Friday, December 23, 2011

Seattle - Day 2 - Bikes, Bloggers and Noshing....Oh My

For lunch on Saturday we walked to Cyber Dogs. We'd never been there before but the reviews online were great. The cafe was smaller than we'd imagined from their pictures. The food was very creative and what we had was tasty.

I had the El Bandito which was a dog topped with chili, cheese, avocado and salsa. (veganized so a fake cheese sauce rather than cheddar on top)

(Oh yeah, we were eating on a vintage Pac Man video game as a table)

Troubadour had the Lazlo the Dog - hunger up for the "Hungarian Goulash Dog" (dog topped with veggie beef, celery, carrots, and noodles stewed with Hungarian spices and topped with 'bacon' and kraut)

(Outside after eating)

We ate too much so it is a good thing we did more wandering after lunch. Sonja and her hubby went off shopping for the afternoon, Orin headed home and the rest of us returned to the show for an additional two-wheeled fix. Here are a few photos from the afternoon visit to the show.

(Troubadour on a 2012 Can Am Spyder)

They had an interesting display of furniture made from Harley parts:

(I don't think this will fit behind my desk)

There was an area called 'Dream Garage'. These are some of the bikes from that display:

(Norton Commando)

(Moto Guzzi)

(Ducati Diavel - Carbon Fiber)


And another from the custom bike build off:

The following bike was in the same display as the zebra bike. I had to get pictures from a few different angles.

I took a more pictures of the vintage motorcycles but will save those for a future post.

When we were done wandering I let everyone know I was hankering for an iced latte. Luckily there was a Tully's coffee in the convention center so we were able to sit a bit, have a drink, and discuss dinner plans. In texting/emailing between Bobskoot, Chuck, Sonja and Troubadour it was determined we'd all meet at Bahn Thai a little later. We laughed when we realized that Bahn Thai was right across the street from Bamboo Gardens where we'd eaten on Friday night. Having decided upon a dinner location we headed back to the hotel for a bit of respite prior to going to the restaurant.

We arrived at the restaurant with no problems and were seated promptly. Luckily Chuck made reservations for the lot of us. They had quite a large menu so it was difficult to decide. I chose the Garlic Tofu.

I can't remember what Troubadour chose and for some reason didn't get a picture of it. I think because the dishes came out one by one and his was last so we were all eating by the time his arrived.

We talked late into the evening until everyone parted ways.

Sunday morning we met Bobskoot and Mrs. Skoot in the breakfast room for a snack and a visit before checking out and heading to the Jade Garden for dim sum. We knew from previous experience to arrive about 10 am to avoid long lines. Parking was limited, but we managed to find spots for both vehicles.

Once inside we were immediately served with some tasty dishes.

(crab dumplings - hot and steaming up the camera lens)

(shrimp/scallop dumplings)

(Chinese broccoli)


No, they aren't vegan, but we made an exception for this day as it is tradition to do dim sum on Sunday before heading home. In being vegan we strive for good intentions, not perfection.

We sat and ate and visited and ate some more. When our bellies were sufficiently full we made our way outside to allow others to be seated.

We stopped for a picture or two on the way back to the cars. I saw this really neat balcony at the top of a building and it was very out of place with the rest of the exterior. It made me wonder who lives there.

(Bobskoot taking a picture of me taking a picture of him)

(Bobskoot and Mrs. Skoot)

We walked around a bit, said our goodbyes, hugged, and parted ways. When we arrived at our car we noticed someone had parked right behind us. Mind you we were in the last parking spot on the block so they really squeezed in between us and the corner. It doesn't look like they bumped the car so they must have had someone guiding them.

(Our car is on the right - inconsiderate f%^$*er is on the left)

* Handy traveling tip from Bobskoot - put your trailer hitch on when in the big city to keep people back a bit.

We decided to go down to Pike's Place Market before heading home. There were a lot of people so we didn't stay long. We did make a point to go by to say hello to Chuck and admire all his beautiful glass work.

