Good Eats on the Streets of Seattle

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Happy Anniversary at The Pink Door

Bacco Bistro

Bacco Bistro

With only a few days to explore Seattle and eat out every meal,

Bacco Bistro

Bacco Bistro

we had way too much fun and wanted to share with you!!! Bacco Bistro was probably one of our favs in Seattle and wanted to eat there twice- but there were just too many great places to try. Bacco is located at 86 Pine St. between Pike Place’s waterfront and the downtown shops. We passed it, then smelled it and decided to stop in for breakfast. It’s such a great location because you can sit outside and watch all the people walking by. Their food is AMAZING!!! The portions are decent

Brioche French Toast

Brioche French Toast

size and loaded with so many different flavors at once. Of course I went completely low-fat and indulged in their Brioche French Toast!!!!IMG_6635

For those of you who don’t know, Brioche is a pastry similar to a highly enriched bread of French origin, whose high egg and butter content give it a rich and tender crumb. Therefore, the French toast was nice and fluffy, not heavy at all. You really don’t even need syrup on this dish because it is already sweet from the fruit. The best part, it is only $9.00. It left us wanting more and we talked about it the rest of the trip. Of course, we had to try the Biscuits and Gravy with homemade sausage next. We ate our food in under five minutes and wanted more, but we were too full, sadly. We highly recommend this restaurant for breakfast. I must warn you that there can be a long wait to get it. There were a ton of people standing outside waiting to get in- a great sign!!

For more information, check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bacco-Cafe/111519468888369.

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Serious Pie

Serious Pie's sweet fennel sausage, roasted peppers, provolone

Serious Pie’s sweet fennel sausage, roasted peppers, provolone

Now for some, Serious Pie!!! We happened upon Serious Pie, a Tom Douglas

Serious Pie's chocolate budino, raspberries

Serious Pie’s chocolate budino, raspberries

Restaurant, just walking the streets of Seattle. The smell and the crowd standing outside is what caught our eye. We knew this had to be great pizza!!! I can honestly say that we have never experienced a 1.5-2 hr wait for a pizza place. We put our name down and were told that the wait would be approximately 1.5 hours. People walked out of the restaurant holding a pizza to go box and we asked them if it was worth the wait and they said “definitely”. Unfortunately, we were not anticipating the wait so we were left famished and moody walking the streets of Seattle and almost didn’t wait. Then our cell phone rang and it was Serious Pie time!! The menu has very different pizza options. I have listed the pizzas below.

yukon gold potato, rosemary, pecorino romano

buffalo mozzarella, red sauce, fresh basil

sweet fennel sausage, roasted peppers, provolone

roasted golden chanterelle mushrooms, truffle cheese 

soft cooked free range eggs*, smoked prosciutto, pecorino sardo, arugula

penn cove clams, pancetta tesa, lemon thyme

cascade porcini, prosser tomatoes, ricotta, basil pest 

Menu on window of Serious Pie

Menu on window of Serious Pie

We chose the sweet fennel sausage, roasted peppers, provolone which was very tasty!!! The fennel sausage especially stood out with each bite. The pizza crust isn’t too thin or too thick, just a light medium crust. It is very warm in the restaurant from the wood burning ovens. They offer a happy hour from 3-5 p.m. Monday-Friday where mini pies are only $6, wine $5 and beer for $4. Serious Pie is in a great location for walking around while awaiting your reservation. We walked to Pike Place and hung out for an hour while waiting for our reservation.

Check them out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SeriousPieDowntown

A little about Tom Douglas: Tom Douglas was born August 2, 1958. He is an American executive chef, restaurateur, author, and radio talk show host. He is known for winning the 1994 James Beard Award for Best Northwest Chef. Tom also won the James Beard Award as Best Restaurateur. He is the author of Tom Douglas’ Seattle Kitchen, which was named the Best American Cookbook by the James Beard Foundation and KitchenAid, in 2001. He appeared on an episode of the Food Network’s Iron Chef America in 2005, where he defeated Chef Masaharu Morimoto and was named Iron Chef.

Lola- Good Morning

Lola

Front of Lola

Front of Lola

Now off to Lola for breakfast!!! Another Tom-Douglas restaurant, which we did not know anything about at the time. We asked the concierge at the Seattle Sheraton where she recommended for an amazingly different breakfast experience and she instantly said Lola!! Lola restaurant is exactly as you

Lola's Omelette florina peppers summer squash, sweete onion,goat cheese, smashed garlic fried potatoes, bacon, toast

Lola’s Omelette florina peppers summer squash, sweete onion,goat cheese, smashed garlic fried potatoes, bacon, toast

would picture an earthy, rustic but modern, trendy tucked away spot. It is nestled in the bottom of Hotel Andra on the corner of 4th and Virginia. The menu is all farm fresh and you can taste the freshness in every bite! They also have the best potatoes I have ever had, very different.  They use new potatoes and bake them in the oven, smash them down with a spoon after they’ve been baked -until they slightly break open and then fry them. They were so soft inside and not greasy at all but crunchy on the outside. They were rolled in herbs and sea salt. Yes, we asked the waitress exactly how to make them. They were that good.

