Seattle, WA

March 2017


  • Hotel: Crowne Plaza in downtown
  • Weather: Expect rain, no matter what.
Seattle Aquarium

Seattle is like the Bay Area on steroids. Because it rains 8-9 months out of the year, the lush landscape is blindingly green, and the air is filtered — I call it “super air.”

The fanciest Starbucks ever.
The inside of the fanciest Starbucks ever.

It was my second time in Seattle. The first time I went was in 2008, so the city had changed a lot since then. It was more developed — with more shops, restaurants, hotels and bars.

View from the boat tour on Lake Union.

I came on a quick weekend trip to the home of hipsters, and left a few pounds heavier. I was only there for the weekend, but because I went with my foodie pal, she chose all of the places to eat.

Gloomy view of downtown from the hotel.

I stayed at the Crowne Plaza in downtown. It had great views, but I wouldn’t stay in downtown again unless it was for work. It’s pretty dead and far enough from the more lively parts of town, so we just ended up Ubering it everywhere.

Coffee just fits with the backdrop of Seattle.

Had I come alone, I would’ve explored the city via public transportation, but unfortunately, not everyone enjoys my mass transit enthusiasm. (I think it’s a great way to see a new city and its people.)

Also, Seattle doesn’t have a subway or train system. It’s reminiscent of L.A., back in the day — buses only.

Seattle gallery

Things I did in Seattle

Museum of Pop Culture $25
I have to say I wasn’t impressed. If you’re on the fence about this, skip it.

Ride the Ducks of Seattle $35
If the weather is nice — at least 70 degrees, then go for it. The reason being, the boat cars don’t have windows and the wind can get really cold. We had a blanket provided by the company, but it was still way too cold.

Restaurants worth Googling

  • Suika
  • Stateside
  • Ba bar
  • Dahlia Lounge
  • The Walrus and the Carpen

Here’s a map of where I went:

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