Entries from April 2008 ↓

Maple Fuels

Yes, you can buy gas here and everything else you’d need in a pinch (laundromat).

At the end of April, I’m itching to see the waterfalls. The snow is melting off Komo Kulshan and the rush is literal. So on Friday the partner, 5 year old and I took a drive on Highway 542 to pay homage to one of our waterfalls. Played in the snow, too.

On the way back to the city, food was in order. We stopped at Maple Fuels in Maple Falls. The salami and provolone sandwich I got from (and shared happily) was fantastic. Fat hoagie with everything on it. The ladies who helped me were very nice…and patient, while I tried to make up my mind. Many yummy choices (but as you’ll learn salami is my childhood favorite – Hungarian salami – but I’ve an open mind).

Go play in the snow at Mt. Baker (Komo Kulshan to the Lummi) and chow at Maple Fuels.

Xing’s Panda Palace at Sunset, Bellingham

It was time for lunch: Chinese food and Xing’s Panda Palace was it. Delectable. The last time I tasted Chinese food that wasn’t ‘Americanized’ was back in Flushing, NY. I can still smell the fried wonton and bbq spare ribs in their takeout bags, mmmmm.

Wonton soup, egg-drop, fried rice, beef and broccoli, spicy pork and vegetables and 3 egg rolls (they have cabbage in them – I love cabbage).

I didn’t eat all that alone. I went with my girlfriend. I couldn’t eat all that by myself! We go out to eat together for support companionship.

Oriento Fine Chinese Cuisine, Bellingham

My daughter and I were in need of some quality time together, so we went to a restaurant. They don’t leave us alone at home.

Right near her preschool in the Fountain District of Bellingham is a great Chinese restaurant, Oriento. It has big comfy booths and servers with huge smiles (of course everyone gives her a huge smile). We ate 3 egg rolls (we love cabbage), spicy mongolian beef and teriyaki chicken. I don’t know what it is about teriyaki, it’s like magic ketchup – put it on food and a kid will eat it. But, seriously, I had some and it was delicious. What really stood out was how fresh the food tasted.

Maybe we’ll bring the others with us next time…

Pike Place – Seattle Public Market

Seattle Public Market today, all day. Clam chowder, pork buns, German bratwurst, fruit rolls, fish ‘n chips, falafel, crumpets, pastries and sunshine! Oh, and traffic, but that’s ok. A long ride from Bellingham, but necessary once in a while. Next time longer… perhaps less hectic, and perhaps including a planned lunch at a particular restaurant? Today was trip training… kids and grandma and all.

Old World Deli Bellingham

The Old World Deli is for those of us who don’t live near Salumi in Seattle. It’s Bellingham’s answer to high quality deli meat and I was the one asking the question until they opened on State Street.

Hot corned beef and swiss with sauerkraut on toasted rye is pure bliss. Especially if you’re ALONE (sans children), sitting with an early spring view of Bellingham Bay.

And I get service with a smile (sometimes happy humming – love people who love their work).

1140 N State St (738-2090)