On our third day in Seattle we decided to head back to Pike Place Market for breakfast and then walk on down to the waterfront for an Argosy cruise of Lake Union, through the Ballard Locks and out to Puget Sound. Thankfully, the day was sunny AND cold so I deemed the weather actually quite perfect.
Our first stop was the original Starbucks. I know, I know. But here's the thing ... I actually quite like Starbucks, so if I'm going to be right next to one, I may as well give it my business. Especially if it's the very first one ever. Unfortunately, a tour bus had decided to stop in as well so there were many people in front of us buying mugs and other assorted merchandise instead of getting their cups of joe to go. Not surprisingly the coffee was no better than the two 'bucks across the street from my office, but it was fun to stop in nonetheless.
Our next stop for some foodstuffs was Le Panier, which a few food bloggers had written about in the past year. It reminded me of all of the patisseries we went to in Paris minus the language I can't understand. We got a couple of sweets and sat around enjoying just how good they were.
Me with Rachel the Bronze Pig
For our cruise we were bussed over to Lake Union where we boarded an Argosy cruise ship with hundreds of other people. Even though it was freezing, the sky was clear blue and I knew I definitely wanted to sit outside, winter weather be damned.
I think this cruise was my favorite activity we did during the trip because it was nice and mellow and we got to see parts of the city that we wouldn't normally have been able to see. That includes The Rollo. Fans of Deadliest Catch will understand my excitement here. The tour guide/captain indicated that most boats were still out crabbing so even though Seattle is usually where Captain Sig docks, they weren't home yet. I think we now know that in the coming season Eric is not on the crab.
After our cruise we went back to the hotel to warm up in the jacuzzi before dinner at Dahlia Lounge. Oh, and read some more Sookie Stackhouse. :-)
The restaurant was only 1.5 blocks from our hotel - we couldn't have parked any closer. And the food was SO good. To start we had an order of smoked clams in some sort of garlic broth with smoked tomatoes, while I ordered peking duck and Alan got crab cakes - both signature dishes of the chef. My duck was AMAZING while Alan's crab cakes were ... just good. Still, good is good, non? In addition to our meal we had a bottle of Au Bon Climat pinor noir and what was quite possibly the best creme caramel either of us have ever tasted.
With all this good food it's no wonder we both seemingly gained weight this trip.