The Ideal Saturday in the U District | Spring 2018

The Ideal Saturday in the U District | Spring 2018

Okay, so here's the deal. You have a Saturday free of family obligations, catch-up errands, and the sun looks like it might be staying to play. 

You live just north of Seattle and you just aren't in the mood for traffic. But the Alderwood Mall lost it's ring about 15 years ago and you're still sore from that barre class you took last night with the instructor who has no mercy. With shopping and hiking out of the picture, you are stuck trying to figure out what to do and what the heck to wear. Now, you have to decide what to do. Because Lord knows, we do not waste sunny days around here. So grab a friend, and let's go. I did the planning for you, because a proper Saturday should involve very little thought. 


5031 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
First things first. This market is packed in the Spring, busting with all kinds of pretty green things now that the tired winter root veggies have gone back into hibernation. It's also vital that you get there before all the tulips are taken. And I mean, who doesn't love farmer's market samples? 


4130 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Nothing says spring better than a plate full of fruit, right? Enter Portage Bay's famous topping bar, stage left. What's that you ask? Unlimited access to mounds of beautiful fresh fruit and whipped cream that will look very nice on top of your oatmeal cobbler french toast. Their menu is ridiculously fresh, full of local ingredients. Making it perfect for Saturday brunch, no matter how picky your friend is.


Because I genuinely think they are Seattle's best roaster, and if you're nearby Seattle's best roaster, you have to go. My recommendation? An oat milk cappuccino.


Okay, okay--so this is technically Wallingford, but it's only a hop over the freeway and I make the rules here. While your coffee is still hot, enjoy a walk around the lake with every other Seattlite (and their pasty white legs) who also decided they needed some vitamin d.


2108 N 55th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Now that you've walked a full 5k and dodged several children on scooters (and adults on roller blades), it's time for a grown up dinner. And what says grown up more than manila clams with grilled bread? Mkt. is part of the Ethan Stowell Restaurant gang, and lives up to it's name. I mean it has "sea wolf bakery bread, butter, and sea salt" on the menu. What more could you ask for?

Now that you're been sufficiently fed, walked, and caffeinated, I'd say it's perfectly acceptable to head home and guiltlessly binging on Fixer Upper.

Cheers + happy Saturday to you!