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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/08 02:14:56 (permalink)
Yup.  Restaurant's name is "Phnom Penh Noodle Soup House".  Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia.  Must be Cambodian food.
 
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/08 07:48:58 (permalink)
WJ-
That salmon sandwich looks amazing!  If I lived in Seattle, that would be lunch three or four days a week.  So, you slept on a love seat?  Aye aye aye, that would kill me. 
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/08 08:18:15 (permalink)
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WJ-
That salmon sandwich looks amazing!  If I lived in Seattle, that would be lunch three or four days a week.  So, you slept on a love seat?  Aye aye aye, that would kill me. 

 
Yep...you and WJ on a love seat sleeping together would kill a lot of us! 

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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/08 08:21:02 (permalink)
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A spring or summer trip without a ballgame???? Now that's "Un American"
 
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Thanks!
Oh no - Cilantro!
 
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Salmon Sandwich- not a Salmon Burger- I think of ground up salmon if its a burger
You are correct about the building that Theo's is loctaed in. Its in the Fremont Section of Seattle and used to House the Red Hook Brewerey which has since gone national. They used to have a little pub which would offer live music on weekends when I lived out there-
I regret not getting photos of the chocolate which I ended up getting the Monday I left to bring home for Sandra- if there are still any left this weekend I may snap a photo when I see her ..
 
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You win the prize, I guess I should have specified what kind of restaurant it was.
I though the name of the place was the giveaway.
 
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At least it didn't have high arm rests!
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/08 08:25:58 (permalink)
A very good Cambodian place has opened up in my neighborhood and Trudy and i are very fond of it.  It's called the Mkong Bistro.
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/08 08:35:43 (permalink)
That duck appetizer and the soup! Loving this report!
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/08 12:03:51 (permalink)
Thanks agazin for the great photos and report.Loved the photos of the duck soup and appetizer.Don't know of anyone around here that has them.
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/08 12:44:53 (permalink)
Cambodian!  I sit corrected.
 
I should have looked at the name and not the soup.
 
Dale... good memory. 
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/08 19:39:55 (permalink)
WJ I dont know your reports are always the same BLAH BLAH BLAH THIS BLAH BLAH BEER THAT, BLAH BLAH BASEBALL Over there...
 
Come on and get to the meat of the report. Tell us about those Seattle Pizza Places!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
You know I am just kidding you.  I love to live vicariously through your trip reports.  I do miss travelling and the adventures that it can bring about.
 
I can not imagine you on a love seat with BB, that haunting image would ruin my lunch or dinner.  " />
 
Keep up the great work and definately keep up the posting!
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/08 21:49:31 (permalink)
Going to a Cambodian Restaurant was a real treat. We have restaurants here in Rhode Island that offer Pan Asian Cuisine- it's just not the same, and in fact   find it borderline  insulting no one here in RI understands why but on the other hand..... as my Portuguese co-worker from my last company noted ....gasp....a Portuguese/Spanish restaurant "now that's insulting!" " /> ...as I described Mallorca, one of my favorite restaurants when I lived in Pittsburgh
 
 
CK- that is funny- now I'm going to have nightmares! 
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/09 15:34:09 (permalink)
I lived in Totem Lake, and I never ate the Brown Bag, we'd always hit Shari's next door after our excursions downtown on the weekends. Not sure why I never went there.
My office in Kirkland was a few doors down from the Roaster, and it was one of my favorite places to go also. Spent many a happy hour in there.
Is Taco Del Mar still across the street? From the angle of your camera shot, you would have been standing in front of it. I ate there so much, I could wave out my office window and the girl at the counter would have my burrito waiting for me.
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/09 16:50:08 (permalink)
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I lived off of Slater on 120th Street in a condo development...
I used to love the Roaster- I believe they went out of business about 10 years ago.
My other "real" local hangout was the Lucky 7 Saloon- I think they're still in business.

The Brown Bag just blows Shari's away- there is no comparison...although The Brown Bag only serves breakfast and lunch, closing at 3pm
 
I do believe Taco Del Mar is still there- I do remember a Taco Place...and I think it was actually there when I was living there back in the early-mid 1990's as well..
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/09 19:18:53 (permalink)
Taco Del Mar
 
What a great name!
 

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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/09 20:58:37 (permalink)
I, too, live vicariously through your reports!  More!  More!  Loving it so far!
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/10 08:00:37 (permalink)
I wish I could eat like you WJ! 
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/10 11:17:39 (permalink)
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I lived off of Slater on 120th Street in a condo development...
I used to love the Roaster- I believe they went out of business about 10 years ago.
My other "real" local hangout was the Lucky 7 Saloon- I think they're still in business.

The Brown Bag just blows Shari's away- there is no comparison...although The Brown Bag only serves breakfast and lunch, closing at 3pm

I do believe Taco Del Mar is still there- I do remember a Taco Place...and I think it was actually there when I was living there back in the early-mid 1990's as well..

