Decided to splurge and take my husband to Seattle for his birthday. We have never traveled there before, so planning an impromptu trip was just what we needed.
Seattle didn’t dissapoint. After renting a car we drove to Cedarbrook Lodge. Our accommodations were outstanding. Their location is only 10 minutes from the airport. We showered and drove to the city where we saw the Space Needle, and walked along the waterfront. The weather was perfect coming from an extreme heat wave in the SanFrancisco Bay Area.
Aqua Restaurant brought us a delicious hot platter of fresh calamari never frozen according to our waitress 0ak. She offered a somlier to assist me in my wine selection, but there was no need. I was delighted by a glass of their Pinot gris from New Zealand. A piano guy named Ben played old TV theme songs which made the entertainment extra exciting.
We couldn’t decide between the seaweed crab salad and the Caesar so we enjoyed a half serving of each. The birthday boy ordered the clam chowder his favorite and the bread was warm and perfect w the butter sprinkled w Himalayan sea salt.
Ken also had the raw tuna w chips for his main dish. I tried the pancetta prawns and the roasted romesco and broccoli w Parmesan.
The water glasses were never empty and the vanilla icecream sunday with cherry and dk chocolate chunks was the best ending to a lovely evening on the patio. At one point a sailboat scooted right past our table a few feet away from us. Incredible! Highly recommended this place and not just because the food was awesome. They also gave us a free shuttle back to our car at 9:30 at night. This was greatly appreciated since we were several blocks away. Aqua was moderately priced and we walked away spending @ $150.00, with full bellies and a safe drop off at our car.
Our last night we ate and drank at a pub/bar called Elliot’s in West Seattle. The people in Seattle we found to be extra friendly and we chatted with a newly married couple who were sitting beside us. We got to know them immediately finding out that the guy was a police officer and his wife was a long time employee of Macy’s. They spoke highly of their neighborhood which seemed a lot like College Ave in Berkeley. See my previous blog
Our bartender Mikey gave me a flight that I would love and ww settled in for good conversation, great beer and delicious food. We shared the sumptuous Phillycheese steak w caramelized onions, veggies and the ever so salty chili cheese nachos w black beans, olives and crunchy red onions.
All throughout the dinner the wife kept reminding us that we must go across the street for icecream at Husky’s which she worked at on weekends for 4 years while supporting her 4 children. Sadly they were closed, but after our talkative friend banged on the door, the owner Jack opened and let the four of us in. We were greeted with the biggest hug and kiss on the cheek. This guy has been running the business for 42 years and his father since 1932.
I had to try the highly regarded scoop of Swiss dk chocolate with orange and the salted caramel ice cream. This cold sweet cream just melted in my mouth leaving me craving more. I can see why one client cried when John couldn’t provide her with the orangey chocolatey delight. She said “you don’t understand!” Sobbing extensively. I laughed at this story but understood how addictive this treat could be.
Aah. On our way home now from our four day adventure of hiking, exploring Washington and eating our way around Seattle. Maybe your husband needs a little TLC too. Life is way too short to not take advantage of vacations like this one in Seattle. Now rested and relaxed we can smile knowing we have another birthday celebrated to the fullest.
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Oriental Crunchy Salad
Oriental Chicken Salad
1 Roasted Chicken Shredded
¾ C Sugar
½ C White Wine Vinegar
½ C canola oil
½ C Peanut Oil
1 T Toasted Sesame Oil
2 teas Soy Sauce
½ C Melted Butter
½ C Sesame Seeds
½ C. Sliced Almonds
1 Pkg Oriental Top Ramen
1 head of Napa Cabbage chopped thinly
3 Green Onions chopped
2 stalks celery Chopped
1 Green Apple Chopped in small cubes
2 Carrots peeled and shredded
1 Jicama chopped in small cubes
½ red or yellow bell pepper sliced thinly
½ C Cilantro Chopped finely
Either Bake or buy a roasted chicken and shred into small bite size pieces into a large bowl. Set aside.
In a microwave safe large glass bowl, combine, sugar, all three oils, vinegar, and soy sauce. Microwave for @ 45 seconds. Stir.
Melt butter in a large frying pan and add, sesame seeds, almonds and Top Ramen. Saute on Med heat until brown for about 7 minutes taking care not to burn. Set aside.
Wash and Shred cabbage and place in the biggest bowl you can find. I use a food processor for this. Add roasted Chicken, chopped vegetables, apple, and cilantro. Toss until well mixed. Sprinkle in browned ramen, sesame seeds, and almonds and pour dressing over salad. Stir until all vegetables and cabbage is dressed.
Serve right away. Enjoy!