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Seattle Restaurant Week 2013: Lunch at the Steelhead Diner

Seattle Restaurant Week ran this fall from October 13th-17th and the 20th-24th. I went out twice the first week, once for lunch and once for dinner, and one time for dinner during the second week. If you don’t know, restaurant week gives you the opportunity to have a 3 course lunch or dinner (respectively $15 or $28) at a number of Seattle/Bellevue/etc. area restaurants. It’s a great chance to try a new, high-quality restaurant for a very reasonable price. The last thing that I cannot stress enough about restaurant week is that YOU NEED RESERVATIONS. Even for lunch. There may be certain restaurants where you do not, but if you have your heart set on going somewhere, check it at least a week in advance. Many of them allow you to reserve Via Yelp/OpenTable which I’ve had no problems with and which is my favorite way to reserve.

All 3 that I visited had great options for all the courses and very generous portions. But first, I’m going to talk about the Steelhead Diner. First, the menu. There were 3 options for each of the 3 courses, and I chose the tater tots, the pasta, and the pear crisp bar. I do kind of regret not choosing the sandwich for the second course, because it sounded really interesting and the pasta was such a large portion that, while delicious, it was impossible for me to finish.

The restaurant itself is located right over from the Pike Place Market which makes parking obnoxious, but which makes for a pretty view if you have a window seat.

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We were given bread and herbed butter to start.

herbed butter

 

bread

 

The crab and shrimp tater tots came with a great celery leaf salad garnish and a pretty good sauce, considering I am not an “add sauce to everything” kind of person. Also, note the adorable plates that go with the fly fishing theme.

tater tots

 

The next course for me was the pasta, which was a trenne with mushrooms, cheese, and roasted cauliflower. As I mentioned, the portion was huge so I couldn’t finish it, but it was a very good pasta dish.

pasta

 

The absolute BEST part of this meal was the pear crisp. But while we waited for dessert, I had my friend try to get some sneaky decor pictures of the flies in the glass case next to where we were seated.

fly!\

all the flies

 

And now for the dessert! As I mentioned, it was a pear crisp with hazelnut streusel and vanilla icing. It also had the best whipped cream I’ve ever tried, which was so thick and flavorful that it tasted like vanilla ice cream.

dessert!

 

Overall, I would definitely go back to the Steelhead Diner.

right by the market

 

Restaurant Week returns Spring 2014, and if you have the opportunity, go for it!

Post and photos by: Melissa

 


Hiking in Bellingham

A few weeks ago I went hiking in Bellingham with a friend. We went up to fragrance lake and let me tell you, I was not quite prepared for it. It was a beautifully sunny day but still quite cool in the shade. Parts of the trail were pretty steep but it was definitely worth the view at the top. We also took the side trail to the viewpoint. You can swim in the lake, though I’m not sure I would.

Afterward we went over to Larrabee state park to walk around a bit and warm up in the sun. While we were in Bellingham we also visited Pel Meni, the Russian dumpling restaurant, Mallards for ice cream, and Boomers for milkshakes before heading home.

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Bite of Seattle 2013 & Olympic Sculpture Park, plus some Chihuly

This weekend is the bite of Seattle. Naturally this means I’m quite excited and had to partake in the festivities. Twice. Once on Friday and once on Saturday. I highly recommend going to the Bite of Seattle, or any other “bite” type activity you have in your area, as it’s a great way to enjoy a variety of foods from the area at a reasonable price. In my case I went to “the alley“, which is the event’s largest fundraiser, donating the money to Food Lifeline, a local charity. The menu is different on all 3 days, so I posted a link to it above (“the alley” link) but I’ll explain as I show you the food below. But first, the Space Needle. You can also see the fountain spraying water below the Space Needle, which is a fun attraction especially for children as they try to run away before they get wet.

needle and fountain

Friday:

friday food

From the yellow rice, clockwise, and then the middle:

Far-Eats: Tender chicken morsels simmered in an aromatic sauce with herbs & spices then slowly baked with basmati rice until flavors blend
Dahlia Lounge: Ginger pork salad with blueberries, mint and chilies
O’Asian Kitchen and Lounge: Baked Barbecue Pork Pastry
Purple Cafe: Summer Quinoa Salad
Din Tai Fung: Veggie & pork wonton with spicy sauce
Yippie-Pie-Yay: Peach-Bourbon Hand Pie
Belltown Pub: Chicken & Seafood Gumbo

I really liked everything, except for the Belltown Pub’s gumbo. However, if you like extremely smoky flavors, you might have liked it. My favorite was the Dahlia Lounge’s ginger pork – it was amazing. Another favorite was the wonton from Din Tai Fung. Fortunately, the wonton was served on both days that I visited.

