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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/14 08:01:39 (permalink)
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At the angle I took the photo and with only one filet, I see what you mean. I probably should have ordered two filets  and brought one back to Alan-
 
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There are mussels and clams in the mix
 
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I first started going to Spud when I moved to Seattle in 1992. I was the one who led the Stern's there when they were out in Seattle a few years back.
 
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I don't know what kind of breading they use, I believe someone once told me that cornmeal is involved, but I'm not sure, all I know is that the fish is hand breaded vs beer battered.
 
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I regret not getting that apple cake to go, I certainly wouldn't have had room for it that day- but probably the next day since I didn't eat nearly as much.
 
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if your experience with coffee is limited to supermarket coffee (ie maxwell house, folgers, etc) diner coffee (ie waffle house) or convenience store coffee  (ie7/11) then I totally concurr. I'm not sure if you've been to a good, quality coffee house (and the Pacific NW has some of the best), if not, then it would be like comparing pizza hut with Grimaldi's or Tottono's.
Your thoughts on coffee are similar to my thoughts on soda's (even local soda's) to me it's like drinking liquid granulated sugar which is why I don't drink soda or understand others enthusiasm for it.
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/14 13:50:05 (permalink)
You are a beer and coffee specialist!
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/15 08:45:34 (permalink)
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You are a beer and coffee specialist!


I was hoping you'd throw ice cream into the mix, as well.
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/15 10:28:49 (permalink)
You are a beer, coffee and ice cream specialist...and expert! 
 
How's that! 
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/16 21:30:14 (permalink)
Sunday, April 28

Another night on the loveseat does wonders.....so much that I added an app on my smartphone for priceline so I can spend my last night at a hotel and get a sound nights sleep before my long flight home on Monday...Alan and I walked to the Fremont Neighborhood, for a cuppa java at
 
Cafe Ladro
 

 
 
another local mini chain...They had a light roast brewing, I wanted something darker-and they did via french press, it was not my favorite cup during my stay
 

 
...however this tiny little store front called ETG Coffee caught my attention on the walk back to Alan's condo...Since 1982- this petite, and I mean petite- little nook used to house the Elvis Presley Fan Club-and was the first "official" coffee house in the Fremont Neighborhood- The dark roast I had here was much betterAfter coffee, we drove down to the International district for brunch at
 

 
Harbor City
 
 
one of the better known dim sum joints..finding a parking spot was a little difficult and the passing drizzle didn't help either.When we arrived, there was a short wait in line and we were seated at a revolving table with a young family....The Dim Sum carts approached offering both savory and sweet, we stuck to savory.. which included hodge podge of steaming potstickers, shrimp balls, shu-mai, beef tendon (yes beef tendon) and other items...
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 
and of course, dim sum would just not be dim sum without that garicky, oily concoction that comes with it
 

 
As you can see some of the photos didn't come out very well do the the steam...The Dim Sum was some of the best I had, although just a very small notch below my favorite- Dol Ho in San Francisco's China Town...Our meal left our stomachs and wallets full- An amazing deal for under $20 for the two of us!Alan was curious about the recent renovation of Union Station a few blocks away, we headed in that direction to take  a gander-
 
On the way I snapped a photo of Century Link Field, home of Footbal's Seattle Seahawks
 

 
Union Station has been restored to it's past splendor based on old photographs, I was impressed but didn't get any photos...
Afterwards we headed back to Mukilteo to board the ferry headed to Whidbey Island where we would spend the day...It was a short ride, under 20 minutes...
 
 

 
As we drove heading towards Langely to check out the antique shops, Alan noticed a sign for wine tastings at a winery...We stopped and this was probably the biggest regrets of my trip (besides not getting the Apple Cake "to go" at Irwin's Bakery)...And I'll explain why later...We stayed close to an hour, sampling 7 different style of wines and making small talk with the guy behind the counter...We then continued onwards to Langely exploring the shops and beach front.

 

 
 

 

 
Like us, this young lady was also enjoying the view...
She was so enthralled that she didn't say a word...
 

