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Random Chinese Joint

After drinking in the middle of the day, we needed some real food. We went back to the international area, mainly because we knew how to drive back there. We still didn’t really have our bearings yet. We walked round and round, and some of the places we wanted to go to were closed, so we just ended up at a random chinese restaurant called 663 Bistro. Why did we choose this place? It was packed and it was packed with chinese people. That’s got to be a good sign. Go where the natives go.
We both wanted green beans of some kind, and didn’t really find anything on the menu, except one with a heavy garlic sauce. We just asked for some green beans with a light sauce, and they totally just stir fried something up for us. They ended up really fresh and crunchy and buttery as all get out.
A got a rice noodle dish with chicken and XO sauce. It was simple and tasty. We were so hungry, we couldn’t stop eating.
When in cold and dreary Seattle, one must have some hot soup. I got a noodle soup with bbq roast pork and asked for some dumplings to be put in. The soup itself was fairly bland and flavorless, and the noodles were cold, so it wasn’t exactly hot and steaming. But the wontons were full of big hunks of shrimp and the pork was delish. And the food all came out super quick. Service was fine, nothing great.

663 Bistro
663 S Weller St
Seattle, WA 98127
(206) 667-8760
663 Bistro on Urbanspoon

Drinks And Wi Fi

We explored another Seattle neighborhood called Capitol Hill. After walking around in the rain (of course), we wanted to go to a coffee shop (which pretty much exist on every corner) and stopped in Liberty. Well, we thought it was a coffee shop, as it had wi-fi and couches. It turned out to be a bar that serves sushi. They also serve coffee during the day.
I really liked the vibe of this place. It was comfy, not snooty, and had luxurious couches. But I couldn’t figure out how this place makes money. There aren’t enough seats to pack em in, nor is it big enough to pack em in either. I wasn’t about to try the sushi either. It was being made by some weird looking white hipster all the way in the back. While we were there, which was in the middle of the day, there were only a handful of people there, all on their laptops. We’d never seen so many people at a bar staring into their computers. It was a bit weird.
We did partake in some beverages. A had a hoegaarden. There was no orange slice in it. That was disappointing. I had one of their special cocktails, the lady liberty. It was made with vanilla vodka, guava nectar, and blood orange puree. While it smelled delicious, it tasted like straight up booze. It took me awhile to drink it. And it tasted better as I drank along.

The service was great. She brought me water without me even asking. It was like she knew! And she gave us happy hour prices so it only ended up being $10. Score! The bartender was nice too. If they had a place like this in philly, I’d totally hang out here. But it would probably last like a month just because I don’t see it pulling in any dough.
Liberty on Urbanspoon

Giant Japanese Market

Seattle has an international section of town. Naturally, there’s a big gate, a typical chinatown gate. They have this awesome japanese market there called Uwajimaya. It’s actually a proper supermarket sized place, with little boutique type joints inside, including a large japanese bookstore, and a mini food court. I was totally in love. Yeah, that’s wine in there. Like every other normal state in the country, you can get booze in supermarkets.
I don’t know what this blue/purple bread is, but I was fascinated by its oh-so-natural looking color. Should have bought it, damn.
They have pretty much everything you could want, including tons of take out stuff. The produce section smells wonderful, the fish and meat look fresh, and there’s tons of checkout lines. If I lived in Seattle, I’d be here all the time.

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