Day 28: July 23, 2017
Today felt jam packed when really we only did one major thing: Pikes Place Market. We spent most of the day downtown and it was so much fun!
Originally, we wanted to do the market for dinner so, I found some shops around town to pop into while the time passed. Gabe wasn’t thrilled, but he was a good sport about it.
We got hungry in the middle of the day so we ended up going to the market earlier then we expected and once we got there, we fell in love. The whole thing is like a big farmers market, spanning three city blocks and it’s right next to the river. And we got perfect weather too, it was a nice 75 degrees with not a cloud in the sky.
We walked a bit and found a cheese store and Gabe and I nearly sprinted in. They had free samples in the back and all three of them were delicious. (This is a little out of order but it makes sense for the sake of the story) We saw that they had “The Worlds Best Mac and Cheese” and because their samples were so good, we ended up coming back later in the day to get it. When we finally ordered, we watched our server pour the creamy looking noodles into our bowl, we took it to our seats, took a bite and were unfortunately quite disappointed. Their self proclaimed worlds best Mac and cheese was sad, to say the least. Maybe some of that was our fault, we were expecting greatness but this was sub par. The sauce was over flavored but under seasoned (it doesn’t make sense, I know but that’s how it went) and the noodles practically sipped down our throats because they were so overcooked. To say the least, I would not recommend going to Beecher’s Handmade Cheese for anything but their free samples.
We walked a bit in the indoor market and found a little book store. Gabe had to go in and once we stepped into the doorway, I knew it was a good find. It smelled of old books and there was a typewriter stationed on the top of a short bookshelf with cook books and photography books surrounding it. Gabe found a couple books he was passionate about but only ended up getting one. He was a happy camper to say the least.
We then found a honey shop that was selling all natural honey and honey sticks and the honey sticks were flavored so we got an original, a pink lemonade, a peach, a watermelon, a strawberry and a mint. The only good one was the original (in my opinion - Gabe seemed to enjoy most of them).
The next place we found in the market was a little shop that was selling different kinds of apple cider, we thought we should play it safe due to the unfortunate choices of honey so, we stuck with the original but they had everything from peach to mango to watermelon.
We then watched fishermen throw fish around the market like it was as easy as a baseball (stay tuned for the week five update for a video clip). They were so knowledgable about everything they caught. It made me really sad seeing all the fish laying there so as soon as we saw one fisherman thrown the a fish up close, we went to dinner.
We found a Thai restaurant near by and decided to go there. The food was fine, nothing special but it was nice to be able to sit outside and not feel obligated to take a picture or look at our phones. Peace, quiet, food and good company.
We then went home to play Ticket to Ride and watch Game of Thrones.