Posted on October 27, 2008
“ARE YOU GIRLS FROM SWEDEN?”
When I first heard that Jenny Lewis was playing in Seattle, I grabbed my other favourite Jenny and made a run for the border.
Every trip to the United States begins bright and early with breakfast at IHOP. Me, Jenny and my boots loaded up on a short stack with a side of some of the best bacon I’ve ever had.
With our bellies full, we headed southbound on I-5 with only Seattle as our destination.
I was beyond excited to be heading into Seattle for two reasons: 1) I hadn’t been down for a visit for, quite literally, years; and 2) Seattle holds a lot of history for me and my generation, being home to everything from Nirvana to Singles to Starbucks.
Our only hotel needs were sleeping and showering, so we wanted something decent but cheap. After fielding a few recommendations, we settled on the historic Moore Hotel. The building has been a landmark in “Emerald City” since 1907, and is full of charming rooms with a pre-war NYC flair.
With two narcissists under one roof, upgrading from a room to a suite was crucial. And at US$115, it was a deal we couldn’t turn down.
After check-in, we headed out into downtown Seattle and the Pike Place Market area to explore while we killed time before Jenny Lewis was to take the stage at the Showbox Theatre.
The last time we’d eaten was around 8:00 a.m., which after the afternoon we’d had walking around, seemed about three days ago. Hoping to recreate the amazing fish n’ chips experience we’d had in Tofino, we parked our butts at Lowell’s in the Market. Their claim-to-fame is “Almost Classy!” I beg to differ. I would instead say “Almost Tasty!”
Jenny Lewis’ show deserves its own blog post, so check back for that tomorrow. This morning, after a fantastic nine-hour sleep, Jenny and I headed back to Vancouver. Stopping at Alderwood Mall for a tasty treat from Hot Dog On A Stick is also somewhat of a must-do for me when I’m in the States, and Jenny had never tried it before.
We both decided on a large cherry lemonade (my favourite) and a traditional turkey meat hot dog on a stick. The HDOAS staff are notoriously friendly – at least at this location – and Anna was sweet enough to throw in a sample of their cheese on a stick. It tasted exactly like a grilled cheese sandwich – delicious!
My next trip to Seattle will not come soon enough! Check back later tomorrow for all the details and photos from my night in Heaven with Jenny Lewis. You can also check out Jenny’s blog post here.