2 years ago during my trip around the world, I was visiting Seattle with Brad & Corey and we had planned to head out for dinner. I am a pretty fussy eater at times, so was brad, being that it was only my second time in Seattle, I didn’t know where to go and I had really just been starting to get into twitter just prior to that trip. So I thought I might try something out. I tweeted out for some help on where to eat. I was given a recommendation of a restaurant by someone on twitter. The recommendation was for Steelhead Diner down by the market place. I instantly fell in love with the restaurant and when I returned for my interviews with my job later that year, I returned (it was restaurant week). I also got another recommendation for Skillet Diner from the same person. Who would of known at the time, but that person to this day has never failed with their recommendations to me.
@Seattlemaven on twitter (or you can just call her Ann which is her real name) was the person who gave me that first recommendation. Since there are so many places to eat in this city, I have needed help to find the best places and Ann has never let me down… EVER. So many of the places I have eaten at like Barrio, Hudson, Steelhead so many more, all have been suggested by Ann, all of them I have loved. When Yena came to visit me, she told me she wanted a night out on the town. I had no idea where to take her, so I turned to the one person who had yet to let me down. I reached out and got some tips of the places that fit what Yena had told me what she wanted.
In the end we only had time for one place out and we went with what was a favourite. If @seattlemaven loves it it HAS to be good right? That bar was Suite 410 and Yena loved it. It was as though they combined two of her favourite bars from back home into the one place over here. With Yena loving it so much, I felt that I had to reach out and write this blog post, because a simple thank you would not convey just how much I am grateful for making one of my friends so happy.
Funnily enough Ann works for the Seattle Visitors Bureau (@visitseattle) and all I can say is that if you EVER need any help in seeing or doing something in Seattle or need help in finding out where to eat, drink or be merry, They can help. In this day and age it is tough to find out who to trust with recommendations. Sites like Yelp, Urbanspoon etc are good, but it is tough to work out the real from the fake. I know now who to trust and I suggest you all listen when you see a suggestion from these guys, because it is spot on!
So to Ann I must say a big, giant THANK YOU! For being the fantastic wealth of knowledge of all things Seattle that you are, but most of all I want to say just how grateful I am that you can make me and my friends happy, that you are kind enough to share your knowledge and passion for this city, asking nothing but kindness (or maybe the occasional bit of food porn) in return.