Experience | Philadelphia: Vedge + The Dear Hunter at Union Transfer

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Monday, December 18, 2017

"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."- Friedrich Nietzsche

Dayv and I had a super magical Thursday evening when our favorite band, The Dear Hunter, was playing downtown. We decided to be super fancy and go out to dinner beforehand. 

Vedge | If you are vegan, you most likely have heard of Vedge. Vedge is a small plate, vegan restaurant that centers its dishes on the beauty of vegetables. The owners, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, have been well-known in the Philadelphia vegan community for years, first gaining recognition with their original restaurant, Horizons. However, Vedge has garnered international attention since it first opened a few years ago. Dayv and I have dined at Vedge a handful of times, always on occasions that we want to make a little more special and fancy.

The concept of Vedge is that there are three menus: The Vedge Bar (appetizers), The Dirt List (vegetable side dishes), and The Grill (closest to a main course). Typically, each person orders an item from each section. Since the servings are pretty small, you can always order more, but three dishes is a pretty safe bet. Before our dishes were served, we received complimentary little glasses of butternut squash soup. It tasted so delicious, I could have easily slurped down an entire pitcher. 

Since Dayv and I have been to Vedge on several occasions, we both have our favorite dishes. Dayv ordered the rutabaga fondue, which comes with a loaf of soft pretzel bread, and the wood roasted carrot. If there was anytime I wish I could eat gluten, it would be to experience this fondue. Dayv loves it so much, and devoured the entire soft pretzel loaf. Our waiter offered him another half a loaf to finish the fondue. If there was one item on the menu where you get a large portion, this dish is it. The carrot dish is essentially a halved, gigantic carrot on a hummus/mustard/carrot hash with pumpernickel bread. Dayv always exclaims that he's never tasted a more perfectly prepared carrot. He was so full after his fondue that he could not finish his carrot dish and left behind some pumpernickel bread and hash.

I wanted to mix my order up a bit and ordered two out of three things that were new to me. My first dish was the stuffed avocado, which sat on a large rice noodle and was surrounded by a delicious sauce. Since I find the portions small and difficult to satisfy my appetite, I loved this dish. The half avocado was creamy and filling. The flavor was light and subtle allowing the sauce to really shine. My second dish was the nebrodini mushrooms, which our server suggested since its texture imitates pasta. The mushrooms were thinly sliced and covered in a tomato basil sauce. Once again, the sauce was my favorite part. Although I enjoyed this dish, I wouldn't order it again. My final dish was the seared maitake mushroom. I have had this dish on several occasions and it never fails. I love that the flavors imitate seafood. Primarily, the fritter mimics the taste and texture of a crab cake, which I used to absolutely love in my pre-vegan days. The sauce is also incredible. I ate this dish, as with my other dishes, as slowly as possible, to savor every flavor.

Vedge has amazing service and your dishes are quick to arrive after placing your order. I have enjoyed nearly every menu item. However, I find The Dirt List to be the most hit or miss. What I find so hilarious about Vedge is that my super picky, vegetarian husband, who typically hates vegan food, loves this restaurant. I enjoy Vedge, too, but struggle a little with feeling satisfied from the small plates. It is also very expensive, so I only feel comfortable visiting once or twice a year. However, it is definitely a restaurant everyone needs to experience for themselves.


The Dear Hunter at Union Transfer | Dayv and I were super excited that our favorite band, The Dear Hunter, was going to be in Philly again this year. Dayv got tickets as soon as they became available and I was particularly excited since they were the headlining band. Neither of us had been to the Union Transfer, so we weren't sure what to expect.

The Union Transfer is a standing room with a balcony. It also has an entryway with a merch table and bar. The bathrooms are on the other side of the standing room, and are large and very clean. The acoustics are very wonderful.

The Dear Hunter had two opening bands, Vava and The Family Crest. I had never heard of either, and am typically not interested in opening bands, but these two acts totally blew it away. Vava reminded me of Fiona Apple. She sang with so much soul and played her guitar effortlessly. The Family Crest is quite the experience, with tons of band members playing a variety of instruments. Along with the typical guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard, there was a violin, cello, and flute. Their stage presence was incredible and I danced to every song.

