in anticipation of my upcoming trip to seattle, i checked in at not martha, one of my favorite seattle-based craft blogs. a few trip ideas i gleaned from her site:
- mora ice cream on bainbridge island (139 madrone lane; tel. +206.855.1112) seems to be a destination unto itself, but it doesn't hurt that getting there involves a fun ferry ride to a charming island full of fun shops and sights to see. and there's even a vineyard on the island! check out mora's website for why it seems so awesome - they don't mess around with their ice cream, no siree. here's a ferry schedule - the ride should take about 35 minutes, one way, and costs $6.50 per person. $1 extra for your bicycle... now there's a fun idea! also, you know i'm not big on b&b's (too much chintz! too many ruffles! too much closeness with strangers!), but here's a site dedicated to bainbridge island lodging, most of which (for better or worse) falls into the bed & breakfast category.
- okay, i live in los angeles, so i need a taco truck like a hole in the head. regardless, here's a blog dedicated to the taco truck wonders of seattle, should i feel homesick or something. (sidenote: we have a taco blogger here in LA as well, who can be a great resource when seeking out new trucks to try.... but none of the taco trucks in the world can compare to our strip of tamale carts in downtown LA, led by mama's hot tamales café, which has given the area a chance to revamp it's image.)
- daiso is one of japan's biggest 100-yen stores - the japanese equivalent to our ever popular $1 store. i love all things japanese - and i am lucky enough to live near some great dollar stores that sell mostly japanese items. however, the prospect of a dollar store that is actually HQ'ed in japan is too good to resist - and daiso has opened their first US location in lynwood, washington, a short 15 minutes north of seattle. here's an article about the daiso phenomenon, and here's another and another. they even have a wikipedia entry, check it out. so, if the husband is willing to let me drag him to yet another japanese dollar store - while on vacation, no less - he wins the big prize of my undying love and affection.