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Coffee happy hour is a good idea. Leave it to Seattle to have it. And, since it happens in the crumpet shop near Pike Place market it’s impossible to pass up. Crumpets with tart gooseberry jam. One of the things you notice about Washington state immediately, food-wise is all the fruit; berries and apples and cherries. Plus the seafood: crab, salmon, shellfish–in such abundance. And, yes I ate it all. Including a potato and onion peroshky. Wondering how I’ve handled all the food pounds we’re eating on this tour? The answer is–not entirely well. Without my daily walks with the 2 doggies–I am slightly expanding around the waste and need to deal immediately (nice timing heading into Thanksgiving lol). Our hotel, smack dab in the middle of Tom Douglas-land (he, the chef of great repute in Seattle) thank-you publisher Artisan. Tom and his crew are still on point after all these years. All of his restaurants are excellent Dahlia Lounge, Dahlia Bakery, Lola, Etta’s, Serious pizza. Food made with the best freshest ingredients executed in several different styles and we ate at 3 of them. Every meal was perfection.

Seattle TV was chill, one of which was near the Experience Music Project (crazy structure pictured above) which started out as a Jimmi Hendrix museum and morphed to include more–all owned by Microsoft’s Paul Allen. On the way–the Needle, built for the 1962 Worlds Fair looms–still is an imposing scale even in the 2009 landscape. I liked visiting the University Bookstore at U of Washington to sign books and meet some really interesting people like Paulette who inspired. Thanks to Joy for helping with all. I like the vibe in Seattle. It feels very authentic, organic, statuesque and wild. And, like S.F., it is an incredible food city. Therefor, I am sucker and a dork with the fish at Pike Place market.

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