What I ate on my PNW vacation… (Part 2; Seattle)

When I vacation, my main goal is to try as many amazing restaurants as possible. Last week I posted about the food I had while in Tacoma and today we’re talking about Seattle. This is good stuff, ya’ll! (If you missed my Tacoma post, you can check it out right here, and you can read about Portland tomorrow)

Seattle-EatsWhat I ate on my PNW vacation… (Part 2; Seattle)

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Piroshki Piroshki

Delicious, delicious, delicious. I have never had a piroskhi so I’m going to assume you haven’t either. It’s a sweet or savory hand pie made with the most insanely flaky crust and a variety of fillings. I tried the beef and cheese (good) and the mushroom, chicken, and rice (mind-blowing). Eat it on a curb while people watching at the Pike Place Fish Market.

Il Corvo

This is the best meal I’ve eaten in my entire life. I didn’t even know food could taste this good. Every day the menu changes and features 3-4 scratch made pastas with the most incredibly well-executed sauces. We ordered two of the three choices on the menu for the day and it was so good that even when I got hungry I didn’t want to eat again because I knew that no food would be as good as these dishes. For only $9 a bowl I feel like I practically stole this meal and I cannot believe how upset I am that this place exists so far away from my home. Go there immediately.

Rachel’s Ginger Beer

Not really a full restaurant but that’s okay. The team at RGB create an array of seasonal, fresh brewed ginger beers that are unlike any soda I’ve ever had. They aren’t too sweet and feature flavors such as white peach and hibiscus. It was an excellent refresher for a hot afternoon and I can’t even imagine how delicious it would be with some booze in it (Gin…I’m lookin’ at you!)

Seattle

You aren’t tired of hearing about my PNW vacation yet, right? Awesome. Here are my favorite snaps from my days in Seattle. I got to spend time with my sweet friend from college and her baby girl, eat a piroshki, blow through the fish market, visit the gum wall, eat some incredible pasta, and look out on the gorgeous water views. I’ll have a Seattle food post up later this week but for now, a few photos from my visit!

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Portland Art Museum

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I traveled through the Pacific Northwest with my friend, Katie. She visited me years ago when I was living in Chicago and we spent a day at the museum replicating the art. It was hilarious and I still giggle when I look at the pictures. We decided it might be fun to create a tradition of mocking the museum so when we were in Portland, we visited their museum for round two.

Portland

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The middle of my vacation was spent in Portland, OR. It’s a short drive from Tacoma (though there was an insane amount of traffic that stretched the drive considerably). Initially I wasn’t loving Portland. The downtown was extremely crowded, dirty and smelled unpleasant. We walked past many banks, chain stores, and shoddy restaurants and felt more and more disheartened the longer we were there. After checking in to our Air BnB, my friend and I decided to turn to Yelp and Facebook for recommendations. I am so glad we did because the trip immediately turned around. We spent the rest of the weekend sifting through cool local shops, eating incredible food (check back tomorrow), mocking the museum (that gets its own post too), and totally loving Portland. I am already plotting my next trip now that I know where to stay, what to eat, and how to shop in Portland.

What I ate on my PNW vacation… (Part 1; Tacoma)

Last week I spent time in Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland. I feel like most people probably spend their vacations sleeping in late, bar-hopping, and hooking up with some strange. When I’m on vacation, I spend my time plotting out my next meal, poking around local shops, and reading in parks (or coffee shops depending on the weather). I like to go to bed early and get out the door first thing to soak up the day. When I was traveling, I ate out a lot. I’m a litttttle cash poor now but it was 10000% worth it. Here’s what I ate in Tacoma and how I felt about it (Stay tuned for the Seattle and Portland posts)

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The Red Hot

I had the Hosmer Hound Dog (bacon, peanut butter, and hot dog) and tasted my friend’s Heidelberg (apple cider kraut, german beef and potato sausage, locally made relish, and spicy mustard) and was loving every bite. This was the first meal of the trip and might just be one of my favorites overall.

Ice Cream Social

I liked this but didn’t love it. Ice Cream Social has a great logo, a sweet but sparsely decorated space, and the usual flavors you’d expect from an ice cream shop with a few rotating flavors. I had cookies and cream in a cone and I feel like one visit to this restaurant was probably enough. The ice cream lacked in flavor and the cone was a little bland as well.

The Metronome

Coffeeeeee. This is a great spot to sit and crank out some work. I had an iced vanilla latte and spent a few hours working on Hoot & Holler business. The latte was fine but the real draw was the great space they have and a quiet and focused ambiance.

Stink

I popped in here for lunch and was absolutely blown away by the sandwich I chose to eat. Appropriately named “the stinker”, this gem was made with peanut butter, blackberry preserves, bacon, and blue cheese on a multi-grain bread. It sounds odd but was out-of-this-world delicious and the lavender dry soda I had with it was the icing on the cake!

Art House Cafe

I wanted to love this restaurant. The menu looks amazing and the location is next to Stadium High School which is gorgeous, but the overall experience here fell flat. I ordered the Eggs Benedict and was served a plate of eggs that were overdone, burnt potatoes, and a hollandaise that never quite emulsified. The accompanying service was spotty and slow. I will say that when we drew our servers attention to the disappointing meal she was extremely apologetic and ended up comping most of the meal. I hope they were just having an off morning because it seems like they had all the makings for success!

Indochine

I love thai foooooood. LOVE IT. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. We split the pot stickers and an order of pad thai and I was not let down. It’s an excellent little spot with large plates, a great view, and quick, attentive service. I’d absolutely go back!

Hilltop Kitchen

Yum. I’d call this the best meal of the trip and I didn’t even order food for myself. We stopped in here for a drink and ordered the duck tacos and I cannot stop thinking about them. Perfectly cooked duck served with gooseberries and a fig jam. The drinks were out of this world and I would probably live there if I called Tacoma my home.

Pho King

I was craving pho in a really ugly way the first half of this trip so I snagged some pho and ate it in the park one night. It was pretty standard as far as pho goes but if you’re in the mood it’ll hit the spot for ya. The real highlight of this experience was eating it in the park.