Seattle Day 3: Classic Seattle

IMG_7946Day 3 of Seattle was packed full of some tourist classics, and we started it off one of the best ways possible: brunch at Portage Bay Cafe. Service here was quick and the food was all phenomenal. I tried the bananas foster French toast which was rich, smooth, and packed a fistful of flavor. Additionally, if you order some of the items on their menu you have access to their incredible breakfast bar: here you can top your pancakes or French toast with fresh berries, syrups, and the fluffiest whipped cream I’ve ever tasted. Portage Bay set the standard high for the day, and we never quite shook off the overly full feeling the rest of the day.

Our next stop was to the Gum Wall. I’d heard about this place from Bailey sophomore year and thought it sounded great, so we’d made sure to add it to our list. In all honesty, it was pretty grody, but that didn’t stop me from adding my own piece of gum to the wall (it’s the white one on the top of that pink dinosaur-looking one).

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IMG_7964We continued out of Post Alley down to Pike Place Market and the original Starbucks. Bailey and her friend from high school Rachael put up with me and braved the stampede of tourists in the store. There’s nothing different about the original location except that they sell memorabilia with the original logo which is only available in this store. To help facilitate matters inside the store, please don’t grab things off the shelves and bring them to the register: there’s a list of all the items with photos at the register, and you can point at what you would like to buy and they’ll give you one from behind the counter. At any rate, visit the original Starbucks to say you did it but then continue on.

IMG_8012We started assembling our picnic for lunch at Pike Place Market. Pike Place was one of the first public farmers markets which cut out the middleman so that shoppers could buy directly from the farmer. Today it’s a big attraction (watch the fishmongers throw fish back and forth across the counter), and you can find some good, fresh food. We stocked up on fresh Washington apples, smoked salmon jerky, and then a baguette and pastries from Le Panier and Beecher’s cheese from across the street. The salmon jerky is especially unique and was one of my favorite things we ate. We brought our picnic out to Bainbridge Island and enjoyed it on the Log Beach (Fay Bainbridge State Park). Everything was delicious and the view with Mt. Rainier in the background was one to boot. We spent a few hours at the beach once we’d eaten lunch and drunk our coffee from Blackbird Bakery and eventually took the ferry back to Seattle. The ride back was gorgeous with Mt. Rainier, the Seattle skyline, and the sunset over the sound. Bainbridge was definitely the highlight of the day for its laid-back, summer day trip feel. IMG_8110

IMG_8087After returning to Seattle, we drove to Skillet Diner for dinner which started as a food truck and is now a trendy diner. To top our night off, though, we went to see the singing monks! Granted, they’re not actually monks but instead a chorus, but that’s how Bailey and her friends referred to them. Bailey had told me about this back at Bowdoin, and it’s been something I’ve always thought would be fun to check out. People bring blankets, lie down, and listen to the choir. All sorts of people come to this service, and it’s definitely not something that tourists get to, so I feel bad even sharing info about it here. Lying down and listening in the church put me to sleep, but it was an enjoyable experience regardless. Once the singing was finished, we drove into U Village to Molly Moon’s Ice Cream, a Seattleite ice cream favorite. I tried the salted caramel (which was good but a little overpowering) and Stumptown coffee, which was a nice teaser for the next day in Portland.

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