23 August 2006

Seattle Time

I took a day trip to Seattle. It was a brief visit, but I saw two of the city's highlights—Pike Place Market and the Central Library.

My day started with breakfast at Le Panier in Pike Place Market. I enjoyed a lovely raspberry-filled croissant and dry cappuccino. Then I strolled around the Market where my eyes feasted on plump berries that begged to be eaten and fish so fresh they looked like they could swim if thrown back in the water.

Pike Place Chowder was my lunch choice, although I wished I had the time and super stomach to try variety of seafood—fried fish, steamed clams, raw oysters etc.... I love clam chowder, and when it’s the “Nations Best” the temptation to try it and judge for myself is too much to resist. For the record, it lived up to its top award—chock full of clams, and wonderfully thick and creamy like good chowder should be. I also had the market chowder—crab, oysters, chorizo, and leeks in a shellfish stock—that, truth be told, was my personal favorite.

I’ve wanted to visit the Central Library since it was completed 2 years ago. It is an amazing structure—a must-see if you're a fan of architecture and still worth a look, if not. And the fact it holds millions of book makes it even more exciting for those, like me, who love books, as well as buildings. It's an inspirational and awe inspiring space, inside and out, in form and function.

Le Panier
1902 Pike Place
Seattle, WA 98101

Pike Place Chowder
1530 Post Alley

Central Library
4000 Fourth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104


Blogger Jasmine said...

I love those photos!


8/27/2006 7:57 PM  

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