Saturday, April 16, 2022

Sleepless in Seattle

Today was a magical day full of cheap fun.

I scored us free registration at the Earth Day Run at Magnuson Park. 

I didn't win my first 5k but when I saw a guy giving away free Polar seltzers he gave me one of each flavor. Who's the winner now?

We headed to Pike Place Market for some fun commerce. I had seen the Athenian's cool neon sign a few times now so I figured now was the time to take action.

I don't think I realized until I happened to sit down on Tom Hanks' chair that this restaurant was the setting for a scene in Sleepless in Seattle.

I went for the 

"Athenian Seafood Bowl
A house favorite - mussels, prawns, clams, bay scallops, squid, salmon and cod on top of herb rice in a savory fish broth."

Lydia had the distinct honor of sitting in Rob Reiner's seat.

"The Athenian was first opened by the three Pappadakis brothers in 1909. Starting out as a bakery and luncheonette, it was the first restaurant in Seattle to be issued a liquor license where minors were permitted on the premises in 1933. The neon sign above our front door is the original, hung there over a century ago."

Lydia bought some flowers. I'm sure I paid for them. Lydia, much like the Queen, doesn't handle paper money. It's dirty and beneath her.

We'd only just visited Hale's for the first time a month ago, but the place sadly went out of business and now we were here to pick its bones at its garage sale.

There was a lot of interesting stuff for sale: lots of brewing equipment, advertising, swag, and even some actual beer. I bought some heavily discounted stuff that they didn't even have time to label.

I met a yeti later that night who was pretty impressed with my new Hale's Ales hat.

We worked the Seattle Scotch and Beer Fest last night and today we claimed our free passes to enjoy the good times.

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