Archive | June, 2012

The Crumpet Shop – Seattle, Wash.

25 Jun

You have got to go here…The Crumpet Shop – Seattle, Wash.

If you have been to Seattle, you know that there are a plethora of amazing restaurants to tempt your taste buds.  So many, you may have a hard time choosing where to eat, well have no fear I am here to help – at least with one restaurant choice!  Located in The Pike Place Market on 1st Ave., The Crumpet Shop is somewhere not to be missed.

Open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week, The Crumpet Shop hand makes their organic treats every day.

I have had a few crumpets in my day, but never ones that tasted this moist and fresh – my stomach was in heaven.  The choice of toppings for your crumpets range from butter and fresh preserves to green eggs and ham, to cream cheese, to salmon – the possibilities are endless.  No matter what you choose, I suggest you try a few or go back several times like I did!

The crumpets aren’t the only thing on the menu that is a must try.  Specialized organic teas are also something to be sampled.  I had the green iced tea and it was fabulous…shhhh, I will let you in on a little secret – save your cup as they offer FREE refills all day.  Now that is a bargain!

It isn’t only the food that makes The Crumpet Shop somewhere you have to go, the cute and cozy environment has such a welcoming vibe…its is a great place to relax, watch crumpets being made and enjoy a fabulous and reasonably priced home-cooked meal.

Did I mention this is a family run business?  For the past 36 years Nancy and her husband have been lovingly serving the Seattle community.  I was lucky enough to get to meet her and pick her brain about her yummy shop.  This makes The Crumpet Shop even more special in my book – I love supporting mom and pop shops!

If you live in Seattle or are visiting, don’t walk, but run to The Crumpet Shop – you won’t be disappointed!

Happy Crumpeting,

Crystal

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar – Disneyland U.S.A.

21 Jun

You have got to go here…Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar – Disneyland U.S.A.

So you think you have already discovered all the best places at the Disneyland Resort?  Well, I may just have a place that you haven’t been to – Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar.  After a long day on your feet, this is a perfect place to pull up a chair and relax!

Located in the Disneyland Hotel, Trader Sam’s is like stepping into a tropical bar in a far away place.  Once you walk through the doors and are greeted by the crowd with an “ALOHA”, you will never want to leave!

Where to start…get a table right away and let the fun begin.  Don’t for get to follow the rules!

RULES!

There are tons of  tropical drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) to choose from along with tasty appetizers.  I suggest trying out one of their specialty drinks as they often come with a show too – you will see what I mean…go ahead, I dare you to order one!  Watch out for fire and rain (wink, wink)!

OK, so you have your drink ordered, now take some time to look around and enjoy the scenery (even the bathroom is themed).  The bar is full of tropical artifacts and the walls are covered in decor that is a must see!


Did I mention this place is also fun?  From the witty bartenders, to the erupting volcanoes, to the live music…this bar is truly a gem!

You would never know that you were in the center of the hustle and bustle of the Disneyland Resort.  Trader Sam’s allows the kid in you to jump out and do the happy dance – don’t be shy, join the party – you will be glad you did!

Oh and for all you Disney enthusiasts…don’t forget to look for  the hidden Mickey!

There is no cost to enter Trader Sam’s.  If you park in the Downtown Disney District, the first two hours are free and you can receive an additional three hours free with validation.

Happy Tiking,

Crystal


Funky Seattle

6 Jun

You have got to go here…Funky Seattle, Wash.

Are you visiting Seattle this summer?  I have a mini blog just for you!  Here are three funky places in Seattle that you may have not thought about visiting, but they are a must!

1. Volunteer Park

Why? Lush green lawns, beautiful flowers, walking trails, history, museums, amazing views of the city – need I say more?

2. The Fremont Troll

Why?  A troll under a bridge – who can resist that?

3. Post Alley Gum Wall (Pike Place Market)

Why? It is truly is a piece of art.  Some of you may say how gross, but I was mesmerized by how beautiful the colors were.  I encourage you to leave your mark…wear gloves if you have to, but DO IT!

Happy Seattling,

Crystal