A very odd dining experience - I had often walked past this little restaurant, as I live very close by. I often found myself longing to spend an evening dining with friends and family in its very European-like setting - you know, the warm evenings, outdoor dining, the delicious aromas...
Well, I should have just let the fantasy be. I took my mother over for a quiet meal, and we were so disappointed! First, the olive oil was stale/rancid, and was poured over EVERYTHING, and so ruined essentially every dish. Secondly, the wine was overly oxidized - had probably been open for several days without vacuum corks. The waiter was incredlibly snooty. The mussels were so fishy that we couldn't eat them - it's saying something that the anchovies were less fishy than the mussels. I even found a tiny deformed crab inside one of the mussels. Sort of like the little kind of crab you might find on a beach, but this one had an additional abdomen! Nuclear shellfish, anyone?
I would not only NOT recommend this eatery, I would highly discourage anyone from going there. The food was mediocre, even without the drenching of rancid olive oil - and pricey! Close to $60 for four appetizers. Clearly the location has kept them in business for a long time - but they don't deserve to take up such a fantastic space.
PROS: view of lake
CONS: pretty much everything else
City Peoples is the quintessential Seattle shopping experience - all-natural, down-home yet sexy, highly costly stuff for your yard and home. If you want to buy sea glass pebbles by the pound, or find a cute little potted succulent for your office, this is the place to go. They also sell seeds, plants, and tons of overpriced scented candles, darling gifts, and greeting cards. Staff is a tad condescending, and prices are on the high side.
PROS: Fun to look around
CONS: Staff tends to act as though you're hassling them buy tryng to buy products
Pharmaca is quite the little swanky pharmacy, with all kinds of traditional and Western health and beauty products and remedies. That said, they open late and close early by a few minutes every day, even if they see you running towards the entrance with a prescription in hand, and health "professionals" pressure you to purchase useless herbal medicines in addition to whatever else it is you're buying. It becomes quite clear after a while that these sales people really don't know what they are talking about, but they sure like to think they do.
PROS: Heady smells, lots of cool gifts, gourmet chocolates, beauty stuff
CONS: pressure 2 buy $$ "traditional" meds, regular prescr. meds average $5 more