The streets of Downtown Seattle are sloped so the view of the Puget Sound is a real payoff. You get to the top of the last block and BAM. Water. It's amazing. Especially coming from Arizona.
This is from the second time we went to Pike Place. The first time, I couldn't get a good picture! The market is too cool, exactly what I expected and far from it. You could spend days here and not see it all!
Our highlights: Rachel's Ginger Beer, Pike Place Chowder, fresh fruit at the Farmer's Market, water views, the Gum Wall, roasted hazelnuts, tayberry jam, bungee cord dog leashes!
We fell for the "it has a long line, it must good" hype. It was...okay. We tried a potato and cheese and a poppyseed roll. They tasted like they had seen better hours. I'm guessing straight out of the oven, they are fantastic.
We tried the long line theory one more time, and thankfully, the line didn't let us down! Pike Place Chowder is the business! We tried the Smoked Salmon, New England, Southwestern Corn (you can take them out of Arizona...), and Market with crab, chorizo, and scallops.
Rachel's Ginger Beer
This is our second round at Rachel's. Contrary to my own belief, Ginger Beer is non-alcoholic. It's more root beer than draft beer, it seems. They make some mean mules here too, if that's your cup of tea!
We didn't eat here, but I loved the built in brewery equipment. This is between shops, in a walkway above the brewery. Definitely on our must try list!
Just to be clear, we did not stick any gum on the wall. We decided that the picture wasn't worth the risk of, whatever we might touch. My favorite (read: the grossest) part was the gum dangling down on all the edges. I also liked all the business cards stuck into gum, like some kind of weird networking event.
Obligatory Seattle Coffee Shot
It's called a shakerato, and after I had one, I craved it every day. A shot of espresso, shaken with ice and sugar. Delicious!
Red Hook Brewery Tour
Did you know that Red Hook is based in Seattle? Well, slightly outside, in Woodinville. My cousins took us to the brewery and on the tour. It was a ton of fun and a lot of beer!
Bottling Facility at Red Hook
They only bottle on Mondays and Wednesdays, so we weren't able to catch that, but the facility is still pretty cool. You might be wondering why there's a big mural of a can in a bottling facility. Or, you might already know that cans are The Next Big Thing in craft beer. Maybe it's to keep the bottles on their toes?
Such a cool little brewery nestled in the residential area of Ballard. It's a tap room in a garage, with a large automatic door to let in the beautiful weather, and you can see all the tuns from your table. I had the Mosaic Pale Ale, Sam their IPA. Delicious!
Afterwards, our friends took us to a craft cocktail place, Percy & Co, and then a bbq restaurant next door called bitterroot. It was an awesome night on the town, just perfect enough to make us fall in love with the neighborhood!