Restaurant: Paseo Caribbean Restaurant
Location: Fremont (also located in Golden Gardens)
After-Taste: Happy, Happy, Happy. This is how I feel when I know I’m getting Paseo. It’s also how I feel while I’m eating it. And of course, how I feel once I’m done. Paseo is legendary in Seattle, and for good reason. It’s so legendary, it doesn’t even need a sign (just look for the pink building with the super long line). When I came here, I waited for 30 minutes to order. But knowing what you’re about to eat, makes everything right in the world. The most popular sandwich is the Caribbean Roast. Pork, aioli, pickled jalapenos, lettuce and caramelized onions – aka “Heaven Between Two Slices of Bread.” The sandwich is huge and probably the messiest thing you will ever eat. Grab extra napkins, you will use them all. And don’t forget a hair tie if you have long hair – once you pick the sandwich up, it’s pretty much taboo to put it back down. The flavors together are so amazing; every bite was followed by a, “mmmm, oh my God.” Yeah, it’s that good. All of the ingredients are so fresh and go together perfectly. I always want to take a nap after I eat the sandwich because it is so rich and filling. Wear stretchy pants, bring cash, and don’t show up on Sunday or Monday – you will cry when you realize it’s not open on those days. Yes, I’m speaking from experience. But get ready to have one of the (if not THE) best sandwiches of your life.
Location: Lynnwood, WA
After-Party: I am 26 years old, but I have zero shame in saying that I have been to a Build-A-Bear party……and loved it. My friend is a manager at the store and she decided to have her birthday party there. Not gonna lie, I was secretly super excited to go through all of the steps and get an awesome teddy bear out of it. Go ahead, judge me. It was amazing to see a bunch of my twenty-something friends singing the songs and clapping their hands. We played games, learned some cheers and did the whole process of building a bear. They have a variety of bears to choose from (they even have dragons!). Every step is something silly and fun – I thought stuffing it was the best part! We were each given a heart that we made a wish on and then placed inside the bear (not creepy, I promise) and then we got to SHOP. There are soooo many costumes to choose from. I couldn’t decide between the Husky, Seahawk, or country outfit. This may be cheesy, but I wanted to name my teddy bear after my Gramma Dolores and since she lives on a farm, I went with the country outfit. Admit it, she’s cute. We even got a birth certificate and a box in the shape of a house. They thought of everything! So there we were, walking through Alderwood Mall, with our paper bear ears atop our heads and our teddy bears in our arms. Badass, that’s what it was. Admit it, you totally want to have your next birthday party there…