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Another shot from last week’s visit to the farmers market.  And a bonus pic of some red turnips.

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We hit the University District Farmers Market last weekend to kill a little time before E’s Chinese school “graduation.”  Troy got this fantastic-looking pizza with bacon and an egg cracked on top from the Streetzeria cart.  I have to admit, I was a little jealous.  Here’s another shot when he was halfway done.  I miss eggs and dairy. *sigh*

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Whenever we have friends visit from out of town, we inevitably take them to Pike Place Market.  It’s one of the quintessential Seattle stops for every visitor/tourist, but surprisingly, it’s one that never gets old.  Every time we go, I always remember how much I love the Market, and I always wonder to myself, “why don’t I come here more often?”  Yes, the produce is a bit overpriced, and it can be painfully crowded (especially if the weather is nice and/or it’s the weekend), but it’s still a pretty cool place to walk through since it’s almost always a little different every time I go.  I’ve even toyed with the idea of trying to visit every single eatery in and around the Market over the course of a year and blogging about it.  Maybe someday.  Might need to win the lottery first.

On this day, it was a bit gray and rainy (as usual), but seeing these gorgeously vibrant raspberries was a nice reminder that spring is coming…eventually.

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Hamburger with caramelized red onions, cheddar cheese and Red Mill sauce, from Red Mill Burgers.

This was a damn good burger. I also loved the hand-battered onion rings that had just a hint of spice to them. Fries were decent too, but nothing super spectacular.

Another sporadic cell phone post. Sorry, I’ll have real internet next week!

dungeness crab cakes
Dungeness crab cakes over white beans, ham & grilled asparagus, with a spicy remoulade sauce, and greens and sliced radishes on top.  I loved the sauce, but I wish there had been a tiny bit more of it.  Beans were perfectly cooked, but asparagus was a bit over.
For our last night in Seattle, Troy and I decided to go to another Tom Douglas restaurant and made a late reservation at Dahlia Lounge. These crab cakes were amazing.  Normally, I don’t order stuff like this as an entree because crab cakes aren’t always filling, but these were not only huge, they were also solid crab meat, hardly any filler.  Super delicious.  Troy ordered the NY strip with porcinis, grilled asparagus, and balsamic glaze, which was also amazing and, of course, perfectly cooked.  He let me have all his porcinis since he doesn’t like mushrooms.  I was happy to oblige.
NY strip steak
We also had the Sea Bar appetizer, which was a sampler of mostly raw seafood.
sea bar appetizer
Last, but not least, we had the made-to-order doughnuts for dessert.  I’d read that these were something of a specialty, and they did not disappoint.  They were served with strawberry jam and vanilla mascarpone cream.  I’m not embarrassed to admit that I ate the remaining mascarpone with a spoon.
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Chef’s choice sushi plate, from Shiro’s. Bottom row: salmon, mackerel, tuna. Middle: toro, marinated tuna, geoduck. Top: white albacore roll, yellowtail, and can’t remember the last one but it had thinly sliced scallions underneath. Oops.
This might have been the best sushi I’ve ever had.  We also had the Belltown Poke appetizer, as well as a half dozen raw Kumamoto oysters. All outstanding.  We will definitely be hitting this place up regularly.
Copper River Salmon

Pan-seared salmon over grits, morels, asparagus, and snap peas with lightly pickled radish on top.

I was pretty determined to check out one of Tom Douglas’s restaurants while we are here, and Palace Kitchen did not disappoint. Since it’s Copper River salmon season here (we’ve barely been able to go more than a few steps without seeing a store or restaurant heralding that fact), I felt compelled to order some for our first night in Seattle.

My fish was cooked absolutely perfectly, and the skin, which I usually discard, was crisped up almost to the point of being a cracklin, which made it SO good. I also liked the minced radish garnish, which cut some of the richness of the fish. Unfortunately, all the other stuff on the plate was only so-so. The grits were kind of bland and loose, and the peas were so sweet they overpowered everything else on the plate.

Troy had the pork chop, which was absolutely incredible. We have a bit of a jokey competition when we eat out of who ordered the better dish (we never both get the same thing), and he won this round by a landslide.

Still, after the amazing clam appetizer we had, I really had no cause for complaint. Garlic, chorizo, lemon aioli…OMG, I wanted to take a bath in the broth. We had to ask for extra bread just so we could sop it all up.

roasted clams