The ambiance at Lola is really fun with a sit up bar where people are reading the paper in the morning and drinking their coffee.

Bar at Lola

Bar at Lola

It is decorated with a large wine barrel in the corner and really modern, orange flame

Lola

Lola

lights hanging from the ceiling. The restaurant opens up to Hotel Andra, where people are checking in and out with constant movement. The waiting area for the restaurant in actually in the hotel lobby where you can people watch. The restaurant is located on a corner as well, so once you are seated you can watch people walking on the streets. Our wait was about 40 minutes and definitely worth it!!

Check them out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lola.seattle or their webpage at http://tomdouglas.com/index.php?page=lola

The Pink Door

The Pink Door

Post Alley

Post Alley

The Pink Door, is an Italian restaurant with no more than a pink door in front. Not a sign, no indication

The Pink Door

The Pink Door

that there would be a fabulous restaurant with a ton of life taking place behind that simple pink door. The Pink Door is EXACTLY what we were looking for in the way of exciting, unique and different from Kauai. It is located on Post Alley and for those of you who are unfamiliar with Post Alley, as we were, it is more than one alley!!! Post Alley is an alley which runs along several blocks, which made finding The Pink Door somewhat challenging. Now we were even more intrigued to discover The Pink Door. We walked around Post Alley in the afternoon to locate this pink door prior to our dinner reservation.

We had never eaten at a restaurant which offered Cabaret, Tarot, Opera and Magic all in one place. The first thing I noticed upon entering was the blue velvet swing on the ceiling. Once you step foot inside the restaurant, you are looking down into this old world Italian decorated, family style restaurant. One wall is cement block which gives you the feel of being underground in very old building, which is throughout Pike Place. We happened to be at Pike Place during the 100 year anniversary which seemed to bring everything more to life.

Patio at the Pink Door

Patio at the Pink Door

The restaurant had white, linen covered tables with wooden chairs. All of the waiters and

Sourdough bread

Sourdough bread

waitresses were dressed in black with white aprons. We were seated on the outdoor patio which had a completely different feel from the inside of the restaurant. The tables outside were covered in vinyl tablecloths of all colors. None of them matched each other. The patio sat inside of a lattice fence which looked out onto the waterfront.

The waitress brought out the sourdough bread and we were in

Wine Decanter

Wine Decanter

heaven. It was warm and crunchy with infused olive oil for dipping. Needless to say, we ate several baskets that evening. We

The Pink Door's roasted beets, arugula, gorgonzola cheese & toasted walnuts

The Pink Door’s roasted beets, arugula, gorgonzola cheese & toasted walnuts

were completely satisfied with the wine and bread alone. Loved the small wine glasses which were perfect for the patio! Cheers!!

For our first course, we ordered the roasted beets, arugula, gorgonzola cheese & toasted walnuts salad. Amazing!! My husband isn’t a beets fan and absolutely loved it. Plus it’s pretty to look at. The salad is light and perfect to share.

The Pink Door has Italian-American food which are family recipes inspired by Sunday gatherings at the Padrona’s. They offer quarterly seasonal menus which are drawn from the ever-changing seasons of the farms in the Northwest.

The Pink Door's rigatoni and mama’s meatballs

The Pink Door’s rigatoni and mama’s meatballs

For the main dish, we ordered Mama’s Meatballs with rigatoni which was a large enough portion to

The Pink Door's Peach dessert with Crème fraîche

The Pink Door’s Peach dessert with Crème fraîche

split. The sauce tasted very homemade and rich. The meatballs were large and moist, just melted in our mouths. The menu is not large, but offers a variety of options from seafood to baby-back ribs.

Finally for dessert we ordered something so delicious. It was kind of like a peach cobbler, served warm but made with a crust and fresh peaches. My husband, who normally doesn’t eat dessert, finished it off.

Next time you are in Seattle, you must visit The Pink Door!!

Check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PinkDoorSeattle or their website at http://thepinkdoor.net/

Beecher's Famous Mac n Cheese

Beecher’s Famous Mac & Cheese

Beecher's Cheese

Beecher’s Cheese

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Cheesemakers at Beecher’s

When walking through Pike Place, you cannot miss Beecher’s Cheese store.

This is how it all started:

“At the Beecher’s Handmade Cheese shops in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market and New York’s Flatiron District, visitors press their noses against the windows to witness a vat of creamy white milk transformed by the expert hands of the cheesemaker. Although he is aided in the process by simple machinery, the cheesemaker is crafting cheese using the same techniques that have been used for thousands of years.

