Hello from the other Washington – Washington state! ? I always love flying into Seattle – such gorgeous mountain views.
As I mentioned, I’m here for a blog/RD-related trip that starts later today. My brother lives in Tacoma so Matt and I decided to fly out on Friday and spend the weekend with him before my trip begins! Matt flys home this morning.
We got into town on Friday around noon and after getting our rental car made a beeline for Seattle. Food, please! I read Yelp reviews while we drove and we settled on a cool-sounding spot called Capitol Cider.
This ended up being an awesome choice – the food was great and it had a cool hipster ambiance. Since we were at a cider place, of course we started with cider! I had a yummy ginger one.
As for food, Matt and I were interested in two of the same dishes – a salad with greens, chickpeas, apples, and fried shallots, and the burger. So we decided to get both and share!
We were really hungry and demolished everything – it was all delicious! The burger (which we had loaded with mushrooms, cheese, bacon, a fried egg, and avocado) was especially phenomenal.
Just before leaving I was texting with my friend Emily (who lives in Seattle) and discovered that the restaurant had her and her husband’s kombucha for sale! They own Puget Sound Kombucha Co. and I’ve been dying to try it but you can only get it here. Clearly we had to order some – it was so good!
Then it was time to explore! First stop: the space needle.
Unfortunately there was a huge wait to go up it so we just admired it from below. ? To get in our views we decided on the Great Wheel instead!
It was pretty gray out but the views were still pretty. ?
From there we headed to the famous Pike Place Market!
After we were finished sightseeing we made the drive to Tacoma to meet my brother for dinner. We went to a delicious Asian place called Indo-Asian Street Eatery.
We shared some summer rolls and beef satay to start which were both delicious, and for my entree I had the chicken curry. So good! Highly recommend this place if you ever find yourself in Tacoma. ?
On Saturday we slept in and had a low key morning before heading out for some outdoor adventures! We didn’t want to do too much because we knew we were doing a big hike on Sunday (Mt St Helens!) but it was gorgeous out and that called for exploring. ?
There’s not much more beautiful than the Pacific Northwest on a sunny day! We drove over to Snoqualmie and did a low key short hike to see the beautiful falls.
We made a quick stop at Snoqualmie Point before heading back to Tacoma. Beautiful!
Once back in Tacoma my brother took us to see Owens Beach on Point Defiance, which is a cool outdoor activity area. He said in summer you can rent kayaks here, and there’s a ferry that runs over to the island across the way too. We also had a nice view of Mount Rainier!
After a quick stop at the grocery store for snacks and REI for long underwear and better gloves for the hike (temps at the top of the mountain were going to be cold!), we headed to dinner at Dirty Oscar’s Annex. This place is great – we came here last time I was visiting. I had the shrimp appetizer and a vegetarian cauliflower steak entree (with chickpeas in a tomato sauce and roasted carrots). I’ve been really into roasted cauliflower lately!
The rest of the night was dedicated to getting organized and packed up for the big hike because we had to leave super early to drive there. Stay tuned for the Mt. St. Helens adventure recap – hoping to get it written up in time to share tomorrow! It was awesome but intense – there’s a sneak preview on Instagram. 🙂