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Seattle

Quarantine: Fried Chicken and Cocktails. This is no ordinary fried chicken…it’s all about the breading. The recipe is here and it’s not really deep fried. This version was made with...

Seattle

Quarantine: Simply Charcuterie and Cheese. Enough said. Have it with an Oregon Pinot Noir or a light rosé from the South of France. If you need a source for the...

Seattle

Quarantine: Doron’s Chicken Meatballs. Long a favorite of ours…..with several versions….including using turkey instead of chicken. What makes these are the pine nuts and yellow raisins which, when fried, add...

North Bend WA

When you’re in the area check out this bakery: The North Bend Bakery (formerly Georgia’s and George’s). It’s been in the same location for 90 years so it’s a bit...

Seattle

Quarantine: Chicken Tikka Masala. The masala was from a jar but the taste was surprisingly all Indian. Not bad for a homemade classic of Indian cuisine. The tikka masala sauce...

Seattle

Takeaway: Grand Central Baking Co. This location, in the Wedgewood neighborhood, has been there for about a year but this was our first visit to this location. My sandwich choice...

Seattle

Filipino takeaway: Archipelago. Before COVID-19 hit, I had snagged a very hard to come by reservation at this well regarded restaurant with terribly limited seating. Alas….the reservation was cancelled so...

Seattle

Quarantine: Anelli with Roasted Cauliflower. Always surprised how good gluten free pasta can taste and this one was no exception. The highlight of the dish, however, was the roasted garlic...

Seattle

Quarantine: Orecchiette with Chicken Sausage. More pasta….it’s become a mainstay and go to during our time at home. Good thing there are dozens of different pastas and dozens, if not...

Seattle

Quarantine: Linguine Primavera with Asparagus and Peas. And another pasta dish….we do eat other cuisines but as mentioned before, there are many dozens of pastas with an equal number of...

Seattle

Quarantine: Shrimp and Rice Thai Curry Bowl. Another good choice while sheltering in place. This one is an example of a mild curry so it should be a acceptable to...

Seattle

Takeaway: Mean Sandwich. Still in Phase 1 so no restaurants are yet open for dining. This is a place that gets great reviews and has been on my list to...

Seattle

Quarantine: Love me some Brussel Sprouts. Another bowl and another keeper and it’s good for you to boot! The interplay of spices, sweetness from the squash and the added mouthfeel...

Seattle

Quarantine: Taco Torte. This is a keeper…..think multilayer lasagna filled instead with taco filling and tortilla instead of pasta. When first described, I was a bit skeptical but one taste...

Seattle

Quarantine: Halibut Bowl. Modification of the original recipe with a switch to Halibut…..what we had….instead of Salmon. The Halibut made it milder and Salmon would be a better choice if...

Seattle

Quarantine: Q on the Wire. Memorial day weather wasn’t very conducive to doing a bit of BBQ ribs on the grill but…why not? Picked up the ribs last minute at...

Seattle

Quarantine: Crispy Rice and Egg Bowl. Still basically on stay at home orders so we continue to try different food options to make daily life a bit more interesting. One...

Seattle

Quarantine: Niçoise salad. Still at home so pulling out more options for lunch…what should you have once you’ve had burgers, sandwiches, leftovers and chips and salsa? A Niçoise salad with...

Seattle

Quarantine: Brunch. Full plate brunch of eggs over easy…the only way to have them with….grits, homemade biscuits, bacon all rounded out by mimosas. Oh…I forgot the star of the plate….tomato...

Seattle

Quarantine: Chocolate chip cookies! No wheat flour….no problem! These are made from almond flour which gives them a unique flavor and consistency compared to the wheat variety. Should have no...

Seattle

Quarantine: Look what we found. Looking around for something to fill our carb requirement  and…..tucked away from immediate discovery…a stollen in the freezer from the holidays! This is a tried...

Seattle

Quarantine: Takeout or pickup. Here are links to previous reviews of places that have indicated, at the time of this post, that they are open during our stay at home...

Winthrop WA

Cider and beer in abundance: Sixknot Taphouse. Very nice spot for a beer or cider after skiing or hiking with over 40 choices on tap! They also offer a menu...

Winthrop WA

Sun Mountain Lodge: The Dining Room and Bar. Dining, gorgeous views and skiing all in one. Typical menu choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner with very good protein bowls, of...

