Smiling in Seattle

Well, it finally happened. I went to SEATTLE!!! Steven surprised me with the trip when he found out our New Orleans Saints were going to play my other favorite team, the Seattle Seahawks IN Seattle.

Initially, without a doubt, I was heading to Seattle to cheer on the Seahawks. Iโ€™ve been a fan of theirs for years now and proudly wear their apparel in Louisiana. The Seahawks played the Saints in New Orleans three years ago, and I was forbidden to wear Seahawks jersey on the field. Sooooo, feeling sassy and rebellious, I wore my Saints jersey over my Seahawks jersey and did a little change on the field ๐Ÿ˜

However, this time around, it wasnโ€™t only Stevenโ€™s reaction, but also my Moms and my favorite Dominican Nuns disapproval of my intentions of cheering on the Seahawks that got me. Saints it is!!!

From the moment we arrived at our hotel, we were warmly greeted by Seattle. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming here.

Our first day was initially planned to drive out to Crystal Mountain Resort, ride the gondola up to the Summit, eat lunch then enjoy the hike down. As we were about to exit the hotel, I pulled up the website to give Steven some information and scrolling across the top of the website – WE ARE CLOSED FOR THE SEASON… What??? What is it with our poor planning and bad luck with gondolaโ€™s ๐Ÿคจ. BUT at least we found out BEFORE we headed out. The concierge suggested we drive up to Mount Rainier National Park and hike from Reflections Lake to Narada Falls. With our plan now set, all we needed to do was fuel up.

Upon suggestion, we stopped by Cherry Street Coffee House for cappucinos and bagels. Bagels were so fresh and cappuccino was perfect!

We arrived at Reflections Lake to begin our hike and it was beautiful. The hike to Narada Falls felt like we were going through a rain forest. We enjoyed taking in the nature and occasionally stopping for a yoga pose ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ

After a full day of scenic driving and hiking, our first day ended with a delicious dinner at Assagio. Excellent service, great vibes and we had the most romantic table in the restaurant ๐Ÿฅฐ

Saturday morning didn’t get off to the best start. We headed to Pike Place Market for breakfast, went straight to a recommended restaurant for breakfast and sat at the bar while enjoying a cup of coffee. When our table was ready, we were seated at the window with a wonderful view of the Port of Seattle. Coffee was refilled and we ordered. And we waited. And waited. More coffee refills. And waited. ONE HOUR for a simple breakfast that was eaten only because we were starving. It was terrible ๐Ÿ˜– But hey, we were in SEATTLE ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿปand we had a beautiful view. Who am I to complain!!!

We enjoyed strolling down the Pike Place Market, running into Who Dat’s everywhere, seeing the beautiful flowers, fresh produce, and yes the guy throwing fish at the fish market. You’ll never guess where our next stop was???

Yes, you guessed correct!!! THE Original Starbucks. Our coffee was served with a smile and it was PURE PERFECTION!!! Drunk on caffeine, we rode the Seattle Great Wheel. The views were spectacular.

Steven enjoyed a shopping spree at Nordstrom, then we headed to the Space Needle. We assumed that you simply buy a ticket and go in. WRONG… Tickets were available, but the next available tour was in 2 hours. Um, no… So, we took our Chevy Chase tourist picture then walked to the must see Chihuly Garden & Glass. They had closed 20 minutes before for a private event. We are DONE!!!

Our day ended with dinner at the Palisade Restaurant. This place was BEAUTIFUL. We were seated at another perfect table overlooking the marina. It was GORGEOUS โค๏ธ Excellent service and delicious food. It was the perfect ending to our day.

Itโ€™s GAME DAY!!!

Being a good Catholic, our first stop was Church. Our Uber driver arrived at the hotel to pick us up all decked out in his Seahawks gear, and we were all decked out in our Saints gear. He rolled down the window, looked at us and just shook his head. We had a fun time with him. Being so distracted with the game, he thought he was bringing us to the stadium and was driving us there. Steven realized he was going in the wrong direction and asked him to bring us to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church – in the other direction. We arrived at 9:01, and when we walked in the priest told us not to worry, they weren’t going to start without us. He proceeds to make small talk with us asking where we were from and welcomed us. Once Mass began, he introduced all of the visitors. He was SUPER friendly, and so were all the parishioners.

I researched breakfast places and when I came across Biscuit Bitch, I just couldn’t shake it. We HAD to go. This place was packed with half Seahawks, half Saints fans. FUN FUN place. GREAT vibe. YUMMY biscuit. PERFECT coffee. Being the silly guy that Steven is, he gave them the name “Who Dat” for our order so they would have to yell it out. We had FUN while waiting for our order, talking to the other customers in line. SUPER FRIENDLY!!!

WE ARE HERE!!!

SAINTS WIN!!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’›โšœ๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰

The rain didn’t stop anyone!!! It sure was a FUN game โค๏ธ

But of course, we had more eating to do โ˜บ๏ธ

Steven & I walked to the Purple Cafe & Wine Bar. Yes, ANOTHER table with an EXCELLENT view. GREAT people watching. Especially watching The Who Dat’s pass by and greeting one another through the window ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป. Steven had the Gorgonzola & Fresh Fig pizza and I had Basil Pesto. I would definitely return to this restaurant. Excellent service, FRESH food. YUMMY ๐Ÿ˜‹

Since the day is never complete without another coffee, we headed over to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery. Another perfect ending to a beautiful day. It was an excellent way to wrap up our trip.

These Saints fans are leaving with big smiles, not only from our victory, but from the love you gave us. THANK YOU SEATTLE!!! We appreciate your hospitality โค๏ธ

Imagine with all your mind ~ Believe with all your heart ~ Achieve with all your might

Life With Lisa ๐Ÿ’•

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