Travel | Seattle, WA: Eats

Friday, July 26, 2019

"People tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will descend like fine weather if you're fortunate. But happiness is the result of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly."- Elizabeth Gilbert

The yearly vacation my family and I take together is so very special to me. There is nothing quite like visiting my brother in Seattle while taking in the culture and beauty that is this special city. I am so grateful for our time together and creating special memories that last us all year long until we are reunited again.

One of our favorite things to do in Seattle is, of course, eat! We are definitely partial to Annapurna and ate at this beautifully quaint basement bar and restaurant no less than four times in the seven days we were in the city. However, we also checked out a couple new-to-us plant-based restaurants, as well!

Plum Bistro | My family and I came to Plum for dinner on a Monday night when the restaurant we had planned on dining at was closed. We had to wait about a half hour, but it was worth it. The meal was delicious! I love that the menu clearly denotes the gluten free options. I got the Brussels sprouts appetizer, which was very bountiful and definitely one to be shared. The jackfruit "meatball" entree was so tasty. I loved the flavors and textures. Everything melded so perfectly. Also, I love the outdoor seating.


Cafe Flora | I was excited to dine at this iconic vegetarian restaurant. I love the bright, large greenhouse-esque interior with tons of windows. The menu denotes the vegan and gluten free options, which I always appreciate. For an appetizer, I got the baby kale Caesar salad. It was so delicious, j could have eaten four of them. My mom got the snap pea almondine. The peas were slightly charred and was tasty. My polenta entree was small, but enjoyable. I liked the pesto.

The food is good, but isn't mind blowingly good. Also, the portion sizes leave something to be desired, with the exception of the portobello Wellington, which my mom got and really enjoyed. My father, on the other hand, got a dinner sized salad, which was super small and definitely not large enough to be considered a dinner portion.


Annapurna | Annapurna continues to be my family's go to restaurant when we are visiting my brother in Seattle. In the seven days we were in Seattle, we ate dinner here four times. We love that it caters to both vegans and meat eaters. I branched out of my usual Annapurna curry and got the soup and sambar appetizer, which is so delicious and so so filling. I also got the crispy potato appetizer, which is also so good. Everyone at the restaurant is so nice and friendly, knowledgeable about the (very large!) menu, and food is served quickly. My only complaint is that they aren't open on Mondays.


Plum Pantry | I am so disappointed with the changes Plum Pantry made. They recently remodeled and changed their menu.

I got the Edamame Buddha Bowl, which had edamame, quinoa, cabbage, bean sprouts, and waaaaay too much dressing. My salad was literally swimming in dressing. It promised to be topped with peanuts, but there weren't any and I was supremely disappointed. My mom got the Goddess Salad, which had chickpeas, black beans, quinoa, cashew cheese, and other veggies. Once again, there was way too much dressing.

Sadly, I missed the old menu and the create-your-own bowl option.



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