savoring seattle


Seattle Food GuideBrian and I ate so well on our trip (deliciously, not healthily) that we had to push back our engagement-photo session originally scheduled for this weekend by a week to try and reverse some of the damage. Desperate times, desperate measures. The face chub is likely irreparable, but it’s worth a shot. 

I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t stop to snap a few pictures along the way, so please follow along as I take a look back at some of the meal and travel highlights in our first stop of Seattle. There’s more to come in a little home video that I’m working on, but these pictures and suggestions should tide us over for now. Let’s go!

Brian at Pike Place Market{Brian enjoying the first of several honeydew bubble teas on vacation}

Pike Place Market was my absolute favorite thing about the city, so let’s start there. I’m such a sucker for stinky and fragrant markets full of food stands of all sorts, and Pike Place is up there with the greatest. It even rivaled Barcelona’s Boqueria, which you can read about here

We enjoyed our first lunch at Soundview Cafe on the recommendation of our friend Britt. I didn’t take any pictures because I was looking and feeling pretty haggard from our 6am coast-to-coast flight, but I digress. Soundview offers casual fare (great salad bar) with one of the best dining views in the city. It’s definitely worth a visit. 

Pike Place Market - Pear Delicatessen Sandwiches
For another one of our meals there (there were many), we stopped inside Pear Delicatessen & Shoppe just a few doors down from the original Starbucks (the line at that place! maybe it’s just us, but Brian and I weren’t so enthralled with it, not enough to wait around for souvenir cups). Anyway, anytime the extra p & e get tacked onto the word “shop,” you have a certain old-timey, cute expectation, and Pear didn’t disappoint. As if the Market didn’t offer enough already, Pear is full of local products, wines, cheeses and tasty sandwiches. 

Pear Delicatessen Italian Sandwich
Just look at that! I forget the name, but this is one of their Italian sandwiches with the usual salami, tomato, mozzarella and a delicious roasted tomato oregano spread. All of Pear’s meats are house-roasted and hormone and antibiotic-free, so you can feel good about what you’re eating. The sandwiches tasting good is a given.

Pear Grilled Cheese
Perhaps none more than their signature Pear Grilled Cheese. Gruyere and Swiss cheese with pear compote between two slices of crunchy rosemary bread. Incredible! If you’re ever in Seattle you need to order one for yourself and hold it right up to your nose for a nice long whiff. Yeah, you’ll look weird doing it, but it’s totally worth it. 

Pike Place Market - Piroshky Piroshky
It’s also worth stopping in Piroshky Piroshky just a few doors down. It’s the other place with the line, but not quite the length of the Starbucks tourists. 

What’s a piroshky, you ask? Piroshkies are Russian hand-held pies (you know I’m a fan) that come in all varieties, savory or sweet. 

Piroshky Piroshy Selection

Here’s just a small sampling of all Piroshky Piroshky has to offer. 

Piroshky Piroshky Apple Roll
It was so hard to pick just one, but in a show of restraint (if you can even call it that), we ordered their most popular Apple Cinnamon Roll. It was great, not as mind-blowing as we’d hoped, but we certainly had no trouble devouring the whole thing, easy on the eyes too.

Piroshky Piroshky Whole Baked Apple Pie

Next time, and there will be a next time, I’m trying one of the savory piroshkies and this Whole Baked Apple one. The apple is baked right in! Definitely one of Pike Place’s noteworthy gems.

Pike Place Flowers
And the flowers! They were so colorful and big and unbelievably cheap. That big guy goes for 10 dollars. Can you believe it? 

Pike Place Market Fresh Flowers
And these bouquets only cost 5 dollars. All of that rain must really do wonders for the city’s florists. 

Glo's Cafe Seattle

While we did most of our eating in Pike Place and the Pioneer Square neighborhood where we stayed (we had a great dinner at Il Terrazzo Carmine one night), we did venture out to the Capitol Hill neighborhood twice on one of our days there. First, for breakfast and again at night for dessert. 

Brian’s favorite breakfast food is eggs benedict, even better if smoked salmon is involved. So when we woke up early our first morning there (thank you, time difference), we did a quick Google search, found Glo’s Cafe and immediately knew it was for us. 

