Sleepless in Seattle (Part 2) – Eat & Drink

Hello sunshines!

Part 2 of the Seattle travel guide focuses on the delicious food & drinks that we had while we visited! Mr. Photography (aka Mr. P) and I are also giving you the number of stars we both gave to each location. Prepare to get hungry after seeing all the food pictures :)!

  • Alchemy 4717 42nd Ave SW. Mr. P and I are fans of night caps and we definitely needed one after the long 4 hour flight (thank goodness for the in-flight movies). We made a reservations at Alchemy West Seattle for 10:30 pm, which was actually almost perfect because we checked into the hotel at 10 and left literally 5 mins later to hop into our Uber. I will say though, the Uber from downtown to West Seattle was $25 one way!!!! The vibes at Alchemy though were awesome. We were seated by these really tall, really majestic looking red arm chairs. I should have gotten a picture but got way too embarrassed after taking the pictures of our drinks with flashes…it was so dark inside! All and all, Alchemy had an awesome atmosphere, but the drinks could have been better and they could have offered a better variety of snacks (no fries?!) Stars: Mr. P 3.5; Maddi 3.5
  • Dahlia Bakery2001 4th Ave. We went to Dahlia Bakery twice and almost went a third time if it weren’t for us running a little behind on time getting to the airport. Mr. P got the biscuit with jam both times and I got the English muffin with an egg. I’m still dreaming about the bakery! Stars: Mr. P 4 .5; Maddi 5
  • Market Grill 1509 Pike Pl Ste 3. We were starving and honestly randomly came across the Market Grill while strolling through the Pike Place Market, and let me tell ya, I’m so glad we decided to stop and eat here. Their Alaskan Salmon sandwich was delicious and it was a huge portion too. Mr. P also got the clam chowder and he said great things about it.  Stars: Mr. P 5 ; Maddi 5
  • Nest @ Thompson Hotel110 Stewart St. this rooftop has first come first serve seating or you can make reservations for $50 online (via Resy). The view was phenomenal up there. I recommend getting there right when they open so you can grab a seat and soak up the views. I got the rose all day gin based drink, good, but I probably could have finished it with one sip :/ Stars: Mr. P 4 ; Maddi 3.5 (for so-so drinks that were expensive and crowded) 4.5 (for the view)
  • Belltown Brewing 200 Bell St. Belltown Brewing has a daily HH from 4-6 pm; appetizers were only $5 and Belltown Brewing beers were also only $5! It wasn’t super crowded when we get there around 5, so we were lucky to have been able to on the patio and enjoy the nice upper 60s weather. Not too hot, not too cold. We shared a huge plate of fries and a flatbread pizza, and we each got a beer (me – IPA, Mr. P amber). Stars: Mr. P 4.5 ; Maddi 4
  • Adana1449 E. Pine St. We were both super excited to try Adana because this restaurant is owned by Top Chef Gauntlet chef, Shota Nakajima. Adana featured a rotating seasonal menu, and from what we saw online, it looked delicious. I won’t lie though, I was very disappointed with my dishes. That being said, since this is a rotating menu, it could totally change and perhaps be amazing this next time. Mr. P did say that their whiskey selection was amazing though! Stars: Mr. P 3.5 ; Maddi 3
  • General Portoise Donuts1020 E Union St. There are three flavors that are always available at General Portoise Donuts (lemon curd, chocolate marshmallow, vanilla custard). When we were there, they had two special flavors (grey iced tea and I can’t remember the other one!) that are “rotating.” The donuts we got, lemon curd and grey iced tea (tasted like Thai iced tea) were yummy, but the whole donut was a bit much. I wish they made mini ones so that we could have tried all the flavors. Stars: Mr. P 4 ; Maddi 4
  • The 100 Pound Clam / The White Swan 1001 Fairview Ave N. We were so so so so sad that we couldn’t try The 100 Pound Clam / The White Swan. I made the rookie mistake of not checking when they were open and of course we showed up on a Sunday, the only day they were closed. We had walked all the way from Starbucks Reserve to the restaurant, which was an app 30 min walk. We were so sad since this spot was super highly rated on Yelp at the Lake Union area.
  • Duke’s Chowder House901 Fairview Ave N. Duke’s Chower House is close by to The 100 Pound Clam and since we were starving, we pretty much choose the closest and next best restaurant since The 100 Pound Clam/The White Swan was closed that day. Duke’s Chowder House is right next to the lake, so we were hoping to sit outside. But the restaurant was super busy so we had to sit inside….talk about a major disappointment. The menu did look delicious but very pricey (as compared to The 100 Pound Clam. Their Bloody Mary (Duke’s Special) was delish and came with 2 large prawns (very well seasoned) for only $10.95! Stars: Mr.P 3.5 ; Maddi 3IMG_3637 edited.jpg
  • The Dane 8000 15th Ave NW. We stopped by The Dane, a bar in Ballard, before our dinner reservation at Delancey. It was quite empty at 6 pm, but the bartender said they were super packed earlier in the day for brunch….apparently they ran out of bread! We enjoyed beers, and even had an $8 beer flight (4 beer 4 oz each). We also enjoyed chatting with our bartender, who was very knowledgeable and gave us recommendations for food and hiking! Stars: Mr. P 4.5 ; Maddi 4
  • Delancey 1415 NW 70th St. I thought the pizzas at Delancey was delicious but Mr. P wasn’t big on their thin crust pizza. The restaurant is pretty far outside of Seattle and is pretty small…there was not much space inside at all. It was also located in the middle of a neighborhood, which seemed pretty random. We shared a salad and a pizza (1/2 margherita, 1/2 hot salami), and both ordered mixed cocktails. Unfortunately neither of us really enjoyed the mixed cocktails…I would stick with beer next time. Stars: Mr. P 3 ; Maddi 4

