My favorite Eats in NW Washington State.

There’s just nothing like going back home after a long absence. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest so I get all exited and start making lists of things I want to do and people I want to see. But inevitably my list ends up being a bunch of places where I want to eat!  So here is my list of places that you absolutely MUST go if you ever visit the north-west corner of Washington state.

Bow, WA – The Breadfarm. This tiny place is the bakery to end all bakeries. They make THE BEST sourdough bread around and OMG the cookies are amazing! It’s a little off the beaten path but it is SOOOO wort the effort to go check it out. Be sure to bring cash because they don’t accept credit cards. They also go to most of the local farmer’s markets so you may be able to find them that way also. What i like to get here is a big box…then I start picking cookies that look good to me. Cookies for breakfast even? You betcha!

Mount Vernon – Skagit Valley Food Co-op. The Co-op is Ahhhhmazing! It is an organic grocery store that sells everything from produce to essential oils. They have a shop upstairs where you can buy jewelry and kitchen gadgets but their deli is what always gets me! The food is fabulous and good for you too! They have a hot table full of yummy goodness, desserts, a salad bar and cold case full of prepared foods. They also pull a mean shot of coffee.  My favorite thing is the coconut cuban rice pudding. Try it, you won’t be sorry!

Anacortes – The Store This little shop at the top of Anacortes is a big surprise! It doesn’t look like a whole lot from the outside but boy do they deliver! The sell wine and other various sundries and also have a small cafe where they serve coffee and snacks. But where you will find the line of people is at the bakery counter where you can buy humongous muffins that will leave you wanting more and more and more! My must haves are the coconut muffins or a bag of mini macaroons!

Anacortes – Gere A Deli This place is an Absolute MUST. The decor is vintage and the food is fabulous. EVERY single time I go to Gere A Deli I get the Reuben. It’s hot and a little spicy and they use this sweet mustard that just makes my mouth drool even thinking about it! My second favorite is their Clam Chowder that is served on Friday. But if you want some you better get there early because it sells fast!

Seattle – Little Water Cantina This place is a little slice of Mexico right in the heart of Seattle. They are located on Eastlake Boulevard just south of the University of Washington on the east side of Lake Union. There is seating outside that overlooks the boats and they have monthly live music during the summer. I tell people about this place all the time! The MUST HAVES are their margaritas (one kicks my butt) the homemade guacamole and chips and the Posole. The posole is so good that it makes ME – a confirmed poor cook want to learn how to make it!

Seattle – Ivars If you grew up in Seattle you know all about this place. It’s the best. It’s the one place that my Dad absolutely HAS to visit when he comes to town.  It’s entirely nostalgic and brings back tons of memories of eating outside with my grandparents and feeding the seagulls my uneaten french fries. There are several Ivars locations but I recommend the one on the Seattle waterfront.

So there you go, the best eats from a girl born and raised in Seattle. Enjoy!

My Seattle Favorites!

As a traveler and a travel writer I’m always looking for a fun place to run away to. Somewhere exotic, warm and tropical is always good. But this past weekend I had neither the time or money to go far so I decided to be a tourist in my home town of Seattle, WA! Below is a list of some of my favorite places!

You MUST visit Pike Place Market. I know it’s touristy and busy but there is a reason….it’s because it’s awesome. You can find everything from fresh fruit to crab legs. The original Starbucks is there. You can get a handmade leather belt or buy some Tibetan prayer flags all while getting a view of the Seattle waterfront and the ferries heading off across the water.

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My favorite restaurant is Little Water Cantina on Eastlake. They have the BEST Mexican food and Margaritas EVER. I try to go there every time I’m in town. Their schedule is a little funky so look them up online. My favorites are the Camarones and the Posole. You also must get the guacamole with home made chips!

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Of course I’m an outdoor fanatic so I always make a trip to REI while I’m in Seattle. They always have something there that inspires me. We have backpacks from there, tents, coffee mugs, sleeping bags and cots but this time they had this awesome tent and my head almost exploded! I want it! I want it bad! I sat in here for about 15 minutes dreaming about what beach I would live on and how I would nap on the bed every day…….

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And last but not least, I made it to Elliott Bay Books which is up on Capitol Hill. The store was way cooler when it was in Pioneer Square but hey……it’s still a good book store. Being a yoga instructor, I always look in the yoga section. I picked up a great book about Yoga and the twelve step path for recovery and on the very same shelf I found this!

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I am lost for words…..Bar Stool Yoga? Really? Is that a thing now? I mean hiking and yoga – yes, sailing and yoga – sure….but yoga at the bar?

Anyway, there are so many great places to visit in Seattle and I’ve only mentioned a few. Come for a visit and see for yourself. If you want to avoid the rain, we usually get sunshine in August! I’m not joking.