It’s great to have friends all over the world. I may not get to chat with them often, but when we do connect there’s always great food and even better conversation. I haven’t been to Seattle aka Emerald City, home of grunge, Starbucks and abundance of rain. When the opportunity presented itself, I quickly jumped on it. While I had no concrete plans just excitement and luggage I made my way there.
I stayed at an AirBnB the first night because the commute from the airport was a bit far from where my friend Chris and his husband Ben live in Shelton. While driving, I found a restaurant near where I was staying, Ma’ono. Ma’ona is a Hawaiian inspired restaurant, but after a quick search on Yelp, I played it safe and got the fried chicken and roasted corn. The chicken was ok but the roasted corn really stole the show. It was topped with miso caramel and furikake.
If you’re unfamiliar with furikake like I was, it’s a Japanese seasoning made of seaweed, dried fish, MSG, salt, sesame seeds, and sugar. It was unlike anything I’ve ever tasted, but now that I’m talking about it, I terribly want some.
After dinner I stumbled upon a dispensary (yes, Washington State is recreational.) I don’t know much about marijuana, but what I do know is that it helps stabilize moods and sleep(oh and munchies.) I suffer from insomnia and PTSD so it’s very difficult for me to sleep at night. Normally I just meditate or listen to thunder and rain sounds, but when in Rome…
The Real Wedding Cake is the cannabis strain that I chose for sleep. It is Indica dominant providing a body high which aids in relaxation. It came pre-rolled in a cone which is similar to a joint that has a tip. Since the song “Sativa” by Jhene Aiko and Swae Lee was repeatedly played all summer, I wanted to try something from that strain as well. I chose Blue Dream because it is also the name of another song by Jhene Aiko. Can you tell I really like her music?
“I am still thinking of my blue dream it’s, bliss”
After a couple puffs of Wedding Cake, my heart starting beating faster. I got a little anxious which is the opposite of what I wanted to feel, so I laid down and listened to music, so not to focus on regret. Then I woke up at around 9am. Yes, just like that. I don’t even remember going to sleep, so I’d say it worked. I felt a little dopey so I tried some of the Blue Dream which provided energy and feelings of euphoria. Shortly after, my friend arrived and we were headed to Nates Wing & Waffles.
I’m not certain if I’ve shared this before but brunch is my favorite meal of the day. Chicken and waffles or shrimp and grits are usually my go-to’s, so I was happy to check out Nate’s. Nate’s Wings & Waffles is co-owned by former NBA player Nate Robinson. I had no idea who he was until my friend told me. I was actually rather embarrassed due to my ignorance because I also learned the Seattle Supersonics were no longer a team. I guess you can say I’ve been out of touch with sports.
When you first walk in there’s a big chalkboard menu above the counter where you order. They also have food menus to look at. I already knew what I wanted, so my friends and I proceeded to order.
I chose the Savory Waffle which came with cheddar cheese and green onions, then we split 2lbs of Garlic Ginger wings. Everything was delicious! Since I took a couple puffs of Blue Dream before we ate, I was able to finish my meal. Otherwise, I probably would have only finished half of the waffle. It’s definitely enough food to share.
After we all finished, I followed them to Pikes Place Market which is a farmers market and they are famous for throwing fish. You can check out a peek of the show here:
We wanted to cram in as much as we could while in the city, so we headed over to the Seattle Center which houses lots of entertainment like MoPOP (Museum of Pop Culture), Space Needle and Chuhily Garden and Glass.
There was a few hour wait for the Space Needle so we headed to Chuhily Garden and Glass which shows the work of Dale Chuhily. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Everything was so colorful and beautiful. See for yourself.
It felt like time was running out but it truly stood still because we had an hour to spare so we went to MoPop. I was really excited because they had a Nirvana exhibit and The Jimi Hendrix experience. You can see a few pics and video below:
I think we were full and tired by the time we left MoPop but we still had to make it to the Space Needle. Space Needle is an observation deck giving you 360 degree views of the city. It also has a revolving restaurant.
Having done so much on my first day I was pretty much pooped the rest of the trip and just wanted to enjoy nature since I’m asthmatic and don’t do that often. Washington’s weather was doing wonders for my allergies and I love the rain so that also made for great sleep.
They took me to Snoqualmie Falls since I’ve never seen a waterfall. They let me know normally there’s more water but it was still serene to me and now I want to visit another.
On my last day there I got to spend some one on one time with friend Chris. “A Star Is Born” (now an Oscar winning movie for Best Original Song) was playing and we are both Lady GaGa fans so it was a no-brainer to go see it. We started off with breakfast at Hi Lo’s 15th Street Cafe.
There was a bit of a wait, which is always a good sign, so we waited the 20 min and they gave us coffee and tea in the meantime. I loved the artwork around the restaurant. It had an old-school feel which I appreciate. They give you your bill in a little collectible tin, ours was Bewitched. I even noticed a little note card with my name on it. I felt destined to be there. Here’s a look at the artwork and what we ordered.
I had so much fun catching up with Ben and Chris, I hadn’t seen them in at least 4 years. While my trip was brief I packed so many things into the short time I had. I even got to visit some friends from high school who now live in Puyallup. I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with them, but even though I hadn’t seen them in forever, they welcomed me into their home and the conversation flowed effortlessly. I’m really excited to create more travel memories with one of them in particular next month when she joins me in Japan.
Thank you Washington State! It was fun and you’ll be seeing me again for sure.