The mister and I love to play tourists in our city - we LOVE Seattle - especially when the sun shines! And the sun is shining...summer has arrived and there isn't a prettier place on the planet! We celebrated the 4th in style...you might say we had an All-American Holiday...we started here:
Just look at that beautiful blue sky! The Mariners played Baltimore...the mister was thrilled, couldn't decided who to cheer for (he was raised in Maryland) so he cheered for them both. Before the game started, the announcer asked all military men and women, now serving or who had served in the past to stand...so the mister stood up...everyone cheered...and then this enormous flag was unrolled as we sang the National Anthem...
I detected a tear streaming down the mister's face although he said he had something in his eye. Even though the Mariners lost, we had a great time (they're in last place in their division and the stadium, even on a beautiful day was only half full!) We waddled out of the park after the 7th inning stretch...Polish sausage dogs, fries, nachos, peanuts, Cracker Jack and a vat of Diet Pepsi...it was either get up and go or nap in public!
We looked out at Lake Union where the fireworks would be later - see the barge in the middle of the lake? That's where they shoot them off - and all those boats in the water in the foreground...what a view they had! We still had daylight to burn, so we headed out into the city...shopping, Pike Place Market and dinner at one of our very favorite spots, The Pink Door. I think it's one of the best Italian restaurants in the city...I had Crab Risotto & Scamorza, the mister dined on Linguini and Clams, Bruschetta & Caprese Salad...again, we waddled out of the place! We dined on the deck and had a beautiful view of the Sound...it was perfect!
This is a shot of The Pink Door's outside deck from Post Alley...watching ferry's and tug boats pulling cargo ships is my idea of relaxation!
(Pictured on the right is a sno-globe with Sasquatch inside! I'm going to send it to Max - got to get him ready to go Sasquatch hunting with me when he comes to visit! I found it in the gift shop at the Westin. I recently learned that Sasquatch are directly related to Snipe!)
We strolled back to our hotel just before dusk, turned on the TV so we could hear the broadcast of the fireworks/music while we watched them from our room...it was worth every stinkin' penny the hotel and parking cost! What a great show! I clapped. Clapped and cheered and clapped...in our hotel room while the mister made fun of me.
Look closely in the background and you'll see the faint outline of Mt. Baker...which is about 2 hours north...we could see fireworks all over the city! (Below is the picture from The Seattle Times, taken by Chuck Hilliard...doesn't that just make you want to stand up and shout GOD BLESS AMERICA!?!)
We woke to a perfect picture postcard day and headed out for breakfast at one of Tom Douglas' restaurants, Seatown. The food was fabulous! We were just finishing up (eggs over easy, hash browns, toast, bacon, black-pepper-biscuits with gravy, do not judge, we were on vacation!) when Tom Douglas himself walked in. Tom is the grand-Pooh-Bear of Chefs in the Northwest...at last count he operates 12 restaurants, including Dahlia Lounge and Serious Pie, two of our favorites. Anyway, I wouldn't bat an eye at a movie star, but a famous chef? Eye-batting was a-happening! Tom sat behind me, so when we had finished eating I interrupted his conversation:
Me: Excuse me, I just wanted to say we had a dang fine meal! (Yes, I really said that!)
Tom: Well thank you, that's very nice of you to tell me, I appreciate that! (and he shook my hand)
Me: I'm your biggest fan (drool...slobber)
Tom: Funny, you don't look big!
Me: (Giggle, Swooooooooooooooon) Why, thank you (said in my best Scarlett O'Hara voice)
As we walked off the mister said, "You laid it on a little thick there, didn't you?" As if...thick would have been if I'd pulled up a chair or sat on his lap or licked his face...which I did think about just for a moment...he's very cute! I told the mister that was the best part of our mini-vacay...he snorted.
We walked to the market, purchased fruit, veggies, fish and flowers...and then, just because Tom was still on my mind...we went to Dahlia Bakery (on 4th Avenue just down from Virginia) ...Coconut Cream Pie Bites are mandatory...they're so little, cute and delicious...hardly worth mentioning except for the real cream and burst of coconut...and we also had the Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwich...2 perfect peanut butter cookies sandwiched together with peanut butter and honey...reminded me of when I was a kid, my mom used to make peanut butter and honey sandwiches for us...so, so good. We walked some more, hoping to undo some of the caloric damage...and then, unfortunately, it was time for us to go back to the real world. 24 hours of fun over and done just like that.
Mt. Rainer was in full view for our drive across Lake Washington...14,000 feet of beauty! It's always a great day when the mountain is "out!" We almost made it home before the mister started tallying up what our 24 hours of fun cost...what a kill joy/buzz kill! As we pulled into the drive I ignored everything he had said and handed him the last of the mini-coconut cream pies as I said, "Same time next year?" He rolled his eyes, popped the pie into his pie hold and said, "You betcha!" Pie shut him right up - works every time.