PSA: If you don’t want to read my personal experience and just want the food/dink/explore deets head to the bottom for the Quick Guide.
I have never booked a trip to travel by myself before that wasn’t to and from school. I had been meaning to visit Heather all four years of undergrad but I never got a second to breathe and any break I had I wanted sun and my family so it just never happened. During this 6 week grad school break I realized I not only had time but I had some Southwest points that got me to fly for free so it was a win win!
Heather is the type of friend I don’t need to snapchat, call, text, etc. for weeks or even months and were still good. We were both on the “Life Team” in high school where we lead the retreats for Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and we did dance company together. She will tell you when she’s annoyed with you, proud of you, or wanting more for you. I appreciate her! Thanks Heath for being the best tour guide and hostess!
Here are some of my favorite moments-
We started with Herkimer Coffee (we had this every day that I was there) where I got a drip coffee of the day with steamed hemp milk that was absolutely divine.
The coffee in the photo wasn’t the largest size- that was just a little after the plane pick me up- I upgraded for the rest of the week!
Dinner was This Chili from What’s Gaby Cooking. We had it for leftovers during the week and it it only got better. We topped ours with avo, plain yogurt, lime, cheese, and some famous Seattle corn chips called “Juanitas”- BOMB.
Herkimer again, then to breakfast at Morsel where I got the original buttermilk busciut with eggs, sharp cheddar, bacon, and arugula + home made tomato jam in the middle. It was TO DIE FOR. I have never had an answer to the question “What is the best thing you have ever eaten” and now I do. Amen for this glorious creation. Cleaned my plate on that one!
After breakfast we headed to Pike’s Place Market! The smell was a mixture of cinnamon, warm butter and sugar that overwhelmed me as I peeked into the windows of the bakeries, cheese makers, and various other booths. I wish you could smell it. The rain didn’t bother me at all- it sort of added to the Seattle mood.
My favorite find from the market was hand made Lemon Parsley Mafaldine pasta! I’m planning on making some salmon, veggies, and this pasta in a white wine sauce- CANT WAIT.
The rain was clearing so Heath took me to an outlook called Kerry Park/Queen Ann Hill and we walked and took in the view for a long while.
A little blurry but I was a happy kid so I thought the smile was appropriate to add here.
Here’s a taste of our view- if you were to look to the right of this view its water, islands, mountains, boats, and fresh air. I swear Heather is a saint for listening to me say “OH WOW” every. 5. minutes. Sorry I’m not sorry- it’s stunning.
She took me to see the Ballard Locks next! This is where when boats pass from the fresh water to the salt they get locked in an area and wait for the fresh water to drain out before entering the ocean so those waters don’t mix (or the other way around? ). It was so cool to watch. Next to that was there the Salmon jump to mate over RUSHING water. It was a sight- we even made a little seal friend!
I met my friend Allison from college for dinner that night for Pho at Pho Cyclo where I had a perfectly spiced veggie pho bowl. We got huge medium sized bowls for 7 bucks!
We walked around Capitol Hill so I could see how she lives- super unique part of town. It reminds me of Boy’s Town in Chicago if you have been there.
Heather brought me Herkimer Coffee again (not complaining) as a wake up call. I slept in which was much needed. We had a savory breakfast of eggs, toast, and veggies with avo because we were headed to the Theo’s Tour to consume allll the chocolate.
Did you know that…
- Theo was the first fair trade chocolate
- They use a combo of beans- the ones from Peru are grown in acidic soil so you get a more fruity tone that comes out in the dark chocolate
- The dark chocolate is a blended chocolate so you get some from Peru and some from Congo vs. the milk is a single origin bar and is Congo based
- The toated coconut in this is from Sri Lanka but is toasted in house
- It takes a cocoa tree 5 months to ripen its pods and 5 years to be able to grow pods
- You need the fruit juice from the pods to help ferment the beans so the cocoa butter can be sealed in before the beans are naturally dried
- Also if you didn’t already know- dark chocolate carries tons of health properties- raw cacao nibs are considered a superfood and chocolate in the bar form is packed with antioxidants!
