|Drink up, it's sunny! Calvados cocktail at Bar Sajor - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
I actually had my sunny-day wander through Pioneer Square a while back, but I'd been saving this post because on the day I walked around this historic neighborhood of Seattle, it was so warm, it truly felt like summer! I gave myself a Treat Yo Self afternoon pass one blessedly not-busy Friday, to meet up with my friend and photographer, Dana, who's behind It's My Darlin', a fabulous street style blog, which is also published in the Seattle Times, so I'm sure you've seen her work in the interwebs or the newspaperwebs. She is in a rare and treasured circle of friends who won't judge me for hauling a camera around, going at a snail's pace, taking pictures of everything -- probably because we all do this. Birds of a feather, right?
I really wanted to wander Pioneer Square, to see the new places, as well as revisit the character-rich neighborhood that I remember vividly when I first moved to Washington over a dozen years ago. A lot of treasured Seattle neighborhoods are facing a kind of Death by Real Estate, because of new construction and rapidly skyrocketing rent amounts that's pricing-out the people who really want to live and be a part of those neighborhoods (ahem, Cap Hill) and will always be vigilant on keeping things like a Baby Gap from opening in their neighborhood. Granted, there's nothing inherently wrong with new Midcentury Modern-derivative construction and Baby Gaps, but there's something sincere and real about a shopworn neighborhood with visible mileage. I like seeing the cracks in a place; sometimes the world is too perfect. Even if it means avoiding eye contact with the screaming homeless dudes, and walking through a crazy thick fog of pot smoke as I exited the Pioneer Square metro tunnel and made my way to meet with my friend.
|Sunny afternoon at Bar Sajor and water pitcher selfies - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|London Plane's wine bar and magnolia leaf-covered ceiling - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
|The edible delights of London Plane - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Drinks and snacks at the Merc - go here to shop/drink/shop some more - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|The world is full of wonderful discoveries and treasures -- get out there and enjoy it! - Photos by Wasabi Prime|