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I Ate Seattle

19 June 2012

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To say that my time in Seattle was mostly filled with eating food and taking pictures is kind of an understatement.  It is pretty much all I did from the time I landed until then time we hit the road for Portland.  Sure, we did a little packing and a little too much staying up past our bed times but in general, it was the food and the pictures. Seattle made a huge impression on me.  Maybe it was the ever-changing weather (I lucked out and mostly experienced sunny days), maybe it was the stylish folks that I saw at every corner.  Whatever it was, Seattle left its mark, and I really think it is just a fantastic city.  Imagine San Francisco, throw in some mountains and big forest trees like in the Twilight films and there you have it. Magic. 

Let me start at the beginning. I landed in Seattle late Thursday night.  Michaela picked me up and immediately took me to a local eatery called the 5 Spot (food on arrival? Girl after my own heart).   I had my first "Washington" experience here when the bartender came out and asked for our ID's.  I answered "no, we are just having water, thanks" and he said "I need your ID'S!"  which sounded more like "IFE nerrwd yonsns ayredeers!"  because apparently he was missing his vocal chords or something. Either way, I had to learn the hard way that in the state of Washington you can't even sat near a bar without proving you are 21. I guess I should mention the inspiration behind the name "the 5 spot"--- this local hot spot changes menus and theme 5 times a year. So, if you go in the spring you may find yourself in a mexican place, but go again in the fall and it might be a BBQ paradise. Pretty cool!  Michaela ordered a hearty breakfast for dinner and I opted for a yummy quesadilla.  I loved my food and thought it was such a cool place.  

5 Spot on Urbanspoon





The next morning we headed out early to Macrina Bakery. Macrina is the quaintest, cutest little bakery and cafe.  The morning was crisp, in perfect Seattle style so walking into the smells of the bakery was nothing short of perfection.  I chose a ham & cheddar roll and Michaela got a breakfast roll-- both were dreamy.  I mean, really.  We also got fresh pots of tea, and I got one of my favorite shots of the entire trip when Michaela poured her tea out.  It captures the very essence of Macrina. I would definitely say stop by this little backery if you get a chance!  While we were there we also got a treat and got to see Taylor (that would be miss Raven's cousin for those of you who don't know her).  She was in town to see her dad and got the chance to stop by and have a quick breakfast with us!  Tay is such a beauty, just look below--- although her perfectly tan skin made me feel so pale!  Ahhh, the trials of not being able to go without sunscreen.  At any rate, we had a great time! 

Macrina Bakery on Urbanspoon








The rest of our first day included graduation ceremonies, driving the city and taking lots of pictures of the space needle! One thing Michaela and I had in common was our need for food every two hours.  You think I am kidding?  My waistline only wishes I was kidding...  so it should come as no surprise to you that we stopped again at Cupcake Royale to stuff our faces again.  Out of all the cupcakeries and bakeshops I have visited (Sprinkles, Crumbs and Kara's) I think Cupcake Royale takes the top spot as my favorite.  The selection was tremendous, including gluten free options. The huge coffee menu is what cemented this place as the winner for me though, what is better than a cupcake and cappuccino?

Cupcake Royale (Inside Vérité Coffee) on Urbanspoon










After a quick engagement session.......okay, I am lying.  My first engagement session was almost two hours long.  I couldn't help it, they were such a beautiful couple and we were getting great shots so I just kept going.  After going through their shots I narrowed it down to 200.  That is right, two hundred that were awesome.  But that is for another post, on another day.  The point is, we were hungry STARVED.  We headed downtown to Serious Pie.  Don't be confused, this is a pizza place, not a pie place (although, we probably would have eaten anything as the hour was nearing 9pm and we needed sustenance stat).  Serious pie's pizzas are wood-fired. 
Serious Pie on Urbanspoon






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We also stopped by home grown, a local cafe in the Queen Anne district for lunch.  Homegrown uses all and ONLY local, sustainable ingredients.  If it is in season, you can get it.  If it is out of season? You are out of luck.  But that means that you are only eating the freshest and best ingredients available.  They also boost the local economy by working with farmers and growers in the area. All products are recyclable or re-usable.  All of that is great, but how did the food taste?  In short, amazing.  I had the best turkey/bacon/avocado sandwich of my life.  The bread was from Macrina Bakery which made it that much better.  I swiped some of Michaela's kettle chips and they were quite possibly the best salt and pepper kettle chips in the world.  The. World.  Would I lie to you?

Homegrown on Urbanspoon




Basically, Seattle is doing it right when it comes to the food scene.  I know Michaela took me to her favorites but I didn't have one meal that I didn't completely love.  Since I have started doing food/restaurant reviews I have found that it is harder to impress me so when I am saying words like "amazing! the best ever!" and so on, please know that I mean it.  Seattle, you might win the award for the best food city I have been to yet!  I hope I am not the only one that judges whether a "vacation" was a success based on food quantity and quality.  I mean really, isn't life kind of about food?  It is to me at least...  so next time you are in Seattle make your way to these places and let me know what you think!

Tomorrow I will be re-capping Pikes Place Market, the first Starbucks and share some silly pictures of us jumping around with balloons and Seattle Pacific University!

Over & Out,
A

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38 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! All of these places look amazing!

