Can there be eating fatigue?

Trip Start Sep 01, 2006
Trip End Sep 04, 2006

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Flag of United States  , Washington
Saturday, September 2, 2006

this morning, we rose bright and early and had coffee in our room. after a quick shower and getting dressed, we headed in search of the donut. upon recommendation from friends, we hopped into a cab for top pot donuts. the building that houses the donut store is pretty cool. my favourite donut type is the plain sugared kind, so i ordered one of those while the girlfriend ordered a glazed kind. we shared a coffee and marvelled at the floor to ceiling bookcases with all sorts of books that lined two walls.

verdict: krepy kreme is still better. but the coffee was damn tasty.

after donuts, we decided to walk towards pike place. seattle is surprisingly hilly, much like san francisco. i don't know why i thought it would be all flat like but i guess i was wrong :) up and down we went.. and we finally get to pike place. the market is gorgeous with all sorts of beautiful sights and smells. very touristy tho. i don't know how locals can stand all the camera clicking tourists at the fish market while they're trying to order fish. but yeah.

a short jaunt through pike place, we (actually me!) got hungry again. since we didn't get our malaysian food fix last night, we decided to check out a distant malaysian restaurant on 12th avenue called Malay Satay Hut. we hopped in a cab, which first took us to 12th avenue north (oops) and turned around and finally took us to the correct address. The Malay Satay Hut is located in a creepy little strip mall right off the freeway but proved to be truly delicious and authentic. so many yummy items on the menu but we ended up ordering roti canai (malaysian flat bread with curry dipping sauce), char kuay teow (fried flat noodles) and fish head curry. nadine had a fresh coconut drink to wash it all down. our malaysian food craving was definitely sated.

verdict: must return to eat everything else that's on the menu. also, they have a portland restaurant. must eat in portland!

after stuffing our faces, we rolled ourselves into another cab and headed towards pier 54. we were planning on catching the ferry to bainbridge island. 6.50 buys you a round trip each adult to bainbridge. we were about 40 minutes early from the next ferry departure so decided to wait to purchase our tickets. note, due to the security measures, you are required to sit in some waiting room upon purchasing your tickets, so be there about 20 minutes before departure time and buy your tickets then if you don't want to wait. we decided to wait, and walk down the pier, checking out the beautiful sailboats and weird little shops on the pier.

30 or so minutes later, we went back to the ferry harbour, and boarded the 1:10pm ferry for bainbridge island. it was definitely a gorgeous ride across the bay. if you're planning on taking the ferry, make sure you purchase snacks or coffee before you board since there's nothing on the ferry but vending machines. it would've been awesome to sip a cup of coffee on the ferry. the ride took about 35 minutes or so. we unboarded the ferry and it's about a 10 minute walk or so to downtown bainbridge.

bainbridge island is pretty gorgeous. i was protesting on our way there just cos i'm a big complaining baby but the trip was definitely nice. lots of little stores and restaurants.. lots of awesome art galleries. (we ended up buying a cool little art piece that reminded us of the trees in seattle) we walked up and down the winslow way which cuts through all the different stores. one of the recommended things to do was check out Mora Creamery for ice cream. i have to say, this was worth the trip to the island. the day was hot and we were warm and toasty from walking around so the icecream was definitely an awesome treat. i had the mocha ice cream while nadine had the dulce de leche with shaved chocolate and both of us sat enjoying our cones on a public bench. it was awesome.

after our sweet treat, we were ready to head back to seattle. a short walk back to the eagle harbor later, we boarded the 4:30pm ferry for seattle. we got back to our hotel a short hour or so later, and decided to check out happy hour at the Library Bistro. Oops, no happy hour on Saturdays. i'm always hungry so we ordered a cheese plate and some local brews. we headed back to our room for a bit of a rest after our "little" snack :)


in our room, i made reservations for a late dinner at Elliot's well known for its oysters as i'm not about to visit the pacific northwest without ingesting some yummy oysters.

"As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and make plans."
- Ernest Hemingway, A Movable Feast

after some much needed rest, we got all dressed up and headed for a short walk to pier 56 where Elliot's was located for dinner. i had half a dozen pacific oysters, some steamers, while nadine had salmon. oysters were pretty good but did not beat the best i had, which were in Vancouver. the steamers were soo good tho and nadine enjoyed her salmon tho not her sides.

thus capped a truly mouthwatering day. i think i may have eating fatigue. (not!) tomorrow, it's dimsum, sushi and gay, gay, gay Capitol Hill!
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