Seattle Travel Diary – Spring 2017

 Happy Mother’s Day to all moms out there!

I hope you’ll take some time to do something cute and special for your mom! As promised, I’m sharing with y’all my recent trip to Seattle. Let’s grab a tea and enjoy a lengthy and hopefully informative travel post. Take some notes for places to go and things to do if you’re planning to visit Seattle one day.


My flight to Seattle left early Friday morning. Spring in Seattle was so so pretty, especially from the plane’s window up high. The city was so green and vibrant with streets and houses filled with so much greeneries and pretty flowers. Of course, no one could escape the rain of Seattle’s spring. It was just quick rain drizzles, and I didn’t feel bothered. I took a train and a bus ride to my boyfriend’s place to drop off my luggage. He picked me up at a mall where I ubered to, and we had Mod Pizza for lunch. I had to wait for him to get done with work, so I stayed at a Starbucks nearby to blog for a bit. That evening, we decided to dress up a bit for a date night.

» lunch at MOD PIZZA 2902 164th St SW, Lynnwood (MOD = MODIFIED, get it?!)

» shopping in downtown: NIKE store 1500 6th Ave, Seattle. I got a new pair of shoes and a hiking jacket, worn hiking on Saturday.

» dinner: LIST 2226 1st Ave, Seattle. This place was highly recommended by my boyfriend’s sister who is a local there. They had happy hours HALF -OFF THE FOOD LIST, but we didn’t make there at the right time. The menu had a good variety, so I’d suggest to yelp it and order a bunch, of course, try to come in when it’s their happy hours. I tried to take some food photos but no luck due to the terrible lighting.

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DATE NIGHT OUTFIT: dress: Banana Republic | Oxford shoes: Cole Haan | bag: Proenza Schouler


We woke up bright and early, got some coffee and banh mi to go, and drove East. Initially, our destination was to hike the Snoqualmie falls, about half an hour out east of Seattle, but we got down to the bottom of the fall pretty quickly. The fall is very big and powerful, so it’s not really possible to get close. We decided to make our way out to hike the Rattlesnake Ledge, about 20 minutes further. The weather during our hike at Rattlesnake Ledge was incredibly weird. There were times during the hike where it was warm and sunny, but then, all of a sudden, it would rain for a little bit, then it would be sunny again.

» Banh mi at SAI GON DELI 1237 S Jackson St, Seattle

» Snoqualmie Falls 6501 Railroad Ave SE, Snoqualmie

» Rattlesnake Ridge/Ledge Washington 98045. It is a 6.6-mile hike and heavily trafficked out and back trail, so be prepared for hitting crowds of people hiking up and down. I’d recommend hiking it bright an early since it could get really dark and cold later on the day. We started out hike pretty early, so after hiking Snoqualmie Falls, we got to the Rattlesnake Ledge area at around noon which was perfect. The views from the Upper Ledge, guaranteed, sweeping!

» Che aka Vietnamese desserts at THANH SON TOFU 1248 S King St, Seattle

» JAPANESE GARDEN 1075 Lake Washington Blvd E, Seattle. Use your student IDs for a discounted price! The garden is small but fully packed with pretty bushes of flowers. The pretty coy fish were my favorites!

» GoPOKE 625 S King St, Seattle. This place is by far my personal favorite. The customer service and the ‘aloha’ energy were great. We got a poke bowl to shared with 2 flavored salmon options for about $15 and 3 mochi ice cream balls, all made in Hawaii, for another $6. According to their staff, they get fresh salmon every day shipped directly from Hawaii, never frozen ones, and that can really explain why it was so good! I love this place!

» THE WALRUS & THE CARPENTER 4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle. This place was OMG, very post-industrial, classic but hip at the same time!!! The wait was an hour, so we just walked around the neighborhood and waited till we got out seats. Food came in as quite expensive little plates but was worth every penny. Oysters were fresh and delicious out of this world. The menus had about 9 oyster options, ranked from a plain tasted ones to the saltiest ones. It was about $3.50 per oysters. We decided to try 10, 2 of each kind and got to taste the difference in the salt level. So sad that I couldn’t take any food photos since it was so dark in there, ugh! [one_half padding=”0 5px 0 0″][/one_half]

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HIKING OUTFIT: jacket and shoes: Nike (bought at the Nike store in downtown Seattle on Friday, items attached below.) | yoga pants: Lulu Lemon (couldn’t find them online, similar: here and here. I’d recommend you to try them out at the store before making any purchases. Trust me, their stuff is amazing!)


My flight was at 5:40 pm, so it was pretty much a packing and getting ready to leave day. After mass, we went for dim sum for lunch and grabbed some quick bites and desserts. We also managed to hit the downtown are near the Space Needle, the MoPOP aka the Museum of Modern Art, located right next to the Space Needle, and the Alki beach.

» lunch at DIMSUM FACTORY 4092 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue. This place serves order-to-ready dim sum style, not that typical cart serving style that I expected to be. They make dim sum and pretty much everything there fresh. And not to mention, their portions are huge! We ordered 6 plates and had to to go almost half of it. I thought it was okay, pretty decent flavors and portions for the price we paid. I’d rather go for smaller portions for more options to try, especially with Chinese food.

» MOPOP 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle. We walked around the museum, people watched, and also took some outfit photos here.

» desserts at Bambu 516 7th Ave. S, unit A, Seattle

» Alki Beach Park 1702 Alki Ave SW, Seattle[one_half padding=”0 5px 0 0″][/one_half]

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CROP TOP & SHORTS OUTFIT: crop top: Zara (here) | shorts: vintage re-done Levi’s (bought them at a local vintage shop in Ballard, Seattle) | sliders: Vince | sunglasses: Ray-ban the hexagonal silver lens | lipstick: Too Faced Lady Balls WHITE SHIRT OUTFIT: linen shirt: Frank & Eileen | jeans: J-brand with DIY hem | shoes: Nike | bag: PS

Congrats for making it till the end! I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos and taken down some notes for food places to go and things to do in Seattle. I had so much fun, ate so much good food, and was so spoiled with so much the West Cast had to offer. It is calling my name! 🙂

More of my recent Seattle travel trip here, Colorado here, or Atlanta here.

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An Trieu

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