I love going on road trips to Seattle, Washington for so many reasons but I have to admit it is not for the shopping. I actually don’t enjoy shopping at the malls at all. Seattle feels different enough from Vancouver to feel like you’re having a mini holiday, all while only being a couple hours from home. Perfect for a weekend adventure!
We set off to explore Fremont, the Artsy University District first, which is one of my favorite places in the Seattle area. I love Bellevue as well but I feel at home and could easily live in any one of the homes in Fremont. I am starting to feel like I know my way around a little more each time I visit, which is kind of nice.
We ate while in Seattle and every meal had spicy flavor, with the exception of the ‘to go’ package from ‘CheeseCake Factory’ that was creamy and decedent. (Fudge Cake and Original Cheese Cake) We like to try new places off the beaten path, the ones the locals hang out in.
Eat Pray Love
(author Elizabeth Gilbert) I have yet to even start the book but I know I am caught up in the Eat part and think I will be there for a while so I don’t feel the need to open the cover…yet. I do Pray that I will get through the Eat part with minimal damage to my rear end though.
We started with Szechuan Chinese food at a small modest restaurant in Greenwood called Szechuan Bistro located at 212 N 85th Street. I wasn’t feeling too hot when we first entered the small bistro but the Asian lady who worked there had eyes that told me she could make me feel better if I just trusted her. I did and it worked. I ordered the Chicken Kung pao and Scott had the Szechuan Beef. Each dish had hot peppers, celery and cabbage. Very basic but full of spicy flavor.
Later that evening we walked up the street to Chutneys Bellevue located at 938 110th Ave N.E. We were greeted by the owner Bill Khannawho guaranteed us if we didn’t like his food he would not make us pay. We paid, because it was delicious. The best Indian food I have ever had. I ordered the Chicken Tikka Masala with Garlic Naan Bread and Scott decided on the Mixed Grill. Bill Khanna is Canadian and used to be involved in both Bridges Restaurant and Monk McQueens. He was a great restaurateur who will absolutely have a visit from us next time we are in Bellevue. He told me to call him and he would set us up next time we came to Bellevue. I believe him. Once again it’s about the kind souls that cross our path each day!
Sunday morning arrived much too fast and neither Scott or I felt like the buffet in the hotel, even though the entire Husky’s football team was staying there, so we set off to Fremont yet again to find what I had visualized as an organic style space with atmosphere and a great healthy breakfast. Silent Heart Nest is located at 3508 Fremont Place N and was just what I wanted! It was uplifting and harmonious. I visualized it just as it was which made me smile the entire time we were there. Silent Heart Nest was inspired by spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007). Sri Chinmoy was and still is the inspiring and guiding force behind the restaurant. His philosophy encourages a sincere inner life with an active outer life. By meditating on the spiritual heart, he teaches, the seeker can discover his own inner treasures of peace, joy, light and love. We sat at the bar so we were right in the middle of everything going on which made it feel more comfortable to talk to the guy sitting next to you. The staff looked like they loved working there and their ages ranged from 17 to 60. Again, the spiritual people draw us in! Silent Heart Nest will be my first stop when I visit Fremont again.
We ended our mini holiday by driving in the rain along Mercer Way which was much like being on Lower Marine Drive in West Vancouver, or a mini Chuckanut Drive. It was peaceful with lots of naturally beautiful, lusciously green landscaped properties nestled in on each side of the drive. The real estate in Seattle is incredible with so much of it being waterfront. The highways and roads make it easy to explore the many different pockets of culture sprinkled throughout the city. Thank you, Seattle, for making us feel at home! See you soon!