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Seahawks @ CenturyLink Field | Seattle, WA

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ah, centurylink field… the whole reason the four of us were in seattle.  the stadium… was amazing and everything we had hoped for.  yes, it was loud. yes, seahawks fans are pretty awesome… makes you want to be a…marshawn lynch fan?

not going to lie, the neon green grew on me the more and more i saw fans with jerseys.  i almost bought a beastmode jersey myself. i’m crazy. i have too many favorite teams.  hence i had to be neutral and wear an NFL shirt.

(note that all these pictures are taken with my iphone since there were limitations on what you could bring into the stadium…)

i will say…spending sunday watching football with your friends is amazing.  going to a football game with friends…even better.

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the seahawks vs. jags game started at 1pm. that meant that we had to search for a place to watch football.  first stop: fuel.  the negative thing about this place is that good seats required a minimum of 6 or more.  even if you were a party of 4… you couldn’t sit there and let a party of 2 sit with you.  so even when we came early, there weren’t too many options for us since we were rolling only 4 deep. we decided to leave since the seats that were available to us…sucked.

Fuel Sports Eats & Beats
164 Washington St
(between S Occidental Ave & S 2nd Avenue Extended)
Seattle, WA 98104
Neighborhood: Pioneer Square

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onto the next place: 88 keys dueling piano & sports bar!  as we were walking toward the stadium, someone on a microphone told us to come in…and a good choice it was! get ready though…for a sea of seahawks.

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loved it here.  big open space with lots of tables and lots of tvs mounted high so that you can see it from most of the seats.  we chose our seats closest to the teams we were rooting for (in life and in fantasy).  obviously lions game (for kyle) and the chargers game (for bryan).

food & drinks were a rather good deal.  i think a bucket of beers were around $15.  breakfast burritos were good and cheap.  we also ordered bloody marys and nachos.  all good sports bar food.

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if you do go to a seahawks game, i would say this is one of the better places to watch football closer to the stadium.

88 Keys Dueling Piano & Sports Bar
315 2nd Ave S
(between Main St & Jackson St)
Seattle, WA 98104
Neighborhood: Pioneer Square

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off to the game! it started to pour… stella and i left for the stadium before the guys since the lions game had not finished yet. we headed out early because from past experience (candlestick – niners game)…it took forever to get passed the gate (it took 30 minutes to jus get tickets scanned and bags searched).  we just didnt want to miss the beginning of the game.

lines are intimidating but super efficient.  we got in within 5 minutes.  (1 point centurylink. 0 points candlestick)

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we had an amazing time in seattle.  yes, the game was a blowout (seahawks vs. jaguars)…but it was still fun (lots of screaming and chanting).  thanks seattle, for the awesome stadium experience.  we loved you. oh, and yes, i will remember not to wear red to your game. i dont know what i was thinking.

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can’t wait to plan next year’s trip!

By |November 11th, 2013|Food, Seattle, Travel|0 Comments

Happy Hour @ List | Downtown Seattle, WA

List | Seattle

after hard rock café, we decided to mosey to another happy hour spot.  we ended up at list.  we heard/read that they had decent happy hour.

despite the weather being less than perfect (pretty chilly and about to rain), we decided to sit outside in the patio area for the natural light.  the dining/bar area is extremely dark.  lit mostly by candle light.  pretty romantic.  too bad none of us were feeling romantic at 5pm.

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so here is the deal with happy hour at list:  all items under their food list at 50%.  bottle of wine – $14.  pretty darn good.  happy hour for fridays are 4pm – 6:30pm.

we ordered a bottle of the red wine…because it was named “stella” it was obviously meant to be.  for small bites, we went with the calamari ($5) and the broccoli ($4) (oh you know, we light to keep a relatively balance diet. ha. ha.).

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  • happy hour food:  both calamari and broccoli dishes were ok.  nothing crazy gourmet about these two items.  the happy hour size is on the smaller side.  still, tastes pretty good when you’re drinking.  we enjoyed our wine… and for $14 a bottle? we enjoyed it even more.
  • ambience:  this place was pretty packed when we got there.  good thing we were the only crazy people who wanted to sit outside in the drizzle and freezing cold.
  • service: friendly staff.  attentive despite the crowds, which is always a plus.
  • overall: i’d come back here for happy hour for sure. to enjoy a bottle of wine.  we actually didn’t stay here very long since we were icicles after 45 minutes.  we asked our awesome waitress for other happy hour recommendations.  she guided us to a speakeasy close by (the speakeasy is called bathtub gin & co.  it’s in a pretty tight space.  drinks were just ok and expensive.  we thought it was eh).  i would recommend list as one many bars you should bar hop during happy hour in downtown seattle. $14 bottles of wine?  i would do that any day. fo sho.

