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10 September 2004 @ 11:43 pm
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I had a serious train of thought chugging last night, the what-if of winning one hundred and fifty million dollars. I planned all the houses I'd buy, and promised myself to set up a Fan House where fans could gather and stay for free, and then decided that I'd give at least $50,000 each to the 50 people closest to me--choosing that number at random--including people on LJ that I might not have met. Then my mind wandered into worry about the effects of giving money to people, because there should be no strings attached, and if there aren't strings attached, people can of course talk about their windfalls, and if they do that, it's likely to be divisive and cause hurt feelings here and there among people I didn't give money to, and from all this will erupt a massive, volcanic flamewar to end all flamewars, which will be talked about for years afterwards, and even the people I did give money to might come to resent me, because $50,000 isn't enough for their needs, and so I devised a system where I'd give those 50 people debit cards, and they could just take whatever they needed from a shared account with a generous credit line.

And then I remembered that I'm probably never going to have a hundred and fifty million dollars and that I should go to sleep because I had to get up in the morning and work.

Because I was grasping for blathery straws earlier today when I was writing this, I offer you places to eat in Seattle if you ever visit, presented to you by me, me being a person who doesn't really know enough about Seattle. Basically, these are places I eat at. Some more often than others.



Doughnuts. Daily Dozen Donuts, in Pike Place Market--tiny, hot, fresh donuts in brown paper bags. Cinnamon, chocolate iced with sprinkles, powdered, or plain. Winchell's, on 45th (just west of the U. District) has donuts I like. Top Pot Donuts are often recommended, but I think they're heavy and not so good. The Krispy Kreme is out on Aurora.

Sandwiches. The best sandwiches in the city can be found at the Crumpet Shop, also in Pike Place. They make their own bread, and you can get British-y style combinations and fillings (watercress, cucumber), and the meats are absolutely real and succulent, cut right off the bone. Plus they have all sorts of teas, iced tea, scones, great soups, and, of course, crumpets.

Pastries. For the really rich kind--cakes and moussey things--Dilettante's and B&O Espresso, both in the Capitol Hill area. For cookies, tarts, scones, and so on, Grand Central Bakery, Pioneer Square. There's probably even better stuff out there somewhere, but I haven't explored as far as I'd like yet.

Chocolate. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Just off Pike Place. Perfect fudge. Dipped apples. Other things. There's a Godiva in Westlake (a downtown mall) and a Neuhaus Chocolates on the concourse level of Pacific Place (another downtown mall). Westlake also has a large, cheap food court, by the way.

Breakfast/Brunch. The IHOP on Madison. B&O Espresso on E. Olive Way. El Greco on Broadway. The Crumpet Shop, in the market.

Seafood. I have no idea. I don't really get out and eat seafood much. But the Pike Pub and Brewery (in the market) has great garlic shrimp, and FX McRory's (near the stadium) has a great grilled salmon plate. It also has, like, a million types of booze arrayed across the mirrored bar wall, mostly whiskey, I think. You probably don't want to go on a game day.

Burgers. Julia's on Broadway is pretty good, and FX McRory's, and Pike Pub and Brewery. I've had trouble finding good burgers though. I'm picky.

Steak. Morton's, on Sixth Avenue, if you want to go crazy and spend at least a hundred bucks a person...yeah. Never mind. I'm sure there are online restaurant guides.

Pizza. The name of pizza in Seattle is Pagliacci's. They also have a tasty house salad.

Coffee. I like the coffee at Il Fornaio, in Pacific Place, but I'm only certain about the coffee made at the risotteria at street level, and not at their café inside. The coffee's also good at Grand Central. There's also a nice new café in the market called Local Color, open-air (no front wall, anyway), with art on the walls.

Hummus and warm pita slices. The Elysian at the corner of Pike & 12th in Capitol Hill (pub).

Tacos. Bimbo's ("Bimbo's Bitchin' Burrito Kitchen"), Pine Street, Capitol Hill.

Health-nutty. Inside the downtown Convention Center, below the Gold's gym, there's a little juice bar type place where you can get freshly squeezed juice mixes, great salads and sandwiches, all fresh and usually made very quickly. The chicken is free-range, they've told me. Also, you can go to the co-op, Madison Market, around Madison and 15th, and get really good stuff to go, ready-to-eat from their deli and café counter--for example, sesame salmon, mozarella sandwiches, and all kinds of tofu and vegetable "side" dishes, some labeled for vegans, etc.

