Uncategorized August 11, 2018

Exploring Seattle Like a Tourist

Last week, my family and I vacationed in Puerto Vallarta and it was THE BEST VACATION! The beach, the resort, the all-inclusive and the weather all made it relaxing, but it was the Downtown Puerto Vallarta Food Tour  that helped us get to know this super cool (and very clean) Mexican city. We learned, of course, about the where the locals get their tacos and the different types of tacos offered.  On the hot and muggy day, the agua fresca cart and the coconut water cart helped keep us cool.  My favorite part was learning about the history of the town as we walked 3 miles on the 3-hour tour.  Thank God we walked that far as it was a challenge to eat everything along the way. 🙂

When we got home, a friend of my kids came to visit from Italy and we wanted to do something fun.  A Seattle food tour seemed like the perfect excursion since we had so much fun on the Mexican food tour.  There were many to choose from, but with 3 teenagers, we decided the Chocolate Indulgence Tour was a good fit.

We ate little before we arrived so that our tummies would be ready to indulge in chocolate goodness, and boy, did we! Our tour guide told us how chocolate became the second most popular staple in our city, as well as how chocolate came to be and how it is made.  We walked around the town (burning calories) to different chocolate shops and bakeries and tried everything from Triple Coconut Cream Pie at Dahlia Bakery to sipping chocolate at The Confectional in Pike Place Market. We were so close to eating all the way through, but we tapped out before the last stop and took our treats from Fran’s Chocolates home.  

Gosh, why don’t we do this more often? I have lived in the Seattle area over 20 years and I really haven’t taken advantage of all it has to offer.  There are amazing restaurants; I know because I have read about them in Sunset Magazine.  There is an enjoyable King County Water Taxi from West Seattle to Downtown; I know because I read about it Coastal Living.

Seriously, Annie Hyatt?  Get off your duff and go do things in the city where nowhere is more beautiful on a sunny day. I want to know the city I have come to love (even though it rains a bit more than I appreciate), and it seems touristy outings are what is going to get us to really know this city.

I literally just made reservations at Dahlia Lounge for dinner tonight.  Look at me being crazy.

Next tour stop: Seattle By Foot | Seattle Coffee Crawl of course!!