Monday, March 9, 2009

Bargain Bites and Reminiscing

After a lackluster dinner the night before, I was determined to redeem myself during brunch. Mr. Monkey had done such a wonderful job planning all other aspects of our trip, the least I could do was give him a good meal.

I was thrilled that it was no longer February when the sun rose. Why? Dine Around Seattle, that's why! I poked around on the site, narrowed down the restaurants that offered Sunday brunch, and figured out which were within walking distance of our hotel.

steelhead diner
was the winner.
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Can you believe this deal? Score!
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We both started with the chicken and andouille sausage gumbo (usual price $7.95). Loved it. Spicy, rich, and delicious!
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Mr. Monkey savored his barbecue style pulled pork sandwich (usual price $10.95).
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My blackened Idaho catfish with Creole meuniere and tangy cabbage salad (usual price $16.95) made me very very happy. Really tender and well-seasoned.
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Mr. Monkey did his best to stuff himself with chocolate pecan pie with cocoa nibs and bourbon chantilly cream (usual price $7.95). Sticky sweet goodness.
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I relished each bite of my spiced stout pound cake with strawberries, vanilla pastry cream, and honey drizzle (usual price $8.95).
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We marveled that all this cost only $30! And it was fantastic! I definitely rehabilitated my reputation with this meal. Phew.

steelhead diner was just a few steps away from Pike Place Market. Whee!
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Almost four years ago, Mr. Monkey proposed to me in Seattle. We had fun revisiting a few places we'd been before.
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We walked down to the waterfront just like we did four years ago. Too bad we didn't have time to watch otters at the aquarium this time.
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We remembered getting attacked by seagulls at this Ivar's stand in 2005.

On our way to our engagement site, we gawked through the windows at some of the exhibits at the Seattle Art Museum.
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And here it is -- the Alexis Hotel -- where Mr. Monkey got down on one knee.
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It was such a nice place! Much better than Hotel Max! Bah! Too bad not every weekend can be an engagement weekend, complete with rose petals strewn everywhere.

This concludes our little romp to Victoria and a bit of Seattle. All photos from our trip may be found here. Hope you enjoyed the ride.


  1. Yummmmm. Looking at your blog in the morning really is hazardous to my kitchen.

  2. 1.) We got engaged on a weekend trip to Seattle, too!
    2.) I love that there were rose petals strewn everywhere. :)
    3.) This post makes me want to go back up there again.

  3. props again to mr. monkey, sounds like an amazing getaway!

  4. Amazing brunch! I never caught the fish throwing (get it? caught? heh.) at Pike's--must get back there to see that. Love the photos!!

  5. loved this series! i can't believe the savings on that scrumptious meal. $15 for three courses is unheard of!! i've always wanted to visit seattle and your pics only inspired me to do it sooner. ;-)

  6. that gumbo and the pie!!! maybe i've gained so much weight lately because of your dine ___ posts??? yes, that's definitely why.

  7. All I can think of now is cake.

  8. ahhh pike place. i passed by steelhead and thought it cute inside. you know i love the paint color.

  9. I love Seattle! What a great weekend! I think that bearded beanie guy was there when we were there about 4 years ago - I have a similar pic :)

  10. wow, what a steal! nice lunch :)

    seattle was our first trip after we were officially dating. we really need to go back.

  11. That's gotta be a Kimpton! I know that doggy sign.

  12. how fun! and what a great deal for brunch!

  13. Ahhhh...this post makes me miss Seattle!!!


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