Over Memorial Day Weekend, I took my first trip to the Pacific Northwest, visiting Seattle and Portland. I loved Seattle for its vast biking and running trails, abundance of yoga studios, and surplus of grass fed beef. After I stepped off the airplane (see my airplane snacks here)
My first stop was Pike Place Market where I had the most delicious lunch at Market Grill. You can’t beat grilled salmon, salad, and brown rice!
After lunch and ample digestion, I decided to go to Urban Yoga Spa for a hot power yoga class. I have mixed feelings on hot yoga. I liked working up a good sweat after sitting on a plane for 6 hours, but it was soo hot! The teacher said it was 100 degrees! I think it’s a good workout, my heart was certainly beating quickly, but I just wonder if it is a better workout than regular yoga or a workout in a standard temperature where your heart rate is rising because you are doing more strenuous exercise ?
Another meal of fresh fish was on deck for dinner! Umi Sake House was so delicious that my husband and I actually ate there twice in three days! You know when a meal is so good, you just want to eat it again? That’s what happened at Umi Sake, especially with this Ahi Tuna Tower
The next day, I woke up and went for a run at the on the trails along the Puget Sound that are part of the Olympic Sculpture Park.
Post run breakfast was at Evolution Fresh. I know this brand from their green juices sold at Starbucks, but I had no idea that they have brick & mortar cafes in Seattle and San Francisco. I had the lemon, ginger, cayenne shot and green smoothie bowl (fresh kale, pineapple, mangoes, greens juice, pineapple coconut water, topped with granola and seasonal fresh fruit). I actually went here twice during my trip and have to say it’s a little disappointing. The service is slowwww. They were out of ginger, and gave me the wrong dish. Their menu looked really yummy so I wonder if possibly they do a better job with lunch than breakfast.
In the afternoon, my husband and I did a light hike in Discovery Park, but not before eating another Asian inspired meal. Can you see a theme here?
On Friday, we drove to Portland, and did much of the same things we had done in Seattle with the addition of wine tasting in the Willamette Valley. I went to my first Core Power Yoga class which I really enjoyed. This time the heat was a cool 85 degrees! After class, I had another first, my first pitaya bowl!
The Pitaya Bowl was from a bicycle powered juice bar. You could pedal the bike in order to make the blender run.
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How do you feel about hot yoga?
Do you ever eat a meal and then immediately start craving it again?