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tour of seattle, wa

Monday morning, we were up bright and early in search of donuts that our friends had told us about!  Yup, that’s right…we hit up a donut shop a few blocks from the hotel.  I’m not sure when I last ate a donut and now I remember why!  They look and taste great, but afterwards you don’t feel so hot.  Oh well, we’re on vacation!

I ordered the chocolate maple and Brant ordered the bulls-eye

Check out the size of that Bulls-eye!  No wonder we felt sick!

After our donuts, we took a much needed walk around downtown to see the area when it was less crowded.

Seattle Art Museum

We decided that donuts were not a good breakfast, so we headed to a small cafe for a real breakfast after our walk!

Bacco was packed and the menu looked great!  Everything from fresh squeezed juices to oatmeal to egg sandwiches to pancakes.

I started with a juice that was made right in front of me at the counter – grapefruit, lime and kiwi.

And, ordered a big bowl of oatmeal with banana and dried cranberries.

Delicious!  Just what we needed.

The rest of the day turned our cloudy and drizzly – perfect for a driving tour of the city and all of it’s neighborhoods!  We met up with Brant’s cousins who live in Seattle and they spent the day taking us on a tour of their city.  It was so nice of them to take us in for the day and so awesome to get to see things that we normally would not have seen!

Seattle is made up of a lot of different neighborhoods, all still considered part of the city.  There is Downtown Seattle and Seattle Center, but there are many other neighborhoods as well, including Ballard, Capital Hill, Wallingford, Fremont, etc.


We were everywhere!  We say so many views of the city and got to check out the differences of each neighborhood.

View of the city from Queen Anne

University of Washington Fountain (on a sunny day! – source)

Ballard Locks


The Ballard (Hiram M. Chittenden) Locks sit in the middle of Salmon Bay, part of Seattle’s ship canal.

From the website:

The locks and associated facilities serve three purposes:

  • To maintain the water level of the fresh water Lake Washington and Lake Union at 20 to 22 feet above sea level.
  • To prevent the mixing of sea water from Puget Sound with the fresh water of the lakes.
  • To move boats from the water level of the lakes to the water level of Puget Sound, and vice versa.

The complex includes two locks, a small (30 x 150 ft, 8.5 x 45.7 meter) and a large (80 x 825, 24.4 x 251.5 meter). The complex also includes a (235-foot, 71.6 meter) spillway with six (32 x 12-foot (3.7 m), 9.8 x 3.7 meter) gates to assist in water-level control. A fish ladder is integrated into the locks for migration of anadromous fish, notably salmon.



Unfortunately, it was rainy while we were at the locks and we only saw a few salmon, but it was really fun to see the process!

We had an awesome day of sightseeing!


elysian, poppy & hotel andra – seattle, wa

Sunday was definitely our busiest day of vacation!  We packed so many things in.

In the afternoon, we headed over to the Capital Hill district for happy hour and dinner.  We hit up the Elysian Brewpub on the Pike/Pine Corridor for Brant to try some Seattle brews.  He was in heaven!

Brewpubs are huge here in Seattle (and in Portland, OR).  Multiple smaller breweries have restaurants/bars where you can try their beers and order food.  Its great!

There were a lot of beers to try.

After happy hour, we headed further into the Capital Hill area to meet some friends for dinner at Poppy!  I heard about this restaurant from another friend and knew that I had to try it when we were in Seattle.  It’s quite the place!

Poppy has a very cool way of serving their meals.  They serve a daily Thali, which means “plate” in Hindi.  A thali is a selection of different dishes, usually served in small bowls on a round tray. (Source)

They offer a variety of thali’s each day, including one with seafood, one with meat, and one vegetarian.  The main dish is a bit larger which is served with about 7 smaller complimentary dishes.

Sample menu from the website:

Personally, I love this idea of the small plates!  It is kind of like tapas, except that they chose the complimentary items for you.  I tried a vegetarian version of the thali with some delicious items.

Clockwise from the top:

Chard handkerchief pasta with walla wallas, sage and hazelnut; Melon-anise hyssop pickle; Radish, grilled spring onion and purslane salad; Broccoli rabe with spices; Corn soup with lemon basil; Roasted beets and huckleberries with lemon thyme; Nigella-poppy naan

All in all, this was great!  My favorites were the pasta, corn soup, purslane salad and naan!  I would definitely go back there!

After dinner, we headed for some dessert at Molly Moons, a homemade ice cream shop.

Then for drinks.  Thanks for a great evening, Hannah & Drew!!


For our first 2 nights in Seattle, we stayed at Hotel Andra – a funky boutique hotel in downtown Seattle.  The decor was definitely modern, but with a clean vibe.

They had a great lobby with a nice restaurant/bar/lounge that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.  It was a great hotel and very close to downtown and Pike Place Market!