Seattle 2018

I’m sorry that this is a late post. It’s been almost a month since the trip but I’ve been too busy to post. So, here it goes!

I wanted to start off by saying that mi novio and I chose the perfect weekend to go to Seattle. Why? Well, the weather was perfect! We went during Memorial Day weekend. It didn’t rain at all and the weather wasn’t cold. It was nice and sunny! I couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather during a vacation, especially in Seattle.

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We flew into Seattle early Saturday morning. We landed in Seattle around 10 AM and then took the link to downtown Seattle. The link is what they call the light-rail. It’s so much nicer than the light-rail in the city I live in.

The first thing we did was check into our hotel. They were so nice to let us check in early! We went out to eat after because we were STARVING. I decided on Din Tai Fung, since I tried their southern California location and the chain is based on Seattle. They are known for their xiao long bao, which I ordered, of course. We also ordered the shrimp fried rice with shrimp and soup. The food was so so. I expected it to be better since the chain is based off of Seattle. Oh well!

After that, we hopped on the link and took it to the University of Washington Arboretum. Man, did I wear the wrong clothes for this part of the trip. The weather was pretty nice but I wore a light long sleeve dress and short boots w/ leggings. I was so hot! The Arboretum was really nice though and I got a good walk in. I really wish I wore tennis shoes along with jeans and a t shirt. I would have been more comfortable walking.

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After that, we ubered to the Columbia Center to go on the Sky View Observatory.  I heard that the view from there was supposed to be nice. The building was really tall and it did give a really nice view of the city. However, I do not recommend coming if you decide to go to the Space Needle instead. The Sky View Observatory was inside but they had windows  you look out from to see the city. It was an okay view but I would not recommend it.

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We headed to our hotel after to rest for a bit and then headed out for dinner. We went to this rooftop restaurant called Terra Plata. They source their food locally, which is nice. We ordered fries, a burger, and spaghetti. The food was alright, not the greatest. Monday night is paella night, so I would go there again to try that out.

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The next day was so much more fun. We ate breakfast at a local bakery called Sugar Bakery & Cafe. I ate their veggie breakfast sandwich with coffee with the novio ordered a chocolate croissant. After that, we started our day. We purchased their CityPass (I highly suggest buying it) and we went to visit a lot of places. We started off with going on the Space Needle, which was pretty cool. We totally lucked out on the weather, since there was not a cloud in the sky! We went when they were still remodeling but 70% of the Space Needle was still open. They made it all glass so that you can see the entire view of Seattle and take selfies easier. No bars or anything obstructing the view.

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After that, we headed to the Pacific Science Center, which was pretty awesome. Mi novio and I could have stayed their for hours. It may seem like it’s for little kids, with all the mini activities they had in there. But, it was so much fun learning about all science. They had a butterfly garden. They had things about dinosaurs, planets, insects, the human body, etc. We spent a good 3-4 hours there before we got hungry and went to eat a late lunch. We went to eat at a close-by sports bar/restaurant and their food was pretty good. We ordered a veggie pizza, nachos, and a bowl of clam chowder. Delicious!

We decided to go to the Museum of Pop Culture after eating. To be honest, I did not really enjoy this museum. They did have cool figures and things related to Pop Culture (back in the 80s/90s) but it wasn’t for my generation. They referenced Star Treck, Nrivana, some old style video games, etc. The only section that interested me the most was their sound lab, where you could play the guitar, drums, and other instruments and sing. They had individual rooms that were like recording studios and each room had either an instrument or you can sing. They teach you how to play simple chords to old songs.

We were pretty tired after and decided to go to the food court area to sit and rest for a bit. We even bought a mocha to get some energy. If you guys haven’t noticed, it’s hard to drink water while you’re on vacation. I definitely did not drink enough water. We went to the Space Needle after that to see the sunset view of it (you get two visits with the CityPass). It was worth it since it was nice having the sunset in the background.

