And now for the (much belated) second part of my Dantastic weekend!
This being her first visit to the emerald city, we were pretty much obligated to hit Pike Place Market. And since she's dating this Russian boy, I thought I'd take her for some tasty Russian treats. Piroshky!
For those not in the know, piroshkies are delicious pastries filled with varied innards - generally beef and potatoes and onions, etc. Pike Place is home to Piroshky Piroshky, a Russian bakery that brags it's been around "Since 1992." That doesn't seem like too big a deal to me, but I guess you have to be since sometime.
Since it was before noon, I went with a ham, cheese, and spinach piroshky. Dan's boyfriend later told me on the phone that cheese should never go in a piroshky. I told him cheese is welcome in every foodstuff.
Le Panier. Because if there's anything I love more than cheese, it's butter. While I made my standby purchase of a heavenly palmier, Dan went with a chocolate eclair, which was delicious and gave me a chance to photograph some innards!
Takohachi before it closed, but the restaurant that came up in its place looked interesting enough. Kaname advertises itself as a sort of izakaya bar and restaurant - the sort of place where Japanese business professionals go after work to wind down with some shochu cocktails and tasty bites.
agedashi dofu. It's one of those dishes people always eat on Japanese shows, and I thought it was high time I knew what they were enjoying. Turns out it's chunks of lightly fried tofu with a sweet-savory sauce and an explosion of crunchies on top. I'm not sure if the cruchies are traditional, but they sure looked cool.
The fish was pretty tasty, but had a pretty strong flavor. Not recommended for the casual seafooder.