Sometimes I forget how rare it is in this city to be a born-and-raised Seattleite. I live and breathe this city, and have so much pride for it I could explode with happiness sometimes. So today, I’m starting a city guide for restaurants, bars, shopping, and other favorite things for each of my favorite neighborhoods. I’m starting off with Ballard because it is where I was born and raised. Back in the day, Ballard was a weird fishing town full of Scandinavians. Everyone sort of thought Ballard was an outcast of a neighborhood, but really in the late 2000′s it started to boom and become really popular – tons of condos were built and everyone started to move there, and now it is the largest neighborhood in the city (is it wrong that I feel somewhat cool having lived in Ballard before it was cool? Because I do. Judge away). There are so many fun things to do in Ballard, so let me highlight some of my favorite spots. But since there seems to be a new restaurant, store, or bar opening every week, be sure to share some of your favorites with me so I can keep this updated!