Hello!!!! I’m back in New York after touring the Pacific NW for the past two weeks! I can’t say I’m too happy about being back, though. Everywhere I went and saw was so beautiful, and the only things I really missed here were my oven, my stand mixer, and my own shower.
SO. Ready to hear the details of my trip?
We started in Vancouver, British Columbia, where my friend Nancy from Gotta Get Baked shared a few recommendations with me. My dad, sister, and I trekked across downtown Vancouver from our hotel at Canada Place to Granville Island, which houses a cute little indoor market. I sampled tea from Granville Island Tea Company, a peanut butter cookie from Muffin Granny, and both a donut and a crepe from Lee’s Donuts (don’t worry, we went to Granville Island twice; I didn’t eat all this at once!). All are highly recommended, although the crepe was a little hard to eat as I didn’t have a fork and I forgot to grab a napkin (it was worth it). My sister also got a mini loaf of bread from Terra Breads. Pretty sure she ate the whole thing herself.
The Old Spaghetti Factory, which I later found out is a chain, was pretty cool because every meal includes a salad, entree, and dessert.
While in Vancouver, I ran through Stanley Park, which is a very large park surrounded by a seawall perfect for exercising on. My sister and I also walked to the aquarium in the park and saw the dolphin show and all the animals. I even volunteered to taste jelly fish! It was kind of like fried calimari, if you were wondering.
Also, and this was AMAZING, Taylor Swift was in town!!! We didn’t know about this beforehand, but my sister and I ordered tickets from the concierge as soon as we found out! Taylor is my middle school idol and the chance to see her in concert in Vancouver was lucky and incredible. Plus Ed Sheeran opened for her, and he was fabulous, too! He did those whole free-styling thing with only himself and his guitar, and it was really cool.
After four days in Vancouver, we took a bus down to Seattle, Washington. I’m going to live in Seattle, I already decided. First of all, on the afternoon we arrived, I took a run down to the waterfront just as the sun was setting and it was the most beautiful run I have ever taken. There was a tiny park I jogged along for a little with a view of the sun along the water and I actually was laughing because I was so happy just being there. Plus, running at sea level is heavenly. The same night, my dad and I walked over to Top Pot Doughnuts, because we both remembered it from our last trip to Seattle.
I had a chocolate donut with maple glaze and it was perfect. There’s such a variety of donuts there that I could go there every day for a month and never be bored, plus there’s a little upstairs area where you can sit that’s just adorable.
The next day, I woke up early to visit a few cupcake places. The only one of note was Cupcake Royale, where I found the seasonal blueberry brown betty cupcake very much to my liking. The frosting reminded me of something brown sugar-y from my childhood that I can’t really put my finger on, but it was fantastic.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to go to Trophy Cupcakes, which I really wanted to do 😦 I did grab a cinnamon roll from the Cinnamon Works outside Pike Place Market, though, and I liked that a lot.
My family and I went to the Pacific Science Center and hung out there for a few hours. It was mostly directed towards kids, but we got a lot out of the exhibits, anyway. Also, we watched a Beatles laser show, where we laid on the floor of the IMAX theater while a laser artist projected lasers to go along with classic Beatles songs. It was pretty cool, and we all learned a lot.
This is where we joined our tour, which would take us down the coast to San Francisco.
Portland, Oregon: Ran right past Voodoo Doughnut but couldn’t stop because the line was out the door and down the block. I was SO disappointed. But this should attest to the fact that they are really good, I’m sure. So, go, and report back to me!
While in Portland, we took a couple of daytrips to Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens. Interesting, but skippable.
The tour stopped for lunch in Newport, Oregon one day, where Mo’s is highly recommended. This little restaurant on the shore is the home of some really really great clam chowder, or so my dad tells me. I also heard their peanut butter pie is super.
While in town, I tried a scoop of marionberry ice cream at one of the shops, which was a unique taste that I enjoyed quite a bit.
Eventually we found our way to San Francisco. The weather surprised me, as it was really cool in the evening and morning. I ran along the Embarcadero and past all the piers, under a bridge, and got a little lost on the way back to the hotel, but it was a gorgeous run nonetheless. I tried a cream puff from Beard Papa one morning, which was good.
Kara’s Cupcakes in Ghirardelli Square is a place I highly recommend. The key lime cupcake was beautiful, especially the creamy frosting. It was filled with key lime curd and sat on a graham cracker crust. The crust was a bit crumbly and fell off a tad as I was walking, but I really really liked the cupcake, anyway.
My dad kind of wanted some ice cream from Ghirardelli’s but it was insanely expensive, so he skipped it. He and I also took the ferry to Sausalito and walked around a bit. I had some ice cream and my dad went souvenir shopping. The ferry was freezing, but it was a fun ride, with a view of both bridges and Alcatraz and the city. That night, the Mets were in town (!!!), and I convinced by sister to go to the game by bribing her with 6 batches of cookie dough and a cake. I liked that fact that they had veggie burgers at AT&T Field! 🙂 My dad and I spent about an hour before the game walking around outside the stadium. He appreciated all the memoriabilia, as he was a NY Giants fan when he was a kid.
Along the way, I had my first soda in about a year and a half…
…stood in some redwoods…
…and rode a cable car!
Take me back, please.
Phew. That is the end. I just spent about two hours on this post, but it was fun reliving my vacation from start to finish 🙂 I hope I helped some of you with recommendations!
I have a ton of recipes that I’ve been saving to post until I wrote this up, and I’m super excited, so stay tuned!