May 252014
 
Marionberry cobbler at the Halfway House Restaurant

Marionberry cobbler at the Halfway House Restaurant

Stopping for a slice of homemade pie at the Halfway House Restaurant in Brinnon is always a great way to cap off a great day after digging for clams and slurping oysters on the beach. As the norm, the selection of pies made  it difficult to choose which treat to have. But, after the waitress announced that a fresh batch of marionberry cobblers just came out of the oven, we were instantly sold!

Topped by a large scoop of vanilla ice cream, the flaky “melted-in-your-mouth” crust and the sweet tartness of fresh berries made a strong case for the best dessert of the year!

 

 

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May 252014
 
Wild oysters on the half shell at Dosewallips State Park

Wild oysters on the half shell at Dosewallips State Park

Shucking and slurping wild oysters at Dosewallips State Park is one of my favorite pastimes in the Northwest. Several dozens of people had the same idea today but the beach has plenty of room to accommodate a lot more people. Although we did not see the sun today, the weather was great with the forecasted rain not appearing until we left the beach.

A dollop of cocktail sauce, a dash of Tabasco sauce and a squirt of lemon made for some of the best tasting oysters I’ve had in a long time.

 

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May 162014
 
Harbor City Roast Pork Buns

Harbor City Roast Pork Buns

 

On Mother’s Day, I took the family to Harbor City Restaurant in Seattle’s ID District. Knowing that it would be crowded, we arrived early around 9:40am to get a table. We were a little surprised that the wait was already 20 minutes when we arrived and even more surprised when the wait turned into over an hour before we were finally seated. The staff apologized promptly for the long wait and, as soon as the first cart arrived in a few minutes, our memories of standing in line quickly faded.

Harbor City stuffed eggplant

Harbor City stuffed eggplant

The roast pork buns, both steamed and baked, were moist and stuffed with a flavorful pork filling. The Chinese meatballs, a family favorite, were bold and meaty. The shu mai were plump and chock-full of delicious pork and shrimp. Before I could bat an eye, let alone grab one, the honey walnut prawns were snapped up by my kids. My favorite that day was the stuffed eggplant; the skin of the eggplant was slightly crispy and contrasted well with the moist shrimp stuffing. And, to top off our Mother’s Day meal, we devoured dishes of miniature flaky egg custard tarts and sesame balls. As usual, the dim sum at Harbor City was some of the best in Seattle.

The usual big crowds every Sunday morning at Harbor City are testaments to the quality of their dim sum.  Whether the long waits are worth your time is debatable. However, as soon as you take your first bite, your focus shifts to the delectable treats at hand.

 

 

 

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