The Dear Hunter is my favorite band for so many reasons. They are true musicians with incredible lyrics, abd they always put on an amazing show. Dayv and I were lucky enough to spend a week with them at their Music Masters Camp over the summer, and they are also the friendliest, caring, helpful people ever. I loved every second of their performance and was especially excited when they played two of my favorite songs, Waves and Red Hands

On a side note, I meditate to this song every morning when I get to work. It helps center and clear my mind, and keep things in perspective.


Experience | New York, New York: Bombay Sandwich Co. + War Paint

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Monday, December 11, 2017

"There are no ugly women, only lazy ones."- Helena Rubinstein

Twice a year, the sisterhood at my mom's synagogue hosts a women's bus trip to New York. The trip includes a Broadway show matinee, which is chosen far in advance to take advantage of group rates. The bus leaves promptly at 8:30 am and we arrive in New York around 11/11:30, in time to grab an early lunch before the show. 

Bombay Sandwich Co. | Bombay Sandwich Co. is a little "cafe" located about 10 minutes from Broadway theaters. It's a great place to grab a quick lunch and go, and is specifically wonderful for individuals following a plant based diet. Their menu is largely vegan with many items that are also gluten free. I really loved the simple, Eastern inspired, minimal decor.

I ordered the chana masala bowl, which was a bowl of brown rice, chana masala, some cucumber tomato salad, and a few small servings of accompaniments. My mom ordered the mozzarella tomato sandwich, lentil soup, and lemonade. Overall, we were very happy with the quality of the meals, and everything tasted very good. 

There were several issues I had with Bombay Sandwich Co. First, there is no bathroom. After ordering, I was directed to try the Starbucks (one on both ends of the block). The first one didn't have a bathroom and the second one you had to first order something before getting the number key to the bathroom door. Then, I went into the Macy's across the street where I had to go to the bottom floor and walk about a 1/4 of a mile back into the store before getting to the bathroom. I was gone 20+ minutes. Second, the serving size was really small. When I asked how big the bowl servings were, the cashier showed me an empty bowl, which would be a decently large amount of food if it was actually filled. However, I don't think that is a very good gauge of a serving size when the bowl is barely filled. Third, the menu is a bit deceiving, because it says that every platter comes with a salad and several condiments. But, they are just tiny little servings on top of the bowl. One of the little servings was apple garlic pickles, which were incredible. I actually went up to the counter and asked for more and was given a tiny plastic condiment container with an additional small amount. I ended up eating my mom's lentil soup because I was still really hungry.

I would go back because the food is so good, but would have to order a soup, salad, and bowl to actually get full. I would also visit a restroom first.


War Paint | War Paint is a musical based off the career rivalry of cosmetic moguls and pioneers Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein. I have always been familiar with the Elzabeth Arden brand, but had never heard of Helena Rubinstein before. Arden was played by Christine Ebersole (anyone else a My Girl 2 fan?) and Rubinstein was played by Patti LuPone. 

The story itself is easy to follow and very interesting. I really appreciated that within the PlayBill there was a page dedicated to the true story of this rivalry. I was more familiar with Arden before the show started, but was more interested in Rubenstein's storyline. As a Polish-Jewish immigrant, I really admired her climb to the top of the cosmetic industry, resilience, and sass. At one point in the show, she was told that she could not rent space in a building because she was Jewish, so her solution was purchasing the entire building. I loved that.

Although War Paint is a musical, I don't think it adds to the show's storyline. There are no stand out numbers or memorable songs. However, I am very interested in the story and want to watch the documentary film, The Powder and the Glory, from which this musical was based.


Travel | Seattle, Washington Part Two: Sights

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Monday, December 4, 2017

"When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy.' They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life."- John Lennon

This post is dedicated to all of the sights my family and I visited during our trip to Seattle during the last week of August while visiting my brother.

Read Part One here.

Chiluly Garden + Glass | I had never heard of the glass-work artist Chihuly before visiting this museum. To say I was overwhelmed by the beauty of his art would be an understatement. I walked around the museum, which was filled to the brim with intricate glass sculptures, with tears in my eyes. It was the most beautiful place I have ever visited. Each room has a specific theme, including works that are inspired by sea life, flowers, and Native American and Asian influences. Although the museum is fairly small, you can spend time walking from room to room, reading each plaque. After walking through the interior, there is a garden with additional sculptures, which blend in with the landscape. This museum was one of my most favorite parts of our trip and I highly recommend it.


