we really love seattle.  although i feel like we still have so much to explore in our favorite city and im sure i will have more to add when we head back up in a few months.  i do have a good start on what to do and where to stay.  so i thought id share with you a city guide on seattle.


Seattle gasworks


 what to eat

pike place chowder- in pike place. hands down the best chowder i’ve ever had.  ever.

piroshky piroshky- in pike place.  i get the moscow roll and its amazing.  i tend to lean towards the sweet over the savory but both are good.

beecher’s handmade cheese- in pike place.  the mac and cheese is to die for.  its more of an adult mac and cheese but my kids love it just as much as i do.

the crumpet shop- i love the pesto tomato and english cheese and the vermont.

daily dozen doughnut shop- in pike place. the best hot mini doughnuts

honey hole- capital hill.  they make some really great sandwiches and fries.

scooters burgers- great for a quick burger and fries.  get the onion rings and shake too!

paseo-  you cant go to seattle and not go to paseo.  the line will be long but it will move fast.  get the carribean roast.  its really really messy but really really good.

din tai fung- i always talk about this place.  its just so good.  we eat here several times every time we come.  get the juicy pork dumplings, shrimp and pork dumplings with spicy sauce, these are my absolute favorite and the green beans.  the best green beans you will ever eat.  i know green beans don’t sound exciting but i promise you will crave these.

dicks drive in-  a seattle staple.  there are several locations and they’ve been around forever.  burgers + fries + shakes.  don’t try and change your burger toppings, they won’t let you.  to keep things moving fast it only comes one way.  oh and its super cheap.

el diablo coffee- in queen anne, mexican hot chocolate + whipped cream.  the best.


what to do

discovery park

woodland park zoo

ferry to bainbridge island

space needle

emp museum

seattle aquarium

museum of flight

the pacific science center

seattle children museum

visit the fremont troll

pike place

ferris wheel on the water front- this one was tough for me.  its enclosed and i’m extremely claustrophobic.  its about 10 minutes but since it wasn’t busy when we went he let us keep going.  i wanted to die.

go on a hike

go to the beach

gum wall

go to a football game- the crowd is called the 12th man for a reason

there are plenty of outdoor places to explore.  we love to find the closest trail and go for a walk.  we usually end up at the water and play there for a while then hike back.






Crumpet shop pesto





Gum wall seattle



Din tai fung







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when ivan and i were first married we lived in phoenix near a cute little restaurant called La Grande Orange.  they have delicious food and an entire dessert case full of goodies.  i dont frequent it nearly as much now that we are across town and in the last few years its gained a lot of popularity.  they have a sea salt chocolate chip cookie that i love.  its the perfect amount sweet and salty.  i made my own version at home and its satisfies my LGO craving.


sea salt chocolate chip cookies

1 c. salted butter, room temp

1/4 c. white sugar

1/4 brown sugar

1 1/2 turbinado sugar

2 eggs

3 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

3 1/4 c. flour, i like king arthur brand

2 cups chocolate chips

maldons sea salt


mix butter and sugars fo 3-4 minutes until fluffy

add eggs and vanilla

combine dry ingredients in bowl

stir dry ingredients into wet until just incorporated, don’t over mix

mix in chocolate chips

i use a large cookie scoop like this one here to form cookies, i also always use a silpat baking mat

then top with a sprinkling of maldons sea salt

bake at 350 for around 12 minutes or until just golden brown

makes 24 cookies






ivan’s grandma is the best cook.  really, everything she makes is amazing.  this past year she put together all of her family recipes and published a cookbook.  i couldn’t be happier.  what an amazing legacy for her to leave.  ava is always complementing me when i cook and asking me if she can have the recipe when she’s older.  now she can, already put in a book and you can too.  buy it here or if you live in arizona you can buy it local at my mother in laws bakery, sweet cakes cafe in mesa.  i promise its worth every penny.


one of my families very favorite recipes is her southern style pancakes.  i tell you they cant get enough, i always double the batch.  i cant even cook them as fast as they eat them.  i also always make her gourmet syrup.  after you make this syrup you will never eat store bought again.  i sent this recipe over to my sister recently and her family raved about it too.  try them out.


grandma sue’s southern style pancakes

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup cornmeal

4 tsp. baking powder

1/2  tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

3 Tbsp. sugar

1 beaten egg

1 1/4 cups buttermilk

4 Tbsp. melted butter


in a mixing bowl add flour, cormeal, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt.  stir together.  make a well in the center and add eggs, melted butter and buttermilk.  stir until moist.  batter will be lumpy.


makes 8 small pancakes


gourmet pancake syrup

2 cups buttermilk

2 sticks butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 Tbsp. Karo syrup

2 tsp. vanilla

2 tsp. baking soda


in a large 6 quart sauce pan add buttermilk, butter, both sugars and karo syrup.  cook on medium heat stirring often until it starts to boil.  turn down to low and simmer 5 minutes.  take off burner and add vanilla and baking soda.  it will foam up a lot, this is why the large pan is important.


this syrup makes a ton.  keep it in your fridge for up to 3 weeks.



















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