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Last Minute Weekend Visit

redbird | Jan 11, 201204:00 AM

Hi, My husband is in the Seattle area for several months on a consulting assignment. While I knew I'd be visiting from Boston at some point, I didn't realize it would be this weekend! So my plans to thoroughly research food options are thrown out the window and I'm asking my fellow Chowhounds for guidance.

General thoughts -- Want to keep it low-key (think jeans/khakis) rather than big events. Want to enjoy local fare, particularly seafood and wines. Open to all types of food except sushi (he loves it, I don't). Particularly love authentic Chinese cuisine. Looking for things we can't easily get on the East Coast (like authentic Chinese cuisine and Pacific shellfish). Total food budget for weekend is about $400.

Here's the schedule --
Friday -- Arrive late afternoon. Husband's hotel is in Redmond. Due to the ridiculously early hour I'll be getting up in Boston, we'd like to keep dinner relatively casual and nearby. Maybe Din Tai Fung or Black Bottle Postern in Bellevue? Any killer Chinese or small plates places nearby to consider?

Saturday -- Take mid-morning ferry to Bainbridge Island (have to go to Churchmouse Yarns). Will spend a couple of hours on island. Lunch on the island ideas? Hitchcock doesn't seem to serve lunch at this time of year. Looking for an inventive meal with a couple of glasses of wine. If there's a view, all the better. Take ferry back to Seattle late afternoon and hit a couple of places in downtown Seattle for oysters. (Found a lot of good ideas for oysters in other recent threads!) Follow this with a bit of poking around the downtown area. Then an early dinner (7ish). Keep in mind that we'll be in casually dressed but would like this to be the signature meal of the weekend. Local seafood and wine with a fun vibe is ideal. We will have a car so location is less important than quality.

Sunday -- Not sure about this day's events yet. We would like to explore any mid-century modern furniture stores and other antiques shops but don't know yet if there is a cluster of such shops in any particular area. So we are thinking about a late morning brunch, followed by hitting shops and a bit of exploring. Then some mid-afternoon oysters and wine. We'd also like to find a great prepared food/charcuterie type place to pick up a few things. I have another ridiculously early flight on Monday morning (getting up at 3:30) so we'll do a picnic dinner in the hotel room Sunday evening with our finds.

Any guidance you can suggest is much appreciated!

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