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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Xperience Seattle










Happy Tuesday!

Living in Seattle my whole entire life, I never did anything 'touristy' besides going to the Space Needle and riding the Great Wheel down at the Seattle Waterfront. I was recently invited to experience an Seattle activity courtesy of Xperience Days. They are a company that provides most of the major cities in the United States with all kinds of fun activities that you can possibly think of. You can choose your location, search for the activity, and filter by price. You then book your tickets and they will send you the confirmation certificate once all has been chosen. They make it really easy for you!

For my experience, they had sent me a list of Seattle activities to choose from. I, of course being the major foodie, wanted to try out the Pike Place Market Culinary Tour. I've known about it forever but never had the real urge to go just because I've walked around Pike Place Market hundreds of times and know most of the great food places within the market. So I had thought...! I was super excited about it and even better that I got to bring along my husband/photographer. :) We started out at 9:45am to meet up with the group and our tour guide, Brett at the Market Theater nearby the infamous gum wall (pic above). There was a total of 16 people in our group which was nice because then you won't get too spread apart. They provided individual headsets to put in one ear so you can hear the tour guide as if you were standing right next to him. He started off with the history of the Pike Place Market and even more through-out the whole tour. Things I never even know of! Did you know that the first Starbucks ever wasn't where it's currently at in the market? Mind-blowing!

Here are the food stops of the Culinary Tour:
(plus what we ate!)

Daily Dozen Doughnut Company - mini cinnamon sugar donuts
Market Spice - market tea (#1 seller)
Pike Place Fish - 3 types of smoked salmon (The famous fish throw!)
Frank's Quality Produce - local apples, green, and red grapes
Pike Place Chowder - seafood bisque and New England clam chowder
Chukar Cherries - variety of cherries
Beecher's Handmade Cheese - mac & cheese and hazelnut cracker with flagship cheese
Piroshky, Piroshky - beef & cheese piroshky and apple cinnamon roll
Etta's - Tom Douglas' dungeness crab cakes

Impromptu stops with samples:

Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt - cheesecake and berry greek yogurt
Rachel's Ginger Beer - blueberry and original ginger beer

The tour lasted for two hours. Unfortunately we pretty much ate the food so quickly that we didn't have a chance to take photos. hehe.. but it was fresh and delicious! Trust me! :) I would have to say my favorites were the Pike Place Chowder Seafood bisque and the Tom Douglas' dungeness crab cakes. So good!! Right after the tour ended, I went back to get more seafood bisque and try their other chowder as well. We also received an VIP card to use amongst all the stops we went on along with other participating local businesses for a 10-15% discount. A great deal!

Thank you to Xperience Days for allowing me to take a day to have fun being a tourist in my own wonderful city! And if you are ever in the Seattle area, I would highly recommend this culinary tour. Or if you want to check out their other activities, click here for more! 


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Disclaimer: Activity was courtesy of Xperience Days for this sponsored lifestyle post. 
All honest opinions and thoughts expressed were my own. 


28 comments:

  1. this looks like a lot of fun! your pictures came out great. i'll have to see if they do this in boston :)

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  3. this sounds like such a fun day out. it's so funny that we never seem to do the touristy things in our own city.
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  4. Thanks for sharing nice spots in Seattle. I don't mind visiting one day.

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  5. that's so neat! What a great way to see your own city! =)
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  6. I would love to experience this tour. I have read about this fabulous market before and a friend from the UK recently visited it and loved it! Great photos.
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  8. I have been to pike place a few times and always during winter! I remember the first Starbucks being there too :) next time I would love to go back during summer time and enjoy the outdoor :)

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  9. I am a sucker for a great culinary tour and this sounds (and looks) like it was amazing! I want to eat all of this!

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  10. Great photos at Pike Place! I love eating down there :) How did you like Rachel's Ginger Beer?!

    Kara

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    1. I love Rachel's Ginger Beer!! OMG! We went back and bought a jug full of their blood orange ginger beer. So yummy! :)

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  11. Wow gorgeous photos - Seattle is a beautiful city! Looks like you had a great day. xx Kat


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  12. We should hang out next time I'm home!

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  13. Gorgeous pictures. I think it's important to be a tourist in your own home from time to time. Makes you appreciate it more!

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  14. Love the pics! I always love doing Seattle 'touristey' things even though I've lived here my whole life!

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  15. I am really lovin' the photos, great post! :)

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  16. one of my fav places to visit! i am always amazed by the flowers! like heaven on earth!

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  17. yums! I'm glad you had a good time -Del

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  18. What an awesome post! This makes me want to travel even more, I love posts like this, showing off some local flair!

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  19. The place seems awesome, I would love to visit, maybe one day soon ! Greetings from Italy

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  20. Thank you for coming on the tour with Brett! Your photos are stunning. We look forward to having you out on a tasty food tour again soon! Maybe the Booze n' Bites tour? :)

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  21. The culinary tour sounds delicious and amazing!

    xo, Yi-chia
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  22. What a fun opportunity!! I definitely need to check out this tour. :) Thanks for sharing, Sheila!

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  23. Love this post!! I'm so glad that they contacted you to have this experience, the pictures are beautiful....hmmm time to plan a trip to Seattle!


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