Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Quick and Dirty Guide to Seattle

I’m beyond excited to attend Ace Comic-Con! Marvel is doing the promotion rounds and has Tom Hiddleston, Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Hayley Attwell and Grant Guston slated to attend the convention Seattle.

Being a proud Seattle dweller and knowing how grueling press tours can be for actors, I really wanted to create gift baskets for the Marvel guests. Foods and drinks from local business, coffee, tea, beer…pot. I left out the specific details when I asked Ace if such a thing was acceptable, and to their credit, they had no problem with it.

However, the WaMu convention center does not allow outside eat or drink. They want to continue to monopolize on their $7 bottles of water. That and many of my HiddleSisters will be attending from out of state, I'm afraid I won't be able to give them all gift baskets either. So, if I cannot grace foreigners with the joys of food and drink, I can at least give some directions.

Seattle is known for the Space Needle.

Skip it.

Just skip it. It’s really underwhelming.

If you have a limited time in the Seattle area, visit the Seattle Center. See the Chihuly exhibit and MoPop

MoPop should still be featuring Marvel Comics by the way... So if you're going to be in Seattle doing a Marvel Comic-Con, why not top it off with another Marvel exhibit?

If you’re the exploring sort, Pike Place Market can be a great deal of fun. If you’re not much for crowds or don’t have the time for amazing cheesecake, smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels, or street musicians, at least eat at The Pink Door.

The Pink Door does cabaret shows as well as trapeze entertainment. Your phone will likely try to confuse you, but The Pink Door is the neon pink back ally door between Pike and First street. Really, any of the food at Pike will be extraordinary, but I love the Pink Door for their customer service and the fun environment.

Next on the priority list; The International District.

You’ll know when you’ve arrived. Dragons climb the polls and the official entrance is a giant pagoda. If you’re not sure what to see, visit Uwajimaya and get a little bit of everything. There is a Korean restraint there that has BiBimBop to die for.

Shiro’s Sushi is one of my all-time favorite sushi places. Its namesake is featured in the Netflix documentary Shiro Dreams of Sushi.

Looking for something a little more relaxing?

Quinn’s Pub might be more your speed. It’s exactly how it sounds. It’s a pub. They got pints.
The Rein Haus is a Bavarian bar that is enormous. So large in fact, that they play sports indoors while eating huge soft pretzels with five different types of mustard.

Freemont Brewing Company is another Loki option for brews.

Depending on whether you have enough time, Odin’s Brewery in Tukwila should be a point of interest when it comes to beer. My personal favorite is Odin's gift, but Thor's Equinox might be more your style. There is no trickster beer, but there is a Loki hot sauce!

If you don’t feel up to hitting up all the beer places I’ve listed, at least eat a bag of Dicks on your way home from Gasworks, a one of a kind park. Nothing is special about Dicks, it's just fun to tell people to eat a bag of Dicks and get away with it.

Another tourist staple is Easy Street Records. The iconic record store will connect you to your indie roots and cause some nostalgia to flare.

There it is! My quick and dirty guide to Seattle. Mostly beer, Dicks, and Asian cuisine, but I threw in some culture. It’s our culture. We love our beer and our food. The quirky and offbeat blend with the beautiful and complex, forming a city who takes their coffee far too seriously.

P.S, don’t go to Starbucks, you can get that shit anywhere. Visit a Cowgirls if you appreciate the fairer sex, otherwise, any other coffee stand will be better.

Update: Sound Transit (local transportation) has this nifty app that helps you plan your destination. https://m.soundtransit.org/tripplanner