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Bob Mac May 29, 2013 07:58 AM

We celebrated our 25th anniversary by taking the Victoria Clipper from Victoria to Seattle and spending 3 days enjoying the sights and food of the area.

We had two delightful dinners and enjoyed the view on offer at AQUA by El Gaucho off Pier 70.

The first night was stormy and the bar and dining room afforded a terrific vantage point of the waves and crashing surf. Excellent service and useful advice from the two sommeliers we dealt with.

I had a nice lunch sitting up at the bar art MATT's IN THE MARKET as my wife continued her shopping and my back and a "powerful thirst" persuaded me to take a break. Delicious halibut sandwich that might have come as a "McFish" but was anything but. Big portions of barely cooked halibut that was just as I like it, cooked to barely opaque.. Busy, lunchtime crowd. Good service and excellent chat wtih Sal up at the bar.

As a result of things I had read at this site we had intended to try get into SPINASSE as we both enjoy Italian for our anniversary dinner but they were closed on Tuesday. Instead we went to ALTURA. Very good food. My wife still raves about the American Wagyu beef she had because it was so "melt in ones mouth". My basil fed snails and braised lamb cheeks were good.

Again excellent service in a pleasant albeit bustling atmosphere for a Tuesday. The only drawback was we were seated a a table for four which was already occupied by another couple, the four of us being divided by a large flower bouquet. Seemed strange as no one had told us of this before hand but worked out well and there was literally no other seats during the time were there whether at a table or up at the bar. Turns out the other couple were just recently married in Portland and we were there for our 25th year celebration.

Had other meals at ELLIOTT:'s ...yes I know, very touristy but that was what we were. Nice salmon, good view and excellent Oregon pinot noir....al fresco out on the deck at the PINK DOOR off Post Alley on the advice of the staff at the INN AT THE MARKET where we stayed as well as CUTTERS where we sought refuge from the heat on our last day before sailing back to Victoria in the afternoon.

We thoroughly enjoyed Seattle and will be back now that we got a lot of the tourist things out of the way.

Bob & Sandy Macdonald, Edmonton, ALBERTA

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  1. klsalas May 29, 2013 08:53 AM

    Thanks for the trip report. Sounds like a great trip. Congrats on 25 years!

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      GoHuskies07 Aug 12, 2013 12:50 AM

      Sounds like a great trip! Seattle is a wonderful food city. One of the best in the United States, although I think Vancouver may have it beat.

      Congrats on 25 years!

      1. kaleokahu Aug 15, 2013 09:46 PM

        Hi, Bob: "...we were seated a a table for four which was already occupied by another couple, the four of us being divided by a large flower bouquet."

        When I was there on my Anniversary, it was a potted plant. It was like being in a 1920's jungle movie. IME, this is what passes for regular 2-tops there.

        I'm happy you enjoyed your time here. What's good in Victoria these days? Is Sooke Harbor House still a class act?

        Aloha,
        Kaleo

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