seattle – the ridiculously long overdue post

November 28th, 2009 · 30 Comments

capitol hill/12th avenue in seattle

this shot was taken on our short stroll from having cocktails at the very cool tavern law, to dinner down the street at lark.
the photo is 100% untouched and to me, it’s ever so slightly unexpected, and perhaps even a little bit beautiful…

it’s been over 2 months and i’ve not said a word about seattle which is just wrong of me for two reasons because, well, i really liked that city – and i can honestly say that i’m glad i flew the entire 47,001 miles to see it. oh, it wasn’t that far? really? because it kind of felt that way. i’m telling you… seattle? it is way the hell across and up there. all the while i just kept thinking, man, i could have flown to portugal…

so there was the distance thing – that, and who can remember where i went and what i did 8+ weeks ago? but in the name of blogging and my own personal sanity, i am going to try and recreate the 5 days. it may be a struggle, but as of late i’ve taken to doing brain-challenger exercises so that i can perhaps put off the alzheimers for a little while longer. i even went so far as to download a few of the ‘brain apps’ on my iphone, and now i sit around trying to exercise my brain – which on the upside only requires sitting, even laying down! all this to say, that between google, credit card records and my newly toned brain – i’m going to seriously try and figure out where i went…

i worked the rate at the W to where they were almost paying us to stay there… i’m such a good jew

our first day, we walked from our hotel way up to stumptown on capitol hill and had a pretty exquisite cup of coffee. i realize stumptown hails from portland, but regardless of seattle’s own coffee reputation – we were highly impressed with this place. from there we hopped on the bus to the international district and went to green leaf vietnamese restaurant.

one of a few of the stumptown’s in seattle. great coffee. seriously. go there if you can…

iphone camera alert !!! spring rolls along with a cabbage chicken salad – excellent…

pho – best i’ve ever had

the owner, a tall, handsome chinese guy, sent out these banana fritters in a pool of rich sweet coconut milk. we bonded as we’re both batali fans.

and from there the trip looked just like this…

friday – pike place market, a prius rental car, and a tour of the boeing plant, then dinner at monsoon

saturday – belle epicurean for croissants, café presse for lunch, gehry’s experience music project, vivace espresso, zig zag cafe for cocktails, nishino for dinner

sunday – pizza at serious pie, ferry to bainbridge island, tavern law for drinks and dinner at lark where i met nancy silverton, crashed her party and gushed all over her. she could not have been lovelier.

monday – lunch at long provincial vietnamese and then we flew home

below are a bunch of random shots. i didn’t take many, but as you know i’ve never been afraid to post a poor photograph on ceF – because i am a maverick.

just some of the flowers at pike place market

the seafood and produce were memorable…

an exceptionally good almond croissant from belle epicurean, just a block from the W

my other car is a llama

yasuko’s flaunts their world famous ‘extra pork’ dish – who knew?

serious pie – yukon gold potato, rosemary and olive oil

pesto, something and something

no idea – but it was great pizza…

in the bathroom at lark, ever so slightly wasted – garnering up the nerve to meet…

my new bff nancy silverton!

and lastly, out on the water on a clear blue sky seattle kinda day.

a huge thank you to brittany, the pie lady, for her various and sundry thoughtful recommendations. and to dolce & nutella who i FINALLY got to meet! and well, she is very cool, really pretty and smart and overall extremely impressive… and i wish she didn’t live on the other side of the continent/universe.

but especially a huge thanks to our wonderful friends joanna and brad who schlepped us all over town and then some. i dearly love and adore you both.

…seattle is far.

Tags: restaurants · travel

30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jennifer Hess // Nov 28, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    You, lady, are made of awesome. And eeee Nancy Silverton! Wow. What a delicious post.

    And we are currently living car-free, but I totally want that pigmobile.

  • 2 Melissa // Nov 28, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    That was undoubtedly your funniest post in some time. Very giggly. I checked out many of your links and could easily see eating at almost all those spots. Great stuff! Great city!

  • 3 seadevi // Nov 28, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Quite the itinerary – I’m impressed with your selection of places to eat & drink. And happy that you made it to my hood – Capitol Hill.

  • 4 Robert // Nov 28, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    How come…. none of the places I go ever have a website? You just do cool stuff.

  • 5 Laura // Nov 28, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Glad to hear you made your way to our neck of the woods! We love it here and it is so nice to see other people gush over our favorite spots (and I am so impressed with the amount of places you made it to!) A good reminder to me to get out and sample them all over again – as soon as I can!

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  • 7 naomi // Nov 29, 2009 at 4:58 am

    Such a delicious post, especially of you and Nancy, laughter is always a delight to see. x x x

  • 8 Maggie // Nov 29, 2009 at 7:47 am

    I loved, loved, loved Lark. I stayed just around the corner. What a lovely 5 days. We stayed 5 days too. 5 days is good. Tho’ I’d move in a heartbeat for all that gorgeous fish… :)

  • 9 Chris // Nov 29, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I miss Pike Place…
    Seattle is one of the few cities I would consider moving to.
    My other car… hehe.

