June 11, 2012

A Lil Weekend Trip

This past weekend, I found myself in Seattle but not for the BlogHer Food Convention that was taking place at the exact same time there (I'm totally not fancy enough to attend one of those). I did kinda wanna see/stalk Joy of Joy the Baker

Anyhoo while the trip was meant for business, I did have some time for play, and by play I mean exploring/eating around town. Some highlights from the weekend...
the famous Pike Place Market
the original starbucks!
Sunny Day + Space Needle
gum wall
The above picture needs some explanation. This is just a small portion of a large wall in an alley in Pike Place Market. The Market Theater Gum Wall is a local landmark and probably one of the most colorful, interesting and disgusting things I have ever seen in my life. A unique bonus, it does have a nice sugary, sweet bubble gum scent if you get close to the wall. 
I added to the art!
Tasty Seafood Chowder: Smoked Salmon (tasted like a smoked salmon bagel with the works---in the best way!)
Now, no trip is complete for me without trying some local cupcakes. Lucky for me, there were two cupcake spots in Downtown Seattle. First I stopped by Trophy Cupcakes and Party, which has a downtown location inside the Pacific Place Mall. 

located at: 600 Pine St, 3rd Floor inside Pacific Place Mall,  Downtown Seattle
Each cupcake is $3.50 and I decided on a Coconut Cupcake after I almost ordered their flavor of the month: Pina Colada. Then I had a flashback of my first and only cocktail inspired cupcake (Margarita) and decided against choosing it. The cupcake was a pretty good one but nothing special. It wasn't too dry, it wasn't too sweet and it wasn't too wonderful. It was just fine. 
My second day in Seattle, I rushed over to The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Co. Cupcakes range from $3-$3.50 and they have a large selection from classic flavors like Red Velvet to the unusual like Beer & Pretzels. I actually went there my first day but they only had two unexciting flavors left at the end of the day. I had my heart set on getting their Pancakes n' Bacon flavor after hearing about it on my phone's Foodspotting app. I was happy to see they had plenty of Pancakes n' Bacon cupcakes for me on my second visit to the bakery. 
located at: 2209 4th Ave, Belltown, Seattle
Pancakes and Bacon. I wasn't sure what to expect. I've been dying to try a bacon flavored cupcake, just out of pure curiosity. My friendly server raved about the cupcake and I couldn't wait to take a bite. My original plan was to have a quick taste and then meet friends for lunch. Well, one bite turned into devouring the entire cupcake. I don't know what else to say except that it was hands down the best cupcake I've ever had. 
Perfectly moist and perfectly amazing. Somehow all the flavors worked and they weren't overwhelming either. I could taste the maple syrup in the frosting, pancakes in the cake and of course the bacon from the topping. Separately, each tasted pretty subtle but combined together in the perfect bite, it created one unique and special flavor. My only complaint: too much frosting. I had trouble getting a good bite without getting frosting up my nose. 

Bye Bye, Seattle. Wish I had more time with you and also thanks for a quick break from 90+ degree weather in Houston. (I had a nice reunion with my scarf, trench, sneakers and cardigans). 


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