My life has recently been in transition and it feels as if two years have passed, rather than just two months. Since April, I changed jobs/careers, helped my parents move out of my childhood home to a town away, and relocated myself closer to the city. Clare and I also launched and finished our campaign on Indiegogo, right after having participated at our first craft fair. It’s safe to say that we’ve made ~400 bars of soap which equates to nearly 100lb of oil, water, and lye! Somewhere in the midst of all that, I found myself roaming the streets of Seattle for work. We were blessed to have a few free hours, and I eagerly took that chance to snap away.
Seattle, despite all of its gloom, is quite beautiful, and it’s easy to see how so many people fall in love with it. I’m hoping dearly to go back again one day. With only a few hours, we were advised to skip the Needle and instead wander the great Pike’s Market, which happened to be just a few streets away from the W Hotel. My run through the scenic Alaskan Way facing Pugent Sound was also a great reminder of just how much I love the sea and mountains, and it was an incredible “last run” before I started having foot problems.
My absolute favorite part of the trip was our dinner at The Purple Cafe, which I am kicking myself for not having brought even the simplest of cameras to capture it’s incredible decor. It’s a must-go place for anyone looking for really well cooked, locally sourced food.
Seattle Great Wheel
The Crumpet Shop
Brooklyn’s Seafood, Steak & Oyster House (unphotographed)
The Purple Cafe (unphotographed)
Caffe Ladro (unphotographed)
Beecher’s Handmade Cheeses
PIKE PLACE MARKET
1600 Pike Place
Seattle, WA 98101
9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
You can’t possibly even begin to imagine how excited I was after having this hot, gooey, and oozing cheese sandwich in my hands. Beyond the cheese factor, I was so happy that I found one of those “local” specialty shops. It’s almost like having a stamp of authentication that I visited some exclusive place in a faraway place. “That’s right. I went to Beecher’s in Seattle.” Well guess what? After I took my first bite, I took a closer look at the label, and what did it say? -“Locations, Seattle & New York”.
New York?!?! Not just anywhere in New York, but Flatiron New York. In other words, just a few streets away from where I work. #fail.
In any case, my Flagship Grilled Cheese ($7.00 including tax) was decent, but not great. I’m conditioned to love sharp cheddar or heavens forbid, Kraft Singles. I’m not used to the acute taste of Swiss-like cheeses, which can be very pungent. In fact, I overheard the two ladies next to me commenting, “Um, this mac and cheese wasn’t what I was expecting. Where’s the bacon?” They even let me take a bite after I inquired, and I can confidently say that when in New York, I’d probably head over to S’mac first.
The Crumpet Shop
1503 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
I had my crumpet fix when I lived in London and haven’t had one since. But imagine a shop being dedicated to crumpets. You don’t see that everyday in the States, so I figured I had to check it out. Indeed, it was delicious, and possibly better than any crumpet I had in England. I got the Pesto & Ricotta Crumpet ($3.75) along with a very average Latte. The crumpet was super airy, like biting into billows of clouds. If I weren’t in such a rush, I probably would have gotten another one.
Beware that it’s an extra $0.25 for take-away, as they charge for the boxes.
This is one of those unique coffee shops with a fully skilled barista that finishes your drink with a flourished heart or leaf. Our barista was fully engaging and an absolute sweetheart (it’s not everyday I use that word). Do get the Medici ($3.50), a mocha with a fresh orange peel. It’s like having a Belgium orange chocolate truffle!
Brooklyn’s Seafood, Steak & Oyster House
1212 2nd Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98101
Skip the fish and go straight for the steak. My Wild Alaskan Halibut ($33) was overcooked, beyond tender, but the Steak Oscar ($43) that landed on everyone else’s plate looked absolutely divine. Oysters are decent, but the Day Boat Scallops with Foie Gras ($18) are a better pick for appetizers. The Caesar Salad ($8) is one of those unchopped, pretentious romaine lettuce types. For dessert, the Key Lime Pie ($6) is definitely worth trying, and the Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake ($7) is also good, but more suitable for overly enthusiastic chocolate indulgers. Overall, an okay place to go where the food is inconsistent. Some dishes were phenomenal and others were just average. Not worth its price in my view.
The Purple Cafe
1225 4th Ave
Where to begin? Perhaps I should start with the decor. The cafe itself is gorgeous, with floor to ceiling windows. The doors are made of some heavy steel, and the place looks industrious, but still modern and very inviting. Inside, there’s lots of woody influence and it’s hard to miss the high cylinder of a staircase that doubles as a showcase for wine. We were lucky enough to be seated upstairs (totally recommend sitting up there), which offered us a high level view of everything below.
The food was absolutely fantastic. The Baked Brie ($14) was to die for (although most baked bries are), and the Gorgonzola Stuffed Dates ($6) were absolutely brilliant. The Grilled St. Helen’s Ribeye ($33) is worthy of its price, although a part of me regretted not getting the Pan Roasted Alaskan Halibut ($34), which looked like it was perfectly cooked. Between the food and the decor, I’m not sure which I enjoyed more. Definitely a top favorite restaurant.