I lived directly across the street from Evergreen Hospital, fairly close to Brown Bag, and my office was right on Central Way on the corner block in front of the park, right on the lake. I really miss working there. So many good places to eat within walking distance. Jalisco was another place we'd go to a lot.
 
The closing time explains why I never went to The Brown Bag!
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/10 11:18:56 (permalink)
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Taco Del Mar

What a great name!
 



Their fish tacos were supposedly top notch, never tried them though... I was addicted to their pork burritos.
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/12 19:57:04 (permalink)
Saturday, April 27
 
As it turns out, sleeping on a loveseat wasn't the worst thing in the world....although I'll admit, it wasn't exactly the most restful sleep...Alan gad some sought of meeting running till the mid afternoon- so I was on my own for a good part of the day..And as it turns out today will be my most "inspired" Roadfood day of the trip, if you know what I mean.What  a better way to start the morning than to head to one of my favorite breakfast spots in the country...
 

 
 
The Maltby Cafe
 
Out in what still seems to be the middle of no-where about a half hour north east of Seattle, housed in what is a former school house.  
 

 
I knew about the Maltby Cafe way way way, before it appeared in the Stern's Roadfood Books and Website...Arriving just after 8am I dodged what appeared to the start of the typical weekend line and went straight towards the counter. Although there are some pretty tasting sounding omelets on the menu, I asked if they could prepare an old menu item that I used to enjoy when I used to go back way, way back in the 1990's. Although I don't remember the name of the omelet, it had real roast turkey, tilamook cheddar, jarlsberg and tomato and it was topped with sour cream...
 
 

 
Here's a closeup of that omelet
 

I opted for fresh fruit in lieu of fried red potatoes and for a little extra, skipped the toast  and went with their  warm fresh made to order blueberry scone...with homemade preserves and marmalade
 

 
Yes, this scone is perched on top of a dinner plate.. 
Although they "proudly" serve Starbucks coffee, it's better than the tinted water that most breakfast joints serve in the rest of the country.......The Maltby Cafe continues to exceed my expectations and I left a very full and happy guy...Returning to Kirkland, I had more coffee on my brain... This time..
 


Cafe Zoka....a local Seattle Chain.. I'm deliighted to see That Cafe Zoka, along with other coffee houses in the Seattle area provide the choice of third wave pourover or traditional drip...Althoughy they were brewing what was described as a light to medium roast....It had a very minimalistic, reedy flavor...which sastisfied my taste buds.. As I sat down and people watched, I observed most folks over 40 (like myself) were ordering tradional drip, while those under 40 were wasting their money on  ordering pourover..
 

 
After enjoying my large cup, I continued to explore downtown Kirkland and came across yet another coffee house, Cafe Roccoco....I couldn't resist temptation and decided to get a small cup... First I loved the atmosphere of the place but unfortunately couldn't stay... I did get a darker roast- a Sumatran and it had a rich dark complex flavor......
 
After coffee, I headed east on I90 to Snoqualmie Falls.
 

 

 
 
 
For those who remember the old TV mini series "Twin Peaks" you'll recognize the falls....Next to the falls is the very exclusive Salish Lodge...As I arrived at thefalls it began to rain, moreso than your typical Seattle sprinkle and drizzle....I later found out that during unsettled weather, there is some type of inversion near the Cascade foothills that causes it to rain, when at the same time there may not be any rain in Seattle or it's suburbs...Unfortunately the trails were closed but considering the rain, that was probably a good thing.
 

 
After enjoying the view, I headed into downtown Snoqualmie which offers a ride on this old fashioned train...
 

 
 

 
What caught my attention was this little bar/cafe across the street,  called Bindlesticks....offering coffee, sandwiches, baked goods and....what's this? local brew on tap!I sat down and enjoyed a 7 Seas Amber.....brewed over in Gig Harbor near Tacoma...

Afterwards I returned to an old favorite in the Juanita Section of Kirkland...
 

 

Spud Fish and Chips
 
 
Now listed on the website and in the Roadfood book after giving the heads up to the Sterns...Spud is located across the street from Juanita Beach on lake Washington..Probably one of my favorite fish and chip joints when I lived in Seattle, it did have several locations. The original location on Alki Beach has since been bought by Ivar's, however this location is still originally owned....
 
 
I decided to get the Halibut and Chips. Since I had a big breakfast, I only ordered one filet....Of course for a few pennies extra, the home made tartar sauce is a must....
 

 
Vinegar with or without garlic chips are complimentary on each table.
 

 
Clean Tasting Halibut, Fresh Cut Fries also dipped in tartar is one of the many pleasures enjoyed in the Pacific NW...After lunch I headed back to Seattle, ironically just as I was leaving Alan called and he was home from his meeting..When I arrived back in Seattle, I continued on with exhuberant inspiration and as Alan and I walked around his neighborhood (which eventually led us down to Lake Union) I decided  to take Alan to a bakery right in his neighborhood that he's never been to. 
 