A cheese lover since childhood, Kurt Beecher Dammeier remembers encouraging his mother to buy artisan cheese at a time when processed cheese was overtaking the market; and he recalls his great-grandfather, whose first name was Beecher, purchasing Stilton by the wheel.”

We walked into the store and asked what is the most famous thing that you sell here and they said- Mac & Cheese. So Mac & Cheese it was. To die for! It is very rich and creamy. If you don’t make it to Seattle anytime soon, visit the website and purchase the cheese on line!!! They sell gifts, cheese, side dishes, cook books and items to go with cheese. It’s everything cheese at Beecher’s.

Straight from the Beecher’s website, be sure to make the World’s Best Mac & Cheese

Beecher’s “World’s Best” Mac & Cheese

 “We came up with this recipe when we opened Beecher’s. We wanted to show our customers that you can cook with and eat great cheese every day, and this killer mac and cheese uses two of our cheeses with a background hint of garlic powder and chipotle pepper. We’ve already won the vote for Seattle’s best Mac and Cheese, but the tens of thousands of people a year from all over the world who eat it in our store tell us it’s the world’s Best.”

                                                                                                           serves 4 as a side dish
SAUCE
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole milk
7 ounces Flagship cheese, grated (about 1 3/4 cups)
1 ounce Just Jack cheese, grated (1/4 cup)
½ teaspoon coarse salt
¼ to ½ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

PASTA
6 ounces penne pasta (about 3 ¼ cups)
1 ounce (1/4 cup) Flagship cheese, grated
1 ounce (1/4 cup) Just Jack cheese, grated
¼ to ½ teaspoon chipotle chili powder Instructions
To prepare sauce, melt butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat and whisk in the flour. Continue whisking and cook for 2 minutes. Slowly add milk, whisking constantly. Cook until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Add cheeses, salt, chili powder and garlic powder. Stir until cheese is melted and all ingredients are incorporated, about 3 minutes. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350F. Butter or oil an 8-inch baking dish. Cook penne 2 minutes less than package directions. (It will finish cooking in the oven.) Rinse pasta in cold water and drain well.

Combine pasta and sauce in a medium bowl; mix carefully but thoroughly. Scrape the pasta into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle top with cheeses and then the chili powder.

Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

http://www.beechershandmadecheese.com/CheesyInfo/Recipes/FirmCheese/BeechersWorldsBestMacCheese.aspx

Ivar's Fish House Seattle

Ivar’s Fish House Seattle

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Ivar’s fish bar

Ivar’s Fish Bar is located at 1001 Alaskan Way on Pier 54, it the perfect place to sit out on

Famous clam chowder

Famous clam chowder

a sunny day, eat clam chowder and watch the seagulls. But watch out for your food! The seagulls love to watch your food while you watch the waterfront. As you can see in the picture above, not too many people opt to eat up at the counter and have those seagulls stare you down. Ivar’s not only has great chowder, we also had to try the Cajun-style fish and chips with lots and lots of malt vinegar and garlic malt vinegar. Yum!!!  Ivar’s is a seafood restaurant chain based in Seattle.

Ivar's Sign on Pier 54

Ivar’s Sign on Pier 54

Ivar’s was founded in 1938 by Seattle folk singer Ivar Haglund. Ivar built Seattle’s first

Cajun-style fish n chips

Cajun-style fish n chips

aquarium on what is now Pier 54. Then, he decided to add a companion fish and chips bar to feed his visitors. The bar was short-lived and on July 22, 1946, he opened a new restaurant, Ivar’s Acres of Clams, at the same location.

Ivar’s has two other full-service restaurants: Ivar’s Salmon House in Seattle’s Northlake neighborhood, and Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing in Mukilteo, Washington, next to the Washington State Ferries terminal. There is a fishbar outside of all three full-service restaurants. All its other locations are seafood bars. Ivar’s created the famous saying of “keep clam” that is posted all over each of the eateries.

Check out their site at http://ivars.com/

Michou Deli

Michou Deli

Have you ever bitten into something and wanted to savor that exact moment for the rest of your life????? That is what happened when I bit into a carrot cake cookie sandwich with cream cheese frosting from Michou Deli located at 1904

Michou Deli

Michou Deli

Pike Place. I will forever remember this cookie and it will probably be the first thing

that I will purchase upon returning to Seattle. We were just passing by, when we saw it in the window!! They should ship them to Hawaii. All of their foods looked amazing.

Check out their site at http://www.michoudeli.com

Michou World Class Deli

Michou World Class Deli

Iced tea latte

Iced tea latte

A Seattle food page would just not be complete without the mention of coffee!! While the are an

Tully's Coffee

Tully’s Coffee

abudance of coffee shops- literally on every corner in downtown Seattle, there is only one that we love and that is Tully’s Coffee. Everyone has their preference in coffee and on Kauai we are so limited. It was a very hot day at Pike Place in August, so we opted for an Iced Tea Latte with Earl Grey tea. Simply blissful, cool, and refreshing to walk the streets of Pike Place.

