So today, I had intended to head over to Queen Anne to explore, but the guy at the front desk convinced me to try going up to Capitol Hill instead, which turned out to be (mostly) a bust; but I did get to go down and see the underground 'bus corridor' that Seattle has, which I probably never would have stumbled across on my own. It was completely weird seeing these buses driving ~underground~ but thats probably just my own bias. It was a pretty neat location.


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After I get up to Capitol Hill, I started walking around and I gotta say; I really wish I'd gone somewhere else. LOL. Maybe I was in the wrong area; but as I was walking around on Broadway, it was uh... kinda sketchy. And a lot of the storefronts were empty, and of the open stores; many of them were in the process of closing. I did however; see a statue of Jimi Hendrix, lol.

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The one shining spot in Capitol Hill was definitely, definitely, definitely the Vivace Espresso stand that I stopped at. At first I was disapointed... I ordered four shots and well... lets just say that compared to other coffee places, their four shots was more like one. A small one, at that. However, my complaints ceased the moment that nectar passed my lips. It was really, really good espresso. Really good. Like, change your life good. Like, it's a good thing there isn't one more conveniently located.


So today, I had intended to head over to Queen Anne to explore, but the guy at the front desk convinced me to try going up to Capitol Hill instead, which turned out to be (mostly) a bust; but I did get to go down and see the underground 'bus corridor' that Seattle has, which I probably never would have stumbled across on my own. It was completely weird seeing these buses driving ~underground~ but thats probably just my own bias. It was a pretty neat location.


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After I get up to Capitol Hill, I started walking around and I gotta say; I really wish I'd gone somewhere else. LOL. Maybe I was in the wrong area; but as I was walking around on Broadway, it was uh... kinda sketchy. And a lot of the storefronts were empty, and of the open stores; many of them were in the process of closing. I did however; see a statue of Jimi Hendrix, lol.

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The one shining spot in Capitol Hill was definitely, definitely, definitely the Vivace Espresso stand that I stopped at. At first I was disapointed... I ordered four shots and well... lets just say that compared to other coffee places, their four shots was more like one. A small one, at that. However, my complaints ceased the moment that nectar passed my lips. It was really, really good espresso. Really good. Like, change your life good. Like, it's a good thing there isn't one more conveniently located.

So, I... er... um... kinda blew off blogging the last couple of days we were in Seattle. to be honest, I pretty much did everything that was interesting in the first few days, and was just kinda hanging around the hotel by the end of the week, except for my trip to the Seattle Art Museum. And since you can't take pictures inside the museum, there really wasn't a huge incentive to record it for posterity. LOL

So take aways from the trip are:

1) Don't ever go to Seattle in the early spring again. It's cold, wet, and rainy. (Even snowy sometimes, as we got some fat wet snow on friday)

2) Don't drink the coffee. It will forever ruin you for coffee any place else. Vivace, Zeitgeist, I will miss you the most. No, really. The espresso I had in Seattle has become the bar by which all other espresso will now be compared against. I suppose I should be grateful, as this has spurred me to find really good places for coffee in San Francisco, but mostly I just miss Zeitgeist.

3) Seattle-ites are crazy. As evidenced by this street sign that was common on many streets in the area:

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I mean, honestly - what the hell? How in the heck are you supposed to know which way is north or south or east or west, in an area that is, oh - I dunno... CONSTANTLY CLOUDY AND FOGGY?!?! Or how about if you are just unfamiliar with the area and trying to figure things out? This sign is supremely unuseful. Just sayin.

Anyhow - I had a good time altogether, and so did Mr. Man. Next time we're going in the summer though. Srsly.


So, I... er... um... kinda blew off blogging the last couple of days we were in Seattle. to be honest, I pretty much did everything that was interesting in the first few days, and was just kinda hanging around the hotel by the end of the week, except for my trip to the Seattle Art Museum. And since you can't take pictures inside the museum, there really wasn't a huge incentive to record it for posterity. LOL

So take aways from the trip are:

1) Don't ever go to Seattle in the early spring again. It's cold, wet, and rainy. (Even snowy sometimes, as we got some fat wet snow on friday)

2) Don't drink the coffee. It will forever ruin you for coffee any place else. Vivace, Zeitgeist, I will miss you the most. No, really. The espresso I had in Seattle has become the bar by which all other espresso will now be compared against. I suppose I should be grateful, as this has spurred me to find really good places for coffee in San Francisco, but mostly I just miss Zeitgeist.

3) Seattle-ites are crazy. As evidenced by this street sign that was common on many streets in the area:

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I mean, honestly - what the hell? How in the heck are you supposed to know which way is north or south or east or west, in an area that is, oh - I dunno... CONSTANTLY CLOUDY AND FOGGY?!?! Or how about if you are just unfamiliar with the area and trying to figure things out? This sign is supremely unuseful. Just sayin.

Anyhow - I had a good time altogether, and so did Mr. Man. Next time we're going in the summer though. Srsly.


Seattle; Day 5

Seattle; Day 5

I tooled around for a little while longer, but unfortunately, in the late afternoon; the weather which had been so cooperative recently; decided to take a turn for the worse. It become very cold; so I headed back to the hotel to wait for Mr. Man to finish up his work day so that we could go grab some dinner.

For Dinner, we went to a place over in Belltown called Marrakesh. It’s a Moroccan restaurant. Now, let me confess; there is almost no dish I love more in the world than good Bastilla. Hell, even mediocre Bastilla is preferable to no Bastilla. I’m a huge fan of Moroccan food in general though, so I was really looking forward to dinner.

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The restaurant also provided entertainment in the form of a Belly Dancer. She was pretty good.

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Unfortunately, the food was not as good as one could have hoped, atleast the entree wasn’t. Almost everything EXCEPT the entree was yummy. Since dinner is a Prie Fixe of five courses, it included everything – a soup, salad, appetizer, entree and desert. The soup and salad were very good. Unfortunately, the Bastilla; the highlight of any moroccan meal for me, was served only moderately warm. It was still good, but I was left with the distinct impression that it had been made up ahead of time and merely warmed up for serving. We both ordered the Brochette Marrakesh for our entrees, which is lamb kabobs that have been marinated and then grilled. My lamb was okay; if a teeny tiny bit over done. Mr. Man’s however, was tough and overcooked. :-( Even worse though, was the rice dish that was served with our lamb. Normally, moroccan dishes are served with couscous, so from the start we were like “Uh, rice? Ick.” But, okay… let’s taste it. Bleh. Let’s not. lol. The rice was blaaaaaaaaand and dry. And the vegetables in the rice looked like the standard pack of frozen mixed vegetables you’d find at any grocer. Even taking in to account that overcooked meat is icky, the rice was still the least appetizing thing we were served. Dessert was some sort of sticky cake like substance, that both Mr. Man and I have determined to be a fairly bland, tasteless cake-like substance; soaked in a sugar-syrup. It was okay, but I think I could stand not ever having it again.

Anyhow, although the restaurant was a teeny bit of a bust, we still had a good time, although to be honest, that was mostly due to the company, and not the food or service. :-/

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