vacation food pt. I – Seattle

earlier this month we went to portland for a wedding and decided to fly into seattle first so we could visit one of my st. olaf friends for a couple days and then take the amtrak down to portland (the mister had never been on a train before). although we only had 2 days we made the most of our eating!


brunch at Coastal Kitchen – i had a salmon scramble with spicy hashbrowns. you can see the mister’s huevos rancheros in the background with “dueling salsas.” the verde won, in case you were wondering. we loved the vibe of this place, fast and friendly service and the food was FRESH.


dinner at Olivar – which was splendid. the food was bright and so full of flavor. and everything we ordered was so well-put together and practically perfectly cooked. the restaurant itself is in a quaint english cottage style building and the decor is totally cozy. i would recommend this place to everyone in seattle. pictured above: sauteed gnocchi with braised rabbit ragu. the gnocchi was the exact taste and texture of the gnocchi at 112 – my favorite. (our first course was a trout potato salad & greens but it was eaten well before i remembered to take a picture).


braised rainbow chard with garlic, raisin and pine nuts – how summery looking is this dish, right?!

clams in a tomato chili broth

empanada filled with corn, artichoke, oyster mushroom and pine nuts – and a spicy aioli

paella valenciana (seafood, chicken and chorizo)

as much as we enjoyed the paella we later kicked ourselves for not ordering the Duo de Cerdo – grilled pork loin, braised pork shoulder lasagna with veggies. SIGH. oh well.


another brunch. this time at Table 219. shown right there is the table 219 benedict. poached eggs over potato cakes made with gouda and bacon and a tomato and mushroom cream sauce. OMG. go read the menu on the website and i dare you not to drool all over your computer.

we also had dinner at a super fabulous soul food placed, The Kingfish Cafe (which was conveniently located directly below my friend’s apartment), but were not seated by a window and it was dark dark dark with one tiny candle at our table – hence, no photos. but it was some serious soul food. catfish, collard greens, fried green tomatoes, hush puppies – heaven.

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