Friday, February 22, 2008

Thanks, Cayce

The Pacific Northwest prides itself on its horticulture and after one day in Seattle, I can confirm: they're justified. I'm staying at the Warwick Hotel (which is underwhelming) but right next door, their parking garage is fronted by three not-bad-at-all mixed planters. Seriously. Parking garage planters? Mad props.

After checking in at the Flower Show and making sure my laptop could talk to their projector, I wandered down to the Pike Place Market. Turns out I wasn't in the mood for huge crowds moving at the speed of slugs, and I quickly became annoyed. I left the market, feeling quite surly, and half a block away I saw:

You may remember, a few days ago I put out a call for Seattle restaurant recommendations. Friend Cayce (in Tokyo) told me I should make an effort to get to Le Pichet. Since I trust her taste in food without question, I didn't even look at the menu, just headed in and took a seat at the counter.

After one sip of a cold, white Bordeaux, my shoulders relaxed. When I dipped into the brandade de morue nimoise (warm salt cod, garlic and olive oil puree w/grilled bread), I smiled. By the time I finished my green salad with mustard vinaigrette and hazelnuts, I wasn't entirely convinced I'd been cranky in the first place.

Thanks Cayce. You saved the day from across the Pacific.


At February 23, 2008 at 2:56 PM , Blogger SaraGardens said...

Oh, how I love Brandade de morue - let me know if you need a recipe! It is truly amazing how finding the perfect spot (with the perfect treat) can redeem an annoying day.

At February 23, 2008 at 5:10 PM , Blogger Ellen Zachos said...

I TOTALLY need a recipe! What a delicious, creamy, rich dish. It's all I can do NOT to go back there for lunch today, but there are so many good places, I feel I should spread the wealth around.

At February 25, 2008 at 10:47 PM , Blogger molly said...

gads, i love those little "finds" (esp. if they've been found by friends before me!) and doing it on your own is such an independent thrill!


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