Happy Friday all! We arrived in Seattle last night and took the “train” as The Husband calls it (aka Link Light Rail) to downtown to get to our hotel. He honestly gets so excited like a little kid any place we go that he can take a train ~ how can I say no, let’s take a cab to that? lol.
While checking in, the hotel let us know we missed the daily Wine Hour so they gave us two passes to have free drinks on them ~ nice! The Library Bar is so cool, but, I am waiting for it to be less crowded to take pictures to show you all.
We are staying at the Alexis Hotel right in the middle of downtown and a short jaunt to Pike Place and the waterfront!
The picture of the man on the wall is kinda funky and we both have glanced over a few times like who is that in our room.
Our room is actually pretty nice.
And a little swanky too.
I love our corner recliner….
And the fact that they give you leopard robes with matching slipper socks with a yoga mat should you decide you need any of these during your stay.
I never knew snacks showed your personality ~ I will have to remember this when I show you all what I eat each day
The first thing on our agenda this morning was a trip to Pike’s Place Public Market. I actually first learned about Pike Place when I was in college and read the book Fish Tales! I have wanted to go here ever since to see the flying fish!
The Husband remembered me telling him this way back when we were dating and that is why he booked this trip for my birthday
First up, we stopped for breakfast at the Sound View Café.
One of the best things about this place is you get to sit right by the window with views of the Waterfront.
I ordered the veggie omelet without cheese and it totally hit the spot! (SF) – 5 points+
It comes with a side of oven roasted red potatoes and freshly baked sour dough bread.
I shared my potatoes with The Husband because I knew I’d want to eat that bread that just came out of the oven. (SF + 4 WPA) – 5 points+
After lunch, we set out on foot to explore the market. I have to say, the Flying Fish wasn’t what I had envisioned. I thought they threw fish all day long…nope, just when someone buys one lol.
My favorite part of the market ~ any guesses?? The Farmer’s Market!
Seriously ~ all of the produce was amazing just like it is in California during the summer. The farmer’s are right there offering up samples and encouraging you to try everything.
This is the biggest garlic I’ve ever seen ~ it’s practically as big as the broccoli. I totally wanted the brussels sprouts.
And these tomatoes….I told The Husband, we might be coming back just to get good tomatoes in winter.
The Public Market has everything you could imagine from fresh seafood, meats, breads, produce, flowers….
Even places you can pick out any type of pasta you want with vinegars and olive oils.
Once you make it past the farmer’s and food vendors there is another section full of crafts ~ some handmade some mass produced.
I love these guys! They are popsicle puppets ~ you buy a kit and decorate your own.
Or just buy any of the premade ones. I love the fact that she custom made a shirt to store her puppets.
The market just keeps going ~ You can down “Down Under” to the lower levels and there are a bunch of specialty shops.
I bought a Pike Place Cookbook from this Kitchen Basics store.
Stop # 2 on my list was visiting the Original Starbuck’s that first opened in 1965, but, then, was relocated to Pike Place in 1971.
There were too many people to go inside so I am totally going in the afternoon tomorrow.
As we were strolling along the shops across from the market, we came across Beecher’s Handmade Cheese.
This place is really cool ~ not only do they want you to come in and sample all their cheeses, but, you can sit down and watch them make cheese through the glass windows.
I would’ve never thought they used big shovels for spoons.
On The Husband’s list was having lunch at The Pike Pub & Brewery ~ seeing as it’s our last name it is only fitting
Super cool fun fact ~ So, my last name before I got married was Rinkel and his last name is Pike. This sign would “almost” be the perfect description of our union if that “F” in Finkel was an R.
My strategy for this weekend eating Simply Filling is to have something with eggs in the AM, lattes and fruit bought on the fly any time I want them, salads for lunch and a lean protein with veggies and maybe some healthy carbs at dinner.
I really wanted to have this Harvest Pizza ~ doesn’t it sound amazing?
But, I stuck to my plan ordering a cup of the most delicious Lentil Soup ~ it has a such a rich, tomato, veggie flavor. (SF) – 4 points+
With a Market Garden Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette on the side. I didn’t eat all those onions (way too many!) (SF + 4 WPA for the nuts & dressing) – 4 points+
He got a side salad and these BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos. You know, I tried 3 chips and decided they were not worth it. I actually liked my homemade healthy version better.
We spent the afternoon being tourist walking all around downtown to Pioneer’s Square and checking out a few shops before coming back to the room to relax and try out our snacks.
I fell in love with this Beecher’s Flagship Handmade Cheddar ~ it’s a sharp and firm cheese that is so creamy and delicious.
They served it to us on these pear crisps instead of crackers that are made out of nothing but pear.
Totally a dangerous combo ~ sweet, salty, crunchy ~ good!
We bought two Opal Apples that are like biting into Apple Cider. I also picked out berries and a persimmon and could’ve bought so much more.
I am not sure where we are headed for dinner tonight, but, I know tomorrow is going to involve taking either the Ferry to Bainbridge Island or maybe a Seattle Cruise Tour, plus a trip to the Aquarium and waterfront shops.
Stats so far and it’s still early!
QUESTION OF THE DAY:
Have you been to Seattle or live here? What would you recommend doing?
We can’t decide if the Ferry + Island is better or just the narrated cruise. Are the Space Needle and Underground City Tours worth it? So far, we love Seattle even though it’s freezing here!