Harbor Cruise Tour | This one hour cruise was a tour of Seattle via the water. Our tour guide, AJ, was extremely knowledgeable and funny while providing tons of information. Since it was a warm, clear day, we were able to see Mount Rainier from the water, which was very lovely, as well as sea otters basking in the sun. My family and I learned and saw so much during this tour, and could not stop raving about it for the rest of the day.


Monorail | The Monorail quickly became my favorite mode of transportation in Seattle (I am not a fan of the bus system). There are only two stops- one in Seattle Center, which was conveniently located  a 10 minute walking distance from our hotel, and downtown Seattle. My mom and I went downtown nearly every day via the Monorail. I love how it only takes three minutes, provides a scenic trip, and runs constantly. I think every major city should have a Monorail.


Museum of Pop Culture/Jim Henson Exhibition | The Museum of Pop Culture was not an overly impressive site for me, on its own. If you are into Sci-Fi/fantasy, Star Trek, etc., than you may find it of more interest. The only aspect of the core exhibit I enjoyed was the room dedicated to David Bowie and Iggy Stardust.


However, the Jim Henson exhibit totally blew me away. As a child, my brother and I absolutely loved The Muppets, Muppet Babies, The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, and Fraggle Rock. This exhibit traced Henson's passion from a child through to his last days with exclusive videos, interviews, and clips from television performances. The muppets were also displayed, as well as various interactive activities for both children and adults.

The exhibit perfectly displayed Henson's genius and creativity. My brother made a comment that Henson worked so hard to achieve so much at a young age as if he knew he'd live a short life. My mom and I both agreed.


Nordstom Flagship Store | Did you know Nordstom's was founded in Seattle as a shoe store? The original flagship, which is located in downtown Seattle, is definitely a fun place to visit during a rainy day. My mom and I went on two occasions, once to check it out, and the second when it was literally raining outside and we wanted to get out of the hotel. We spent time on every floor, giggling at the ridiculous prices, trying on sunglasses, contemplating trying on wedding dresses, and marveling at the various baby strollers. My mom loves to proclaim how much she hates shopping, but I could tell she was having fun.


Olympic Sculpture Park | This park is a path with larger than life sculptures running parallel along the water. Even though the art is impressive (and includes a Calder!), my favorite part was the sunset view. My family and I walked along the water's edge and rocks after dinner and took in the sea air and breeze. I don't think I would have been as enamored with it if it wasn't such a perfect evening. But, due to the time of day and weather, it was the perfect after dinner stroll.


Pacific Science Center/ Terracotta Army | The Pacific Science Center is a great place to visit, if you have children. All of the exhibits are very interactive and geared towards children. However, as adults visiting, my parents and I found it a bit lack luster. There were two exhibits that we did enjoy, though.

The Tropical Butterfly House is a greenhouse filled with tons of flowers, foliage, and a wide variety of living butterflies. There are also many bowls filled with fruit for the butterflies to enjoy. Since the butterflies live in this room, PSC takes their wellbeing very seriously. Before entering, you have to wait in a small entryway, with the doors closed, to make sure no butterflies can escape. When leaving, you go through a similar routine, and are checked to make sure no butterflies have landed on you. We all really loved this exhibit, especially my dad, who pointed at literally every butterfly and said, "Cait! Look!"

The second exhibit of interest was the dinosaur area. Although small, the room contained life-sized and half-life-sized dinosaur figures with interesting plaques and small artifacts included. I love learning about dinosaurs and wished it was bigger.


My dad was adamant about going to the special exhibit, which was the Terracotta Army. Interestingly enough, the exhibit was also shown in Philadelphia at the same time. My parents both found the exhibit very enjoyable, but I found it to be extremely boring. Luckily, my brother was with us during this exhibit, and we spent the hour taking ridiculous photos of him with the sculptures. If he wasn't with us, I would have walked through to the end and sat on the bench, looking at my phone, until my parents came out. 


Pike's Market | One of the hallmarks of Seattle is Pike's Market. Essentially, it's a gigantic farmer's market in a very spacious barebones building along the water. I loved the abundance of fresh flowers (so many sunflowers!), produce, and fruit. I don't think I've ever seen such a wide variety of currants before. There were also stands with homegoods, jewelry, and homemade body care. My mom and I spent a good two hours walking down every corridor and floor. Also, the bathrooms were surprisingly very clean.

What I did not care for, however, were the large fish stands, where fish were literally thrown across the corridors. At one point, I wasn't paying attention and nearly got hit by one. My mom made the comment, "Wouldn't that be ironic, the vegan getting hit in the head with a fish at Pike's Market."


