Well we have finally made it to the last day of our trip to the Pacific Northwest. (If you have been following along on this adventure I thank you bunches! 🙂 ) One of our son’s favorite “experiences” is the Sunday brunch at a Seattle restaurant named Sitka and Spruce. Because he wanted us to enjoy it as well, we drove back from the Columbia River Gorge on that Saturday night. The next morning we drove over to Melrose Market where the restaurant is located.
Melrose Market is a charming upscale place inside old automobile buildings that were constructed in the 1920’s. There are only about 8 or 9 occupants in it and an event area that can be rented for weddings. As you enter you see Rain Shadow Meats on the left with its varied selection of provisions.
Across from it is sandwich shop, Homegrown.
(I hope we can try out one of their sandwiches on our next trip to Seattle.)
A few steps from Homegrown is The Calf and Kid, a small cheese shop, and above it – located in a tiny loft – is Butter Home, a gift and home accessories store.
Small but cute!
(This is half of the shop.)
Walking a little further into the market you see a bar and a flower shop.
Marigold and Mint sells cookbooks and flowers that have been harvested from its farm located 30 miles outside of Seattle.
The bar for Sitka and Spruce is right beside the flower shop.
Its gift shop area is right across from the bar.
Inside Melrose Market you will find two other bars, a “shellfish deli,” and a shop that carries a selection of men’s and women’s clothing plus some furniture, but what we wanted on that Sunday morning was the brunch at Sitka and Spruce.
I was thrilled when they seated us at the counter right beside the kitchen. 🙂 We were able to watch all of the dishes being prepared right beside us. Such fun!
This is not a restaurant where you and your friends/family each order your own plate of food. Instead, you all decide on a dish (or 5, in our case!) that you want to try together. They prepare it, bring you a few plates, and then you all share in that dish. So it is a tasting menu.
We decided to start with the house-made croissant served with its lick-your-bowl-clean dark chocolate sauce. (Who needs butter when you have chocolate like that?!)
Next we ordered the herb frittata with a mesclum salad on top. My son and I both loved it, but my husband was not as big a fan.
That was followed by the duck leg confit with pickled seeds, and it was quite delicious. (My husband’s favorite in fact.)
Our son had tried their pain perdu on previous meals at Sitka and Spruce, and he did not have to twist my arm to order it. (Who would turn down French toast?!) This was my favorite of the brunch. Of course. 🙂
And we managed to go for one last plate – the rhubarb tart with meringue.
When we finished, the chef told us that we had “made a good showing with all of our plates.” Yes, 5 dishes for 3 people, probably was a “good showing!”
We left Melrose Market that morning (in the rain again) and walked a bit past acclaimed pizza restaurant, Serious Pie (another place on my list for “next time.”)
Next to it is the amazing coffee “palace” that Starbucks has built there.
It houses their roasting and tasting rooms, a coffee book library, several places to eat and of course a few coffee bars. If you love coffee, then this Starbucks Reserve is your heaven.
Ten minutes later in our walk we arrived at General Porpoise – a coffee and doughnut shop.
(Yes, I know we just finished a big meal. It will make sense in a minute.)
Both of our sons love General Porpoise, and they were adamant that we try a few of their doughnuts before leaving Seattle. When we walked in though, it wasn’t the doughnuts that caught my eye, but the…lettering on everything! I loved it!
The heck with choosing a flavor, I just wanted to check out all the chalkboards! LOL
Even the refrigerator door was cute…
as was the set up for beverages.
Okay, it was time to order doughnuts.
Too hard to choose just one so we got one of each….
for Monday’s breakfast. 🙂
(Did you really think we were going to put away 5 doughnuts after that meal?)
We walked back to Melrose Market, hopped in the car, and then drove to the very touristy Seattle Center.
This is the International Fountain, and in the distance you can see a choir that was performing there at the time.
Then it was time for these Seattle tourists to do the thing all Seattle tourists do…
The Space Needle. 🙂
After paying for our admission, we walked inside and found a gift shop…
complete with fudge. 🙂
All around the walls were boards with the history of the Space Needle’s construction for the 1962 World’s Fair. Here are just a few:
But what you go there for is the view, of course.
This is what you see after taking the elevator up to the observation deck.
Seattle from 520 feet up in the air.
And then back down the elevator and over to Chihuly Gardens and Glass.
The huge pieces of handblown glass were amazing and should be appreciated for their artistic merit, but for some reason, when I was looking at them, all I could think of was…Disney’s Little Mermaid movie. (Guess I am still a child at heart. 🙂 )
This one made me think of Ursula.
The music to Under the Sea kept going through my head as I looked at this one.
And Kiss the Girl went with this scene in my imagination.
(The boat is life size folks, so those glass balls were quite large!)
Okay, enough with my juvenile art appreciation. All of the “flowers” on the ceiling in the conservatory were glass.
The garden outside also had huge glass displays.
We left Chihuly Gardens and went to a store that was my one shopping request for the city – Ted Kennedy’s big shop – Watson Kennedy. (Thank goodness there was a North Face store right across the street for the guys!)
They only allowed one – yes, just one! – photograph inside the shop. 🙁
(But I took several of their windows outside. 🙂 )
Everything in the shop is arranged by color – which I loved!
It made for great vignettes.
And that brings us to the end of our trip in Seattle – well almost. I have just one more little Seattle photo to share next time, and it goes with an entirely different kind of post. Thank you again for reading all about our travels as we enjoyed our adventure on the other side of our beautiful country. (And thank you to our son, Will for being such a great “tour guide” for us!) I hope you will be back for that post, and I hope you have a relaxing weekend (especially in this heat!) Can you believe school started back here yesterday??? Crazy.
Until next time…