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Seattle Travel Diary

A week or two, I told you all that I would be traveling a lot. Believe it or not, I’m still traveling as I am writing this post! This almost two-week trip has shown me so many new places, food, and lifestyles. Let’s just say I am really digging the Pacific Northwest right about now (hint hint to my next adventure!)

The first place we visited on our journey was Seattle to visit my uncle and his girlfriend. They definitely took us around to all the sights we wanted to see! Here what we did in itinerary format. This is what we did in Seattle for two days –

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On day one, we flew into Seattle and immediately noticed the beautiful weather. We then checked into our hotel and drove towards Pike Place Market area where we met our family members.

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TO EAT // Pike Place Chowder

Who goes to Seattle without eating a bowl of chowder? We walked to the original location and was shocked at how many people were in line on a Thursday.

Pro tip: Instead of going to the original Pike Place Chowder location, go a few blocks up to the location in the Pacific Place Center. The menu’s, ingredients, and everything was the same. According to my uncle, a local, it tastes exactly the same.

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After eating the chowder at the other location, we trekked back to Pike Place Market.

TO VISIT // Pike Place Market + millions of photo opportunities

At Pike Place Market there are so many business stands with fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh seafood, and even little trinkets to take back home. It will most likely be crowded given it being a top tourist attraction in Seattle. I feel like it’s worth it though!

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Side note: This market is notorious for their LARGE seafood. When I say ginormous, I mean ginormous!!

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TO VISIT // The Original Starbucks

Many want to buy a coffee from the original Starbucks but the line was entirely too long for me to wait in the chilly weather. I visited it nonetheless, so that means I get to cross another thing off of my list this year –

☑️ Visit the original Starbucks

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TOWN TO VISIT // Fremont

Fremont is the cutest little town in between two universities. We spent the rest of our night there because of how cute it all was. One of the highlights of Fremont, in my opinion, was the unique thrift shops and the small businesses. We also visited a cute coffee shop that was totally up my alley – might I add! This town is also connected to the underground line so you can visit if you choose not to rent a car!

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TO EAT // Agrodolce

This Sicilian restaurant served certified organic and freshly made ingredients. Definitely one of the two or three dollar signs Yelp restaurants but I have never eaten so many courses and actually felt good afterward. The portions were perfect and not too big (like the majority of Texas).

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Who doesn’t like a restaurant that is open-minded and accepting of all? One of the reasons I prefer the west over the south. Open minds, open hearts, and a whole lot of love over here!

 

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A cheese platter with a goat cheese, a cow cheese, and a sheep cheese. Served with freshly made bread, red apples, and rhubarb jam.

 

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Caramelized broccoli with toasted almonds, chili flake, and anchovy vinaigrette

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One of the special appetizers of the day with red and yellow tomatoes, shishiito peppers, a type of cheese, and watermelon. Sounds like a weird combination but MAN it was yummy!

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Nash’s red wheat rigatoni with marinara, mama lil’s pepper, Granada padano, and a skagit river ranch beef and pork sugo.

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These are both homemade gelato – lemon and s’mores!

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I loved everything about this restaurant,. In addition to the food, the ambiance was perfect for a date or a meal with the girls. There are twinkly lights, couches, and picturesque outdoor seating.

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TO VISIT // Chihuly Garden & Glass and Space Needle

Chihuly was my mom’s request and it was pretty cool! Also, the Space Needle, which was right next to Chihuly cost $30 per person to ride to the top… can you believe that? I personally felt content by just looking at so we all moved on to Chihuly.

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These blown glass structures were super cool. My brother wondered if there was a rage-y person that threatened to destroy these pieces of art.

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Another picture worthy site: Chihuly Garden Observatory

TOWN TO VISIT // Chinatown – Seattle

I am almost certain every major city in the US has a boomin’ Chinatown with all of the Asian delicacies you can find! These stores are normally locally owned and depict Asian culture very well.

** Pro tip: Definitely go to Daiso and Kinokuniya for your stationary needs. So many notebooks, pens, highlighters, pencil cases, washi tape, and stickers!

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I bought these two black-bound 50- sheet kraft notebooks from Daiso for only $1.50 each! They’re so cute and are a perfect size for your school bag.

As for writing utensils, I bought a 0.30 blue pen from Daiso and two 0.20 Uniball Signo’s and another Zebra Mildliner from Kinokuniya. I take too long in stationery stores!!

TO EAT // Kau Kau Barbecue

Sadly, I am not surrounded by many Asian markets and authentic Asian food in my area. Of course, Panda Express is delicious but it is incomparable to authentic Chinese meats and noodles. One of my uncle’s favorite places in China town is Kai Kai Barbecue. We decided to pick up half a pound of roast duck and a pound or roast pork for dinner that night.

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TO EAT // Bambu

My Houston fellows know there are many Bambu locations in our area! Weirdly enough, my family and my uncle’s girlfriend, Katie, has never tried Bambu. We decided to get a few boba drinks and a mango shaved ice as a snack before heading back to our hotel for the night.

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This is a mango shaved ice with fresh strawberries and condensed milk. The shaved ices come in many flavors, toppings, and sizes.

Overall, those two days were a great introduction to Seattle! I really like everything about Seattle and may even consider living there in the future with my love. Stay tuned for another travel diary of the adventure I am currently on!

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