Recipe for a Perfect Day: Tacoma Edition

Recipe for a Perfect Day: Tacoma Edition
Tacoma, WA. Photo Credit: Atomic Taco

Working remotely has had its upsides—easier distancing, short commute, lax dress code, and the flexibility in structuring my day. Though, in weeks when I’ve only left my house to get groceries and I’m struck with a bit of cabin fever, I find myself looking for fresh ways to get out and get reinvigorated. 

I made it a bit of a personal goal to figure out all the pieces to a great day in Tacoma. What I’ve found is there are an endless amount of combinations for an enjoyable tour through the city; and it’s not about what you do, but how you approach it.

The key elements seem to be: 

  • A good playlist
  • Taking the long way to my destination 
  • A beverage or food I love, or have wanted to try
  • Watching the sunset (preferably from a location I’ve never watched it)

The best thing about this great day template? It can be formatted to fit any location, any budget, and any mode of travel available to you. Exploring your home with fresh eyes is a fun way to ground yourself and tap into various communities. 

By straying from the direct route and taking a meandering drive or stroll, you’re afforded numerous opportunities to experience something new. And who couldn’t use a bit of newness injected into a sometimes monotonous schedule?

If you find yourself in Tacoma looking for a great day, my recipe would be as follows: 

Photo Credit: @intentionsjuicebar

Grab a smoothie bowl or cold pressed juice from Intentions Juice and Smoothie Bar in South Tacoma to start your day. Enjoy the fresh fruit blends while you spend the afternoon touring public art in various neighborhoods. 

Tacoma-Pierce County Public Art Tour

Tacoma has no shortage of artistic talent and you can easily check out the unique murals, sculptures, and statues by using the City of Tacoma’s Public Art Tour Map

Photo Credit: @quickietootacoma

As it gets a bit later in the day, head to the Hilltop and visit vegan cafe, Quickie Too, for the chili cheese fries or the Carb Monster. You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Take your food to Titlow Beach and watch the sunset behind the Narrows Bridge. Pair your day with Jamila Woods’ album, LEGACY! LEGACY!, and allow your spirit to reset.

A smoothie recipe for when you can’t make it to your favorite spot:

  • Peach & Blueberry Smoothie
    ¾ cup blueberries
    1 small peach, chopped**
    ½ cup almond milk
    ½ cup Greek yogurt (plain or flavored)
    1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
    1-2 tablespoons honey
    2-3 ounces ice

Blend well and sip from a glass, or pour into a bowl and add fresh fruit, granola or hemp seed, and coconut flakes to top it off.

**Ice can water down the flavor; in its place, chop and freeze your peach overnight (or use frozen peaches from the store).

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