San Francisco

Always need more chocolate: Recchiuti Confections. Having bumped into this place more than once while in the Ferry Building and being amazed by the unique selections and wanting to give...

Seattle

Looking for some Q: Meaty Johnson’s. Described as Seattle BBQ…whatever that is, the meat is smoked in house…on the second floor no less! Three types of sauce are offered…mild, medium...

Redmond WA

Bakery and a cup of Joe: Kringles Bakery. Happened to be in the neighborhood and having a kringle seemed like a great diversion before returning home. Nice selection of baked...

Washington DC

Going home: Sip Munch and More. Terminal B near the Alaska gates at Reagan and needed a glass…or 3. Visit website...

Washington DC

Chef’s choice: Nina May. What’s chef’s choice you ask? A fixed menu of 4 items, 2 from the regular menu and 2 from the chef’s imagination that day. But, that...

Fall City WA

On the way: Roadhouse Restaurant and Inn. First built early in the last century it’s been renovated several times and still serves as an Inn. On the first floor is...

Seattle

A bit of hygge in SLU: Café Hagen. Opened for just a few months and located very near REI this is a perfect spot for breakfast, brunch, lunch or early...

Seattle

What…another coffee spot in Seattle: Armistice Coffee Roaster. Nice new place just off 65th with not only coffee, espresso, etc. but also a full bar and…they know how to steam...

Birmingham AL

Pizza in south Birmingham: Pizzeria GM. First off, they have a pizza oven…not wood fired but a nice oven and the service could not have been better or more pleasant....

Birmingham AL

Upscale chain: BrickTop’s. One of those places that has a bit of everything and it’s all good but nothing was particularly memorable because of that approach. There are over a...

Birmingham AL

Brunch Italian or Southern style: Trattoria ZaZa. Since pizza is on the menu I guess the best way to describe this place is Italian with a Southern touch. It’s small...

Birmingham AL

Stupendous seafood: Automatic Seafood & Oysters. Opened in April 2019 with up and coming star chef Adam Evans at the helm. It has been an early hit in the land...

Denver

They might not have it: Crú. Flight delayed for 3 hours and it was right across from my gate on Concourse B so…why not! Concept is similar to Vino Volo...

Philadelphia

Malaysian in South Philly: Saté Kampar. This small spot is in the heart of the East Passyunk restaurant scene so it is one of many choices. Howerever, I’d not had...

Philadelphia

Peruvian food in the heart of cheesesteak country: Vista Peru. Last minutes decision….we were looking for a place that could accommodate at least 8 people on a Saturday night and...

Chelan WA

Nice little spot for coffee: KáVé. Just barely out of town on the way to Manson and the parking lot is a bit tricky so when you see it start...

Bellevue, WA

Jianbing: Me and Crêpe. Started in Richmond BC and more recently has moved into Shanghai…reverse migration. This location, in Bellevue Square, open in the spring of last year. There are...

Snoqualmie WA

The other half: Salish Lodge Dining Room. We usually visit the Attic but decided on the more formal Dining Room for brunch…and the Attic doesn’t serve breakfast on weekdays. It...

Seattle

University Village Sushi: Bamboo Sushi. Located in the space formerly occupied by Blue C Sushi, they are a Portland chain that promotes sustainable seafood/sushi. The space is much nicer than...

Bellevue WA

Japanese sandos: Tres Sandwich House. Recommended by my daughter, who is a bit of all things Japanese nut, it’s a great find in south Bellevue…you have to want to go...

Seattle

Afternoon cup of joe: Stone Way Cafe. Just happened across this popular spot and decided to give it a try. We weren’t disappointed. They know how to steam milk here…including...

Seattle

Quick stop for lunch: Homegrown. One of about a dozen outlets in the metro area this visit was to the University Village location. They are all about sustainable local food...

Seattle

A bit of Bainbridge Island: Café Hitchcock. Part of the growing Hitchcock group of restaurants, this one is downtown in the Exchange Building. Nice space for a quick bite for...

Seattle

State Hotel: Ben Paris. The name may seem a bit odd but there was a Ben Paris, a well known Seattle sportsman who had a restaurant of similar name located...

Seattle

Out shopping: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya. This is chain from Tokyo that has a number of outlets in the Seattle metro area. Our visit was to the Bellevue Square location....

Kenmore WA

They know how to steam milk: Diva Espresso Kenmore. Located in The Hanger this is another of about a 1/2 dozen locations of this coffee roaster and purveyor of all...

