Friday, July 17, 2009

Jul 17: Bite of Seattle 2009

Another year. Another Bite of Seattle! This has become a tradition for us.

For parking we arrived early to this event. The main draw for is what's called, "The Alley" where local restaurants provide a small taste of a dish. A nominal admission is charged where the proceeds are donated to Food Lifeline.

While we waited for the event to start...
The fountains are just turned on... water pressure is building.
It's going to be a bright sunny day.

Since we were early, we strolled down to the local donut show for a raspberry old-fashion and tea. I had a hot chocolate.

Walking back we spied this view of the Space Needle nestled between a tree and the Monorail.

Inside the Center House, a Lego Statue of Liberty. Legos are cool!

We're the first in line. While we waited, I snapped a few pictures.

In an hour from now, people will start hitting the food booths and the lawn area will become crowded. The artwork represents Orcas (Killer Whales) swimming on the surface.

My attempt to be artsy with the stairs.

And the big round granite balls!

The running fountains looks like the whale spouting water.

The Alley is now open!
Our tasting:
Starting at the 9 o'clock position and going clockwise....

Restaurant: PEARL
Taste: Butterscotch Sundae--Madagascar vanilla ice cream and housemade pecan brittle

Restaurant: Seastar
Taste: Thai Seafood Salad—Calamari, Shrimp and Octopus with sweet white onion, Kaffir lime, mint, cilantro and peanuts in a spicy Thai sweet-n-sour dressing

Restaurant: Andaluca
Taste: Lamb Dolmas - Lamb, basmati rice, dill, pine nuts, lemon olive oil sabayon

Restaurant: Cellars Restaurant & Lounge
Taste: Camarones Ahogados - Prawns in a cilantro-lime and serrano pepper sauce over crostino topped with salsa criolla

Restaurant: Dahlia Lounge
Taste: Wood Grilled Painted Hills Beef Rib Roast Steak – served with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Chimichurri Relish

Restaurant: Seattle’s Little Italy
Taste: Sicilian Sailors Bruschetta—Peasant Bread topped with tuna, olives, capers, celery, tomato, extra virgin olive oil, oregano and basil

Restaurant: Daily Grill
Taste: Mini Chicken Pot Pies

We find that his makes for a nice meal. Also, it gives us a chance to try different foods and cooking styles.

Since we were the first in line, the chef/host Tom Douglas gave us a container of his dry rub.
A nice little surprise. :)

Did I mention it was a hot day? 90F... in other parts of the US and the world, 90F is not a problems. Here in Seattle where used to cool and overcast. 90F might as well be 110F.

Later in the day... People are enjoying the cooling spray of the fountain.

Fun time had by all!

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