Mōksha Indian Cuisine in Bellevue, Washington

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A delightful chicken and veggie platter

Mōksha Indian Cuisine is located in downtown Bellevue at 515 Bellevue Square. Sher and I dined there with our daughter and son and their families. It was listed as one of the Top Restaurants for 2013 by the Seattle Times, and our experience there sure showed why it made that list.. The restaurant uses local ingredients when possible. The menu has a wide variety of entree choices that will satisfy the most discriminating diner. The Tandoor Chicken plate had an exquisite taste prepared in a 500 degree traditional oven, with the chicken morsels bedded on onions and green peppers. The Three-Bean Makhani Daal, vegetarian, was a delicious presentation of chick peas, kidney beans & black lentils, stewed with tomatoes, ginger, garlic, chiles & spices. I loved both of those dishes. All the food was excellent, the service was nearly perfect and the atmosphere was very comfortable. We absolutely loved the meal, and shared several different dishes family style. We would highly recommend Mōksha Indian Cuisine.

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Sunday Brunch at Arnie’s in Mukilteo

The entrance to Arnies with the water in the background.

The entrance to Arnies with the water in the background.

Arnies Restaurant in Mukilteo puts on a very nice Sunday brunch from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. Located in Mukilteo, Washington, the restaurant presents a striking view of the harbor, ferry dock and both the Cascade range and the Olympic Mountains as well.

The brunch itself is just delightful. The friendly staff first bring a fruit plate with yogurt dip to the table. The menu offered is complete with both breakfast fare as well as lunch and even dinner items. Your meal comes complete with the fruit plate appetizer, a huge cinnamon roll (served warm!), your choice of champagne, orange juice or Mimosa and your choice of meal.

Delicious fresh fruit

Delicious fresh fruit

 

 

The snow capped Olympic Mountains on the horizon

The snow capped Olympic Mountains on the horizon

Sher and I dined there last Sunday with our son and daughter and their families. Accommodations were made for the grandkids including a sling for the baby and booster seat for our granddaughter. All enjoyed their meal. The portion sizes are large, and with the fruit plate and cinnamon rolls none of us had any room for dessert!

Old Spaghetti Factory at Lynnwood Washington

IMG_0655 IMG_0657 IMG_0660 IMG_0662Tonight we had a nice time at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Lynnwood, IMG_0651Washington. We went with our daughter and son-in-law and grandson. This is one of a chain of these eateries that are spread out all over the country.

We had a great meal. Each entree on the menu comes with either a soup or a salad and is topped off with a dish of spumoni ice cream for dessert included in the price of the entree. There was endless warm bread and butter brought to the table right after we ordered. The Cokes were a bit pricy at $2.75 but refills were free.

The entree I had was the ‘Meat Lover’s” which was spaghetti with meat sauce and two huge meatballs and a large link of Italian suasage. The sauce was thick and chock full of meat crumbles. The portion of spaghetti was a decent size, and the two huge meatballs and the extra large link of sausage made for a filling meal.

Sher enjoyed the spinach and cheese ravioli. The moderate sized portion was just right fo her. It was very tasty and well presented.

The atmosphere at this version of the Old Spaghetti Factory was relaxed and comfortable. There was an old Seattle trolley car in the main dining room set up with tables in the car. This was an unique sight to say the least. Our waitress was a delightful addition to our meal. She kept our drink glasses full, made sure we had fresh bread at all times, and served us with a smile. Mia did a great job making us feel welcome, and we will ask for her again.

The Lynnwood facility is worthy of your patronage. It is located at 2500 196th Street SW, Lynnwood, WA.

Kyoto: A great Japanese steak house in Everett, WA

Chicken, steak, shrimp and veggies on the grill at the Kyoto

Chicken, steak, shrimp and veggies on the grill at the Kyoto

Last night Sher and I went to a Japanese Steak House named Kyoto in Everett, Washington. Our daughter and son-in-law and grandson were with us on this fun dining trip. The chef came to the table with the built in grill. Our chef was really a treat and he enjoyed taking to us as he cooked.

This place is stuck in the end of a strip mall building across the street from the big Everett Mall. It is worth seeking out. We would give this place a five star rating on both the service and the quaity of the meals.

