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Sightseeing Meet Up


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Lantern Lodge

So I am planning on arriving in the Seattle area at least on the Wednesday before the Con and would like to go sight seeing, exploring, and have a great time. I have tried to convince a hand full of locals to attend the Con with me, but most are poor, busy, or to unreliable to go.

So I was wondering if anyone else on the boards is interested in a gathering of gamers who plan on arriving early or locals? A sort of meet and greet to explore the city and have fun while waiting for the Con to start on Friday.

Personally I want to go to Card Kingdom and Cafe Mox (At least on the 5th cause it looks like they are closed on the 4th) and probably will want to go to a few other places, like the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and the Underground Tour.

Osirion RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4; Contributor; Publisher, Legendary Games

I could be up for it. I also can offer up to 3 free entries to the Pacific Science Center at Seattle Center and free tix to whatever IMAX movie happens to be playing as part of my family membership.

Lantern Lodge

That would be great. I don't get to travel much so I want to make this occasion a fun one, besides PaizoCon of course.

Shadow Lodge

Another stop I'd suggest is DTwenty Games in Normandy Park, just 5 minutes West of SeaTac Airport. It's fantastic. Kind of like a smaller version of Card Kingdom. It's also my friendly local game store. It's more of a 4e haunt than Pathfinder, but that's just because I haven't had the time yet to take Mike Brick up on his generous offer to come down and get Pathfinder Society going strong.
If anybody would want to go in there on Thursday night before the con and blow everybody away, I'd definitely get it on their schedule.
I'll bet we'd get a lot of interested gamers...

Hell, I might have to just use these boards to get something huge going before then...

- Rebis Ouroboros

Taldor Contributor

I'm coming in on Thursday. I didn't get much of a chance to see the things I wanted to last year and would be up for a group trip.

Osirion

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Not sure of plans yet, but my spouse and I are arriving late the 3rd, might be up for touring on the 4th.

Taldor PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

I am not sure of how crazy my schedule may or may not be, but I'm thinking of perhaps giving another tour this year.

We usually hit Pike's Place market in the AM, head down to the waterfront, check out things, eat at Ivar's something, and either do the Aquarium or the Seattle Underground Tour in Pioneer Square. Then back to Redmond for the Meet and Eat. Full day.

Again, no promises yet.


Timitius wrote:

I am not sure of how crazy my schedule may or may not be, but I'm thinking of perhaps giving another tour this year.

We usually hit Pike's Place market in the AM, head down to the waterfront, check out things, eat at Ivar's something, and either do the Aquarium or the Seattle Underground Tour in Pioneer Square. Then back to Redmond for the Meet and Eat. Full day.

Again, no promises yet.

canyou tell me if Pike Place Market is open (and worthwhile) on Saturdays or Sundays?

myGF and I will have to pack sightseeing into the con weekend

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32

Pike Place Market is open every day. It is insanely crowded on weekends between the locals off work and the extra tourists.

If you go, make sure to check out The Daily Dozen. Freshly-fried mini donuts for cheap.

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion

Ross Byers wrote:

Pike Place Market is open every day. It is insanely crowded on weekends between the locals off work and the extra tourists.

If you go, make sure to check out The Daily Dozen. Freshly-fried mini donuts for cheap.

Piroshky Piroshky as well.

Paizo Employee Digital Products Assistant

Liz Courts wrote:
Piroshky Piroshky as well.

Their baked apples are something to behold. It is known.

Osirion RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4; Contributor; Publisher, Legendary Games

It is known indeed.

My must-have at the market is the baked curry beef hum bow at Mee Sum Pastry. Nom! So good!

Pike Place Chowder in Post Alley is also very good and has half a dozen or more varieties sure to please every palate (assuming you like seafood soup)!

Chocolate croissant at Le Panier Bakery = nom.

Oatmeal cookie at Cinnamon Works = nom. 3 bucks seems like a lot for a cookie, but it's the size of a dinner plate, not to mention delicious!

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32

Jason Nelson wrote:
Chocolate croissant at Le Panier Bakery = nom.

The food there is good, but the store itself smells funny.


Chris Lambertz wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
Piroshky Piroshky as well.
Their baked apples are something to behold. It is known.

It is known.

If you like to cook, you owe it to yourself to stop by World Spice or Penzeys. They're both delightful.

