Seattle is great. The city is dense, yet it has a chill, homey vibe. There's still a major grunge aesthetic here, and it fits right in with the rainy, urban environment. The food is hot and comforting; the coffee cup runneth over. And just outside of this beautiful city is an even more beautiful natural landscape full of hiking, camping, and other outdoorsy opportunities.
We didn't stay long on this trip -- mostly stopping at restaurants and touristy stuff. Check it out!
After getting chilled at altitude, we decided to come back down for some tasty wood-fired pizza at Cornuto to warm us up.
Okay, Seattle. You were great, as always, but it's time to hit the ol' dusty trail... TO VANCOUVER! After packing up the car, we headed up towards the great land of Canadia. Truth be told, it was my first time in the country (if you don't count airspace). And aside from the metric system and lax candy laws, Vancouver is pretty darn similar to Seattle.
Speaking of candy laws, I was able to legally obtain my first Kinder Surprise egg!
After a hearty breakfast, it was time for a hike. Let's go to Lynn Canyon!
After the forest party, we headed back to the hotel. Now, I had heard of this thing called "poutine" and knew it was native to Canada. Being a glutton for new and unique foods (and fries and gravy and cheese curds), I had to try it. It's so popular, in fact, that it's served at fast food places like McDonald's and Burger King. And in the name of curiosity, I decided to get it from both of those places before comparing them to actual poutine. Let's start with McDonald's.
Overall, they're so-so. I usually give high marks to anything with loads of gooey, melty cheese, so really, the extent of my praise is that it contains said cheese. Would not get again. Now let's look at Burger King.
So those are still definitely fast food quality (sloppy presentation, unsubtle flavors), but it's much better than McDonald's poutine. The fries are fat and not so soggy, and there's more cheese and gravy. Actually, if I didn't love cheese so much, I would probably dock points for having too much of it. As it is, I award bonus points to Burger King.
And finally, Belgian Fries.
Not bad for a quick trip to the north. Aside from getting hassled by border patrol (I swear, there are no Kinder eggs in my suitcase!), I had a lot of food and fun. Here's a little map of the places I visited.