I love Berlin, but looking at pictures of Seattle makes me miss it so bad it hurts. Our family, friends, animals, old haunts, and Mexican food. We really miss Mexican food (a specialty of Ian's hometown in Yakima).
We can't share the fam, friends, & pets with you, but I can share some of our favorite places & things below, and in my contributions for Catch Seattle.
eternal work in progress...
|Pacific Science Center at Christmas|
See & Do - Seattle
- Pike Place Market - Legendary (I have a tile!)
- Archie McPhee - Awesome crap. You need a ninja place mats. Our review
- Seattle Art Museum -Look out for Free thursdays.
- Hammering Man - Loved it when he got his ball & chain. Too bad the artist didn't
- Freemont Troll - Funky neighborhood of Fremont has all sorts of funky stuff like this massive troll under the bridge
- University of Washington - The school is beautiful, and the Ave is the place to eat. Go to the quad in the spring when the cherry trees are blossoming.
- Sounders - Doesn't match up to Europe, but gotta admire the fervor
- Space Needle - Tourist Trap - yes. Stunningly beautiful - yes.
- Olympic Sculpture Park - Is it a rollerblade? Is that a real tree? Love it! Some of the best real estate in the city for views.
- Arboretium - the BEST thing about Seattle summer. Walkways over the lake and through the woods. Illegal to swim off some of the little beaches, but do it anyway
- Colman Pool - Wonderful salt water pool in West Seattle. Completely worth the hike with an amazing view of the Sound
- Seahawks - One time, we got to the Super bowl. It was awesome.
- Mount Rainier - The perfect mountain with great hikes
- Seattle Public Library - This feat of glass and modern architecture is something to see with constant free events
- P-Patch - Seattle is a run by old hippies. Do yourself a favor & get involved
- Magnuson Park - Some creepy military complex is here, but what's it great for is a giant dogpark and swimming on the rare hot days
- Pacific Science Center - Imax, the interactive museum, and the fountain.
- The Garage - Bowling alley on First Hill that is funkily done with great happy hours.
- Alki Beach/West Seattle - Spectacular views of the city and a totally different beachy feel. When it's not raining. Our review
- Woodland Park Zoo - Annual membership is like $40. Invest in happiness.
- Farmers Markets - always too expensive, but how can you resist fresh produce and local goods.
- Golden Gardens Park - Always good for a sandy BBQ & some local beers.
- EMP- Some people consider this building as an abomination. I think it's shiny. And pretty neato. A bit expensive, but theres usually some coupons out there.
- Graffiti - Irreverent, subversive and playful. Look out for Seattle graffiti
- Georgetown -Formerly industrial neighborhood that is getting cooler all the time. We loved it so much, we got married there.
- MOHAI - The toe truck is here! Plus lotsa other cool stuff
- The Museum of Flight - Home of Boeing, you used to be able to visit. Sadly, that is no longer possible (unless you've got an in like with my dad - in which case do anything you can to visit cuz it is impressive!), but you can go here and explore the history, mechanics, and an actual Air Force One 7 Concorde.
- Mariners Baseball Game - Even though I am not a baseball fan, the stadium is beautiful, tickets are cheap, and numerous bars with happy hours lead to game. Our review
Outside of Seattle
- NW Brewery Tour - one of the things we miss most about beautiful Seattle is the range of delightful microbreweries. Have one for us!
- San Juan Islands - This lovely island chain offers something for the nature lover, bike rider, wild child in all of us. Bonus: Ride on a Washington State Ferry! Our review
- Spokane - Way out east on the Idaho border, you usually only go here if you have to. We went as a base for visiting Silverwood theme park and found a lot to love. Our review
- Leavenworth - This quirky town in the cascade mountains is the perfect day trip from the city (as well as the East side). What makes it unusual? It's styled after a Bavarian village complete with food & Oktoberfest. Our review
- Coeur d'Alene, Idaho - Just over the border from Spokane, this lakeside resort town has more to offer than just condos.
- Pride Parade - Only happens once a year (June), but when it does - be there.
- International Beer Fest - Beer fests are gems in my schedule. We love to volunteer & pour
- Solstice Day Parade - Seattlites celebrate the sun (often in the rain) by going nude on bikes
- First Thursdays - aka Pioneer Square Art Walk, Also free entry on Thursdays to many downtown galleries with wine & great art
Eat & Drink: Seattle
- Beths Cafe - Home of the 12 egg omelet (featured on Man v. Food) and delectable chocolate/peanut butter shakes. Hipsters, families, slackers unite! Our pics of Beth's, plus bonus Ian's 30th/Seattle Quinceañera
- Stellar Pizza - Seriously good pizza in a wonderfully cluttered environment in Georgetown
- 9 lb Hammer - Shuffleboard & peanuts
- The Dish - My favorite brunch spot with great coffee & lotsa hot sauce
- Smokin Pete's - BBQ so good, we had them cater our wedding.
