tourist-ing: pike place market

16 Jun

Or: I am the worst tourguide ever.

I told you earlier in the week that I had some friends staying with me. Of course, this meant getting in some of the Seattle essentials… particularly Pike Place Market.

We literally left their luggage with my mom, hopped on the lightrail, and headed straight downtown from the airport…

Lightrail shenanigans.

And didn’t even get lost on the INCREDIBLY long (sarcasm) way from Westlake to Pike Place!

Here’s the thing, though. I’m kind of a little country bumpkin. Okay, not really, but I live on the Eastside for those of you who know Seattle, in a teensy little suburb about 30 minutes outside of the city. And there just aren’t that many occasions for me to go to the city. So when I actually DO take friends tourist-ing, I typically end up learning as much as they do.

Hard to tell who’s more of a tourist…

Fortunately it’s hard to mess up Pike Place… except when you go the wrong direction to Starbucks.

Yes, visiting the first-ever Starbucks was essential. As a former barista I’m kind of a groupie. Don’t judge.

Me, friend, camera, phone, & Starbucks… perfect :)

Of course, the plethora of delicious foods at Pike Place more than made up for my relative lack of knowledge. I distracted them with samples so they wouldn’t realize I had no idea what to do or where to go.

First stop was “Sotto Voce”, home of ridiculously delicious balsamic vinegars and oils. Oh, and bread. I love bread.

Then, as we waited for my other friends to join us (read: waited for my friends who actually live in Seattle to help me navigate) we took pictures of the beautiful water.

This (and a few pounds/my love of carbs) is why I will never model.

After they got tired of taking obviously flattering pictures of me (ha), we moved towards the market & loitered there while sampling many other goodies.

As my friend pointed out… I WOULD take a picture of the sign that says “produce”

Not sure what in this picture is nuttier…

FINALLY my friends arrived and directed us towards lunch: CREPES.

We weren’t terribly hungry after eating far too many different flavors of hazelnuts and almonds so we all split a salmon crepe and a peaches & creme crepe. Both were absurdly delicious.

And apparently my guests still had room for the infamous mini-donuts…

Personally, I didn’t want any. Unfortunately, I had no say in the matter and had powdered donut shoved in my face.

Again, model status…

We then wandered down to the gum wall. It’s super amusing, and I realized when I was there that I’d actually never seen it in person. Seattle-ite failure? Yes, yes I am.

There were also some fun beer names…

I always liken Seattle to that one homely girl in high school who pulls out all the stops for Prom and somehow looks like a princess. 90% of the year, my little city is covered in clouds and rather homely. But when it’s sunny? There’s nowhere that’s quite as beautiful.

After a little jaunt along the waterfront we arrived at the entrance to the sculpture park and my dear, sweet friends nearly pushed me into a fountain.

Laughs & smiles were had. Probably at my expense… Oh well.

All in all, ’twas a good day… followed by a few more good days (including a visit to a chocolate factory) that will be documented later :)

Ever been to Pike Place? Tell me your stories! :)
Are you a good tourguide? Slash when can I come visit? ;) I’ll bring cookies… Promise!

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23 Responses to “tourist-ing: pike place market”

  1. keepnthefaith June 16, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    I really no nothing about los angeles, even though I’ve lived here all my life. I could however, take you to my daddys house and show you the river I love and the rocks I climb :)

  2. Jenn @ Peas and Crayons June 16, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    I so would have pushed you in =) and then dove in too! and shut up you could model!!! we have matching food face pictures now. me with my ranch dressing on my face and you and your powdered donut! hoollerrrrr!

  3. sugarcoatedsisters June 16, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    Both of those crepes sound delicious! It’s always hard for me to choose between savory or sweet when ordering breakfast foods. I love salmon, but have never had salmon crepes! And I have only had berry custard crepes, I need to try peaches & cream.

    Seems like I need to go on a crepes tasting adventure… but there’s nothing wrong with that ;)

    – Nicole

  4. ThE DiVa DiSh June 16, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

    sounds like so much fun!! That starbucks looks so crowded :)
    And those crepes made my mouth water..seriously..

