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Non-Kobe Kobe

When doing a little research for my trip, I found that there was an H Mart near the mall in the neighborhood. This was exciting since I knew there would be a cool food court in there. It was even more exciting when I found out there was a Beard Papa’s there. But more on that later.

So one of the places in the food court is Kobe. It’s a tonkatsu shop. Here’s my idiot moment of the day. I didn’t realize that the place was called Kobe, so when I started reading the menu, I saw an item that was called the kobe. And I asked why it’s called kobe when it’s made of pork, and not kobe beef. She just said that’s what it’s called, but it didn’t make sense to me. It wasn’t until I was leaving that I realized that the shop was called Kobe. Der.
Along with my kobe, which is pretty much the standard pork tonkatsu, came some miso soup. There’s nothing like a hot bowl of miso soup to warm you up on a cold day.
For whatever reason, they usually serve tonkatsu with shredded cabbage. I don’t know why they do this, but I’m glad they do. I, for one, love me some raw shredded cabbage. Sure, it doesn’t really have much flavor, but there’s something about the crunch that I really dig. The pork cutlet itself was good, but I did not really care for their sauce. It was a bit too strong and not sweet enough for me. I think I’ve gotten used to the tonkatsu and the sauce from the place in my local H Mart, so when I tasted this one, I was disappointed. I’m sure it would be fine for most people, but for me, I didn’t care for it. Just a hint of it was ok, but not too much.

Kobe Wellbeing Tonkatsu
3301 184th St SW (In the H-Mart Food Court)
Lynnwood, WA 98037

Sandwiches From The Firehouse

My company is in Bothell, north of Seattle. It’s strip mall-o-rama over here. One after another. But that’s not a bad thing when you’re looking for something to eat. One of the nicer strip malls around here is Mill Creek Town Center, which has a plethora of eating choices, including the Firestation Deli. It has a firestation theme, which is a new one for me. It doesn’t exactly make me want to eat, but whatever floats their boat!
I got a california turkey sandwich, which comes with turkey, lettuce, tomato, avocado, bacon, and the dressing of your choice. I went with the chipotle. I got sourdough bread, but it pretty much tasted like white bread, and it was really mushy. I wished it had been a bit more dense and more sour. I thought the chipotle would be a little better but I found it a little blah. It didn’t really add much to the sandwich. In all, it was a perfectly fine sandwich but nothing really worth raving about. With all the fixins I thought it would be a bit more exciting, but it turned out to be fairly plain. On a good note, everyone who worked there was super nice and I love that they shred the lettuce.

Anthony’s – Dining By The Water

For my first full day in the burbs of Seattle, my new boss and his wife took me into Kirkland (home of Costco!) to eat on the water at Anthony’s. Kirkland is a fairly large suburb and has mad shopping and dining. We were in a fairly bustling area, and just driving through, there were countless eating options. Kirkland, I’m a bit jealous of you.

For those of you that have visited the pacific nw, Anthony’s operates a couple of different flavors of seafood restaurants. It seems to be pretty exclusively in the pacific nw, so sorry to those of you not living here or visiting. I went to an Anthony’s once in Oregon years ago. This particular anthony’s in Kirkland is on the water, so you an see all the boats docked and see across the water to all the lit up buildings in Seattle. It’s a seafood joint, and whence you’re in Seattle, you should definitely partake of the seafood, or at least that’s my philosophy. It’s a fairly upscale place, but not snooty. We weren’t super dressed up or anything.

I’ve been on a scallop kick lately, so I went with the scallops. I was expecting maybe 3 big grilled scallops, but instead, I got a bunch of little ones, that were peculiarly battered. I did not expect batter on the scallops at all. We were all surprised. The rice had golden raisins in it. I’m usually not into raisins, especially not in rice, but I didn’t mind these at all. But I ate them separately, so that’s probably why. The beans were lovely. Overall, it was good, but the scallops were a bit too buttery. Yes, I said it, too buttery. As if that’s a bad thing, but in this case, it was a little bit too much butter!
I was pretty much overstuffed from just my entree, but they had this crazy thing called “slump” on the dessert menu. And to top it off, it was huckleberry. I’d never had huckleberry in my life, so I had to try it. Huckleberry grows best wild in the pacific nw, so I ended up seeing it several times on various menus during my visit. Other than this trip, I’d never encountered it before. It pretty much tastes like blueberry, but a bit sweeter. And what is slump? It’s just another name for cobbler, and I love me some cobbler. We asked the waitress how big the slump was, and she made it seem tiny. Then we ordered it and it was huge. It could so easily have been shared by at least 2, if not three people. I barely made a dent in mine! Service was quite good, the view even better.

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