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
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
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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