Weekend Shares 8: Seattle Eats

We spent a few days in Seattle before Christmas and managed to eat out a few times. Travelling with a 14 month old is not easy (with meals, preparation is key). We were based in the Capital Hill area, which had lots of cafes and restaurants within walking distance. I would go back to all of these places.

Queen Bee Cafe – Really good coffee, crumpets (the lemon curd was delicious) and crumpwiches. Plus all profits go to charities.

Pike Place Chowder – Stopped at the the original chowder house at Pike Place Market and ordered the sampler; my favourites were the New England clam chowder and smoked salmon chowder.

Rachels’ Ginger Beer – Next door to Pike Place Chowder. They have so many flavours of ginger beer, I got the pink guava.

Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room – Definitely worth visiting here if you like coffee; beautiful interior and I picked up some coffee that were roasted just the day before!

Trove – We had Korean BBQ, I would’ve liked to try their noodles too but it’s a separate area in the restaurant. For dessert, I ordered the Gingerbread Man parfait which had dark chocolate frozen custard, stout caramel and gingerbread cookies. I got to keep the cute jar it came in too!

Monsoon – Really good vietnamese food, my favourite dishes were the imperial rolls and claypot catfish.

The Wandering Goose – I had a really indulgent meal at this cute cafe, a biscuit sandwich filled with fried chicken, gravy and cheese. Their cakes looked really good too.

Hello Robin – Yummy homemade cookies, the habanero chocolate one has a real kick. Next time I’ll have to try an ice cream sandwich.

Weekend Shares 6: Whistler Edition

I took a short trip to Whistler last week to do some skiing. I’m currently in Vancouver visiting family so it was just a couple of hours drive up. We had a lot of fun especially since we got to meet up with some London friends who were also there!

Whistler Blackcomb – We spent one day on Whistler and one day on Blackcomb, both had a good number of blue runs with lots of fresh powder.  You can save quite a bit of money buying lift passes in advance (even though we didn’t doh!) or if you get an Edge card (for BC and WA residents).

Delta Whistler Village Suites – We stayed in a one bedroom suite; loved the fireplace and outdoor hot tubs. The full-sized kitchen was useful but we had problems with the stove/oven. You can rent equipment from within the same building and it’s about a 7 minute walk to the lifts.

Whistler Grocery Store – Right in the village, not cheap but so very convenient. We picked up food for breakfast here.

Splitz Grill – Choose your own burger and toppings,very tasty and very filling. I had the legendary splitz burger.

21 Steps Kitchen & Bar – Great atmosphere and food. We forewent starters to save room for dessert, the peanut butter pie was scrumptious!


Zermatt Ski Trip


Zermatt has always been on my list of ski holiday destinations to visit. Just a week ago, I was happily carving down the slopes and looking back I think it may have been the best skiing I’ve ever done in my life!

My fiancé and I were discussing where to go for our end of the season ski trip. April was a bit late (and warm) so it made sense to go to an area that was at a higher altitude, and Zermatt fit the bill. Switzerland is expensive but we used our Avios points which meant we only had to pay £30 for a return flight to Zurich. Plus we got to fly from Heathrow, our preferred London airport. We booked a few things online that also saved us money, such as the Swiss Transfer Ticket and our ski equipment rentals.

Getting to Zermatt couldn’t have been easier. Landing at Zurich Airport, we boarded on a train heading south. The journey was about 3.5 hours and it was so much more comfortable than taking a coach.

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Zermatt is a charming ski village, with wooden chalets everywhere. I loved that pedestrians could walk everywhere, even on the road and you would even see people biking with their skis.

Normal cars aren’t permitted, so you see lots of little, narrow electrical cars running everywhere. They all looked similar – taxis, hotel shuttles, even police cars! I had never seen anything like it before and left wishing that more cities or towns even adopted the same green scheme. We took the taxi once and it was quite pricey for the short journey, but it was later explained to us that the cars were all handmade and cost in the region of 120k swiss francs.

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The place that we booked was called Artist Apartments, which was a short walk from the train station and city centre but at the top of a steep hill. I grew to dread that hill especially when I was heading back with ski boots on, but the apartment was really worth the extra effort. Every room was dedicated to an “artist” and ours was Paul Gauguin. We could see the Matterhorn from our room (view shown in above photo).

The apartment had a little kitchenette which meant we could make our own breakfast and dinners. We made prosciutto and gruyere cheese scrambled eggs everyday.

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The weather was really variable while we were there. We had beautiful sunshine and clear skies one day and incredibly foggy conditions the next day. Sometimes we would literally have to ski through clouds, something I’ve never done before!

The high mountain scenery is breathtaking and really hard to beat. The powder was fantastic at higher altitudes, but towards the bottom of the mountain, it would get quite slushy especially in the afternoon. As an intermediate skier, I thought majority of the pistes were perfect for me. I even went off-piste which is a first for me, gliding across untouched snow – amazing! There was also a ski/snowboard park which had jumps and a halfpipe which was a lot of fun, and open to people at all levels.

Overall, Zermatt was fantastic and I would definitely go back. The only main drawback would be that it’s not cheap, but if you are an avid skier than it just might be one of those places you have to try once in your life.