If you haven’t had a Tully’s coffee, try one while in Seattle. Tully’s Coffee first opened in 1992 as a specialty coffee retailer and wholesaler based in Seattle. Tully’s serves specialty coffees, espresso, baked goods, pastries, and coffee-related supplies. It also has overseas licensing agreements in Japan and South Korea. Tully’s Coffee is well known for once following an expansion strategy of opening stores adjacent to those of the considerably larger coffee chain Starbucks, also based in Seattle. Tom Tully O’Keefe is the founder of Tully’s Coffee. His goal was to rival the quickly expanding Starbucks coffee. Tully’s is currently a strong regional specialty-coffee retailer that was concentrated in Puget Sound, where coffee loyalty is so deep there is one coffee shop for every 4,000 people. The president and CEO has described Tully’s focus as no longer on competing against the mega giant Starbucks, but on serving fine hand crafted coffee.

Anniversary amenity

Anniversary amenity

We would also like to thank the Seattle Sheraton for a wonderful Anniversary amenity in our

Seattle Sheraton

Seattle Sheraton

room. We highly recommend this hotel for the location, as you can walk all over downtown Seattle, Pike Place, great restaurants nearby and shopping. Not to mention the great concierge staff who assisted us immensely. Had we stayed elsewhere, we would not have experienced the spectacular eateries that we did!!!!

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Wine Tasting in Woodinville, WA

JM Cellars

JM Cellars

Off to Woodinville!!!! When booking our trip to Seattle, we really wanted to do something “adult” since we were without the kids. We

Welcome To Woodinville Sign

Welcome To Woodinville Sign

called the Seattle Sheraton and the concierge highly recommended Evergreen Escapes!!! So we called and booked a wine tasting tour through Woodinville. The tour takes you on a beautiful ride in a Mercedes van to Woodinville. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, born & raised in the local area. The price is $125 per person which includes a 6 hour tour that takes you through 3 wineries. http://evergreenescapes.com/woodinville-wine-trail-experience

Elsom Cellars

Elsom Cellars

Woodinville, WA: Woodinville is located in King County, Washington. The population is approximately 10,938. Woodinville is part of the Seattle metropolitan area. There is a much larger population in Woodinville when including the adjacent areas of King (Cottage Lake) and Snohomish (Maltby) counties. Woodinville has waterfront parks on the Sammamish River, sweeping winery and brewery grounds, and densely wooded residential areas.

Woodinville’s economy is a mix of light industrial, retail, and tourism. Woodinville is commonly known for its local wineries, which showcase wines from grapes grown in Eastern Washington including Chateau Ste. Michelle, which is well-known for their popular summer concert series, Columbia Winery and dozens of other smaller ones. The Woodinville Tourist District is also home to the Redhook Ale Brewery and several fine restaurants including The Herbfarm “destination” restaurant.

Until July 2007, the north end of the Spirit of Washington Dinner Train’s route was at the Columbia Winery. Talks are currently underway to restore service, but running from Woodinville north to Snohomish, instead of south to Renton.

Elsom Cellars

Elsom Cellars

Eat a big breakfast before heading out on the 6 hour tour. We walked to Pike Place first and had a great breakfast at Bacco Bistro prior to taking off to Woodinville. The tour company will provide a meat and cheese platter at one of the wineries. However, I highly recommend bringing snacks so that you don’t get too woosey. Ha! We packed our beef jerky and granola bars (very posh) to snack during the ride. Bring enough to share!!! The tour take anywhere from 2-10 people. Our tour had a group of 8 from all over the U.S. It was fun chatting it up with a group, laughing along the way.

Evergreen Escapes:

Just outside Seattle lies Woodinville wine country, boasting nearly 100 wineries and tasting rooms. On this half-day quest, visit three award-winning wineries that deliver on elegance but leave the pretense at the door. Meet winemakers, tour wineries and taste fine wine, while our expert guides give a lesson in viticulture. You’ll clean your palate with local meats and cheeses, and shuttle this all-inclusive experience in one of our plush bio-diesel Mercedes vans.

First stop, Eslom Cellars!!!! Everyone’s favorite that day was the 2009 Columbia Valley Isabella (red) and the Road to Hell (white).

Elsom Cellars

Elsom Cellars

Wine Tasting Menu

Wine Tasting Menu

Red Wine Blend!!!! Be sure to ask for this one.

My husband’s second favorite was the 2009 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. The tastings at this winery were primarily reds. The staff was personable, knowledgable and fun!!! Be sure to ask for Erich!!He took us back to the barrels where we were able to sample directly from the barrel.

