Among the many, many reasons that I appreciate my employer is that it sends me to places that I would not have otherwise visited. And while the Pacific Northwest has always been described to me as a lovely place to visit, it just wasn’t on my list as a priority vacation spot.
We stayed at the Sheraton Hotel on Pike Street. I will have a rant on a certain pilot program later, but in general it was a nice place with a good restaurant and a great location. Here was the view from my window, for those of you that like these things:
Since I was there working, the opportunities to enjoy the city were primarily at dinner time. I was with one group that went to the revolving restaurant in the Space Needle. (Note to Joy: I only ate there. I didn’t see anything.)
I skipped the appetizer, because I already figured that I might want dessert. There was a special on the menu – I forget what it was called but it involved butternut squash risotto and shrimp. We were dining late, and when the waiter said they were out of it I let out a rather loud “Aww, man!”. Then he said he had two left in the back and asked if I wanted him to put one aside. Ummmm…..yes. Yes, I do. And so I learned that tantrums sometimes work.
A couple of nights later, I went with a group to the aforementioned Waterfront Grill. Again, skipped the appetizer because I had already seen the flaming Baked Alaska. I ordered the crab-stuffed shrimp, which was lovely.
Finally, on Wednesday, I went to Pike Place Market, known in my office as “that place where they throw the fish”. Again, it was all about the food. There was a lady handing out samples of baked apple chips. Apple chips do not impress me, but I took one and walked on. It was fabulous, and I went back to buy a bag.
I found a local history book that doesn’t look boring and also picked up a Seahawks jersey for the nephew’s birthday. Then I came home. Oh, and here are the random pics of the bay: