Happy New Year, everyone!
I just got back from Georgia, read it here, worked for a few days, and left again to Seattle to see my boyfriend for New Years. This holiday season was eventful, and as always with so many blessings and warm wishes. Let’s jump into the Seattle trip highlights, shall we?
- Saturday, Dec 31st 2016: I caught the late afternoon flight to Seattle. I was quickly introduced to my boyfriend’s brother and his wife. We all had a glass or two before heading out. My boyfriend got us a spot at Lola, a Mediterranean restaurant located right in downtown, not too far from where we stayed. After dinner, we were headed to Kerry Park where there was an overlook to downtown Seattle and they shot fireworks right from the Space Needle. It was quite chilly, hailing, but I felt so warm and loved. 🙂
- Sunday, Jan 1st 2017: We walked and shopped at the Pacific Place, basically downtown Seattle, a few blocks away from the Pike Place Market. We had lunch at a cool and hip Viet restaurant, called Ba-Bar, a bit expensive but I liked the atmosphere and the presentation. We headed home to change, stopped by Kerry Park for some downtown sunset view, and drove to Discovery Park. Sunset at Gas Works park was insanely amazing! It was so cold, so we shot another outfit really quickly and left to the U Village. University Village was by far my favorite strip mall ever. It’s located near the University of Washington, hence the name, and you can get easy access to so many cool stores. It was my first time visited shops like Aritzia, a Canadian brand I’d been wanted to go in and see it for myself, bought a pair of gloves, Room and Board, a furniture store, the Amazon store where they have best-seller books available at the store which was pretty cool. We had dinner at home because my brother’s brother and sister in law made, had some shaved ice and che, a type of Viet dessert, at Bambu in the International District, and headed home to watch Gone Girl. A very well-spent day!!!
- Monday, Jan 2nd 2017: We met up with a friend for some dimsum at House of Hong and bubble tea at Oasis in Chinatown. We drove around for sight-seeing, visited Aesop in the Fremont area, and stopped by the busy historic Starbucks Reserve. Starbucks were literally at every corner, every block, visibly and obviously, in Seattle. We stopped by QFC, a local grocery store, to get some wines as gifts for my boyfriend’s brother and his wife. Highlight of the day was when the little 2 years old Harvey, my boyfriend’s nephew, opened the box of books I got him for Christmas. It was the cutest thing seeing his reaction from opening the books and asking questions as his parents were reading them. Although, he was kinda shy and still gave me looks, but well he’s too cute!!! After that, we napped for a bit before heading out for dinner at Nishiro. Nishiro was highly recommended by my boyfriend’s brother and his wife again, so we decided to give it a try. Gotta trust the locals, right! We did the $70 per person omakase menu with 8 well-plated and tastiest seafood/sushi dishes I’ve ever tasted in my life. Well worth it!!!
- Tuesday, Jan 3rd 2017: We visited the Japanese market, Uwajimaya and bought some snacks. I bought a sweater at Uniqlo, at Bellvue area. We drove across the flowing bridge I90, super cool though! We had Vietnamese food at Green Leaf, located right across from House of Hong in China town. And what better way to end my trip was to stop by the Alki beach for the downtown overlook where you could literally see mountain tops covered with snow on one side and the other side is the Seattle skyline. My favorite part was to catch the cranes along water-front, some looked like giraffes, some looked like the origami cranes, literally. SEA-TAC, Seattle’s airport was insanely busy that day, but I made it just in time while my flight was boarding.
Oh my! Congrats for making it till the end of this super lengthy post. I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos. Visit Seattle and see it for yourself, and I’m sure you’ll have a great time just like me.