You know what the best part about living in a cool city is? That it’s a cool city. Thought I was going to say something pretty profound, huh? Nope it’s pretty basic, but oh so true. I love that Seattle is a place that people love coming to visit, that tourists and locals alike can enjoy everything that the Emerald city has to offer, whether it be a trip to the top of the Spaceneedle, a relaxing ferry ride to the beautiful surrounding islands, or just a casual walk through the city that entails going past the first ever Nordstroms, first ever Starbucks and first ever REI store. What is it with Seattleites and their knack for creating astoundingly successful businesses? Must be something about the rain…

Anywho, since my job is right smack dab in the middle of Pike Place Market, which just so happens to be one of my most favorite parts of Seattle, I get to see tourists coming in daily, bringing in their ‘just bought’ goodies, their lattes from the original SBux, and the fish they purchased from the cute guys who throw the unfortunate lil’ fellows. There is an energy in the market that is unmistakeable and irreplaceable. When I came to visit Seattle before I lived here, the market stole my heart. The heartbeat of Seattle runs right through every cobblestone, produce booth and flower stand of Pike’s place, and I have yet to get sick of it’s offerings, even after 6 years of living here. So it’s no wonder, that on my day off, it was time to be a ‘local tourist’ and revisit this Seattle landmark. As I embarked on my trip to the market, I had every intention of winding my way through it as if it were my first time there. My sister Holly and I decided to make a day of it, and ahem, ‘sample’ adult beverages as we made our way through. FIRST though, the most important meal of the day…coffee at Turkish Delight. I didn’t know about this place, but Holly raved about the Turkish coffee sold at this mom and pop owned cafe. So, of course, we had to start there. Have you ever had Turkish coffee? It is, simply, amazing. I mean, so damn good, even if you don’t like coffee, YOU WILL LOVE THIS STUFF.