We stocked up on maps and books, including the Food Lovers Guide to Seattle and I got right down to reading them immediately! Just last week we went to the Emerald City for a visit, primarily to scope out apartment rentals, although exploring Seattle's food scene was #1 on my list!
After landing at an unnerving hour on Saturday morning, Bryce and I quickly got to fun-having and food tasting on a Savor Seattle food tour of the ever famous Pike Place Market. The first stop was the well known and stinky gum wall, although we didn't opt for any samples. The tour was incredible and deserves a whole post of it's own, stay tuned! UPDATE: Here's the post of the whole tour.
Not long after our first activity was finished we rearranged our schedule to be sure that raincoat purchasing was next. We explored the largest Macy's I've ever seen while Bryce embraced his touristy ways!
- Camera strapped to ones-self - check.
- Umbrella in pocket - check.
Now you know how much I love a good Farmer's Market, don't you? The Pike Place Market is basically the best, largest, smartest, friendliest market ever. We explored the market at leisure after our tour was finished. Although we weren't hungry in the least we were thoroughly entertained by the many, many options and affordable prices, especially when compared to the absurdity that is pricing in Hawaii. $4.99 figs, multi-colored pastas, heirloom tomatoes, razzberries, adorable little pumpkins - yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!
Also note that lovely rain coat that I scored! Nothing says "Welcome to Seattle" better.
We spent the first two nights in a hotel in downtown Seattle, within walking distance of Pike Place Market and the original Starbucks locations before moving to a vacation rental in Ballard to be sure we liked the neighborhood. If I hadn't already been sure that I could love a place that sells freshly made doughnuts at a Farmer's Market, a visit to the Trader Joe's sealed my fate!
We truly enjoyed our mini-vacay and pseudo-honeymoon in Seattle and Ballard is surely the spot for us. We'll take a true honeymoon next year to Italy and Ireland, thankfully we didn't plan it to follow the wedding immediately because we'd be losing out on our last precious weeks in Hawaii.
That all being said, I can't wait to share the rest of our wedding extravaganza and visit to Seattle with you. While we're at it, I'll answer the million dollar question that everyone seems to ask... "Will the name of your blog change?!" No, Aloha Yinz Mangia will never ever change, although the days of SPAM and sunshine are coming to an end.