Luther Burbank Park

Luther Burbank Park - Beach

The weather in Seattle was beautiful and we spent one afternoon at Luther Burbank Park. It’s on Mercer Island and it’s worth the trip. As you can see above there are beaches and lovely walking trails.

Luther Burbank Park

There is a large fenced in off leash dog area and a beach the seemed to be just for dogs. Many swimming and splashing around having the time of their life. It’s a great park to spend a sunny afternoon.

When we were leaving we came across a sculpture called “The Source”.

Luther Burbank Park - Sculpture

I don’t know, it was weird. It looks like something used for sacrifices. Really. It has the rock as you can see and there is a drain in the rock that then allows the liquid to flow in a circle away from the stone. Very strange and kinda creepy. Also the long shadows are me and my friends staring at it going….. WTF?

Din Tai Fung Dumpling House

Din Tai Fung

Walking in to Din Tai Fung you are greeted by their mascot, a friendly little dumpling! Then you leave your name and wait for your table. Your whole party must be there to be seated and although it was really busy when we arrived the turnover is quick and we were seated fairly quickly.

While waiting for your table you can watch the kitchen staff make dumplings. It’s quite the operation and the efficiency with which they stuff and fold the dumplings is very impressive. I can’t imagine how many they make a day.

Making Dumplings

I was starving when we arrived and the smell of the food was making me drool. I was ready to order the whole menu by the time we sat down but restraint and good sense (also the advice of my friends) cut the ordering down to a reasonable amount. The menu is extensive Din Tai Fung Menu everything looked good to me.

We ended up with two kinds of dumplings, which I ate before I got a picture. I was starving. The dumplings were really good, I could eat them all day. Also the green beans with garlic, so good. The star though was the braised beef soup, slightly spicy, with bok choy and the most tender flavourful beef. SO GOOD!

When the steamed sweet taro buns arrived I laughed.

Sweet Taro Buns

The 5 Point Cafe

The 5 Point Cafe

While in Seattle we went to The 5 Point Cafe for dinner. My friend Cathleen had been there before and loved it. On the recommendation we went to the place that boasts “Alcoholics serving alcoholics since 1929″. Sounded like my kind of place.

As an added bonus it was a stone’s throw from where I was staying, very easy to find, close to the Space Needle. It was wonderful, the staff was friendly and patient with us as we perused the menu, there are so many choices and the food arrived fresh and hot. I got the Turkey Melt which was delicious. The turkey was roasted in house and so good, not dry at all. The blueberry pancakes were a big hit with our group and the mac and cheese was also a favourite. The menu is large and anybody should be able to find something they want The 5 Point Cafe Menu. Also take the time to read the “Warning”, “Be nice to our staff” and “We can throw you out” blurbs on the menu.

The juke box in the corner is packed full of great songs and customers happily kept plugging quarters in to play songs. It’s a great little place and I’ll definitely go back for the food and the atmosphere.

Also there is a “Cock on duty”:

Cock on duty


Space Needle

I went to Seattle for a weekend to visit a friend who recently moved there. It’s a pretty quick trip from Nanaimo and I hadn’t been to Seattle in a long time. Arriving I had to find my way to the Space Needle which turned out to be incredibly easy. A train that is easy to find from the airport that takes you all the way downtown and then a quick walk over to the monorail that drops you off right at the Space Needle. I had the Simpson’s monorail song going through my head as I boarded the monorail, do you remember that episode? Classic.

The day I arrived was also the day of a big football game so the train was full of football fans all excited and pumped up. Many all dressed up and ready to party. The trip started off on a high note and just got better.

Very easy and it was easy to find my friend Carrie as well, she was the one wandering around with the indigo hair and the nervous white dog. It was a beautiful day and Carrie lives close to the Space Needle which made it super easy for me to wander around on my own when she had to work.

We went for dinner at a wonderful little Mexican place but was hard to talk and catch up as the football game was on and Seattle was winning so we finally gave up, drank our Sangria’s and yelled “Yeah!” at the appropriate times.

There was even a rainbow there to greet me:

Space Needle Seattle

Kid’s Don’t Float


I don’t know why this makes me laugh but it does.

Is the Dolphin giving a safety tip or giving you a hint on how to deal with unruly kids or passing on information he just learned after taking a child’s life jacket from him?

“Hey guys did you know that KID’S DON’T FLOAT????”

That dolphin looks like he’s laughing about it.

Anchor By The Dumpster


I walk by the above anchor quite often.

It says “Recovered Off Yacht Club Float, 1997, Likely US Navy Circa 1940″

The stone seems like an after thought. I wonder was the dumpster already there when it was dropped in that spot? It reminds me of the televisions or couches that you see by dumpsters sometimes, left in the hope that they will be taken away.

Perhaps the Anchor was dropped by the dumpster and it being too heavy for the garbage men to take they just decided to give it a plaque instead?

The thing is really big:


Also if it was the US Navy that left it behind, wouldn’t they have noticed? Wouldn’t they have missed it? An anchor seems to me like a pretty important part of a ship. Maybe somebody had a few too many and forgot to retrieve it or broke the chain it was attached to and the next day the finger pointing started. “It was there when I went off shift, wasn’t me …… Johnson must have lost it…. ”

Strange, I’ll be pondering that for a few days.