Blowin’ It Up, Seattle Style


Can you believe that when I was living in Portland I actually never made it up to Seattle? It’s all because I was being a “hard-working” student, getting stuck into books and 20-page papers, and clearly having far too much fun. Well I knew this had to be remedied, especially when I found out that one of the craziest, most talented and creative people I knew was based there, somebody I knew I simply had to meet this trip. Messages were exchanged, transport was booked and on a slightly grey Valentine’s Day in Portland off I went to Seattle to visit the ever wonderful, beautiful and totally insane Linda from Salty Seattle!

We only had one day together to play thanks to crazy trip schedules, so we had to make it a good one. That can only mean one thing: it’s video time, baby! Cue much eating, fun and how Linda found me my One True Love in Amurika! But first let’s see what we managed to cram into my one day in Seattle…

Pike Place Market
Of course we had to hit up the quintessential hotspots: first up, Pike Place Market! Sadly it’s under construction at the moment, so the famous bronze pig of the market, Rachel, was missing! Sad times and a fact much bemoaned by all we spoke to. Still a great experience and so very Seattle!

Pike Place Market
1501 Pike Place
Seattle, WA

The Fremont Troll
The Fremont Troll is a public art piece situated under the Fremont Bridge. Sculpted by four local artists and the winner of an art project competition to “clean up Seattle”, it’s a must-see (and clamber upon!) for Seattle!

Photo credits: Linda Miller Nicholson.

The Fremont Troll
N 36th St.
Seattle, WA


We had lunch down at Nettletown in Eastlake, a new European-influenced organic eatery. The atmosphere was good, the service great and the food delicious and decently priced. Try the knoepfli – a Swiss spaetzle pan-fried with cabbage, leeks and herbs. I had mine with bacon and a poached egg, and Linda’s with bratwurst and a poached egg.

2238 Eastlake Ave E.
Seattle, WA

Lot No. 3

After running around all day, we finally finished up with a happy hour cocktail and selection of sliders at Lot No. 3 in Bellevue. We shared the PB & J slider (peanut butter, jelly and bacon), the ‘BLT’ (bacon, lettuce, tomato and aioli) and the Short Rib (short rib with cabbage). Our favourite was the Short Rib, the other two were a little lack lustre, unfortunately. I had a Jack Rose to drink (Laird’s apple brandy, grenadine & lime) and Linda a glass of red before we rushed off to get me back to Portland!

The Salty One, mid-tweet!

Lot No. 3
460 106th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA

And so, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the video! Enjoy…

A little funny insider information: I had no idea what Linda was going to say before she said it. We debated scripting it but in the end I told her, “I trust you: just run with it and we’ll see what happens!” – oy-vey. Also the barista I kissed? Before I kissed him I had to ask his permission and his first response was, “er, you’ll have to ask my wife who’s sitting over there…” – she not only gave me the go-ahead but also yelled at him to, “ENJOY IT!” And as for the kilt shop? Well of course Linda chose a kilt shop that catered only to men… classic.

As is evident, we were actually having so much fun that I missed my transport back to Portland! Doh! The fates were conspiring against us with traffic, a mudslide that cancelled all the trains, and a replacement bus that left early and we actually saw driving away from us as we got to the station! It’s okay though because I got to spend an extra hour hanging out with the fabulous Linda and my one true love (!) before hopping a 4-hour Greyhound back to Portland in order to catch my flight out to San Francisco.

All in all, a very successful trip and I got to hang out with one of my favourite people. Thank you so much to Linda for showing me a good time and for all of her wonderful hospitality: I promise I’ll be back to play for longer next time!

Hope you enjoyed my very speedy foray into Seattle – I certainly did. Until next time, peace and love.

Jax x

20 Responses to “Blowin’ It Up, Seattle Style”

  1. Mariko Says:

    What a cute cast. I’m suddenly feeling so homesick for the pacific NW.
    Save some fun for me next time!

  2. Brian @ A Thought For Food Says:

    Oh my goodness! You two are such troublemakers! Love the barista… and that’s an awesome wife he has. ;-) And the kilt… HOT!

    Wish I could have been with you guys to create havoc!

  3. Saltyseattle Says:

    Oh dear god- we are SILLY! But I still can’t believe u edited out the part where u ripped the kilt off & ran naked through the shop;)

  4. Jackie Baisa Says:

    Oh, dear Lord, this is AWESOME! Isn’t Linda the best!? She’s like the Lady Gaga of food blogging! You never know what craziness is going to happen next. :-) Hee!

  5. Kim at Coffee Pot Chronicles Says:

    Hahaha. You guys are too much fun. Love it! I can only hope your blog post from San Diego will be this awesome. And if you want to put me on video, uh, bring the paper bag. Haha.

    That is so cute about the barista having to ask his wife. But at least she gave him approval and told him to enjoy! Linda gave you some great tasks. Then again, the silly and wonderful person she is, it doesn’t surprise me they’re goofy and fun tasks.

    And wait…what is this from Linda in her comment about you running naked through the shop?! You just had to edit that out didn’t you? Haha. Kidding.

    Can’t wait to see you in San Diego!

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  7. Sarah @ OC2Seattle Says:

    Great video – and of course, Bentley would be your one true love – he is so adorable! Hopefully your enxt foray into Seattle will be during our two months of sun . . .ferries and islands could be in your future . . .

  8. Christine Says:

    Cuteee! Especially Bentley! Glad you enjoyed Seattle

  9. Yummy Mummy Says:

    Did’ya get to see Salty’s diamond encrusted sous vide??!? Better still – did’ya get to stroke it??

  10. Lawyer Loves Lunch Says:

    This is hilarious! You ladies look like you had the best time! I hope you’ll wear your kilt on the SF leg of your tour :)

  11. Ethan Says:

    Sooo…I can’t tell if you and Linda had fun together? :)

  12. Ken?hungry rabbit Says:

    O-M-G! Are you loosing your British accent? That Salty chick is crazy but oh so FUN. Glad you had a great time.

  13. IslandEAT Says:

    Jax, it looks as if you had the wackiest time possible in Seattle. But did you eat a crumpet at Pike Place? I think that’s the best/only thing to do there, but it probably wasn’t your idea of a “real” crumpet.

    Too funny when you enquired about tartan “utili-kilts” – these are in “manly” solids, poly-blends, and require underwear due to their not-so-nice feel.



  14. Reeni Says:

    You girls had too much fun! Did people think you were crazy running around yelling I am a feeder? The kilt is really cute – I want one too! xoxo

  15. Ashley Says:

    hahahaha…I loved the part where you were running on the lawn screaming about like a crazy :P

    Cute video!

  16. Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite Says:

    Ok, I already thought you were having way too much fun on this trip but this seals the deal. I think you have had so much fun you will have to be grounded on your return for like a year! You and Linda – yes, the world implodes!

  17. angi Says:

    You girls are so silly – I love it! I love how Salty keeps saying “Amurica”, which of course is how every proud “Amurican” would say.

  18. Jackie Says:

    Thanks all!

    Momma Lee – I did see Salty’s sous-vide! No touching, though… (didn’t want to grease it up)…

    Ken – losing my accent?! Never!

    Dan – I didn’t get a crumpet, sadly, but there’s always next time!

    Angi – that’s my doing, I’m afraid ;) AMURIKA!

    Jax x

  19. Brie Says:

    lol! you’re always in for an adventure with Salty! and you’ve taught me something about Seattle – i had no idea they had a kilt following. epic!

  20. Delishhh Says:

    Wish i could have partied with you :) Sounds like a blast!

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