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Trip to Seattle/Bellevue report

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Trip to Seattle/Bellevue report

creepygirl | Apr 1, 2003 08:43 PM

This weekend I took a trip to Seattle to visit my boyfriend. I flew in late Thursday night. Friday morning my boyfriend went to Great Harvest Bread to get a loaf of their Cinnamon Chip bread. It was still warm from the oven, and quite delicious, sweet and cinnamon-y without being cloying.

For lunch on Friday, we went to Salumi. We ordered a grilled lamb sandwich and a hot cotto salami sandwich. I thought both were great, (I love grilled lamb and high-quality cured meats) but my boyfriend thought they were a bit too oily. We marveled at the specials written on the blackboard--some wonderful sounding calamari and mussel dishes--and our waiter told us that Salumi does dinner once a week, for one group of eight, and they're booked into next April. Ah well . . .
Undaunted by our substantial lunch, we went to Nishino for dinner. We had a few pieces of sushi (boyfriend liked the albacore best, and I usually do too, but I liked the mackeral the best that night for some reason), and a nice bowl of steamed mussels. Boyfriend ordered ankimo, which he said was good. I tried a little, but it always feels like eating butter to me--I want something to cut the richness. The standout dish was "dynamite"--geoduck, scallops, and mushrooms in a spicy, tangy, cheesy, gratin dish. It sounds absolutely weird but was very, very, tasty. Dessert was a minor tragedy--they were out of Rococoa cookies. These cookies are chocolate chocolate-chip with a hint of orange. I don't even like chocolate and orange together, but these cookies are so great, little food prejudices have to be set aside. I had a bowl of chocolate ice cream, and boyfriend had a banana tempura dish that was quite rich.

Saturday morning my boyfriend's father and stepmother flew in. They present a challenge, as the father is super-adventurous, loves spicy foods, and stepmother is much more cautious and can't eat spicy foods.

We took them to Malay Satay Hut for lunch. We got roti, which was good, and reminded Stepmother of uncooked tortillas. Stepmother ordered ginger beef, which had a nice strong ginger presence, boyfriend ordered a noodle dish with some sort of seafood, which was quite good. I got the dry chicken curry, which was spicy and fragrant, very tasty. Father got fish-head soup, much to Stepmother's disbelief. Boyfriend and I both had some of the soup without the fish-head, and it was fantastic! It had coconut milk and okra and green beans, and was slightly spicy, quite oily. I never would have ordered it myself, so very cool to have boyfriend's father volunteer for such a mission.

Saturday night, I wasn't feeling well, so we ordered pizza. I slept in on Sunday morning, so didn't go anywhere for breakfast. We were pressed for time for lunch on Sunday, so we got food from the deli at Larry's Markets for lunch.

Sunday night we went to Ray's Boathouse for dinner. We started off with an order of fried calamari, which had a nice light-tasting batter and perfectly-cooked squid. We all did the $25 tasting menu. The standout dishes were the yearling oyster and salmon caviar risotto (Boyfriend reported that the salmon caviar played a different role in this dish than in any other he tried) and the sake kasu black cod, which was cooked just right. The chocolate hazelnut cake was apparently very decadent and tasty--I was avoiding chocolate so I didn't have enough of it to really evaluate it.

Monday morning, we went to the Elliot Bay bookstore and I had a buttery blackberry-oatmeal scone. Then we went to Pike's Market and got grilled salmon sandwiches from a little place there.

We went to Neuhaus to buy chocolates, then to Uwajimaya to gawk at the food. Then it was time for me, boyfriend's father and stepmother to catch our flight home.

I'm probably five pounds heavier, and looking forward to my next trip up.

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