Thanks for reading! If you’ve visited, let me know your favorite food & drink spots in Seattle! We’re already talking about our next visit, so I’ll def be looking for new spots to try!

Xoxo,

Maddi

Sleepless in Seattle (Part 1) – Places to See

Hello sunshines!

With a blink of an eye, we are now in mid-July, and there is still so much to do on our (Mr. P and mine) summer to-do-list! We recently checked one off the list during our visit to beautiful Seattle. It was our first time visiting Seattle, so it was a highly anticipated trip. We have heard AND seen beautiful pictures and could not wait to see for ourselves! I’m sharing on the blog today Part 1 of our Seattle travel guide to Seattle and talking about the places that visited. Stay tuned for Part 2, which will be all about food & drink!

Mr. P and I booked a Friday evening flight that left Chicago O’hare around 6 pm and landed in Seattle around 8:30 pm (YAY for the time change). We hopped into an Uber Pool, as it was much cheaper, and went on our way to the Westin, which is located right in the middle of the downtown Seattle. *Fun fact about Ubers picking up at the airport, they HAVE to be a hybrid or fully electric vehicle…it was so funny seeing the line of Prius’, Mr. P and I both got a kick out of that.

  • Space Needle – Our first full day in Seattle and we were ready to go explore, bright and early! We bought tickets to the Space Needle to skip the lines, but had to wait in the OTHER long line, ugh. At least it didn’t take too long to get to the top…maybe 10 mins. I actually do recommended buying tickets before you go! We bought the cheaper ones that they offer called the “up early/up late” tickets which are available for use either 8am – 9:30am or 10pm – 11pm, those were only $19/person vs the normal time tickets that were $29/person. We knew we had a full day of activities planned so going to check out the Space Needle early at 9:30am worked out perfectly, and we saved $20 that went towards the drink fund ;). The only downside to going super early is that Seattle is a bit cloudy in the morning…not foggy, just cloudy. So if sunshine is what you’re looking for, maybe go during normal hours after 11am or so!

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  • Pike Place Market – Two words. Pure amazingness! We went around 11 AM and it was SO BUSY! There were flower stands, veggie stands, LOTS of seafood stands (I could not believe how big the crabs were), it was amazing. We were even lucky enough to witness a fish being thrown at the Pike Place Fish Market!!
  • Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room – Of course we had to visit the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting room! It is located in the Capital Hill neighborhood of Seattle, which was app a 15 minute walk from our hotel. The roastery was HUGE inside and super busy too. There was roastery equipment out in the open for everyone to see…and it was so mesmerizing too. I’ve never seen coffee roasting equipment until this trip! In addition to the roastery equipment, there was a coffee library, an experience bar, and lots of lower level seating space to sit and soak up the entire experience. Mr. P and I ordered a “coffee tasting journey,” which consisted of a special roasted flavor of coffee, dried cherries, dark chocolate, and cheese. It was really cool tasting the coffee in different ways instead of just drinking it for the caffeine! Mr. P even said you can watch employees bagging freshly roasted coffee through the one-way mirror in the men’s restroom! (kinda weird, I know)
  • Lake Union – Lake Union is app a 30 min walk from Starbucks Reserve Roastery (Capitol Hill neighborhood). It was such a nice day out so our plan was to walk from the roastery to lunch at Lake Union. It just so happened to be the Wooden Boat Festival that weekend, so we also got to see such cool (and huge) wooden boats by the dock! Mr. P and I saw a few water taxi planes land, so we decided to walk over and see if we could go on a plane tour….but once we walked in, I noticed lots of luggage and got way too embarrassed to ask if they also did tours.
  • Mount Rainier National Park – Mr. P was so so so excited about doing some hiking at Mount Rainier National Park. He had planned this whole trail out but we unfortunately had to change plans last minute because that trail was still covered in snow. The trail we ended up hiking was about 5 miles round trip…and let me tell ya, being a first time hiker, 5 miles was enough! After our hike, we drove to the top of the national park, and got a glimpse of the amazing snow covered Mount Rainier. So beautiful! Mr. P and I are already talking about going back one of these August’s so that we can climb the original trail that he had planned….the view from that hike looked amazing from the pictures we saw online.
  • Mariners Game – It wouldn’t be a 4th of July celebration without going to a ball game! Mr. P and I thought it would be a fun way to spend an evening AND be able to watch 4th of July fireworks afterwards. Plus, we read that food at Safeco Field was amazing! We read this article giving us all the tips on where to eat at. Sadly we got there during the 4th inning and the game went by SUPER fast. Because of the time crunch, we stuck by the food places that were close to our seats. Thank goodness that the beer selection was great! Mr. P said Safeco Field has the best beer selection out of any ballparks he has been to!

