Although visiting what is essentially a giant bathtub may not at first seem like a worthwhile effort, consider:
1) Wildlife will be spotted (salmon, blue heron and other birds)
2) Botanical gardens make for a nice walk
3) It's free
4) It's educational
5) The bathrooms are clean
Still an excellent dining experience at a very reasonable price. Lunch buffet again. Father's Day. Not a long wait, great service, table by the window with a great view, great seafood. Highly recommend
The premises are like a park. A grand gate opens onto a large meadow and landscaped grounds with charm abounding. When we went, the meadow was colored with purple wildflowers and white butterflies. There is a large pond, off to the left, surrounded by picnic tables and a flock of geese, complete with goslings. And all this before you even get to the winery.
The building does look a bit like a chateau but the tasting area was unremarkable and a bit heavy on the gift shop ambiance. The staff was friendly and unpretentious--esp. by comparison with Januik/Novelty Hill, across the street--but not gushing with information.
The wines are relatively affordable, which makes the already-steep tasting fee of $10 seem even steeper by comparison. As a lot of other reviewers have said, why pay $10 to taste a couple of $12 wines? It would be fine if the wines were great, but it was hit and miss. The Indian Wells chardonnay was oakey and had a buttery finish reminiscent of some of the better chardonnays we've tasted in Napa. But the cab sauv was so bad I poured it out after one little sip, which is unfortunate b/c Washington is known for its great cabs. Fortunately, our pourer didn't charge us for the tasting. I guess we got lucky.
My advice: forget the winery. Go on a nice day and picnic. You can BYOB.
We saw Bourdain here last June. It is a charming venue. The bar downstairs was very backed up right before the show (of course) and they'll sell you drinks right up to the beginning of the show without mentioning that no drinks are allowed in the theater. I guess that was wishful thinking to begin with, huh?
We didn't stay here but we did attend a catered dinner in the meeting room. I'm pretty sure the food came out of Lola's kitchen.
The space was cramped, for our group size of 100, especially upstairs where we started with drinks. But the food was delish, the decor was clean and contemporary, and the service was fine.
Lovely area, especially on a sunny day. Fun to hit during a street fair like Cheese Fest this last weekend. Great artisan food offerings, local businesses, fresh veggies and fish, cheap flowers, etc.
The bathroom situation is appalling. Most buildings on the east side of the street don't even offer public bathrooms; you have to cross the street. The main public bathroom in the market is disgusting (from what I've heard).
The facilities are modest, especially compared to the grand and newly renovated Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco.
The location is somewhat hidden and indescribably awesome. We came across it by accident and were not prepared to take advantage of the premises: numerous benches perched just slightly above the oyster beds with scenic 180 degree water views. There are barbecue pits for grilling your shellfish and of course unlimited shellfish of numerous varieties inside at the retail counter for very reasonable prices, much better than what you pay at a restaurant. And it's BYOB, which everyone apparently does. It felt a little like Golden Gardens without the crowds. Can't wait to go back.
Minus one star cause the guy at the counter was a little short on helpful oyster purchasing advice.
The "festival" is actually a conglomeration of events and attractions spread over a 15-mile area that includes the towns of Mount Vernon, La Conner, Conway, Bow, Avon, Edison and Burlington, as well as large unincorporated areas.
It's really great if the tulips are blooming, otherwise it's just like any other agricultural valley, except this one has plethora of restaurants, cafes and tourist stops. Plus the occasional wine tasting room. If the weather's good, definitely worth the trip. And if the tulips are blooming, they provide some incredible eye candy.
Tip: the festival website has a page with regular updates on the bloom status.
This was such a wonderful experience. Great atmosphere, great table service, great food and a very entertaining performance. Much better than I allowed myself to expect. Highly recommended for special occasions.
Nothing to complain about here: beautiful drive, abundant scenery, newer facilities, helpful park staff and a variety of trails to cater to any age group and fitness level.
I've been here for Seahawks and Sounders FC games, both at midfield. The facility is clean, the views are great, and the seats are comfy.
Sounders tickets are very affordable. Food quality isn't bad, but be prepared to pay $10 for a beer. Which is no worse than Safeco...
I didn't actually make a purchase... I intended to. Here's what happened:
I walk up to the stand because it is the closest fish stall to where I parked. The out-in-front guy is helping someone else. Okay, that's cool. Everything looks really good but I'm there for one thing: salmon steaks. No one else is waiting to be helped. I'm standing right in front of the case, trying to make eye contact with anybody, anyone... 30 seconds, maybe a minute goes by, but no acknowledgment. There are three people working the counter and none of them appears interested in helping me. It also appears the lady being helped does not really know what she wants. Looks like I might be standing here for awhile. I consider taking out a twenty and waving it around but decide that would be tacky.
