Klout. I’ve posted about Klout before. I can’t say enough about what an amazing company they are. It’s an honor to watch them grow from when they first started and blossom into what they are today. Klout is a San Francisco company that basically measures your social influence and helps you leverage your influence. I’ve received many awesome perks in the past but this trip to Seattle was definitely by far THE BEST.
Seattle’s Convention & Visitors Bureau basically picked up the cost for the flight and hotel for me and a guest for 2 days in Seattle. They even gave us a $500 Visa Giftcard so that we could truly experience what Seattle has to offer. My tweets were also showcased on the 2 Days in Seattle website for all to see.
I was given a choice of hotels and I selected the Pan Pacific Hotel. I have actually stayed at several Pan Pacifics before and have never been disappointed. I also thought the Pan Pacific Seattle was located in an area that was perfect for me. Most of the shopping areas and restaurants I wanted to visit were less than a mile from the hotel. The airport was about a $40 cab ride away. We were supposed to be in a standard room but we quickly noticed that we were upgraded to the new balcony suite on the 11th floor. The room was perfect for us! It was more like a condo than a hotel room. With my arsenal of beauty products, I was ecstatic that there were 2 bathrooms. I happily sprawled out all of my products in the bigger of the 2 bathrooms.
The front desk had a gift bag for me when I checked in filled with goodies from Seattle. Not only did I get the $500 Visa Giftcard but I also got a $50 Giftcard to Pacific Place, an indoor shopping area with a theater, restaurants and stores including Barneys New York. I also got a bunch of coupons for the restaurants in Pacific Place. The first time I had ever tasted a salted caramel was in fact in Seattle so I was pretty happy to see a box of Fran’s Chocolates in the gift bag. I was even happier when I saw a $25 Giftcard for Fran’s which is located at the Four Seasons Hotel. I am not afraid to admit that I did NOT share these and I ate them within an hour of us arriving in Seattle.
We decided to go explore the downtown Seattle shopping area before dinner. We had reservations at Spur Gastropub which I was really excited about because of all the amazing things I have heard about them. I did leave my heavy Nikon at the hotel while we shopped and ate for obvious reasons although I regret not getting pictures of the amazing food at Spur. iPhone pictures of food lit up by candlelight will have to do.
Spur is a very cozy restaurant that I specifically selected because of not only the food but the ambience. I wanted something not too quiet and a little on the trendy side. It was perfect. All of the dishes at Spur are meant to be on the smaller side so we ordered 4 different dishes and shared everything.
Sockeye Salmon Crostini
Mascarpone. Caper. Pickled Shallot.
Alaskan Spot Prawns
Gingko Nut. Celery Root. Brown Butter.
Pork Belly Sliders
Cranberry. Walla Walla Sweet Onion. Scotch.
Cauliflower. Baby Artichoke. Almond Gremolata.
We also ordered a delicious chocolate dessert but somebody dug in before I got a picture.
After dinner we decided to check out the HG Lodge in Capitol Hill for some drinks and dancing. We met one of the owners, Marcus, who took amazing care of us. He even fed us after we left the HG Lodge at another one of his establishments, Lil Woody’s. Lil Woody’s is a burger joint that uses fresh, hand formed ground beef to make their burgers accompanied with hand cut fries. No preformed generic burgers here! I actually opted for an amazing buttermilk fried chicken sandwich. This was THE perfect after club late night meal. They close at 3am on Fridays and Saturdays so be sure to swing by there if you are hungry after a night of drinking.
We started our Sunday with a perfect lunch at the Purple Cafe & Wine Bar. The restaurant itself was open and bright with an amazing wine rack/centerpiece in the center. I absolutely adored the feel of the Purple Cafe. I was even more in love when I caught a glimpse of their wine and beer selection. I opted for beer since I had plans to watch the Celtics game after lunch. PLUS I noticed that they carried the Tripel Karmeliet which I absolutely LOVE.
The Wild Mushroom Bruschetta we started off with was PERFECT.
We planned to keep lunch light so we decided just to share a Maine Lobster Baked Macaroni & Cheese. It was pure decadence and I highly recommend this dish. For the record, we have gone above and beyond our $500 giftcard awhile ago.
We decided to visit Alive & Well, a brand new boutique, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Marcus, owner of the HG Lodge and Lil’ Woody’s from the night before, is also part owner of Alive & Well along with George & Steve. Alive & Well carries their own in house line as well as other Seattle brands such as Actual Pain & Sausage Skateboards. Being a San Francisco girl, I noticed a Bay Area presence in the store too when I spotted Black Scale & HUF products.
Hope you guys enjoyed a little piece of my trip….
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