Our first full day in the Pacific Northwest was jam packed full of some of my favorite things!
We started off the morning at Pike Place Market with two of Marcus' siblings family, Stephen & Leone (our hosts) and Elizabeth & Dave (who were there house hunting and have since moved up there!).
We had planned on meeting everyone at a little french bakery for breakfast, but as soon as I laid eyes on Beecher's Cheese being made, there was no stopping me--Flagship Mac & Cheese was what baby and I had for First Breakfast and I wanted it again for Second Lunch--it was kind of mind-blowing.
Also their Flagship Cheddar! OH MY! I've been kicking myself for not buying some to take home ever since we left. Obviously, when everyone got there and we ended up at the French bakery, we needed to try that as well and Marcus and I split a delicious little raspberry croissant. We only split it because we knew we were headed straight for the mini donuts after...You guys, I'm pregnant and Marcus' and my hobby has always been eating, so judge not! When in Seattle...
After a half dozen mini donuts (FYI the cinnamon one's are the best, don't even try the others), we watched them throw fish for a few minutes and then made our way down the heavenly pathway of giant-flowers-for-insanely-how-prices and I cried happy tears because it was all so beautiful and cheap and then sad tears because I didn't live in Pike Place and couldn't see this sight everyday of my life.
Further up the row, we were handed taste testers of perfectly sweet fruit from every direction, so Fourth Breakfast was the healthiest of the Breakfasts, it was two GIANT nectarines that juiced down our chin and arm as we ate it--as truly good nectarines always should.
After that, it was finalized in my mind, Pike Place Market was truly one of the Seven Wonders of the World in my book and I was in love with the place. Amen.
gum wall alley
This shirt my mom made for me makes me look SERIOUSLY pregnant, but I love it and got complimented by an old German woman and an old, hatted man who "loves ladies in hats" and apparently got the hat he was wearing from Frank Sinatra himself, so basically it was the cherry on top to my day.
boater hat//free people (similar here)
arrow necklace//stella & dot (buy here)
buffalo check top//homemade (similar here)
faux leather jacket// (similar here)
sandals//old (similar here)
jeans//ae (buy here)
boots//last chance (similar here)
After Pikes, I was stuffed, but Stephen drove us over to Paseo for a Cuban Sandwich, it was just too much meat for me, so I got some sides and had a few bites of Marcus'. Flavor was quite good if you're a meat lover. The line was kind of insane though...just a heads up.
After lunch we headed over to the college to rent canoes and explore the beautiful Lilly pads! I've never seen so many and the flowers on them were so incredibly white, they almost glowed. It was breathtaking and a lot of fun, although Marcus said I sucked at paddling because I kept getting distracted by the scenery--so sue me!
Last, but not least, we stopped by Kerry Park for a killer view of the Space Needle and to gawk at the beautiful homes in the Queen Anne's neighborhood. THOSE HOMES *heart eyes*
Day One was going to be tough to beat, but Stephen had another adventure for us up his sleeve for Day Two...