 Irwin's Bakery...

More cafe than bakery...when I did my research....all points led me here...Passing the very tempting apple cake with cream cheese frosting..
 

 
I came here for one thing and one thing only....
 

 
This incredible slice of Marionberry pie with butter crust....Alan decided to get warm cherry pie, a'la mode..I wanted mine naked...And I'm glad I did ...full of very berry goodness...this l slice of pie will end up on a top 10 list at the end of the year...
 
On the way back to Alan's condo, I just had to snap a photo of this wall mural
 

As we headed towards evening, Alan and I took the 1/2 hour drive north to Mukilteo. I had such a memorable experience with 
 
 

Ivar's Mukilteo Landing
 
on my last visit that I knew I just had to return....with a great view of Puget sound
 
 
 

 
You can see the Ferry which takes you to Whidbey Island...
 

 
 
but that's a story for Chapter 4...I'm glad we made reservations before hand, because it was busy....
 

 
I began my meal with a Mac n Jack African Amber....A citrusy refreshing ale from Redmond- the home of microsoft.
 
 

 
Crusty hard sourdough rolls arrived next.
 
 

 

 
We started with a mussels and clam steamer appetizer as well as a seared ahi tuna appetizer...both did not dissapoint...Although Halibut (served in many which ways) was the theme fish on the fresh sheet, I knew what I wanted...
 
 

 
My main course- Probaby one of the biggest highlights of the trip. Cedar Planked Wild Sockeye Salmon served with balsamic blackberry, corn pudding and asparagus.....I am so glad that I had the opportunity to return on this trip- it was just as good as I remembered, Returning to Alan's place, we thought about walking into Fremont to catch a Reggae band at a local bar, but opted to watch Sherlock Holmes Hounds of the Baskervilles on the boob tube instead..Afterwards it was back on the loveseat for me!
 
More to come....later this week....
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/12 20:12:32 (permalink)
WJ: Ivars and Whibey Island are some of my favorites in Washington.  I have spent many trips all over Washington from extreme east to extreme west.  I cannot claim a favorite anywhere in the state.  Great seafood, fruit, scenery and great drives.  One of my favorite states.
 
I have only done Ivars in Seattle down on the water but it was super.
 
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/12 20:46:53 (permalink)
You are so right - what a day!  And that PIE!!!  And that salmon!!!  And the scenery!
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/12 21:05:10 (permalink)
where's the pizza?
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/12 21:23:10 (permalink)
The pie looks good! Which flavor was better?
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/13 07:43:41 (permalink)
Paul
 
I'll never forget my first experience with Ivar's on the pier in Seattle way, way back in the late 1980's when I had visited Seattle for the first time- this was the outdoor "fish bar" not the full blown restaurant. As soon as a I sat down, a seagull  swooped down and took several french fry's from my tray..
 
TJ
You'll have to wait until the next chapter
 
CTD
 I didn't try the cherry pie- Alan did try some of the marionberry pie- he thought that both were "tart" and enjoyed both equally.
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/13 08:52:19 (permalink)
That's a great looking slice of marionberry pie there WJ!  That photo from Spud's threw me off at first.  It looks like a crab, with the fries as the legs.
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/13 09:42:46 (permalink)
No pie for me, but I will take several plates of those mussels!  I like that it included several varieties; anytime I've ordered mussels they've been just the black ones.
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/13 10:50:28 (permalink)
Glad you made it to Spud Fish and Chips.  In the '90s I would regularly visit a friend in Kirkland, and a late night visit to Spud was always part of the fun.
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/13 16:12:28 (permalink)
Dale
 
Another great entry on your trip.  That pie did look awesome even if naked.  You always seem to find some wonderful scenic and historic places to visit.  Thanks for sharing.
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/13 17:15:30 (permalink)
WJ, I peaked in and must respond as you're reporting about some of my favorite areas.
 
Love the pictures of the falls and train station.  What kind of coating is that on the hallibut?  I'm used to a beer batter (in Astoria) and yours looks interesting.
 
Love that others are doing balsamic blackberry as a topping.  I put mine over rack of lamb.
 
You reminded me of a time I ordered mussels when staying on Vashon Island.  I was seated outside and the yellow jackets swarmed them as I was just beginning to eat.
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/13 17:50:49 (permalink)
Yes--I had the same visual trip as BB:  the fish and chips looked just like a crab!
 
This is quite a report and looks like a great time.  The marionberry pie looks killer--so glad to hear it was as fabulous as it looked!  I'd have gotten the apple cake to go for later. 
 
Nice that you got to a baseball game!!
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/13 19:13:59 (permalink)
WJ I sure wish I could find the enjoyment in coffee that you do. I love the stuff but most of it tastes like "hot brown water" to me. I don't want to hijack the thread so I'll leave it at that.
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