Just a mere hour and a half away from Vancouver, Seattle is a great place to go for the weekend. We recently went down for the weekend and stayed at the Pan Pacific Seattle. Located in the heart of South Lake Union, just minutes away from downtown Seattle, this contemporary 4-star hotel is modern and luxurious, while still maintaining a small boutique feel with its 153 suites. Opened since 2006, they’ve recently undergone some updates with their interior decor and finishings. Earlier this year, ZAGAT gave the hotel strong marks in its categories of quality (28), facilities (27), and service (27), earning the hotel a top two spot in the city for highest ratings.
As North America’s first Green Globe certified hotel, the property’s award-winning PanEarth sustainability program has raised funds for several local charitable organizations. Ever wonder what happens to all those partially used soap bars in guest rooms? I’ve always assumed they were just thrown out. At Pan Pacific Seattle, partially-consumed soap is donated to Clean the World, a charity that sanitizes and redistributes soap to developing countries around the world. These are just some of the initiatives that take place here, making them one of the greenest hotel chains in America.
Our suite was well-appointed and luxurious, and featured a large free-standing soaker tub in the bathroom. We were welcomed with a bottle of wine as well. We enjoyed a lovely dinner at the Lobby Bar, with food provided by Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar.
Left: Grilled & Chilled Black Tiger Prawn Cocktail – with daikon, cucumber, and spicy wasabi-sambal cocktail sauce. I’m more accustomed to poached prawn cocktail, so this was an interesting take on a classic appetizer. Grilling the prawns definitely added more flavour to the dish, and the sauce had nice heat to it as well. Right: Cedar Plank Roasted Pacific NW King Salmon seasoned with Chef Howe’s famous rub, served with smoked broccoli and citrus rice. The salmon was perfectly cooked on a cedar plank, giving it a subtle but nice woodsy taste.
Left: Sesame Peppercorn Crusted Seared Ahi Tuna, crusted with sesame seeds and black peppercorns, seared rare, served with a Jasmine ginger rice cake, snap peas and creamed wasabi and ginger soy reduction. The fish was fresh and seared to perfection. The burnt crust on top of the rice and the snap peas helped to balance the dish, giving it a crunchy bite. Right: The next morning, we enjoyed a great breakfast from our room, which included a Pan Pacific Breakfast (eggs, sausage, toast), and Salmon benny with hashbrowns. It was the perfect meal to help fuel us for our action-packed day.
MOHAI (Museum of History & Industry)
If you’re an American history buff, then you’ll probably enjoy MOHAI. With a variety of ongoing exhibits and programs, this museum showcases the rich history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region and beyond.
The premier core exhibit occupies the second floor of the museum, and features 25 different periods of the city through the years, from the early Native American settlers and World Wars 1 and 2, all the way to the early years of Microsoft and the rise of the tech sector and beyond. After spending a couple hours here, we left with a much deeper understanding of Seattle’s history, culture and its roots in innovation.
Visit mohai.org for more information on their exhibits, programs, and research.
For years, whenever I’ve visited Seattle, I’ve wanted to check out the EMP Museum, but frankly other plans always seemed to get in the way. I’m glad we were able to find time to visit EMP on this trip. With its unique sheet metal construction, the building is visually captivating and an iconic Seattle landmark. It also happens to be located adjacent to the Space Needle, making it a particularly picturesque spot for tourists.
EMP Museum is home to various exhibits, interactive activity stations, and educational resources. With exhibits that cover fantasy, horror cinema, and video games to science fiction costumes and punk rock and hip hop, it is a gold mine for pop culture junkies.
Left: IF VI WAS IX, a guitar sculpture consisting of more than 30 computers and 500 musical instruments, extends from the ground floor all the way to the 2nd floor ceiling. Right: An entire wing of EMP is dedicated to Seattle legends Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana, who have each developed cult followings especially in their hometown. Shown above is just a few of Hendrix’s outfits from over the years. If you’re a fan of Hendrix or Nirvana, I would definitely encourage you to check out EMP.
The sci-fi and horror film sections offered up-close looks of iconic movie props from Terminator, Friday the 13th, and many more. Visit empmuseum.org for more information on their exhibits. After an afternoon of museums, we set off for dinner at Wild Ginger Asian Restaurant & Satay Bar. Wild Ginger is a Southeast Asian restaurant, combining Chinese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisines on one menu. With one location in Seattle another in Bellevue, Wild Ginger is a popular destination restaurant for many tourists.
Having dinner at @WildGingerRes. Clockwise: Chickpea curry with heirloom tomatoes; Kom Pot Short Ribs (Cambodian style grilled crosscut beef short ribs, soy sauce, turmeric, galangal and honey); Siam Lettuce Cup (grilled sea bass with roasted peanuts, thai basil, lime juice, chili, and tamarind on butter lettuce leaves); Seven Flavor Beef (flank steak with lemongrass, peanuts, chilies, hoisin, basil, garlic and ginger); Black Pepper Scallops seared and coated with soy sauce and black pepper. Overall, pretty solid. Some of the dishes could’ve been spicier, but it was nice that they had green chiles and sambal sauce on the side. The highlight was the chickpea curry.
After dinner, we set off to catch a burlesque show at Triple Door. Located right around the corner from Wild Ginger, Triple Door is a live music-dinner theatre. They’re not only run by the same owners, but the menu offered at Triple Door is pretty much the same as what you would find at Wild Ginger. We watched Burlesco DiVino: Wine in Rome, which was thoroughly entertaining and provided lots of laughs. Now in its 3rd season at Triple Door, the show is set in Rome in 1963, and is a 2-hour celebration of beauty, wine, and frivolity.
And that’s a wrap! Another trip to Seattle in the books, where we got to enjoy new bites, sights, and sounds. We’re always looking for new things to eat, see, and do in this city, so please leave a comment below if you have any recommendations for our next trip!
Disclaimer: This trip was sponsored by Pan Pacific Seattle, Wild Ginger, and Triple Door. The thoughts and opinions are our own and we were not paid for this blog post.