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Trip report from a week in Seattle-long

Diane | May 1, 2005 12:53 PM

First, thank you all very much for your help in helping to plan, to me, the most important part of our trip to Seattle-FOOD. As promised here is a brief summary of our meals. Practically right off the airplane we husltled over to Matt's at the Market for a late lunch. We sat at the counter and had fun visiting with Matt and some of his staff. But the most important- the food. My husband had ono and I had halibut cheeks with turnips and curry sauce. Delicious! I always ask staff about other places they like and they suggested we try a samll chef-owned neighborhood place in Ballard.The name of this treat is Dandelion. We happened to sit at the counter- no reservations for parties less than four- and next to the owner- who, because they were training a new cook, there was no room in th small kitchen and she was observing. Carol is in the kitchen and Connie, the other co-owner is in the front. What nice vibs. I had halibut with lentils and my hubby had the special- large ravioli with wild salmon and mascarpone. Even the desserts are house made. I had rhubarb crisp- yummy. The chef says her favorite is banana cream pie.We also went to a late lunch at Salumi. The salumi plate was good, but the special lasagna was dried out and the special sanwhich was just o.k. Sunday we went to Lark about 7:30 no wait. What a delicious meal except for the dessert. All the small plates were wonderful. Especially memorable were the oxtails and the pork belly and beans. The lemon mascarpone tart was very disappointing. I have been a pastry chef and always struggled to make pastries sweet enough for the public. This was not sweet and the rhubarb on top was poached in simple syrup and left whole and very bitter. I don't think the pastry chef even tasted this dessert.Monday we headed to Union. Although all the fish was excellent and the cold pea soup over crab salad was great, I did not think the staff was very good and the place just left me cold. I guess I just like, small chef owned places. Next we went to Harvest Vine. I was almost scared away by recent negatives comments on this board. We had a delightful meal and good service. Beets, asparagus pork belly soup with rice, pork with peppers and potatoes and tuna belly. Even the flan was good. The place to sit is at the counter and we arrive about 7:45 and there was not wait- lucky. We finished this gastronomic week with a meal at Crush. Again delicious- pricey, but well worth it. We had arugula beet salad, crab cakes, short ribs with gnocchi- to die for- and papparadelle with shitakes. My hubby had blue cheese [my hubby can't remember what specific kind and I did not take notes]and red pepper jelly made by our server! I had some great house-made candy. The pastrties were done by a local girl who is still in school, but judging from the menu is going to be a talent. The only general disappointment with our meals is that I don't think the restauratns feature your fine Northwest wines- especially Wash wines enough. Thank you agin for all your help.

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