Saturday, May 10, 2008

The Seattle Deets

Life and Whatnot
(skip down for you food-only people!)

So, I'm pretty much convinced that Seattle is the enchanted land that can do no wrong. This is my second trip up this week, and it continues to rock my world!

So, Chad got a job at a local community college here as Associate Dean of Academic Programs or something to that effect. It's a new position for both the school and him, so this should be very interesting and very fun. It's in West Seattle, which is where we'll be living, like 3 miles away from his job! And there's a bus (BUS!!!) that takes him there in like 12 minutes. Unless you've lived in Detroit, the excitement about the bus is probably weird, but after living in a city that buried its public transportation decades ago, it is so awesome to live in a civilized place again.

I found us a house to rent that is great, with gorgeous gigantic flowers (seriously, my dad's in the nursery business and he said that every plant on our property is the biggest one he's every seen of the species!) and this crazy knotty tree that is perfect for climbing. I seriously feel like I'm moving to the enchanted forest! There is an outstanding view of the Puget Sound from the end of our street and our place is like 3/4 of a mile from tons of stuff to do - year-round farmer's market, tons of coffee, restaurants and bookstores, a YMCA...I just can't believe how awesome this moving is turning out to be! If I were anymore thankful I think I would spontaneously combust.

Vegan Eats!
Earlier this week I had the distinct pleasure of indulging in some of Mighty-O Donuts for breakfast, and I can safely say that they rock. The French Toast donut may have changed my life forever. Later that day I dragged my mom (such a trooper!) to Squid and Ink in Georgetown, where I gorged myself on vegan chicken-fried steak and hashbrowns while she enjoyed the french toast, tofu scramble and tempeh sausage. It was a little hard to find, but definitely awesome and we will most certainly be back! We also hit up PCC Natural Market a few times where I was thrilled to discover they sell a bunch of vegan sandwiches, such as the tasty SmartLife Club and Vegan BLT, plus a variety of vegan baked goods (great brownie and I also had some outrageously delicious raw raspberry cheesecake! That is, until Silas woke up and devoured almost the whole thing.)

This trip my dad is along and he is, how shall we say....a less than adventurous eater, which means the wholly vegan restaurants are not on the agenda for this trip. But I'm still hoping to check out a bakery at Pike Place that has vegan cinnamon rolls tomorrow, and we're also going to try to get into Blackbird Bistro for Mother's Day breakfast. I'm so psyched!

8 comments:

Jen said...

Ooh, Seattle sounds fabulous! I'm a little jealous of your proximity to vegan donuts...

Happy Mother's Day!

Jenny said...

Okay. Officially jealous now. I can't be your friend anymore. (Just kidding!)

Seattle sounds awesome, and I am so glad you've found a great place to live! I look forward to hearing more about it!

Chessa said...

Jen: I know! I feel like I should be shipping vegan donuts across the land to my vegan pals! Let me know if you have an order...

Jenny: Thanks! I hope that Seattle won't come between us. ;)

Brooke said...

Geez- sounds great- you are all soooo lucky. Can't wait to visit you in July.

Rural Vegan said...

Seattle sounds like a dream, I was sold at "year round farmer's market"! Your new place sounds absolutely perfect and I totally understand your excitement over a bus. There is NO public transportation where I live either. Good for you guys! Have a great time!

Myron said...

Hey, have Brooke give you our info, or have her give yours to us. We can totally give you the lowdown on all the vegan gems in the city. Did you know that there is an all vegan thai buffet?! And Squid & Ink has a sister shop in the U-District? Yum!!!

-Carrie & Myron

Inanna said...

Mighty O's how I miss thee! Congrats on settling in to your new, enchanted home. Indeed, Seattle is magical in every way. Hope you can make it to the Solstice Parade and party on my behalf!

tasteslikeyum said...

Congrats! I was lucky enough to enjoy some good Seattle eats (Mighty-O included, I had a cookies'n'creme) myself. Personally, it tasted even better having been served by a stringy red-headed Kurt Cobain type fella.

Anyways, it's my first stumbling on your blog. I like it :)