Seattle Art Museum | Since I majored in Art History for my undergraduate degree, I'm always up for a trip to an art museum. I am also very picky. My favorite art period is Post Modern: abstract expressionism and assemblage art. I also prefer smaller museums, as I tend to get overwhelmed quickly. I blame it on my many trips to the MET my junior and senior year of college.

My parents and I arrived at SAM with a little over an hour to explore before it closed. Luckily, this art museum is my ideal size with my ideal collections. I quickly stumbled upon my favorite artists: Rauschenberg, Johns, Pollock, Rothko, and Twombly. Hilariously, my father was not paying attention, and rested his forearm on a Twombly sculpture. I cannot remember the last time I laughed so loud in my life.

A large portion of the museum is also dedicated to Native American art. My parents and I were able to walk throughout the museum at a comfortable pace and see all of the collections we were interested in before the doors closed at 9.


Seattle Center | Seattle Center was the hub for our daily adventures. It houses the Armory, Chihuly Garden + Glass, Monorail, the MPoP, Pacific Science Center, and Space Needle. Not only does it contain a wide variety of places to visit and food to eat, it is decorated beautifully with Chihuly sculptures. One of the best aspects of the planning of our trip was making sure our hotel was in close walking proximity to Seattle Center.


Seattle Great Wheel | This 145 foot ferris wheel was on my dad's Seattle bucket list. Luckily, it was easily incorporated into our schedule as it is located next to the Harbor Cruise Tour dock. The line was pretty long, but moved quickly. Once inside the gondola, the trip lasted about 20 minutes. We all really enjoyed the ride and admired the view from above.


Space Needle | The Space Needle is the defining Seattle cityscape landmark. If you go to Seattle, you have to go to the Space Needle. When my parents visited a few years ago, they only went once during the day. However, one ticket now allows for two entrees in one day. My mom and I thought it would be fun to go once in the day and once at night.

I was a little underwhelmed by the day trip. It was interesting to walk up the ramp on the way to the elevator, as it provided background on the creation of the Space Needle. On the short elevator trip to the top, our guide gave a wonderfully scripted and quickly spoken tour of the surrounding areas through the glass walls. Once at the top, we walked the perimeter of the Space Needle, and made our way back down.

However, the view at night was absolutely spectacular. The lights of the city create a gorgeous cityscape and is extremely picturesque. The Space Needle actually has a dining room and the view at night would provide a very romantic ambiance. It's also extremely expensive and not very vegan friendly.


Underground Tour | Did you know Seattle burned to the ground in the late 1800's and the city was rebuilt overtop of the rubble? Me either. I did not have high expectations of the tour before it started. But, my mind was quickly blown away. Our guide, John, was super knowledgeable, funny, and ironic during the tour. We went through several buildings, which were originally street level, and are now located basement level. I loved the history lesson and glimpse into life during this time period. One of the key factors which led to Seattle's massive fire had to do with the poor sewage system at the time. If you know me, I love a good poop story. If you visit Seattle, this tour is an absolute must.


Experience | New York, New York: Hamilton + Candle 79

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Monday, November 6, 2017

"Any day spent with you is my favorite day. So, today is my new favorite day."- A.A. Milne

For Christmas and birthdays, my presents from Dayv are often experiences rather than possessions. For Christmas last year, he was able to get Hamilton tickets for September. I love having things to look forward to, so although the show was nine months away, I didn't mind. Whenever we take a trip up to New York, we make a day of it, and also find a new (to us) vegan restaurant to try. 

We had a wonderful day.

Hamilton | Dayv has been obsessed with Hamilton and Lin Manuel Miranda ever since it came onto the scene a couple years ago. When Miranda was still in the show, Dayv would spend time searching for tickets that weren't ridiculously over priced and also waiting for the countdown when new tickets would become available. At one point, he was ready to hit purchase on tickets that were over $600 each, but I told him there was no one I'd want to spend that much money to see. Alas, Miranda left the show last November and Dayv was able to get these tickets with the new cast.

When the show started, I was immediately blown away by the opening song, "Alexander Hamilton." It is very powerful and provides the backstory for Hamilton's childhood. Overall, I was very impressed with the first half as it progressed and the song performances. I also really loved the several reprisals of Hamilton's song, "My Shot." My one critique of the first half is that, since many of the songs are rap-style, it was sometimes difficult to catch every word.