Ice Cream. There's a gelato place, Gelatiamo, on Third, near the market. I should be more familiar with good ice cream places...then again, maybe not. (Note: The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory also has ice cream.)

Impromptu lunch. The cafés in Nordstrom department stores (downtown, Northgate mall) actually have good food and really nice dining rooms, and they're right there while you're shopping.

Casual dinner. B&O Espresso is also pretty good for dinners, as their entrees are tapas-style (small and inexpensive). The menu has a middle-eastern sort of flavor. I recommend the baby boreks. They serve bar drinks.

Italian. I used to like Stella's Trattoria in the U. District (45th) quite a lot and then I visited Spokane and went to Luigi's, and ate, and wept, and knelt down and prayed to the gods of linguine, and in comparison haven't felt as enthusiastic about Stella's since then. So I'm not sure. It's still okay, I think. Arguably better than Olive Garden. I welcome recommendations from anyone who knows Seattle Italian restaurants.

Asian food. It's everywhere in Seattle, but I have no recommendations.

Miscellaneous. The Red Line, corner of E. Olive & E. Denny--peanut butter on a spoon, carrot sticks, sandwiches, various salads, amazing ginger cookies. Newly opened. Hopefully will be around for a while.

Other people should add their recommendations--please! :>)
 
 
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anathema: cute but psychoanathema666 on September 10th, 2004 11:48 pm (UTC)
spam, spam, chocolate and spam

But I don't like chocolate. Can't I have spam instead?

*runs away*
Anna S.eliade on September 10th, 2004 11:50 pm (UTC)
We're flexible. *g* Love your icon, btw--those bunnies always slay me.
do you want orcs? because this is how you get orcs: Rapture!kita0610 on September 10th, 2004 11:48 pm (UTC)
Your icon makes me extremely happy. I'm not entirely sure why...
Anna S.eliade on September 10th, 2004 11:50 pm (UTC)
Hee. It always makes me happy too--it's one of the happiest things I "own". :>)

::hugs you::
(no subject) - kita0610 on September 10th, 2004 11:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Divya_divya_ on September 10th, 2004 11:55 pm (UTC)
I like your spam. And your list warmed my heart since I have a good friend who used to work at Pagliacci's maybe ten years ago, and told us endless stories about working there, most of which I've forgotten. Hee.
Anna S.eliade on September 11th, 2004 12:04 am (UTC)
I like Pagliacci's because their automated phone message--when they're busy--is just so damn friendly that you feel you've been patted on the shoulder and smiled at. Also, their computer system kicks ass; they remember your previous orders down to the nitty-gritty details ("pizza slightly well done, no chickpeas on the salad, right?"). Also they once gave me a complimentary pizza at random, for no reason whatsoever. Just as a thank-you--a total surprise when I tried to pay the delivery person. They're great. :>)
(no subject) - _divya_ on September 11th, 2004 12:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
ineke on September 10th, 2004 11:58 pm (UTC)
I chalk doughnuts up as just one of life's perplexing American-culture mysteries. Doughnuts! Sure, we have 'em -- but they're not this, this, thing. Or maybe it's just because we haven't got Krispy Kreme. Australians come back from the States raving about Krispy Kreme ("no, it's not a like a doughnut -- it's kind of crispy and melty and, god, I can't describe it, but it's so good--"), so I think we're missing something vital from the equation, here.
Anna S.eliade on September 11th, 2004 12:01 am (UTC)
I think you're right--doughnuts are one of those American cultural icons, though I'm not entirely sure why. Krispy Kremes can be overkill--if you were here, I'd take you to the Daily Dozen instead, because their donuts are light and incredibly simple, and their little baby-fist size is cute. *g*
(no subject) - ineke on September 11th, 2004 12:06 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - reginagiraffe on September 11th, 2004 08:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
Alisonalisonr on September 11th, 2004 12:13 am (UTC)
FX McRory's also has excellent clam chowder and onion rings. Giant, crunchy onion rings with tartar sauce.

