Fall Break Fun- Part 2 in Seattle

Part Two of Fall Break Fun- Annnnd, it’s WIAW



We arrived in Seattle at the early hour of 12:30 PM. We wandered slightly lost looking for the Ride-the- Duck and then bought our tickets for the 1:00 duck tour. Punny jokes, corny and fun music, sing-a-longs, and massive amounts of cheering sum up our ride. Besides the excitement of driving into the water and still floating the most exciting site was easily seeing the real Sleepless in Seattle houseboat. I have seen this movie over a hundred times, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks were my absolute favorite growing up; You’ve Got Mail also holds a special spot in my heart. We snapped numerous pictures and bought our souvenir photo afterwards; Padre, sorry about the flash on your face.

Yes, I took a photo of the photo...
The houseboat from Sleepless in Seattle!

This Seattle tour lasts approximately 90 minutes, 30 of which you are navigating the water, it is well worth a try! For nourishment after the tour we nabbed a deck seat overlooking Pike’s Street Market for Shrimp and Avocado Salad and a Corn Pie. While we ate suddenly shouting from the street caught our attention and we noticed hundreds of protestors marching through Pike’s Place Market. “We are the 99%” was bellowed by the peaceful protestors. They marched by for a solid 15 minutes, young adults, children, parents, and older adults filled the street. As a good tourist we took photos and absorbed the feeling of watching history in the works. After the mob passed we bought a pumpkin pie cake and a couple donut holes for my friend and I to share for our rode trip to the cabin the next day. (Note: I ate all of them! Her loss…)

The Corn Pie with cheese on top and fresh corn in the mix!

The shrimp salad at Pike's. Avocado,Tomato,Olives and Cucumber to dress it up.

The 99% protestors.

We drove home and rested up before our final dinner out that evening. We decided on The Hub and sat in the bar (now that I’m 21 we can avoid the 40 minute waits for the dining room) and ordered a hummus plate appetizer, drinks, and entrees. The atmosphere in the The Hub is fantastic, great music, decor, and a couple plasmas played the Duck game for the happily buzzed crowd.My parents ordered a couple glasses of wine and I tried a Carmel Appletini. The drink was extremely sweet and it was reminiscent of a caramel apple, but also had a distinct brown sugar taste. I love sugar, but it was too sweet for me.

Caramel Appeltini
Huuuge Hummus plate we shared, I still have leftovers!

For dinner I ordered the grilled portabello mushroom sandwich with goat cheese herb aioli and asparagus with a side of broccoli. It was served on their own exquisite house baked french bread, They offer an extensive selection of pizzas and my mom ordered a small rustic with artichoke hearts, olive, roasted garlic, and mozzarella. My dad ordered the smoked salmon plate drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette. I happily stole pieces of his smoked salmon and a bite of my mom’s pizza, but my stomach was still grumbling after dinner and dessert was a must. (Taking full advantage of the parents visit, remember?)

My partially nibbled on Portabello Goat Cheese Sandwich
I can only imagine the size of a full one! I took the leftovers with me to share with the girls at the Cabin.

I’m sure your jaw just dropped, this is the half order Brownie Sundae, it must be a third of a brownie pan… I can only imagine the size of the full order. It is probably larger than my head.

I headed home with three to-go (Sorry, missing the pictures of Salmon and the Pizza) boxes that will provide snackage for my friend’s and I at the cabin tomorrow.

Stay tuned for Part Three- The Cabin!


Fall Break Fun- Parent Edition

Why, hello there, long time no post!

It really has been ages since I’ve had any remote time to put something together for this, even though I have desperately wanted to post something! First projects and papers were assigned, and then midterms sneakily crept up on me, but now it is FALL BREAK! The last two days I have been essentially free from all homework obligations, PRAISE THE LORD! Okay, that’s a lie, I had one group project meeting, but other than that my parents have visited and we became as touristy as possible.

Living in the library...

You may say the most touristy thing to do in Seattle is Pike’s Place Market, sorry, but you my dear are mistaken. You seemed to have forgotten about Ride The Duck! You betchya, we rode the duck! Of course the night before we rode the duck we ate and celebrated the one month anniversary of my 21st birthday! (Yes, I am milking this birthday for as much as it’s worth.) We also killed two birds with one stone because I am a writer for the school paper, (Arts and Entertainment!) I seek out happy hours and restaurants to write reviews, with parents in town I had ample opportunities to experiment with new restaurants. We hit up Shenanigans for happy hour half price drinks and entrees.


We started with a Seafood Dip that came with crostini for dipping and it was absolutely delicious. The portion was very generous at the happy hour half price and my father and I went to town on that dip leaving only one or two bites left. It is a good thing my mom is not fond of seafood, she would have needed a stick to beat us away from that dip.

Huge! No?

Our first round of drinks arrived simultaneously with the appetizer, a mojito, lemon drop, and glass of red wine. The mojito and lemon drop were both tasty, but being happy hour the alcohol content was noticeably less than normal (being a small person this meant I could finish my drink and have another if wanted and still be levelheaded). Despite the alcohol content discrepancy we were satisfied and a 100 calorie Long Island Ice Tea was ordered that my mom and I both tasted. It didn’t taste like a normal Long Island Ice Tea, the use of crystal light and a diet soda were prominent flavors in the drink and we left it mostly full.

Welcome to The Bar.
Happy Hour!

We followed up our appetizer with the early bird dinner option (it was past 6 at this point, but apparently being seated early still allowed us this option). My mom ordered the Chicken Fettucini Alfredo with a small salad ($13.95) and my Dad ordered the Grilled Salmon and a small salad ($13.95) off the early bird menu. I was craving pot stickers and ordered the special Duck Pot Stickers with three dipping sauces and nibbled off their plates.

Padre's Salmon
The Duck stuffed potstickers
Chicken Alfredo with bell peppers and carmelied onions. Mmmm

As a surprise my Dad brought from home a bottle of wine as old as me! We toasted and enjoyed our entrees. The portions were very generous and well executed for the price. Just as we were finishing up dinner the waitress surprised us with a HUGE Mocha Ice cream Cake in honor of my birthday. Oh.My.Goodness. I know that you are salivating looking at this picture and if you didn’t notice the hot fudge on the side before, now you are definitely drooling over this cake.

21 year old wine and chica!
Best. Birthday Cake Ever!


That is Part 1 of 3 of my Fall Break!


Happy Monday!