After the tour we did some more walking and later in the afternoon when Heather worked I went to a coffee shop and got some blogging and emailing done. I met up with her later and went to babysit with her for the evening. We took the kids to get Molly Moon’s Ice Cream because its a Seattle icon!
I got Baracky Road and Scout Mint!
We woke up and headed to a barre class at Heather’s gym after watching the inauguration of Trump. We showered and went to Portage Bay Cafe which is a local organic cafe with delish GIANT servings. We shared an order of vegan banana pancakes and an organic apple chicken sausage. They have a waffle and pancake bar with every topping you could need!
They have great decaf too! I had 2 mugs with some cream.
Post brunch we went for a 3 mile walk around Green Lake!
There’s a walking path thats perfect to chat over or bring your dog to or rollerblades- anything!
I visited Allison one more time to say goodbye (she was sick so we selfied in Walgreens ha!) – we got some coffee and walked around Capitol Hill before I took the train back to UW and walked back to Heather’s house. We ate Thai for dinner and watched a movie but I forgot to snap a photo. The pad thai from Krua in U Village was delish- I have high standards for Thai and this lived up.
Up and ready to go with my bags packed in the car we grabbed some Herkimer once more and I bought some beans to take home for my family. All I need is some hemp milk to froth and I can mimic it! We headed to the U Village Farmers Market for breakfast!
First was this amazing Apple Walnut Scone made form scratch from a local bakery. The chunks were bomb and the outside was hard and the inside warm and moist. You could taste the butter and there wasn’t a lot of sugar which I appreciate in a good scone.
Second, Heath and I shared a breakfast sandwich made on a home made brioche bun, grass fed cheese, home made pork sausage and a pasture raised egg. This woman who made this NAILED this combo. Worth every cent of the 9 dollars we spent on this baby.
Last but not least we got a baby size of some Ellenos Yogurt. If you don’t have this when you visit here I will be sad for you. I spoke about this on my instagram but I have truly never tasted anything like this. Yes, I am a Siggis girl but Siggis is thick and tart vs. Ellenos that is creamy and mild and the toppings added bring out the creaminess of the yogurt! You can find this at any supermarket pretty much and they frequent farmers markets too!
Before Heath dropped me at the airport we went to the Starbucks Roastery. Basically Willy Wonka for coffee. You will want to bring your coffee lover friends here.
I had an absolute blast in Seattle and I hope you guys visit some of the places I did. I can’t wait to travel more and eat my way through each city!
Drinks aka Coffee:
Herkimer Coffee – Great for grab and go coffee
Irwins – Great to hunker down for emails and studying and to grab a bite- the food smelled heavenly and the coffee was wonderful
Portage Bay Cafe – Perfect for a crowd you need to please- there are sweet and savory options here- all local and organic- they make a mean pot of coffee too – vegan options available
Morsel – Indulge in their breakfast sandwich- they have a variety of biscuits made in house from scratch that you can have simple with the spread of house made jams and butters or make it a meal with some protein, veggies, and dairy too!
Molly Moon – ICE CREAM its worth the wait in line- promise
Krua- They didn’t have a working link I could find but its Thai in U Village area! Amazing Pad Thai to go!
Pho Cyclo Cafe– Looking for a lighter diner option that warms you up? Pho! The broth was really well spiced. This is in Capitol Hill.
Ballard Locks – Bring the fam or friends to watch giant ships come in and get the fresh water transferred out to enter the salt or vice versa!
Kerry Park – The view from here is UNREAL – also you can park the car or get out of your uber and have access to a gorgeous walk to look at the houses and views!
Pikes Place– Everything here- AND the gum wall!
Green Lake– A 3 mile place to get in some cardio via walking or running!
Theo’s Factory Tour– Have a foodie with you or if you just like chocolate- for 10 bucks you can get an awesome tour and many many chocolate samples!
Starbucks Roastery – See how Starbucks roasts its specialty blends that get shipped world wide from this tiny hub in Seattle. Its truly an experience. You can do some coffee tasting at the bar, order a latte, or just take a looksie!