In the weeks leading up to our Seattle getaway, David and I put ourselves in a Washington state of mind by watching Frasier. Seeing the Space Needle from Frasier’s balcony and rain beating against his window whetted our palates (and wetted their umbrellas) for the adventure to come. (It also reminded me of why I had SUCH a crush on Niles when I was in high school. Smart and funny has always been my type.) So after weeks of 20-minute episodes, it was time to see the Emerald City for ourselves. We hadn’t been there since our one-year wedding anniversary back in ’07. (My wedding anniversary with David, not Niles. That love affair wasn’t meant to be. Alas.)
After an outgoing flight in the wee hours of morning and a long layover in Los Angeles, we touched down in Seattle in the early afternoon. We picked up a rental car and headed to lunch.
(Tip: Did you know that if you get your rental car away from the airport in Seattle the taxes/fees are significantly lower? We saved $200 on our rental car by taking a short cab ride and getting it off site. Your results may vary, but it’s worth checking out.)
Chaco Canyon Organic Café
I checked out the Happy Cow app, and one of the closest lunch options was the west location of Chaco Canyon Café. I’d read about Chaco Canyon on many a vegan blog, and so I had high hopes for our visit.
Since we arrived after the normal lunch hour, we had the place mostly to ourselves. We ordered at the counter and found a table in their large dining area.
I ordered the reuben (surprise, surprise). They call it the Mighty Mofo. In addition to being topped with the usual suspects – seitan and sauerkraut – it also had sprouts and crisp cucumber. Those touches gave the sandwich a freshness and crunch that is not always found in a reuben. Especially on a summer day, it really lightened up this comfort food.
David ordered the Quinoa, Yam, and Kale Bowl. The roasted yams were a highlight, but what really took the bowl to another level was the garlicky tahini sauce on top.
Before we left I picked up one of the mini bottles of hot sauce they had for sale from a local vendor. Because when you put miniature things together with hot sauce, I really have no other choice than to take it home with me.
Next, we headed to our AirBnb, which was actually about a half hour outside of Seattle in Issaquah. (More on that in a future post!)
The next day I had plans to meet up at Plum Bistro with a long-time reader and now fellow blogger, Mae. She is working on starting an animal sanctuary in Washington. She reached out to me about getting together to tell me more about her exciting vision. (You can read all about it at Cupid’s Landing.) Very thoughtfully, she also brought me gifts of homemade chickpea salad and sauerkraut! Does she know my proclivities or what?
Plum is on the fancier end of the dining spectrum. It’s an intimate dining space with large windows along one wall. It was during a very busy lunch rush, and so we grabbed a couple of stools at the bar.
Small world story: While Mae and I were sitting at the bar and deciding on our order, a couple of other bloggers came up to say hi. Jacks & Nick used to live in Iowa, but we had never met even though we blogged about a lot of the same places. Then they moved to Virginia a while back, and I figured my chances of running into them had passed. Now they just happened to be in Seattle on vacation and at Plum at the same time! What are the odds? It was so great and fortuitous to finally meet them.
About that time our meals arrived. You’re never going to believe this, but… I ordered the reuben.
The reuben is only on Plum’s weekday lunch menu. It’s topped with a tofu pastrami, pickled cabbage, and thousand island dressing. I especially liked the layering of melted vegan cheese inside. On the side, a mixed green salad with lemon vinaigrette.
Mae ordered the Chipotle Grill. It typically comes as a sandwich, but there’s the option to order any of their sandwiches as a salad instead for a couple dollars more. She said that the tempeh was perfect and reminiscent of teriyaki. She told me that the chipotle sauce was delicious as well, and the arugula and chives added a really nice flavor.
Drizzle & Shine
After lunch, Mae and I headed to nearby Drizzle and Shine, a vegan clothing and accessory store. They opened just this past spring, and they have clothes for women and men, shoes, and jewelry.
Owner Jean White was working when we were there, and she was very friendly and happy to tell us about her store. (She was also kind enough to take the photo of me with Mae above.) Drizzle and Shine is such a cute space and definitely somewhere I’d recommend visiting if you’re in the market for pretty things.
With that, I said goodbye to Mae and walked around the Capitol Hill area. In addition to shops and restaurants, there’s a small vegan ice cream shop, Sugar Plum. As you might have guessed, it’s part of the Plum chain.
I was still pretty full from lunch, but there’s always room for ice cream, right? I went with vanilla soft serve in a sugar cone. The bar for vegan ice cream is pretty high these days. It’s hard to beat Ben & Jerry’s PB & Cookies or So Delicious’ Snickerdoodle. But the soft serve was a pleasant treat while walking around the neighborhood on a sunny summer day.
After that, I met up with long-time blogging friend, Richa, at her house. Richa made us tangy mango & basil drinks. We chatted for a while about blog stuff and things to see and do in Seattle. Sadly, we forgot to take a picture!
No Bones Beach Club
Then it was time to head to No Bones Beach Club to meet up with Sarah from Fried Dandelions. Sarah and I have been blogging friends for years and years. She was even in a video series I put together back in 2013. But this was our first time meeting in person.
Sarah highly recommended No Bones Beach Club. No Bones started as a food truck and is now an adorable vegan restaurant and bar with a tiki theme. How fun is that? They just recently celebrated their 6-month anniversary of being open.
With food photos in mind, Sarah had already grabbed a seat by the window by the time I’d gotten there. (That’s some good blogging mojo.) She’d also already put in an order for nachos. (That’s just good sense.)
These nachos were massive. They were covered in a cashew cheese sauce that very much reminded me of the queso I make at home. They were also smothered with black bean and corn salsa, a charred tomato salsa, and a drizzling of cilantro crema.
Because Sarah is friends with the owner, they also brought us an appetizer on the house of smoked golden beet poke. Typical poke is made with raw fish, but this plant-based version is made with roasted local beets. It’s served cold along with avocado, toasted macadamia nuts, and sprouts. On the side, rice crisps to use as a delivery system.
For my main course, I ordered a reuben. No, I kid. I kid.
I got the jackfruit flautas. These crisp tortilla rolls were filled with spicy jackfruit, fire roasted chiles, and Chao cheese. Then they were covered in tomatillo avocado salsa and cashew cream. It had been so long since I’d had fried flautas, and they were ridiculously good.
By this point we were well past full, but we couldn’t leave without dessert. So we shared these fried bananas with coconut ice cream and whip. With a very full belly, it was time to head back to Issaquah for the night.