One place I like to go to eat when I go to the Pike Place Market is the Turkish restaurant across from the park at the end. I wish I could remember the name of it. Their specialty is different kinds of pastries filled with spiced meat and vegetables. (Actually another specialty of theirs is Turkish Delight, but I've never tried it.)
Destinadestina on September 11th, 2004 01:03 am (UTC)
I promised myself I'd go to Seattle next year on vacation. Right now, it's a dim hope. But at least I will know where to eat, if I ever get there. *g*
torchflambeau on September 11th, 2004 01:13 am (UTC)
Hungry now. hungry hungry hungry.
yonmei on September 11th, 2004 02:56 am (UTC)
the what-if of winning one hundred and fifty million dollars

Oh, I do that too. And have similar ideas to yours. I resolved the flame-war problem by setting up a solicitor to act for me who would contact a local solicitor for each of the friends I intended to give money to, so a double-layer of anonymity, and the condition on the gift would be a voluntary agreement (not legally binding, just a request) not to attempt to find out who gave it. That way even if there was a flame-war, I wouldn't be at the middle of it!

I like the idea of a Fan House, too. Do you do floor plans? I do...

I'm just ignoring all the food shops. I'm never likely to be in Seattle again *whimper, whine, wail* and this is just cruel...
Kat Allisonkatallison on September 11th, 2004 05:48 am (UTC)
This made me grin, because I've had the exact same lottery fantasy, up to and including the rancor and flamewar, and the wan conclusion that I probably *shouldn't* win the lottery because I couldn't cope with the aftermath.

And the Red Line! Eee! I remember walking past it with you, back in July when they were getting ready to open, and peering in and hoping it would turn out to be a good place. I so want to be able to teleport to Seattle right now, landing with a *floomp* on your sofa, and (since you're probably still asleep while I'm typing this) reading quietly until you wake up. And then we could go to the Crumpet Shop down in the market for breakfast, and talk and talk, and walk around town looking at the people and the clouds and the water. (It's a very Seattle-like morning here, grey, cool, promising rain, and I am filled with yearning to be out there.)
Anna S.eliade on September 13th, 2004 09:56 am (UTC)
This made me grin, because I've had the exact same lottery fantasy, up to and including the rancor and flamewar, and the wan conclusion that I probably *shouldn't* win the lottery because I couldn't cope with the aftermath.

Great wealth is a burden. /nodding wisely *g*

And the Red Line! Eee! I remember walking past it with you, back in July when they were getting ready to open, and peering in and hoping it would turn out to be a good place.

And, lo, it is!

I so want to be able to teleport to Seattle right now, landing with a *floomp* on your sofa,

Hee. Please floomp any time.

and (since you're probably still asleep while I'm typing this) reading quietly until you wake up. And then we could go to the Crumpet Shop down in the market for breakfast, and talk and talk, and walk around town looking at the people and the clouds and the water. (It's a very Seattle-like morning here, grey, cool, promising rain, and I am filled with yearning to be out there.)

This would be cool. :>) I do hope you move here after your two-year plan; it'd be very cool to have a katallison handy for those sudden crumpet moments.

So hey, I left a comment several days ago asking for your snail mail addy--by e-mail--to send you something and don't think I heard from you. Did you get a notification of that?
Trepkostrepkos on September 11th, 2004 05:56 am (UTC)
Hey, if you win a lot of money, do everyone a favour - invest it, give up work, and write whatever comes into your head, whenever you want.
Me, I'd just buy nice little homes for bunnies.
Trepkos: snuggle bunniestrepkos on September 11th, 2004 05:56 am (UTC)
like these.
Minim Calibreminim_calibre on September 11th, 2004 07:08 am (UTC)
I welcome recommendations from anyone who knows Seattle Italian restaurants.

Ciao Bella in the U Village area is decent, I've heard good things about the Pink Door, Cafe Lago in Montlake has some tasty food.

There are a couple others, but I've cut down since garlic started bothering my guts.
Anna S.eliade on September 13th, 2004 09:59 am (UTC)
Hey, you. :>) I never heard back from you about getting together, and worried a bit in neurotic fashion that you'd replied and the message had gone astray and you were sitting and twiddling your own thumbs wondering why I hadn't followed through, but I balanced this against the greater likelihood that you were just very busy or post-travel-sick, so I decided in the end not to bug you by pelting more e-mails your way. So I'll just leave it up to you to follow up if you want, okay?
(no subject) - minim_calibre on September 13th, 2004 10:05 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - eliade on September 13th, 2004 10:18 am (UTC) (Expand)
Mishaunmisha on September 11th, 2004 10:30 am (UTC)
Some additions:
Breakfast/Brunch: Portage Bay Cafe in the Udistrict. Any place that has a huge bowl of whipped cream adn various in-season fruit toppings for your pancake/french toast/waffle is tops in my book.