I start to look at the prices. $15/lb. for plain old salmon, $30/ lb. for King salmon. Holy moly! $15 is okay, but... not what I would call "competitive," a word some other reviewers have used. I'm trying to figure out why so much? Suddenly it occurs to me that City Fish is probably angling for the the tourists from Podunksville, Ohio--where you can't even get fresh trout in the stores--who are determined to impress their neighbors/in-laws/selves by shipping back a real authentic Pacific Northwest salmon® back home at any cost.
(Later I go to the website and, sure enough, it's all about shipping large hunks of seafood overnight for not very good prices. My favorite was the "Fill your Freezer" package. Why would you pay a premium for fresh seafood then freeze it?!
After generously being provided by the mongers with an uninterrupted minute to ponder whether I was about to overpay, I packed up my wallet and headed over to my local Safeway, where I got a beautiful looking piece of fresh Copper River Salmon for $10/lb.
This continues to be one of our favorite seafood places in Seattle. It is casual (therefore family friendly), has a pleasant water-side location, the service is friendly, and the prices are not outrageous.
Seafood aficionados/snobs may argue that the fish is not always fresh, or not always cooked perfectly. And they may be right, some of the time. But friendly service and reasonable prices go a long way toward increasing my tolerance for less-than-perfect seafood.
Also, they have an outdoor patio with water views. But if you're dining in the evening, dress warmly, as there is a pretty serious breeze that comes off the water as the sun drops.
In a way this is like rating the post office because, unlike as in other big cities, there is no alternative. SeaTac is a monopoly (and the worst kind, a government-owned monopoly).
How do you rate an airport? By comparison to others? SeaTac is better than Detroit, but it's no McCarran or O'Hare.
I think one of the fundamental measures of any airport is ease of ingress and egress. SeaTac scores somewhere in the middle. The Port has made a lot of improvements to the interior and the security lines are pretty fast. The cell phone waiting lot helps pick up, too. But it can be a real pain to drive through here at certain times.
Finally made it to a couple games, had a great experience. What a lovely sport. Still irked by the food and beer prices but I guess that's where the facility makes its margins.
At least you can bring in your own food, unlike other sports.
The first rule of IKEA is you cannot get out of IKEA in under 30 minutes. The second rule of IKEA is you CANNOT get out of IKEA in under 30 minutes.
IKEA, like a washed up B-list movie star, is great for some things, and really, really terrible for other things. I like IKEA for storage solutions, simple lighting, some home accessories, basic bookshelves to be used in rooms where guests are not allowed, and some of the more expensive furniture.
Prices on most items are hard to beat, but, the quality isn't always there so you have to be discerning. Their wood furniture is cheap and should be relegated to service in the garage, nursery, in-home daycare or home office that no one ever uses. Service is generally okay, if you can find an associate. The layout is like a rat maze, intentionally designed to force shoppers to view every dang thing they sell before checking out. Find shortcuts and use them often.
One thing I never appreciated about IKEA until recently is how family-friendly it is. They have a room, next to the bathrooms, that is just for changing babies. This is incredible in light of the fact that some chain restaurants and major retailers do not even have changing stations in the men's restrooms (I'm looking at you, Macy's). I also recommend taking advantage of the super-close family parking spots; if you don't have kids, just borrow a friend's kid for the day.
Outstanding crumpets, with a huge menu including breakfast toppings, there's something for everyone's taste. A family-owned venture, they offer everything you could want in the hot drink department including tea, chai, espresso, coffee, etc. The lattes are very good. The seating a little limited for groups, but solos can grab a barstool at the counter and watch people get buzzed over at the Pike Place Barber.
I ding them a little for a slightly confusing setup (Where does the line start? To whom do I give my order?) and cramped seating, but the overall experience is very charming and worth a visit.
We skipped the Bainbridge ferry and went out of our way just to get these crepes. They're delicious! I couldn't believe how much Nutella was stuffed into mine. Too sweet, too rich, too bad we don't live closer...
Possibly the nicest place I've ever stayed. Tasteful art, lovely lighting, warm textures and colors, and a very contemporary feeling. Beautiful bathroom fixtures, including a bathtub that is filled from a spout in the ceiling! I also loved the window channel.
Also outstanding service. Check out my photo showing the cupcakes that the desk guy, noting it was my birthday, sent up just to be nice.
Note that great last minute weekend rates can sometimes be found on the website. Great for staycationers.
I went here to the cigar lounge to celebrate a friend's birthday. I did not gamble so I'm essentially reviewing Snoqualmie as a place to go for a drink. As a first-timer, I was hoping for Casino Royale, but there was more for Joe Six Pack than James Bond in here.
The leather chairs are nice and the service was friendly, but it wasn't what you would expect in a high end bar. Let's just say the waitress was showing some of her cards. The casino is big but unimpressive. I wouldn't go this far out of my way for a social visit again, but if the birthday boy likes cigars this might be your only choice.