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for Sleepless in Seattle Part 2 – Eat & Drink!

Xoxo,

Maddi

Denver // RiNo Art District

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Hello sunshines!

I can’t believe how hectic it has been lately – it’s been birthdays & traveling on the weekends for weddings for Mr. Photographer (aka boo) and I. On today’s post, I’m sharing my brief experience in Denver, CO! We were in Denver this past long weekend for a good friend’s wedding (mazels J & S!). We flew in on Friday afternoon and because the boo was in the wedding party and had many groomsmen duties, I targeted one specific location for a photo shoot on Friday afternoon before the celebrations began. We will most certainly be back to Colorado another time to explore Boulder, Breckenridge, and Vail!

The location I knew I had to check out was the RiNo (River North) Art District. There are amazing pieces of street art everywhere in that area, cool art galleries, and many many microbreweries. My googling led me to Larimer Street and it was fabulous! I’m obsessed with street art (pictures below) and all the colors so this was the perfect photo shoot opportunity. Post shoot, I rewarded Mr. Photographer with some local beers at Our Mutual Friend Brewing Co. which was also on Larimer Street. Delicious!

What I’m wearing is a flowy lavender dress from Free People with my gladiator sandals – this weekend was my last chance at a real summer outfit (so sad, summer is my favorite time of year). While it was only 80’s in Denver, the sun was surprisingly hot…no humidity though, so that was wonderful! This flowy dress was the perfect combat for the hot Denver sun – super thin and breathable.

Dress: Free People (Sold out but here are some on sale summer dresses that I am eyeing – Free People, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, & one more from Anthropologie) // Bag: Kate Spade (Wine color is sold out, but black & beige here)

Let me know your thoughts & leave a comment!

Xoxo,

M

Wicker Park // Street Art

Hello sunshines!

Hope you are all having a great 4th of July weekend :)! Wicker Park is one of my favorite areas–there are many AHMAZING restaurants + bars and cute little shops. We ate at Big Star (best tacos + margaritas), roamed around afterwards and found these cool walls of street art to take pictures at. Of course, ended the day with a 4th of July chocolate sprinkles donut from Stan’s Donuts (YUM).

It’s been a chilly few days in Chicago so I opted for white jeans instead of a flowy dress or skirt. I don’t mind a cool summer though! Nice change from the 90 degree weather a couple of weeks ago. Links to my wardrobe below :)!

Shirt: American Rag – Macy’s (sale!) // Pants: Flying Monkey // Purse: Louis Vuitton // Shoes: Kelly & Katie – DSW // Necklace: Baublebar // Sunnies – Kate Spade and Wander & Co. // Watch: Michael Kors // Lips: Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss (Blushing Bride)

 

West Loop // Taste of Randolph

Hello sunshines!

Hope you are all having a great start to the week so far! Today’s post features pictures that were taken about a week ago at the Taste of Randolph festival in the West Loop neighborhood and let me tell ya…it was RIDICULOUSLY HOT that day. I wanted to share my key items for dressing in hot weather and still be able to look cute!

key items: thin, flowy dress; sun hat; big purse (need the sunscreen + water bottle)

Dress: Silence & Noise – Urban Outfitters (similar here, and here -sale!) // Bag: Kate Spade // Sun hat: August Hat Company – bought from Nordstrom Rack! They have MANY hat selections there // Necklace: Baublebar