August 10, 2011

Seattle by day...

One great thing about traveling is that I get to take advantage of weather we don't have in Anchorage.

Example...a 60 degree morning run on the UW campus.

I also get to take advantage of culture...

I am staying at The Watertown Hotel in Seattle, a modern urban hotel in the heart of the University District. Conveniently, The Watertown provides transportation to many of the popular areas in Seattle. 

We were lucky enough to have the afternoon off, so after checking email and catching up on necessary work related tasks (which essentially took up most of my afternoon...oh well), I headed to downtown Seattle, home of Pike Place Market.

I made a few purchases at the market (dried fruit and trail mix for the plane ride home on Friday) and then decided to grab a (very) late lunch. Conveniently, it was well into Happy Hour.

One place I had yet to visit during my travels to 
Seattle was The Pike Brewing Company. I checked out their website and was happy to see that they had half-price appetizers and discounted brew for happy hour. Their menu even included vegetarian and vegan options!

Upon arriving to The Pike, I took a few snapshots of the brewery...

(This guy was a blast to watch...soon after this picture, he hopped inside the silver fermentation tank on the bottom right.)

"God made yeast, as well as dough, and he loves fermentation just as dearly as he loves vegetation." 
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

...and then sat down for The Pike Sampler, a 4 oz taste of six pre-selected Pike brews (my favorite was the Pike Kilt Lifter - Scotch Ale)...

...and The Mediterranean Hummus Plate (I love half-price deals).

Simply delicious.

After browsing around the brewery a bit more, I headed for the parking garage to meet the hotel shuttle and called it a night.

I hope you had a great Wednesday!