 

 
This Cupcake place capture my attention.
 

Whidbey Island Cupcakes
 
 

 
Yes, I got the chocolate maple bacon cupcake...it was decadently good, but I still don't share the enthusiasm that cupcake lovers seem to exhibit...We then continued on to Coupeville another neat little town with interesting shops and a beach front...
 

 

 

 

 

 
I tried to locate the owner of this dog without much success, I suspect that it may have been that young lady gazing ahead at the beach back in Langely!
 

 
   
 
 
Ok....Salty Ol' Seadog seems to follow me wherever I go, so far I've seen him in Mexico Beach FL and Mystic CT (if you don't believe me ask TTM, Paul or Sandra)
 
As we drove north, we headed to Oak Harbor. Our next stop was a place I found on yelp- A fish market with a small restaurant area
 
 
 
Seabolt Smokehouse
 
 
 
This is something Alan has been looking forward to all weekend-Dungeness Crab.He ordered his steamed, I requested mine chilled..I got some salmon jerky to snack on while I waited...
 


The Dungeness crab was on the small side (for under $20 what would you expect?) It came with herb bread and oniony slaw which I didn' t care for...However we both enjoyed our fresh crab and picked picked picked away until there was nothing left..
 

 

 
Before we left I picked up two slabs of smoked King Salmon "to go" which I intended to bring back home with me. One for the office and one for Sandra and I .As we left I checked my GPS as we were on a schedule, we had to be back in Seattle by 7pm to meet up with a mutual friend of ours, Steve. I hadn't seen Steve in 15 years and he's now married and has an 8 year old son.. This is where regrets kick in. I missed the most beautiful part of Whidbey Island- Deception Pass...Yes I briefly got to see it as I drove over the bridge back onto the Mainland but didn't even have the opportunity to stop and snap a photo...I guess there's now a reason to return. Had we not gone to the winery we would have had ample time to get out and explore...
We arrived back in Seattle right in the nick of time at Ray's Cafe-the casual upstair's section of  Ray's Boathouse written about in several past Roadfood books...Steve arrived shortly after..I ordered a refreshing Akaskan Brewing white amber ale...And we ordered steamer and smoked salmon appetizers for the three of us...Since I hadn't seen Steve in 15 years I didn't feel quite comfortable taking photos...so I didn't...We spent about an hour and a half catching up and reminiscing about some old times back in the mid 90's..
 
After we left, gathered my belongings and checked into a sleek modern hotel in the U-District just 2 miles from Alan...It was after 9pm and I spent the next hour or two walking around in a place that I probably last saw in 1995 (I'm not certain if I revisited in 1998), the University District, aka the "U-District"  This was the real introspective part of my trip.. Thinking about where I was then and where I am now in my life...I passed Shalimar, my old "go to" Indian Restaurant- its still there! And yes., TJ I stopped at Pagliacci for a slice of pizza (just a cheese slice) to go which I nibbled on as I walked..... It was "ok"...not horrible, not disgusting...just very "average" actually better than I remembered..I was surprised to find Big Time Brewery was also still around..I thought about stopping but saw a coffee house across the street and thought to myself "I haven't had a Latte since I've been here"..Cafe Solstice...I sat down and Savored this superb latte (photo taken after my first sip)....
 

 
Afterwards I walked back to my hotel for a sound, sound goodnight's sleep...
 
 
 
The final chapter...early next week.....


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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/16 21:43:55 (permalink)
Thanks for the Whidbey Island report, may be going out there to do some testing for work.
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/16 21:48:03 (permalink)
Hey Dale, next time you blame the steam for a poor quality pic, how about throwing in, "just like joerogo".  I invented that excuse!
 
 
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/17 07:50:28 (permalink)
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Although I didn't post any photos (because we didn't stop) you must visit deception pass on the northern tip of the Island....
 
joerogo
 
I had to retake the photo of the shrimp balls 5 minutes after they arrived- you should have seen my first photos!
I wish I did the same with the Shu Mai
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/17 07:52:48 (permalink)
I thought the Shu Mai was over dry ice! 
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/17 09:01:15 (permalink)
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kaszeta
 
Although I didn't post any photos (because we didn't stop) you must visit deception pass on the northern tip of the Island....