Downstairs I noticed this book in a shop display window. I wonder why they chose an elephant for the cover.

And on the way back to the car I took a picture of one of the garage bays of The Pike Brewing Company.

(Pike Kilt Lifter Ruby Ale)

And this got me to thinking..... how many kilts would a kilt lifter lift, if a kilt lifter could lift kilts?


We made it home with no troubles. A great weekend was had and we already look forward to seeing everyone again. A big thank you to those that were able to make it and to those that couldn't, we hope to meet you/see you/ride with you in the new year.

Happy Holidays everyone,
and the very best in 2012 to you all.

- Au Revoir

"Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories." - From the movie An Affair to Remember


  1. The El Bandito was tasty, indeed. Food, food and more food... I am gaining weight just by looking at these pictures.
    The bikes in the dream garage were all quite sexy but I couldn't take my eyes of the Norton. The Guzzi would have been close second.
    Let's all have Happy Holidays!

  2. Great photos of the dream garage bikes. The dim sum looked pretty good, especially the Chinese broccoli. I just had garlic tofu the other day for lunch but it didn't look anywhere near that good....

    Merry Christmas to you and Troubadour!

  3. Trobairitz:

    Your recollection of our weekend together is very detailed and accurate to the last second, and also in the correct chronological time sequence. I nominate you as our official Bloggers convention secretary IMBC2012. Your photos are nicely framed

    the dim sum was really good and I wanted to have more but I held back as I am watching my bulging figure. Looking at those dim sum photos makes me hungry (again).

    Merry Christmas to you & Troubador

    bob (& mrs skoot)
    Riding the Wet Coast

  4. yes, i would have broken my vegan tendencies for that crab dimsum and calamari too! :) happy holidays to you and yours!

  5. What a great post! Bikes, food and friends... what an excellent combination. I'm reading this at 7:00 AM and I've never been more hungry for crab dumplings for breakfast... ever!

    It's fun to read about bloggers getting together and enjoy each others company. And to think... it all started with that first post and comment.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. May your holiday be a great one!

  6. Merry Christmas! Nice post and pictures.

  7. Wonderful day! Showed the Harley furniture to Oilburner. He's surprised there aren't any comments like "that's all they are good for.". Hehe. At least he can make jokes even though he still loves the bikes. Dim sum....mmmmm. Been awhile. Your pictures are reminding me. Happy Holidays!

  8. @Sonja - I agree that Norton was a sweet bike. Sure wouldn't kick one out of the garage.

    @Richard - Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones too.

    @Bobskoot - Details are what I do. Being a legal assistant is all in the details and organizational skills. Happy Holidays to you and Mrs. Skoot.

    @Mq01 - For Bobskoot we had to go with tradition and have dim sum. It was so good too. Jade Garden is always the best.

    @Lady R - The best part of the weekend is the visiting with fellow bloggers. The motorcycle show is just an excuse. Happy Holiday to you too.

    @Ken - Thank you Ken, Merry Christmas to you too.

    @BeemerGirl - I thought the Harley furniture was cool. Nice if someone had a fancy garage or even in a basement or motorcycle clothing/parts store. Happy Holidays to you and Oilburner.

  9. Warm Wishes for a happy and healthy 2012!

  10. Love your food porn photos (that cannon point and shoot does a fabulous job at the table and around town, of course it helps to have your good eye for a picture). What a fun way to meet up with fellow biker/bloggers, at a bike show (and food fest). I'll be heading to The Internation Show on this end of the continent next week - weather permitting. I'm wondering if anyone in Toronto will have thought to turn their Harley into a chair?

  11. @Tiny Puppetmaster - Thank you m'lady. Best wishes to you too.

    @VStar Lady - Thank you for the compliments and for stopping by. Hope you have a great time at the show too. I'm thinking there are a lot of creative people in Toronto so you never know what you may find.