Pizza: Delfinos, hiding down by the Barnes& Noble in the UVillage, has amazing spinach deep-dish pizza. Not what you want if you're looking for New York style, but still good.

Mexican: Mama's, down in Belltown. I wouldn't know authentic Mexican if it bit me in the ass, but a friend swears it is, and it's delicious in any case. And, which also fits in the seafood category, Agua Verde, hiding down near Portage Bay. They have the most delicious fish tacos - the sort of fish taces that would win you over to both fish and tacos if you liked neither.

Burgers: What's your opinion of Red Mill? I haven't tried those others, but Red Mill's the best I've found.

--

I do the lottery-winning fantasies, but my thoughts run less to giving people money than setting up various foundations and *hiring* fen. Like, an archive foundation that'll pay for hosting of fiction archives, and hire webfen to run it. There'd probably be a giant flamewar over that idea, too.
savoy trufflesavoytruffle on September 11th, 2004 04:54 pm (UTC)
I must absolutely second the recommendation for Agua Verde. In addition to their fish tacos, their mango-dillas and chile potatoes are to die for.

And if you ever get across the lake, Raga in Kirkland has the best Indian food I've ever eaten except for this one meal I had in Nepal once, which shouldn't count because they have the cultural advantage.

Also across the lake, Victor's Celtic Coffee Company in Redmond has these coffee combination drinks that rock my world. The Irish Nudge is perfect... and topped with chocolatet whipped cream, which can never be wrong.

Another perennial favorite is dim sum at Sun-Ya's in the International District.

God, this is making me homesick...
Folieadeux: Stars&Stripes by Foliecallmefolie on September 11th, 2004 01:54 pm (UTC)
This post makes me so happy. ::hugs self::

I was just having this same Lotto discussion with my father on the phone! LOL I think you should leave your generosity to the fandom house and no cash. People will end up staying there for days taking those writing courses (given by you) and you'll be laying out plenty in groceries.

Food!! Okay, here's my .02

Bagels: Seattle Bagel on um, Terry I think. It's in that spot over by the Paramount and the Regence BlueShield office building. If you get there in the morning they hand you a warm toasty bagel with killer salmon cream cheese.

Comfort Food: The Five Spot on Queen Anne. Love that place. Nice atmosphere, the Coke's come in the little bottles and the glasses are jelly jars filled with ice. The baked chicken comes with amazing garlic mashed potatos. The same people own The Coastal Kitchen on 15th (Capitol Hill).

After Drinking/Burgers: Dicks Delux w/ fries on Broadway. Not only do their fries go down like manna after a night of dancing/drinking, you never know what the hell you'll witness in line to place your order. The crowd is so varied and bizarre and everyone's lined up at 2am rain or shine.

I agree completely on B&O on Capitol Hill. Have you ever had their chocolate eclairs? Eeee! Then you get that nice little pot of English Breakfast tea with your own little creamer. *happy sigh*

Coffee: Try Lladro's on Capitol Hill or Queen Anne. OMG, their coffee is fantastic. They're at the end of the street (north) on 15th on Capitol Hill. Interesting art on the wall usually.

What a great post, Anna. Loving it.
savoy trufflesavoytruffle on September 11th, 2004 04:55 pm (UTC)
The Five Spot. Yes, yes, yes. It's so good, we call it the G-spot.
Dira Sudisdsudis on September 11th, 2004 02:16 pm (UTC)
I play the lottery game all the time, too, because my Dad used to speculate aloud when the jackpots got high - including doing the math on the effect of taking a lump-sum and having taxes deducted (works out to about a third of the stated jackpot, I think). I usually just figure I'll set up the Slash Retreat House and let people come and stay as long as they like, and keep the cash-allocation to family. :)
Pamgoosegirl9 on September 13th, 2004 12:04 pm (UTC)
I'm still stuck on the doughnuts. Damn you!