 
I've actually been there several times.   One of my college roommates lives in Anacortes, and I visit her every once in a while.  When I do, usually we drive down to Coupeville and feast on mussels at Toby's Tavern as a tradition.
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/17 09:36:04 (permalink)
Wonderful posts WJ. I have spent much time in the Seattle area along with Bremerton, Everette and Bangor. Do you ever get up to Poulsbo? That's a lovely little town. You can even get frozen lutefisk tv dinners.
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/17 09:46:29 (permalink)
I was going to bring up Deception Pass, but you guys beat me to it.  What a beautiful part of the country.  Looking forward to more WJ.
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/17 10:50:12 (permalink)
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I've never been to Poulsbo, however my old roommate had property there. I used to drive him up the wall by deliberately mispronouncing the name....I used to call it
"Pools-bo"
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/17 12:22:40 (permalink)
Whidbey Island, Deception Pass, Seattle and dim sum.  All my favorites.  Thank you WJ.
 
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/17 12:24:59 (permalink)
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I stopped at Pagliacci for a slice of pizza (just a cheese slice) to go which I nibbled on as I walked..... It was "ok"...not horrible, not disgusting...just very "average" actually better than I remembered

no pic.....no proof.....it didn't happen :-)

anyway, the best pizza is typically from whole pies.......slices are taken from pies that have generally been sitting a bit
 
Shoulda coulda gone to Serious Pies http://tomdouglas.com/index.php?page=serious-pie
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/17 12:28:47 (permalink)
WJ-
I am waiting to see if you went to High Five Pies.  There is a place that really should be written up here for Roadfood.
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/17 13:22:08 (permalink)
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Honestly, if I didn't come across Pagliacci's, I never would have had any pizza on this trip. I don't necessarily agree about those "slice places" my favorite pizza joints where I grew up on  Long Island are all slice places...
 
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I let you down, I didn't go to High Five Pies- My research led me to believe it was just too "hipsterish" for my taste and Irwin's Bakery is more my speed. You must check out Irwin's if you revisit Seattle, it seems to be a real neighborhood treasure
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/17 13:47:31 (permalink)
Just wondering if me loving High Five Pies makes me a hipster or not. 
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/17 14:00:14 (permalink)
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Just wondering if me loving High Five Pies makes me a hipster or not. 


Sir,
You are the hipster of "Pie-dom"
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/17 21:17:53 (permalink)
Dale, I'm loving your pictures.  Gives a real feel for the area and weather.
 
I love Whidbey Island.  Are raspberries in season?  Eating them freshly picked is a great memory.
 
 
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/17 22:43:48 (permalink)
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TJ
 
Honestly, if I didn't come across Pagliacci's, I never would have had any pizza on this trip. I don't necessarily agree about those "slice places" my favorite pizza joints where I grew up on  Long Island are all slice places...

buffetbuster,

I let you down, I didn't go to High Five Pies- My research led me to believe it was just too "hipsterish" for my taste and Irwin's Bakery is more my speed. You must check out Irwin's if you revisit Seattle, it seems to be a real neighborhood treasure

 
Hipster, schmipster - Pie, especially if made from scratch, is a road food dish.
 
Beautiful dim sum pics, btw!
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/18 08:06:35 (permalink)
I have never tried dim sum.  There just aren't places around here that serve it.  The pictures make me want to go FIND a restaurant with dim sum, no matter how far!  Looks so tasty!
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/18 09:26:11 (permalink)
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Whidbey Island is a "must return to" when I visit the area again. I honestly didn't keep up with the fruit that was in season while I was out there.
 
love2bake
 
I know, I know, but Irwin's Bakery simply got the better reviews on yelp and urbanspoon and since it was only an extended weekend trip I only had room for one slice of pie 
 
will_work_4_bbq
 
I bet if you look hard enough and do some research you'll find a few places in the Birmingham area that do dim sum..Even here in RI there are a few places (just throw some "gravy" and prosciutto on top and you're good to go! )
 
I'm off to Connecticut to start my weekend, I'll conclude with the final chapter when I return from Sandra's tomorrow evening.
 