  • 10 Lesley // Nov 29, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    I felt the same way about the distance. “God, an hour longer and we could be at fucking Heathrow.” But Seattle’s a great place and we’ll go back…sometime. There’s so much good food there, it would take a while to eat everything worthwhile.

  • 11 claudia // Nov 29, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    i think that before i went back to seattle i’d have to go to portland first…

  • 12 JT in the UK // Nov 30, 2009 at 1:35 am

    just keep the posts coming. that’s all I have to say!

  • 13 Ryan B. // Nov 30, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I’m a Pacific NW transplant currently in Nashville (although not for much longer) and the travel out to Seattle is just ridiculous. Southwest used to have a direct flight but now it’s such a chore to get home.

    Very impressed with the number of favorite spots (I dream of Serious Pie and Green Leaf and just about every place in the Int’l District) you were able to hit in 5 days with one very notable exception for a Batali fan….

    No Salumi?!?

  • 14 claudia // Nov 30, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    ryan – i almost went twice. the hours are sporadic, the place is tiny, it was out of my way when i almost could go…

    the salumi gods were against me. but they mail order…

  • 15 Lea of Little Rock Wedding // Dec 1, 2009 at 1:48 am

    Wish I could come to this place sooner..

  • 16 Ryan B. // Dec 1, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Yes, sadly the hours are not friendly for visitors and it is not exactly in a well traveled area. I got very spoiled (and fat!) working within walking distance of Salumi several years ago.

    They do mail order, also I think I remember seeing recently that Lazzaroli is going to start stocking one of their meats in their shop.

  • 17 nancy at goodfoodmatters // Dec 1, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    I have a dear cousin living on Bainbridge Island.
    I read your compelling post and tell myself
    I Gotta Get There!

  • 18 Kristie // Dec 1, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Oh Claudia, you get to go to the coolest places. I want to be like you when I grow up (travel-wise, but retaining my own surly sense of self, obviously). Pike Place is like a mecca for me. Someday I’ll go on my own pilgrimage.

  • 19 denise (chez danisse) // Dec 3, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    I spent a little time in Seattle recently too. It’s a great city. I too passed the pig mobile, but had already eaten lunch…maybe next time. LOVE your bathroom photo-ha!

  • 20 lo // Dec 3, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Seattle is definitely one of my favorite places… and I’m totally jealous of your trip. You went to some of my favorite spots — lark, Serious Pie… and you met NANCY SILVERTON??!! *double sigh* Too bad you missed Salumi — but there can always be a next time!

    Love that pig mobile…

  • 21 dining tables // Dec 3, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    I have been to Seattle once and I never got to visit those places that you have visited there. I was so busy then. I hope I can go back there some other time and experience what you have experienced, too.

  • 22 Ethel // Dec 4, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    How exciting to be in a great city with food to match. And best of all to get to eat such varieties. Those bananna fritters– oh my !!!
    All the food photo’s are wonderful. I want a slice of that Yukon pie. When I was there, Sleepless in Seattle was the big movie, and the whole city was one big logo of the movie. Hope to go again packed with all your recommendations.

  • 23 codfish // Dec 5, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Sounds like a time, Claudia. Love that pig truck!

  • 24 Bellini Valli // Dec 6, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I love Pike Place Market. I wish I had some advice about where to eat the last time I went…but there is always March.

  • 25 Becky and the Beanstock // Dec 9, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Having not long ago flown all the way to Portugal, let me tell ya: Seattle is only 45,798 miles away. Portugal is closer to 50. But totally worth it. Love your photos — and very jealous about the Prius. Tried to get one but couldn’t. Loved reading about Green Leaf Vietnamese — have been there and would most definitely go again!

  • 26 Saffoula in Seattle // Jan 2, 2010 at 11:47 am

    We native Seattleites are happy that it seems like our great city is 45,798 miles away, we don’t like it when the secret gets out. But for those thinking of moving here, it does rain. All of the time. That’s why great coffee, beer and food are imperative. You hit an impressive list of places. Next time, check out Matt’s in the Market, Macrina Bakery, and Uptown Espresso.

  • 27 Maffy // Feb 13, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    I am so sorry I didn’t know that you were coming. I would have given you more suggestions for great places, too. What a treat it would have been to meet you! Ah, well.

    Glad you are well and continuing to experiment with culinary delights.


  • 28 Bruce // Mar 25, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Quite the itinerary Im impressed with your selection of places to eat & drink.( And happy that you made it to my hood Capitol Hill.

  • 29 Martin // Apr 24, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I miss Pike Place…
    Seattle is one of the few cities I would consider moving to.
    My other car… hehe.

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    Having not long ago flown all the way to Portugal, let me tell ya: Seattle is only 45,798 miles away. Portugal is closer to 50. But totally worth it. Love your photos — and very jealous about the Prius. Tried to get one but couldn’t. Loved reading about Green Leaf Vietnamese — have been there and would most definitely go again!

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