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Seattle to Bellevue for Newcomers

Pei | Oct 12, 2008 09:28 PM

SF 'hound here. Some relatives of mine are moving to Bellevue, and I'll be visiting around Thanksgiving. None of us know anything about Seattle, so any and all help is greatly appreciated! We are a family of omivores, raised on Chinese food but with a deep love of exploring all kinds of cuisine. I'm going to ask for two kinds of advice here.

For Me:
-as a visitor from SF, what should I not miss in Seattle? I'm looking specifically for coffee and whatever it is types of food that Seattle does best.
-are there food-centric neighborhoods to just wander?

For Them:
-what are the best places to shop for groceries? Is it mostly farmers' markets (even in the winter?), Whole Foods type markets, or national chains like Safeway?
-is Bellevue well equipped to supply an Asian kitchen, or will they need to plan a lot of long weekend drives?
-what's the food scene like in and around Bellevue? Does anyone have some favorites?
-they are moving from Rowland Heights, a heavily Chinese-populated Los Angeles suburb. Should they expect culture shock in terms of the availability of cheap eats?

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