Field Trip to Seattle

“FieldTrips” is either a day trip or a few days where I visit food areas of interest which may include farm visits, producers, wineries, restaurants and/or other places that people can visit. This is about offering Vancouver Foodster readers a chance to get out of town and take a “Field Trip” for the day or a few days to explore, learn, taste and experience.

Field Trip to Seattle

I visited Seattle again a few weeks ago,  driving South on Highway 99 to the border and then South on interstate 5 (regular driving time 3 hours). On this trip I decided to visit a hotel that was centrally located downtown Seattle and one that I yet to visit previously. After arriving to Seattle, I checked in at Hotel Andra which was very well situated. Located in the heart of Seattle’s retail district, a couple blocks away from shops at west lake centre, few blocks to Belltown and pike place market.

Bedroom at Hotel Andra

Granite Bar

My guestroom was high up on the 9th floor, my Superia room had 2 double beds, along with nice amenities for use during the stay, a large sitting area with granite counter bar, also had a separate vanity area with lighted mirror and leather ottoman as well as a walk-in closet.


The bathroom featured a separate glass-enclosed shower along with a deluxe soaker tub, deluxe amenities, crisp white Lacava sink, and grey slate flooring. Luxurious bathroom amenities include lighted mirrors, fluffy Turkish towels and our signature FACE Stockholm bath products.

Local 360

Inside Local 360

Chicken & Waffle

On Saturday morning, I headed for breakfast to the Belltown neighborhood which was located a few blocks away from the hotel. Visited Local 360 a fairly new eatery that specialized in what’s locally grown, sustainable fare, American comfort with a twist that is locally produced or farmed in the greater Seattle area and their menu looked great. It was less about a 5 minute walk from the hotel, I had the delicious Chicken & Waffle.

Local 360


1st & Bell

Opens at 8 am for brunch on weekends.

Macrina Bakery baked goods

Macrina Bakery sweet rolls

In the afternoon I visited Macrina bakery back in Belltown, this is a café/bakery that I had visited on previous occasions, there I had a coffee and picked up some baked goods to try. I loved the Squash Harvest Bread along with the Plum roll.

Macrina Bakery

1943 1st Ave S

Seattle, WA


Inside the kitchen of Serious Pie

Making the pizzas at Serious Pie

Yukon Gold Pizza

Kale Salad

I then explored some other areas of Seattle walking and driving. For dinner I decided I would stay in my cozy room and put my feet up so to speak, I headed across the street to Serious Pie to order one of my favourite pizzas to go which was the Yukon Gold Pizza, I also had their Kale Salad for the first time. I had previously visited the other location of Serious Pie, but this was the original location and it was so close to Hotel Andra.

Serious Pie

316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA


On Sunday morning I went for a walk through south lake union neighbourhood which had the Space Needle in the foreground. I then headed over to Whole Foods to pick up a Gala Tude juice.

Cotterie Room

Inside the Cotterie Room

Fried Potato Omelette

Then walked a few blocks through Belltown to the Cotterie Room for brunch where I had the delicious Fried Potato Omelette that was filled with crisp fried potatoes, aged Goudagrilled onions and topped with spring onions with smashed potatoes.

The Coterie Room

2137 2nd Ave  Seattle, WA


Victrolla Coffee

Espresso Macchiatto

I went for another walk this time to the Capitol Hill neighborhood to visit one of my favourite cafes, stopping at Victrolla Coffee for an Espresso Macchiatto.

Victrola Coffee

310 E Pike St

Seattle, WA


Lobby area

I then headed back to the hotel to read some newspapers in the cozy seating area of the lobby before checking out.

Hotel Ändra

2000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle

TOLL FREE: 877.448.8600, T: 206.448.8600,

Stay tuned for my next Field Trip outside of Vancouver.

By: Richard Wolak

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