Saturday:

saturday foods

From the bun, clockwise:

Local 360: Root beer glazed pork belly
Palace Kitchen: Slow cooked brisket, blueberry BBQ, sweet corn pudding & blueberry pickles
O’Asian Kitchen and Lounge: Baked Barbecue Pork Pastry
PinkaBella Cupcakes: Root beer float cupcake
Din Tai Fung: Veggie & pork wonton with spicy sauce
Shanik: Roasted spiced eggplant, squash & tomatoes with crispy wheat flatbread
Salty’s on Alki: Fresh Oregon BayShrimp Cocktail with marinated local vegetable slaw finished with a house-made cocktail

The brisket was amazing, (and of course blueberries are my favorite food) and the shrimp cocktail and spiced veggies on flatbread were respectively fresh and nicely seasoned. The root beer float cupcake was delicious, though very heavy on the frosting, to the point that it fell over in my corn. But it was still good!

After we left the bite we walked around the area, and ended up at the Olympic sculpture park where there were a few interesting pieces that I hadn’t seen before, and a few I think I just haven’t taken a close look at before. We also wandered by a new Chihuly piece which was visible from the walkway. They reminded me of Dr. Suess flowers.

Metal tree!

metal tree!

Eyeball chair! As demonstrated by lady with stroller.

eyeball chair

The infamous naked fountain, though the other figure is obscured by water.

fountain

I’m told that this sculpture is fashioned after an old-timey eraser with a brush on the end. I thought it was some kind of sea creature…

eraser art

Temporary art installation:

the roofroofing

And the flowers.

dr suess

fun times in suessland

Post and photos by: Melissa


Road trip day one

In a little under 6 hours we made it to our first destination, visiting my grandparents in Eastern Washington. Hopefully we will be off to Montana tomorrow! We also found my favorite snack mix at a local grocery store (amazon.com no longer sells it) and I bought the entire stock (5 packages). I was so excited because now I don’t have to pay a ridiculous amount for shipping!


LeMay Car Museum (Tacoma, WA)

On Saturday I went to the LeMay car museum in Tacoma with my parents and a family friend. It was amazing! There were so many cars, old and new, to look at and a nice little cafe/eating area upstairs.

Here are my (and my family’s) favorite cars from the exhibits, although I am not 100% sure I have the right picture-labels.

This is my favorite car from the museum. It is just TOO CUTE for words. I love the coloring, and my family agreed that it reminds them of a classy old Valentine’s Day car. it’s a 1906 Cadillac and it is just precious.

My dad’s favorite was the 1910 Hupmobile. Everything about it is pretty charming, including the name.

 

 

My mom’s favorite car was very unique. It was a Baker electric car from 1911. The cab area is round and the steering apparatus is in the middle, with seats located all around the cab, facing each other. The electric cars from this time period, according to the museum, were known as “Women’s cars” because they could be taken out on short notice for “outings.” As a women’s car, it was furnished with drapes, a carpet, and other homey touches. it was pretty cute.

 

 

Overall it was a great family outing, really fun, and well worth the trip. Parking in their lot is $5 for 3 hours and the museum is right off of I-5 so it’s very convenient. We finished our bout in around 2.5 hours including our lunch. There was a lot to see and they change the cars out every so often, so there will always be something new to see.

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa

 


Walking around Seattle!

Here, as promised, are the “other” pictures I took.

We went to a park along the waterfront, as well as on a general walk through the area near the Space Needle and the Pacific Science Center. Also, there are some bonus pictures of an exhibit in a nearby gallery about the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962 (just a few!)

Here’s the space needle:

And here is the view from the park of the Seattle PI building:

And the water:

Here’s the nearby glass exhibit (what we could see from the outside), (Chihuly):

Here is one wall of the EMP (experience music project):

Here are the bonus pictures of the exhibit:

And! I will end with something (I thought was) funny:

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa