Sunday, October 16, 2016

Day 5: Seattle (and Day 6 on the way to the airport)

Day 5: Seattle

Weather: Raining, with brief periods of clearing, and high winds

Now the moon is almost hidden, the stars are beginning to hide
The fortune telling lady has even taken all her things inside
All except for Cain and Abel and the hunchback of Notre Dame
Everybody is making love or else expecting rain
And the Good Samaritan, he's dressing, he's getting ready for the show
He's going to the carnival tonight on Desolation Row

Reserved for the brunch crowd.

THB goes to the fitness center, again! Damn, it’s been a while and now two days in a row. And, the carnival is in town: there’s a yuge ferris wheel down on the waterfront just north of the hotel. It looks very impressive at night. Imagine being in a gondola with rain lashing down on you and winds exceeding 50mph. Desolation Row, right here in Sea-town.

Breakfast at one of THB’s all-time faves, Macrina Bakery.  We drive the mile as it is raining. Macrina has re-made the small seating space into brunch-order-off-the-menu only, so we sit outside, semi-sheltered.  Bring back selection for K&E, room is large enough for four of us to sit and enjoy the spoils. $25 or so for a good variety of excellent items.

EMP is in a Gehry building!

And the monorail comes to the front door

It’s still raining on our drive to EMP (Experience Music Project) Museum, right next to the Space Needle. We park a few blocks away, there’s a Heart March crossing our path (they are marching in the rain, nobody is holding up huge banners in this weather). 
Didn't take long for EMP to adjust their display

General admission is $25pp and then you can enter other “exhibition” buildings for an additional fee. K&E take in the Chihuly show, THB and DB have seen enough of his work to last a long time!
See you in 2020 at the Tokyo 0's

THB and DB first saw this show on the south island of New Zealand (in a car dealership?)

We’re well positioned to walk back to the car (several blocks closer) and then to move a short distance to Serious Pie (the one at S. Lake Union) for two pizzas flat-bread style, an immense biscuit used as sandwich bread, and drinks. $90…and excellent!

Nobody seems too motivated to wander around in the rain and wind, so more resting up before dinner in our gorgeous rooms.­
No more ice machines, just bags of ice in a freezer in front of the elevators
Dinner at Cantinetta in the Wallingford neighborhood just north of downtown, with SC joining us again. The second storm was supposed to arrive at 6pm, right when we’re arriving at the restaurant. Fortunately, it waits for about 20 to 30 minutes, then a squall lands right on top of us: driving rain, high winds, and blinking lights.

Note: nice and clear when we arrive

Ricotta Gnudi (no, not a sea creature)

The squall has passed, maitre dave is outside calling customers to tell them the coast is clear

Fortunately, as a squall must, it passes. In the meantime, we’ve had salads, pastas, osso buco with polenta, several desserts, many drinks, $410.

Day 6: Seattle to E-ville

Off to the airport early breakfast at the Macrina Bakery, at a different location…many of the places we loved 10 years ago have had multiple siblings, or gotten older and moved to new quarters.

Weather: Raining everywhere!

Just south of the ballparks, people are already arriving for the Seahawks vs Falcons game 5.5 hours from now (they aren't going to Macrina, they are tailgaters)

Tables not reserved for brunch crowd

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Day 4: Seattle

Weather: Raining  

The kingdoms of experience
In the precious wind they rot
While paupers change possessions
Each one wishing for what the other has got
And the princess and the prince
Discuss what's real and what is not
It doesn't matter inside the Gates of Eden

THB goes to the fitness center! Damn, it’s been a while.  Decide to listen to Neil while riding the elliptical, may as well start studying up on the next Nobel winner now. Breakfast is at Portage Bay CafĂ© (one of four PBC’s in the Seattle area). They are known for the “bar” of toppings and DB and THB oblige by ordering pancakes; THB has traditional and DB has buckwheat.

There's a theme to the restroom decorations
Many pictures of toilets; here are some of them:

The toppings are nice, and the pancakes are yuge! K&E have eggs and sausage and hash with eggs over easy. With coffees, $80.

Butterfield bronze

ALS runs in Nancy's family (she has the disease) and there is large piece in the show by her, focused on the medical industry and her family history

We’re meeting up with local jewelry artists Lori Talcott and Maria Phillips to do a walk-through of the new metal works show at the Bellevue Art Museum. Lori and Maria have fascinating work in the show and it enhances the depth and understanding and appreciation of the work to hear the artist interpret what we’re looking at.

Lori explains the piece and then we get a demo

Each necklace weighs 4 pounds in front and 4 in the back, and two people sit facing each other reading conjugations of "to be"

Maria explaining the steel implants in the wall (looks like the last of the plants peaking up from a long winter snowfall)

After the show, we head back to the hotel and turn in the car. K&E head up to rest, THB and DB go uptown to look at a Terry Turrell show (we own a number of pieces by Terry, including a huge head). Very comprehensive, we’re not tempted.

On to do a bit of cosmetics department shopping and a light lunch at Specialty’s. While we’re roaming downtown, a long motorcycle cavalcade is motoring up the street: it’s Hillary in town for a low-key fundraiser. She’s been on the west coast, and AB sent us a shot of her visiting the volunteers in San Francisco. This time next month there very well may be a lot of yuge celebrations on the left coast as The Hair, and his small hands and small ideas and small experience and his large anger and large resentment, is sent back to check on how his tax audit is going and wonder if he should have released those Apprentice outtakes after all.

Book Review: Exposure by Helen Dunmore. This is a chic lit semi-spy novel set in post WWII London. Not a lot of spying, it’s all about the relationship between a husband and wife, both working, with three kids, and the trauma they go through when the husband is accused of passing secrets from the Admiralty to the Soviet Union. THB considered stopping about 40% through, then made it to the end. All ends well. Neutral.

We leave a bit early for dinner at Staple & Fancy so we can walk in the Ballard district.

Ballard pics:
Maybe after they noticed the scotch drinkers were all passed out, serving food with the scotch seemed like a good idea

The Seattle crows are smart because they take night classes

Dinner is either a la carte or the entire table can have a four course sampler meal. Of course we opt for the way-too-much-food option, which while it is a lot of food, it is a lot of really good food. The meal is terrific with the exception of the two desserts, which is fine because it is easier to leave them partially eaten. With drinks and a few glasses of wine: $395.

Dinner pics: