Dine Around Seattle Your Heart Out

DAS Bus

Restaurants: Ponti, Cicchetti, Cutters, Chan, Steelhead, and Local 360

Locations: All Over Seattle!

After-Tastes: October 29th, 2014 can officially be called: “Mo’s Perfect Day.” First of all, the day started out with a meeting at work ‘catered’ by McDonald’s. People either love or hate McDonald’s – I happen to be obsessed. I’m not ashamed. Then Halloween donuts were delivered. And THEN I was asked the best question on the planet: “Mo, would you like to be a part of the media tour on the Hale’s Ales Bus for Dine Around Seattle where you try several restaurant meals for free?” IS THIS REAL LIFE??? DUH!! Get me on that bus right now! I asked my friends Bri and Kris to join me and they were stoked to be a part of it. Who wouldn’t be?!

First of all – this was our whip for the evening:

DAS Bus2

It was a kick-ass double-decker bus with a bar on it. Ummmmm, this is going to be a good night. Dine Around Seattle is a program that occurs a couple times a year that local restaurants can participate in where they offer 3 courses for around $30. The world is being overcome by franchises (hey, I love me some franchise restaurants every now and then…), but this is a great opportunity to get a wonderful meal at a discounted price – all while supporting our local restaurants!

The Dine Around Seattle tour began at Ponti:
Must try: Pear Martini

DAS Ponti

 

Beer Break!!!

DAS En Route
Next stop was Cicchetti:
Must try: Go upstairs and watch the sunset from the window table – perfect view!

DAS Chicchetti

 

After eating a delicious salad, we headed to Cutters Crabhouse:
Must try: Stuffed Prawns

DAS Cutters

 

From Cutter’s we walked over to Chan. This was probably my favorite stop.
Must try: Spicy pork sliders (delish!!) and you HAVE to order this drink –  Ginger Makgeoli. This drink consists of korean rice wine, ginger, lime, and orange liquor. It is SO good and so refreshing. You probably can’t find it anywhere else in Seattle.

DAS Chan

 

5 lbs heavier and we walked down the street to Steelhead Diner:
Must try: OYSTERS! Steelhead had some of the best oysters I’ve ever had. Plus, the fresh halibut main course wasn’t so bad either. I was a big fan of this stop!

DAS Steelhead

 

Our last stop included another bus ride and a lot of (happy) groans due to all of the food we had consumed. We ended the night at Local 360 which I fell in love with! It’s super rustic and I definitely got a hipster vibe (so much flannel!), but the private room in the back was decorated so cute. I felt like I was in a cabin surrounded by candles and wood. The best part was the Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee they served. This coffee is good. REAL good. It’s hard to imagine liking cold coffee, but Stumptown knows how to do it. Don’t need to add any sugar or cream – just drink it straight up!

DAS Local 360

 

And there you have it, Ladies and Gentlemen. 3 hours, 6 meals at 6 different restaurants, 1 happy girl. My perfect day. Time to go lay down and hope all this food digests!

Link: Dine Around Seattle

 

 

Power Hour Your Heart Out

Happy Hour

Party: Ali Spagnola’s Power Hour Concert

Location: Nectar Lounge, Fremont

After-Party: A cool chick playing 60 awesome one-minute songs that all require us to drink at the beginning of each song? Ummmm, can you say FUN?! This girl has quite a cult following now and it’s because what she does is so unique. She has written 60 songs and they’re all cleverly about drinking – everyone begins with a few tallboys, a shot glass, and a gut ready to consume A LOT of beer. (If you live under a rock and don’t know what a Power Hour is, it’s a full hour of taking shots of beer every minute. Just YouTube “Power Hour” and you’ll find a ton of different themes…and Power Hours are way harder than you expect, by the way.) It’s amazing how…..happy…you can get after a quick hour! I was wearing my Chipotle burrito costume again, so my spirits were already high…but by about the 12th shot, I was starting to really feel it (I’m a lightweight! Gimme a break!) The show was super energetic and everyone was decked out in their Halloween costumes. It was the definition of Sunday Funday. Ali got the crowd really into it and the worm was even done by my friend Rob. Not an average power hour, that’s for sure! Ali goes on tours around the country playing her Power Hour Concerts, and I really hope she comes back to Seattle! If you can’t wait until she comes back, check out her website and you can purchase her album….or even better, a shot glass fully loaded with all of her songs. Party on!!!

