Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Beecher's Cheese Pike Place Market

Beecher's was a surprise. As we walked past the windows we saw the huge vats of cheese being stirred and we were captured. A knowledgable young man let us taste many of the cheeses they carry but we came away with the 4 year old Cheddar. Exceptional with lots of crunchy calcified bits. I'd love to pit this against a Neal's Yard Dairy and Balderson cheddar for some real taste testing. Actually we probably will at the next TTG Friday Wine and Cheese.

Lowell's Pike Place Market

It was my birthday weekend in Seattle and David discovered that Lowell's in Pike Place Market was in business since 1957, our birth year. They are known for their fresh crab eggs benedict so we had a mission. Pike Place Market is a great place to start Saturday morning and Lowell's is my new favourite. GREAT OJ, drinkable coffee but the crab eggs bennie and the blackened salmon omelette with hollandaise were both excellent. Buttery hash browns and toast were also good. The view is great. The atmosphere casual and friendly. Order as soon as you come in the door and then find a table.

Purple Cafe

We just ate and drank our way through a weekend in Seattle. Starting with dinner at the Purple Cafe we were delighted with their $3, $4, $5 and $6 tasting bar with wine pairings offered. We tried the eggplant caponata and the gorgonzola stuffed dates. I'll be making the stuffed dates at home next time we have people over for wine. There were 19 cheeses on the menu; we stuck to the local cheese and had the Seastack from Mt Townsend Creamery and the Barely Buzzed from the Walla Walla Valley. Both were impressive but the Seastack was exceptional, rich and creamy only starts to describe it.

I love the concept of small pours and flights of wine and you can taste anything before you buy. I LOVE that. A trio of Pinot Noirs was right up my alley. I'd recommend the Purple Cafe for a casual fun night out. Locations in downtown Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland and Woodinville.