  5. Natalie June 16, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

    HOLY CRAP SMALL WORLDDD!!! YOU ARE FRIENDS WITH TIFFY!?!? I WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL WITH HER!! I JUST TEXTED HER TODAY!!! I’VE KNOWN HER SINCE I WAS 12 OR 13?!?!?!? wowwww!!! looks like you guys had a LOT of fun. never though i would see a familiar face on someone else’s blog!!

    • tliou June 17, 2011 at 12:54 am #

      HAHAHAHA nat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) yes yes yes. i know my face is all over nicole’s blog ;) lollll hahahaha this is hilarious. see you next thursday!!!!!

  6. tliou June 17, 2011 at 12:55 am #

    NEEKS! (new nickname nicole). there are MANY unflattering pictures of me in this blog entry ;) it’s okay i forgive you because I love you and i want to come back to seattle/woodinville/fremont

  7. cinnamonalicious June 17, 2011 at 5:43 am #

    Looks like so much fun!! I love having freinds to visit but I’m seriously a crap tour guide too!!haha!

  8. Emily June 17, 2011 at 6:07 am #

    I’ve never been to Seattle or really anywhere out west except for LA. I like to think I’m a decent tour guide of NYC though :)!

  9. Tara June 17, 2011 at 6:34 am #

    It sounds like you had a blast! You make me want to go to Pike Place Market. It kind of reminds me of reading terminal market here in Philly. I’m like you in that I say I’m from Philadelphia, but I’m really like 15 minutes away so I’m still more of a tourist than a tour guide. I try though!

  10. Katy (The Singing Runner) June 17, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    Fun day! I’ve never been to Seattle (or the west coast) but I would love to go one time!!! :D

  11. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! June 17, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    Looks like such a fun place!!! I would love to visit there one day!

  12. greekyogurte June 17, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    I would never want to be a model. I like ice cream and bread way to freaking much (; You’re beautiful girl!

    Love the pictures. I’m an awful navigator, I could never be a tour guide! Forever a tourist, never a guide (;

  13. missymiller June 17, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Love the produce sign pic.
    Been there done that.
    Well I mean, I haven’t been THERE but you know…(0:

  14. pawsitivelife June 17, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    ive been to vancouver (canada) a lot but never seattle. You can visit me in Ottawa anytime..with and without cookies, Im an excellent guide

  15. Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) June 17, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    It looks like you had an AMAZING time!! I’ve been to Seattle quite a few times, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever been to Pike Place. I probably have, I just don’t know for sure so no fun stories :(

    I’m not the best tour guide in the world, but you can come visit anyway!! :) Especially with cookies ;)

    Model or not, who cares? You’re gorgeous girl!!

    <3 <3

  16. Jess June 17, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    I’ve never been there!! It seems like a SUPER neat place. Lovin’ the samples ;)

  17. Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 17, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    I went to Pike Place Market last year and loved it! I bought purple potatoes :)

    Honestly, I don’t really think there are a lot of things to do in my city, but I live pretty close to the beach and Disneyland, so those are pretty touristy!

  18. BrittFit June 18, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    looks like a blast!

  19. meg @ pinkgiggles June 18, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    That starbucks is super cute…so are you of course :P

  20. Brittany June 19, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Ah I love Pikes Place! I just took a friend to visit last week! I live across the water from Seattle so I love going over for a day of fun. Those mini donuts…sooo good. I try to be a good tour guide, but usually end up getting too excited about the food and produce and my friends don’t share the excitement! Haha.

  21. Katie June 19, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to go to this market! Looks like you had a blast!

  22. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli June 23, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    What are you talking about crazy girl?! You could TOTALLY be a model! Love all the shots! Looks like you guys had a blast!

    I need to practice my tour guide skills! Every time I meet with HEAB, I realize I know less and less about Nashville (my frickin backyard for Pete’s sake)!

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