9 Must Try Restaurants In Downtown Seattle From A Seattlite

9 Must Try Restaurants In Downtown Seattle From A Seattlite

Some foods are worth the mile-long line; some others - not so much.
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After living in Seattle for 9 years, I consider myself a Seattlite. From numerous trips downtown with friends, here’s a list of the best food places to visit - created by a local!

1. Pike Place Chowder

Recognized internationally as the best clam chowder in America, Pike Place Chowder boasts numerous awards including multi-year champions of clam chowder. Although the lines are usually at least 20 minutes long, this chowder is worth every minute of the wait. I would stand in line with tourists every week just to get their New England Chowder because it is just that good.

One downside of this place is that it’s located in a small alleyway, making seating scarce and often hard to find.

2. Mee Sum Pastry

Located just across the street from Pike Place Market, this small shop sells piping hot Asian breads that are just too delicious to pass up. From beef curry hombows to chashu pork buns, this place sells it all.

3. Piroshky Piroshky

Also located across the street from Pike Place, this popular Russian spot sells both sweet and savory pastries, allowing people with all cravings to have something to choose from. I recommend the potato and mushroom piroshky and the ham, cheese, and spinach.

4. Storyville Coffee

Hidden above the Crumpet Shop, Storyville Coffee presents a modern ambiance and is a perfect place to get some work done or study for classes. Because they roast their own coffee beans, this place makes tasty lattes with a velvety milk texture, although the french press could be a hit or miss depending on when they were brewed.

5. Dick’s Burgers

Famous for its affordable burgers and delicious milkshakes, Dick’s Burgers is a local favorite. It holds a status similar to In-N-Out in California. For $1.90, this place serves up some decent cheeseburgers. Of course, with this price, don’t expect anything high quality or gourmet, but it does fill you up and leaves you satisfied.

6. La Marzocco

“Their lattes are good” - my boyfriend.

Known as an Italian espresso machine manufacturer, La Marzocco does not disappoint with their coffees. The whole shop is extremely instagrammable, and they even have a radio station in the shop. For an aesthetically pleasing yet tasty drink, order the latte or cortado.

7. Emmett Watson’s Oyster Bar

Emmett Watson’s Oyster Bar is a hidden gem in the back corner right next to Seattle Cutlery. They serve all your fresh seafood desires, from fried clams to seared fish. I really enjoyed their half-dozen oysters, which are freshly caught from the local bays. The half dozen platter offers flavor profiles that range from everything between refreshing ocean (almost salmon roe-like) and sweet clams.

8. Gelatiamo

Personally my favorite gelato spot anywhere, Gelatiamo offers a wide range of flavors, from the traditional to the unexpected. Before serving the gelato, this place places their metal cups in the freezer to delay the melting process, allowing customers to savor their frozen delight for longer periods of time. The rice gelato is a must try for anyone.

9. Daily Dozen Doughnut

Fluffy, tasty, and moist are all words that describe this already-famous spot. For $4, you can enjoy 6 small but extremely tasty donuts. These treats are great finger foods to eat while enjoying and exploring Pike Place Market.

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What 'The Drink You Bring To Class' Says About Your Personality

I think we're ALL #thirsty.
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Sometimes it's a well thought out protein shake made in a blender bottle, a smoothie from a Nutribullet or a venti cappucino with 3 extra shots and a pump of caramel from Starbucks.

No matter what it is, we all have a preferred drink we bring to class.

1. Aloe water drink

You probably follow #fitspo trends on Instagram, but you're not sure if the drink is actually healthy or not. Sure, aloe on the outside of your body is good for it, so what happens when you drink it?

2. Very Large™ iced coffee

You tell your friends, "caffeine doesn't affect me!" but two hours later you're in class with tunnel vision wondering if the new boots you bought will go with your denim skirt.

3. Naked juice

I mean, it's made of sugar basically but you probably think it's the healthiest thing you can get at the convenience store on the way to class. Who needs Starbucks when you can juice your way to a 2,000 calorie diet?

4. Jamba Juice smoothie

It's a step up from a Naked juice but not any better. You probably also follow #fitspo accounts on Instagram and think that drinking a sugar smoothie will get you #swole. It won't.

