Developing a New addiction in Seattle

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When my new family suggested we visit my new SIL (Sister-in-Law) in Seattle a few weeks after our wedding, I jumped at the opportunity.  Seattle is one of those places people tell me to visit because it is a playground for those who love being active.  Sure, people move to Seattle for a variety of reasons, but I think for those who actually live in Seattle, being active is a necessity.  How else could one possibly bare the year-round cloudy weather without going absolutely nuts?!  So on top of planning a trip filled with lots of activities, I was also excited to try all the foods and caffeinated beverages native to the Pacific Northwest. Little did I know however, that during this trip I would form an addiction to a particular item I can only find in Seattle.  It wasn't fitness related, and it wasn't coffee either.  It came to me as a surprise, and even weeks later..I finally admitted to myself that I was in fact addicted to this wonderful and dangerous pleasure.. 

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First, a short recap of things I consider as "Must Dos" based on my first trip to Seattle.  One great thing about new family is that no time is wasted while on vacation.  From sun up to sun down, we conquered just about every tourist-y thing you can do while staying in downtown Seattle.  Visit the Space Needle? Check.  Visit Pikes Market? Check. Hiking at Rattlesnake Mountain Trail? Check.  Drink as much coffee as humanly possible? Check.  Restaurants, Site Seeing, Museums and Art Exhibits, I am not kidding when I said we did as much as we could while here in Seattle.  Of all the things we did, here are the top 5 things I suggest doing on a trip to Seattle:

  1. Take a hike on Rattlesnake Mountain Trail
  2. Go for a run at Centennial Park
  3. Ride Bikes at Ali Beach Park
  4. Go shopping at Pikes Place Market
  5. Visit the Museum of Pop Culture (Especially if you are a big Music Nerd like myself)
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 Back to the addiction..A challenge that I continue to face while traveling is self control when it comes to food.  Even though we typically went the family style route for every meal, I always felt like I was eating the most of everyone.  As my new family lovingly once told me, “Not only are you the biggest of us, but you also burn the most calories, so we just assume you should get a bigger share!”.  Their hearts are in the right place, but traveling is already such a big trigger for me to overeat.  Combine that with the generosity of my family, over eating is practically commonplace on a trip like this.  Sure there are times when I refuse the extra spring roll or left over Pho Meatballs, but a sense of guilt creeps up from my gut.  Growing up in a household with a grandmother that seemed to love her grandchildren more the more they ate put this guilt their in the first place.  No matter what, no matter how full I was after dinner, our days in Seattle all ended the same way: with a trip to Molly Moos.  

Let me tell you about my new favorite ice cream: The Yeti.  Here's how the Molly Moo's Website describes this wonderful and dangerous ice cream flavor: 

   photo from Molly Moo’s Ice Cream Website

 photo from Molly Moo’s Ice Cream Website

Inspired by its Spring counterpart Sasquatch, this delicious flavor is made with sweet cream ice cream that's swirled with homemade vanilla bean caramel and tons of homemade yeti granola and Theo chocolate bits. We make our yeti granola in-house by mixing together pepitas and pepita butter, flax seeds, rolled oats, honey and a touch of salt before roasting it in the oven."

 

I literally ate this ice cream 4 times while in Seattle.  This dessert combines the perfect combination of sweet and savory with smooth and crunchy.  This ice cream has layers of flavor profile to it, orchestrating a perfect symphony of taste that I have yet to find back home in Texas.  Ever since I've returned home, I find myself craving ice cream every night after dinner.  I've made trips to local ice cream shops, but the Yeti combination is nowhere to be found.  I am truly sad, not only because I can't find the Yeti in Texas, but because I finally realized where this constant urge to have ice cream every night actually started.  It's probably best for me, and everyone else, that the Yeti Ice Cream is not available for general consumption.  But I would highly recommend that anyone taking a trip to Seattle should make a stop at Molly Moo's to have a scoop of Yeti's Ice Cream.  There's truly nothing quite like it!  Additionally, here are my top food recommendations for anyone traveling to Seattle:

  1. A Maple Bar Donut from Top Pot
  2. Clam Chowder from Pike Place Chowder
  3. Anything at El Chupacabra Alki (very good Tex-Mex)
  4. Caribbean Chicken Thigh Bowl at Paseo Carribbean Food
  5. Soup Dumplings at Din Tai Fung.

One month later I’m still dealing with this need, this habit of craving something sweet after dinner. I imagine I am not alone in this struggle. As much as I’d like to blame this trip for getting me hooked on dessert, I’ve been like this since I was a kid. It’ll take some serious will power to overcome a habit formed and practiced for decades. Not sure if it will ever really happen, but I’ll be sure to keep you up to date on my efforts! Good luck to you and whatever bad habits or addictions you are trying to overcome. You are not alone in the struggle.

 

Until next time!