Is spring break here yet!? I'm dying. My work has been too much lately. I see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I pretty much just can't be bothered anymore. I'll still be working over break, but getting to work from home in my sweats makes a world of difference. Specifically working from the couch. With Real Housewives playing in the background. Aww yeeeaaa.
Last Saturday Kris and I made the trek to Seattle for the day. Seattle is about 90 minutes-ish away for us, so it's a big deal to get down there. My little sister was performing a dance that night, but we figured we'd turn it into a day date.
Driving into Seattle there is always traffic. Like, pretty much always. Without fail. But it was a beautiful day, and Lake Union looked so perfect!
Seattle is built on hills essentially. Downtown also really likes one way streets, so ya gotta be careful.
We first went to the jeweler (LT Denny) where Kris got my engagement and wedding rings. I had two loose side stones and they fixed it for free. I wish I could've taken a picture for you guys but 1) it is the size of a large closet so there is no way I could sneakily take a photo and 2) it is the poshest store ever. Like, if Mariah Carey had a room for her jewelry (she probably does) it would be something like this.
While we waited for my ring be finished we walked about a mile to Pike Place Market. I completely forgot it was the first Saturday of March Madness, so the Market was PACKED. We needed food, so we skirted the crowds and found the least busy place in the market- Tom Douglas' "Rub with Love" Shack. They serve a small menu of burgers, salads and soups, as well as sell every Rub with Love spice rub ever made (have you tried them? They are awesome spice blends).
We split a Salmon Burger and, oh my, I can't stop thinking about it. They serve this burger with tartar, lettuce, aioli, and pickled green tomatoes. The bright acidity of the pickled green tomatoes is the perfect balance for rich, flavorful Salmon. I must attempt making a version because I literally cannot stop thinking about it. Can't be that hard, right? *insert sarcastic tone and heavy eye roll here*
After picking up my ring, we hopped over the freeway to Capitol Hill, where my sister was performing. One really great thing about Seattle is it's so compact; you can easily maneuver to different parts of the city. the Capitol Hill neighborhood has become a very popular destination with tons of awesome restaurants and nightlife, but less touristy and populated than Belltown (what most people consider downtown).
We ate dinner at Oddfellows Café and Bar, and although it was super busy (it was Saturday night afterall), we had an amazing meal. We both ordered drinks, some of the best we've tried in a hot minute. This is a big deal to me because honestly, how many times have you spent $9 or more bucks for a drink and it sucks? Major letdown right? No letdown here.
I ordered the short ribs with parsnip puree, roast carrots and a light salad, and Kris had a porchetta sandwich with fries. Both were to. die. for. The ribs were so flavorful and tender, the parsnip puree was perfectly creamy and the roast carrots were sweet and delicious. Kris' sandwich was excellent and the fries are INSANE! As in, neither of us could stop eating them.
We killed time after dinner strolling around Anderson Park and browsing some boutiques as we walked to the event. Seattle is a very "walkable" city in general, so instead of moving our car again, we just walked and took in the sights.
We finally made our way to the performance. It was in a very small but nice venue, and the show was really interesting. The two pieces performed were about mental health awareness and how modern dance came to be. It was one of the first truly "modern" dance pieces I've seen, so I didn't quite know what to expect, but I enjoyed it and found it very thought provoking.
And datzzz it!! There are so many more fun things to do in Seattle, and hopefully as the weather gets nicer we'll make more trips down. Do you have any favorite places to go/ see in your city?