Seattle Day 5 – Portage Bay, Space Needle, Chihuly, Din Tai Fung, Hot Cakes & Tap House

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Our last day in Seattle began with one of the most spectacular breakfasts I’ve ever encountered. Ashley took us to a place called Portage Bay Cafe that turns ordinary breakfast options into amazing creations with local, organic, and sustainable produce and fruits. Selma ordered the Salmon Eggs Benedict and I got the Ranchers Breakfast with a side of french toast. The most amazing part is that they have an unlimited berry bar with huge bowls of blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries that you can get access to if you order something that qualifies (i.e. french toast or pancakes). In addition, the portions are huge. The salmon on the Eggs Benedict was fresh and perfectly cooked and the unlimited berries were irresistible. It was physically hard to move after this breakfast. We definitely ate like we gave a damn.

After brunch, we headed off to see the Space Needle. You can’t not visit the Space Needle when you come to Seattle. There was still some haze from the top but you could see most of Seattle. Even though there wasn’t much to do at the top, we still had a lot of fun people watching with the telescopes. Next, we headed over to the Chihuly exhibit next door. I had the chance to see the exhibit when it was here in Boston but Selma had never seen it so we had to go. If you ever get the chance, I would highly recommend going and seeing his pieces in person. The way he seamlessly integrates his pieces with nature is truly astonishing.

We then headed over to Din Tai Fung, a dumpling house located in Bellevue for a late lunch. They are famous world-wide for their incredible steamed dumplings made in-house every day.

Check out this cute little dumpling dude! How can anyone resist this little guy.

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They really weren’t kidding when they said that the dumplings were made in house. In the front of the restaurant, they have a room with windows filled with 15+ workers churning out dumplings (probably 24/7). It’s like the cheesecake factory of dumplings. Anywho, we ordered a sampling of dumplings and dishes from their extensive menu. We got an order of their famous juicy pork dumplings, chicken dumplings, pork buns, and vegetarian fried noodles. The dumplings were smaller than usual but were still delicious and steamed to perfection. You can tell that they take great care in hand-making every single dumpling. All of the other dishes were also just as good.

After our late lunch, we went home to rest and pack before our flight home. Because we weren’t scheduled to leave until 10:30pm, we had time to eat at a few more places before we left (we eat a lot if you didn’t notice already). Before dinner, we went to Hot Cakes because we couldn’t leave Seattle without finally getting to try this place. Like everywhere else in Seattle, they use organic ingredients to craft molten chocolate cakes in little mason jars. We ordered the chocolate decadence which consisted of theo chocolate, salted caramel, toffee and vanilla ice cream. The chocolate cake was baked to order and was filled with delicious chocolatey goodness and went perfectly with the vanilla ice cream. It’s a good thing that they don’t have a location back here in Boston because if they did, I don’t know how I could contain myself.

For our last dinner, we decided to go to the Tap House Grill next to the apartment to save time. As per their name, they have 160+ beers on tap and a wide selection of food choices. It reminded me a lot of The Yard House back in Boston…I wonder if they’re owned by the same company. Selma got the fish tacos and I ordered The Dark Lord. The Dark Lord was as delicious and ridiculous as it sounds. It was a Rogue stout marinated sirloin burger that was broiled and assembled with bacon jam, bourbon mustard spread, blue cheese, pickled onion, arugula and garlic aioli. Even Voldemort himself would be proud.

How we managed to eat all of this food is beyond me. It was a trip of epic proportions. Every morning I wake up craving Top Pot doughnuts and fresh unlimited berries. Life simply isn’t the same anymore. We had such an awesome time here with our friends and we will definitely be back soon. And maybe next time we will stick around for good!

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