Kenmore WA

A seaplane base…really? Seaplane Kitchen. Well…not really but the base is close by and seaplane flights leave daily to many places around Puget Sound including Victoria, BC. It’s an incredible...

Seattle

Group dinner: La Cocina Oaxaqueña. Dinner for about a dozen but we ordered from the standard menu so I feel more confident in my impressions. It’s a relatively small place on...

Coupeville WA

Even on a cold day it’s good: Kpaw’s Iskreme. Small but usually busy place in this small island town. They have a nice selection of ice cream with handmade waffle...

Seattle

Eurasian fusion: Cook Weaver. Reading about this place I was intrigued by the description of the food as well as the space. Apparently the building was built in 1930….wouldn’t know...

Seattle

Needs a little prep: Rain Shadow Meats. Grab some charcuterie…..gotta try the chicken liver paté…. and a steak for later and you’re all set. Friendly service with reasonable prices. Visit...

Seattle

Java and pastries: Broadcast Coffee. This is the location of their roastery. They also have a couple more locations around the city. The pastries were outstanding, in particular the Queen...

Seattle

Award winning chef: Tilth. One of the first places in Seattle to serve organic, locally sourced food before it became chic. It has continued to provide excellently prepared dishes since...

Seattle

Maybe the best biscuit in Seattle: Marmite. Hard to get a great biscuit in Seattle but this has to be one of the best. Made all the better by the...

Snohomish WA

Right on Main Street: Looking Glass Coffee. Nice little spot with good espresso and inhouse made donuts! The espresso is on the dark and moody side with serious pulls so...

Seattle

An old standby: Dahlia Bakery. It’s all about the triple coconut cream pie….for which they are famous but, they have a number of other great choices as well. This time...

Seattle

New spot, old name: Uncle Lee’s Kitchen. It used to be located about a mile away but recently moved and reopened a few weeks ago at this site. Same food...

Woodinville WA

Artisan fast food pizza: MOD Pizza. All made to order….from any of 30 toppings and in a pizza oven no less! It’s Seattle based but they have over 300 locations...

Mt Vernon WA

Food truck popup: Random Acts of Food. Everyone was going crazy for the deep fried Brussel sprouts with sea salt and lime so I had to give them a try....

San Francisco

Airport food: Cat Cora’s Kitchen. Located in terminal 2 at SFO near the Alaska Airline gates. The seafood paella needed some salt but considering it was airport food; not bad....

Sausalito CA

Classic waterfront spot: Scoma’s. There’s been a building on this site since the late 1800s and this second site of the San Francisco restaurant by the same name has been...

Sausalito CA

Beautiful spot: Farley Bar. Nice option versus the more formal restaurant across the hall….and much less “stuffy”. Started with the oysters…..made by the shallot mignonette; followed by the burrata with...

San Francisco

It’s about the view: The View. Typical bar food which was quite good but, it’s all about the view….not to be missed on your next visit to SFO! Located at...

San Francisco

A view to die for: Hog Island Oyster Co. This is the original location and it’s right on SFO Bay so, eat outside if you can. Oysters are the thing...

San Francisco

It’s all about the bread: Tartine Manufactory. A well known bakery in SFO with several locations, we visited the original in the Mission District which also has an associated restaurant...

San Francisco

Unique experience: Sheba Piano Lounge. Think Ethiopian, lounge, piano and jazz and you should have a clear picture of this place. No you say. Read on. Visiting the city for...

San Francisco

A favorite spot: Tartine Bakery. Gotta look for this place….between the Mission District and The Castro. It’s a small place so be prepared to wait…to order and find a seat…but...

Bozeman MT

Nice breakfast spot: Feed Café. Nice space it what appears to have been a barn in times past. Very solid food described as artisan comfort…with large portions…..and with a few...

Bozeman MT

Popular spot for breakfast: Little Star Diner. It’s fairly small and the wait can be long….45 minutes the morning we visited…but it is well worth the wait. This is another...

Big Sky MT

Beer after the slopes: Beehive Basin Brewery. A small microbrewery near the base at Big Sky offering some unique brews. The Mother’s Milk Stout on nitro was very good and...

Las Vegas

It’s downtown: Lola’s. I wanted an experience off the strip and this is not only off the strip but offers an off the strip food experience as well….think NOLA in...

Seattle

Hard to come up for air: Deep Dive. For sure the most unique bar in Seattle. It’s located below the Amazon Spheres and has the feel of a dark undersea...

