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#HipNJ Takes on Seattle

by Alyssa Villasenor

Happy #TravelTuesday #HipNJ! This weekend my cousins and I took on Seattle, a city of rain and endless Starbucks.

We left early on Friday morning from the Newark Liberty International Airport. Our 6am flight was on time–but we were not. We rushed through security just to make our flight. We moved so fast my cousin actually lost his hat. The staff was patient with us the whole time, thankfully, and didn’t mention how none of us were wearing our shoes, only socks.

We stayed at the lovely Hyatt Place Seattle/Downtown Hotel, which was close to the iconic Space Needle. We had a great view of the Space Needle and got to see it light up at night from our window.

Our first meal was at The 5 Point Cafe. It was decorated in stickers and neon signs, one of which brightly announced “We Cheat Tourists-N-Drunks Since 1929.” The food was delicious and I had the “No Huevos” Rancheros, one of their many vegan options.

We spent our trip exploring downtown Seattle and Pike Place Market. The atmosphere was quite different from New York’s. First, the buildings were a lot shorter, and I was surprised every time I looked up and saw more sky than towers. The mood of the city was calmer than that of New York’s, in a way that was almost confusing as shops were closing up around 8pm. And of course, the air was cold, wet, and rainy, but the city still looked beautiful.

We visited the Gum Wall and were slightly grossed out, but enjoyed reading the little notes people stuck on the wall.

We enjoyed a S’more Sundae at Shug’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream, a cute ice cream parlor that I already want to go back to.

We even saw diving Santa at the Seattle Aquarium!

Overall, Seattle was a wonderful city to spend the weekend in, but it felt nice to return to the slightly-warmer, less-rainy New Jersey!

Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day

Media from around the world gathered at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on January 28th, 2014 to catch a glimpse of the coaches and athletes battling at MetLife Stadium this Sunday for Super Bowl XLVIII.

HipNJ corespondent, Lisa Marie Latino, chatted with A-list media personalities Rich Eisen and Hank Azaria, as well as top players and coaches from the Seattle Seahawks, including Pete Carroll, Michael Robinson and Kam Chancellor.

Former players Shaun O’Hara of the New York Giants and Cecil Martin of the Philadelphia Eagles voiced their excitement over the Big Game being held in their beloved state.  And retired Rutgers defensive tackle, Eric LeGrand tells us what team he’s rooting for!    

Find out why New Jersey is the ultimate Super Bowl host by watching now!