Link: Power Hour

Stretch Your Heart Out

CenturyLink Yoga

Activity: Yoga Night with Sounders FC

Location: CenturyLink Field

After-Stretch: So this officially goes down as one of the coolest experiences of my life. Yoga on CenturyLink Field. Read that again: Yoga on Century-freaking-Link!! Never did I think I was going to be able to run and play around on the same field that the Sounders and especially the Seahawks play on!!! My friend, Karyn, had purchased tickets to the Sounders match that night, and they offered a free yoga class earlier in the day. I was her lucky +1 and I am SO happy I said yes. I’ve never done yoga before, so it was a bit intimidating when we were all on the field and these girls were doing crazy contraptions with their bodies. But I didn’t care if I sucked. I was on Century-freaking-Link!! Luckily, the teacher knew how amazing of an experience this was, so they allowed us to do whatever we wanted for about 20 minutes before the class. So of course we all took a ton of pictures and just admired the empty stadium. I pretended there were a bunch of 12’s in the stadium chanting my name. I mean, wouldn’t you?? I was on cloud 9 the entire time! The class began and well, it was very hard. I should have expected this. But I kept up with everyone and I surprisingly felt very good after the class! I’m not cut out for yoga – my mind gets too distracted and I wasn’t focusing very much on the “zen.”……maybe that means I should take yoga. During the 5 minutes we were supposed to lay on our back and just breathe in and out, I took out my phone and recorded the clouds and how it looked from my point of view. That’s probably hugely frowned upon during yoga, buuuuuut, did I mention we were in the middle of Century-freaking-Link?? Keep an eye out for Sounders tickets for them to offer this again. I’m not sure if they will, but it seemed to be quite a hit, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they do again next season! Oh, and having a hot yoga instructor was an added bonus. Anyway, GO SOUNDERS & GO HAWKS!!!

Link: Sounders Tickets

Play Your Heart Out

Family Fun Center

Venue: Family Fun Center

Location: Tukwila, WA

After-Party: I’m a kid at heart. And I personally believe everyone should be. If you can’t have innocent, playful fun while living, what’s the point of anything?? My friend, Kara, decided to have her birthday party at Family Fun Center – do I have the best friends or what? It gets a bit crowded, so be prepared to possibly wait in lines or run into little kids. Who am I kidding – I was running along with the kids!! When you buy your ticket, you get a “Fun Card” that allots a certain amount of credits. Each activity takes a couple points from your card, so I made sure to have a plan of attack to utilize all my points in the best way. There are arcade games everywhere, so if you don’t like waiting in lines for anything, just pop onto one of those. During Kara’s party, a bunch of us went to the batting cages – most of the guys stayed there the whole time. We did a round of Putt Putt Golf and then kicked some butt in Laser Tag. Remember Laser Tag?? Holy crap, while I was in the room with my gear on, I felt like I was 12 again. Amazing memories…it’s a little different when you’re older. But it’s easy to overlook the odd smells because, well, it smells like childhood. The XD Theater was one of my favorites because you sit in a giant chair that is interactive. You watch a film (we did the Mine Madness showing) and your chair moves along with the ride, wind is blown, scents are blown into the theater – it honestly felt like we were in a mine cart travelling through the dangerous mines. But my all-time favorite?? THE SCREAMIN’ SWING. I did that sucker about 5 times. It’s what you expect: a giant swing that goes back and forth. But it swings you around so high that you almost do a full loop! I literally did not want to stop! The sensation was similar to bungee jumping, but this time you could just keep doing it over and over, for only a couple of credits on your Fun Card! I loved it so much, I did it once all by myself. I don’t care – if it’s fun, I will do it with or without someone else! Family Fun Center isn’t just for the kids; it’s also for the adults who are kids at heart. Is that you? I hope so.

