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5/18/2008

Seattle

The most recent 4Cs was wall-to-wall business. Editorial board meetings. Sessions. A workshop. Nominating committee meetings. Too much. Seattle's going to be a different story. I've never been to the Pacific Northwest before, so I want to live a life outside of the Westin. And, as my conference funds are practically used up, I'm paying for much of this trip out-of-pocket. So I'm planning to dig on Seattle as much as possible.

Don't get me wrong, I haven't been to the Rhetoric Society of America conference for a few years and I'm really looking forward to hearing some papers (not to mention giving one: check out session C-11, everybody, where I'll be talking about how the literature on social movement rhetoric contends with class). But I'm planning a little fun too.

My buddy Lew and I already have tickets for next Monday's Mariners game against Boston. And at some point, we're going to make our way to Wallace Falls for a little hiking. The forest looks breathtaking, as does the 265-foot (!) waterfall. And I don't want healthy pursuits like exercise to monopolize, so a visit to Mike's Chili (same recipe since 1922) is in order. Saw a Mike's Chili segment on 'Diners, Dives, and Drive-Ins'--best show on the food network--and damned if my mouth didn't water a little.

Anybody in the know about Seattle? Leave me a comment and tell me where to go while visiting there.

2 comments:

jeff said...

here's my list so far with notes:

Pike place market – have to go
1531 Western Ave
in market – crumpet shop


Pike brewing - but I’ve seen a few negatives
1415 First Ave
2066226044

Elysian Brewing
542 1st Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98104
206.382.4498

Jolly Roger taproom
1514 NW Leary Way
7826181

tap house grill (nice taps)
1506 Sixth Avenue Seattle
206-816-3314

stumbling monk
1635 E. Olive Way
(206) 860-0916 good taps – supposedly 30 minute walk

Sitka and Spruce – nice eating
2238 eastlake ave
2063240662

lark – no reservations – fish/meat looks good
926 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
tel: (206) 323-5275

union – looks very nice
1400 First Ave
2068388000


bottleworks
1710 N 45th St # 3
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 633-2437

Big Time Brewery
133 University Way NE
2065454509

Collins pub – super draft list also food
526 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 623-1016


Pike Street Beer & Wine
518 East Pike St.
Seattle, WA
206.778.1086 supposed to be excellent bottle shop

Takohachi 1.2 mi from hotel
Very recommended limited hours
610 S. Jackson St., 206-682-1828. Open 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday

if I can’t find a bottleshop
whole foods 2210 Westlake Ave .4 mi from Westin

shiro’s - sushi
2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121Tel: (206) 443-9844

saito – sushi
2120 2nd Ave
(206) 728-1333

Kelly Ritter said...

Bill--I've been to Seattle many times as I have family out there. Pike's market is an essential, as you probably know. As cheesy as it sounds, the area around the Space Needle is built up and pretty nice, especially if you know anyone going to RSA with children in tow. You can take the monorail from downtown straight there. I would recommend, if you have time, taking a ferry over to the islands--very pretty views and the like. There are other nice residential areas with shops and walking, like the Lake Washington neighborhood and Volunteer park. Pioneer Square isn't what it used to be, but there are great used book shops there and some nice restaurants, and it's near the baseball stadium, if you are interested in seeing that. And, in general, bring a lot of money--you will definitely need it.

Kelly