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The Walrus and the Carpenter


Last night we went to The Walrus the the Carpenter over in Ballard for dinner. It was SO good. We started with some oysters (Hama Hama and Blue Pool…both from Hood Canal). Next came a perfectly spaced series of small plates to share: fried Brussells sprouts, beef tartare with egg yolk and rye toast, grilled sardines topped with walnut pesto, octopus ceviche with fennel, red onion, and cilantro, and the most surprising dish of all…a chicken liver mousse with fennel mustard and spiced prunes. This was incredible. I'm not a big liver fan (even the really good pate and stuff is often a bit of a challenge for me) but this dish was amazing. The spice prunes had a sweet sauce that swirled around the fennel mustard and the combination was crazy good. Anyway, yum! (We tried the cocktail called "mustache ride", which was bourbon, cynar, lemon, allspice dram, maple…also very good.)

The sunset was gorgeous again tonight. Here are two shots: (1) from the marina and then (2) from the car (Uber ride) on the way up to Ballard:





  1. Kevin McLaughlin Kevin McLaughlin

    Learn, learn, by all means!

  2. Kevin McLaughlin Kevin McLaughlin

    Wait a minute, you’v never been through Deception Pass! How about Sequim Bay? (snug) and then north thru the Pass? Easy ride to Anacortes after that.

  3. Michael Gravel Michael Gravel

    FYI looking back at the resort from the water, the complex to the right is owned by Bill Gates, to the left of the resort is the Nordstroms.

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