Explore Your City #2: West Seattle | Alki Beach

Last weekend I explored Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle and Capitol Hill (you can read my post about it here).  This week, I was lucky enough to sail around Lake Washington and ride a water taxi for the first time from Downtown Seattle to West Seattle. As someone who is prone to getting seasick on open water, I’ve always been hesitant to go out on any boat on any sort of body of water – but my phobia has definitely gotten better over the past few years and I don’t get too sick anymore. I’ll leave out the unnecessary details.

This was my first time riding the water taxi and it was quite the experience. After a few hours shopping in downtown, my friends and I made our way from Pioneer Square to Pier 50. For those of you with an active UPASS or Orca card, you can use them to board the taxi! Otherwise you can pay with cash and board for $4. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the West Seattle dock and then you can explore Alki Beach! If you get seasick, you may want to stand outside on the deck rather than sit inside because it’s stuffy.

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As soon as the water taxi pulls up to the dock, you can probably spot people fishing and crabbing if the weather is nice. There are many condos overlooking the water and right in front of the boardwalk is a restaurant that started off as a food truck, called Marination Ma Kai. We all decided to stop for a snack and despite the line, we got our food very quickly. The verdict? Everything was delicious, very reasonably priced, and they have a unique menu. Hawaiian-Korean cuisine? Yes please.

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Kalbi Taco

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Hawaiian Mac salad (w/ spam)

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Kimchi Quesadilla

Once we were back in the city, we stayed out to watch the sunset and it was absolutely beautiful. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Now for the fun stuff.. only hours into our adventure did I decide/get permission from my adventure buddies to start vlogging so that’s why this is such a short one. But here’s my first attempt at a vlog! Unlike my last video (you can find it on my channel), the audio should be normal. My iMovie skills are still lacking since I’m teaching myself as I go but I got really fancy this time and added transitions. Please, hold your applause. But do enjoy the sunset. I can’t get over how beautiful it was! Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever tried out Marination Ma Kai or what you think about the vlog! Not going to lie, I was a little self conscious to be vlogging myself so the dual camera feature on my Canon came in handy. I love this camera!! Review soon, I swear.

Thanks for visiting – as always.

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Explore Your City

Something not enough people do is play tourist in their city. I frequently go to Pike Place Market and I never get sick of it – although the weekend crowds can be a little overwhelming on certain days. Here are some shots that I took this past weekend on a perfect sunny day. All the tourists were out and all the fresh produce and flowers were too – bright and beautiful as ever.

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Dark chocolate linguine exists and it truly tastes like chocolate. I was told you serve it with fruit, ice cream, etc. Hmm..

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Photobombed by cars (it happens). Thanks to the super friendly Pike Place valet for the picture!

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How cool is this mural that I stumbled across in Capitol Hill? I love the colors!

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Hope you all had a terrific weekend as well!

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Weekend Snippets: July 4th weekend

Here are a few shots from my long weekend! I hope you all had a good one too :)
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The Lush SA’s at Bellevue Square are wonderful. You’ll leave with some great products (reviews soon!), a helpful booklet of all their products, and some very generous samples. The Art of Shaving is also great for men’s skincare that’s all natural.
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There was lots of iced coffee, fireworks from a rooftop looking over South Lake Union, a festive manicure and decorations, and yummy food like these breakfast sandwiches on biscuits from Morsel.

And lastly some outfits from the weekend. I’ve been loving hats lately!

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Hat: Forever 21 | Chambray: H&M | Necklace: Gifted | Tote: Longchamp | Dress: CottonOn | Sandals: Target

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Hat: Shanghai | Top: thrifted | Crossbody: vintage | Shorts: Nordstrom BP | Sandals: Old Navy

Be sure to come back in a few days for a chance to win over $100 worth of makeup and for a special shopping event I’m hosting with my friend Victoria. Remember to check out her site to start browsing for your shopping list!

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Comfort Food: Ballard edition

A reunion with friends is never complete without something savory and Instagram worthy and my after work excursion to Ballard with Steven and Stephanie didn’t disappoint! Steph and I had been talking about getting Parfait ice cream macarons for a while so we just picked a place for dinner literally as we drove around the area. (Actually, Steven drove – thanks Steven!)

We ended up deciding on Skillet Diner because it’s in the same building as Parfait! Tip: There’s even free street parking nearby. You don’t get that in downtown Seattle that’s for sure.

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Mason jars are everywhere in this restaurant – it was clearly love at first sight stepping inside. The decor does remind me of a diner, however with a modern twist. We all ordered total comfort food and managed to clean our plates pretty well. Go big or go home, right?

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The Burger – bacon jam, arugula, creamy bleu cheese w/ side 

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Fried Chicken Sammy – fennel seed crust, pickled & charred jalapeño aioli, kale, potato bread w/ side

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Macaroni and Cheese – smoked gouda, orecchiette pasta, herb cheese crisp, bruleed cheddar cheese + bacon jam! 

The mac and cheese was very cheesy and rich, a bit more sharp than the lobster mac and cheese that I had earlier this week at Taphouse Grill. The burger was great but I should warn those that are weary of strong flavors. Bleu cheese is always very strong so you need to be a fan to order this obviously. The bacon jam…is indescribable. I really enjoyed it however there was a lot in my burger and towards the end when I was getting really full from all those seasoned fries, I wished there was a bit less. Bacon jam, just as the name suggests, is going to be a strange but enticing taste.

Overall, I give Skillet Diner 4.5/5 stars. It’s a fun dining experience because of the environment, quirky menu, and large variety of offerings. Everyone will find something they enjoy here, guaranteed.

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We were stuffed but we couldn’t miss out on this tiny little shop that’s tucked away in the corner of the building. We went late in the evening and there was still a mini crowd inside. Perhaps because of the time of day we went they were sold out of some of the flavors of macarons. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to try the raspberry flavor but I may go again to try that one!

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If you’re not into macarons, try these brownie bites with ice cream inside. These are $3 a piece and the macarons are $4 a piece. How cute are they?!

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We all enjoyed our macaron ice cream sandwiches as expected! Overall rating, I give it a 4/5 stars. The price is a bit steep for the size of the sandwich but this is definitely an indulgence treat that’s worth trying at least once. I tried the honey lavender after the girl working convinced me that it wasn’t too overwhelming, after I explained I didn’t want to eat something that tasted like a straight up flower. The lavender was pleasant, not too strong like promised. It was very sweet, however, so the honey flavored ice cream which was much more mild was a good compliment. The macarons are crispier on the outside just how I like them so no complaints there! They are a bit messy, so try not to eat them while walking or riding in a car. I probably wouldn’t get just ice cream or a shake here, but if you’re in the mood for some organic, storemade goodies in a cute store – try this place out.

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Smiling faces and full bellies :) I’m so proud of Steph’s hard work and I’m excited for her as she starts a full time position just next month! (Most of the photography in this post is brought to you by Steph)

If anyone’s wondering, I’m wearing my mom’s maxi dress from years ago – you can’t see the texture of it but it’s beautiful, some new favorite sandals from Target, an Eddie Bauer knit cardigan, and a gifted infinity scarf from Charlotte Russe I believe. I’m about to travel to the East Coast so I’ll be back soon with some travel posts – stay tuned!

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