The second half is when it got a little more challenging for me to follow along. The show goes into a lot of detail about the politics of the time before, during, and after the Revolutionary War, and I had a difficult time understanding what exactly was going on. For pivotal, important songs, such as, "The Room Where it Happened," I was totally lost. However, I still was able to appreciate the music and performances. I also believe the second half drags a bit, and is on the depressing side. When the show was over, I could say that, yes, I enjoyed Hamilton and totally understood the (well-deserved) hype it received and the performances were outstanding, but it was not in my Top Five.

Dayv downloaded the soundtrack after we got home from the show and we have basically been listening to it nonstop. I now understand what all the songs are talking about and also read more about Hamilton's life to have more background information. I really really love a large majority of the songs (especially Alexander Hamilton, My Shot, The Schuyler Sisters, Satisfied, Wait For It, Ten Duel Commandments, Dear Theodosia, and What'd I Miss). When Hamilton comes to Philly next year, I'm sure Dayv and I will get tickets and I will enjoy it even more.



Candle 79 | Dayv was so cute and made reservations super ahead of time to eat dinner at Candle 79 after seeing the Hamilton matinee. When I asked him why Candle 79, he said, "Because I know you've always wanted to eat there."

I had a really bad stomachache the day we went up to New York and was not hungry when the show let out at 4:45. Therefore, we decided to walk the 50 minutes to the restaurant rather than take an Uber. I actually really love walking, especially in New York, so I enjoyed our trek.

When we arrived, we were taken to our seats upstairs. I was really impressed by the design and decor of Candle 79. It reminded me of a French cafe, not that I've ever been to France, and had lots of greenery and plants. Our waiter was very helpful and refilled our water glasses often. Since I was not very hungry, I only ordered a main entree of the Moroccan Chickpea Cake, although several of the appetizers and salads looked very appealing. Dayv also only ordered an entree, the spaghetti and no-meat balls.

After taking our orders, we were served little cubes of watermelon with dollops of cream and balsamic vinaigrette. I found mine light and refreshing.

Our dishes were served very promptly. My chickpea cake sat atop a small bed of roasted cauliflower and broccoli. The cake itself was very soft, thick, and mildly spiced. It was topped with sliced almonds. The sauce surrounding it was also mild. I really took my time enjoying it, as it was not very large. Under normal circumstances, this meal would not have big enough to satiate my appetite. Dayv also enjoyed his pasta dish and ate it all. We were both comfortably full afterwards.

When all was said and done, we were only in the restaurant for about 45 minutes, which is extremely impressive. I look forward to going to Candle 79 again and being able to enjoy more of their selection. 


Travel | Seattle, Washington Part One: Eats + Stay

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Monday, October 30, 2017

"Suppose I say summer, write the word "hummingbird," put it in an envelope, take it down the hill to the box. When you open my letter you will recall those days and how much, just how much, I love you."- Raymond Carver

During the last week of August, my parents and I spent a week in Seattle. My brother, Cullen, moved there about four years ago and loves the change in scenery, difference in culture from the Northeast, and the city in general. My parents visited a couple years ago, but this trip was my first time in Seattle. We spent the week going on lots of adventures and exploring as many nooks and crannies as possible within our five day time frame.

Since there is so much to share, I am breaking my Seattle post into two parts. This post will concentrate on our eats and where we stayed.


Annapurna Cafe | This Nepalese bar/cafe/restaurant is located in Capital Hill. On the first night we were in town, my brother, mom, and I were walking down the street looking for a place to eat dinner and stumbled upon this gem. My brother actually frequents this restaurant and lovingly refers to it as "The Goat" because there is an illustration of a goat next to the main entrance. Upon entering, you are led down a steep set of stairs into a bar/restaurant area. The bar is technically called "The Yeti Bar."

The menu is extremely expansive with many vegan and gluten-free menu items, which are clearly marked. After deliberation, I decided on the spicy stewed potato appetizer and Annapurna curry, level two spice. My brother ordered the stuffed paratha and chickpea battered eggplant. My mom ordered the chicken vindaloo. All orders come with a generous serving of basmati or brown rice. I really appreciated the brown rice option as I do not like eating white rice.

