Monthly Archives: November 2015


best things to do in seattle

Monday: Peter Kirk Park We took a break from the city and strolled around Downtown Kirkland, including the serene Peter Kirk Park. Weather felt blissful, and so did we. Tuesday: Wind Storm Heavy wind storm shook the Pudget Sound, leaving thousands out of power. This occurs often during Seattle winters. Luckily, we escaped power outage but found ourselves stranded at home, with crayons, yogurt and coffee.    Wednesday: Central Public Library Finally, sunshine!  And off we went to Central Seattle Public Library, in the heart of Downtown. The building


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Monday: Pikes Place Market (Downtown Seattle) November’s upon us, and so is constant rain. To avoid getting wet, we visited Pikes Place Market, and found ourselves at Le Panier again. Mmm fresh pastries! Tuesday: First Ave (Downtown Seattle) After strolling along the vibrant First Ave, hot drinks at Ancient Grounds coffee made a comforting idea. The Americano was fab, but the mocha was to-die-for! Wednesday: Kerry Park (Queen Anne Hill) For a spectacular view of the city, Kerry Park’s the place to go. A few blocks

99 Park Restaurant


THE GOOD:  excellent location and service. THE BAD: waffles needed improvement. THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Bellevue, Greater Seattle. Compared to Seattle, Downtown Bellevue lacks diversity. Please don’t kill me for saying that!   In my humble opinion, brilliance–and only brilliance–paints the growing area; with pristine high rises amplifying a brilliant skyline, and intellectually-brilliant software professionals, babbling acronyms of “IDE” and “API” and such. Food in Bellevue, again in my humble opinion, lacks diversity as well–unless fancy chains constitute diverse. For “spicier” palates, eating out can be exciting, as long

Brass Tacks

best brunch seattle

THE GOOD:  upcycled decor and historic neighborhood. THE BAD: no duck. THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Georgetown, Seattle. Downtown dazzles. But Seattle exceeds beyond high rises and bright lights, so please appreciate her entirety by visiting the older and less glamorous neighborhoods, like Beacon Hill, Columbia City, SoDo and the International District. Georgetown too. A retro community that reflects an industrial past, with brick buildings, antique shops, rail yard remnants, and two out of three locals spotting tattoos and piercings. Grunge prevails here. Glad I didn’t wear heels. Shuffle board, foosball and

Din Tai Fung

best brunch seattle din tai fung

THE GOOD: as good as dim sum gets in Seattle. THE BAD: nothing compares to the real deal. THE NEIGHBORHOOD: University Village, Seattle. Let me guess. You’ve had Dim Sum. The Cantonese-style brunch, though dating centuries back as small bites of uniquely-prepared Chinese food served with tea, deems popular amongst coffee-obsessed Seattlites of today. Adding to its notoriety, the city’s growing Asian influence, and hence Din Tai Fung’s success. Of course, excellence in products and service helped as well. Multiple disappointments