I’ve been telling myself that a Seattle hiatus is in order for months now (evidently, since March), and sure enough, pieces of one fell onto my path recently while I was heading to and fro the ‘heart of the cascades’ for work stuff.
I can't seem to get away from The Highline. I miss Georgetown Liquor Co, but this Capitol Hill location is great, and I'm a sucker for their Galvanizer- a pint of Spire apple cider holding a shot of Fireball whiskey.
Hot Pickle Chips with ranch, in all their (deserved) $8 glory.
The dining highlight of the trip - Eggplant & Tofu at Wedgewood Thai II. Totally a random dinner stop, and quite a sweet sauce, but fresh eggplant, tiny, cutesy tofu squares, doting staff and sidewalk dining made it memorable.
I embraced my inner 20-year-old by staying at The Green Tortoise, adjacent to Pike Place Market. All things considered, it was pretty damn swell.
Next Up: Loving Hut, Visit #2. In short: Summer rolls with shiso and the caramel-like peanut sauce = Pass.
Loving Hut's Vermicelli bowl. The crispy fried gluten stuff was fascinating and it wasn't a crispy roll to regret, but what's up with shiso overload here? Better yet, what's gotten into me?
My dining partner was on a dessert streak, and ordered not 1, not 2, but 3 desserts at Loving Hut. The creamy cheesecake was lovely, and seemed to be tops.
How cool is the Penzey's in downtown Seattle? Blame my own Northwest tourism, but this was more exciting than the Pearl location.
Existential vegan food query: I walked home past Cyber Dogs, and found myself wondering, 'Why is it that I won't eat a veggie dog?" Oh, analogues.
In between. Cle Elum, WA (where I met a vegan!)
With that, I leave you to the Lady Gaga inspired display at Red Light in Capitol Hill.
Pardon me while I go back into Vegan Iron Chef mode!