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Great places to eat in Seattle

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We just returned from a really fun family vacation to Seattle, WA. While we were there, we ate out at several restaurants. Some of the restaurants were really yummy, while others, made you want to beg for your money back; no joke. So, to help you make the right dining decisions next time you travel to Seattle, and not repeat our mistakes, here are a few of the restaurants we ate at; these are the ones we loved!

All of these restaurants had great kids menu’s too, so these are both adult and kid approved places to eat! Love that!

McMenamin’s Queen Anne Pub

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McMenamin’s Queen Anne pub was our favorite place to eat during our vacation; we ate there twice! The photo at the top of this article is a Gardenburger with cheese and tater tots. The tater tots are soooo good! I highly recommend getting them instead of the fries with your sandwich or burger. So good!

The second meal pictured is a Queen Anne sandwich with tater tots. It has roasted mozzarella, tomato, and pesto. It’s SO GOOD! I also has a cup of clam chowder; it was equally delicious!

My kids enjoyed mini corn dogs and chicken from the kids menu. Parents and children approved!

If you like craft beer, they have really good beer. I highly recommend sipping one during your meal, they are quite good!

Also, in case you hadn’t noticed, this restaurant also has incredible decor. Each ceiling light fixture had a really cool, painted design around it. Don’t you just love it!

McMenemin’s Queen Anne is located at 200 Roy Street, walking distance from the Space Needle.

Shawn O’Donnell’s Grill and Pub

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This was a delicious Irish Pub we stumbled upon while touring Pioneer Square in Seattle. Shawn O’Donnell’s American Grill and Irish Pub had a great selection of comfort and pub food. They also had a delicious kids menu! I had a chicken pot pie which was to-die-for! I highly recommend popping in for some cozy food when you are near Pioneer Square in Seattle!

Ten Sushi Seattle

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We cannot go anywhere without eating at least one sushi meal! We stopped into Ten Sushi on our first day in Seattle. It was located just steps away from the Space Needle. It was a little bit difficult to find the front door; you have to enter into a supermarket and go up to a mezzanine to find the front door. Once we found it, we were happy!

The food was delicious and they have very inexpensive lunch deals each day. My kids enjoyed the food, and we loved the prices of the lunch specials! If you love sushi and are visiting Seattle near the Space Needle, be sure to pop in for a bite!

Citizen Coffee

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We found the cutest little coffee shop at 706 Taylor Ave. N in Seattle. They have a delicious menu filled with brunch items and sandwiches; in addition to a coffee menu. The restaurant has a super cute outdoor area filled with picnic tables and a fir-pit. The decor is adorable and the food is yummy! I enjoyed egg and mushroom tacos, which were super yummy! If you are near the Space Needle, be sure to pop in to Citizen Coffee for brunch or happy hour!

Strawberry Shortcake Booth City Center

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If you wander around the city center in Seattle, you will notice food booths. The Strawberry Shortcake food booth is SO GOOD! If you love strawberries, and you love dessert, this is your booth! It is a cup full of juicy strawberries, cream, cake, and pure heaven. Love!

Of course, if you are a huge Starbuck’s fan, be sure to stop in at the “Original” Starbucks located at pike Place Market. It’s isn’t technically the first Starbuck’s, that one closed in the 1970s, but I understand it is the oldest location still open with original signage. The line was crazy long, so I did not go inside. If you want to grab a snack or coffee from this location, be sure to arrive early while wearing your standing shoes!

If you have any favorite restaurants in Seattle, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. I would love to learn about them!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

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Best packable clothing for travel | Chico’s Travelers Collection

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Best travel clothes for women: wearing: pink top c/o Chico’s (on major sale!) / convertible necklace c/o Chico’s / wide leg black pants c/o Chico’s / black shoulder bag / lipstick / fall nail polish / boots (old-also love this pair) /

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Found the Space Needle! We recently took a family vacation to Seattle where I brought the best packable clothing on the market in my suitcase from the Chico’s Travelers Collection. We took a morning flight to Seattle, so I made sure my family was packed the night before. This meant my clothing would be packed, and smashed, into a suitcase for roughly 24 hours. As you know, this can create havoc on clothing, and guarantee an ironing session once you arrive to your destination.

Thank goodness I had the best packable clothing for travel in my suitcase made by Chico’s! No ironing on vacation! These travel clothes are SO AMAZING! Chico’s makes an entire collection of clothing made for travel! These pieces are made from fabric which does not wrinkle. In addition to wrinkle-free clothing, the entire collection is designed with travel in mind. The silhouettes are comfortable, soft, and don’t take up very much space in the suitcase. I had a weeks worth of clothes in my carry-on suitcase, with a ton of room for shoes!! Love that!