 
 
 
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/18 11:00:24 (permalink)
WJ
I have always enjoyed your trip reports...from way back when I was a long time lurker. Great text and pics. The photos of the dim sum brings back memories from when we lived in NOVA. The Dungeness pics are just cruel as being landlocked, I REALLY miss fresh crab...Dungeness and Blue especially. Thank you.
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/18 11:17:04 (permalink)
I'm enjoying this delicious report as usual!!
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/18 15:22:04 (permalink)
Wow this looks so delicious.. I wish I could eat that now.
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/18 15:25:14 (permalink)
A great report as usual, Dale! I keep saying I want to visit the PNW and you have proved just why! The Marionberry Pie and the fish and chips are just calling my name...... Thanks for taking us along on your trip.
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/18 17:07:36 (permalink)
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I have never tried dim sum.  There just aren't places around here that serve it.  The pictures make me want to go FIND a restaurant with dim sum, no matter how far!  Looks so tasty!

In Birmingham, AL, "DIM SUM" is defined as ----"The Total of the IQ's of the Crimson Tide Football Team"!!!!
(I couldn't resist that one)
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/19 20:17:58 (permalink)
Wintahaba 
 
I wouldn't even know where to find good dim sum here in Rhode Island and when I was up in Boston for Dim Sum it was fine, but not nearly as good as what I enjoyed in Seattle.
 
tcrouzer
 
As much as I enjoy visiting your fine state of North Carolina, you must make it to the Pacific Northwest for a unique experience.....
 
 
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Re:Stolid, Stoic, Standoffish, Scandinavian Seattle 2013/05/19 20:48:40 (permalink)
Monday April 29
 
Today is going to be a short day as I'm flying back home in the afternoon.
I was glad to find a Tully's attached to my hotel for a quick cup as soon as I literally dragged myself out of bed for a sound night sleep.

I drove back to Alan's place and we walked to breakfast at a coffee house that I really enjoyed 6 year earlier. Thanks to Alan who doesn't even drink coffee, he remembered the name of the place, but I didn't..

 
 
 
Fuel Coffee
 
In Alan's Wallingford neighborhood.
I had a solid cup of dark roast
 

 
and  a blueberry scone...Although the scone is much better than anything I've had locally here in RI, it still paled in comparison to the one I had two days earlier at the Maltby Cafe..
 
After parting way's with Alan, I made one more stop at Theo's Chocolate in the Fremont Neighborhood to pick up a box of chocolate take back home with me for my girlfriend..
 
My last stop in Seattle is an old Favorite.
 

 
The Pike Place Market...
One of the most notable urban markets in the country..

I parked a few blocks away and walked by the original Starbucks..
 

 
 

 
Anyway, walking around the market is always fun
 

 
 
 

 
 

 
I would have loved to have returned to the Market Grill, where I enjoyed an amazing halibut sandwich on my last visit, but I had another place in mind that really caught my curiosity.
 
Over on Post Alley adjacent to the market I've heard nothing but rave reviews all over the internet...
 

 
Pike Place Chowder
 
They open at 11am and I arrived about 10 minutes early, and I'm sure glad I did, because although I was first n line.....there was a huge line behind me as they opened.
 

 
Openly displaying their accolades and awards,  I knew I was in for something good.. And I already knew what I was getting..
 

 
The Salmon Chowder, thick and loaded with hunks of salmon....the chowder served with a wedge of sourdough was quite hearty....
 
After lunch, I drove back to the Airport for my long flight home...
 
Since my layover was at Chicago Midway...I luckily had about an hour before my final leg home..
Of course that deserved a stop at Gold Coast Hot Dogs in the the terminal for what else????
 
 

 
but a Chicago Style Dog!
 
My flight landed back in RI just after midnight and I was home about 20 minutes after that!
 
 
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