Saturday morning, weatherwise, started completely opposite to Friday - a heavy downpour greeted me when I awoke but I wasn't disappointed at all. I was a little sorry for the Taste of Lynnwood which is an outdoor block party but the weather people assured us that the rain would stop and stop it did by the time we headed down to Lynnwood Center around 1:00. We perused the various booths, mostly crafts and then spotted the bread booth. Turns out they're opening in Lynnwood Center - looks like really luscious breads - looking forward to that.
After checking out the other booths, we headed to Walt's booth where they were grilling up tasty cheeseburgers. We ordered two of those and Walt grilled them right there for us. We knew we wanted to wash them down with a couple of beers so we headed over the Treehouse Wine and Beer Garden and ordered up a couple of Harvest Ales. Our burgers were mighty fine and the music was happenin' so we chowed through our food and decided to extend our visit by having a Supergoose IPA and a Kolsch. Kolsch was a little too light but the Supergoose was, well, super.
After our meal, we were feeling a little chilled and decided that a movie was just the ticket, well a movie on demand that is. So after debating the merits of a number of films we settled on Revolutionary Road. The characters let them get stuck in suburbia - something they vowed never to do and let's just say that the ending was not a happy one on my happy day! All in all though, as I look back over it, I think it was a really good movie, but fair warning it was a little difficult to watch.
All of our fun left us with just a couple of hours before our 7:30 reservation at Burrata Bistro. We arrived through a gentle mist and were seated at a lovely booth in the middle of the restaurant - enough privacy but in the perfect location for people watching. Well, we didn't to much of that since given how little I had eaten, I was really to get our meal started and immediately spotted three perfect starters. The in house cured Olives accompanied the Fried Artichoke Hearts with Aioli ($8) and Foccacia ($2.5). This we had with a very reasonably priced bottle of Dry Creek Fume Blanc ($20). Our server gave us plenty of time to enjoy our meal and the company but soon we had to make our choices.
We ended up with a weather sandwich this weekend with sunny and warm encasing cold and chilly. Was happy with the Sunday sun since we had decided to end the weekend with more food at our favorite Bainbridge Island secret - New Rose Cafe at Bainbridge Island Gardens. http://www.bainbridgegardens.com/newrose.html Their food is consistently outstanding and reasonably priced. I am a sucker for tuna melts, and they had black bean soup so I opted for a half sandwich and a cup of the soup ($7.95). Thick rich cheddar topped the tuna melt and a cool dollop of sour cream garnished the black bean soup. Others in the group made similar choices. Great food in a beautiful setting - can't beat that.
Well, another spectacular weekend to close out another spectacular year. What will the next year bring? Well, I can't say for sure but if it is anywhere as good as my last year I'll be supremely happy.
Off to Austin this week - talk taxes in Texas. Oh, and maybe a little barbecue and Tex-Mex. When will the gluttony end? Not any time soon, I suspect. Lucky me.
p.s. All, sincere apologies for any mistakes in this post - I lost the entire thing this morning when I tried to post it from the ferry and after a really lousy dinner at Docs (yes, on the island - they're on my emsl (eight month s**t list - won't go there for 8 months - REALLY lousy serve TWICE in a row)) I've spent the last 2 hours trying to repost and since I have an early flight to Austin - I gotta hit the hay!