SEATTLE 2013

seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.

As many times as I've been to Seattle, I could never get tired of this city. The laid-back vibe, fresh air, nature-y backdrop. With a hint of the hipstery twist. Who's not down with that? It's like I had never left Austin! Though Seattle would have felt more like my 2nd home if some of my favorite people haven't recently moved out of this fine, quirky city! My ading is now somewhere in Arkansas. Liz moved to Houston a year ago. And Helen ... I have no idea what happened to her. But for sure, Seattle's not the same without them. Yeah, it's just not the same. Many, if not all, of my memorable Seattle (mis)adventures involved them all! Then in comes Jay to save the day. He moved to Seattle 2 months ago and thanks to him and his proximity to Seattle University, Vince and I got to be college kids all over again, running around Pine St. and E. Madison St. every morning. Def a great place to kill a whole week, where finding tourists this far removed from Pike Place Market, Belltown and Chinatown is rare. We kinda felt like locals! Young locals, at that. You know, kicking it with the college kids and stuff.

But I'll admit, even without all the good people no longer in Seattle, this trip has proven to be just as memorable as the last few. How many people can say they started off their very first hours in town jamming out at a Typhoon concert with Jay's roomies at The Crocodile and then going on a midnight tour around Brandon's malarial research lab immediately thereafter? We even ventured outside of Seattle to do a bit of hikage in Whidbey Island. (Our first choice was Mount Rainier, but weather beat us out. Next time!) And ain't nobody took advantage of the Car2Go like we did! Nor had to fight a losing battle for a Car2Go like we did. I thought you Seattleites walked and biked everywhere?? Oi. But I'd do it all over again - zipping around Seattle in a Car2Go. It's fun! Even though it's a hassle and even though parking is scarce and even though you spend more time searching for a Car2Go than actually riding in it. My Car2Go word of advice: Reserve, reserve, reserve! Maybe when I come back to Seattle in 3 years, teleportation will be alive and well. Hey! A girl can hope! Would def make my traveling life easier!

besos ... jin.

seattle eats // skillet diner.

seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.

Stack of Griddled Cakes with Lemon Zest Butter + Caramelized Grapefruit on the side for her. Pork Belly and Cornmeal Waffle for him. That's brunch filled with all kinds of nom, nom, nom! And here's an extra nom for the open-concept, zen-like diner ambiance and unassuming minimalist decor, because let's face it, we all feast with our eyes first. It's what gets our tongues primed for noming. Speaking of feasting with the eyes, I'll just let the pictures of food porn do all the talking. I mean, noming. ;-) But don't take it from me and V. You know Skillet Diner is nomlicious when an ex-Seattleite-now-Houstonian friend highly recommends it, with 4 Yelp stars backing her up.

From one foodie head to another. Seriously. That grapefruit, though. With the top coat of caramelized goodness ... NOM!

besos ... jin.

SEATTLE 2013 // Deception Pass Park

whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.

I'm gonna be honest, Whidbey Island may not be for me and V. The greenery and seaside sights are peacefully beautiful, sure. But life's slow here. A little too slow. I'm just gonna go ahead and even say mind-numbing slow. Every town we've visited on the island all had a cute lil market place and awesome water views to catch that rare whale sighting. Not too much going on besides the usual small island meanderings. But that's the problem. They're all like that. Every town. Predictably the same. So things got old and boring. Quick. But if you do so happen to find yourself in the area, go check out the highlight of our Whidbey Island road trip: Deception Pass Park. A mini hikage from the bridge down to the rocky beach below holds breathtaking surprises of vast blue water, heavy fog rolling in, and countless dead logs lining the pebble-filled beach. I don't recommend visiting the many uninteresting towns on the island, but the one-with-nature hiking bit is where it's at!

besos ... jin.