For my husband’s birthday, I was thinking Elton John tickets. He suggested an excursion to watch a Mariners game. I was sure that I was in for the equivalent of watching paint dry.
As the weekend progressed, I realized that baseball is the secondary sport for most ballgame viewers. The primary sport is eating and drinking. T-Mobile Park’s ‘All Levels Food Roster’ lists over one-hundred and fourteen food and drink outlets. Being the ‘plus one’ at a Mariners’ game definitely has its advantages!
In full disclosure, our eating expedition began well before we arrived in Seattle. It actually started shortly after we left home. With a two-hour drive to the Victoria Clipper, we needed coffees to fuel our journey. Hello, Ladysmith’s Old Town Bakery. I swear that our car stops there automatically.
Although the Clipper offers fewer food choices than the larger BC ferries, it is licensed. With a two-hour and forty-minute journey, no Wi-Fi, and friendly in-seat service, it can be hard to resist having at least one small drink. Besides, nothing quite spells celebration like “c-h-a-m-p-a-g-n-e.” At the end of the ride, turkey provolone sandwiches were available at half-price. As tempting as that was, we passed (so that we did not miss a better dining opportunity at our destination).
Later that evening, we discovered The Cafe Paloma located near our hotel. As my husband and I both love Mediterranean food, we didn’t have to think twice. The menu was simple, delicious and affordable. We even indulged in taking a piece of baklava back to our room. That was a wonderful call!
We were so full that we were sure we wouldn’t want breakfast the next day. Not so! A continental buffet (including waffles, hard-boiled eggs and ready-made breakfast sandwiches) was both convenient and complimentary. We loved everything about The Best Western Plus in Pioneer Square, including this buffet. Their breakfast room (minus the waffles and eggs) is open free-of-charge all day long. If in Seattle again, we will definitely be back.
After breakfast, a leisurely wander through Pioneer Square took us past historic brick buildings, brightly coloured street art and galleries galore. It also led us to very inviting cafes and eateries. Since Seattle is known for its coffee, we felt compelled to stop for a small cup. The centrally located Caffe Umbria was a perfect choice. They also provided an exquisite piece of dark chocolate with our drinks.
We then made our way to the stadium. No longer offering mere peanuts and Cracker Jacks, it was a food-lovers Disney Land. Honey-glazed back ribs, clam chowder in a sourdough bowl, steamed crab legs…The gastronomical array was intoxicating. For those with allergies (or incredible restraint), there were multiple vegan and gluten-free options. Label us unimaginative, we indulged in hotdogs, beer and peanuts. As temptation was always in our visual screen, the damage to our diets could have been much worse.
After the game, we took refuge from the cold and damp weather at nearby Jimmy’s on First. Piping hot Spanish Coffees warmed better than any wood-burning fireplace ever could. As a bonus, Richard caught live coverage of the Seahawks game. I practiced my food photography skills.
You’ll be pleased to know that we took a small siesta back at our hotel before heading out again. We couldn’t possibly be hungry, right? Wrong! After a dazzling ride on the Great Wheel, we did what one does in Seattle. We headed for seafood. The Crab Pot did not disappoint. Although they focus on selling all-inclusive, messy steamed crab dinners to large groups, their shrimp tacos are very worthy of mention. To make ourselves feel better, we substituted the fries with salad. Incredible restraint, I know.
After this, we were seriously done eating….at least for the next eight hours! The following day, we grabbed coffees and prepackaged breakfast sandwiches before rushing to our early morning ferry. Although I was sure that we wouldn’t want to eat on the ride, who could resist one final indulgence?
Perspective is an incredible thing. If my husband had written this post, he would have taken an entirely different angle. To honour all those who share his point of view, here is what was most important to him.