Seattle is a place you must visit if you love good food, drinks, and kick-ass attractions.
Yes, that sounds like something a tourist would say, but even though I was technically a tourist as it was my first time visiting the Emerald City, you owe it to yourself to go.
Upon arrival, my wife and I stayed on the 24th floor of the wonderful W Seattle hotel.
On our first day, we ran around Pike Place Market, which should be near the top of things to do when you arrive in Seattle.
We saw the fish market folks tossing fish left and right, but the cool was that the first item we saw them toss was AN OCTOPUS!!! It was wild!! Then, we had lunch at Seatown Seabar & Rotisserie. My wife had New England clam chowder (on a cool, slightly windy, and heavily overcast day), and I had this ridiculous English muffin fried egg sandwich, apparently that Anthony Bourdain raves about on his show.
I’m disappointed I didn’t get a picture of it, but that’s only because I originally had no words to describe how great it tasted. Inside a freshly made biscuit, there was a fried egg (not runny), avocado, bacon and Dungeness crab. Eleven out of 10 rating for that craziness!!
Then, we checked out this awesome Russian pastry shop Piroshky Piroshky. These pastries are to-die-for... and that's under-selling it.
You cannot walk by it, across from Pike’s, without smelling it, and trust me when I say that’s a good thing.
We walked around Pike Place Market and stumbled upon some cool vendors, along with a couple used book stores, where I completed my collection of books by one of my favorite authors: Chuck Palahniuk. He wrote Fight Club. You know that one. Do yourself another favor and read that book while you’re at it.
Everyone says you have to see the Gum Wall Alley in Seattle. So, here’s my obligatory picture.
The second day brought us an insane breakfast from Biscuit Bitch.
I had the Hot Mess Bitch. It was a biscuit on the bottom, topped with grits, cheese, over-easy eggs, a grilled hot link, and jalapenos.
After breakfast, we hit up the Space Needle.
I’m a little scared of heights, but I was able to handle it. It’s not like lying down on the floor of the top of the Sears Tower. No way, no how, man.
If you go to the Space Needle, bundle your tickets with a visit to the Chihuly Garden & Glass Museum.
We then hit up Pike’s one more time to find some earrings from one of my wife’s favorite vendors. Following that, we visited the original Starbucks, where it all started. Later on the third day, we visited the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room. This is an absolute must-visit for coffee fans and those who have the travel bug. We had this cold brew malt drink that was by far the best drink we've ever had from both Starbucks in general, as well as during the entire trip.
Also, on the third day, I made a trip to possibly my favorite part of Seattle and that’s where the Museum of Pop Culture resides.
There was everything from a science-fiction wing, to a Jimi Hendrix exhibit, to an exhibit that focused on the lure of the horror film industry (my absolute favorite), and some other awesome finds. I paid a few extra bucks for a visit to the Star Trek exhibit that is traveling across the country to various museums, and honestly, it was a little underwhelming for me, but a must-see for all Star Trek aficionados.
I, then, ventured toward Fremont, Ballard and downtown Seattle (from the second day), to taste the wonderful beers of Fremont Brewing, Reuben’s Pub, and Pike Brewing Company.
All great beers, but I’m spoiled in San Diego with all the great beer around here. I give Seattle and its surrounding neighborhoods tons of credit for putting out great beers themselves. I had to mix in visiting the notorious Fremont troll under the bridge, along with a purchase or two at Theo Chocolate... get your hands on these organic chocolate bars... I'm still licking my fingers from how good they are.
My final day in Seattle brought me to some local coffee shops that were NOT named Starbucks, for obvious reasons.
I did so much walking in the time I was there than previous weeks combined in San Diego. I thought I would take some time to relax, read a book, drink some good coffee and enjoy my surroundings, and, of course, do some people-watching.
My wife and I went to the Angels-Mariners baseball game at Safeco Field, and it was a great time altogether. I got meet the great Dave Sims (Mariners TV play-by-play announcer) prior to the game, pose for the Ken Griffey, Jr., statue outside the stadium, sit next to the Dave Niehaus (long-time Mariners radio PBP announcer – similar to Jerry Coleman for the Padres) statue, and watch half of a good game between AL West division rivals.
Safeco Field is a wonderful facility and is one of the older facilities in Major League Baseball from the early 2000s. It's a great ballpark, and you'll have a great time if you take in a game or two there, but I still have to give the edge to my Padres (Petco Park), and the San Francisco Giants (AT&T Park) as my favorite ballparks on the West Coast.
I also got to sneak a picture of me outside CenturyLink Field where the NFL’s Seahawks play. I wanted to visit the facility, but the time frame of when they do public tours wouldn’t work with our schedules. No love lost there.
All in all, a piece my heart is with Seattle, but I’ll love San Diego ‘til my last breath. However, Seattle, minus the pesky rain (nothing terrible), has some of the best food, drink, and attractions, most within walking distance, you could ever imagine seeing.