Our dishes were prepared and served quickly, despite the restaurant being pretty full. The servings were very generous. My brother's stuffed paratha was so large, it looked like a medium sized pizza. My appetizer was spicy and delicious; my curry had chunks of eggplant and other vegetables in a spicy sauce. I savored every bite. My mom also enjoyed her chicken vindaloo. I also order hot green tea, which had a very warm, fresh taste.

We loved Annapurna Cafe so much, we returned two more times for dinner. I ordered the spicy stewed potatoes and Annapurna curry once more and noticed that the mixed vegetables were different. The third visit, I ordered the Himalayan curry, which was also spicy and delicious. However, they had updated their menu in the middle of the week and no longer had the spicy stewed potato appetizer available.

I obviously really loved Annapurna Cafe and am definitely planning on dining there again the next time I am in Seattle. The only critique I have is that they took my spicy stewed potato appetizer off the menu.


Kabob | Originally we were planning on getting dinner from Plum Pantry from the Armory. However, Plum Pantry closes at 5:45 and we had to find another place for a quick bite. Luckily, Kabob is located directly across the Armory food court and offers Mediterranean cuisine, with several vegetarian options. My brother and I both ordered the Vegetarian platter. However, I requested the gluten-free version which meant no pita and an Italian-style salad dressing rather than the tahini dressing.

Since everything is made fresh, our meals took about 10-15 minutes to prepare. The vegetarian platter consisted of salad topped with falafel. I really loved this meal. The falafel was not greasy at all and had a delicious, full flavor. Although the accompanying salad was not huge, it was still satiating with the dressing. My brother enjoyed his platter, as well.

For a quick bite, I would definitely come back to Kabob. In regards of ways to improve, my portion size was not extremely large, considering that the non gluten-free option comes with a generous portion of pita and tahini, so it could have been made larger. Also, although there was a selection of vegetarian options on the menu, the Vegetarian platter was the only vegan option.


Plum Pantry | Plum Bistro is a very well known vegan restaurant in Seattle. Although we did not get to dine at that location, we were able to visit their food stand in the Armory on two occasions. They have a fairly expansive board menu which includes protein bowls, salads, sandwiches, smoothies, and soups. On both occasions, my brother and I both opted for the make your own protein bowls. I chose the chickpea and quinoa mixture with sweet potatoes, broccoli, kale, and balsamic vinaigrette. My brother's order was the same except his veggies were roasted red peppers and mushrooms. My dad ordered the peanut butter milkshake, which he devoured, and the African Mama salad, which contains greens, "seasonal" fruit, avocado, tempeh, and a quinoa-millet mixture. My brother, dad, and I all found our meals to be delicious and satiating.

We visited Plum Pantry twice and would definitely return. However, I have a couple critiques on ways for them to improve. On the menu, it states they sell bottled water for $2. However, the water is actually in a small plastic cup with a straw lid. I believe the water was misrepresented on the menu and overpriced. Additionally, we were disappointed that the kitchen closes at 5:45, right at dinner time.


Hampton Inn | When my mom first insisted on staying at Hampton Inn, I (internally) stuck my nose up a bit. However, this hotel is where my parents stayed when they visited my brother a couple of years ago, and have raved about it ever since. I was skeptical when booking, but once we arrived, I immediately became enamored with it, as well.

There are so many amazing things about this Hampton Inn. First of all, it is impeccably clean at all times, which includes the entrance, buffet/dining area, rooms, and bathrooms. Every day, they have a "water of the day" which is a glass dispenser filled with cold, fruit and herb infused water. There is a little chalkboard menu next to the water, with the types of water for each day. It is a very lovely touch. Every morning, a free continental breakfast is served, with a variety of items. For vegans, there is fruit salad, fresh pieces of fruit (bananas, apples, and oranges), cereals (gluten-free, too!), oatmeal, and soy milk. Since I am very particular, I would load up on fruit salad and cut up banana along with a LaraBar. If you are vegetarian, additional menu items include eggs, baked goods, and a Belgian waffle station. They also have the most delicious coffee and tea station that is available all day. At the front desk, there are big cookies available, which my dad loved and snacked on throughout the day. You can even ask for bottles of water and they will give you as many as you want. All of the staff is super friendly and helpful.

Another aspect of the Hampton Inn that I really loved is that it is only about a 10 minute walk away from the Seattle Center, which we spent a large majority of our time. There is also a supermarket about 2 minute walk away, where we went to stock up on LaraBars.

Overall, I cannot say enough good things about Hampton Inn and I know my parents and I will stay there again next time we visit Seattle.

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