TRAVEL | Mini Seattle Road Trip
Where does the time go? My girlfriend and I went on a mini road trip to Seattle months ago and I'm just now getting this down on the blog. I'm blaming it on #momlife. When we found out Anthony Bourdain had a tour scheduled in Seattle we jumped on planning a mini foodie weekend getaway. This road trip was also the very first time I spent any time away from my son. It was GREAT but it was also very difficult emotionally and mentally. I didn't sleep well because of my anxiety BUT, I ended up having the most amazing time. It was nice to get away and stop being MOM, even if it was just for two days. To help us kick off our little road trip, Ford Canada was kind enough to lend us a sporty 2017 Fusion!
Let me start off by saying that the new 2017 Ford Fusion, is a sleek looking car! I loved the color they provided us, I've always been a fan of this rich burgundy color because of its sophistication. It was fully loaded with all the necessities, power everything, heated and A/C seats (have you ever tried a car with A/C seats? It feels like a cool fan blowing under your butt), rear facing camera, plus more. It feels super sporty and there's a lot of power behind the pedals. But I do have to say, the rotary gear-shift dial took some getting use to because it didn't feel natural to shift gears by turning a dial. But all in all, this sporty ride was perfect for the weekend getaway.
The Bourdain show took place at the Paramount Theatre (which was just a short walk away from our hotel). His show was a one hour monologue of him sharing his brutally honest views and experiences on politics, food culture and travels around the world. It really felt more like a stand-up comedy show, as he opened his "Hunger" tour set by expressing his deep, deep destain for Guy Fieri. However, he loves and respects the following: Andrew Zimmerman, Alton Brown and Ina Garten. He also despises "housemade ketchup", Asian Fusion food and is on the fence about cupcakes. He ended his show with an open Q&A with the crowd where one guy asked, "What is the worst thing you've eaten". His reply, "Fucking Johnny Rockets".
STAY - We stayed at the Palladian Hotel, located conveniently downtown. I'd stay again, the location is ideal, located to all the shopping and the Pike Market. The celebrity paintings and pillow shams in the rooms are a funny touch, although in the middle of the night kinda creepy. We had drinks one night and breakfast one day at the attached Shaker & Spear restaurant, a sleek, cozy environment serving up west coast flare.
EAT - For the few days we had, we were able to pack in some great places to eat. Here's the hit list:
Upper Bar Ferdinand - For pre-dinner drinks we hopped over to the Capitol Hill area and found a delightful spot called Upper Bar Ferdinand. It has a Japanese farmstead kind of feel and they focus on small batch, family owned wines, sakes and beers from all over the world. Their food menu is tight; offering cured meats, local seafood, all sorts of pickled vegetables and a nice bread selection. Pretty much a dream scenario.
Kurt Farm Shop - Right next door to Upper Bar Ferdinand is this wonderful little ice cream shop. We were on our way to dinner so we only had only a brief moment to jump in to take a look and the guy behind the counter was kind enough to provide us with some samples of their ice cream. All the products (including cheeses) come out of a farm on Vashon Island, which by the way, is a 15 cow operation. What's not to love about that! We also fell in love with their cow, Andy which you can see in all their marketing materials.
Bateau - Created by genius restaurateur Renee Erickson and her Sea Creatures Group, Bateau is a meat lovers dream. Probably the best piece of Filet Mignon I've had in a very long while. The restaurant space is quaint, cozy, and is also attached to its sister restaurant Bar Mesuline. Bateau promotes whole animal cooking. They receive one cattle for the week and sell off every piece and part for their menu creation.
General Porpoise - Coffee and doughnuts, two words that complete my day. Before we made our way back home the next day, we popped into General Porpoise (which is right next door to Bateau). Their doughnuts are made with fresh eggs from La Ferme des Anes chickens and are filled with seasonal jams, jellies, custards, and creams. They also make a top notch coffee and they rotate their roasters. For you sweet hounds out there, stopping into this gem of a place is a must.
Our tummys and taste buds were happily satisfied after this trip to Seattle. With sunshine, clear roads and a sweet ride that got us home safe, our hearts were full from a nice girlie weekend away.