All of the clothing in Chico’s Travelers Collection is made to mix and match. The tops match all the bottoms, and the bottoms match all the tops. It’s an entire travel wardrobe for your suitcase! Everything can be mixed and matched, so it is easy to go from day into evening; and re-wear pieces in new ways to create multiple outfits with just a few pieces. Love that!

Packable mix and match travel clothes

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wearing: black top c/o Chico’s / convertible necklace / black skirt c/o Chico’s / jeans / fall nail polish / lipstick / shoulder bag / espadrilles /

Pants or jeans are my preferred sight-seeing style. I like the comfort of pants when I am doing heavy walking and seeing the sights. On day two of our trip, I wore jeans with this fabulous top from the Chico’s Travelers Collection for sightseeing. The top is super comfortable, and I love the edgy grommets on the cuffs. I felt stylish and fashionable in this top; which you know for me is a must!

The top was super easy for taking me from day into evening. I added this convertible necklace from Chico’s and switched out the jeans for the black skirt. The top and skirt were perfect for the evening portion of the day. This outfit worked for dinner, and seeing the city at night. Loved it!

Best travel jewelry from Chico’s

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One of my favorite things about Chico’s is that they create convertible jewelry. They have the best convertible jewelry for travel and day-to-day life. This necklace is my second Chico’s convertible necklace. On the surface, it looks like a tiered necklace which is statement making. In reality, it is seven necklaces in one! Love!

There are three necklaces attached at the clasp; which is hidden in the back. You can detach one or two necklaces from the clasp to create a single necklace, or a two-tiered necklace. There are seven possible configurations! You can see me wearing the top tier by itself with the pink top in this post. I also love the middle tier alone with jeans and a tee. There are so many possibilities with this necklace. It is great for travel because it is the only necklace you need to pack. Love that!

If you are planning a trip and need something which won’t wrinkle, or you need clothing for your day-to-day life which will stay wrinkle-free, this is the collection of your dreams! You can find the entire Travelers Collection by Chico’s online at Chicos.com.

Shop the best packable clothing for travel from my suitcase:

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

*sponsored by Chico’s. all thoughts and opinions are my own

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Exploring historic downtown Truckee in the Tahoe area

Last weekend we went up to Tahoe for a quick trip after my daughter’s graduation. We thought it would be fun to have some outdoor fun, and further explore the area. We have been to downtown Truckee millions of times, but we never took the touristy historical walking tour before; I’m not sure why we waited!

If you are heading up to the Tahoe area and want to explore more then just the water and trees, I highly recommend taking the historic downtown Truckee walking tour! It’s really interesting to see the history behind the buildings which line the area. Many of the buildings are well over a century old and hold interesting historical tidbits about the local area. It’s incredible to see wooden structures that have been able to survive for so long; and are so well-kept!

wearing: golden drop hoop earrings c/o BaubleBar / lipstick / black top (under $20!) / turquoise and gold coin necklace worn as a bracelet c/o BaubleBar / Chanel summer nail polish / Chloe bag / side stripe jeans / black wedge espadrilles /

Since I knew we would be walking, I wore my comfortable jeans and espadrilles. Espadrilles are seriously like pillows under your feet. I am so addicted! I wore my handbag cross body which made walking around town a lot easier.

In addition to historic structures, downtown Truckee is flush with amazing restaurants. My kids were in a pizza mood, so we ate lunch at  “Best Pies Pizzaria” where I opted out of pizza, and into meatball sliders. They were so good!

If are downtown and not in the mood for pizza, I recommend “Moody’s Bistro” in the Truckee Hotel, it’s soooo good!

One of our favorite things to do in downtown Truckee is buy fudge! At “Sweets Handmade Candies” in downtown Truckee you can find so many delicious fudges! They make it all in-house, and it literally melts in your mouth. Our favorite flavor is Cookies & Cream. Yum!!

You can also watch them make fudge! It’s fun to see how they make it, plus it reminds you how fresh it is!! Double YUM!

So, if you are heading up to the Tahoe area for a vacation, and want a little break from hiking and water sports during the summer months, I highly recommend taking the walking tour in downtown historic Truckee. It’s a fun way to learn more about the local history, get some exercise, and explore all the cute boutiques Truckee has to offer. Be sure to pick up some fudge! It’s literally the best fudge you will ever eat! YUM YUM YUM!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy