Big City Tales

To the Sea and Beyond in Seattle | March 4, 2013

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Seattle’s downtown skyline overlooks Elliott Bay.

As a teenager visiting Seattle back in the day, my most vivid memories of the city were the Space Needle, the Kingdome and, of course, the super mall out in Tacoma!

Some many years later, while the iconic landmarks and shopping amenities still garner my attention, I have developed an appreciation for some of Seattle’s other fine offerings that have me craving to go back and check out the sea and beyond.

Foodie Culture

Seattle may be the queen of corner coffee shops and is, in fact, where the Starbucks franchise got its start, but the city also has a thriving restaurant industry. And it’s not just seafood joints that foodies are clamouring to eat at.

With ready access to fresh fish and seafood, along with organic meats and produce, Seattle’s food offerings are endless and cater to multiple tastes. From Caribbean fare at Paseo to French/Cajun-Creole creations at Toulouse Petit Kitchen, foodies can enjoy exotic flavours from around the world.

For the Top Chef aficionados out there, Seattle was the host city for Season 10 that featured visits to a fresh oyster farm, Pike Place Market and Canlis Restaurant, among other notable city and surrounding area food establishments.

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The always entertaining and crowd-pleasing tossing of the fish demonstration at Pike Place Fish Market.

Arts Scene

If exotic, elaborate, and elegant glass-blown art is your cup of tea, the place to get your fill of it at is the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit. Located near the Space Needle in the Seattle Center district downtown, the exhibit showcases the work of Dale Chihuly, a local Tacoma-based glass artist who has made a name for himself in international circles for his highly unique, colorful and inspired creations.

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The Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibits glistens in the sun at the base of Seattle’s Space Needle.

Seattle also boasts an array of art galleries, particularly in Pioneer Square, and its opera company and symphony orchestra are recognized as world-class.

Additionally, fans of 1960s garage-rock and 1990s grunge will know that Seattle was the place where these popular musical genres first gained prominence on a wide-scale level. To this day, the local music scene continues to have a presence and is progressive in moving the industry forward.

Game On

The Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL) experienced a resurgence in the 2000s, making the playoffs seven times, winning the division championship five times, and ultimately playing in the Super Bowl in 2005.

The team’s solid play continued in the most recent season (2012-13), nearly upsetting the league’s top team, the Atlanta Falcons, in a thrilling, down-to-the-wire divisional playoff game.

With a solid core of young players and a committed coaching staff, football fans should have a lot to cheer about for years to come.

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Three Cheers for Seattle

Whether you are a foodie, an artsy-fartsy or a sports fan, Seattle is a city where you can satisfy all of these guilty pleasures. For me, I can’t wait to indulge in all three!


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