Visited Seattle last weekend. Here are the culinary highlights.
Arrived in Seattle late Wednesday night. Boyfriend greeted me at the airport with a box of Dilettante dark chocolates, which were excellent.
Thursday afternoon my parents drove in from West Yellowstone. We wanted a quick lunch, and went to Jones Barbecue in the mall food court again. I had the pulled pork sandwich with spicy barbecue sauce, which was just the right amount of heat for me. Boyfriend had the hot link and ribs sandwich. My dad had the ribs, which he thought were good, but a little on the sweet side for his taste.
That evening we went to Nishino for dinner. We ordered dynamite, the albacore/taro chips appetizer, the grilled squid on a bed of chard, and a baked crab dish that my dad thought was interesting. Dynamite was fabulous as always. I was worried that the crab thing would be too much like the dynamite, but it was seasoned very differently, and was a very different dish in spite of looking so similar. We also got some albacore and mackeral sushi, both of which were excellent. Dinner ended with a bang--my mom and I each ordered the rococoa cookie dessert, and the cookie was fabulous. Soft and fresh-tasting, deeply chocolatey with just enough orange flavor to pique the interest. The ginger ice cream that came with was very good, too. Usually the ginger flavor in ginger ice cream is either too strong or too weak, so I'm particularly impressed when someone gets it just right.
My brother flew in from the Bay Area later that night.
On Friday we went to Salumi. Our goal was to get there right at opening, so we ended up hanging out in front for a while before they opened, and studying the menu while we waited. When we got in, I found out that they were out of lamb prosciutto again--I'm dying to try it--so I ordered the lamb sausage. Boyfriend had prosciutto with figs sandwich. My dad ordered the "tribute to the pig" sandwich, with pork and pork sausage, I think. My brother ordered the smoked meats plate. My mom decided to order the zucchini salad and sample everyone else's dishes. The lamb sausage was excellent. Sort of spicy and sour note, and a strong lamb flavor. The tribute to the pig sandwich was an amazing thing--very succulent, and an amazing blend of flavors. The prosciutto/fig sandwich was good, but a little too sweet for my tastes. I think my brother may have done the smartest thing by going for a variety of meats, since everything is so well done there. Once again, the special dinner menu written on the blackboard sounded utterly sublime, and I envy anyone who can get in to such an event.
After visiting a park, we went to Matt's for dinner. I started off with the Piri Piri clams, which were fabulous--loved the combination of beer and spice. I had ancho chili short ribs with cornbread and slaw. Ribs were tender and only slightly spicy. Boyfriend had a stuffed chili pepper, which he liked, but wanted more corn, less chili. I can't remember what everyone else ordered. We were seated at the counter, which meant we got to watch the cooking, which was interesting. A very capable looking young lady was handling it all that evening. I was impressed by her efficiency and ability to multi-task, all while producing high quality food.
On Saturday, we had breakfast at my boyfriend's place. My parents had brought up some smoked salmon, so we made smoked salmon with scrambled eggs, plus bagels and cinnamon chip bread from Great Harvest bakery.
We went to a cousin's house for burgers for lunch/dinner, and brought a Fran's Cabernet Torte for dessert.
On Sunday, we went to Malay Satay Hut for lunch. We ordered roti canai and the fish head curry soup. My mother picked out mango and tofu salad, my brother the dry curry chicken, my dad a seafood noodle soup. The mango salad was good, though I found it a bit too sweet. Dry curry chicken was good, as usual, and the seafood soup was good. The fish head soup was fabulous--as rich and spicy as I remembered, and the eggplant and okra just soaking up all of that goodness. My parents and brother seemed a bit less taken with the fish head soup and Malay Satay than my boyfriend and I are. I don't know if different selections would have pleased them more, or if it's just a matter of taste.
Sunday dinner at another cousin's house was really fresh, really red grilled salmon, which was lovely.
On Monday, we went to Maltby Cafe for breakfast. We ordered one of the behemoth cinnamon rolls, which was very good, very sweet. I had eggs and bacon. Eggs were ok, but the huge serving of bacon was wonderful. Thick cut, chewy--why can't I get bacon like this in Phoenix? The biscuit and marionberry preserves that came with eggs were also very good. My mom had the oatmeal, which she said was very good. I can't remember what everyone else ordered.
Since my brother and I had flights going out that afternoon, that ended our Seattle culinary odyssey. Of course I'd love to have them come back and take them to even more places . . .