We had to suck it up, there was a lot to do and see in Seattle, Pike's Market, the Public Market, Original Starbucks, and the
We rested comfortable at the Victorian themed Fairmont Olympic in Seattle. The hotel was reminiscent of my best friend's childhood home which is coincidentally located on Fairmount. We walked into the grandeur lobby and was greeted by an enormous beautifully adorned Christmas tree at the entrance of the hotel. MaryLou, (Alice's mom) always has her signature ornamented gargantuan tree where we like to pose for pictures in front of every year at the annual caroling party.
|Fairmont Olympic Seattle|
|The Hiubbell's Christmas Tree|
I stole the first picture from their website
We didn't want to spend too much time sleeping in Seattle so we ventured out towards the famous Pike's place and Public Market.
We walked over S.A.M. Seattle Art Museum and the entrance was free because it happened to be the 3rd Thursday of the month, which is "Free day" for most of the Seattle museums.
Shucker's early 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM Happy hour special. Have you noticed that "Happy Hour" has become a theme for our vacation?
The regular menu was a bit pricey but we ordered mainly off the Happy Hour specials. The Mo an I shared succulent oysters (3 different types one was fish point), their famous lobster mac and cheese, chili spiced popcorn shrimp, and sausage arancini to compliment our pino grigio and local craft beer. The food was great. My favorite was definitely the oysters and the lobster mac and cheese with its rich cheesy sauce and lumps of actual lobster. The waiter threw in a complimentary bread basket that offered a wonderful variety of warm toasted breads.
Dim Sum King. They are known for a la carte dim sum where you can order a single piece and not a whole bamboo steamed tray. It's also a fast food kind of place where the local Chinese people visit.
We got our usual staples, pork spareribs, shumai, shrimp noodles, shrimp ha gow, etc. It wasn't bad but it wasn't extraordinary either. The place was so full that we had to share our table with another young couple that we didn't' know.
Before checking out of the Fairmont, we visited the Teddy Bear Suite on the 3rd floor. The annual holiday tradition is one of their largest suites decorated by a local interior designer and is magically transformed into a teddy bear winter wonderland. Entrance was free was there was a donation box where proceeds would go to the local Children's Hospital.
Hotel Maxwell. Why the move for jsut another night? We like checking out different hotels and areas of the city. The Maxwell hotel, "Pineapple Hospitality" had a fun vibe to it. T
Since it's a historical site, it had to maintain its original sign.
Wann, is a Izakaya style Japanese bar and restaurant located in Belltown.
The Mo and I shared the below
|Salmon Poke- Raw salmon tossed with soy sauce and sesame oil|
|Takoyaki-ball shaped flour snack filled with minced octopus|
|Sweet Potato Korrokke -Japanese Sweet Potato fried|
|Fried Brie "The All Star"|
|Kalbi Short Ribs|
|Fried Calamari salad|