Thursday, April 10

Seattle Vacation Recap Day Two

This post continues recapping my Seattle trip that look place in October, 2013. For the first part, please see here

The next morning we woke up at 10am and moseyed about Pike Place Market.This is a place I've wanted to visit forever. As I explored the hustle and bustle of a Saturday morning, we found a lovely little Crumpet Shop to grab breakfast at. I SO RECOMMEND.

I had never really had a crumpet before and so I opted for a simple honey drizzle so I could taste the crumpet. The crumpet itself was a thick pancake texture (think if you made pancakes into buns). Moist and chewy inside and made with just really delicious bread. These were so deliciously spongey that they soaked up the honey perfectly. My boyfriend, however, had his sights set on much greater things. He ordered the Vermont Crumpet, it was topped with maple butter and pecans. We've actually worked on recreating the recipe at home. Stay tuned! 



From there, we found our vehicle again and headed to Vancouver. Most of the day was spent driving but once we reached Vancouver, it was nothing but great sights. First, I thought the city was amazing. I love the densely packed residential high rises. They reminded me of China. The first moment I laid eyes on them, I basically decided this was my new dream city, not Seattle. In addition to the seemingly perfect city life, we also saw Stanley Park. We only walked around on a bit of the Seawall and there were a ton of people and dogs out and about. The scenery was perfect... and I even stole a giant leaf! 




We didn't stay too long at Stanley Park because it ultimately got too chilly for us. So, we drove back inland and found Chinatown. Now, we printed directions from our hotel to Stanley Park and from our hotel to Chinatown, but not from Stanley Park to Chinatown. Navigation was an adventure... to say the least. This was a interesting Chinatown, complete with a red painted bridge. The standout of Chinatown in Vancouver, other than being the oldest Chinatown in Canada, was the restaurant. We ended up walking into a "random" restaurant. Our initial choice didn't work out and when we passed by Bao Bei, it looked like it had a lovely atmosphere... and the name sounded familiar to me from Yelp/Urbanspoon/Trip Advisor browsing. Not completely random, but unplanned. 

After being seated, I was pretty nervous about the restaurant. Posh environment, clean setting, nicely dressed wait staff... but didn't appear to be any Chinese people! The menu was filled with lovely cocktails and the menu was entirely in English. I'm fine with Chinese-America/fusion dining, but I had really wanted a home cooked meal taste in Chinatown. I didn't have to worry for long though, because when I read the menu, it had fairly traditional dishes that I don't often see.

First, we had the "cold starter". This is a cucumber dish that my mother makes a lot. However, Bao Bei's version included some chili oil which was a great addition. 

Kinda went crazy with this meal! Since we converted 100 dollars to Canadian Dollars, I was determined to spend it all on this meal! Our next course was Shao Bing. While I hate sesame seeds and thin buns, this was still a good dish. 

I got a wonton soup because I wanted something light as I'd been snacking on gummy bears and chips in the car the ENTIRE time. Finished off with Xiao Long Bao (not pictured) which were so, so average. Compared to the steamed frozen stuff I usually make, these were disappointingly dry.

The rest of the evening was spent driving back to Seattle! I think we spent the majority of this day in the car, but I still had a ton of fun chatting and everything we did outside of the car was entirely worth it!

21 comments:

  1. So jealous, Pike Place Market is definitely somewhere I would like to go eventually. Also Stanley Park looks gorgeous! Bummer it was a chilly day, but great pictures anyway.

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  2. Mmm, looks like your trip was a gastronomic adventure! Great pics xo

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  3. Cute bag :). I'm visiting Seattle in June, so I will put that crimpett place on my "to try" list.

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  4. Aww looks good! I can never get sick of going to Pike Place Market. Even though I live close to it, I still like going in and out of the shops and eating all the yummy foods there. I love crumpets!

    Also, next time if you ever want really good chinese food. Go to Richmond B.C. it's on the way to Vancouver B.C. which is good too but the REALLY good food is at Richmond B.C. Shanghai River there has the best xiao long baos! We always plan a day trip up there just for eating and nothing else! :)


    xo - Sheila
    www.sheislovelyblog.com

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  5. Nice travel post! I've always wanted to visit there.

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  6. What a PERFECT trip! I've been visiting Seattle for years (my parents and sister live there). I totally know that crumpet shop and it IS incredible! My husband and I LIVED in Seattle for one year (last year) and would go to the market often for little pastries and coffee shop visits. SO fun. Canada being so close is very fun too! This brings back great memories for me! Have great weekend!

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  7. I'm craving crumpets now, my favourite topping is just a little strawberry jam

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  8. Seattle (and the entire Pacific Northwest) is on my list of places to go visit in 2014! I'm glad you had a fun time

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  9. Love the pictures (and totally agree about Vancouver)! If you're back there ever, I would highly recommend Victoria as well!

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  10. seattle is a cool city!!!

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  11. love your blog! Wow

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  12. Ooh, I've never been to the pacific northwest - Seattle looks fab!

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  13. I've always wanted to visit Seattle!! Love your photos and the food looks amazing!

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  14. The crumpet looks and sounds delicious! I love all of the scenic pictures!

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  15. Your vacation sounds so lovely and the photos bear testament to that. The crumpet looks so yum, love making them. Hope you're having a great week so far!

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  16. You look happy! I had a friend in Seattle, never got to visit him, now he moved back to Spain.

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  17. I love crumpets, they are seriously underrated! I've never been to Seattle xx

    Quite Frankly She Said - UK Lifestyle Blog

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  18. i haven't been to seattle in almost 20 years, so i'm due for a trip back! loved your recap.

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  19. love this post! i adore seattle & vancouver !! :) you look so super cute in your pics!! omgosh that restaurant name is so cute.. that's what i call my fur babies hehe.

    i absolutely LOVE cold cucumbers w/ chili oil.. nom.. especially paired w/ xia long bao's!! i'm salivating!

    www.lisalovescoco.blogspot.com

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  20. Wohoo glad you like Vancouver! I'm from there :)

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