We ate our way through Seattle and we still fit in our clothes — here’s how we pulled it off

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There was no way we’d resist getting a cup of joe while in the area. Actually, our preferred beverage is the Americano. More than one snooty barista has dissed our choice referring to it as a water-downed espresso. Whatever. We love them.

After exploring Seattle’s waterfront area, Pioneer Square and the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park our 11-year-old son, Aren, suggested we try a Seattle cafe crawl. He had ulterior motives. He was munching some cookies at Zeitgeist, just across the street from the historical park, so I’m pretty sure he was focused on the pastries, not the coffee aspect of the trek. He immediately pulled up some information on his iPhone and pointed us to the Capitol Hill neighborhood, which has the highest concentration of roasters.

Might I gently suggest that you spread any caffeine-laden tours across multiple days unless you have a final exam or paper due?

Nevertheless, we visited a variety of remarkable cafes. Our favorites include Victrola Coffee Roasters, Vita Coffee Roasting Company and Kaladi Brothers Coffee. These establishments get top marks because of their top-notch Americano, but also because of the ambiance and friendly service. But Kaladi surpassed all and it had everything to do with their gluten-free raspberry and cream scone.

Yes, the pastries are just as important as the coffee, especially when you have a family in tow.

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Of course, you don’t have to be a roaster to have great coffee and pastries. On one of our walk-abouts we discovered Top Pot hand forged doughnuts. It’s a local chain and we found a location below the monorail that was only a few blocks from our apartment.

Fortunately, the discovery was made just before our departure date because they had more than two dozen varieties of specialty donuts and I like to be thorough in my research when I’m covering sweets. Perhaps too though.

Down the street, we stumbled upon Macrina’s Bakery. They serve all kinds of delicacies both savory and sweet. This was our rainy day lunch stop where we sipped steamy cups of tea while the kids gobbled up crusty bread and soup. We should have grabbed an extra baguette to go with dinner.

When you start feeling guilty for all the good food you’ve devoured in Seattle, step on over to the Confectional. You’ll know you’re there when you see a sign that says, “Forgive me chocolate, for I have sinned.” They sell bite-sized cheesecake treats in a wicked display of confectionary debauchery.

Our favorite mini cake was the white chocolate raspberry, but the quadruple chocolate and caramel were pretty awesome too.

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So how did we finish this trip in the same clothes we started with? The secret is to keep active. We walked everywhere. From our place in Belltown just about every major attraction in the city was less than two miles away. We averaged between eight and ten miles walked each day.

Seattle is the kind of town meant to be walked regardless of the weather. How far you plan to go is up to you. Once our rental car was parked safely in the basement parking lot at our vacation rental we only took it out only once, to visit the irresistable Mt. Rainier.

We did quite a bit of walking there, too. But that’s another story.