The next day, I worked out in the morning. Then, we got ready and started off with going to the first Starbucks! Of course, there was a long line. Once it was my turn to order, I just got plain coffee since I did not want to wait in the other line for a fancy coffee drink. It was a nice little store and the employees are used to it.

After, we started heading to the Water Front and stopped by one of the shops to buy a muffin to share while walking to the water front. We wanted to catch the first cruise of the Harbor Cruise, as it’s usually less crowded. It was a nice, one hour cruise around the bay. We ordered popcorn and I got a glass of wine, because why not? It was a nice ride and we learned more about Seattle. We got a great view of the bay.  There was no rain and it was only partly cloudy. What more could I ask for?

It was lunch time by the time we got off the cruise. We went to eat at Ivar’s Acres of Clams for lunch. It was on the Water Front. We lucked out that it wasn’t that busy when we got there and got a window seat! We ordered a bowl of clam chowder, I ordered the Wild Coho Salmon and Crab Cake Combo, and the novio ordered fish n chips. The food was delicious. The clam chowder was one of the best I’ve ever eaten thus far.

We went to the Seattle Aquarium after. Mi novio wanted to see sharks, but there weren’t any. However, they had lots of other sea creatures that were cool to look at it. It was small compared to the Monterey Bay Aquarium here in California. However, it was a nice little aquarium and we didn’t spend as much time there as I thought we would.

After, we bought a brownie and coffee in their cafe for a snack. We walked around the aquarium again to see if we had missed anything. After that, we left and walked around the Water Front. We decided to go on the Wings Over Washington. It a “flying theater”, very similar to California Adventure’s Soarin Over the World. We enjoyed it but it costed a lot. We thought about going on the Great Wheel after but decided not to. We walked around the Water Front more, went to a small souvenir shop, and then we got hungry for dinner. We decided to eat at Red Robin, since it was already on the Water Front. We also wanted a little cheaper option for food. It was yummy.

After, we wanted to go finally explore Pike’s Market but we realized it already closed by the time we finished eating dinner. We decided to uber to the Chihuly Garden and Glass, since we didn’t choose that place for our CityPass. Meaning, we paid for the admission fee since we used the CityPass on other attractions. I am glad we decided to go to the glass museum instead of heading back to the hotel.

The Chiihuly Garden and Glass was probably one of my other favorite places we visited. I’m so happy we decided to go there. Dale Chihuly is a glass artist and all of his glass art displayed there was amazing and beautiful. We spent a good time there before heading back to the hotel.

The next day, we did nothing but relax. We slept in and I worked out at the hotel fitness center. We got ready after my workout and we went to eat brunch at a burger place in front of our hotel. We didn’t feel like doing anything since we’d have to carry our luggage around if we went to another attraction. We took the link back to the airport after and chilled at the airport. Then, we ate at Anthony’s, which is another seafood restaurant that’s popular in Seattle. It was at the airport though but the food was still yummy. We ordered a clam chowder, salmon burger, and fish n chips. Guess who ate the fish n chips (the novio).

After finishing our meal, it was basically time to go on our flight. We had about half an hour to rest before boarding, allowing our food to digest some before the flight.

It was a nice vacation and I’m happy we went. I can’t wait for our vacation next year. Any suggestions?

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2017 – Fitness Friday 11 + SoCal Trip (Universal Studios!!)

Sooo, it’s Thursday. I haven’t posted here in over a week. I have been so busy! I hope things have been going well for you guys. So, my family went to SoCal this past weekend. We drove there late Friday afternoon and got there around midnight! We left Sunday, late afternoon. So, it was literally just for the weekend. Oh, the 6-7 hour drive there and 6-7 hour drive back.

Anyway, I ended up not working out Friday-Sunday. I did walk a lot though!

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Saturday was Universal Studios. 

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Universal Studios was really fun. Plus, I have the season pass. My season pass is the Harry Potter World picture, which I am happy about. My siblings were given a Minion one and the Studio Tour one. We were able to get a fast pass for the Studio Tour because we were season pass holders and took a survey. We skipped the hour long wait!

