In Seattle however, they full on unpacked my carry on and once they said I was clear to go they walked away, leaving me to repack my entire bag, without as much as a second glance. I was a little irritated, but that’s probably because I was already a bit frustrated at the ungodly lines.
Anyway, moral of the story is to do your homework before travelling post-wedding and resist the urge to book things in your new married name unless you are 110% sure you will have all the updated documents in time. I did receive my new ID in the mail the day after I got back. Go figure.
I’m sorry I didn’t take more photos. I thought about it, but was too mesmerized to actually take any. Just soaking in all of the big city goodness. Hopefully I can find a long weekend in the spring and get back, but it will be too long between now and my next Seattle trip for my liking. Seriously wanting to move there now, even if it’s just for a year or two. At least I have Ireland to look forward too in a week and a half!
Let me know if you are headed to Seattle, live there, or have been there. I’d love to hear your recommendations for good eats, gorgeous sites, and fun to-do’s. And if you want any more suggestions from me, just ask! There are endless possibilities there, and while I probably haven’t even scratched the surface, I have lots to recommend!
Currently eating: Pear Crisp, from the 2018 Fall issue Forks Over Knives magazine. So simple and so yummy!
Currently listening to: Ken Yates, the opener for Passenger.
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