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September 22, 2005

The visit of Violet

Violet came to visit us this past weekend. We ate food, went to the Space Needle to eat more food, then to Pike Place Market for additional food, and finally, capped off the evening with...food.

That's all we did. We ate, the entire weekend. That's probably why she's now doing Weight Watchers, not because she needs it usually, but because there was a weight gain of 15 pounds over just three days.

We began our cullinary adventures with dinner at the Primo Grill in here in North Tacoma. You may remember Primo from my birthday. They do have the best lambchops known to man. And parmesan polenta. And fig sauce. I have shivers at the very thought. After dinner we capped off the evening with the police telling us to stay indoors and not open the door for anyone while they searched our neighborhood with dogs and spotlights for someone. I had just finished assuring Violet that we lived in the best part of Tacoma. I should have pointed out the window and finished by saying, "See! The police always get their man."

Saturday morning we traveled to Seattle for the giant Space Needle brunch. Highly worth the $40/person pricetag. Yum. Then over to Pike Place Market where we sampled 47 types of flavored honey and jam. Frinklin succumbed to the rasberry habenero jelly. Violet bought fish at the famous Pike Place Fish Market. Bags of fish whizzed over her head and she haggled over the price of sallmon.

That evening we returned to Tacoma and made reservations at The Melting Pot, a fondue restaurant we had been wanting to try. Our reservation was for 8:30, we were seated at 9:15. The cheese fondue was good, not great, but the Chocolate Smores dessert fondue--absolutely fabulous. They flambé the chocolate dip and provide you with various items to dip. We had chunks of cheesecake, pound cake, pineapple, banana, strawberry, marshmallow, and graham crackers.

Violet's plane left at 10:30 the next morning, so we headed to our local diner, Knapps, for their famous cream waffle. It melts, oh so slowly, in your mouth. Add a large helping of hash browns and bacon; your arteries clog before you leave the table.

Violet, I was so happy to have you here. I know The Jeffrey scared the crap out of you, especially since you don't like big dogs, but you were awesome. Remember, "Ignore! Ignore!"

Posted by Ensie at September 22, 2005 07:54 PM

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Sounds like a delicious visit...I have a very barky dog, though not big, and we're constantly telling people to ignore her til she settles down.

Posted by: MissMeliss at September 23, 2005 03:23 AM

Ensie, you and Frinklin were the World's Greatest Hosts!! I had such a great time with you both and really loved Seattle and Tacoma. Gotta admit, the food was AWESOME. No one warned me that fondue isn't on the Weight Watchers plan! What the hell?! Seriously, though, thank you so much for a wonderful weekend. And thank Jeffrey for allowing me to take all my fingers home with me! I miss you so much! Come to Chicago anytime!

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