- Paseo - Caribbean sandwich shop gone wild. This place is super popular, so come early before they
- Po Dog - Extremely inventive hot dog combos
- TACO TRUCKS - Take your pick. We love them all.
- Mama's Mexican Kitchen - Tacky & inauthentic, try the Elvis
- Big Time Brewery - Ave brewery that makes you feel like a grown-up
- Aladdin Gyro-Cery - Their anti-Israel propaganda can't distract from their awesome gyros.
- The Pike - Excellent location next to the market and unique brews like the Naughty Nellie
- Manny's - Legendary Seattle beer brewed in Georgetown. Only available on tap.
- Mac n' Jac - Ebe's favorite beer, also only available on tap.
Po Dog Wasabi
- Hazelwood - Tiny bar in Ballard serves the perfect drink including my favorite - the dark & stormy
- La Carta de Oaxaca - This Mexican restaurant offers food from the Oaxaca region, including a mind-blowing mole
- People's Pub - Faux German, but full good times in Ballard.
Our pics, plus bonus Ian's 30th/Seattle Quinceañera
- Linda's - Fits Capitol Hills gay vibe, but more importantly has an awesome deck
- Owl'n Thistle - Best dive bar downtown. Free hot dogs on Sounders game days & amazing soda bread
- Dick's - This local fast food favorite makes the food on premise, offers college scholarships for it's workers, and has the name. Our review
- Salumi - This place has ridiculous hours because they don't need you. Mario Batali's family runs this shop of artisan meats. Ian & I took a day off work to go here. Our review
- The 5 Spot - Queen Anne's best restaurant that changes themes (meaning menu, deco) seasonally
- Tat's Delicatesson - Real Philly cheese steak (I have no idea what they're like in Philly, but these are awesome)
- Bottleworks - Beer store with offerings from around the world with tasting.
- Trophy Cupcakes - Beautiful. Delicious. Cupcakes.
- Costco Dog - This giant actually started in Kirkland. Not that the dogs are any better than anywere else, but oh I love a Costco hot dog
- Triangle Pub - Before or after the game, or both, you'll end up in this tiny triangle shaped bar.
- The Sloop - Dive bar to best all dive bars. Order your beer "Slooper-sized" & play big game hunter
- Tom Douglas - Go to one of his restaurants. Or all of them. Amazingly well-priced happy hour.
- Full Tilt - A great reason to visit South Seattle, this ice cream shop is Amazeballs
- Roxy's Diner - Delicious Jewish style diner
- Fierabend - One of three authentic German bars in Seattle, and this one serves great food
- Smarty Pants - Bomb sandwiches & brew in Georgetown
- Borracchini's Bakery - A legendary bakery using the tradition of Italian baking.
- Poppy - Do like Indian thalis? Do you like Jerry Traunfeld (Top Chef Masters)? This place is my fancy dining/happy hour lovenest.
- Molly Moon's Ice Cream - Super hip (& hipster infested) shop with amazing fusions
Maltby cinnamon bun
- Jules Mae Saloon - uneven service, but the food here is...holy cow. And I am a bit obsessed with the wallpaper
- Maltby Cafe - Not that close to Seattle, but a favorite as it is on the backroads to my family home outside of the city. No reservations, always a wait, and cinnamon rolls the size of your head.
NW BreweriesIf you like to do what we like to do, you'll love visiting some of Western Washington's best breweries: WA Brewery Tour
- The Stranger - alternative weekly newspaper with events, restaurants, and Seattle news. Tagline: "Seattle's Only Newspaper"
- Seattle Weekly - skewed slightly older/more sophisticated than the Stranger
- Dan Savage - Gay Seattle sex advise columnist and so much more
- Vibrant Yelp community
- My post on Seattle, Berlin & home "I'm Going to Miss this Place..."
- A pinterest board of all that I love & miss about Seattle
- Our friend Kyla's Tumblr, "when you live in seattle"
- Still not convinced Seattle is awesome. Some serious Truths from Buzzfeed: http://www.buzzfeed.com/lehaggerty/35-truths-that-every-seattleite-is-aware-of-9pme as well as why we're assholes.
|Go to the Sloop. Have a ridiculous time|
|My tile in Pike Place Market|
|Woodland Park Square|
|Fun Forrest & needle|
|Seattle from the ferry|
|International Beer Fest|