While in Seattle, I had to make sure I took Chaz to some of the touristy places. The second day we hit Pike Place Market…
We wandered around the entire market, checking everything out. I found a place not far from Pike Place Fish Co. with boba tea and ordered one to drink while we walked. We each bought a new shirt from a vendor and I admired the pretty flowers on display. There were also Big Ass Grapes – I shared that picture on Instagram and Facebook. It was too funny not to.
After lunch, we went to the Seattle Space Needle..
Then on to Chihuly Glass & Garden…
Amazing artistry. Some simple and some elaborate. It was difficult picking just one picture to share with you.
Last, the EMP Museum…
There was so much to see in the museum and we managed to get to all the exhibits but three. The exhibit for Nirvana was a must for us music nerds. Dave Grohl’s drum set? HELLOOOO! Then the Gibson guitars, including Eddie Van Halen’s. Okay, there were a lot of celebrity guitars there, but his was the only one I took a picture of and remember. At this point I needed a break and sat down while Chaz walked around. We moved on to the Star Wars costume exhibit: AMAZEBALLS! I didn’t think it could get better than that until we went into the Fantasy exhibit. Costumes AND props from so many fantasy movies: Harry Potter, The Princess Bride, The Wizard of Oz, Lord of the Rings… They even had the katana from the first movie I fell in love with as an adult, Highlander.
There was so much more to see there, but they close at five and we cut it close. Part of me was sad that we weren’t going to be in town when the Star Wars costume changed to Hello Kitty. I lived.
I could not pass up the opportunity to finally meet two long time internet friends, who happen to be married to each other. The agreement I made with Twin was that she and Mr. Music would treat us to dinner at a gluten-free restaurant she loves, Hugo’s. After our day of sight-seeing, we headed over to my friends’ home to talk story a bit before heading to the restaurant.
We were greeted with homemade seeded crackers already waiting for us. While perusing for the menu, I may have squealed when I saw New Grist and Greens beers listed in their beer selection. Okay, I danced in my seat too. It was exciting to finally see a good gluten-free beer listed; not one made by a big beer company that is as watery as its gluten-full counterpart, or one masquerading with the label “crafted to remove gluten.”
I ordered a Greens Dubbel Dark (my favorite), and it stood to reason I should have a burger go with it. They mix grass-fed ground lamb with grass-fed ground beef for a juicy burger with richer flavor. Plus, they make their own gluten-free breads in-house. I was not disappointed.
For dessert, Twin and I each had the Raw Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake. A great way to end the meal and form a food memory with friends I’ve known for years online and finally met in person. Thanks again for dinner, Twin & Mr. Music!
Hugo’s is out of the way, but well worth the drive for a menu full of nothing but gluten-free options.