Most Vancouverites approach Seattle trips as shopping/nightlife/dining extravaganzas. I should know--the boy and I have been to the Emerald City multiple times without venturing beyond Pike Place Market and downtown! Although we still did our fair share of shopping and eating when we were there last weekend, we also made time to check out sights off our beaten path. Trip highlights included:
- Strolling around Fremont, a quirky, formerly independent township which feels like a larger version of Mt. Pleasant. Public art abounds, from a massive troll sculpture under a bridge to a Lenin statue salvaged from the former Soviet Union. We had a lot of fun browsing the Fremont Vintage Mall, where I found brass scallop-shaped bookends for a mere $6.
- An incredible meal at La Carta de Oaxaca, a small Mexican eatery in the heart of Ballard (another formerly independent township). We waited 30-45 minutes for a table, but our dinner was well worth it: guacamole and freshly fried tortilla chips; spicy and hearty caldo de pescado; the best mole I've had outside of Mexico--rich and dark, the perfect balance of savory, chocolate, and spicy flavours; and fresh, vibrant halibut tacos.
- Watching a tour boat get lifted from sea level (Puget Sound) to lake level (Lake Washington) at the Chittenden Locks.
Vancouver readers, I want to know: What do you like to do when you're in Seattle?