Monday, October 31, 2011

Let's Try this Skillet Diner Review Again

Seeing the lines waiting to get in at Skillet Diner, you would think that the image of Jesus had appeared in one of their biscuits.  And the way the local press and populace gush praise upon the place, you would think that they had developed the cure for cancer.  Given the hype and the fact that the concept began in a food trailer (and I love street food), I was, of course, eager to try this place.  The aforementioned lines were a barrier for a while, because  I do not usually plan ahead enough for meals to leave time for long waits before I start consuming whatever semi-edible things I can find lying around.  One magical afternoon, I was driving down Union, contemplating a snack, when I drove past Skillet.  There was nobody waiting outside.  After the required double-take, the car screeched to halt and I pulled over.  The errands could wait, but would this place live up to the hype?

The stakes were high...

Sunday, October 30, 2011


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Woodland Park, more than a zoo

As I was saying yesterday, Seattle is lousy with parks.  A 90 acre park would seem large in most cities, but here, it is across the street from a larger park.

Woodland Park...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Green Lake Park, more spectacular waterfront

Seattle has so many damn parks that they are often short distances from each other.  In many cases, there are even completely different parks right across the street from each other.  Seattle also has a crazy amount of water (and I am not talking about the rain).  Different parts of the city jut out into the Puget Sound on peninsulas.  So it is possible to look out over the sound from the city by looking West, North, South, or even East, depending on where you are standing.  Besides that, there are also canals (called “cuts” here) and lakes.  The largest is Lake Washington, which is Seattle’s Eastern boundary, but there are several lakes fully contained within the city.  This is one reason I call Seattle the “city of views.”  So many people have views of water.

I took a walk around Green Lake Park...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hey Dahlia

Volunteer Park has an amazing garden of Dahlia that is worth checking out.  I was not aware of dahlia until I move to Seattle.  Clearly I am a gardening hack. Previously, the names for Tom Douglas' Dahlia Lounge and Dahlia Workshop were totally lost on me.  I was really missing out, because these flowers are spectacular.  The colors are super vivid and intense, and the variety of shapes and sizes are amazing.  Some blooms are an inch or so across and some are bigger than a hand.  I could really yammer on and on about them, but wouldn't you rather see some?

And there are a bunch more...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Gabriel Von Max at the Frye Art Museum

If you act quickly, there is still time to see Gabriel von Max: Be-tailed Cousins and Phantasms of the Soul, which is up until the end of the month.   If you are an art history buff, you need to see this quirky painter from the late 19th and early 20th century.  If you are more of a modern art fan, or not an art person at all, you still should see this show.  I know you are thinking "dry landscapes and still lifes and weirdly dressed old people."  Think again.  Actually, there are plenty of olden-times people, but they are interesting.  I swear.  And there are cool paintings of monkeys.  Everybody likes monkeys.  Best of all, this is all free!  Yes, the Frye Art Museum is always free.  A block away, on Madison, there are a couple of dive bars for post-viewing discussions, so you can make an afternoon of it.

keep reading...

Monday, October 17, 2011

Bar Notes

Monday may seem like a weird time for bar notes, as some people are pledging never to drink again after a hard weekend.  Just consider this research for friends who like to drink.  Maybe by the end of the week, you will have decided to have just one drink this weekend.

 news after the jump...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hoptoberfest and Washington IPA contest in West Seattle

This is from the Washington Beer Blog.  I have not been to this place yet, but I love IPA's and I plan to try it out soon.

May the best IPA win:
It is Hoptoberfest at the Beveridge Place Pub. What exactly does that mean? Well, in short, it means that the Beveridge Place is dedicating a whopping 12 taps to a rotating selection of mostly local IPAs. It also means that the Bev is in the process of choosing a new house IPA for 2012 — the house IPA is the always-on-tap IPA at the Bev. Not only is it an honor for the winning brewery, but it also represents a lot of guaranteed keg sales.

What happens after that?

Stuff I See Around Town 11

nom nom

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Seattle Mariners and their "fans"

I remember riding into Seattle on a train from Portland about one and a half years ago.  It was on that trip that we decided to move here.  As you come into town on that train, you get a close-up view of Safeco field.  That giant roof with the big metal spines and tracks for moving.  The companion Century Link Field (formerly Quest) with its own metal spines.  


Monday, October 10, 2011

La Spiga (review)

La Spiga Osteria has the look of an expensive restaurant.  This goes a long way in explaining why I had never yet considered eating there.  It looks very cool from the outside and the location is very convenient to me.  I just thought I would go there someday when I was making a bit more money.  What a pleasant surprise when a nearby place was full and my friends were hungry and we ventured in here as a desperate alternative.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Mobile Chowdown, street food on the street

Just weeks after the first Mobile Food Rodeo, the annually recurring Original Mobile Chowdown was held in Seattle last weekend.  Of course, I was there....

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Occupy Seattle

If you have been following Occupy Wall Street, there is a local version.  Occupy Seattle has been occupying Westlake Park.  This has been an interesting exercise in democracy.  It looks like the city has had enough. 

It has been a busy day.  I will post again later this evening.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Seattle Newsy Links

New Distillery is coming to SoDo.  Sodo is south of downtown.  It used to be south of the Dome, but then the city blew that up.

Billed as the original Seattle Food Truck gathering, The Mobile Chowdown is Sunday. And you know I love some food trucks.  Expect a full report.

Seattle Sounders are looking towards the end of a successful season.

Seattle’s top selling point is defined like this: “Like Silicon Valley, but with better coffee, or so says Kiplinger magazine.

I am a big supporter of mass transit, but if you are a REALLY big fan you can go celebrate the start of a new bus route from Bellevue.