So, I was briefly in Seattle. And yes, I took a van from my hotel by the airport to down town Seattle and wandered. Hence, the title of this entry. Seattle: a foodie's paradise. Big slabs of fish. Dungenes crab. Chocolate. Chocolate. And french restaurants. Yep, that's what I did. Plus an antique store. A used bookstore. Within blocks of each other a spanish food place (The Spanish Table) filled with cookbooks, wines and varieties of paella rice AND a Sur La Table. I could have spent much more than I did.
Chocolates: Rose's Chocolate Treasures. 1906 Post Alley, Seattle WA 98101. Wow. 1-866-315-ROSE. I just ate a tomato and balsamic chocolate. What an odd idea. And it was swell. I have a tamarind one in the box. And I bought dark chocolate and hemp hearts ones for someone else. Plus a few truly gourmet rice crispy treats. For me and to share: Salt. Port. Lavender. Caramel. Rosemary and pine nut. Mexicali. Cardamon and Espresso. Beet and Tangerine. Wow. And, the proprietor gave me a little gift of chocolate covered cocoa beans.
French Restaurant: Cafe Campagne. 1600 Post Alley. A late lunch/early dinner -- of carrot fennel puree soup. Trout Almondine with potatoes. Baguette. And then a dessert -- a chocolate dessert called Marquis au chocolate (supposedly with blood orange coulis and orange segments; my guess -- no blodd oranges here. But, it was still pretty darn swell.) I didn;t order the fig clafoutis, though I was tempted. And espresso. Wine from Alsace. A bit of people watching. And a bit of reading. White napkins. Service -- well, friendly, but they forgot to charge me for one of my $13 glasses of wine. (I confessed.) On the other hand, they gave me an espresso because it took ages for the dessert to come. Spent a bit more than I wanted ($60 plus tip, just for me.) But the trout was swell. The almonds sweet and lemony. The wine smooth and honey-like. I recommend this place. And, while the official bathroom reviewer was not along, I suspect this place would get a good review, even though it is not a place we've been to together.