Return to Seattle

Mount Saint Helens

Last weekend, Mr. B and I went to Seattle.  That may sound a little crazy considering I was just there last month, but whenever I hear the word “Travel”, I say “Let’s go!” instead of the more reasonable, “Where to?” or “How much?”

Mike & B

We were in town to see one of Mr. B’s best friends and his former college roommate, Mike. Mike is one of the nicest guys you could ever meet and he was happy to show us all around his town.

White Pie & Margherita

For Mr. B’s sake, we revisited Pike Place Market and other tourist spots. For my sake, we took the long bus ride up to Ballard for some delicious pizza at Delancey.  It was pretty out of the way, but as a long time fan of co-owner and blogger Orangette, it was worth the trip.  My sister even came up from Portland to join us and treat us to pizza & lambrusco!

Sam's

We packed a lot of awesome stuff into the three days we spent in Seattle.  If you plan to visit Seattle at some point in the future, I’ve listed some of my recommendations after the cut.

As always, you can find more pictures on Flickr.

Seattle Recommendations:

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Sweet Iron – Incredible Belgian waffles topped with unique combinations like brie, basil and prosciutto (top left) or banana brûlée and caramel sauce.  A wonderful, quick weekend breakfast.

Top Pot Doughnuts – A Seattle classic.  Old fashioned doughnuts and solid mocha.

B&O Espresso – Tasty food with a Mediterranean influence.  We had a delicious brunch there and Mike says their desserts are top notch.

Panevino – Mike says good Italian food is scarce in Seattle, but this place hit the mark.  My lobster ravioli (bottom right) were overstuffed and deliciously fresh.

Bainbridge Island – Just a gorgeous 35 minute ferry ride from Seattle (which is worth it for the skyline views alone- top right).  It’s a tiny town full of wine tasting rooms and little shops and restaurants.  Perfect for when you’re tired of climbing Seattle’s hills and want a little getaway.

Experience Music Project Museum – A crazy Frank Gehry building filled with interactive displays (bottom left).  We saw exhibits on AC/DC, Nirvana, and Jimi Hendrix.  The adjoining Science Fiction Museum was a lot of fun too.

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour – Seattle’s Pioneer Square has had a strange (and at times, seedy) history.  I won’t give anything away, but this is a fun, funny tour that will keep you laughing while you’re learning all of Seattle’s dirty little secrets.

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