The Boys Eat Seattle

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We’re back in our house (finally!) — but we’re still up to our eyeballs in moving boxes, and I’m bleary-eyed from having to get up every three hours in the middle of the night to feed Big-O his pain meds. (His surgery went smoothly, and he’s doing his best to put on a brave face, but my little guy’s silent, stoic tears are breaking my heart.)

Since I’ve been too crazed to document my eats today, let’s flash back a couple of weeks and revisit our stay in Seattle.

As you’ll recall, I was in Seattle to attend BlogHer Food ‘12, and my husband and the boys decided to tag along for the ride. (Here’s my quick recap of the conference for those of you who want a refresher.) While I immersed myself in all things food-blog-related, the boys made a mad dash around Seattle, stuffing their faces with (mostly) Paleo grub. They picked restaurants exclusively from the list of suggestions that y’all provided (thank you!), and took photos to make me jealous.

Here’s a peek at all the fun I missed back in Seattle:

After a wonderful dinner at Lola the night we arrived in town, the Double-Os insisted on returning for breakfast the following morning. On the way to the restaurant, the boys stopped at Westlake Park to expressed their appreciation for public art…

…and then dug into plates of eggs, sausages, and bacon.

It appears that their dad guzzled a good amount of hot caffeine to power him through a day of schlepping small children around the city.

With full bellies, the boys hopped aboard the monorail…

…and soon arrived at Seattle Center. I’d encouraged them to check out the King Tut exhibit at the Pacific Science Center, but according to my husband, the place was swarming with mummy-obsessed kids on end-of-year field trips. So rather than braving the lines, Fitbomb decided to escort the kids over to the EMP Museum to learn about rock ‘n roll and science fiction. (Of course.)

There, my children marveled at Kurt Cobain’s canned meat collection:

And spent a couple of hours generating an unholy cacophony in the Sound Lab studios.

The Double-Os may not have any musical chops (yet), but they’ve clearly mastered the art of the rock star pose.

There’s a lot more after the jump…

After a quick peek at the museum’s Avatar exhibit (where Big-O got to “act” out a scene from the movie on a motion-capture set)…

They grabbed a couple of souvenir KISS ski masks and headed out for lunch.

At Uneeda Burger in Fremont, Fitbomb couldn’t say no to the BACONATOR (sans bun)…

…and chased it down with some sweet potato fries.

Next up: A neighborhood playground, where the kiddos made some new friends.

At dinnertime, I met up with the rest of the family, and we hit Local 360. (Read all about our meal here.)

On Saturday, while I headed back downstairs for more BlogHer Food action, the boys visited Capitol Hill to check out Skillet Diner, home of the world-famous Bacon Jam.

Rather than tucking into a big jar of the stuff, the boys shared a plate of bacon and eggs, and Fitbomb tucked into a big Cobb salad. (He reports that it was excellent.) 

Big-O is slightly obsessed with ghost stories, and had read somewhere that Pike Place Market is haunted, so the male members of the NomBomb clan spent the day hunting for apparitions among the fresh produce, seafood, and meat vendors.

Their ghost hunt was interrupted only when I joined them for lunch at Steelhead Diner.

The last time we were in Seattle, we enjoyed several meals at Steelhead, and I’m happy to report that the food is still as good as I remembered. The husband and I shared a plate of steak and eggs with roasted shiitake mushrooms…

…petrale sole meunière (I asked for it to be prepared without gluten)…

…and a side of roasted broccoli.

Then, I headed back to the conference, and the boys went to check out a wall covered with chewing gum.

Fitbomb accompanied the Double-Os on a spooky guided tour of the haunted spots in the Market

…and then finished the day with a hearty supper at Etta’s. (Ghost hunting makes little boys hungry!)

For dinner: mussels with green garlic, romesco, and sherry…

…and wild sockeye salmon with cherry-onion relish, greens, and asparagus.

Before heading to the airport on Sunday morning, the entire family gathered at Lola’s (again!) for our traditional get-out-of-town brunch.

We added extra bacon and sausages to our orders. I had a crimini mushroom omelette…

…and Fitbomb devoured a grilled asparagus scramble.

Instead of toast, we got some fresh fruit.

Lola was the perfect bookend to our weekend.

I love Seattle — beautiful city, wonderful people, great eats. And I don’t even mind the weather! With any luck, it won’t be long before we visit again…


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