An early morning run set me up for a day of eating and drinking, the first stop of which was at the ubiquitous market. A stroll around the inside was enough for me in a pretty quick time, I knew it was popular with tourists but.... I much preferred the bit out on the street which seemed to be much more local producers trading their wares. Having not decided on an eating venue we turned our attention to the evening feed, a rare opportunity on this trip to cook for ourselves, and one I was much looking forward too. But first we needed to find what to drink, so a stop off at soul wines. Really nice little shop, good selection of local wines and knowledgeable staff made for a great shopping experience. We were lead towards a Colombia valley fizz made from muller thurgau by treveri and a syrah from syncline, basically I can't say no to,fizz and I fancied some steak so the decisions were easy. After that we found an incredible butcher dd, at the downstairs of the market, all self aged meat on display in his ageing fridge, looked incredible, we opted for a 48 day fore rib, amazing marbling and not an ounce of water, was looking like a good evening! To go alongside we just wanted salad, so picked up some amazing mustard greens from the outside part of the market, almost wasabi like in taste, really interesting and what was hopefully a good match with the beef.
Now around midday and having been surrounded by all this food a decision was made to hit somewhere local to our apartment for brunch, having dropped bags off. Having no wifi, can't get it to work, in the apartment we had to refer back to alternative guides than ch, which took us to steelhead diner. I must say we were pretty impressed, a lovely outside terrace overlooking the hubbub of the market, some local ales and a good looking lunch menu. Salad of goats cheese and watermelon was tasty and refreshing, as hoped, the Bristol bay salmon with polenta was immaculately cooked and tasted great, the beers were good, sorry cant remember which, and the bill reasonable.
After an afternoon in the sun at the sculptures garden and on the seafront a plan of attack was formed, unfortunately this meant the meat would have to wait as happy hours were calling. Due to the late call on this we actually ended up back at steelhead for their offerings, not bad, maybe a bit too fried for my liking, good hush puppies and onion rings, and good drinking food to be fair, but maybe next time will opt for some lighter fare. From there we ventured to zig zag for cocktails, a great bar, if a little big for my liking. Three very good cocktails were served in martini glasses, one included a mix with Barolo, tasty and dr, almost sobering, which was good having tried both the Ballard brewery beers they had on, a double ipa specific for them and an unfiltered wheat, both very good, but alas I can't remember brewery name, must take notes!
For those of you still reading, there may be a few, the second day was a tour of rainier so no real foodie consumption occurring however the evening did mean we could finally cook that beef, and what beef it was. Fifteen minute broiled and same rested and it was good to go, possibly the tastiest bit of beef I have had, I have had beef cooked better, 24 hour rib for example, and possibly better tasting beef following saucing and or preparation technique, but as a single handed piece of meat goes it doesn't get much better. Buttery fat, crispy exterior, tender, but still a bit of chew inside, and a gaminess that rarely get in uk beef. I think from now I am going to have to ask butcher for minimum forty day hung if they'll hold it back for me. As for the wine, the fizz was possibly too sweet for me, a Demi sec of sorts, tasty and interesting, but not quite there, be great for those who like prosecco. The red on the other hand, initially started closed and light, but opened up into a really great, ,dark fruit, pepper and game wine, soft tannins allowed for that powdery mouthfeel I so like and it matched great with the beef.
Today am hoping for more of a gastro tour, will report back