Enroute to Seattle!
Finally a long weekend! I’ve been having travel withdrawals so this past weekend we decided to hop on the plane and take a short trip out to Seattle. The city of Seattle is becoming like a mini version of San Francisco. It has all of the qualities of one. Close to the water, lots of tech companies (Amazon, Microsoft, Twitter, Goog, etc…), incredible food scene, and they are building and expanding on real estate like mad there.
Pike’s Market Place
It rained nearly the entire time we were there, but we made the best of it. We were running around the city like mad with the rain beating down on to our umbrellas and strong winds that would occasionally flip it in the opposite direction. Meanwhile, I think everyone back home in SF was enjoying the warm California sun. *Sighs…
The Public Market is probably my one of my favorite places to hang out at in Seattle. You can watch the fishmongers over at Pike’s Place throw giant fishes that are ready to be wrapped up and delivered to their customers. There are endless stalls of seafood, flowers and souvenirs that you can buy.
After a browsing around a bit, we were getting a little hungry so we decided to stop by Jack’s Fish Spot. We ordered fish and chips, cioppino and half a dozen of raw oysters. I inhaled everything. I think Toby was shocked at how much I can eat. Isn’t that what you do while on vacation? Eat, sleep, and sightsee?
I was waiting for Toby to finish his food so I kept myself entertained by watching all of the cooks in the kitchen. It was an open space, so you could see everything that was going on behind the counter where we were seated. I was watching a guy fill up a bucket with extremely hot water. He added a bit of bleach and some kind of blue liquid to the bucket. The cook walks over from the stove with his knife, dips it into the bucket and proceeded to clean his knife with it. Ah, it was a mix for cleaning kitchen utensils.
The other worker comes back and picks up the bucket and sets it on the floor. He turns around and picks up a mop and dips it INTO the bucket?
Wait…THE MOP?!?! Did I just see this all happen?
I stared down at our empty plates and looked over at Toby and his happy face as he’s licking all of his fingers one by one. All. Gone.
Well, I thought…this is going to end well.
Inside the Public Market
Seattle wouldn’t be complete without a visit up to the Space Needle. We braced the cold and stood outside in the freezing rain in an effort to smile for a picture as proof that we were there. After a few snaps, I quickly ran to the nearest door and headed inside to shield from the cold. Was it worth the $19? Probably in the summer time when you can actually stand outside for more than 5 minutes to enjoy the views.
Be still my heart. Literally.
Orange cinnamon, pistachio butter, maple syrup, and probably enough butter to make even Paula Deen cringe. Hands down the best french toast I’ve ever had.
Where? Dahlia Lounge/Bakery in Seattle, WA. Crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Perfection. I’d marry it if I could. But it wouldn’t last. I’d end up just eating it.
Dahlia’s french toast
Of course, I jinxed it.
What’s a vacation without a visit to the ER? Ending my vacation with a visit to the hospital seems to be my forte the last couple of times I’ve traveled. So here it is folks…another trip to the ER which lead to me missing my flight back home. Toby had food poisoning (probably from Jack’s Fish Spot). I luckily didn’t get food poisoning, but I had ruptured something in my lower abdomen area which caused a lot of pain and bleeding. After what felt like an eternity, we were finally released from the hospital. We immediately rushed to the airport in hopes of catching the next flight home. Seven hours later on standby, we got on to the very last flight. I’ve never been happier to be at home and resting in my own bed.
PS – I’m fine. I just hope this doesn’t become some sort of a tradition for when I travel.
Ending yet another vacation in the hospital.