Seattle Foodie Adventures

A note from Tiffany: Crystal has been an intern for t+j Designs for a few months now and we adore having her!  She goes to school in Amherst but was able to join us in Seattle to work in the office during the summer.  She helps with our social media accounts as well as helping me with various tasks.  Crystal is a blogger herself and writes for The Daily Cookie, but she’s been helping put together posts for myself as well as tiffandjen, and I wanted to give her a chance to write in her own voice.  She will be writing for I am Style-ish once a week and I do hope that you enjoy her posts as much as I do. Now onto Crystal’s first post!

My month-long adventure in Seattle, which I had never been to before, at the t+j Designs headquarters was punctuated by foodie highlights as I explored various neighborhoods via yelp and my stomach during my free time.

Admittedly, I have a monster sweet tooth, so most of the places I ate out at were geared towards appeasing it. Hopefully, you find this guide a start for some of the yummiest places to visit while you are in the Seattle area.

Top Pot Doughnuts is one of the first places you’ll hear about when you ask people for recommendations in Seattle. With various locations sprinkled throughout the area, you’re bound to run into one. The doughnuts are deliciously fresh and light, albeit pricey, with interesting flavors like the seasonal Blueberry Fritter pictured above.

When I first discovered that Theo Chocolate, one of my favorite chocolate companies, was based in Seattle, I jumped at the chance to visit their fair-trade, organic company factory. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time for the factory tour, but the location is still a must-visit since they sell specialty truffles and caramels that you won’t find at Whole Foods.

Pike Place is the epitome of tourist attractions in Seattle, after the Space Needle, but for any foodie it’s worth visiting, if only for The Crumpet Shop. A cross between an English muffin and a scone, crumpets have a wonderful texture and neutral taste that works well with both savory and sweet ingredients. I opted for an egg, ham, and cheese crumpet for breakfast, but I later went back for a walnut maple butter one.

Another Seattle-local chain, Molly Moon’s Ice Cream greets you with the smell of fresh baked waffle cones. You can actually see the employees making them on the side, which is a novelty that I’d never seen. The portions are incredibly generous and the flavors range from classic vanilla to balsamic strawberry. Pictured above is one scoop, which in reality is firmly two.

I got homesick and was craving good Mexican food that would take me back to the San Diego beaches. Taco Chukis did the job with cheap but delicious street-style tacos. I recommend the house special taco, which features a winning combination of pork and grilled pineapple that explodes with fresh flavor.

Of course, coffee is all foodies talk about in Seattle! I frequented Café Lulu in Greenlake, my tiny neighborhood coffee shop for friendly, warm service and a wonderful local vibe. Broadcast Coffee was also another neighborhood stop with a more modern, indie vibe.

Mighty-O Donuts is a much-raved about donut shop in northern Seattle for their healthier take on the traditionally guilty pleasure. Their donuts feature vegan and organic ingredients and honestly do feel a lot easier on the body to digest, although that didn’t stop me from having more than one donut!

Latte art is something I always take photos of. So I didn’t just come to Moore Coffee Shop in Belltown, which is out of my way, once, but twice. The matcha latte was delicious, although a bit on the sweet side. The café Madrid was their special for the month. Cute and cozy little shop with plenty of wall outlets, but no AC.

Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery in Ballard is super pricey and even managed to give me a sugar rush, but it’s so worth it, even just for the experience. A specialty shop famous for their molten hot lava cakes, I opted for the Dark Decadence, Peanut Butter Cup, and Flight of Ice Creams and Caramels for the ultimate dessert-fiend’s heaven to split with a friend. Worth every penny and calorie, it’s a hedonistic indulgence to experience at least once if you can.

Have you ever been to Seattle? Which of these spots sounds most appealing to you?


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  • Carol from Petite Style Online
    August 12, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    OMG the food and drinks look amazing! I love the coffee art 🙂

  • Grace Tsai
    August 12, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Oh Crystal…thanks ever so much for the pangs of nostalgia and hunger. Lived in Seattle, and I absolutely miss Top Pot, Molly Moons, and the Crumpet Shop to bits!! I still get massive cravings for Top Pot's deliciously yummy Old Fashioned doughnuts, and Molly Moon's balsamic strawberry, and have to settle for either something else or the closest imitation to satiate my sweet tooth. If you like sweet, you should try Cupcake Royale! Hmm, I think it's time for me to plan a trip to cure MY sweet tooth! 🙂

  • Carolyn
    August 12, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    love your foodie picks! have eaten everything you posted and especially love the Crumpet Shop and Hot Cakes <3