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Seattle for a day

A spur of the moment decision found us in the car and heading for Seattle for the weekend.  No plans except a little exploration and, ideally, some good food.  And of course we found it all.

For breakfast we started at Lola

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one of Tom Douglas’s many Seattle restaurants.  The food was great (I had the basic breakfast and S had the pancakes) and the coffee was plentiful, hot and strong.

After eating we set out to walk around.  We made a few stops (all of which were hard on my pocketbook but good for my wardrobe) and I documented our excursion with sidewalk photos like this

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and this.

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Of course we had to visit Pike Place Market (here’s proof) even if only for a few minutes.

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We also stopped at Byrnie Utz’s hats, and even though I tried to get S to buy something, we left empty-handed.

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After the hat store we headed over to the Elliott Bay Book Company the only book store I like as much as Powells in Portland.

We ended the day at with a memorable meal at Spring Hill (sorry, no pictures).  The meal was superb and we got great advice on menu choices and wine from Andy, our waiter.  We started with a selection of 4 varieties of raw oysters (each with a specific,  delectable and perfectly selected garnish).  We followed that with the raw kampachi with salmon roe, kauai sea salt, coriander and lime and the citrus cured king clam with lemon peel relish.  Our third course included the duck egg yolk raviolo and the roasted chanterelles and our final course was the roasted pekin duck breast with cranberry beans, confit, maple chestnuts and baby leeks.  I am still reeling with delight at the perfection of each course.  I can only say that we  plan to return as soon as we are back in Seattle.

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