We are Jaz & Theo! We a wedding photography team in El Paso, here to serve our couples and photographers. We enjoy traveling, making friends, wearing cute outfits (including hats), and snuggling together often.
We had a great 4 day trip to Seattle and Vancouver. We have been loving these short trips that are closer to home. We started the trip off in Vancouver Sunday evening. We went to Joe Forte’s for dinner and had some amazing food. Theo, my dad, and I each tried our first oyster and didn’t think it was too bad. I got some expensive Truffle Oil French Fries but way worth it and they give you a lot of fires, more than I could eat by myself and thats all I got besides one oyster!! I love truffle oil fries and now I am craving more! We also go some delicious Creme Brûlée too. This was a nice and fancy restaurant and we loved seating outside even though we missed out on the live piano player. Our waiter was from the Philippines and spends his summers in Vancouver and the rest home in the Philippines. He is odd because he doesn’t like seafood and its even odder for a Filipino to not like Balut. He was a great waiter!
After we ate dinner we walked out to the bay and the Olympic Cauldron and liked seeing it at night. Monday morning for breakfast we journeyed back here, just two blocks from the hotel. We ate at De Dutch and had dutch pancakes, they even had gluten free! We loved eating here because we got to watch some of the planes take off and land on the water while we ate!
We then took a drive through Stanley Park and then crossed Lions Gate Bridge, the blue one!
We went to Lynn Canyon and were blown away with how many trees and moss there was. The suspension bridge and waterfall was amazing.
Theo had too much fun on the suspension bridge and you can see some of the asians in the umbrellas that were scared to get on because he kept rocking it. Heck we were scared to get on till Theo had his fun but then he worried us when we all got to the middle and it bounced even more!
Walking on these wooden walkways was fun. The Twin Falls was worth the hike even if it was raining the whole time, good thing it was just sprinkles.
Gastown was next on our list and was full of little shops, tons of Canadian themed souvenir shops. The little steamed clock was fun to listen to when it went off.
There was so much maple syrup flavored food, cookies, candy, and of course lots of maple syrup. They even had a chart to show you what the different flavors compared.
For lunch we travel to Granville Island Public Market, which reminded me of Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia but a quarter of the size and everything looks a lot nicer, especially the restaurants. The popcorn gentlemen at West Coast Gourmet Snacks (or the popcorn stand) had amazing caramel popcorn. He talked to us for a while and told us about the coins being called Loonies and Toonies. He had even been to Phoenix before!
We drove to Seattle after but it took us much longer than we had anticipated since we left around rush hour traffic and got slow in Vancouver but once we were out it went fast. Still took about four hours and got to the Seattle downtown hotel at bed time. On Tuesday we went to Pike Place Market at around 8:30 which might have been a bit too early since only the fish markets were open!! But within an hour the bakeries were starting to open.
The Gum wall seemed more disgusting but that could be because I think chewing gum is disgusting.
Cinnamon works has some really good gluten free lemon blueberry muffins and oatmeal monster cookie and much more that I didn’t get to try. Watching the huge cheese batch at Beechers was fun while we ate.
We walked down toward the water front to go to the Seattle Aquarium and got there just when they opened at 9:30 so we had the place to our selfs for a little while. They announced when a diver was in the main tank right by the tickets and gave a little knowledge about the fish. We were a little sad the otters weren’t out since we love them but we really enjoyed the birds. The attendant with the birds said that they have lost quit a few birds due to a raccoon getting in!
Close by was the Argosy Harbor Tours so we got the first ride of the day and it was an hour long and we got some amazing skyline photos and learned more about Seattle. We found that the they built these docking places fro cruise ships even though cruise ships didn’t ever stop there. Well a few years later they started to see some and now they get over 40 a year! I guess they were right about the “build it and they will come.”
We grabbed lunch at Pike Place market and this time we tried Le Panier, a french bakery. Everyone got sandwitches and a cinnamon roll, while I got four French Macaroons. The passion fruit one is very good. We started to walk toward the Space Needle and stopped at this bakery called Dahlia Bakery, may parents got the coconut cream pie slice.
We made it to the Space Needle and went all the way up! The view is really nice. You can purchase tickets to go up again at night and ours had that included but we got too tired and the sunset at around 21:00!!
Next was the EMP Museum (which is now the Museum of Pop Culture) that the monorail goes through. We did think it resembles the Disney Concert Hall in LA but copper colored. Inside there was a Fantasy Land, Science Fiction Land, and a Star Trek exhibit! All of these are full of props, costumes, and other things from movies and a TV shows that fit in the certain category. The Star Trek exhibit was an extra $5 more per person and Theo and I are not big Star Trek fans so we opted not to go but my parents did and they enjoyed it. In Fantasy Land they even had some swords and staffs from Lord of the Rings, my favorite was the costumes of princess Buttercup and The Dread Pirate Roberts. Science Fiction land had many props and costumes. Some of my favorite was the 2001: A Space odyssey ship model, some costumes from the Fifth Element, Aliens, Galaxy Quest, and many more. They also had an Indie Game Revolution place full of computers to play some of the Indie games. The pixel sculpture that surrounds the games is really cool. The tower of guitars is also very impressive.
We stayed at MoPOP over an hour and had to leave when they closed but luckily the next thing on our list was open later and the thing I was looking forward to most. Chihuly Garden and Glass was by far my favorite, I am sure if you are into any kind of art you will like this. We got there around 5:10 and as we were getting our tickets checked the kind lady told us to go wait at the gift shop if we wanted to go see the last glass blowing demonstration at 5:15. We were all excited for this so of course we went and saw this before we even saw any of the exhibits. Glass blowing looks really hard but the finished product is beautiful. We then went to the beginning and saw all the exhibits, at the Sea on you can get a free photo taken by the official Chihuly photographer in that room.
After we were done at Chihuly we went for food above the Seattle Children’s Museum, is the Armory food court. MOD pizza does have some good gluten free and lots of toppings which is always my favorite. Theo and my dad got some english meat pies and really enjoyed them from Pie. You can then catch the Monorail here in the food court and was a fun way for us to get home. We got the CityPass and it really helped us get to do the big things that we wanted to do. The Aquarium, the Argosy Harbor Tour, The Space Needle, The MoPOP, and the Chihuly Garden and Glass. We didn’t even had to hurry to do everything on the CityPass, unlike when we went to Philadelphia.
Our last day Wednesday we stopped by Pike Place Market for breakfast and then stopped in at the Seattle Art Museum. The large tree in the lobby was interesting, Theo and I watched a little movie about them making it and we don’t think it was the best way. They went out to the woods and found a huge tree and spent two weeks doing casts of the trunk and branches! Then they came back and used up lots of wood from different trees to make the sculpture. The cool part was that for over a year people could come and help for free to put the little wood jenga pieces together. The Native totem poles and masks were my favorite and I don’t get to see those where we are from. Soon after we had to leave but we were able to squeeze a quick trip to the Seattle Temple before we caught our plane.