Trip Start Apr 15, 2011
94Trip End Feb 04, 2012
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Seattle is a city I could easily live in if I wasn’t going home to Melbourne
Jack and I hit the market and stop by Pike Place Chowder to grab some lunch before meeting Becky. Chowder is not very common in Australia or England. It’s a thick, almost stew like soup, usually with some sort of seafood. The clam chowder at Pike Place is world famous and has won several international awards. We grab a large pot to go with some other flavours including smoked salmon, a seafood mix and the special of the day. It’s all good but hard to tell which is which. The clam chowder is defiantly the best and I can see why it’s won awards. Before we meet Becky we do a brief detour past one of Seattle’s lesser know, slightly more gross attractions. Down a small alley way is Gum Wall. It started a number of years ago when people waiting in line to the near by venue would stick their chewing gum on the wall while they were waiting. Over the years the gum built up and built up until it is now covered with several square meters of indelible, brightly coloured, pre masticated chewing gum. It’s interesting in a rather gross kinda way
Another day we hit the Seattle Asian Art Museum in the grounds of Volunteer Park with beautiful views over looking the city. The museum is small but fascinating with some exquisite pieces from different parts of Asia. The small selection of kimonos are particularly beautiful with silk screen print and dragons and bats embroidered in shimmering golden threads.
On my last day in Seattle we hit some more touristy but not stuff, swinging by Gasworks Park where scenes from 10 Things I Hate About You with a young Heath Ledger and Julia Stills was filmed then hitting a local market. The market is interesting but kinda small and I’m more interested in the Theo chocolate factory with its free samples. The chocolate is organic, made on site and comes in a range of unusual flavours such as coconut curry, fennel, fig & almond and chai. There’s just enough time to swing by the Lenin statue before going back through Pike Place market for ingredients for our seafood feast. We dine on fresh mussels with white wine, fat juicy shrimps cooked in garlic butter, pearly white oven baked scallops, roast veg and a selection of the most amazing mushrooms including a bright red orange wild harvest, shitake and an nut brown field. It’s a lovely way to end a wonderful social weekend and I’m sorry to be leaving.