Sunday, February 7, 2010

Seattle Birthday

Last Thursday our travels took us to Seattle for my birthday to visit Barolo, an Italian restaurant our friends were raving about. I set off with Davide and Elisabetta for our two-hour drive to Seattle and checked in at the Harbor Steps, which is a fabulous little hotel in a condominium complex near Pike Place Market. Lunch was a panino at De Laurentis followed by illy coffee at the gelateria a few door away. By this time Seamus had joined us and we set off on a quick shopping expedition.

When we returned to the hotel it was time for a glass of wine and some nibblies that the hotel offers in the afternoon. Here we linked up with Penny and Dino and after a quick visit to Nordstrom’s it was off to Barolo.

Barolo is an Italian restaurant named after the town of Barolo in the Piedmont in Italy. The restaurant was very busy but we had excellent service from our server,……..We drank Barolo Brezza and Nebbiolo from a winery we visited a few years ago in Barolo. My dinner was melt in your mouth veal carpaccio and rockfish. Later the Sicilian chef was kind enough to come out and meet us and tell me how he cooked the rockfish I ate….Butter, wine, garlic and parsley. Sauté. Simple. The others had sea bass, pasta with huge chunks of crab and (Seamus). Dessert was fresh fruit, some gelato and a candle.

We walked the eight blocks back to the hotel and by this time one of our group was a little hungry. Finally, we ended up in a very cool Irish pub with a slightly crazy Irish lady serving us. The amazing thing about all our walking around was that we weren’t wearing coats.

Breakfast was followed by another illy coffee and a visit to the Pike Place market. It’s always interesting to watch the guys at the fish counters throwing the fish to one another. I bought some fresh mahi mahi for dinner.

On the way home we stopped on the Chuckanut and had fish and chips for lunch. We had a beautiful view of the ocean from our table. The Chuckanut is scenic drive along the coast for about 20 miles and is much nicer than the I-5.

It was a wonderful way to spend a birthday with friends. I hope I get to do it again.


Country Girl said...

Sounds wonderful to me, too. Love Nordstrom's and shopping. And the Irish pub sounded like a good way to top off the evening. Happy (belated) birthday, El!!

Eleanor and Seamus Nesling said...

I love the Seattle shopping. I bought a beautiful black,long, stylish sweater in Benetton with one sleeve missing. It's fabulous.