I’m not sure what took me so long to make it to Mamnoon on Capitol Hill! I really enjoyed the food and ambience here. Several menu items and a bottle of white wine were shared. I’m interested in going back for the things we were not able to try for sure. I’ve also heard about their late night counter window but never tried it out. This is something that I might do to hold me over until I do another proper visit.

Tray Fremont

First visit to Tray, a new restaurant in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. The food and service were note worthy here. The tray concept is fun, if not cute. Come here for the food and service, and don’t worry about the trays.

Jamjuree Thai Cuisine

This is a decent Thai place on 15th Ave east on Capitol Hill. Fresh rolls were really good and peanut sauce was tasty as well. Garlic noodles were done satisfactorily. plenty of garlic for sure. They serve with peas and carrots which is different than I’m used too. Did not seem like spice level 4 despite clearly ordering it that way. Would eat here again based on this limited experience. Service was incredibly good for a neighborhood Thai joint.


I’ve been going to this place for years, and I love it! Unfortunately, that’s about all I can say because I love it so much. I can not risk having any bearded hipsters overrunning this place!

Damn The Weather

Some time in October 2014 I checked out Damn the Weather in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. This was obviously before it was featured as a “Best new restaurant” in Seattle Magazine. Here’s what you need to know: The ice cubes there are from another planet. They are melted from the bottom up, I shit you not. These cubes will make your cocktail experience one to remember for a long time. Food: I had the sandwich with the egg placed into the bread itself.

OOLA Distillery Tasting

On Wednesday 5-21-2014, Downtown Spirits in Seattle hosted a private tasting session for OOLA Distillery. This was my first experience tasting the OOLA lineup. Alan from OOLA was the host for the tasting session and very informative. Alan was very knowledgeable about their products and processes for creating the entirety of their line up. Additionally, Alan was very responsive to my questions through out the tasting session. Thank you Alan! Of particular note before I go any further is that OOLA sources almost all of the materials for their lineup from Eastern Washington farms and from founder Kirby Kallas-Lewis’ home in Seattle.