For more information be sure to visit

their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elsom-Cellars/106846303129

Elsom Cellars is located in Woodinville just around the corner from Redhook & Chateau St. Michelle Winery.  Tasting Room open Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5! www.elsomcellars.com http://elsomcellars.wordpress.comTwitter/: @elsomcellars

We were thrilled to be able to experience a tasting from an additional winery that day called Celaeno Winery.  Brian was very accommodating and described the details of his amazing wine- Road to Hell. The benefits of wine tasting from two wineries all in one place!!

Elsom Menu

Elsom Menu

As people who don’t typically drink white wine, we were blown away by the flavor and body of the white wine “Road to Hell”. Brian offered a taste of two different versions of his white wine. Both wines were the exact same grape and made at the exact same time. The difference in the two was that one was in an oak barrel and the other was in a stainless steel tank. We couldn’t believe the difference in the two. The wine from the stainless steel was a softer wine that left your palate immediately, while the “Road to Hell” had a bold flavor that lasted well after the taste. In addition, you were able to get a really good taste of the oak; it wasn’t overwhelmingly oaky, just perfect. The Road to Hell would be excellent with good chicken or seafood.  We even asked the owner if we could have another glass – which he was nice enough to give.

Be sure to check them out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CelaenoWinery?ref=br_rs

JM Cellars

JM Cellars

Our next stop was JM Cellars located up in the hills of Woodinville.

JM Cellars

Barrels at JM Cellars

Driving into the winery was amazing. The trees were so tall and you can smell them immediately stepping out of the van. The property and winery itself was absolutely beautiful. It has a very classy feel. When we walked up the path to the entrance there was a table setup with the wine glasses and a very

John at JM Cellars

John at JM Cellars

nice lady standing behind waiting to pour our drinks. Before pouring though, she began telling us about the property, the owners and the wine.

JM Cellars pouring

JM Cellars pouring

The introduction was very educational and had us all eager to try the wine. The ambiance and setting at this winery was quite  inviting. After our second tasting of the wine, John the owner took us in the back of the winery to show the barrels and explain where the wine was made. John took the time to explain their vineyards, the process, and THEIR style of making wine. Oh yeah, he also gave us two tastings of the wine right out of the barrel!!! We learned more about the process of wine making in the 15 minutes in the back of JM than ever before. We learned about the different kinds of oak barrels and why they use the ones they do. After he was finished explaining, we went to the next room for tasting. This is where we tasted our favorite JM wine the 2010 TRE, which is named after their three sons. The wine was amazing and something we wish we could have all of the time – for when we have company or just eating steak. This was a great wine!

John mentioned monthly family dinners that are held at the winery. I contacted the winery to find out more information.

“We hold what we call “Family Dinners” each quarter.  These are usually for our wine club members and guests featuring a local chef who will cook on site and share the process with the guests as the evening progresses.  They are intimate groups of 40 and we always have amazing food.”
Contact Brenda Butler at brenda@jmcellars.com if you have questions regarding the family dinners.

JM Cellars

JM Cellars

JM Menu

JM Wine Tasting List

JM Cellars is a family-owned winery in Woodinville, Washington working in
partnership with a diverse collection of the Columbia Valley’s
best vineyards to produce high quality wines styled for balance, power,
dimension and finesse. Best known for blended reds (we make four), many regard

Tre (formerly Tre Fanciulli) as JM Cellars’ “signature”
wine.
Production of all our wines is limited and so too is availability.
The wines are sold through our tasting room in Woodinville, our mailing list and in select wine shops

and restaurants. We hope your family will enjoy drinking them as much as our
family has enjoyed making them.
http://www.jmcellars.com/

Group wine tasting

Group wine tasting at Kestrel Winery

Kestrel

Kestrel

Final stop, Kestrel Winery.

Kestrel Winery

Kestrel Winery

We opened our winery in early 1999 on three acresin the Prosser Wine and Food Park.Our winery building is 15,000 square feet, which includes a 13,500 square foot cellar, tank, warehouse and barrel area as well as a 1,500 square foot tasting room, gift shop and office.We opened our doors as a 3,000 case winery and are now at approximately 35,000 cases.We are predominately a red wine producer with 90% of our production in Lady in Red, our red table blend, as well as our red varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. The remaining 10% is in Platinum – a blend of Gewurztraminer and Viognier, as well as Chardonnay and Viognier varietals.Barrel aging plays an important part in our wine production. Our wines are aged one-to-two years in the finest French, American and Hungarian oak barrels and provided bottle aging prior to release.http://www.kestrelwines.com/aboutus/

