I just got back from a long weekend in Seattle to visit a good friend. She moved out there in September for a PhD. I miss her around DC so much!
We had a great time exploring her new city together. I will skip the touristy stuff but mention our food and fitness finds, keeping in line with why we're here on SparkPeople!
I got in on Thursday night and we stayed up talking for a bit, but the time change made me feel sleepy pretty early.
On Friday morning we got up and took the ferry to Bainbridge Island. We walked around a lot, had a delicious lunch at a place called Fork & Spoon (they even had gluten free bread for my turkey sandwich). Lunch was healthy and good. We then went around the corner to a coffeeshop where I got a gluten free cupcake. My friend only got coffee while I got both a drink and food. And you know, the cupcake wasn't even all that good -- too crumbly and plain. Bummer.
We took the ferry back after lunch and walked through Pike Place Market. We decided to make dinner in and got a piece of halibut and some fresh Brussels sprouts. We also got cheese curds from a cheese place called Beecher's. We even watched them making fresh curds -- VERY exciting! One of the best things about my friendship with this person is that she and I have similar curiosities, so we both enjoyed the cheesemaking to similar degrees.
My friend's apartment building has a roof deck with a grill, and we grilled the fish simply with lemon and rosemary. We roasted the Brussels sprouts and made a salad, featuring the cheese curds. Our homemade dinner was the best meal we had all weekend! We were super full after dinner, and took a walk -- about a mile I think -- by Lake Union. My friend said that the house boat in Sleepless in Seattle was somewhere nearby (not that I've ever seen that movie).
On Saturday we visited a bunch of museums -- which we got to by foot, bus, and car -- and even went on a walking history tour of "Underground Seattle." Lots of walking again.
For lunch we had pho. Again my friend made the healthier choice by getting the pho with tofu and vegetables, whereas I chose the pho with beef and tripe. For dinner we went to this place called Pie, which sold individual-sized pies. They have one gluten-free savory pie every day, and that day was broccoli and cheddar... YUM! Pie also has sweet pies (one that is GF), but my friend wanted to take me to a dessert place called Hot Cakes, whose claim to fame is molten lava cakes. You know, as good as it sounds, it was a little disappointing. I think it was just too much food for such a short period of time!
On Sunday, the only thing we had time for before my flight home was brunch. We walked the mile or so to the restaurant. They also had GF bread, the best I think I ever had. The thick-cut toast was the best part of my meal (which included eggs with ham and cheese, a side of potatoes, and toast).
I wish I had a fitness tracker or even a pedometer; we walked SO MUCH! I didn't get my heart rate elevated at any point during the weekend, but it was good to be out and about so much... esp given how much food we ate!