So during my birthday weekend, Mel and I went to Seattle! It was really nice to be away for a while, it felt like forever since I last had my break.
So here’s how I spent my 2 days in Seattle. This post might be useful if you’re a foodie thinking of taking a short trip down to the Emerald City or if you’re just a very curious cat.
We didn’t sleep on the bus and were glued to our phone for most time. Well, I certainly couldn’t help it with the free wifi on the bus. I did try watch Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind though but couldn’t get myself to complete it. I.will.try.again.tomorrow.
The first thing we did upon arriving was head to the Crumpet Shop for their famous and delicious crumpets. The line was crazy – But on Saturdays like then, the line was crazy everywhere. I guess weekend isn’t really a good time to be in Seattle. I was literally in line for every food I craved for at Pike Place Market.
We ordered a plain crumpet with chocolate hazelnut. It was sinfully delicious.
Then queued for Piroshky Piroshky. Their salmon pate is the best thing ever and right now, my mouth is watering as I write this.
A lot of eating as usual. We visited Jack’s Fish Spot and had their famous fish and chips and oysters.
We walked around Macy after because
- Vancouver doesn’t have Macy
- It would be insane to go for another bite after having so much food at Pike Place.
- We are going to Cheesecake Factory for another huge meal.
Shopping is becoming a very boring activity for me. Macy has nothing much to offer as well. Either that or shopping has completely turned me off…? Maybe it’s an age thing? You get wiser and realized that shopping for something completely useless is indeed very meaningless and redundant? Hmm…
Anyway, I thought the trees outside Pacific Place were such a beauty.
Asked Mel to pose so I can improve my photography skills. Not too bad eh?
After walking for several hours, we finally headed to the Cheesecake Factory!
Cheesecake Factory was as usual crazy crowded. We were finally seated at 9PM – a very ungodly hour for dinner – especially for a health freak like me… But it was my birthday and I thought screw eating clean and calories counting!
We ordered my usual favourite, Chinese Chicken Salad and their Alfredo pasta which Mel was craving for.
Then as though they weren’t filling enough, we ordered a slice of cookie-dough cheesecake.
Trust me, it is as it delicious as it looks.
I returned to the hotel with an almost exploding stomach. I almost threw up.
Thank God for speedy metabolism because day 2 was another foodie trip. Chaiyo was our next food destination.
Located at Northgate, Chaiyo has been one of my must-go places whenever I’m in Seattle. I was first introduced to this thai restaurant by a friend and constantly heard ravings for their thai food – which I have to agree, are spicy enough for my Indonesian tongue.
We ordered a variety but my favourite is their Guay Tiew Lord. At Chaiyo, you get to pick how spicy you want your food to be. We had all for medium since Mel isn’t really a spicy eater.
After, we drove down to get my Avocado plus chocolate drizzle drink at Tapioca Express.
I love this drink because they don’t have it in Vancouver. I visited their location here in Richmond and when I requested for this heaven-knows-how-good-yet-so-sinful drink, the man at the counter looked at me as though I was speaking in alien.
Btw, considering that I’m kinda a newbie driver, I’m very impressed at myself and how I managed to drive around Washington safely.
Though I have to say driving around Seattle downtown was really stressful. For instance, we couldn’t visit the Olympic Sculpture Park in the morning because we couldn’t find a parking and I have wasted like 40 minutes driving around the park. We finally returned to the park in the evening, after returning the rented car. Kinda glad I let my stubborn self go – otherwise we’d probably be wasting hours and wouldn’t be able to cover so much.
I love how peaceful this man is despite being humongous. It’s like he doesn’t give a damn about the world and how his neck is rooted to the ground. Yes, I’m staring at him and thinking that I should be like him. My feet are like his neck, and I should walk with my head held high and perhaps, be very very simple minded. Which is hard. You know how hard it is if you are like me, a very very deep thinker.
The last time I visited the park was 4 years ago (I think). Cousin G was still in Seattle then and in the evening, we took her dog, Noah for a walk around the park. The park does bring back fond memories. Brb as I be #emotional.
Cousin G and I trying to get Noah, her dog, to look at the camera.
While every road trip / travel has been real fun and eye-opening, this trip is especially unforgettable because:
- I drove in and outside Seattle!!!!
- I’ve felt very independent
- I covered places outside Seattle that I thought I wouldn’t be able to without a friend who is familiar with the city or who is more street smart
- I feel like I’m confident enough to drive in LA now (Now, please trust me. I’d be your safest driver)