 

The Table by Bellingham Pasta Co

We had a delicious dinner tonight at The Table by Bellingham Pasta Co. It was located next door to the Mount Baker Theater where we went to see the Northwest Ballet present “Dracula”. Maj had spaghetti with meatballs and marinara sauce, and I had spaghetti with marinara sauce. Their pasta is made on site daily and they use locally grown and produced items. It was so good, we both loved it and plan on eating there again before we head back to Indiana. We are giving them a 5 star rating. If you are in the Seattle area we highly recommend stopping by for lunch or dinner. There website is Bellingham Pasta.

Claim Jumper restaurant in Lynnwood, Washington

The Claim Jumper restaurant in Lynnwood, Washington proved to be a great dining experience. We had not been to this chain of restaurants before, and enjoyed a nice meal with our daughter and son-in-law.

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Delicious hot bread began our dining experience!

Delicious hot bread began our dining experience!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The atmosphere was rustic, as the name might imply. The decor was of a western mode, and the chandeliers were actually made of lights and deer antlers. The food was very good, and the selection on the menu was varied to provide selections for any appetite, including vegetarian. The Widow Maker burger was my choice. I’d say go for it when you dine here!

Prices were in the moderate range, but the quality of the food did make the meal worth the pricing. The service was good, the staff friendly, and we felt genuinely welcomed to the establishment. The restaurant is located at 18725 33rd Ave. W in Lynnwood.

 

 

 

We enjoyed the Oxford Saloon in Snohomish

This afternoon we took a break from exploring downtown Snohomish, Washington with a stop at the Oxford Saloon and Eatery. We were there at about 3:00 pm so we grabbed a couple of sodas and a basket of fries off the appetizer menu. This is a fun place to take a break from shopping and enjoy the old pictures and stuff on the walls.

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Oh, yea, the basket of fries was great: hand cut and piping hot.

A full plate!

IMG_0285_resizedToday Sher and I had a late lunch at the IXTAPA Mexican Restaurant in Stanwood Washington. My what a plate of food I ordered. I really enjoyed the meal. Sher liked hers too.

This restaurant offered great service. There was also a good free WiFi available. The setting was welcoming, and the atmosphere was comfortable. Pricing is moderate, about $15 a person.

This restaurant is one of several in the Seattle area. We would recommend dining at an IXTAPA to anyone.

 

 

 

 

Heavenly Fire Kitchens, makers of wood fired pizza

Will and Brian with a hand made masterpiece ready for the oven.

Will and Brian with a hand made masterpiece ready for the oven.

This afternoon Sher and I went to the Railroad Days Festival in Granite Falls, Washington. This festival is a yearly tradition in the town, and in addition to a fair style midway with rides and games one of the streets was filled with different vendors selling all kinds of wares.

One of the food concessions was a nifty pizza caterer. The name of the vendor was Heavenly Fire Kitchens, based out of Marysville. I spoke with Will, Brian, Sophi and Devin in the booth. Brian told me that they started the business in May of this year. The set up is really impressive, as there is a real wood fired pizza oven mounted on a trailer. The pizzas are hand made on the spot and baked right before your eyes.

 

 

Sophi and Brian in front of the oven. Look at all those boxes ready to be filled!

Sophi and Brian in front of the oven. Look at all those boxes ready to be filled!

Sher and I shared one of their cheese pizzas. The ones they were selling today were thin crust and hot out of the oven. The wait after order was not really a problem, as there were plenty of other booths to look at while we waited the 10 or so minutes. Check the Heavenly Fire Kitchen website for their next event. Or better yet, have them cater your own private party.

Brava’s Pizza & Pasta in Snohomish, WA

Sher found some great deals on restaurant dot com the other day. One was for Brava’s Pizza and Pasta in Snohomish, Washington. This place is in downtown Snohomish, and apparently used to be in Seattle. When we got there we were in time to cash in on the lunch special: half price on any pizza! Brava’s also has pasta, salads, gyros and other menu items.

The gal who took our order was very nice and brought our pizza right to the table. It was excellent! I devoured my half, Sher had a couple of pieces left for take home. The restaurant also had a very good connection to free WiFi, and there were outlets on one wall since I needed to plug in my laptop.

We highly recommend this place, and we will definitely be returning. Check out the menu at Brava’s website.