Big Quilcene Trail, Olympic National Forest (WA)

One of the great hikes for wildflower viewing is in my own backyard, on the east side of the Olympic peninsula, part of Olympic National Forest. The Big Quilcene River Trail climbs 3,500 ft in a little over 5 miles, past old growth forest of hemlock and Western red cedar, yellow cedar and subalpine fir. The... Continue Reading →

Olympic Timberhouse Restaurant (Quilcene, WA)

Earlier in the day, we enjoyed a wine tasting with friends at Hoodsport Winery, courtesy of a gift from neighbors. So, we decided to make it part of a short vacation along the east side of the Olympic peninsula where tomorrow we'd take an all-day hike on the Big Quilcene Trail in the national forest.... Continue Reading →

Lunch at Hawaiian Sun BBQ (Everett, WA)

On our way home from Vancouver, we were driving through Everett at lunchtime. We stopped at Hawaiian Sun BBQ based on a recommendation from friends. It sits in a strip mall that happens to also have one of my favorite Thai restaurants (Spice of Thai) that I used to frequent when I worked in Everett... Continue Reading →

La Bodega Restauranté (Vancouver, BC)

The venerable La Bodega has been serving Spanish cuisine since 1971. In a city that doesn't have many Spanish restaurants, the quality of the food remains good, though nothing we had could be described as extraordinary. The place is dark, as seems to be the case in most Spanish restaurants we've ever been. A good... Continue Reading →

Dinner at Sala Thai (Vancouver, BC)

Several years ago, we stumbled on a Thai restaurant on our way to another restaurant. The thought of Thai food sounded good right then, so we changed our plans and decided to eat there. We were impressed with the quality of the dishes we ordered, especially their gai hor bay toey (marinated chicken thighs wrapped... Continue Reading →

Japadog (Vancouver, BC)

There's something incongruous about the term Japanese hot dog. I mean, do they actually eat this stuff over there? I know they must if some of the winners of the Coney Island Hot Dog contest have been Japanese. Okay, that's one thing. But to have the Japanese open up a hot dog stand? When first... Continue Reading →

Lunch at Sawa (Vancouver, BC)—CLOSED

For lunch in the Granville Market area, we wanted to eat at Go Fish, but (being Monday) it was closed. A highly regarded Afghan restaurant, just on the outskirts of Granville Island, was also closed. A sushi shop next door was too humid inside, so we went up the street and came across Sawa Tea... Continue Reading →

Dinner at Stepho’s (Vancouver, BC)

Even before it opens, Stepho's Souvlaki Greek Taverna has a long line of customers waiting to get in. No reservations are taken, so you never know when you'll get seated. The reason for the popularity is the Greek food, lots of it for the money. In particular, the roast lamb is what brings many customers... Continue Reading →

Poutine Dog at Zog’s (Whistler, BC)

Poutine is a dish that got its start in Quebec and has become quite popular and widespread throughout the rest of the country. French fries are topped with a brown gravy and cheese curds. Ever curious, I had a substitute—a poutine dog at Zog's, a hot dog with gravy and curds. With fries, you can... Continue Reading →

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