Kestrel wine tasting was located in a warehouse setting and was definitely the most commercial of the three wineries that day. As the tour guide said, “The wineries in the warehouse industrial area are like the Disneyland of wine tasting”. The tastings were in a room with tables which seemed to cater to larger groups. A marketing woman stood up and presented each wine to the table and then moved on to other tables. She was very knowledgable, while sales focussed at the same time. The two other wineries seemed to be more informative as we got to drink directly from the various barrels. Kestrel would be a great place to go wine tasting with a large group, as it was not an intimate setting. To be honest, we were loving the meat and cheese tray at the time. This was the only winery that day which passed out an order form for their wine. Not sure we really cared for that. Our view about wine is – if we LOVE it than we will buy it, we don’t need an order form. We were thankful that they had complementary water and lemon aide as well as live music.
Meat and Cheese Platter

Meat and Cheese Platter

$$ saving tips: Highly recommend booking a tour for several reasons. You can wine taste at numerous wineries and not worry about driving. Although the wine tastings were only about $10 per person, you will save money booking the tour because you wont have to rent a car, deal with GPS, hire a driver nor pay for gas. Also, the tour guides are so knowledgable and you don’t have to choose which wineries to visit when there are over 100 in Woodinville. The tour guides encourage feedback from the clients. We had an exceptional tour guide who kept us laughing while educating the group about each winery.

Thank you Angie!!!! Bring snacks and bottled water. The guide will provide snacks at the last winery which is about 5 hours into the tour.

Seattle in June

Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island

The great thing about Seattle is if you stay downtown, you can pretty much walk all around the waterfront, shopping, ferry boat rides, Pike Place Market, aquarium, Space Needle and have access to great restaurants. We stayed at the Seattle Westin which is located downtown. It was the perfect location if you don’t want to rent a car.

Space Needle

Space Needle

Seattle, Washington is so pretty in June!!

Space Needle

Space Needle

We were expecting slightly better weather as everyone said June is summer in Seattle, but not so true. We were there mid-June for one week and it was sunny one day. Fortunately, it was the one day we chose to ride to the top of the Space Needle via the elevators which travel 10 mph. The trip takes 41 seconds to reach the top and some tourists wait in hour-long lines. On windy days, the elevators slow to 5 miles per hour. It was really crowded at the top of the Space Needle. We walked all the way around to see the

Telescope views from top of Space Needle

Telescope views from top of Space Needle

various views. It is definitely a tourist trap and not that affordable for a family of four. We were not up there more than 15

Kids at Space Needle

Kids at Space Needle

minutes but the views of downtown Seattle skyline, Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Elliott Bay, and surrounding islands were very pretty.

History: The Space Needle is an observation tower in Seattle, Washington. It is a landmark of the Pacific Northwest, and a symbol of Seattle which is built in the Seattle Center. It was originally designed for the 1962 World’s Fair, which drew over 2.3 million visitors. Nearly 20,000 people a day used the elevators to ride to the top of the Space Needle. The Space Needle used to be the

View from Space Needle

View from Space Needle

tallest structure west of the Mississippi River, 605 feet high, 138 feet wide, and weighs 9,550 tons. Amazingly, the Space Needle was built to withstand winds of up to 200 miles per hour and earthquakes of up to 9.1 magnitude. It also has 25 lightning rods. The observation deck is at 520 feet and there is a gift shop with the rotating SkyCity restaurant at 500 ft. On April 19, 1999,

Kids at top of Space Needle

Kids at top of Space Needle

the city’s Landmarks Preservation Board designated the Space Needle a historic landmark.

Interesting fact: Six people have jumped off of the Space Needle using parachutes to break their fall as part of a sport known as base

Monorail

Monorail

jumping since its opening, but this activity is only legal with prior consent. Four jumpers were part of various promotions, and the other two were arrested. No thanks, we will not be attempting this activity nor recommending it on the blog.

Tickets are $1.00 cheaper when purchasing on line and you will also save time by bypassing the long ticket lines. The Space Needle is open until midnight during the summer. We took the monorail to get to the Space Needle from our hotel.

Seattle Center Monorail is the nation’s first full-scale commercial monorail system which provides a fun, quick and convenient link between downtown Seattle and Seattle Center.

Seattle Center Monorail departs approximately every 10 minutes from two stations: Westlake Center Station, at 5th Avenue and Pine Street and Seattle Center Station, adjacent to the Space Needle. For more information about the monorail visit http://www.seattlemonorail.com/

Prices are as follows:

Regular: $21 up early (8am-9:30am) or up late (6pm-close): $17

Senior (ages 65+): $18 up early (8am-9:30am) or up late (6pm-close): $15

Youth (ages 4-12): $12 up early (8am-9:30am) or up late (6pm-close): $10

Child (age 3 & under): Free

Purchase tickets on line at http://www.spaceneedle.com/visit-the-needle/tickets/

I caught the fish!

I caught the fish!

