Pike Place Eateries

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One morning I woke up and found myself craving another foodie adventure. We haven’t had a good one since Valentine’s Day  weekend in Vancouver BC and like always Mr. Crissinger was game (how I love him). My idea was to have one item at various eateries to get a wide experience. We tried some places we’ve never been to before while others were favorite repeats. This is the Pike Place edition, so we remained in the market area.

Le Panier

WHAT WE ORDERED: raspberry croissant

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
The place was packed, so I was happy to get my croissant and get out of there! They had a display of tempting treats, but I was determined not to get my fill at the first spot. The croissant itself was crunchy on outside but soft and chewy in the middle & the raspberry filling was a wonderful addition.

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Beecher’s

WHAT WE ORDERED: mariachi mac & cheese

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
It took everything in me not to order another helping! The chiles, veggies and Flagship cheese really complimented each other in this dish.

Rachel’s Ginger Beer

WHAT WE ORDERED: blood orange ginger beer

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Enough said, right? Who doesn’t love blood orange.

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WHAT WE ORDERED: caramel soy latte with two salted caramels

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is a awesome coffee spot right in the market. They have a very simple menu and their syrups are homemade (caramel and vanilla). If you have time to savor your coffee check this place out!

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WHAT WE ORDERED: salmon burger

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
It’s no surprise I rated this four stars because I LOVE salmon. We ate outside and was lucky enough to sit with a food tour group- I need to get signed up for one of those asap!

Tschüss~
Alyssa

Sunshine is Good for the Soul

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I went to Laguna about a month ago to visit my sister. Coming from rainy Seattle, Washington, the sunshine rays felt amazing on my skin. I definitely left my Vitamin D supplements on the shelf at home! It was quite the fast-paced weekend getaway because I was only there for two full days (friday & saturday) and had a 8am return flight home. However, it was great spending good quality time together.

I caught a red eye coming in, but the next morning we ready ready for breakfast. My friends and family who know me well know that breakfast is my favorite part of the day with a myriad of delectable choices, such as scrambles, french toast, eggs benedict, country potatoes, loads of coffee and sweets and savories galore. I love it all. My sister planned well and chose a cliffside restaurant on Laguna beach (hence the name).

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The Cliff

We both ordered the crab eggs benedict and the first thing I thought was, “Wow this is fresh!”. The rich, creamy hollaindaise was well-balanced with the freshness of the crab meat. I would give this restuarant 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for the amazing food and incredible view of Laguna beach. Who doesn’t like a pretty view of the beach while they’re chowing down?

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The remainder of the weekend consisted of catching up with my Southern Cali family, exploring the tide pools and hiking top of the world hike. We hiked nearly all day Saturday and discovered a secret cave off the trail path. The way was a bit treacherous and I had a close call with a cactus bush, but it was an overall memorable experience.

I miss my little sis, but I’m glad she’s only a short plane ride away and I look forward to many more little weekend adventures.

Where do you like to go for quick weekend getaways?

Tschüss~
Alyssa

Berlin, Germany

If I could describe Berlin in one word during our stay is would be…COLD. At one point it was 21 degrees Fahrenheit outside and that was the general norm during our brief stay. Because of this, we decided to fill our days in Berlin with museums galore to protect our bodies against the bitter cold. We bought the Museum Pass (€48 for two passes, 3 days) and went to the following museums/attractions:
 
     Paragon Museum

I went here 8 years ago when I was in high school and loved the Greek exhibit. I raved about it and Sam really wanted to see it too. As I was walking through the museum I felt that the door that led to the Greeks had been blocked off. It wasn’t until we were done I realized I was right. They are renovating that entire wing of the museum till 2025!
Neues Museum 
Great Egyptian exhibit!
 

Berliner Dom
One of my favorite attractions in Berlin was this old, gothic church. I first mistook it for a Catholic church, but during the tour found out it was a protestant church. It was destroyed in World War II, but was renovated by the soviet’s with the funds provided from West Berlin church leaders.
 
      
Jewish History
Brandonburger Tor 
Checkpoint Charlie
Rathaus
I saw this while we were on a site seeing bus. My recommendation: these buses are not worth the cost. You will see much more of the city on your own two feet, so wear good waking shoes. We took the local transportation to make our way around.

Viking Exhibition
This is one of the things Sam was dying to see. It was during this exhibition that Sam determined we would visit the Fjords next. After all this cold though I really want to go somewhere tropical. However, a trip to Norway doesn’t sound too bad.
 
        Our pedometers told us we had nearly walked 20 miles the two full days we were there. It’s a large city with so much history and so many things to see. Additionally, we had some really good grub too. We went to the Hofbrau Haus (again) and I have to say I like the Munich location better, but admire the calmness of the Berlin location. We didn’t have to search 20 minutes for seating, but inside were seated by an employee. Berlin is famous for their currywurst and we definitely got our fill! I felt a little homesick for Thai food and we found one near our hotel. It was a tiny little restaurant that was dimly lit, but had amazing, authentic Thai food.

Forever Smitten with Vienna, Austria 

I don’t know if you know this about my husband, but he’s a travelling extraordinaire! He’ll visit a country he’s never been to and know exactly where we are, exactly where we need to go and how to get between A and B.  He has an uncanny sense of direction. At first the idea of train rides was terrifying (getting lost, getting on wrong train etc), but now I feel confident in my train-hopping abilities with him by my side.

Anyway, we took a 4-hour train from Nuremberg to Vienna and arrived on a gorgeous, sunny day. We checked in to our hotel, dropped off our luggage and went on a search for coffee.

Back home one of our favorite coffee houses is heavily influenced by Austria. Their menu has traditional coffee drinks and also has that European feel. The last time we got coffee we noticed this advertisement about Café Lindtmanns in Vienna and we were determined to visit!

Café Lindtmanns was really elegant and the wait staff was wearing suits and nice attire. We decided to just stick with coffee and dessert, apple strudel naturally. Afterward, we took a stroll through the large Christmas market. We had then been to markets in Munich, Nuremberg and Austria and they all had the same vendors and goods, so we didn’t spend too much time exploring the market, however, we got another glass of Gluhwein and a tasty tomato soup bread bowl. This was my first time to Vienna and I am forever smitten with this city.