March 2010

Ivar's Acres of Clams

 

Pier 54
1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA
(206) 624-6852
Directions.

I know, you're already sneering because as a native Seattlite, you view Ivar's Acres of Clams as a tourist magnet. I don't care. I think the chowder is fantastic—and I've had Maine chowdah cooked on the beech. I mostly eat outside, along the wharf, and no, not just because the food is cheaper (which, it is), but because I like the view, and I love the sea gulls. If you choose to eat outside, you join a mass of people outside a series of windows. If there's a big crowd from tourist busses, you'll be asked to raise your hand when an order taker lists an entree you want, so they know how many of what you want. Sometimes, yo

Forcing Bulbs for Spring Beauty in Winter

If you live anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, you've probably seen them at your local grocery store, co-op, home improvement or gardening supply

store; small pots with daffodils, Paper White Narcissus, crocuses or hyacinths, either blooming or with buds about to burst into flower. It's a lovely, fun way, to bring some bright spring color into a winter home as a reminder that spring really is on the way. Paper Whites and Hyacinths, in addition to their attractive colored blossoms, are also scented.