I was in Seattle this weekend for my husband’s company yearly gathering. He works for Opscode. Their product is called Chef and it helps companies save time by automating IT infrastructure. It has code that refers to information as “recipes” and “cookbooks”. It’s an excellent paradigm. Some people I talked to were a little tickled when I said that I was actually a chef and how much I appreciated the product with my limited practical knowledge of it. Anyway, I’m glad my husband works with such talented and happy and huggy people! So what did I do while he was in meetings? I got out of the hotel and walked all over downtown Seattle. I was able to find Urban Yoga Spa so I could do a hot yoga class. As someone who has been practicing Bikram yoga for almost 3 years, it was fun to do a different kind of class with the lights off and a modified series of poses. After that I headed to Pike Place Market. I was hoping to find some porcini mushrooms that I could bring home as the little piggies are my favorite kind of fungi. Unfortunately, chanterelles were what most producers had. The market stalls were beautiful and even though I don’t eat fish, I could appreciate the fish mongers enthusiasm. In a small hallway on the lower floors I found this on a wall.
After walking around and looking at dozens of stalls with tourist souvenirs, I came across the Moon Valley Organics kiosk.
Watch their inspiring video! I purchased their Muscle Rub which contains Organic Cayenne & Habenero for warmth and Organic Arnica to reduce inflammation. I used it immediately for my sore shoulder. It’s so nice to see a farm become successful and still hold onto core values.
The day was beautiful with a blue sky. I sat for a while, looking at this totem pole and the waters of the Puget Sound. After hunger woke me from my daydreaming, I decided I wanted to eat some Asian food. My husband told me of a little hole in the wall Korean restaurant called BiBimBap, so I grabbed my phone and set out to find it. It ended up being not to far away on Marion St off of 2nd Ave.
I had the Dolsot BiBimBap without egg and a cup of green tea. I hadn’t eaten perilla or (sesame leaves) in a long time and I was happy to find them in my hot bowl. After being energetically refreshed by warm food I headed off to the International District to Uwajimaya. My love for Asian grocery stores started as a child when I lived in Japan. There is just something nostalgic for me in going to them and I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity. I was only able to stay a short while as I had to walk back and meet my husband for happy hour at The Owl and Thistle. I did snap a shot of these yummy Filipino donuts on a stick and brought some home. They just happened to be vegan too.
Later in the evening we went to the Pink Door. Unfortunately there was no entertainment for the evening so we ended up just eating expensive Italian food at 11pm at night. I had Paglia E Fieno – wild autumn mushrooms on pasta with light cream and truffle oil. If you decide to go there, ask them what is the evening act as that’s the whole lure for going there.
See Part 2 of my travels!