Seattle Weekend – Day 1
Phill and I had an early morning flight at 7 to go to Seattle. Fortunately, we departed from Burbank so it wasn’t that bad. We had a good two hour flight or so up, napping a little and reading a lot.
As we started our descent we had some great views of the mountains.
Once on the ground we took the train to downtown, getting a nice view of the skyline along the way.
By the time we arrived at our hotel it was about 11, and amazingly they had our room ready for us!
We put our bags down, cleaned up a bit and then headed out to find some brunch.
Along the way we passed Pike market and since it wasn’t too crowded stopped for a picture.
Brunch was at Biscuit Bitch a popular joint with a biscuit-heavy menu.
I had the gritty scrambled cheesy bitch that was loaded with bacon and grits. So good. It felt like we were in Portland again.
Phill had a pork-free sandwich which he enjoyed.
After eating we decided to walk up to the Space Needle, passing by several Starbucks.
We eventually arrived and noticed that they were doing some work on it…
Still we bought tickets to see what the fuss was about.
Inside, they took our picture in front of a green screen.
Then as we walked up the ramp to the elevators up they had the whole history of the structure’s construction on several boards.
Monitoring the elevators.
Once at the top we headed outside to get the views, even though it was raining (typical Seattle) a bit.
After getting enough pictures and feeling like we got our $20 worth of time, we went back inside.
Phill grabbed a cider and we chilled / warmed up inside for a bit.
Phill also checked out the Virtual Reality thing they had going on.
After the Space Needle we went to the nearby Museum of Pop or MoPop to see what that was all about.
They had a Mario wall up for their indie game exhibit room, where there were a bunch of indie games on various platforms available to play.
We went down into the basement first…
And we checked out the sci-fi themed stuff they had on display, which were mostly movie props and costumes:
They also had this weird spaceship simulator in the corner that ultimately wound up just taking your picture:
From there we went to the horror exhibit that honored horror movies and their famed villains.
Phill liked the walking dead heads in the aquariums.
They had a scream booth where you could scream like you were going to get killed.This was my scream face. Oops.
From there we went up to the Star Trek exhibit.
Phill watched the show a bit when he was younger, I’ve only seen the newest three movies.
We felt obligated to check out the fantasy stuff even though we’re not all that into fantasy.
They did have a dragon in a cage.
I don’t watch Game of Thrones!
From there we went up to the Jim Henson exhibit which was a history of his career and the early puppets he made:
to his most famous:
The gang from Sesame Street.
Yay! It was cool to see the puppets up close and learn about his company and how it all developed to become the big thing it is today — owned by Disney.
After all that we headed back out and walked back through the park and down to our hotel to rest and shower before dinner.
Dinner was at Salare over in Ravenna neighborhood.
Phill had a drink to get things started.
Ciabatta Rolls! Simple but so good.
Lamb tartare. Very flavorful and so good, but then again I love most tartare.
Beets with Bulgarian feta, flaxseed tuile, Asian pear, ricotta & mint. It was okay, the ricotta made it really creamy and I don’t really care for that texture with my beets.
Risotto with Dungeness crab, red bell pepper relish & herb purée Yum!.
Agnolotti with honeynut squash, maitake mushrooms, almonds & bleu cheese — if you only get one pasta get this one.
Strip Loin with salsify, einkorn, romanesco & huckleberry gastrique. A pretty good steak!
After dinner we walked down the street to have some cider over at Ravenna Brewing Co. The place was still pretty busy even though they were only open for a couple more hours. I had the cider that tasted like pie, and it was really good. Phill’s was cherry flavored and not as good. It was starting to rain after we finished our drinks, so we opted to call a Lyft and head back to the hotel for the night after having such a good full first day exploring the city.