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Quick trip to Seattle report

creepygirl | Oct 23, 200304:18 PM

I took a quick trip to Seattle to see my boyfriend last weekend (flew in Friday night, flew out Sunday night).

Friday night and Saturday morning we munched on some Cinnamon Monkey Bread from Macrina Bakery. It was good, but I think I prefer the Cinnamon Chip Bread from Great Harvest--less sweet.

For lunch Saturday we went to La Vita E Bella in Seattle, at boyfriend's suggestion. We split an order of portabella mushroom bruschetta, which I liked a lot. They had a lamb pasta special, which I ordered. Very good, very simple pasta dish. Boyfriend had a prosciutto panini with some very fresh-tasting mozzarella.

Saturday evening we took a bus into Bellevue and went to Amore Chocolates (more about this in a later post). For dinner, we went to Mediterranean Kitchen and had a fantastic meal there. The soup was kidney bean soup, which tasted of fragrant cinnamon and tart vinegar. It was a nice change from the usual lentil soup that gets served at Middle Eastern restaurants (which I still like very much). We got a bowl of hommos for an appetizer. This was nicely spiced, and addictive--even though I'd been warned that the portions were huge, I couldn't stop eating it. Boyfriend had the famous farmer's dish (chicken wings) and I had some sort of kebab combination plate (lamb tenderloin, kefta kebab, and chicken). The wings were good, but I thought they were a little heavy on the vinegar in the marinade. Boyfriend thought that they were good but had too much garlic sauce. My kebabs were all tasty, but I only had a few bites of each--got full much too quickly. I would love to go back and try more--I hear the fried cauliflower is to die for.

Saturday afternoon we headed over to the International District for Banh Mi (thanks for all of the suggestions, folks). We tried Banh Mi 88 first for a BBQ pork banh mi. Pork was a little sweeter than I like, but otherwise good. Then we went to the new location for Saigon Deli and got tofu and chicken banh mi. Neither filling really appealed to me, but the bread and pickled vegetables were terrific. Boyfriend had never had a banh mi before, and was amazed at how good they are, and how cheap they are. I love getting to share good food finds with someone who will appreciate them.

Since I had a 5:00 flight, my Seattle culinary adventures ended there. There's never enough time and stomach space to do everything that I want to. Luckily, I'll be back at the end of October/beginning of November, and hope to fit in visits to a 25 for $25 restaurant, Salumi, and other places on my restaurant "to do" list.


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