Link: Family Fun Center

Corgi Parade Your Heart Out

Corgi Parade

Event: Annual Corgi Halloween Parade

Location: Greenlake

After-Walk: Want to die of absolute adorableness?? Don’t miss the Annual Corgi Halloween Parade! I can’t tell you how many times I said, “Oh My GOD!” Imagine hundreds upon hundreds of cute, fluffy corgis walking by you all dressed in the cutest costumes you’ve ever seen. We saw Corgi Thors, mermaids, hot dogs, butterflies, princesses – anything you can imagine! All of the owners are so kind and allow you to play with the dogs and take pictures. Seriously, I almost died of happiness. They meet up at a certain time and walk the entire lake. It was so fun to walk the opposite way and see all of the Corgis decked out in costume. Then you meet up with them again half-way and you can tell the Corgis’ tiny legs are dead tired. When you see them again, they’re so tired and walking slower that you have more time to pet them! Tee hee. It was an absolute delight and I was so happy for the rest of the day. The link below is the Corgi Meetup forum that Corgi owners and lovers can post on. Keep an eye open for the next Halloween Parade next year!

Link: Corgi Halloween Parade

Munch Your Heart Out

Cactus

Restaurant: Cactus

Location: South Lake Union

After-Taste: When I was a kid, I used to be so obsessed with salads that my family called me the “Salad Queen.” That obsession hasn’t really gone away. Salads sometime get a bad rap because they’re seen as “girly” or “healthy” – but if you find the right salad, even the manliest of men can enjoy it. Well, my friends (including you manly ones), I have found one of those salads. It’s at the hip and trendy bar called Cactus. This is definitely a great place to go for business lunches, or even a night on the town (drinks are strong…). I’ve ordered many dishes at Cactus – their guac is to die for and their mimosas are killer. But the salad has been one of my favorite dishes I’ve eaten. Here’s the lowdown: Romaine lettuce, BACON, red pepper, radish, jicama, olives, pico de gallo, pepitas, cotija cheese, chipotle balsamic vinaigrette, and smoked chicken. Yeah, this salad doesn’t seem so prissy, huh? I mean, look at it! Every bite was scrumptious. Even though it looks possibly overloaded – I was excited with every bite. Each bite had different flavor combos or different textures. Ahhhh, so so good! So when you go to Cactus, order the Smoked Chicken Chop Chop Salad. You can thank me later.

Link: Cactus 

Vacation Your Heart Out

Alderbrook

Resort: Alderbrook Resort & Spa

Location: Union, WA

After-Stay: I didn’t come to Alderbrook for a vacation, unfortunately, but it still felt like one given the serenity and comfort this resort provides. Our department took a two-day retreat here and I always love visiting this place. Check out the website below for better pictures because it really is the definition of R&R in a beautiful setting. The staff treats us like gold, they’re super easy to work with (I managed all the catering, my favorite thing!), and the rooms are little sanctuaries! The bar next to the water is a great place to unwind after seminars, and I couldn’t resist walking to the edge of the dock for a few minutes of peace. There’s an awesome fire pit that we all hovered around and met other business people. Did a barefoot race happen between me and a co-worker? Maaaaaaybe. (*cough* I won *cough*) The meals they served were all “Mo-Approved.” My favorite part of the retreat were the little glasses of goodness pictured above. They’re called Creamsicle Shooters. I mean, look at it. It’s a beautiful creamsicle in a glass. DELISH. Did I have three? Maaaaaybe. I’ve been to Alderbrook three times now, and I love it every time. It’s not too far of a drive, and it’s a great getaway. Cell service isn’t the best, but honestly, I like disconnecting for a bit! If you go, look for the ‘resort cat’ that has one green eye and one blue eye – beautiful!!

Link: Alderbrook Resort & Spa