Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Starbucks..and more Seattle

More of the Market!!!!!

The first Starbucks. The original. The Pike's Place.

Oh, my love for this place runs so deep....and to be here....is just pure happiness. I almost didn't know if I should jump up in excitement, or kiss the walls.

It was so vintage. So nostalgic.
(happiness lives right here!!!!)

This guy was awesome! A harmonica-playing-hula-hooping-guitar-pickin-street performer! Fun times!
Then, just a little bit of walking around, enjoying the market, and a little bit of sight-seeing.

And, then, off to dinner.

At the Crab Pot. Another one of Mandy's recommendations.

Now, let me say, I was NOT a fan of the wait. LONG. LONG. wait. But, we knew with a wait like this, it was popular. And must be good.

And, indeed. It was.

First off, a little bit of paper, to prepare the table. And, some bibs for the mess.
And, the paper, well, not so clean after a few friendly (mom tries to win!) game of Tic Tac Toe!!!

Then, he dumped the food on the table. And we were ok with it.

Yum. Yum. Yum.

Ready for the mess.

My Crab Bisque. Absolutely Delicious!

And, he was LOVING the Clam Chowder. And, I must say, it was fantastic.

Mid-dinner, I looked outside. It was 8:45pm. And it looked like noon. WEIRD!

And, they began partaking.

And, this was the result.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Welcome to Seattle.......

What an exciting day! It seems like we booked this trip so long ago, and it is FINALLY here.

So, we start our journey in Seattle....well flying out of Birmingham, 7:30am, layover in Baltimore, and then finally in Seattle!

In an effort to be frugal, and also, to explore our options and see the city, we decided to take the train to our hotel. Well, I am not sure this was the BEST option, with luggage in hand, but honestly, it was a great way to see the city. Lots of stops on the train, and we saw some interesting sights, that we otherwise would not have seen.

One problem, well, we are not really good at reading signs :) oops!

We did, however, pass Safeco field, where Seattle was playing the Yankees. Dang it, why did I not look that up. How fun, to see a Yankess game?! Oh well...guess we will have to go to NYC :)

Is this Starbucks Headquarters, or do they just have this cute coffee lady on the top, just for kicks!!! Of course....we are in the Coffee Capitol of the world!!!!!!!!

First stop....Space Needle. We did not actually go up in there....YET......but we had to stop for photos!!!

And, of course, Mr. Personality!

So, I love a city that relies heavily on public transportation. I am not sure why I love it so. I love buses, and trains, and taxis. I love it. And, this place....has a monorail! LOVE!

And, then, off to the market. The infamous Pike's Place Market! I have always thought this place looked so cool! And, indeed, in real life, it does. It's dirty. And very public. And I LOVE it!

And, then, into the Market. My friend, Mandy, recommended Beechers. And.....can I just say.


Mac N Cheese. BRING IT ON!!!!!!!
Yes, friends! This is cheese. Just gads and gads of cheese!

We ordered the large. Um, I think we needed 2!

We loved it!
No really. We LOVED it.

No, really. WE LOVED IT!!!!! I love this shot of us...all digging into the same little cup. Good times. Together.
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