So, yeah. We went back to Seattle. I was certain Banoo would love the city, and we thought that in order to soften the blow of returning to Finland and leaving our family behind, we would have a buffer-break of a few days in Seattle. You know, to soften the transition. I was right, of course, Ban did love the city, and we spent two and a half days eating our way through town, visiting gorgeous Bainbridge Island, and even seeing Beethoven's 9th at the Seattle Symphony (goosebumps!). We got lucky and had glorious sunshine the whole time, too!
In case you are ever in town, here are some addresses we particularly enjoyed, by neighbourhood:
Uwajimaya- 600 5th Avenue South
A massive Asian food market! I found all sorts of treasures in here, and you can buy ready-cooked meals to eat on the go. Great for snacking on-the-go!
Shanghai Garden- 524 6th Ave S
Hand-shaved noodles- both barleygreen and regular. SO GOOD. One meal of these are you're set for the day.
Le Pichet- 1933 1st Avenue
I had the best coffee I have ever had in my life in this very French-feeling caff. Cosy, calm, quiet.
The Lucky Diner- 2630 1st Avenue
Breakfast served all day (the omelettes are fab) and open 24 hours on the weekend. If I had a social life and lived in Seattle, this is where I would come for 4 am pancakes after a night on the tiles.
Pho Big Bowl- 2248 NW Market St
This non-descript place has five bowl sizes (from small to massive effin' punch bowl) from which to choose for your noodles (pronounced FAH, not FOH), and you always get either a free soda or mango pudding with every order. Warm, filling, tasty! Great fuel for the long walk back to downtown from Ballard. Seriously, it took like two hours and crossing a dodgy pedestrian bridge footpath to get home. Yeeps.
Miro Tea- 5405 Ballard Ave N.W
This is where I experienced tea nirvana. Visit this little caff for the best tea latté ever created- the London Fog. I could drink this and only this forever and ever and ever.
Glasswing- 1525 Melrose Ave
This is a relatively new shop that has opened at the base of Capitol Hill, though you wouldn't know it. It feels cosy and well-worn (in a good way) and they have a great selection of woven wooly goods (Pendleton etc) and lovely Pacific Northwest-y type soaps and candles and hand-produced items, including furniture by local designers. And plants! Did I mention also that the staff are all really good looking? Because that's important folks.
Honey Hole- 703 E Pike St
God damn. The sandwiches here are to die for. Not only do they have the best name ever, they serve all sorts of fresh sarnies and sides- set to the tunes of classic 80's metal. The walls are painted blood red. There's a bar in the corner serving local ales. Honey Hole is awesome.
Victrola Coffee Roasters- 310 E Pike St
Quiet, good chai and coffee, and lovely, relaxing music. This former auto shop is now home to a coffee shop that freshly roasts its own beans daily. A great stop off when you're heading up (or down) the hill.
Obviously there are thousands of places we could mention, but these are a good place to start. Thanks, Seattle, for being awesome and welcoming!