5. Boba tea

Maybe you're an international student or maybe you're just an American who loves Asian culture, calls everything "kawaii" and can't live without pho. Or maybe you just picked one up on the way to class because a student group was selling them. That's cool too.

6. Unidentified colored liquid in a water bottle

Who knows. You're a complete mystery. It could be Emergen-c, it could be alcohol, it could be a flavored iced tea packet. We can't figure you out.

7. Soda

Your teeth are probably rotting or you don't care what people think of you.

8. Coffee from the pretentious shop on campus

Ugh, we get it. You pay for your coffee without using points. You're so bougie it hurts.

9. Water in a Nalgene bottle covered in stickers

Probably think you're so hip and cool, but no one cares. A sticker that says "Mind the Gap"? Soooo original, Sarah.

10. Gallon of water

Either you're a frat boy who lost a bet, or you just feel a great need to be hydrated. This doesn't make sense. Carry a water bottle like a normal human.

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How Watermelon—A Fruit—Became Oklahoma's State Vegetable

THIS SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED.

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When someone tried to tell me that watermelon was the state vegetable, I giggled. Considering myself as someone who always takes the objective approach, I decided to the research. Google verified that watermelon was the state vegetable AS OF 2007.

I cannot even use time and ignorance as an excuse for this. When Oklahoma had mistletoe as the state flower in the 1800s, it was because mistletoe was not known to be a parasite that decimated precious tree populations. Once politicians found research proving that mistletoe was indeed a parasite, Oklahoma legislature decided to choose a new state flower that properly represented growth instead of poison within the environment. This is not necessarily the case with the state vegetable.

According to Don Barrington, the senator that sponsored A bill proposing for watermelon to be the state VEGETABLE said that the "controversy" had been solved. Apparently, the categorization of watermelon as either a fruit or a vegetable WAS AN IMPORTANT CONTROVERSY FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF OKLAHOMA.

Sorry if you are reading and it feels like I am yelling by putting important phrases in all caps, but everyone needs to be alerted to the fact at HOW PREPOSTEROUS THIS IS. IF I CANNOT GET OVER IT, YOU CANNOT GET OVER IT, EITHER.

Turning back to the main point, we have had many important controversies that the Oklahoma legislature has had to handle with seriousness and wisdom. One includes fracking, and another includes our teachers not being paid enough to teach across the state of Oklahoma. Road construction has been another important issue amongst others. Therefore, there really was not a reason for AN ENTIRE BILL TO BE WRITTEN FOR WATERMELON TO BE CONSIDERED LEGALLY AS A VEGETABLE IN ORDER TO BE THE STATE VEGETABLE.

According to Senator Barrington, he claimed that watermelon was a member of the cucumber family, so it could, therefore, be a vegetable. However, he was met with dissent from a fellow senator who literally pulled out a dictionary and read it, proving that watermelon is considered to be a fruit everywhere else. Senator Barrington also boasted of how watermelon as a state vegetable would boost his "watermelon-growing Rush Springs constituency" since he apparently won a local contest for spitting watermelon seeds the farthest in 1994

Not only is it a problem when politicians ignore definitions IN THE DICTIONARY, but also the problem is cucumbers ARE ALSO NOT VEGETABLES. Senator Barrington claimed that watermelon had to be a vegetable because it is a part of the cucumber family. The issue with this is that scientists have classified cucumbers ALSO AS FRUITS, specifically fleshy fruits that are called Pepos. Therefore, Senator Barrington desired for watermelon to be considered as a vegetable under false claims that it could be a vegetable.

In 2015, Senator Nathan Dahm wrote a bill, Bill 329, to revoke watermelon's designation as the Oklahoma state vegetable. However, watermelon is still the state vegetable because we have many watermelon festivals and some politicians can win competitions for spitting watermelon seeds.

NONE OF THIS SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED.

THIS IS A PROBLEM BECAUSE IT HAPPENED, AND WATERMELON BECOMING A LEGAL VEGETABLE SHOULD NOT BE A PRIORITY FOR POLITICIANS.

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