Fab Finds: Seattle - Day Two

Day two in sunny Seattle (I swear, I brought the sun with with me!) we decided to have a nice leisurely day!  After a simple home-cooked breakfast at the house, we went down the street to a place where I could easily spend hours upon hours in called East Street Records!  I hadn't been in an actual record store in YEARS so it was really refreshing to be around actual physical records!  At this particular store, they specialize in vinyl, new and used which I very much liked.  I have a record player at home that was given to me as a gift, so I was completely stoked to venture through old and new records and see what treasures I could find!

So what did I find??  I ended up going home with a fantastic Elton John record as well as a Johnny Cash record featuring the Carter Family!  Two perfect treasures.  Oh and P.S. Easy Street Records also has a cafe right there in the store, pretty cool, huh?!

Next up, Laura took me down by the water to a place where she knew we could find some great chowder!  Boy was she right!  Duke's Chowder House is the real deal folks!  I kid you not, I had the BEST chowder I have EVER had in my life here.  I am not over exaggerating, the best.  

I'm sure you're all probably thinking I had some amazing New England Clam Chowder... oh, but I didn't!  I had the Lobster Mobster Pernod Chowder which is what they refer to as the "Grand Duchess of all Chowders" including baby Langostinos and sweet potatoes.  Sounds strange, doesn't it?  I thought so myself, but I went for it and I could NOT have been happier!

Duke's offers "Chowder Samplers" which is a great way to taste the variety of chowders they make.  Laura decided on the "Triple Dinghy" and got the Lobster Mobster, North by Northwest Seafood Chowder, and the Dungeness Crabby Baby Bisque and she flat out said the Lobster hands down was the winner!  I went straight for a bowl of the Lobster and am SO happy I did!  #winning  Oh and side note, their sourdough bread is ridiculous.

Triple Dinghy - Chowder Sampler

After we got a little food in our bellies, it was time...time for Georgetown Brewing Company!  As we pulled up to this very industrial building, I asked Laura "Is this it!?" she replied "Yup!" So onward we went, walked right in to a tasting room/brewery!  The gal that welcomed us was SO nice and gave us the run down of what to do.  She let us know there was FREE beer tasting at the counter, and that they have growlers for sale as well, but that she most definitely suggests tasting because well, it's free!  So that we did!

After trying a few and figuring out which brews to end on, we got to talking to the guy pouring for us.  He really emphasized how environmentally conscious they are as a company from their major bottling re-use program to their water usage awareness.

Besides all of that fantastic stuff happening behind the scenes, Georgetown is producing some KILLER brews that are so tasty!!  There is literally something for everyone!  My two favorites were Manny's and the Gusto Crema Coffee Ale

For normal people

Darn Tasty Pale Ale

For beer lovers

A careful selection of Northwest hops, premium barley, and our unique yeast give this ale a rich and complex malty middle with a snappy hop finish. Crisp, clean and smooth with hints of citrus and fruit.

For normal people

Darn tasty coffee ale

For beer lovers

Building on Gusto Crema blend, a medium roasted bean from our friends at Caffé Umbria, we made a smooth, rich cream ale. This beer has roasted flavor, aroma, and color from cold brew coffee. Smooth, rich mouthfeel comes from oats and Munich malt.

Manny's was super refreshing, light and not hoppy at all!!  It's the perfect brew to drink on a warm day outside or great to whip out during the NOW happening football season!  The Gusto Crema was a whole different animal!  It's essentially alcoholic coffee... you'd also be surprised to know that it wasn't a dark beer, which even though it says "ale" in the title, your mind automatically goes dark and thinks it's gonna be a dark beer.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was not!  It tasted like carbonated coffee, so good!

Later on that evening, we went to this awesome place for dinner and drinks called "Whisky West" where we met up with one of Laura's adorable co-workers!  Not only do they have a crazy assortment of whiskey to choose from (if that's your sort of thang), but they are slinging up some delicious eats too!  I was partial to these RIDICULOUS deviled eggs... liiiike, what!??!  One word, prosciutto, sooo 'nuff said.  We also chowed down on some easy-to-devour cheesy bacon fries as well as steak sliders and corned beef sliders.  

Nobody starved in case you were wondering!

Not only was I impressed with their delicious food, but I fell in love with a new whiskey that our Scottish waiter recommended.  I tend to enjoy a glass of Crown on the rocks from time to time, so I asked our fine waiter what he would recommend based off that information, and he suggested Collingwood, a Canadian Whisky.  He said this would be the closest to Crown, but just a little bit more expensive.  I was game to try, and boy did I dig it!  I'm telling you, if you enjoy a smooth whiskey, this is the one.  You HAVE to try it!! 

Clearly there was a trend in today's adventure... I'm not gonna say it, you can figure it out!  

It was really great to get a taste of the local scene and experience new places together with Laura and have her take me to some of her regular stops!  Such a fun day!

Come back tomorrow for my final breakdown of my awesome trip!