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We are often reminded in life that more time is not promised and in May 2020 our grievous reminder came with the unexpected murder of our beloved and large hearted nephew, Monty, who was only 23 years old. Monty loved to travel and experience new things, and, in his memory, we vowed that each year on his heavenly anniversary, we would plan a trip somewhere that we have never been.

This year, we chose Seattle, and we’d like to share the highlights of this adventure. Besides our passion for real estate, we love exploring nature and trying fantastic local food. A few weeks before leaving, we joined Seattle Foodie group on Facebook and the members were extremely helpful with their local recommendations. One member even made a sample itinerary which we used as a guideline for our visit.

After a 5-hr flight of pure noise torture (toddlers crying non-stop), we arrived to Seattle. We stayed at the Hyatt Place in downtown Seattle which is an 18-minute walk from Pike Place Market and 6 minute walk to the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass.

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The original Starbucks location is there, and the line seems to never shorten. They do not serve food at this location.  We went to Le Panier and tried the mushrooms in cream sauce puff pastry and an almond croissant which were both amazing. There were so many wonderful food vendors and artisans. We enjoyed browsing the used bookstore and bought a couple of books before we stopped at Lowell’s and shared a Dungeness crab omelet while enjoying the water view from the top floor.

Mushroom Puff Pastry Le Panier
Mushroom puff pastry from Le Panier
chocolate croissant
Chocolate Almond Croissant from Le Panier
waterfront view from Lowells
View from Lowell’s third floor dining
Nick looking at menu at Lowells
crab omelet clam chowder Lowells
Dungeness Crab omelet from Lowell’s
Jumbo Shrimp Pike Place Market
Jumbo Lobster Pike Place Market
selfie at Pike Place Market

We took the ferry to Bainbridge and walked through Winslow where we shared a banana split at Mora ice cream. We strolled around the village and then had wine at a Fletcher Bay Winery.

banana split
Banana Split from Mora
Fletcher wine bar
Fletcher wine bar


We always check for an international district or Chinatown every time we are traveling. Bruce Lee had strong connections to Seattle Chinatown. We stopped at Tai Tung to sample some of his favorite dishes and also tried Japanese mochi donuts which were delicious.

Seattle Chinatown
tai tung chop suey beef
Tai Tung Oyster sauce beef
tai tung chop suey food
Tai Tung Beef Chow Fun
tai tung chop suey
dochi japanese mochi donuts
Japanese Mochi Donuts


One of our favorite foods is Thai and there were so many places to choose from with fantastic reviews.

We went to Noi Thai for happy hour. We highly recommend stopping there if you are downtown. They have happy hour specials and we were able to sample small portions of red curry and crispy garlic chicken. We also tried Iyara Thai Cuisine, located by the Outlet Collection in Seattle. This place was superb! We also tried the fried chicken sandwich at Ma’ano which was highly recommended by locals.

Noi Thai Cuisine happy hour apps
Noi Thai Cuisine happy hour red curry
Red Curry
Noi Thai Cuisine happy hour orange chicken
Crispy Garlic Chicken

Iyara Thai Cuisine
ma ano chicken sandwich
Ma’ano Fried Chicken Sandwich


During our stay we visited several beaches as well as Deception Pass, Snoqualmie Falls and Mount Rainier National Park.

sunset beach
Sunset Beach
golden gardens beach
Golden Gardens Beach
Aiki Beach
Alki Beach
seattle park
nisqually falls
Snoqualmie Falls
nisqually falls sunset
Sunset at Snoqualmie Falls
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Rootbeer Float from Triple XXX Root Beer Drive In located right by Snoqualmie Falls
Charlies Cafe
Breakfast at Charlie’s Cafe on the way to Mount Rainier. They are known for their bacon.
mount ranier
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Mount Rainier

Dick’s, Seattle Dog, Voula’s Cafe and The Market Fishmonger

When going to Seattle, we were told you must pick up a greasy bag of Dick’s. Dick’s Drive-In is only in Seattle. Every time we passed one, there was a line but we loved it and loved the Dick’s sauce. Seattle is also known for their Seattle dog which is basically a hot dog with cream cheese. We got one from Seattle Dog and it was really tasty. We also had breakfast one day at Voula’s Cafe which was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The Market Fishmonger in Edmonds was a Seattle Foodie favorite so we had to try. They have the best clam chowder we ever tasted!

dicks drive in line
dicks drive in burger fries
Dick’s burger and fries with Dick’s sauce
seattle dog
Seattle dog
voulas cafe
Smoked pulled pork benedict and greek sausage
the market clam chowder
The Market Edmonds clam chowder in sourdough bread bowl
the market fish tacos
The Market Edmonds Fish tacos
the market lobster roll
The Market Edmonds Lobster Roll

We had a wonderful time touring Seattle. It is a state painted with majestic beauty. Everyone was so kind and the local food scene is amazing!!!! We definitely recommend adding this one to your bucket list.

seattle rock golden gardens beach

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