Glo's Cafe Salmon Eggs Benedict
We went with his & hers Eggs Benedict. Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict for Brian.

Eggs Florentine Glo's Cafe

Eggs Florentine for me.

Glo's Eggs closeup
The hollandaise was on point, the eggs perfectly poached and I loved the addition of a tomato slice on each English muffin. I’ll definitely be borrowing that trick. 

Glo's Cafe Crowd
Glo’s is a quaint and quirky place where you can feel like you’re among the city’s hippest and coolest (could I sound any more like a loser?). It’s also just small enough to feel special and big enough where you don’t feel like you’re sitting on top of your neighbors or listening in on their conversations. Both very important traits.  

Glo's Cafe Seattle Capitol Hill

The food was great too, but I knew I was sold on the place when I noticed the ketchup and two types of Tabasco sauce standing at the ready on each table. They get me. 

Brian <3

After breakfast, we made the short walk to the Elliott Bay Book Company, considered to be a Seattle institution. On our way there we passed by Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream Shop. I’d heard great things, but we were still full from breakfast and the weather was a bit chilly, so we didn’t venture inside. I did manage to sneak this picture of Brian though. The text on the bottom part of the window reads, “happiness this way.” My placement of Brian was strategic :). 

Elliott Bay Book Company

Until recently, Elliott Bay used to be in the Pioneer Square area downtown. Cool coincidence: the wedding we went to was in the store’s former digs. The move was a bit of a local scandal, but the bookstore seems well suited to its new neighborhood, like it was there all along. 

Book Store Seattle

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t read nearly as much as I should and that the Kindle is a wonderful invention, but I do love seeing a thriving bookstore. I find it all very comforting and encouraging. Note to self: buy more paperback books. 

High 5 Pie Bakery Seattle
Later that evening, after our meal at Il Terrazzo Carmine, we decided to skip the tiramisu and cheesecake in favor of good old-fashioned fruit pie. A second Google search took us right back to the Capitol Hill area where we shared a slice of pie at High 5 Pie

High 5 Pies Pie Jars
Their tagline is “It’s Vintage. It’s Modern. It’s Delicious!” and that pretty much sums it all up. 

High 5 Peach Pie
They offer everything from regular pies to pie jars, hand pies, pie pops, and mini pie bites. We’re traditionalists and went with a slice of peach.

High 5 Bakery

High fives all around. 

Chihuly Garden & Space Needle
For the final part of this little Seattle guide, I want to share a few photos from Chihuly Garden and Glass in the Seattle Center area right by the Space Needle (skip the Needle and go to the Sky Observatory at the Columbia Center instead). Brian’s not big into art museums, adding to the irony of our wedding, but we both really enjoyed the Chihuly exhibit. 

Seattle Sights - Chihuly Garden & GlassChihuly Kaleidoscope
Dale Chihuly is a local artist who’s made a global name for himself and his large-scale glass sculptures. My favorite part was the room pictured above. It was like being in a giant kaleidoscope. 

Chihuly Garden Wonderland
His work looks like something right out of Willy Wonka or Dr. Seuss, don’t you think? I loved feeling like I’d traveled right into one of my childhood books or movies. 

Brian at Chihuly
Breathtaking! Chihuly Garden and Glass. Go!

I’ll share more of Seattle’s goodness, including the totally-worth-the-hype Pike Place Chowder, in the work-in-progress home video that I hope to post next week. Until then, happy Friday! Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Mine will be my first one in DC in what feels like a very long time and I’m so looking forward to it. Have a great one!

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3 Responses to savoring seattle

  1. Teesa says:

    i really should have learned by now not to read your posts on a not super filled stomach. these pictures are so great! the pear grilled cheese sandwich sounded heavenly. those bouquets also are gorgeous. love love the happiness picture! and lastly, the elliott book company sooo looks like my kind of place.

    i seriously cannot wait to see your video!!

    • Yang says:

      Thanks, Teesa! It was such a great trip and I had a lot of fun sharing our experience. These video edits take forever, but I really hope to put something good together. We’ll see!

  2. Teesa says:

    can’t wait!

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