Bow WA

Blueberries any way you want: Bow Hill Blueberries. Stop by for a tasting….including pickled….or just go to pick your fill. This place has blueberries done in ways you may haven’t...

Bow WA

Another spot for cheese: Samish Bay Cheese. Very nice spot to do a cheese tasting on your way to pick blueberries in the Skagit Valley. It’s all organic and made...

Seattle

New place in an old spot: Mr West U Village. Located in the space previously occupied by a cooking store, this is a welcome addition to the pizza, chocolate and...

Duvall WA

No bike this time: Duvall Tavern. We were visiting this small town just east of the metro area and stopped in to checkout this “world famous since 1934” establishment in...

Seattle

Sushi on the Ave: KU. Started the afternoon at The Mountaineering Club and caped off the day with a bit of sushi……more precisely….rolls (maki). This is a small place just...

Edison WA

Wine anyone? Slough Food. Nice little spot to pick up some wine, cheese and charcuterie for later…or enjoy it in their courtyard. They also offer soups, salads and sandwiches. This...

Edison WA

Continuing our tour of northwest Washington: Breadfarm. Nice little artisan bakery in the heart of a nice, interesting little village in the Skagit Valley. While we didn’t have their bread,...

Ferndale WA

Who knew: Boxx Berry Farm Market. Happened upon this place driving the backroads of northwestern Washington and stopped in just to see what they had to offer. This is a...

Lynden WA

Dessert: Lynden Dutch Bakery. Had lunch at JoFish and saved room for a Dutch treat…or 2! Our choice wasn’t so Dutch but more local….the caramel apple pie, made from local...

Lynden WA

Seafood in cow country: JoFish Seafood & Grill. Beautiful small town near the Canadian border originally populated by people of Dutch ancestry. The downtown area is full of Dutch architecture,...

Deming WA

Go to place near Mt Baker: The North Fork Brewery. Neapolitan style pizza with a few other choices such as salads and lasagna. And then there is the beer. Nice...

Snohomish WA

On the bike again: Snohomish Bakery. Weather was awful so we stopped to dry out and refuel. Nice spot with reasonable espresso and a good selection of pastries. Visit website...

Port Townsend WA

Waiting for the ferry: Port Townsend Vineyards Wine Plaza. Nice spot with drop dead views of the Sound…and the wines aren’t bad either. Fruit is locally sourced so expect cold weather...

Port Angeles WA

Carb loading: Bella Italia. Classic Italian restaurant located downtown near the waterfront. Had a ride up Hurricane Ridge the next morning and this seemed like a good option. Started with...

Port Townsend WA

Pizza on the Peninsula: Hillbottom Pie. On my way to ride to the top of Hurricane Ridge and I needed some carbo loading. Nice little spot in the historic district...

Bellingham WA

Brewpub in B’ham: Aslan Brewing Co. For my Alabama followers, no this isn’t in Birmingham…..Bellingham instead….which my PNW followers will immediately recognize. I’ve been here a couple of times and...

Seattle

Popular Brewery: Populuxe Brewing. The Tide faithful gathered here to kick off the football season and there’s nothing like beer and biscuits to get you in the mood…..especially if the...

Denver

Unbelievable food: ChoLon. This is a place you must try next time you are in Denver. I’m occasionally asked what my favorite cuisine is and I usually struggle to answer...

Denver

Beer anyone: Denver Microbrew Tour. Visited 4 different places on our tour with Matt….he was and excellent guide. We sampled 2 to 3 beers at each stop and my favorite was...

Denver

Excellent dinner for 20: Rioja. Described as Mediterranean it leans Spanish and there is a broad selection offered which should please everyone in your crowd. While this was a large...

Denver

Open for 23 years: Potager. Picked this place based on the menu, which seemed interesting, and the fact that it had been in business in a residential area of Denver...

Fort Bragg CA

Went to see the glass beach: North Coast Brewing Co. The beer is great and the food…..bar food….with huge portions. No way to eat the whole jumbo shrimp platter. All the...

Ukiah CA

Nice spot for breakfast and some Joe: Black Oak Coffee Roasters. They roast their own beans onsite and have a nice choice of breakfast items including bagels and burritos. Extensive...

Hopland CA

Interesting place: The Golden Pig. Just south of Ukiah and yes, the name is correctly spelled and…..yes, the town’s claim to fame was hops. But, no longer…production was halted in...