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Third option for lunch: Gracia. We didn’t start out to try this place in Ballard but wound up here when our other choices weren’t open for lunch. The space is...

Seattle

End of the indoor cycling class season meetup: The Pub at 3rd Place. Always been an interesting place in the basement of 3rd Place Books…almost like entering a cave. Typical...

Maltby WA

Got the job to pick up our cats today so this was lunch: Maltby Cafe. I’ve passed this place numerous times when we cycle north of Seattle but have never...

Philadelphia

Dinner for 20: Continental. A bit hard to describe this place…global comfort food that leans a bit Asian, probably comes closest. This night we had a fixed menu with 3...

Philadelphia

Everybody wanted Peking Duck so we decided this place fit the bill: Sang Kee It has been awhile since I’ve had this quintessential Chinese dish…..last time was in Beijing, so...

Philadelphia

Back in Philly: Laurel. Once again my flight in was late…..this time one and a half hours…barely made my reservation going straight from the airport. Thanks Uber! This is another...

Vancouver

A bit of a tourist place but the: Granville Public Market is worth a visit Like the Pike Place Market in Seattle most Vancouverites don’t admit to going there since...

Vancouver

Have wanted to try this place for a few years: Ask for Luigi. It was really a hot ticket a few years ago with long waits for a table….they take...

Vancouver

This is really about the hotel which is a must if you are in Vancouver: Granville Island Hotel. However there is a restaurant and bar and we took advantage of...

Vancouver

Have been here before and will be back: Beaucoup. I have to admit I have a very weak spot for French pastries and this is one of a handful outside...

Vancouver

Local knowledge wins again: Grapes and Soda. Got to Vancouver a bit late and this spot was recommended by our daughter who lives here…..her recommendations never disappoint. A small place...

Bellingham WA

Great place on a cold day: Firehouse Café Nice little coffee and pastry shop in the Fairhaven neighborhood of Bellingham. Located in an old firehouse with a performing arts center...

Bellingham WA

Quick trip to check out: Back East BBQ. We have a wedding coming up in August so we did a bit of a secret shopper trip to the area to...

Seattle

On my list for some time: Mkt. One of a long lineup of Ethan Stowell restaurants in Seattle this one is in the Tangletown area and hence its name….Meridian…the older...

Seattle

Another business dinner downtown: Capital Grille. Classic high end steak place, with the usual decor, that does a great job of what they do well……steak. They also have the usual...

Seattle

Long time coffee spot on south Capitol Hill: Café Presse. A sister to Le Pichet with a focus on coffee. Located very near Seattle University, it’s a spot to consider...