Entries from September 2008 ↓

Rhodes Cafe Bellingham (not Roads Cafe!)

Rhodes Cafe is easy to miss. It is cornered between Radio Shack and Cost Cutter. Perhaps this is by design. It is a great place to eat if you’re a regular. If you’re not, the service is compulsory and polite.

The food is very good with American and Greek choices; breakfast and lunch is served. If you want REAL milk for your coffee, your server may be piqued by your request.

My best experiences have been breakfast with one of my kids before school with an older server. Otherwise, weekends with my family (5) gets a cramped table (the large one always seems to be reserved) and a younger server with a tolerant attitude.

Try it, you might like it.  1046 Lakeway Dr  Bellingham WA (360) 714-9743

Book Fare

Food and view. Sometimes it’s all I need. Heather’s desserts, too. Book Fare is the place to get them.

Wendy and I went to lunch (surprise). She ordered a grilled Greek sandwich. She raved and raved, the feta was so good. Our server, Meagan, was Excellent. She was looking out for my well being. Example: I wanted soup and sandwich. She explained the soup was just put on the burners; it would be a while before it was hot enough to serve. It’s been a long time since I had a server this attentive (this was the shortfall at Boundary Bay Brewery). I would return for this reason alone.

Well, I opted to have the veggie cheddar sandwich with salad and crunched and munched my taste buds to happiness. I drank a huge glass mug of Rooibus tea – very warming (Wendy drank coffee and was zippy in no time). When it came to dessert, I really couldn’t decide! And I was stuffed from my sandwich and salad.

Plus, I already know how Heather’s apple pie tastes (have one in the fridge at home). Great!

Bowl n’ Roll

Oh where oh where did Shahrazad go? Oh where oh where could it be?

Try the Farmer’s Market, because now there’s a place called Bowl ‘n Roll in it’s real estate at 207 W Holly St.

What happened to crispy wonton strips and duck sauce?

Show me someone who doesn’t crave Chinese food and I’ll show you someone not open to culinary adventure.

Dad needed a culinary adventure tonight and called me for suggestions. I offered chicken parmesan or spaghetti with meatballs, but I heard hesitation. So I said, “How about Chinese?’ and we were off. We went to Xing’s Panda Palace and feasted on pupu platter, green jade shrimp, shredded beef szechuan style and shrimp lo mein. Half way through the pupu platter, I realized something was missing.

What ever happened to the crispy wonton strips and duck sauce that used to be waiting on the table when first seated (sliced, deep fried wonton wraps)? I grew up in Bayside, NY. A place where if there wasn’t a pizza place on the corner, there was a Chinese restaurant (or a bar). And each restaurant had its own trademark fried wonton strips: some wide, some thin, some crisp, some crunchy, sometimes stale.

But, could you imagine sitting down in a Mexican restaurant and not being served tortilla chips and salsa? Well, now that I’ve noticed, I’m going to investigate. I hope it doesn’t have anything to do with trans-fats, because it would be stupid to worry about FAT during a chopstick craving.

More On Pie

BelleWood Acres is an apple farm in Ferndale, Washington. They have a booth at the Saturday Bellingham Farmer’s Market and it’s not just apples you’ll find there. Oh, no. You’ll find peanut butter, ground fresh on their farm, honey, jams, cookies and homemade PIE. Taste test time…

Their pies are made by Heather using BelleWood Acres apples. She slices them thin and layers them with spices sandwiched between a very good crust. The pie is good hot or cold (of course I’ve had more than one piece). So many ways to make pie.

I’ve been told Heather is the dessert queen for Book Fare. Book Fare is the cafe upstairs from Village Books. If you haven’t treated yourself to a date there, you’ve been amiss. The view alone is worth the trip: water, islands, boats and sky.

Now that I know the quality of those desserts, I’ll eat those along with the delicious all day fare.