The main reason why I wanted to go there was because of Harry Potter World. It opened up last year but I was finally able to go check it out. The rides were pretty cool, I tried butter beer (which was way to sweet for me), and I bought an EXPENSIVE interactive Hermione wand. I was able to perform “magic” with the interactive wand and it was pretty cool.

Food in the park is so expensive so we went out of the park to eat lunch. My siblings and I ate at Blaze Pizza, a make your own pizza place. It’s like Chipotle, but with pizza. We also got Starbucks.

The other sweets pictured are from 85 C Bakery Cafe at Irvine that we bought Sunday afternoon. Their matcha red bean sponge roll was delicious! Their mocha bun (the stripped one) was okay. I was hoping it would have tasted better.

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Sunday: The Getty Center & The Griffith Observatory

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There isn’t really much to say about the Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. For the Getty Center, we had to take a tram up a hill to get to there. It was pretty scary because it’s so high up. However, their garden was really pretty. We didn’t have much time to explore both places because we didn’t want to get back home too late. I really wanted to look at the sculptures they had. Next time!

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The Griffith Observatory is also on top of a hill but we had to drive up the hill. It was so scary! There wasn’t too much to the observatory. It’s just like a museum where you learn more about the solar system and universe. We also weren’t able to look through the telescope because we went during the day. We did get to look at how the telescope looks. We had to leave by late afternoon for our long drive back home and telescope viewing hours were at night.

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After visiting the Getty Center and the Griffith Observatory, we went back to Monterey Park and ate at a popular Chinese restaurant. We ate at MaMa Lu’s Dumpling House. They have two locations and both were really busy. One of them had at least an hour wait! The food was delicious, however. You can see the food we ate pictured above. I highly recommend checking it out if you’re in the area.

Well, that is it for now. I didn’t want to make this post too long and wordy.

How were your workouts last week? 

Have you been to Universal Studios? 

Who’s your favorite Harry Potter character? 

Do you workout while on vacation? 

San Francisco (SF) Trip

The first thing I have to say about San Francisco was that it was UNUSUALLY WARM that day. Mi novio and I went yesterday and it was so much fun! It was nice weather, though we would have preferred it a little cooler. At least it wasn’t overcast and cold. It was sunny and warm, just how California should be.

The first thing is that he lives in Yolo County, while I live in Sacramento County. The drive wasn’t as long when we started driving from his place. Surprisingly, there was not much traffic on the freeway. We thought there would be more traffic because it is Labor Day weekend.

The first thing we did when we got to SF was go to Twin Peaks. Twin Peaks is the highest part of San Francisco and you can see the entire city It was beautiful. P1060370P1060373

 

We climbed up one of the two peaks, which is where we took the picture. Who knew that little climb can be a little tiring.

After going to Twin Peaks, we decided to go to the famous Haight-Ashbury. I have to say, the culture there is quite different. You would not want to bring your kids there.

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Green bud, hash, they are code words. I saw some pretty interesting things there. I wouldn’t want to live there but it was an experience seeing how other people live. It’s funny because Whole Foods is at the end of the street. Then, the Golden Gate Park is right across the street.

We went to the Golden Gate Park after, since it was just right there. It was a nice, long walk. The scenery was nice as well. It was a little warm but we enjoyed it. I think we walked around 4-5 miles altogether around the park.

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Oh, did I mention that there was a coyote warning?

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We had a good workout walking around and we were STARVING after. Sure, we had eaten a sandwich from Whole Foods before going to SF but it had been  5  hours since we ate. Add the fact that we walked, we built up an appetite!

We went to Burger Urge for a late lunch. He ordered a cheeseburger while I ordered the veggie burger and a side of sweet potato fries. We enjoyed our meal. It was delicious.

That was our day in San Francisco. We had a great time, experienced new things, got a workout in, and the weather was almost perfect. There were so many runners/joggers at the park.

Have you been to San Francisco? – I have a million times but it was nice to hang out with mi novio.

What places do you guys like going to in SF?