NATURE! – Seattle Day 2 Part 1

Waffle fun kicked off our second day in Seattle. Have you ever made your own waffles before? I hadn’t so it was a really fun making fresh ones at our hotel (University Inn).

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^ Thanks for being my hand model Jules!

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Fresh waffles taste soooo good, yum! I was smarter the next day and went with peanut butter on top instead of my sad looking pinch of syrup and strawbs. I also had a boiled egg and later fruit with PB.

Jules’ waffle was much happier than mine, topped with some awesome local yogurt called ‘lil yammi and strawbs.

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One of the best things about being in the Pacific Northwest was how readily available non-dairy, local,  “natural” products were. Even our free hotel breakfast had soy milk, which was amazing since I can’t have dairy, plus peanut butter, jam and syrup options that were free of high-fructose corn syrup.

Two episodes of Golden Girls later we were on our way to NATURE!

Destination: Discovery Park which is Seattle’s largest park and has12 miles of trails, boarders the water and a lighthouse! I love all things on the water and Jules loves lighthouses so we were game to explore.

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We started in the South parking lot since I’d heard that was the best place to start if you were going to the lighthouse. Almost immediately we spotted a blue Herron which was so still it looked like a statue.

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As we were walking away I may or may not have yelped “NATURE!” hence the title of this post and a lot of jokes during the rest of the trip.

As you can see we got lucky with a gorgeous (mostly) rain-free morning to be outside. We also saw a couple of bald eagles, more NATURE!

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Just another day to practice my Sears catalogue pose:

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The trail to the lighthouse was mostly down hill and very well maintained.

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We were also nicely surprised that the trail wasn’t muddy given how much it rains in Seattle.

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The lighthouse is at the end of the beach strip and it was super lame. If I stood on Jules’ shoulders we would have been almost as tall as the lighthouse.

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^Picture courtesy of Jules’ facebook (THANKS Jules! )

Despite how lame the lighthouse was the hike was totally worth it. The only downside was literally the “up”-side because the whole way back to the car was uphill.

A few miles of hiking uphill was an awesome cardio/strength workout and meant we had room for cupcakes!

On day 1 we taste tested at the Yellow Leaf Cupcake co. but in order to find  Seattle’s best cupcakes we had to visit the Bellevue area and Trophy Cupcakes.

How super fantastic is the store design? I loved every detail!

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Jules had the snickerdoodle (left), we split the vanilla vanilla (for accurate taste testing purposes) and I had the chocolate graham cracker (chocolate cake with a bittersweet chocolate/graham cracker crust topped with toasted marshmallow).

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I also ordered a rice milk (squee) matcha latte.

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Jules loved the snickerdoodle and I adored the chocolate graham cracker however we didn’t agree on the vanilla vanilla. Jules liked it and while I thought the icing was perfect the cake wasn’t your typical vanilla and I wasn’t a fan.

Overall I loved the cupcakes at Trophy so so much, they had a perfect mix of fun and classic flavours. I would definitely return here again and again!

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About Christina @ Stars in the City

I like sun, sand, surf, tunes and vegan mac ‘n cheese with bacon. Oh, and sarcasm.
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4 Responses to NATURE! – Seattle Day 2 Part 1

  1. Mel says:

    What pretty photos you have, my dear! Love that BLUE SKY!

  2. Jules says:

    I miss those waffles, Yammi, NATURE, Trophy and everything else in between! Yummeh!

  3. christina says:

    homemade waffles and gourmet cupcakes? fabulous! and GOLDEN GIRLS! heck yes!

  4. Pingback: Seattle – Day 2,Take 2 « Food.Fitness.Fun.

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