BOI Bucket List Travels: 24HRS in SEA

I do my fare share of traveling primarily due to my job. Last week, I went to SEAjust for a day. And I wanted to make sure I squeezed in as much as possible!


Going to be in Seattle for a short period of time? Checkout these places!


Pike Place Market

Famous for its sign and fish-throwing-fisherman, it’s the traditional tourist spot. I arrived to the farmer’s market at the tail end, missing out on some of the goodies (fresh homemade donuts!). But, it was definitely worth visiting!


The Gum Wall

Yeah, it’s a wall completely covered in ABC gum: already been chewed. I HAD to see this infamous gum wall after seeing my share of photos on IG about it. The Wall is in this alleyway, which if you go later at night it may seem pretty scary.


Tip: if you use GPS, it’ll lead you to the side street that leads to the gum wall location. You’ll have to walk down toward the alleyway from the GPS location.


Beecher’s Homemade Cheese

One of my friends on Facebook commented “find the Beecher’s cheese curds!” Not to disappoint, I walked over to Beecher’s with the goal of snapping a photo of  the curds. Little did I know they also had a food menu. Because all I had was a yogurt parfait 3 hours before, my belly sure was chatty. With its “World’s Best” Mac & Cheese” — a hardy plate of penne pasta combined with the Beecher’s flagship cheese — I definitely satisfied my belly AND taste buds. While eating, I sat near the large glass window and watch a cheesemaker complete his final task of the day. If only I came sooner I would have been able to witness the cheesemaking process!


Cafe Presse

It’s a French-styled cafe tucked in on 12th Ave near in  South Capitol Hill. On its menu, it serves up  casual Parisian cafe classics, either to enjoy for take-out or for your dining-in experience. You may also grab an adult drink, reading one of the Cafe’s  plenty of reading pleasures (guilty pleasure magazines to Wall Street Journal).  You can either sit at the bar, grab a seat near the window facing the street (like me; perfect for people watching), or grab a table. It’s a cozy size restaurant, so don’t expect lots of seats.


While people watching, I saw this elder couple leaving the Cafe. When I’m usually sitting alone and facing a street, I enjoy a game called “Which car will it be?”

Silly game – yes.

But nonetheless something fun when dining alone. Back to the story. While playing this game, I guessed the red little Porche belonged to the man, and the SUV Audi belonged to the woman. Nope – WRONG. The Porsche boxer was her toy, driving away with sheer speed & acceleration.

#GOALS


Mighty-O Donut

I randomly came across Mighty-O donut while I was walking to Seattle University. I think visiting a donut shop in every city is a must!  These donuts are organic and made from scratch. So delicious you (slightly) forget you’re eating a donut.  The donut shop is located in Wallingford’s historic Keystone building.


Seattle University

With my hotel being directly across the street, it was only inevitable for me to want to explore the University. I wasn’t aware SU is a Jesuit College or ranked as Best Colleges in 2015. I guess it’s because I’m no longer in the undergraduate admission realm. What a beautiful campus — modern, spacious, and near Downtown Seattle. I couldn’t help but to wonder how much work students get down if living that close to so many things to do!


Pacific Place 

Talk about a high-end mall.

I couldn’t even afford to window shop (salary can’t afford Tiffany’s & Co. at this time)! Nonetheless, it’s always fun to walk around and see and what all the luxurious brands display in the windows. I particularly enjoy malls like these because of the diversity of people you’ll come across. You have the gentleman playing music on the street corner, you have the tourists taking an exorbitant amount of selfies/pictures, and the locales walking around with their adorable doggies.


Cupcake Royal

With a motto like “Seattle’s Best Cupcakes & Ice Cream” it only seemed naturally to check ’em out. I stumbled across this cupcake shop while waiting for the hotel shuttle to pick me up (yes, Silvercloud Hotels offer shuttles to and from downtown).  Too many choices to choose from! I ultimately ended up selecting the  Dance Party Cupcake flavor — rich pink vanilla buttercream spread onto sweet vanilla buttercake, all topped with a colorful confetti. My type of PARTAY!!!


 

I’m starting to love mini getaways. Although this one was for work, I seize any opportunity to explore when presented. As the weather warms up, I will have a slew of #BOIBucketListTravel stories to share with you all!

 

 

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Appetite @ Addie’s: 10 Day BOI Bucket List Challenge¬†

I’ve heard about Addie’s.


My coworker mentioned she has lunch here on a weekly basis. With her recommendation, I decided to checkout Addie’ for a (late) breakfast.
Addie’s is located in Old Boise, on the corner of 5th and Main Street. It has the most decorative window art I’ve seen so far (excluding all the window paint for the holiday season). My favorite is the painting of two ladies sitting at a table, sipping tea.

With Boise Weekly in one hand and my wallet in the other, I headed into Addie’s. After being greeted with a warm smile, I was instructed to find my own seat. I chose a comfortably-sized  booth facing Main Street.


Before I even had the chance to sit, a young man with framed black glasses, dressed in a vintage-styled sweater covering a joker tee-shirt, with his hair pulled up in a ponytail asked me if I wanted coffee (bottomless coffee, by the way). I quickly responded with yes! and sat down.

The table over had college students talking about:

–  earning Dean’s list

– happy finals ended

– talked about skiing with family


While perusing the menu (and overwhelmed with the delicious choices), I overheard one college student order the meat skillet.

Hmm, meat skillet?

I thought that sounded rather scrumptious (well… Maybe my mind didn’t use the word scrumptious, but it’s a good word for this blog).

When the young waiter walked over asking me what did I decide to order, I responded with my usual:

This is my first time here; what do you recommend?

Waiters, you probably hate this question but I like to know what is the most standard meal at a restaurant I’ve never been to.


He graciously smiled, and recommended:

– Waffles

– Eggs Benedict

– Skillet


Oh, that word skillet. What the hell is a skillet?

I embarrassed myself and asked what it was. Believe it or not, I never knew that hash browns mixed with meat & veggies was called a skillet! My parents have made that before on our Sunday mornings.

I’ll take the meat skillet please!  I said enthusiastically. Maybe too enthusiastically.


While waiting for my food, I read the newest Boise Weekly, marked down a few events for my reference, like the Humpin’ Hannah’s Fugly Nightmare B4 Christmas Party (which I’m going to anyway) and the Treasure Valley Children’s Theater: Little Women showing).

What seemed liked only a few minutes, the young waiter approached my table with a plate topped with some fried eggs & a meat skillet covered with melted cheddar cheese.

OMG! So delicious.

Basque chorizo sausage mixed with crispy hash browns, and the soft texture of melted cheese was a party in my mouth. Seriously. Let’s not  forget about the fried egg on the side, which I kept forgetting to eat because the allure of the meat skillet kept my attention.


 

If you’re looking for a diner with its fair share of comfort food, add Addie’s to your Foodie #boisebucketlist.


So 1 down, 9 to go! What should I do next…?

And don’t forget, if you want to party & dance with me this Friday night, let me know! Email me at theboisebucketlist@gmail.com. If you’re new to Boise & looking to explore, I’m your person.