S: Seattle Trip August 5 - August 12, 2011
BC: Life is Good
FC: SEATTLE 2011
1: Pike's Market
2: Our Condo
3: Fri August 05, 2011. We flew from Watertown, SD to Minneapolis and then to Seattle WA. The flight was good. We arrived about noon to the condo we had rented. We dropped off our bags and headed right to the market, which was about 5 blocks away. We ate at a small cafe overlooking the water. Salad bar and clam chowder. Then we walked back to the apartment to take a quick nap and unpack. Then we headed back to the market, where we found ourselves spending a lot of our week. The small shops close at six due to small family business and then the restaurant and bar crowd takes over. We picked up some fresh fruits at the market, and beautiful flowers. They are all arranged and only $10 a bunch. They would have been $50 at home. We had supper at mamas Mexican. Very good, super nachos with shredded beef and unbelievable fresh guacamole, plus Cadillac margaritas. Yumm! We stopped at the local grocery store on the way home and then settled in for the night Saturday, August 06 – Morning began with eggs, toast and fresh Washington peaches for breakfast in the apt. Next on the agenda was the double decker bus. This was a fun way to see the city. We made the one hour loop and then went back to the historic district. We had lunch at a sidewalk deli. Delicious, Jeff had lamb, I stuck to shaved turkey. You would be proud of me. I did the underground tour. Very interesting as now they have built up the city 1 story. We were touring the story underneath. It was a little spooky and I'm sure there were rats under there. I kept Jeff very close. Then we rode the bus again to the space needle. We did the gift shop etc. The line was huge to go up in it so we decided to save the trip up for another day. Ended up back at the fish market, where we picked up jumbo shrimp, homemade basil and tangerine pasta and fresh veggies to oven roast. Back to the condo to enjoy with a bottle of wine, nothing like the fresh market place items. Delicious!
4: Pike's Place Market
7: Pier 66
8: Our tour guides were a hoot. He was an extra in Sleepless in Seattle | Hard Rock Cafe
9: City Namesake Statue | Chief Sea Attle | What is under a kilt? Bells! | Notice Green Sign in Window! | SEA SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
10: Pioneer Square and the Underground tour The purple tiles in the sidewalk are a sky light for the underground
11: Pioneer Square
12: Sunday- August 07, was a lazy day! We woke up about 8 am and enjoyed fresh toast and fresh peaches for breakfast. We were both pooped from all the walking yesterday. We are enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of the condo. Started a load of clothes and the dishwasher and laid down to watch some TV and both ended up falling asleep again. We finally got moving and headed back down to the market about 12:30. Had the best frozen yogurt I think I have ever had Double Chocolate Espresso! Wandered through as the shops, and then stopped for drinks at Copacabana. It was a small quaint and outside bar, we loved watching the people. I ordered a pike street pale Yale, Jeff a margarita.... Luckily he loves me and switched with me. The Pale Yale was about the color of coffee. Too strong for me!!! Next we walked to the cheesecake factory for supper. Delicious, I had a chicken salad with pecans, chicken, feta cheese, avocados and cranberries. Jeff had jambalaya chicken and shrimp over pasta. You can’t go to the Cheesecake factory without cheesecake right, so we brought home a tiramisu cheesecake for later. Stopped to pick up coffee and found some more neat places to try for another day!!! Monday August 08, this morning we got up and had scrambled eggs in the condo. Time for a trip to the market as I'm out of fresh fruit! Of course we had to stop for a coffee. This is the best coffee ever, and for a coffee lover that is saying a lot. It is strong but not bitter, much different from home. There are 192 starbucks right in downtown Seattle. There is truly a coffee house on every corner. They told us that a starbucks here would be a starbucks at home, and to try other coffee houses, so I enjoyed doing that. Trying a different one each day! Talk about a caffine rush! I also visited the monorail coffee house, which is just a small stop in the side of a building, but this was the first coffee/espresso stop in Seattle. The beginning for all espresso’s and latte’s. We had a wine and waterfall tour scheduled at ten. The driver was nice and the groups, of 18, were a lot of fun so we enjoyed the day. We tour two winery tasting rooms. 1st to Novelty Hill/Januik tasting room. Our tour included 5 pours. The only one I really liked was the Riesling. At least being in Washington there is a Riesling at each winery, as the Riesling grape is grown here. Then on to the Columbia Winery. This is where my favorite Riesling is from. Very nice tasting room and the host was very knowledgeable and really walked you through the entire wine tasting process. Then the group split, some toured the Ste. Michelle winery and some went to the brewery for lunch. We chose the brewery. Those that went to the chateau said it was a little stuffy for them and that we made the right choice. We had a guacamole California hamburger for lunch. Delicious! We went over two float bridges today. The floor of the river did not work to support a bridge so they worked with the Corp of engineer to build the floating bridges. The first was the largest in the world, and the second one was the widest. Then we headed up in the mountains. We went by the fields where they grow all the flowers they sell in the market. Emigrant workers were out picking them. We made our way to the 270 ft Snoqualmie Falls. Beautiful! You could feel the spray all the way up on top. The falls are a Native American icon. They believe it is where the earth meets the moon and is a very spiritual place. The legend is the father made the waterfall to help his children catch fish, but the fish were trapped on the wrong side. The falls have been in several Hollywood film productions such as Twin Peaks, Northern Exposure, and The Vanishing. The bus headed back to Seattle making one final stop at Boehm's chocolates for a sampling before returning. Walking back to the condo, we stopped at the local neighborhood grocery to pick up eggs, bread, and milk. Ready for breakfast!! Relaxing now and then will head down to a local pub for a light supper and a couple of beers.
