Olympia. A place with sweet surprises around every corner. Last weekend, we took a break from venturing around Portland and took a road trip up to Olympia, Washington. Our friends Daniel and Monica fell in love with Olympia last summer and could not wait to show us around. One of Monica's good friends .... Ellen lives in Olympia, so she gave us the insider scoop. First stop was The Bread Peddler for breakfast, and I must say expectations were high as Monica and Daniel shared stories of perfectly made pastries, poached eggs drizzled in a balsamic reduction, and a place that has French charm. And, it just so happens those high expectations were met ... The Bread Peddler was in fact DELICIOUS. My chocolate croissant brought me back to France and my poached eggs on toast with goat cheese made me want to scream in joy!!
With full bellies, we made our way to the Olympia Farmers' Market where we admired an assortment of cheeses, bought juicy apples and tried Olympia oysters. For lunch, we grabbed sandwiches at the Bread Peddler and sat admiring the Sound. Yes you read that right, we did go back for lunch ... it was too good not to. After lunch we all had one thing on our minds ... coffee ... so we made our way to Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. Olympia Coffee Roasters is now marked high on my list of favorite coffee spots as the coffee was made just right, shots of espresso weren't pulled too long, the barista was stylish and friendly, and the foam was perfectly made. I sat and savored every last sip and if it weren't for my friends ... I could have sat there for hours taking in the sweet smells of espresso.
Our last stop was Burfoot Park where we walked under gorgeous trees, skipped rocks at the water's edge, and simply soaked in the sights and sounds of Olympia. Just like when I leave Portland ... I left Olympia in awe of the Pacific Northwest.