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puget sound cruise & the rose garden – seattle, wa

Our trip had to come to an end at some point, but we enjoyed every second of it!  On our last day, we decided to do a boat cruise around the harbor to get some more history and views of Seattle.

It was a beautiful sunny day in Seattle, so we had to take advantage of it!  We took a walk through Myrtle Edwards Park in the morning and stopped to snap some photos of the rose garden.

It was towards the end of rose season, but many of the flowers were still in bloom.

After our walk, we cleaned up and headed to the Pike Place Brewery for lunch.

Pike Place is very cool.  It is set under the market and is huge!

Apparently, I didn’t snap photos of the delicious veggie burger I had loaded with avocado, tomato, lettuce and cheddar cheese.  But, I did snap photos of Brant’s beer sampler!

Time for the boat cruise!

The views were gorgeous and the sunny day was a perfect time to be out on the water.

Look at all those boats!

Apparently, this is a grain mill.  The grain comes in, is sorted and loaded onto barges to be taken to other ports.

I will definitely be taking another trip out West to visit Seattle again!  We loved it! 🙂

tilth & the troll- seattle, wa

For our last night in Seattle, we celebrated our 2-year anniversary!  It was more exciting to try a new restaurant while away, so we got a few recommendations and headed to Tilth in a neighborhood of Seattle – Wallingford.

Tilth is set in an adorable little house right on the main street of the neighborhood.

The goal at Tilth is to serve all local and organic ingredients to their customers.  And, they did a phenomenal job!  This was by far our favorite meal on our vacation (with Farm to Fork coming in a very close 2nd for me. :)).

Everything was local and organic!  I loved it!

The food was so fresh everywhere that we ate in the Pacific Northwest, that honestly, it is hard to come back to the East Coast and be excited about a dinner menu!  Time for a lot of cooking in my own kitchen. 🙂

Anyways, back to our dinner…I won’t describe each course because they were all the best I have ever had!  So, just remember that when you see the pictures.

They started us with a cold carrot soup, compliments of the chef.

Next up, we split two appetizers:

Chilled Billy’s Gardens Tomato Soup  basil/grilled cheese sandwich/heirloom tomato

Full Circle Farm lettuces  lemon cucumber/rogue river blue cheese/ mustard vinaigrette

For my entree, I decided on a homemade pasta.

House Made Pappardelle  fava bean/walla walla onion/sous vide egg

Brant ordered a beef special for his entree, which I forgot to photograph!

On to dessert:

White Corn Crème Brulée with candied bacon

Yes, you saw that right – candied bacon!

This meal was unbelievable!  It was the perfect place for an anniversary dinner.  The atmosphere was wonderful, the meal was delicious and the service was superb.  It you are ever in Seattle, definitely try it out.  You will not be disappointed, I promise.

Before dinner, we checked out the Fremont Troll who lives under the bridge.

He is crushing a real VW Bug!  That’s how big he is!

sculpture park, space needle & homegrown – seattle, wa

Since we stayed in a different part of Seattle for the 2nd part of our stay, we had a lot of new things to explore on our morning walks!

On Friday, we headed straight to the Olympic Sculpture Park.

The park was situated right on the water, in front of Myrtle Edwards Park, which had great running/walking/biking trails and views of the Puget Sound.

The sculptures were scattered throughout the park, some larger than others.  Many of the pieces of art were a little too modern for my tastes, but it was still awesome to be exploring all of this art right in a park!

This enormous sculpture was one of my favorites.

And this, was not really art in my mind…

Tha famous red eagle.

And, a few other highlights.

After the park, we headed on to do more touristy stuff!  We rode to the top of the Space Needle, Seattle’s landmark!

Even though it was a cloudy day and we could not see the mountains in the distance, the views of the city from the Needle were 100% worth the trip up!

We enjoyed the views for a while, then headed back down to hit up Homegrown for lunch!

Homegrown has a few locations in Seattle, we headed to the Fremont location.  We went there when we first got to Seattle and I knew that I had to go back.  They use all local and sustainable ingredients.  Check out the theory from their website:

Our goal at Homegrown is not only to create sandwiches out of sustainable ingredients but also to make sandwich creation sustainable itself.

This goes beyond using fresh, sustainable ingredients in our gourmet sandwiches, salads and soups. Homegrown strives for sustainability as a local business through the green materials we print and serve on, to our rejection of bottled water, to our 100% compostable and recyclable product.

We consider our environmental impact for every ingredient choice, often between two competing theories: eating organic and eating local.

We take the best from both worlds to create our sustainable sandwiches. We like to call this sandwich environmentalism. Enjoy.

They list where their ingredients come from right on the wall!

Their menu is different and they offer a variety of vegetarian options!  But, also offer meat options that my husband was psyched about!  The best of both worlds. 🙂

I ordered The Veggie, which was unbelievable, along with a side of their homemade chips.

The Veggiehummus, avocado, cucumber, sprouts and tomato served cold on toasted french or wholegrain

All of my favorites in one spot!

Check out how fresh those ingredients look.  Mmmm…Homegrown was my favorite sandwich shop, for sure!

After lunch, we headed down the street for a Chocolate Tour!!  More on that to come. 🙂

seattle center & the triple door – seattle, wa

Before heading back to Seattle on Thursday, we made a pit stop at a farm stand to pick up some local Oregon hazelnuts and prunes.

Did you know that over 90% of hazelnuts are grown in Oregon?  I had no idea!  But, once I saw them on every menu, I knew that I have to bring some home.

Back in Seattle, we opted to stay in a different area for this half of our stay – Seattle Center.  After being in the car for 3+ hours, we needed a walk!  So, we walked around the center, which is home of the Space Needle, Monorail and Fountain built for the World’s Fair in 1962 (?).

Walking around Seattle Center reminds me of a carnival!  There are carnival games, like skiball.  There are video games.  There are popcorn carts.

And, there is the Space Needle, which is actually pretty cool!

That night, we headed to The Triple Door for dinner and a concert.  The Triple Door is a fun music venue that serves food from Wild Ginger upstairs, a delicious Seattle restaurant.

The tables are big booths that you can relax in while you eat, drink and watch the concert.

We decided on 3 plates to share – Orange Chicken, Seven Spice Beef and Vegetable Pad Thai.

The show was very fun!  I loved eating dinner while watching a concert.

We jumped on the Monorail to get back to Seattle Center after the show.

We walked back to the hotel with a view of the Space Needle at night!

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.

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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

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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.

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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!