On New Year's Eve, we visited the Seattle Center where we picked up a quick lunch (seriously, you can't beat Kabab at the Armory) and then visited the Chihuly Garden and Glass where we spent a lot of time soaking in the stunningly gorgeous pieces. We had visited the Chihuly exhibition at the Desert Botanical Garden near Phoenix while visiting my parents last January and had immediately become smitten with his work.
From inside the museum.
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And outside. What is not to love? And so intelligently designed to play off the Space Needle.
And in the garden, while I was taking a selfie:
The hubby was doing this:
Holidays are never a good time to go out to a restaurant for dinner. They are busy and stressed and it is expensive. In hindsight, we probably would have bought some things and picnicked in our room to avoid the crowds. Instead, we went to the relatively new Brimmer & Heeltap and Ballard. Thanks to the power of Twitter and connecting with a few folks there, we had a wonderful table and warm conversation with the owners and the design is gorgeous. But it was the holiday and it was loud and busy. I would love to return on a regular night. The highlight was this venison and black truffle pate which was outstanding!
New Year's Day morning we headed to Gas Works Park. It was a bit of a mess as it seems there were NYE revelers until wee in the hours and they did not clean up after themselves, but it is a really cool spot for photography. Another unfortunate thing was that there was a large number of homeless people who were camped out where some of the pipes were that we wanted to take photos of. Nonetheless, it is a pretty cool spot.
From there we tried out a Seattle classic, Dick's Drive-in a hamburger icon. I probably wouldn't go back again, but it was a decent burger…and cheap!
In the afternoon we headed back to the Seattle Center to photograph the EMP museum (I swear next time we will actually get to go inside!). Mr. Misadventures was a bit mad, we needed to be there about 30 minutes earlier for the light to be good, but I think he took awesome photos! Again, the design of this building is really smart as it uses the elements around it to create great art and photography.
From there we had to hurry (we were running late) to get over to the Dr. Jose Rizal Park bridge, so that the hubby could get this photo:
We weren't the only ones there and you can why it is a popular spot for photographers – depending on the night, the light, the clouds, the moon can change the whole photo.
For dinner, we went into the international district for provincial Vietnamese food. Tamarind Tree is beautifully designed on the inside but you would NEVER know it looks from the outside where it is shoved into the corner of a pretty run-down strip mall!
We were interested in trying dishes we had never seen on menus before like Hue steamed rice plate which was a warm rice pudding with shrimp bits and green onions served with mixed herb fish sauce. We had seen Anthony Bourdain do an episode of Parts Unknown in Hue and the food looked amazing. We had several other dishes but this was the star of the evening. It was too dark in the restaurant, but this is what it looks like:
The next day was overcast so not awesome for photos, but we wandered around Pioneer Square and visited the Art Wolfe Gallery, a photographer that Mr. Misadventures really enjoys. We walked near Pike's Place Market and then it was lunchtime! I was super excited to visit Sitka & Spruce.
It has been on my radar since my last trip to Seattle in March where I met forager and author Langdon Cook who raved about this spot. His raving was merited this was the highlight of our trip. This restaurant is not only aesthetically pleasing, it's food is phenomenal.i
This is what we ate:
– bread with soft butter and Jacobsen (Portland area) flake sea salt
– radish with whipped butter & smoked trout roe
– house~made charcuterie > coppa, goat rillette, guanciale, lomo and salami with toast housemade mustard
– roasted celeriac tahini, pickled currants, nigella and breadcrumbs (for me, and as I mentioned on Instagram, if all vegetarian dishes tasted like this, I would be vegetarian)
– poached egg, dried favs beans, rutabaga, emmer and aleppo (for the misters)
– parsnip cake with salted bay leaf ice cream and walnut praline
We rolled out of there but somehow found the space to add oysters a few hours later at Taylor Shellfish Farms.
Last morning was also my birthday and I planned a special brunch for myself at the new Tray Kitchen. I had originally planned dinner there to try out there Korean Fried Chicken, but then after seeing their bunch menu, I promptly chose it for my birthday breakfast. Congee! I love congee but don't eat it that often as it is so filling and a lot of places are lazy and make really bad tasteless congee. Not Tray Kitchen.
I had duck confit and bok choy congee that I wanted to swim in! The hubby had mushrooms (a fantastic choice as it is mushroom season) also delicious. We also had an amazing seafood pancake – so good that I can not order it again at our local Korean restaurant, I am forever ruined!
After that, we headed back to the airport and home, happy to have escaped home if only for a few days!
How about you? Have you been to Seattle? What are some of your favorite spots? Have I piqued your interest in going?