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!)
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!
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*
3. Pike Place Market (Obviously.)
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