Osirion RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4; Contributor; Publisher, Legendary Games

Is it World Spice now? It used to be Market Spice, unless there's two spice stores, which is entirely possible!

There is also a Wind-Up Toy Store in the Sanitary Market across from the Pike Place Market - great fun, and a cheap souvenir to bring home for the kids!


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Lilith wrote:
Chris Lambertz wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
Piroshky Piroshky as well.
Their baked apples are something to behold. It is known.

It is known.

If you like to cook, you owe it to yourself to stop by World Spice or Penzeys. They're both delightful.

The corporate office/main warehouse for Penzey's is about 75 minutes from my front door, so I'm admittedly biased, but to people who've never been, Penzey's is its own little gold mine of spice-tacular happiness.


thanks for the many tips, guys

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

OH...and don't forget to hit the international district for some Banh Mi sandwiches. Being on the pacific, Seattle has a strong asian influence and some of the best Asian food in the states.

Real stuff not distilled down for American Tastes. Also it's a good place to get some really good Cioppino since we have dungeness crab native to the PacNW.

Good sushi too. although I am partial to the restaurants further east towards the Cascades as the Sushi Chef I trained under owns restaurants over there.

Osirion RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4; Contributor; Publisher, Legendary Games

For those who like their rock and roll hard, fast, and classic, there is an AC/DC exhibit opening up at the EMP museum at Seattle Center that you might enjoy.


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Warrant wrote:

OH...and don't forget to hit the international district for some Banh Mi sandwiches. Being on the pacific, Seattle has a strong asian influence and some of the best Asian food in the states.

Real stuff not distilled down for American Tastes. Also it's a good place to get some really good Cioppino since we have dungeness crab native to the PacNW.

Good sushi too. although I am partial to the restaurants further east towards the Cascades as the Sushi Chef I trained under owns restaurants over there.

This is the kind of thing I like to see mentioned. I want something unique to Seattle/West Coast when I come out there. I can eat at a chain restaurant here (Michigan) anytime I want, but while out there I want something that I can ONLY get there. Thanks for the tip. I'll be checking that out!

Osirion RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4; Contributor; Publisher, Legendary Games

I'm a fan of Din Tai Fung, which is in the Lincoln Square shopping center adjacent to Bellevue Square. It's one of their only US locations (I know there's one in Los Angeles and may be one in New York, don't recall).

It's about a mile west of the Coast Hotel where they held previous PaizoCons, but still a short car ride from Redmond.


Jason Nelson wrote:
I'm a fan of Din Tai Fung...

Gah! I keep meaning to make it over there. Damn it.


Liz Courts wrote:
Ross Byers wrote:

Pike Place Market is open every day. It is insanely crowded on weekends between the locals off work and the extra tourists.

If you go, make sure to check out The Daily Dozen. Freshly-fried mini donuts for cheap.

Piroshky Piroshky as well.

Liz is absolutely correct!!! I can't wait to get back there and have both the Daily Dozen and the Piroshky!!!!! Make sure you have time though. Traffic was very bad and you can get sucked in to all the wonderful shops.

Paizo Employee Assistant Software Developer

Lilith wrote:
Jason Nelson wrote:
I'm a fan of Din Tai Fung...
Gah! I keep meaning to make it over there. Damn it.

Yeah... Doh... keep doing other things.

Qadira

Timitius wrote:

I am not sure of how crazy my schedule may or may not be, but I'm thinking of perhaps giving another tour this year.

We usually hit Pike's Place market in the AM, head down to the waterfront, check out things, eat at Ivar's something, and either do the Aquarium or the Seattle Underground Tour in Pioneer Square. Then back to Redmond for the Meet and Eat. Full day.

Again, no promises yet.

Agreed, definitely a full day but at least I will get some sleep this year for Friday. Nothing like seeing all those Paizo folks dead tired on their first big day.


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Any other suggestions for neat, Seattle/Redmond-only (i.e. non-chain) unique eating establishments?

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion

Plenty! How deep are your pockets? :D

Village Square Cafe is a nice diner. The pancakes are awesome, but be prepared for a wait. If you value your sanity, don't go on Sundays.
Iyara Thai. Best pad thai ever.
El Matador. Great margaritas, and great-for-Seattle Mexican food.
Spicy Talk. Wide variety of Sichuan food. Ranges from "not spicy" to "OMG it burns so good."


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When I went to NorWesCon *many* years ago, I remember going to a place called Kobe on Union. Does it still exist?

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