McClung StyleStreet view of Pioneer Square
As Super Bowl weekend approached, both Jen and I wrestled with who to root for. Manning, brother of Eli and commercial comic extraordinaire, definitely holds a place in our heart. I mean, how can you not like the guy? And then there are the Saints of New Orleans, still recovering from one of the worst national disasters in US history and led by a grizzly quarterback that has a look and style of play that takes you back to those ruff & tumble QBs of the 70s. So the scene was set and it was to be the highlight of our weekend – or so we thought!
Friday was a night in, with cocktails, city lights, music and laughter. The week was behind us and it was time to take in some relaxation. We recently purchased a nice little compact bar from Crate & Barrel and it was time to put this little bad boy to work. Somewhere around our fifth Vodka Cranberry / glass of wine, we decided to find out if Elton John and Billy Joel would be performing near Seattle anytime soon (there is a longer store to this that I won’t bore you with). A quick Internet search later and there they were, the tandem was to appear at Key Arena in the Seattle Center, a short 10 minute Monorail trip from our apartment. Jen sprang into action navigating multiple ticket vendor sites, checking prices, comparing this one with that one until about an hour later we closed the deal on two eTickets. In less than 24 hours we brainstormed the idea, purchased our passes and secured plans to watch two legends engage in a fierce piano dual that promised to be nothing short of spectaclular!
Saturday, like many weekend days, was an adventure that wasn’t planned until our feet hit the street. We decided to explore urban transportation by jumping the SoundTransit Ligh Rail to Pioneer Square. This historic district of the city hosts Seattle’s first Skyscraper in Smith Tower. The worn brick streets and old buildings can at first appear a bit “seedy” (like the classic looking alleyway pictured to the right), but after one’s eyes adjust to the surroundings you quickly realize that the area is quite beautiful and picturesque. A wide assortment of traditional pubs and restaurants line the busy streets that host an eclectic mix of city dwellers and tourists alike. Patrons browse shops tucked in historic buildings adorned with iconic advertisements of days past. The infamous Seattle Underground Tour is offered at a fair price; without a doubt something we plan to do soon. We stopped for a fabulous lunch at Collin’s Pub while sunning ourselves in the front window as we engaged in some entertaining people watching! Shortly after taking in a rather large lunch we strolled home through the streets of Pioneer Square, the Financial District and Pike Place Market as we made our home to prepare for the evening’s event.Click to Enlarge – Elton is on the Left, Billy is on the Right
Well let’s start by saying this: if you have an opportunity to take in this concert, we highly recommend that you do. This is a show that certainly lived up to the hype. The arrangement gives the audience an opportunity to see these icons perform together as well as on their own, with the show lasting nearly 4 hours! At one point toward the end, the 60-year old rockers stood side-by-side to acknowledge a crowd that roared with applause, and we couldn’t help but to notice that Billy actually appeared shorter than Elton! How could that be? Sure enough, we looked into it and Elton towers over Billy by 2″ at 5’7″ and 5’5 respectively. You know what they say; good things come in small packages. They do say that, right?
Anyway, after the 4-hour concert we had a nice light meal at the Palace Kitchen, one of many local Tom Douglas restaurants in the area. On a side note, all 6 of his eateries are well-known as some of the best Seattle has to offer – many of which are right around the corner from us here at the Metropolitan Tower. We shared a few appetizers including the grilled bavette steak, dungeness crab with avocado and a delicious “plin” a piedmontese style ravioli and called it a night.
Sunday morning arrived and game day was upon us. We thought about the various venues that we had to choose from, and after failing to get a table at Fox Sports we settled on the Tap House Grill. The food was great, service was good and we relaxed and watched the entire game from start to finish. Incidentally this was the very first restaurant we visited back when we took our trip up to the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia in 2008. With that we watched the Saints march to victory and while we celebrated for American’s newest team, our heart sank for Payton. But we all know that will not be his last shot to win another ring!
And so came to close another fantastic weekend with great weather and adventure. One month in and we are truly loving it, and the best part is that there is so much more to explore. Stay tuned…
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