Travel | Seattle, Washington Part One: Eats + Stay

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.

Eats

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.

10/10

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.

8/10

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.

9/10

Stay
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.

10/10

1 comments:

  1. I enjoyed seeing pics from your travels and lovely vegan eats! First time commenter! Hope you don't mind me linking and visiting often!
    Jennifer @ http://MyBlissfulJourney.com

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