Now I realize that Seattle is not always sunny, but when I made my trip last fall 2013, the weather was gorgeous, and it only rained once (or twice). Seattle was by far one of the best cities I have visited recently, and it’s grungy, industrial atmosphere, and population of friendly weirdos (including the shirtless man with a boa constrictor around his neck) felt very Berlin-esque. A vegetarian coffee-lover’s paradise, I was never left hungry with all the options in Seattle.
Often when I am traveling I stay in hostels with a kitchen in order to cut back on some expenses. Luckily for me, the Green Tortoise Hostel was directly across from the famous Pike’s Place Market which provided me with a plethora of fresh produce choices, artisan baked goods, and novelty food products. The nice thing is a lot of these shops give out generous free samples, and I even made a meal out of the samples while checking out the food stalls with a new Australian friend. After purchasing a fresh mango, some mixed berries, a tomato, and some specialty homemade pasta for dinner, we headed over to the famous Pike Place Chowder, where I had the vegan chowder. Considering my seafood allergy, this was my first ever chowder experience, and I will say I would have it again. The broth was a creamy from the coconut milk, and the soup was zesty and satisfying.
The next day I went on a free Seattle walking tour and was introduced to The Pike Brewing Company. The owner spoke to our tour group and impressed me with her attitude on food focusing on providing quality food “as far out of the American commercial food chain as possible.” After winning a beer quiz, I was awarded a free pint and returned to redeem my prize later that evening. There are several vegetarian selections on the menu, and I had a classic veggie burger. This microbrewery is definitely worth a visit, and is a great place to stop in for lunch or dinner while checking out the market area of Seattle.
Besides amazing vegetarian and vegan food, Washington State has some lovely scenery. As much of the state neighbors the Pacific coast, there is plenty of natural wonder to explore.
Overall, I had a wonderful time in Washington. I initially went out to visit some family in Olympia, and after spending time in Olympia and Seattle, chatting with everyone from friendly fishermen to punk band members, enjoying coffee I thought I could only get in Europe, and high quality veggie cuisine at all the local restaurants, Washington state is a place to visit, and a place I hope to soon return to.