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Seattle

Quintessentially Seattle: Ivar’s. There are 3 locations on the water in the metro area and a visit to one of the locations is a must for any visitor to Seattle....

Philadelphia

Italian in the Old City: Positano Coast. Small group dinner with choices off the regular menu. That always give me a better idea of a place rather than the dinner...

Philadelphia

Vegan in Philly Cheesesteak land: Vedge. This restaurant continues to receive rave reviews and even though I’m nowhere near a vegetarian this place will  not disappoint the carnivores out there....

Twisp WA

Great place for Italian food: Tappi. The restaurant is in a very small town in the heart of cross country skiing and hiking areas of Eastern Washington. It’s always nice...

Granite Falls

Mid ride stop: Lyla’s Cafe. Always good to have a place to replenish calories during a ride. This place fit the bill. Pastries, sandwiches and espresso round out the breakfast...

Winthrop WA

A place for cocktails: Copper Glance. It’s always great to find a place like this where you least expect it…this is one of those places. They have a few small...

Seattle

Always room for another bakery choice: Grand Central Baking Co. They have a choice of sandwiches such as turkey with havarti cheese, lettuce, mayo and Grand Central cranberry chutney on...

Seattle

Anyone like ice cream: Salt & Straw. Very popular place with several locations. They have an eclectic offering of flavors and pride themselves on local selections…for Seattle. Flavors like Beecher’s...

Marblemount

Espresso in the North Cascades: Karina’s Deja Brew. Looking for a quick coffee as you head off or return from a hike in the area? Give this place a try....

Port Angeles WA

Close to the ferry dock: La Belle Creperie. About to head back to Seattle and needed some sustenance befor the long car ride.  In a place known for seafood, pizza,...

Coupeville WA

Lunch anyone? Gordon’s Fusion Cuisine. New find in “downtown” Coupeville with both in and outdoor dining. The menu changes focus every 3 months so, approach the experience knowing it may...

Victoria BC

New experience: Block Kitchen + Bar. How to describe the cuisine? How about New Asian. What do I mean? If you know bao it usually arrives with the filling inside...

Victoria BC

Breakfast: Crust Bakery. Can’t pass on a pastry from a good bakery and this place didn’t disappoint so give it a try. When I arrived just after their morning opening...

Coupeville WA

Under new management: The Oystercatcher. From the street it still looks a bit like a burger and beer joint. Step inside and you’ll wonder what’s in store. First taste…you know...

Vancouver BC

Pays to have local knowledge: Nūba Kitsilano. Dinner with friends and relatives yields…too much food! Since it comes from the kitchen faster than it’s possible to keep up with what’s...

Woodinville WA

Liquid food: Damsel Cellars. I first met Mari when she was the assistant winemaker at Darby Wines. She’s been making her own very solid wines for the last several years...