Hey, guys. Welcome back. Today, I’m here with Philip Clem, an incredible singer and songwriter from Seattle, Washington. He now lives in LA. He’s at my house and he’s going to tell us about life in the state of Washington. You’ll learn about the stereotypes and whether or not they’re true. You’ll learn about the culture, food, weather, and, of course, about our special guest. Philip is a great guy and I hope after this episode you feel like you know him a little bit better, and the state, of course. And maybe if you’re like me, you’ll start planning your next trip!
Before we begin, I want to share a little bit about Washington State. I say Washington State because it’s often confused with Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. Washington D.C. is on the East Coast, south of New York, and Washington State is on the West Coast. So just to clarify, they are not the same thing. Today, once again, we’ll be speaking of Washington State.
Washington State is located in the Pacific Northwest and it borders Canada to the north and Oregon to the south. It was named after Washington, George Washington, the first president of the United States.
The state capital is Olympia. However, most people living in the state are somewhere near Seattle. Seattle is home to a lot of business, a lot of action. It’s home to world famous companies as well, like Amazon and Microsoft, Starbucks, Boeing, Costco, UPS. The list goes on.
Seattle sits on the Puget Sound with water and islands to the west and a stunning skyline when you’re facing east. Among the high rises, you’ll see the Space Needle, a 605 foot high observation deck with a rotating restaurant on top. So while you’re eating Seattle’s remarkable seafood, you can marvel at Mt. Rainier off in the distance, which is an active volcano covered in snow throughout the winter and surrounded by wildflower meadows and rushing rivers in spring.
Washington is known for its rain and therefore also for its lush greenery…
Seattle Food + Park Recommendations from Philip!
- Espresso Vivace – a local favorite.
- Toshio’s Teriyaki
- Teriyaki Madness
- Pike Place Market – Grab a meal at the Athenian and have a frosty beer, or a cider, with a view of the Puget Sound.
- Salty’s – delicious seafood. A bit pricy, but well worth it.
- Ivar’s – a local favorite, affordable. Try the clams + chips.
- Visit Volunteer Park
- Visit Seward Park