List
2226 1st Ave
(between Bell St & Blanchard St)
Seattle, WA 98121
Neighborhood: Belltown

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By |November 11th, 2013|Food, Photography, Restaurants, Seattle, Travel|1 Comment

Rooftop Happy Hour @ Hard Rock Cafe | Downtown Seattle, WA

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i would usually never post a review of hard rock cafe because it’s everywhere and everyone’s been… but it is a great place for happy hour in downtown seattle! we found out about this semi-secret happy hour spot from our lyft driver!

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so this rooftop area is not advertised…but views are great of pike market place and the water. make sure you come up here and hang out on a nice day!  (we couldn’t stop taking pictures) happy hour drinks are a good deal.  if you’re like us, you will be staying here for a couple of hours… at least.

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Hard Rock Cafe
116 Pike St
(between News Ln & 1st Ave)
Seattle, WA 98101
Neighborhood: Downtown

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By |November 7th, 2013|Food, Restaurants, Seattle, Travel|1 Comment

Biscuit Bitch | Downtown Seattle, WA

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we were excited to try out biscuit bitch and actually tried to come here twice! since it was closed the first time we tried, we had to trek through the rain to come here the second time. dedication.

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here is the gigantic menu.  yep.  be ready to feel overwhelmed.  we ordered the smokin’ hot bitch.  biscuits, gravy, cheese, louisiana hot link, and jalapenos…all for $8.90!

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we got the medium cup of the seattle fog at the recommendation of our cashier. best decision ever.  earl grey with a splash of vanilla, soy milk and a slice of orange.  amazing!

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  • ambience:  eclectic.  there is a lot goin’ on in here. limited seating.
  • service:  cashier was uber friendly.  we owe it to him for the great seattle fog tea recommendation!
  • overall:  the biscuit was actually a little bit of a let down.  we thought the biscuit itself was going to blow us away.  it was just okay.  the gravy was on the bland side.  the link was great.  so if you asked me if it was worth the long walk in the rain and the long wait?  no, not really.  however, the seattle fog was amazing!  when i come here next time, that is what i will be ordering.

Biscuit Bitch (inside of Caffe Lieto)
1909 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
Neighborhood: Downtown

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By |November 5th, 2013|Food, Photography, Restaurants, Seattle, Travel|0 Comments

Lola | Downtown Seattle, WA

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lola… another tom douglas spot. we read numerous recommendations to come here for breakfast. so it made our list.  before coming here, we glanced at the menu and were excited to try the golden brown pancakes and pork-maple sausage, vanilla mascarpone, maple syrup.  nope.  ran out. burn.

this was unexpected. even more, breakfast isn’t our “thing” since we arent egg lovers. ya know? we ended up ordering:

  • tom’s big breakfast – mediterranean octopus, squash, leeks, bacon, onion, heirloom peppers, sage, garlic yogurt, poached egg, toast  ($18)
  • made-to-order doughnuts – seasonal jam, vanilla mascarpone ($8)
  • smashed garlic-fried potatoes ($5)

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when we saw octopus as a breakfast menu item, we weren’t thinking “oh hey, for sure we need to get this”. it was our waitress who highly recommended this since the pancakes were unavailable.  i think her exact words were “incredible”.  how could you not get this?  what if it ends up being like the octopus dish at asia de cuba (which we ended up loving despite initial hesitation)?

it was good but nothing mind blowing.  i will say that  the yogurt was a nice surprise.  not sure why we thought the octopus would be crispy on the outside, softer on the inside… it was just ok. this dish is actually pretty pricey in my opinion especially since it’s short of spectacular and it’s…breakfast.

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and now come the doughnuts! remember how i said i fell in love with these tom douglas doughnuts? here is where i got my first introduction! i’m telling you. love at first sight.  they come out fresh and hot with two dipping sauces: seasonal jam  (i had strawberry) and a vanilla mascarpone.

these doughnuts are a winner.  these squarely shaped and amazingly soft “doughnut holes” are perfectly paired with the two dipping sauces which are not too sweet… a perfect spin to a classic.

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smashed garlic potatoes were good.  crispy on the outside.  you can’t go wrong with potatoes.

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  • service: pretty friendly.  it wasn’t hard for us to get a reservation for breakfast/brunch (but then again we came here on a thursday morning).  they were pretty accommodating when i asked to switched tables in order to sit next to a window to take my awesome pictures (jk).
  • ambience: warm tones. high ceilings.  nice spot for brunch.
  • overall: despite the ok, expensive octopus recommendation, i have to say that i am a fan of this place because of the doughnuts. they were pretty much a saving grace for me.  it was a bummer that the pancakes weren’t available but in retrospect…it was probably a good thing since it led me to order the doughnuts!  i mean, yes, you could always go across the street and get the doughnuts at the bakery but the nice thing about getting them here is that you get to sit down and enjoy it with a cup of coffee.  just sayin’.

Lola
2000 4th Ave
(between Virginia St & Lenora St)
Seattle, WA 98121
Neighborhood: Belltown

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By |November 4th, 2013|Food, Photography, Restaurants, Seattle, Travel|0 Comments
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