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  2. So My hubby is applying for a job in Seattle and I'm kinda hoping we get to move there now because of this post. I eat gluten/dairy free, and here in Louisiana is no such thing of fresh places to eat. So this looks so freaking awesome!! Your pics are beautiful too :1) what cupcake did you eat? :-)

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  3. yay! So happy you wrote about Seattle! I just visited some friends there in May and had such an awesome time! They live in Capitol Hill, so I didn't spend much time in Belltown or Queen Anne, I Capitol Hill was so fun. I did get to go to the Cupcake Royale. I thought their advertising was so cute and original... and oh yea, their cupcakes were great! Looking forward to your post about the first Starbucks (awww one of my favorite experiences! felt like home lol) and Pike's Place Market (I was in heaven!). There is just so much to love about Seattle. I am glad I have friends living there because it gives me a great excuse to visit! :D
    Dalayna

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  4. New follower here :)

    I live South of Seattle and L O V E all the places you posted about! I went to Serious Pie for my 25th birthday last year and loved it. :) Looking forward to your other Seattle posts, soon.

    Your photos are great!

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  5. Gorgeous gorgeous photos!!! Can't wait to see more! We'll be out there the end of summer can't wait to try some of those places!!

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  6. Beautiful pictures and so much yumminess! Looks like an amazing trip.

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  7. Your pictures are so, so, so, so beautiful. And if I didn't know you worked out so much, I'd hate you for being able to eat all that yuminess and have a perfect body! You are making me want to go to Seattle!

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  8. Lovely photos! And oh my goodness, so much good food!

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  9. Great photos!! Sounds like a great place to visit!

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  10. You guys definitely know how to enjoy a city - the food is always without a doubt my favorite too :) And I love Seattle, it's definitely on my top 5 list of cities I would live in if I ever moved back to the US.

    xxx
    Jenna

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  11. I love seattle too! My boyfriend wants to move to Washington but to the other side of the Cascades where it doesn't rain as much.

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  12. yall are so cute. can you make a vlog too i miss you! the pictures are awesome and i am OBSESSED with your ASphotog logo!

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  13. The food looks well worth it! What a charming city. I'm convinced :)

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  14. fabulous photos girl :) looks like a great time!

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  15. Looks like a fun trip! The photos are all amazing!

    xo Kayla

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  16. Everything looks so delicious! And don't worry, you aren't the only one who judges a vacation by its food. I need to take a trip to Seattle now and you should hit up some of the great places to eat in Oklahoma City!

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  17. i wanna go to ALLLLL of these places!! i said it to michaela....that pizza looks MMMM MMM good

    love that you loved your first engagement session! :-) thats so amazing and i agree with chels...i LOVE your logo its so pretty and dainty and amazing :-)

    xoxoxo

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  18. such great photos-i love how they are mostly all of food! x

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  19. You are my kinda girl! I definitely judge trips partially based on how great the food was and this makes me want to visit Seattle again!

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  20. My mouth is watering thinking about all the food we ate. Let's do it again :)

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  21. I LOVE SEATTLE!!! I have onlt visited twice, but I seriously think it is a city I would be more than happy to live in! I am so glad you had a good trip! Wow, these foods look delish! Great photos my friend! Hope you are well, Sally xoxo

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  22. Beautiful pictures. Glad you girls had such a good time!

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  23. So, I live an hour north of Seattle and haven't been to any of these places! Now, I need to go! I am definitely going to try to go to the cupcake place next time I make a trip down there.

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  24. I think I need to visit Seattle for the food alone! I love the idea of a restaurant that changes it's food, menu, and theme five times a year. And those cupcakes looked delicious!

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  25. I am so hungry now! Beautiful photos, like always! :)

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  26. these pictures made me SO hungry when you would post on instagram! and i think the bakery needs to pay you and M for those awesome shots!!

    i didnt know you got to meet Tay - that's awesome!!

    thanks for your comment on today's post. I don't know what I'd do without you - such a special friend!

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  27. Oh my gosh between reading 50 shades of grey & your post I want to book the next flight out to Seattle. Great photos & so glad you had a good time.

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  28. Looks amazing... the pictures are beautiful and you are making me want to visit Seattle!

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  29. Beautiful photos! How does it end up that food ends up being the most photogenic part of a trip?

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  30. oh my goshhhh i always knew i needed to visit seattle.

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  31. I love your Seattle recap. I plan most of my traveling around food. It's almost midnight here in south Florida and my mouth is watering looking at your pictures! LOL I have been wanting to visit Seattle for a long time (I have some fam in Oregon) and this is making me want to go now more than ever. Love your pictures & your blog!

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  32. Wow everything looks amazing! I want a few of those yummy cupcakes now! I love places that have fresh/local grown foods. Oh and that pizza pie looks awesome too. I never really wanted to travel to Seattle, but with all this yummy food you've got it on my list now.

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  33. hey ashley! nice to see your girlfriend treated to food, like you wanted. and glad washington treated you kindly. take care! - molly (the most awesome travel companion ever)

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  34. I can't tell you how much I loved seeing all of your Instagram posts...I can tell y'all had SUCH a good time! And all of that food looks absolutely INCREDIBLE!

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  35. Just found your blog and I love it. It's beautiful--you are beautiful. I look forward to following along! :)

    http://ktbuttons.blogspot.com/2012/06/special-wedding.html

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  36. It's always great to read about the great places people have eaten around where I live, makes it that much easier for me to choose! Haha :) Definitely looks like you went to some awesome places! I might be a little biased when I say this - but Seattle does have some amazing places to eat!

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  37. Those photos look amazing! What struck me most was that blue bike! I totally want it! I must begin my search NOW!

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  38. Love love looooove all the pictures. Looks like you had an amazing time! So jealous

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