Pike Place Fish Market

Pike Place Fish Market

Pike Place Market: Pike Place is somewhere that everyone should experience….it is an

Pike Place Fish Market

Pike Place Fish Market

experience and difficult to explain. We loved walking around and observing all of the people shopping, the noise, the fresh, long-stemmed flowers, the aromas of the open-air market and tasting our way through. We didn’t actually stop to eat, we walked and kept eating along the way. Of course, we had to stop off at the world famous Pike Place Fish Market where people come from all over the world to see the crew of fishmongers throwing fish and having fun with customers. My son would absolutely say that this was the highlight of our trip to Seattle!!!

Pike Place Bakery

Pike Place Bakery

About the market:

Pike Place Market is a public, open air market which overlooks the Elliott Bay waterfront

Bakery

Bakery

in Seattle. Pike Place Market opened on August 17, 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States. The market is actually a place of business for small farmers, craftspeople and merchants. Pike Place was named after the central street, which runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street, and remains one of Seattle’s most popular tourist destinations.

Lobsters in the market

Lobsters in the market

Pike Place is built on the edge of a steep hill. It has several levels located below the main level, each consisting of a variety of unique shops such as antique dealers,

Uli's in Pike Place

Uli’s in Pike Place

comic book and collectible shops, small family-owned restaurants, and one of the oldest head shops (tobacco) in Seattle. The upper street level contains fishmongers, fresh produce stands and craft stalls operating in the covered arcades.  The mission of the Market and it’s founding goal is: to allow consumers to “Meet the Producer”.

There are also residences within the Market. Nearly 500 residents live in 8 different buildings throughout the Market. The Pike Place Market receives 10 million visitors annually. Check out a list of all of the retailers by going to http://pikeplacemarket.org/

Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Aquarium: Off to the aquarium!!!!! The aquarium is located on the waterfront as

Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Aquarium

well. It is a public aquarium which opened in 1977 and is located on Pier 59 on the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle.

This was our first time seeing the Tufted Puffin in person. They were so cute and so much fun as they dove down in the water in front of us in a glass tank.

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Marine Life at Seattle Aquarium

The aquarium is active in promoting marine conservation and educates over 800,000 visitors each year regarding the impact on marine life. The aquarium is also involved with marine life research. In June 2007, it opened an 18,000-square-foot expansion that

Front of Aquarium

Front of Aquarium

includes a new 2,625-square-foot gift store and café and two new exhibits which are the Window on Washington Waters and the Crashing Waves. The Crashing Waves Exhibit is a 40-foot wave tank that is similar to the Washington shores from the intertidal zone to a depth of about 5 feet. The Window on Washington Waters is a 120,000-US-gallon tank . that replicates the coastal waters of Washington state from about 5 to 60 feet. It is home to native marine life such as: salmon, rockfish, and sea anemones. Several times per day visitors will see divers wearing special masks to converse with visitors from inside the tank. For more information please visit http://www.seattleaquarium.org/

Prices are as follows:

Adults (ages 13 & over) $21.95

Youth (ages 4-12) $14.95

Ages 3 & under are free

The Crab Pot - Don't Mess

The Crab Pot – Don’t Mess

The Crab Pot

The Crab Pot

The Crab Pot Restaurant & Bar: Walking along the Pier there are so many restaurants to choose from.

Crab Pot Seattle

Crab Pot Seattle

The Crab Pot sounded great and looked like a lot of fun. The menu includes: Salads, Seafeasts, Burgers, Sandwiches, Seafood and Chips, Grilled Seafood, Ribs and Chicken, Cioppino, Crab Combos, Seafood Market, Desserts and of course a Kids Menu. You must try the Seafeast!!! What is a Seafeast you ask? The Crab Pot takes a variety of fresh seafood, steamed with mouth-watering spices, and pours it out on the table on butcher paper, give you a mallet, bibs & let you go at it! It is for two or more people.

Sit back, put your apron on, grab a mallet and get ready for a greasy chin!!! There are several options for the Seafeast which include:

The Cove $15.95 per person Steamed clams, Pacific mussels, shrimp in the shell, andouille sausage, corn on the cob & red potatoes in their jackets

The Westport $25.95 per person Dungeness crab, snow crab, shrimp in the shell, steamed clams & Pacific mussels, andouille sausage, corn on the cob & red potatoes in their jackets

The Pacific Clambake $32.95 per person Steamed clams, oysters, Pacific mussels, dungeness crab, snow crab, shrimp in the shell, a salmon skewer, andouille sausage, corn on the cob & red potatoes in their jackets

The Alaskan $38.95 per person King crab, dungeness crab, snow crab, shrimp in the shell, steamed clams, Pacific mussels, andouille sausage, corn on the cob & red potatoes in their jackets

The Crab Pot Seattle

The Crab Pot Seattle

We ordered our food and took in the gorgeous views from the restaurant. We looked

The Seattle Waterfront

The Seattle Waterfront

around and watched people hammer away at their food. When the waitress came out, she dumped the hot pot on the butcher table and a corn on the cob rolled off the table onto my son’s lap. That was pretty funny, as they were shocked that she dumped it out the food let alone corn rolling off the table. It’s pretty wild.

