ask Trent about
desserts • food markets • parks • cheap food • neighborhood tours
What do you do and why do you do it?
I am a Junior Account Strategist, working in PR + Social Media. There's always something to learn in this industry, yet I get to stretch my thinking every day. PR + Social Media let me interact with all sorts of personalities and social trends, all while allowing full creativity. Who wouldn't want that?
Were you born and raised in Seattle? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Seattle?
Nope! I'm an Alaskan, born and raised. I came to Seattle for my education, which ended up being the absolute best city for an Alaskan to move to. The Pacific Northwest is without a doubt one of the best parts of the United States.
What’s your current hood in Seattle and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
Currently, I'm rooted out of Capitol Hill–a neighborhood that's known for food, nightlife, and characters of all sorts! The best part? You can walk downtown, meet up with friends, or relax. On the other hand, Capitol Hill is a bit dirty and rowdy (a mini Los Angeles).
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I'll listen to any music that has a good beat that you can run or dance to! I'd describe my music taste bordering between indie, pop, and rap. Tinashe anyone? There's not a limit to what I'll listen to. Oh, except punk or screamo music.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
I'm a reality TV junkie: Survivor, Big Brother, Amazing Race, and my guilty pleasure, America's Next Top Model. An honorable mention to Jane the Virgin, such a good show.
Name some spots in Seattle that are good for a Tinder date.
If you're a dessert fanatic, go check out Hello Robin for delicious cookies and housemade ice cream sandwiches. Right after, go check out Volunteer Park–it's the perfect place for a picnic on a sunny day. For an elegant date? How to Cook a Wolf in Queen Anne.
Who’s your hero and where in Seattle would you take them out for a serious hang?
My real hero? My mother. My celebrity hero? Barack Obama. He's the most amazing president we have ever had, and I love his personality. I'd totally take him to Full Tilt for few games of pinball and a quirky atmosphere. Obama would be down for the adventure.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
H&M and Zara are my budget heroes. I'm a basics kind of guy. Everyone looks good in a t-shirt, jeans, and nice shoes.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
You'll never catch me waiting in line at the "original" Starbucks in Pike Place. It's all a lie! It's not even the first Starbucks location, the first one burnt down. There are way too many coffee shops to explore in our hipster city.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Something I love to do in Seattle is going canoing at the Waterfront Activities Center at UW. It's so relaxing and refreshing to be out in Union Bay on a sunny day. Not to mention, it's fairly inexpensive.
Where do you go in Seattle for a casual night out?
For a casual night out, I'd grab some friends and head over to Tacos Chukis. It's this tiny little taco place that just opened a second location in South Lake Union, but the tacos are out-of-this-world.
Where would you go in Seattle to celebrate some freaking good news?
My instincts immediately go back to Alaskan rituals of spending the night with friends around a bonfire. A perfect place to do this? Golden Gardens near Ballard. There's a beautiful, sandy beach with bonfire pits ready for you to celebrate around.
What’s your choice of transportation in Seattle and why?
If you're coming from Sea-Tac, use the Light Rail. It only gets you north and south, but to get to the city, it's the best way. Once you're ready to explore, don't be afraid to hop on the buses! OneBusAway is an absolute lifesaver. Seattle's generally walkable if you're just wanting to stay downtown.
What are the Seattle spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Pike Place. Starbucks Reserve. Fremont Troll. Fremont in general. Suzzallo Library. Kerry Park. Green Lake. Chihuly Garden and Glass. There's so much to do and see!
What are the Seattle spots tourists should run from screaming?
AVOID THE SPACE NEEDLE LIKE THE PLAGUE. It's overpriced, not that tall, and not the best view in Seattle. If you're looking for a view, spend the cash on the Columbia Tower.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Seattle. How do you spend it?
I'd round up my friends, head over to Green Lake, and spend the day relaxing in the sunshine. Green Lake is a special area; basically, it's the escape from the city life, except you're still around people. Everyone is just so friendly around there.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Barcelona, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. That city is so colorful, so friendly, and so vibrant, everyone should go there at least once. Rome is a close second, but Barcelona takes the cake.