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Seattle day two and three of eating - quite long

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stanleyk Aug 5, 2012 10:36 AM

The relatively slow start to eating and drinking picked up a pace on the following two days.  Following a recommendation from a fried we headed to Toulouse petit for breakfast, the space was light, airy and busy, never had to wait for breakfast seating before, glad we did.  Dungeness scramble was a very pleasant breakfast with bits of asparagus in there too to keep it light, went very well with the grapefruit cocktail, the pork cheek hash was also very good, the pig particularly tasty with hints of star anise.  From here we ventured on up to Sitka and spruce, am sure we did something in between but just walking I think.  S and s was housed in the market space with some other very tempting looking shops, including butcher and wine, but press on we did and we grabbed a stool at he window, enough to be able to see the blue angels practice.  Three plates were shared, escarole with anchovy dressing, smoked salmon and a beets dish with goats feta.  All very tasty, the salad maybe a bit pricey for what it was, good ingredients, but eight bucks for some salad leaves seemed a bit much.  The beets were also good the feta tasty and the marinade with fennel, cumin and coriander pulled it all together nicely, the winner however was the salmon, four generous thick slices of home cured fish with good clean salad alongside, very nice.  A great space, although maybe not as good as had hoped would be.  A quick stroll around the corner to victrola was well rewarded with a very decent espresso, short, viscous and rich, followed by a very pleasant natural processed yirgacheffe on the v60, some of that lovely funk you get from natural but still clean finishing, impressed.  A further stroll to Molly moons for salted caramel, very good. When ordered I was asked if had tried it before, which made me think that it was going to be pretty salty, it was, and delicious with it.

Following all this consumption a lie down was in order, so across from mms into the park for a sunshine laze.  Fully rested it was time for drinks so we headed over to hopvine.  The smallest of the bars we had found so far and all the better for it, much more like am used to in the uk.  We proceeded to work our way through the beers on the list enjoying them all, ipa obviously dominating, but some of the wheat, a raspberry one, also showing well.  With beer hunger kicking in we ventured on down to quinns via Elysian.  The latter ok, didn't like the blocks at all, too sweet and malty for me, and the space far too big and lacking charm.  Quinns though was great, a Russian river beer and a burger was enough for me and the beer soon can't up with me.  The burger was excellent and the walk home enough to sober me up for bed, ready to make the most of final day in the city.

Or not!  Due to the climatic conditions we opted for a jaunt on the ferry to bainbridge island, the ride offering great views of the city skyline and rainier, about time we saw it as our trip there was clouded out pretty much.  N arrival on the island we stopped at island vintners for a cheeky tasting.  What welcomed us was half an hour or so of great chat with the owners, some very good wines and a tasting of salumi meats, a real treat from a pretty ordinary looking spot, highly recommended if not been, it far exceeded any expectations.  From there we found ourselves at Hitchcock deli for a bite, the Reuben was really good, the pulled pork tasty, but maybe a little dry for my taste, needed more of that good pig fat in there.  over the street to Mira for some fantastic ice cream, the monitor sorbet was very flavourful and refreshing on such a hot day, the coconut I liked too, possibly better than Molly's in my opinion.

Returning to the city a hard decision to make, what would our last meal in town be?  Spinasse or revel?  Well, having been to Italy recently we opted for the latter, and very glad I was too.  A really great feed indeed, the salmon roe and fennel salad was light, salty and generous, the pancake crispy with good shrimp.  The dumplings were really tasty, although kinda wish I hadn't opted for the vege option, e killer dish though was the dungeness crab noodles, wow!  Really fantastic food, a very hot location, both in popularity and air temp, and even better, ideally located for a try at brouwers.  A great bar, again big, with a fantastic selection of beers, nicely broken down by country, state etc.  I stuck with Washington and enjoyed them all, the tumulo nimbus double ipa being the highlight.

All in all Seattle was a great city to visit, the food and drink very good and the people great along with it, Portland has a fair bit to live up to now, t minus one hour and we shall see!