Hi All! Last Friday I flew to Seattle, WA, the original plan was to meet my friend, Teri, hit the Italian Festival, cause some minor mayhem. Teri’s Father is very ill, and may be dying, so, she wasn’t able to make it. I decided to have fun for the both of us.
Saturday morning I took the bus into Seattle,(wouldn’t you know, the day I get there they close down the tunnel that the buses used, it’s a 2 year renovation) People were going crazy because of the changes, all they had to do was read the new schedules. I found myself helping people figure out where their stops were etc. lol I got off at 3rd and Pine, and walked down to Pikes Place Market. It’s always one of my most favorite places to go in Seattle. There are fish stalls, flower stalls, produce, all kinds of shops, artists, etc. I went and gave the big brass pig, (it’s a huge piggy bank) a pat and watched the fish guys perform for the crowds. The smells and the atmosphere are wonderful! Weekends are especially crowded, but people are kind and friendly, there to have a good time. I love being around the flower stalls, the heavenly smells! The whole market is on different levels, and it’s a maze, I find it makes it fun to explore. I was going to have lunch at the Armenian restaurant there, but the line was soooo long. I decided, fish and chips at Lowell’s, also in the market. You can order on the main floor and then go up to the second or third floors with views, one side over looks the market, and the other, the harbor. There was a man eating at the next table with his friend, and he looked like an old British rocker, even had the accent, his face was so familiar, and it’s driving me crazy I can’t put a name with the face. I’ll think of it eventually. After lunch I decided to head on up to the Monorail, ride it to the space needle and the Seattle Center. There was a big Italian Festival going on, in the Center House and Fisher Pavilion. I watched the Bocce Ball tourneys first, the men were big flirts, eager to explain the game, and, I found out, this is serious, serious business to them. I should have watched my time better, while I was watching bocce ball, I was missing a cooking demonstration by, Michael Lomonaco, the host of, Epicurious, on TV. My kids would have enjoyed the marionette puppet shows. I did get to watch the, grape stomping contest, which was fun, and messy. I was in the second row and got some of the grapes splashed on me. There were food booths set up, sausage and peppers, meatball sandwiches etc. Downstairs were vendors. One was a small company that makes fresh mozzarella cheese. They had samples out, yuuuuummmy! One booth was older ladies who have grouped together to do Italian geneaology. The Remo Borracchini Bakery had a huge booth set up, selling all kinds of wonderful breads, and to my delight, cannoli!!! I was kinda disappointed that the pastry shell was soggy, but the filling was good enough to help my craving. I can’t get cannoli here in Idaho, and always grab the chance to have one, or two when I can. The Italian Folk Chorus from Vancouver was singing at the time. They had all kinds of music performances during the festival. Beer and wine gardens, Italian film viewing, dancing… food, and more food. I had a really good time. I know Teri would have, and I ate in honor of her, (she’s not Italian, but she loves food just as much!) lol I saw a girl with a T-shirt on, it said, Not only am I perfect, but, I’m Italian too! lol I tried finding some for my kids but they were all out. I sat and had fresh squeezed lemonade and watched the people. I asked one of the men who worked there, and the security guard he was talking with, "If you wanted Crab, where would you go?" He looked at me and said, "First Ave" , then they looked at each other and cracked up. I must have had a puzzled look on my face, laughing even harder he told me it was a joke… (Hookers down on 1st) crabs, get it? lmao, Pretty funny guys. LOL They then told me the Crab Pot down on the Pier was good, and showed me on the map where it was. I’ve always found the people of Seattle to be friendly, helpful, and in this case, funny! lol
Seattle has changed and grown a lot since my last time there. I walked right by the monorail entrance and didn’t recognize it. There’s a huge building attached now, The Westlake Center, and a convention center with arches that go across the street, all new to me. It was nice to be in a city with diversity though, Blacks, Asians, Caucasians, "Granolas", Suits, etc. I enjoy it.
The monorail got shut down while I was at the Seattle Center, so, I bused back to the Westlake Center and headed back to Renton. I was pooped but had a good day. I decided to forgo dinner and hit the Crab Pot on Sunday.
Sunday morning, I got on a bus full of men, heading into Seattle to the Qwest dome and a Seattle Seahawks game. I’ve been room mom for a lot of my kids classes, and been on field trips, this was just like being on a bus with a bunch of excited kids. lol
I spent most of the morning in the International district, Chinatown. Not much of a chinatown, but I liked it. My favorite store is there, Uwajimaya’s, a huge asian grocery store with just about everything you can imagine, plus gifts, kitchen things, etc etc. It’s a new store since the last time I was there, and they have a big food court. I was in heaven!
Oh, it’s so close to the stadium that you can hear the crowd roar for touchdowns. The Seahawks won that day. I spent the rest of the day at Pikes Place Market, bought some souvenirs for my kids, and a watercolor of the market for myself. There’s an Italian Market/Deli near Pikes, it’s a fantastic place to shop if you get a chance, it’s called, DeLaurenti’s, we don’t have it anywhere around here. I wish I had taken much, much more money! I stayed out of the Antique shops as much as possible, I didn’t want to find something I loved and not be able to afford it, (but they have wonderful antique shops all over!) I went to dinner at the Crab Pot, it’s located in the, Bay Pavillion, Pier 57. There’s a Waterfront Park, and some cute shops, Pirates Plunder was fun, lots of Pirate themed gifts.
Crab Pot is best if you are with someone, but they were great to me being alone. I splurged and had Crab and Lobster. They put paper down on your table, give you a little wooden board, a mallet, and crab cracker. The food is cooked then dumped out onto the table, you eat with your hands. It comes with red potatoes and corn on the cob, OH and fresh warm sourdough bread. It was sooooo good! I sat at an outside table, you have a view of the water, and a huge Ferry, if one is in port (be prepared for the loud horns blowing when they leave the dock). I’m a terrible eavesdropper, one table near me, guys out with their boys, were celebrating the Seahawks win, another table, was there to drown their sorrows, they were rooting for the team that lost. The ladies in the table behind me, had shrimp in their meal, they come with shell on, which means the eyes legs everything still attached, well one of them had seen, as I had, Shark Tales on HBO the evening before, and she was doing the voice of the little shrimp that is trying to convince the shark not to eat him, she did all the lines, in the same little voice, they were cracking up, I was cracking up, they were too funny. Our waitress came to ask how everything was going and I said, "They are making me glad I didn’t order Shrimp!" The lady picked one up and points it to me and says, " Your a gooood person", I almost spit out my drink, and they were dying! I took my time, enjoying the view the people around me, and a scrumptious meal! I think I ate a pound of crab and a whole lobster! (well the tail and claws anyway) I had veggies left but ate every bit of the crab and lobster. I felt like I was gonna have to be rolled out of there. (contented sigh) Sunday night things shut down pretty early. I was full and tired so I headed on back to the hotel. I flew out Monday, at the airport there were some young men sitting with me at the table (we all had lunch there) we got to talking and I had no idea that Jimmy Hendrix was buried in Renton! I’m not a huge fan, but, I felt stupid, after all this time to find that out. Well I guess next time. They went and had a good time, I guess it was a pilgrimage for them, they were true fans. I almost missed my flight, because I wasn’t watching the time. Made it home safe and sound, and even though my feet are killing me, i’m relaxed and ready to go. The whole area of Seattle is so beautiful, I always feel rejuvinated after a visit. Thanks Seattle, and all those who dwell within!