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Trip Report (Long)

rlc | Feb 19, 2003 08:15 PM

Had a great trip to the Seattle area last week. Did not expect to get out at all, as we were coming from Kentucky to baby sit our 17-month-old grandson while our kids were at a Florida wedding. Didn’t think we would have any spare time. However:

-Great lunch at Etta’s while the grandbaby was in daycare. This was our first visit to Etta's. We split an order of mussels and clams. Wonderful. The mussels were more delicate than the ones we had in Baltimore. The clams were more flavorful. Sorry that I can’t remember the sauce ingredients. We were stuffed when we finished wiping the bowl with our bread.

We ignored our filled condition and had fried oysters and dungeness crab cakes. The crabcake was quite different from our beloved Baltimore experiences. Nevertheless, these crab cakes were excellent. The fried oysters were light and delicious.

Split a creme brule. Very good. Bit more creamy than our usual,almost like a pudding, but most enjoyable. Excellent, friendly service.

-Has takeout from The Market Grill. My wife circled the block with our grandson while I ordered. Halibut sandwich and prawn sandwich. Both very good, with the halibut being the winner. Small serving of chowder, and slaw. Both very fresh and tasty. Another first visit. Excellent service. The grandbaby preferred his goldfish crackers.

-We wanted sushi from some of the places I’ve seen on the board. However, none of them seemed close to our location (we were staying in Issaquah), and our schedule was tight. Two places that were recommended by staff in Elliott’s bookstore were not available for lunch (what a wonderful bookstore). So we did a walk-in at Fuji Sushi, Main St., between 5th and 6th in the International District. We have limited experience with sushi and none with sashimi. We each ordered a Bento of the two. We enjoyed it all, although we were not sure of exactly how to eat it. Does each type of fish pair well with the wasabi (?spelling) or the ginger? Our waitress was attentive, but we could not communicate well. No matter. We enjoyed and had fun.

BTW, we loved the Asian food market a few blocks away. I won’t even try to spell the name, but it was fun to explore. So many things we have never seen before.

-Took a quick drive up to Skaget Valley, one-hour raft trip down the river. Saw many, many eagles. Guide was excellent. He lives in Alaska, but works your area in Jan & Feb when the eagles are down. Wonderful day, snow covered mountains, blue sky, eagles everywhere, beautiful clear river.

Food there was disappointing. Had seen a reference to Iron Skillet Grill in Sedero-Wooley. The homemade chowder was quite acceptable, the waitress was overworked but valiant, but we should have ordered their recommended biscuits and gravy. It is just that we get that kind of stuff at home. So we tried their daily special of fried cod and fried shrimp. It was heavy and strong tasting. Still, a good local spot to visit.

-Also took a walk on the waterfront in Kirkland. Pretty, but windy and chilly (I know, what should I expect in Feb, it was much colder in KY). Stopped at Roasters & Ale House. It looked like a chain, but we went in because we wanted chowder. Their’s was the only menu posted listing chowder. Had several lovely ales and the chowder was very good—subtly rich, not too heavy. They also served a pan cornbread, with whole kernels of corn, bit sweeter than expected, but very good.

On three other nights we bought fresh seafood and cooked at home. The tuna we cooked was very good, but the steelhead was outstanding. We had never had it before. Steelhead had been described to us as a cross between salmon and trout. We almost did not try it because, loath as I am to admit it to you guys, we are not salmon fans. It was so good that we had a difficult time buying something different the next two nights.

Thanks for all the information I pick up on your location. We don’t get out to your area often, and we are limited when we do. Our kids don’t care for seafood, or for anything “different”. Sigh!

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