The service is impeccable, the location and decor are sublime. Everyone raved about the food. The crab louie was good. They gave us donuts for dessert gratis. The only blip was one of our party's order was mishandled and she had to sit for ten minutes while they made the correct dish, while the rest of us ate. That is a serious problem in a hotel that distinguishes itself primarily on service.
We were seated by a wall with a partial view of the steamworks across the street even though tables by the window (with Puget Sound views) were open, I have never understood why restaurants that aren't full do not give their first to arrive customers the best seats available.
However, I'd go back here for a business lunch in a heartbeat.
First time visit was a 2 star lunch, and expensive. We were seated in the separate lounge area across the lobby, rather than in the restaurant, which was weird. Keywords: low table, nice service, took 25 minutes for food to come, yummy fish tacos, busy. Meh.
Second visit was late night drinks which was fine but unremarkable. The lighting was fun.
Third visit was Sunday brunch which was a 4 star experience, mostly due to pleasant funny server guy and good espresso.
Love the hotel but after three visits I'm still not sure where Boka fits in my culinary universe.
This is essentially fast food and it's expensive for what you get. Food is just okay. Interior is cramped and dated. Unpleasant service. Nice location, but waterfront food is not all that unique in Seattle.
I much prefer Chinook's the real restaurant next door.
Exactly what a tasting room experience should be. The host was informative; he delivered the company history spiel in a casual way, but he also knew enough about wine to answer all my novice questions. The wine was good. The tasting fee was modest ($5) and credited toward any purchase. The prices were competitive. The atmosphere was fun and reflected the company's aviation theme rather well.
I thought this place was just fine. It's true that we had three different servers rotate through without any explanation, but that didn't really dampen the experience. The service was pretty fast; the food, though not outstanding, was fine, the atmosphere is fun, it's family friendly, they have outdoor seating, lots of parking, and a belgian style trippel that was not bad at all.
I would go back.
Awesome ice cream and espresso, a nice pit stop on your half day jaunt through old town Poulsbo.
Only complaint, the outdoor seating is very limited and what seating there is blocks the sidewalk, which is a hazard and an irritant for families with strollers (ahem).
JJ's had the feel of a family owned place. It has all the ingredients for a fantastic experience but it doesn't quite come together perfectly.
For example, the location: they have a great deck but no shade umbrellas.
For example, the service: on the one hand, they were very nice about moving our table when the sun got to be too much, and our waitress was nice. On the other hand, she seemed very rushed.
For example, the food: JJ's is a seafood restaurant but doesn't serve raw oysters--although they do offer fried oysters that are "fresh and local"--so why not offer them on the half shell? The clam appetizer was tasty but chopped canned clams were added--why? For flavor? They were a distraction and the dish would have been fine without them. On the salmon plate, the fish was very good, and the asparagus was not over cooked, but the rice pilaf was disappointing.
JJ's main asset in the end was its almost-waterfront location. If JJ's was charging tourist-trap prices, I would have been disappointed. But it's a casual family restaurant, and the prices are very reasonable. So despite the minor issues, overall I highly recommend.
Le Panier continues to impress with each passing visit. Not just great pastries and baked goods but also great espresso and a certain "je ne sais quoi."
We sat in the bar while waiting for our table to open. The bar has some charm. We got a table next to the window for our out of town guest. The views of the water are okay not great; for treating an out of town guest to the waterfront experience, I would take them to Elliott's, although it's more expensive.
The food, service, ambiance and everything was fine, but nothing stands out as wow.
Salumi auomatically gets four stars for wonderful, justifiably celebrated food.
I try to consider the total dining experience. Like so many other restaurants that pretentious foodies drool over, Salumi's devotion to food quality has apparently been achieved at the expense of some basic creature comforts. So you will find long lines, a cramped queue, a small, cramped seating area, and a general lack of atmosphere (especially outside the salami case by the door, which could be mistaken for the employee breakroom at Costco).
If you're from New York, none of these things will seem unusual and may even make you feel a little bit at home. But (sigh) this isn't New York, and plenty of Seattle food purveyors produce amazing food while still providing service, ambiance, and a place to park your butt.
And, to Salumi's credit, it does provide friendly, homey service, and for that, it gets a fifth star.
This is a review of the hotel's event catering only.
I have never stayed at the Sheraton, but I have attended numerous events catered by the hotel in their ballroom or top-floor conference room. And for hotel catering, the food is pretty good. Last time was a steak with roasted potatoes and vegetables. The steak was cooked to perfection although I suspect it was earlier grilled and then kept warm somewhere, or reheated. The dessert looked cool but was a flop on taste and texture.
The new lobby is very tasteful.
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März 2008Dinge, die ich mag
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