A post by Trobairitz has jogged my memory . I have a few more photos of our December trek to Seattle for the IMS: International Motorcycle Show. It was day one, we left Vancouver early in the morning, went to the IMS, then for dinner Rick decided that we should have dinner at Buca di Peppo
(Troubadour posing with his date du jour)
It's hard to tell from this photo but it was pouring out. Our hotel is a mere 3 blocks away but we were all crammed into Rick's Trooper and had to navigate the closed roads, construction zones, one way streets and lack of parking in order to get there. It's hard to imagine that it took at least half an hour circling around the block numerous times we had probably travelled 5 miles to finally get here.
(Troubadour & Trobairitz)
We didn't have to wait long for our table and when we got seated all was quiet as we were all studying the menu. From the outside the restaurant didn't look that big, but once inside it was enormous. There were hallways everywhere which lead to different large rooms, all filled with patrons. It was nearly a full house and things were hopping. We had to go through the kitchen to get to our table
Troubadour & Trobairitz were using this weekend as sort of a romantic get-a-way so they decided to splurge and purchase a smoothie/cooler sort of peach fizz something or other.
Being big spenders that we are the rest of us decided to stick with our tap water but when the peach concoction arrived it looked so good that we were tempted to ask for a taste to see if it tasted as good as it looked
so one by one we practiced our best raised finger technique
Now I don't really understand the dynamics of the situation but Troubadour was actually the first to dip his lips into this beverage while Trobairitz anxiously looked on
(Troubadour with his little finger standing at attention technique)
finally Trobaritz had her chance to take a sip
the glass was passed around to Rick
(RickRick showing his best finger technique)
(Mrs Skoot sampling the peach nectar beverage)
and finally the glass made its way full circle to me
After my turn the glass was turned back to Trobaritz whose job was to finish it off so that we could dig into the piece of peach that was sitting in the glass . So with the peach concoction consumed the glass was devoid of liquid and passed back to Troubadour who did the honours of dividing this delicacy
with the precision of a seasoned chef with a very sharp carving knife he did some mental calculations in order to equally divide this into 5 exact portions
the proof is in the execution and eventually while we were all staring at him, he delivered the goods
(5 equal pieces of peach cut with precision by Troubadour)
Buca di Beppo is an Italian Family style restaurant. Dishes are very large and it is usual to share so we ordered the full course. Salad for starters and 3 main courses for us to divide (oriental style), and here is one example
I'm getting hungry again just looking at these photos. I know we are going to come back on a future visit
There was so much food we had to force it down as we had no way to keep the food at the hotel, so doggy bags could not be considered and we didn't want to throw it all away. I don't know how it happened but there is an old Chinese proverb which loosely translates to "there is always room for dessert". So we did what anyone else would do . . . we ordered dessert. A large bowl of Tiramisu was soon before us
we passed the bowl around and everyone had their turn and still we had half left
It was so very light in texture and I am told "very low" in calories. That's why we talked a bit longer and eventually finished it off. With stomaches full we waddled back to Rick's Trooper and back to our hotel for the night.
The next morning (Sunday) we headed over to the Jade Garden Restaurant, in Seattle's Chinatown for our farewell dim-sum breakfast. We came here last year and found the food good and very in-expensive. We were not sure if they made a mistake or not so we were very interested in how much the bill would be this year. To our surprise it was nearly to the dollar, the same as last year
To avoid line-ups get here before 10am. When we left there were people waiting out the door fighting for our table.
and here is the promised group photo that Trobaritz was wondering about on her blog post
(Tbolt, RickRick, Trobairtz, Troubadour, Ms Skoot & bobskoot)
Seattle Chinatown, in front of the Jade Garden Restaurant
voted best "Best Dim Sum" in Seattle