This is for all my Yaktown friends, who I miss dearly! Okay, so here are my favorite places to eat and shop in Yakima. 1. Ummelina's, this is a day spa retreat, it is a must do if you live in Yakima or are visiting. This has to be one of the best spas on the planet! It feels like you've been taken to an exotic land. You can choose different excursions, Marrakech, desert, or a tropical rain forest. You can relax in tranquil waters, have a massage, sip on herbal tea, whatever you choose it takes all your cares away. Oh, and they make all their organic teas, soaps, oils, and shampoos. They have 2 locations; one being in Yakima and the other in Seattle. You won't be disappointed!
2. Escencia downtown artisan bakery and coffee shop. This is a perfect place to start your day with a cup of locally roasted coffee and a homemade pasty. A great place for lunch too! They serve homemade soups and sandwhiches, menu changes to daily specials and sometimes they offer red chicken curry, yum!!
3. For a downtown nice restaurant, I always enjoyed Cafe Melange. Especially during autumn, they offered
butternut squash ravioli with a cream sauce with sage and walnuts, oh it is the best!! They also, have pasta with their in house basil cream sauce. I like this little quaint place, nice atmosphere and good food and they use local produce and serve Washington wines. Advice, not a cheap meal, but a nice date out.
4.Now, for a cute, ladies lunch place, try White House Cafe. It is an old white house, they has a little country gift shop and serves breakfast and lunch. They make a great chicken salad sandwhich and soup.
They do a great job with their garnishes and desserts. A great place to take your girlfriends.
5.My favorite restaurant, Taj Palace (indian cuisine). They serve a lunch buffet, which is great for newbies to indian food and dinner off the menu, except Sunday nights, they offer a dinner buffet. I love this family that owns this restaurant, they are sweetest, nicest family and they do a great job with their food and atmosphere, welcoming and making sure every customer is happy when they leave. My favorites, veggie samosas, chicken karahi, navrattan korma, chicken biriyani, kabuli naan, chai, keer pudding, and rose lassi.
Okay, don't order all of this, just some of my faves from there.
6. Kabob House, an Iranian restaurant, a great lunch place that serves gyros, kabobs, and other mediteranean dishes. It gets busy and crowed, but great for lunch and they also, have a side grocery where they sell their products. Iranian tea, excellent!
7, 8, 9, and 10 Shopping, Garden Girl, fun downtown boutique that sells plants and unique gifts. Patina, is also, downtown on Yakima Avenue and it is a fun shop of used goods that sells, clothing, homeware, jewelry, shoes, just a fun artsy shop. Okay, at the mall a fun, trendy, cheap clothing store is Romy. It's based out of Seattle. Last, but not least, the Little Soapmaker. A little shop downtown, where the owner makes her own soaps, lotions, and candles. She can even create whatever scent you like.
Okay, hope that you enjoy my top 10 in Yakima and let me know your faves.
- I'm just a mid-west girl, who's traveled the world and would love to share some of my favorite things with you. Some of my favorite things are: cats, dogs: especially huskies and pugs, all things art: painting, pottery, card-making, stamps, the ocean, indian food, all things moroccan, italian, hand-made goods, soaps and candles, bright colors, blues, dark chocolate, coffee and tea, kringla, nesting dolls, tudors, medieval times, english cottages, history, reading, traveling, and learning about other cultures.