Weekend in Seattle

September 14, 2011

As you know, I spent most of last weekend down in Seattle, Washington. The goal of the trip was to run my first 5K (which I did) and to spend some quality time with a girlfriend of mine who lives in Vancouver. Today I want to share some of the best parts of my trip.

Note: Please excuse the pictures. I took them on my iPhone.

1. Cheap Gas

On Saturday, we crossed the border around 10:00 a.m. The first thing I did was fill up my gas tank. To my American readers and friends: your gas prices make me sick. You’re only paying $1.00-1.06 per litre while I’m paying $1.42 per litre at home! No. Fair. (And you know I filled up on the way home, too!)

Seattle Gas Prices

2. The Food

After filling up in Blaine, we hit the road and ended up in downtown Seattle before 12:00 p.m. With no real plan, we roamed the streets, in the direction of Pike Place Market. Our first stop was at Pear Delicatessen & Shoppe, where we ate the most delicious sandwiches and salads for lunch. And since I paid for parking, my girlfriend bought me lunch!

Food in Seattle

Half-Panini, Market Salad, and a Bulldog Root Beer – $11

All weekend, everywhere we ate had great prices. Like the nachoes at Big Time Brewery & Alehouse in the University District – $6.50!? You can’t find them for less than $11 here! And they were covered in fresh jalapeños that were super spicy… mmm, mmm, delish!

We also stopped in at the home of Oprah’s ‘favourite’ Mac & Cheese, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, where we sampled cheese curds. As a Canadian, I know the real purpose for cheese curds is to make poutine with. So many people were sampling them and complaining about there being no flavour… but they don’t need flavour! You just put them on french fries and pour hot gravy on top. Mmm… *drools*

Cheese Curds

3. Pike Place Market (Obviously.)

Pike Place Market

Everything about Pike Place Market is worth checking out. The food, the vendors, the shops, and yes, even the fish (which I don’t eat, but it’s pretty cool). But the number of fresh flower arrangements that were only $5-10 was absolutely unreal. Bouquets that would cost $30+ anywhere else… so beautiful. I obviously didn’t have a home for them, so I didn’t buy any… but if I lived in Seattle, I’d be buying fresh flowers every weekend.


4. Our Hotel

We stayed in the University District, so that we were closer to Greenlake Park, which is where the run took place Sunday morning. After debating on saving $5-10 each on a cheaper hotel, I am so happy we decided to stay at Watertown. Yes, it cost us $100 each, but we had a top-floor corner room, the most comfortable beds I have had in any hotel (other than the MGM Grand in Las Vegas), free Wi-Fi, good in-room coffee and tea, filtered water up the you-know-what, and one of the most important things to weirdos like me: good shower pressure. (Think: Seinfeld.)

5. The Shopping

I didn’t buy much, this weekend. At Pike Place Market, I picked up two bottles of oil: a white truffle cooking oil and a basil parmesan dipping oil ($23). I also bought two chocolate bars: one with Mexican chili’s and another with tortilla chips, lime and sea salt (and yes, they were freaking delicious – $6.58).


On the way home, we stopped in at both the Seattle Premium Outlet mall and Costco. At the mall, I picked out 5 items of clothing for a baby shower next month ($28.60) and at Costco I treated myself to 2 books I have been wanting to read ($20 even).

Now, as for the run… it was slow. Like 42:40 slow. I wasn’t going to mention it on here, because I know I have readers who may shudder at the thought of this, but a few weeks ago I was diagnosed with ovarian cysts. This is something I suffered with last September/October, as well, so I was not surprised to find out why I was in so much pain… but “they say” you shouldn’t do any exercise, until the pain goes away. Well, I still ran about half of it… I just did intervals of running/walking, to make sure I didn’t over-do it. Overall, it was a great event by Athleta and I would definitely attend another event put on by them in the future.

I absolutely loved Seattle and can’t wait to go back there and see more of it one day. Oh… I do have one complaint though. What is up with there being so many one-way streets!? We have one-way streets here, but in Seattle it seemed like every second or third street was a one-way; and not just downtown – everywhere. Funny… :P

  • Niki September 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I am glad you realized you had a good time. I love Seattle. We used to live right across the sound from there and take a ferry on the weekends. It is one of my favorite places.

    Your hotel room looks beautiful.

    Sorry about not feeling well during the run. That really blows. But glad to hear you would do another event.

    • LC September 16, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      Thanks, Niki. I would definitely do another event next year. Perhaps to a new city? Give me a lil excuse to travel? :)

  • fabulouslyfrugirl September 14, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I’m glad that you had an overall good time in Seattle.

    Great job on running the 5km! It’s quite an achievement :). You should be very proud of yourself!

    • LC September 16, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      Thanks, Girl! xo

  • RedCherries September 16, 2011 at 5:37 am

    The gas are cheap. Anyway I am first time here. I like the way you blog about ur financial thingy. and,do you write Blonde on diet?

    • LC September 16, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      I did write Blonde on a Diet, yes!

  • ShoeGal September 16, 2011 at 8:51 am

    It sounds like you did have a great trip.

    I want to go to the states to do some shopping…and hoard back gas! And as for your run time, I tried running last year and was not very good at it, so I am MIGHTY impressed! Good for you for doing it despite the medical complication and for finishing.

    PS I love me some good shower pressure, so you are definitely not alone.

    • LC September 16, 2011 at 2:03 pm

      haha, glad we are weirdos together re: shower pressure ;)

      I wish I had more money to do a bigger shopping trip but I’m still happy with the few things I picked up. Thanks for your comment!

  • canadianpersonalfinancedotcom September 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Congrats on the 5K!

    Seattle is a nice place to visit.

    If you are a foodie, you need to visit Trader Joes. You can stock up on amazing gourmet food at reasonable prices.

    • LC September 16, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      I’ve always wanted to hit up a Trader Joes – maybe next time? :)

  • Clare - Never Niche September 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Cysts are THE WORST. I am hella proud of you.

  • afistfulodollars October 30, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I am in LOVE with Seattle! I went there once last year and I’m dying to go back. Congratulations on running the 5K – on any other day that’d be a huge accomplishment, but with the cysts, that’s amazing!

    • LC October 31, 2011 at 10:37 am

      Thanks! I love Seattle too. Can’t wait to find an excuse to go back :)

  • Catherine February 7, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I’d love to go to Seattle! UGHH I hear ya on the gas! We’re driving to Boston this summer and I’m trying to figure out ways to smuggle gas back into Canada ( and in case the feds are spying, Yes, I’m kidding). You ran 5km how slow or fast doesn’t matter you completed it!

    also what’s this blonde on a diet? is it another blog I don’t know about??