I have never been to Seattle before but it pretty much lived up to my expectations. Great coffee, friendly people, awesome outdoor market, and drizzly. To be fair, I hear the summers there are gorgeous so a return trip is definitely in order. When we arrived, we spent most of our afternoon wandering through Pike’s Place. It was so awesome, it made me wish I could live in Seattle.
|Being tourists outside the market.|
The massive line of people waiting outside this little stand coupled with the intoxicating smell of fried dough entranced us to the one and only Daily Dozen Doughnut Company.
|It doesn’t get any better than freshly made donuts.|
Quite possibly my demise:
|Vegetarian Kimchi Bowl|
Let me just say that we were all sampling food that afternoon. We all bought bubble tea and we all ate kimchi from this one Korean stand. How I was the only one that got food poisoning that night shall remain a mystery. I will spare the details, but it was the worst food poisoning I ever experienced. The whole time I was thinking about where I left my health insurance card so I can present it to whatever hospital I ended up at. I was being dramatic yes, but it was pretty bad. We weren’t sure if I would be able to make the drive to the border the next day.
Day 2 – 7 – Whistler
Luckily whatever demon bacteria I had stopped revolting against me the next morning and I was feeling well enough to make the five-hour drive. I really didn’t want my vacation to start and end in Seattle. I was mentally gearing up to become a pro snowboarder of Olympic caliber.
Mind you, I have only been snowboarding once so my dream was shattered quite quickly when I realized this would be harder than I thought. My cousins and I signed up for three days of lessons. The instructors were very patient to say the least.
I understood how you needed to move, or make your body move rather. And how the weight should always be on the front leading foot and that you are either on your toeside or heelside. But once I got up on the board, it was a different story. By the fourth day, I swear if I had fallen on my butt one more time, it would have fallen off. So mid-day, I switched to skis and it was great; I was never happier.
|Snowfall in Whistler.|
At night we took turns cooking meals in our cabin. Everything is really expensive at Whistler! Not only is the Canadian dollar stronger but because pretty much everything needs to be trucked up to the resort, prices were absurd. A loaf of plain white sliced bread for $6?! We did bite the bullet one night and treated ourselves to dinner at The Wildflower Restaurant which is part of The Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
|“Grown-up” Mac n’ Cheese with lobster, pancetta and peas.|
|Prime rib dinner for Chris. Meat, anyone?|
We had lunch at Mongolie Grill on our last day. It kind of reminded me of FiRE + iCE from Boston where you get to pick your own ingredients and sauces and they’ll cook it up in a grill in front of you. You get lots of ingredients to choose from but I felt their sauces, although had different names, were pretty much all the same.
My favorite thing about Whistler village is David’s Tea. I am now a fanatic of this place only having just discovered it. Chris and I have recently gotten into loose teas more and love trying new teas. David’s Tea has so many awesome varieties and their staff are really knowledgeable. My two cousins and I spent over an hour smelling teas and sampling them. My new favorite is Toasted Walnut which is a green tea with toasted walnuts, nut brittle, dried pineapple, coconut and almond pieces. It’s like comfort in a cup.
Day 7/8 – Vancouver
We didn’t have much time in Vancouver since we arrived in the evening and had to leave very early the next day. On a recommendation from a friend we went to Hapa Izukaya for dinner and it was fantastic in filling our needs for sushi and sake. The atmosphere was somewhat trendy and it was strange to see the servers so scantily dressed. Though we all loved the food so hey, they can dress however they like.
|Earl grey chiffon cake with chocolate ice cream.|
Day 8 – Return to Seattle
Redemption for Seattle! I heard great things about Paseo from friends so we headed there for lunch before our evening flight.
|Roast pork sandwich with sweet banana peppers, ham and swiss melted between a hot press.|
|Tofu con gusto: tofu fried in olive oil and garlic tapenade.|