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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

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

Ballard – Seattle, Wash.

30 May

You have got to go here…Ballard – Seattle, Wash.

Everyone visits the Space Needle and The Pike Place Market when in Seattle, but how many of you have set out to explore the neighborhoods around downtown?  I am here to tell you that there are treasures to be found, especially in the neighborhood of Ballard.

Located just minutes from the hustle and bustle of the city, Ballard is an eclectic and artsy neighborhood that is a great place to eat, shop and see (in my opinion) one of the coolest sites in the city of Seattle – The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and Carl S. English Botanical Garden.

Since 1917 the Ballard Locks (built by the Army Corps of Engineers) have been helping boats travel between Puget Sound and Lake Union/Lake Washington.  Now, I am sure you are asking yourself why this is so interesting.  Let me tell you…where else can you see water literally raised and lowered?   It was so fascinating to see the way that the water was moved to allow ships to travel from one place to another.  I had never seen anything like it before…it was truly a modern marvel.

You can view the locks in action from the banks of the water, but don’t do that…take a walk out on the bridge and see everything first hand!

The locks aren’t the only thing of interest here.  You can also take a stroll over to the fish ladder to watch salmon spawn (unfortunately there wasn’t a lot happening when we were there) or relax on the grounds of the beautiful botanical garden.

Oh, I forgot to mention the cost…you can get all this fun for FREE!!!!  I highly suggest you bring a picnic, blanket and relax while watching something unique.

Don’t stop reading yet – there is still plenty more to do in Ballard…

After you are done at the boat locks, head over to Ballard Ave N.W. and take a stroll through the many diverse restaurants and shops.

Unfortunately I only had limited time to explore, but here is just a small sampling of the yummy food and cool shops that are to be found:

Miro Tea: Tasty drinks and a serene place to relax!

Damasalfly: Super cute boutique with awesome prices – this is a for sure must shop!

***For more shopping check out Venue (goods from local artists) and Monster (funky socks, clothing and bags).

Are you hungry from all that walking and shopping?  May I recommend Senor Moose?

From the friendly service to the made-to-order chips with five different salsas, this is one restaurant you do not want to miss!

Being from Southern California I was really skeptical that I would find authentic Mexican food in Seattle, but it did exist!  Try the potato tacos for sure!!!

The above is just a minuscule sampling of all the things to see and do in Ballard, so do yourself a favor and take a day to step away from the touristy Seattle and immerse yourself with the locals in the quaint neighborhood of Ballard.

P.S. – Do you love music?  I will leave it up to you to do some homework as Ballard is a hot spot for wonderful tunes…

Happy Ballarding,

Crystal