Thursday, June 11, 2015
Around noon, we headed to Sam’s Eastlake Bar & Grill for a brunch with a lakeside view. I ordered the Eastlake Chop Chop Salad, which consisted of chicken, bacon, blue cheese crumbles, red onions, tomato, cucumbers and herbs tossed in buttermilk herb dressing.
Afterwards, we stopped by the infamous Molly Moon’s Ice Cream for a unique flavor experience. I chose to go with Stumptown Coffee and Earl Grey, which was a tasty treat. Grabbing our ice creams to go, we headed to Gas Works Park for another sight-seeing adventure.
Our next stop was the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room, where I was finally able to get my caffeine fix. Upon entering the roastery, we were given complimentary cold brews — a pleasantly different experience from the typical Starbucks I had gotten to know. After obnoxiously asking three different baristas to take our picture, we headed back to University Village for some shopping. (shoutout to those baristas for being good sports!)
Because Shannon wasn’t able to get four hours of work off, Diana and I opted to be dropped off in University Village for some shopping. Being the clutz that I am, I ended up locking my phone in the car. But, we still managed to pass the time eye-shopping and then later chatting by the fountain. Before we knew it, Shannon ended work and it was time to meet for dinner. Shannon, Diana, and I met up with another friend from our hometown, Sarah, who was now in Seattle for nursing school. The four of us satisfied our craving for dumplings at Din Tai Fung and enjoyed Chicken Fried Noodles, Chicken Dumplings, Shrimp and Pork Wonton with Spicy Sauce, and Sautéed Bok Choy.
We also went out that night for celebratory drinks following Shannon’s last day of finals from the day before. We took an uber to The Ballroom, a bar/pool hall in Fremont. The space featured pool tables, a dance floor complete with a dance cage, and an outdoor patio with a cozy fire pit. If you don’t know already, I hate taking photos in dim lighting on account of the poor quality. So, unfortunately there aren’t any photos to commemorate our first night out together. Although, that might have been for the best since there were many drinks involved…To sum it up, it was a memorable first night about the town. 😉