Seattle, WA:  (206) 624-1890 1301 Alaskan Way Pier 57, Seattle, WA

Spaghetti Factory

Spaghetti Factory

The Old Spaghetti Factory since we don’t have one on Kauai. Growing up in California, we would eat there often and we wanted to let our kids have the same experience. It is located at 2801 Elliott Ave near the Waterfront. We walked there from our hotel. It is such a family friendly restaurant and very affordable. Of course- I had to have their famous Mizithra Cheese. Mizithra is a traditional Greek cheese with Protected Designation of Origin. For thousands of years, Mizithra has been manufactured in Greece. It is manufactured from whey derived from sheep, goats, cows or mixtures of milks in the regions of Macedonia, Thrace, Thessalia, Sterea Hellas, Peloponissos, Ionian islands, Aegean island and Crete island.

“A meal at The Old Spaghetti Factory is more than a meal. It’s an experience. We invest meticulous attention to our décor, so our guests feel as though they’re stepping into another world. Every location is adorned with antique lighting, intricate stained glass displays and an old-fashioned trolley car that doubles as centerpiece display and dining hall. With our expansive kids’ menu, special treats and fun activities, we want families to feel as at home in our restaurant as they do in their own dining rooms.”
Westin Seattle

Westin Seattle

We stayed at the Westin Seattle located at 1900 5th Avenue. It was a perfect location to

View from room at Seattle Westin

get around town without having to rent a car. Being there in June, it was quite interesting that the sun did not set until very late. It was difficult for the kids to go to sleep because it was so bright in the hotel room. It seemed to be light until 9-10 p.m. The hotel had an indoor, heated pool and a sundeck, which offered a great view of Seattle. All of the rooms have huge windows and our room happened to have a view of the Space Needle. Pretty cool. Some of the local attractions include: Seattle Waterfront, Victoria Clipper, International District, Pioneer Square, Experience Music Project, Lake Union, Pacific Science Center, The Space Needle, Argosy Cruises, Underground Tour, Tillicum Village and Tours, Woodinville Wine Company, Muckleshoot Indian Casino, and Emerald Queen Casino. For more information on the Westin Seattle visit http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1055

Ferry ride to Bainbridge

Ferry ride to Bainbridge

Bainbridge Island: When visiting Seattle, pick an island to go and visit.

Ferry Boat

Ferry Boat

Bainbridge Island is a city in Kitsap County, Washington. This is the name of the island in Puget Sound on which the city is situated. The population is approximately 23,025.

CNN/Money and Money magazine named Bainbridge Island the second-best place to live in the United States in 2005.

The local newspapers are the weekly Bainbridge Island Review and the daily Kitsap Sun.

Inside the ferry

Inside the ferry

The roundtrip fares on the Washington State Ferries are quite inexpensive- adults are $7.70 and kids $6.20. The

Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island

Washington State Ferries leave about every 40 minutes starting at 5:30 a.m. through 10 p.m. We chose to visit Bainbridge Island which is only a 35 minute ride each way. Bring a jacket- we were there in June and still froze when the wind kicked up. The island felt very safe as we walked around the various streets. We went to a local candy shop, ice cream parlor, ate lunch in town and visited the most beautiful park on the water. The kids

Candy Shop

Candy Shop

ran around and played at the park for quite awhile. The island is very green with beautiful trees everywhere. It was nice, cool and breezy in June.

For more information about Washington State Ferries, visit http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/

$$ saving tips: When eating at the Crab Pot order the Seafeast for 2 and share with 4

Kids first laundry mat experience

Kids first laundry mat experience

people. It is a lot of food, plus they bring bread to the table again and again. We ordered one appetizer and the Seafeast for 2 and it was plenty of food for our family of four. The kids meals were are only $4.95 but our kids wanted to eat the seafood and experience the Seafeast.

Don’t bother renting a car! Seattle has so many options for public transportation. It is a very walk friendly city and as long as you stay downtown – you will be sure to get around just fine.

This is really funny. We had laundry to do and the hotel we stayed at only offered dry cleaning services. Laundry mats within hotels is kind of a thing of the past. Since the four of us were in a hotel room, we found a local laundry mat. The kids could not believe it!!! They had never even heard of a laundry mat much less been to one. They were nervous to leave our clothes there and walk around while we waited for the clothes to wash. We gave them the coins and asked them to go up to the counter to pay the attendant and then my daughter asked- why do we have to pay for soap and to wash our own clothes?? It was a learning experience indeed. Then they decided to have a little fun while pushing each other around in the laundry carts. Hey- it’s all about saving money!!!

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