I haven’t been to Seattle for quite a few years. The city has changed immensely since I was last in town, maybe ten years ago (I don’t even have any blog posts tagged with Seattle) – lots of high-rise buildings and so many new restaurants! One thing that hasn’t changed is Pike Place Market, so I made a point to stop by on my early morning walk after landing at 8:30am. I envy the locals who can shop from vendors like this one with fresh fish for days, yum!

Since I had woken up at 3:30am, I was STARVING when I arrived. I found the Biscuit Bitch (aggressive name but surprisingly sweet staff who called customers “honey cakes” and “lovey” as they ordered and were served). I had this delicious combo of a “Bitchwich” with egg, cheddar, veggie sausage, and yummy sauce, along with a side of amazing grits. 

During my post-biscuit morning walk, I stumbled across this series of downspouts. As a lover of functional design, I wanted to figure out why this was shaped like this. After a little research, it appears to be a rainwater catchment system.

After working in my hotel room, I ventured out for some dinner at Shaker + Spear. I started the meal off with this delicious salmon tartar, avocado, and everything crackers. It seemed like a good day for gin, so I had a Corpse Reviver #2 — Edinburgh seaside gin, lillet blanc, triple sec, lemon, and absinthe rinse.

The Chèvre, beets, butter lettuce, and walnut dressing salad.

I also had the MOST amazing gingered brussel sprouts. They were so good, I ruined my appetite for dessert.

Afterwards, I took another walk around downtown in search of Bathtub Gin & Co., which I had just read about recently.

I finished off the day with a “Silent Treatment” – gin, Ancho Reyes Verde, grandeza, lime, agave, and tiki bitters. It was smooth and spicy with a slight smokey hint. The bartender also gave me a few local gin recommendations. I wish I had time to tour some distilleries on this trip!

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