Now where did we leave off with our travel series? Ah yes, Seattle Part 1 with a trip to Pike Place Market, the University of Washington, Chinatown, and Bainbridge Island. But really a trip to Seattle isn’t complete without some tasty eats, right? While we didn’t get a chance to sip on the chowder, or even some salmon, we did make sure to have our fair share of chocolate and ice cream.
A fun little fact about Seattle is that it is home to one of the tastiest chocolates in the west – Theo Chocolate. Sure, sure, there’s the Ghiradelli debate, so let’s just say best chocolate in the Pacific Northwest.
Theo actually has it’s one and only factory in the Seattle area and leads tours 7 days a week. Besides our Underground Tour of the Seattle streets, this might have been one of the most educational parts of our trip.
Here you learn a bit more of the history of cacao and the story of Theo Chocolate itself. While you learn about the social and environmental issues surrounding the delectable treat, you will also get to taste some of the company’s favorites. I mean, a little chocolate to help pass the time? Yes please.
For those of you interested in chocolate, a trip to the Theo factory is a MUST. Hey, if you are in town for some time, you might be able to take a class or two from the chocolate university. Fancy, huh?
3400 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
(Note: You will have to wear a hair net, make sure to wear closed toe shoes, and don’t wear any perfume as it might waft into the chocolate. Chanel 5 may smell great, but I doubt it tastes very good)
So we may not have been very smart when we started our day with a chocolate tour (or were we?). In order to not melt into a sugar coma, we traveled along to find some hearty lunch at Plum Bistro. Now you read any further, just believe me when I say it was delicious and this isn’t any pull for the restaurant or any diet fad. Do you believe me? Are you still reading? OK, it was a vegan restaurant.
Mama Africa Salad : Mixed greens, seasonal fruit, quinoa+millet mix, tempeh, avocado, chopped almonds, lemon vinagrette, side of mustard aioli (G/F – $9)
Plenty of healthy options with fresh flavors. Don’t let the term “vegan” scare you away :) If I hadn’t gone for the salad, the pesto grilled cheese, or rustic pizza sounded like viable choices.
1429 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
To follow up on something with faux meat and faux cheese, one might be in the market for some ice cream. I mean, calcium is important in one’s diet and if you don’t have a lactose-allergy, by all means, load up! So, if you ask anyone from the Seattle area, where to go, they will most definitely direct you towards Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream. Known for its seasonal ice creams with local flavors, it’s quite the spot to go.
Visiting their cute little store is a treat in itself and just like at Disneyland’s Main Street, you can watch them mold the waffle cones right then and there! Although I’m not much of an expert, I would definitely rank their waffle cones as some of the best, especially if hot off the iron.
~ FLAVORS ~
~ vanilla ~ melted chocolate ~ strawberry ~ balsamic strawberry ~ salted caramel ~ stumptown coffee ~ maple walnut ~ “scout” mint ~ honey lavendar ~ earl grey ~
To learn more about their methods and ways, check out their gem of a blog here.
* SEASONAL *
* watermelon sorbet * vegan coconut chunk * ginger * wild honey *