14: Columbia Winery | The Tasting Room
15: Learing About Wine | The Chef
16: Wine & Waterfall Tour
17: Red Hook Brewery
18: An Afternoon at the Waterfall | SNOQUALMIE WATERFALLS
20: Parasailing at the Waterfront
21: 32nd Wedding Anniversary
22: Tuesday, August 09 - Today started with French toast. I used potato bread as they were out of French bread at the market. It was very tasty! Then I went to the shop across the street and got a manicure and pedicure. They are girls from Hong Kong, very friendly and perfectionist. It had to be just right. I enjoyed visiting with them. Jeff read his new Patterson book "Cross Fire" when I was gone. He is loving it. We walked down to Pier 66 to watch the boats and checked out the shops. A huge sailboat from Russia is in. The sailors were at the market. They looked about 16, very sharp in their uniforms. They were very interested in the smoke shop. We had lunch at Copacabana. It is food from Bolivia I had a corn bake, can't remember the exact name. It was cornbread, cream corn and cheese. It tasted like corn noodles very good with a salad. Jeff had a shrimp salad. The dressing on all their salads was a vinegar and oil. Then we toured the shops. Found several new ones. I found a wig I loved, they were spendy though. I wanted to buy it just for the style idea. They won't let you take pictures. Jeff even liked it. He thought I should get the purple hair. You see it all out here. We found some souvenirs to take home. Our suitcase was 49 lbs on the way out, so anything we buy has to be carry-on. Plan is to fix supper in the condo tonight. It is so much fun with the fresh foods from the market. Tonight is fresh tomato basil pasta with fresh sausage and Alfredo sauce with fresh Parmesan cheese and olive baguettes, complimented by a fresh romaine lettuce salad with tomato, carrots, radishes and green onions. Dessert is fresh raspberries with a Riesling wine from Columbia winery. Yum! Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - Today is our 32nd wedding anniversary! What wonderful weather to enjoy the day! We took it pretty easy today. I went out shopping in the downtown area and Jeff stayed the condo relaxing and reading his kindle books. He finished Patterson’s "Cross fire" and now is on Grisham’s new one. Reading, his favorite past time, he is loving the Kindle Amy’s and Mike gave him for Christmas. I enjoyed going through the shops. We went out for our anniversary supper which I booked before we came out. The Pointe Seafood Grill. It was very nice. We sat out on the terrace; it overlooked the canal which joins the Union river and the Washington River. Small boats and kayaks were paddling up and down it. The food and service were wonderful. Jeff had scallops and I had chicken. Then we had molten chocolate cake with chocolate and Carmel sauce and hazelnut crunch. It was warm and made to order. OMG Delicious!! Then we went down to the market and walked back home. An enjoyable day!
24: Piggy Banks around the City Support City Charities | 1st Espresso Shop
25: Lots of High Priced Lamb | GUM WALL TOTALLY DISGUSTING
27: The dog park | Mount Rainer
28: Thursday, August 11 - Our last day here. I need to do some packing so I am ready for the flight home! We have enjoyed our trip, but we are ready to go back home too. We miss the quietness, the grand babies, and to check on things at the farm. We wouldn't be good at living too far away from the family. Loved this weather though! It has been perfect. Low 70's, No rain, No humidity, No bugs! There is no air conditioning, nor no screens on the windows. But there is no need. We had lunch at Von's. I think we have eaten every meal outside. No bugs, beautiful views and always fun to watch the people. I had shaved beef on sour dough with horseradish sauce and adjust to dip in. Jeff had a club sandwich on sour dough. I had a skinny bitch Cosmo..... Oh my goodness it was so good. I could have had more, but Jeff didn't think I would be much fun if I did. It had vodka, an orange liquor and red grapefruit juice. Awesome! Today we went up to Pine and 5th and took the monorail to Seattle center. It is the artsy part of town. There is the Sound Museum that is made from over 30,000 sheet of metal from airplanes. The monorail goes right through the middle of it. We went to the space needle (620 feet in the air, built in 1962) give a beautiful view of the city. It has a high speed elevator so it only takes 42 seconds to get to the top. There is a restaurant up on top and a great view. We walked around the area. There is a children's museum here, the grandkids would have loved. There was a giant sprinkler. Old and young alike were enjoying it. It went in the beat to the music. When the music stopped, the water flow stopped. We got back to the condo about 5:00, just time for a power for me and Jeff to finish his book, “The Confession” by John Grisham. He would highly recommend it. Josh called and Kennedy was full of news. I think I only got about 1/2 of it, but it just made me miss them more! Must be time to head for home! We are headed out for supper. Jeff's choice tonight..... We walked downtown and then decided we wanted to eat at the market one more time. Jeff decided on an Irish Pub “Kells”. Jeff had Corned beef and cabbage with mashed potatoes. He said it was good but he missed Moms white gravy. I had a house salad and a corned beef and cabbage pasty. It was like a popover. We walked back home, stopped by the dog park, which we enjoyed all week as it was right across the street from the condo. So many people have dogs here, lots of pit bulls, which surprised us. We can’t believe they didn't fight. In the dog park the dogs are well behaved. We only saw one fit breakout all week and the owners quickly ran to their rescue and broke it up. Walked back to the condo and finished packing. Jeff had "Sleepless in Seattle" syndrome tonight. Friday, August 12 – we left for the airport about 7:30 am., Seattle time, flew back into Minneapolis. We had a 3 hour layover so we ate at TGI Fridays, having ribs. Then I toured the airport shops and Jeff read another book. We arrived back in Watertown about 9:30 and home about 11:30. Great to be home. Thanks for the great visit Seattle!