Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Week of ‘Food, Wine, Travel and Dining Out’

This is the week of our anniversary. We have plans to visit Orcas Island, Washington and stay at Rosario's Resort and Spa. It's the off-season on Orcas Island, Rosario's restaurant and lounge, as well as many restaurants on the island are closed for the season. By checking the web and making several phone calls we found enough open for the amount of time we were staying. Once we returned home we are planning to wine taste at Wicked Cellars, have our anniversary dinner at Lombardi's Neighborhood Italian Restaurant Everett Marina, attend a wine release party at Edmonds Cellar in Woodinville where May Palmer  - The Queen of Ivory Soul is performing and attendance a 50th birthday party.

Cascade Bay Orcas IslandWashington
Day One – Orcas Island

Ferry Terminal AnacortesWashington
MOVIE - Ferry from Anacortes to Orcas Island with a stop at Shaw Island, then on to Rosario’s.
Ferry from Anacortes to Orcas Island with a stop at Shaw Island, then on to Rosario’s.

Moran Mansion at Rosario
Rosario Resort and Spa***+ 1400 Rosario Road
Eastsound, WA 98245
(360) 376-2222

Music Room at Moran Mansion
Moran Mansion
Moran Mansion at Rosario is like stepping back in time. Built between 1906-1909 by Seattle Shipbuilder and Mayor Robert Moran, the mansion features original photographs from the late 1800's and early 1900's, original furnishings and fixtures, and an extensive display of the ships built by the Moran Brothers Company in Seattle.

Moran Mansion
Rosario Resort's guest rooms are surrounded by beauty of the San Juan Islands with views of East Sound and Cascade Bay on Orcas Island. We stayed in the Bayside Rooms located in the Skagit Building, a short walk from the Moran Mansion and Rosario Marina. Our room featured one king bed with sliding-glass doors that open onto a balcony with island views. The room has a television, small refrigerator, wireless internet (free) coffeemakers and private bathrooms, but no microwave. We enjoyed the room very much. The room was serviced daily even though we did not leave at the crack of dawn.
View from our room
After checking in and getting settled it was off to Eastsound, Washington for lunch.
Eastsound is the population center for Orcas Island, the second-most populated and physically largest of the San Juan Islands. Eastsound consists of a few hotels and several restaurants, numerous gift stores, a large downtown grocery store, natural food store, hardware store, pharmacy, airport, and several churches. There is a public park that hosts events including the farmers market.

Lower Tavern Eastsound Orcas Island
We choose to have lunch at Lower Tavern, were they say they has “The Best Hamburger on the Island” you know what? It may be! It was the best we have had in a long time. Those fries were dynamite…

Lower Tavern**+
46 Prune Alley
Eastsound, WA 98245
Cheeseburger and Fries at Lower Tavern Eastsound
The Madrona Bar & Grill***+ 310 Main Street, Ste. 105
PO Box 127
Eastsound, WA 98245

Madrona Bar and Grill EastsoundWashington
he Madrona Bar and Grill
View from Madrona Bar and Grill
The Restaurant at Madrona Bar and Grill
The Bar at Madrona Bar and Grill
Dinner was at The Madrona Bar and Grill where we started of with Bruschetta**+, Flat Iron steak****, with Blue Cheese, Potatoes Confit and Sliced Tomatoes and Coho Grilled Salmon****, with Roasted Yams, Broccolini.
Bruschetta - The Madrona Bar and Grill
Iron steak, with Blue Cheese, Potatoes Confit and Sliced Tomatoes - The Madrona Bar and Grill
Salmon, with Roasted Yams, Broccolini - The Madrona Bar and Grill 
The Madrona Bar and Grill
Then off to fine some place for an after dinner drink. We found a place next door called Vern’s Bayside Restaurant, we choose the Lounge…

Vern's Bayside Lounge **+
246 Main Street
Eastsound, WA 98245
Bayside Restaurant Eastsound Orcas Island
Vern’s Bayside Restaurant Eastsound Orcas Island
Day Two – Orcas Island

Mia’s Eastsound, Washington
Mia’s Eastsound, Washington
Eastsound Square
109 North Beach Road #A2
Eastsound, WA 98245
Hot Cabana Sandwich - Mia’s EastsoundWashington
Lunch time, we found a place called Mia’s. It’s a small breakfast and lunch only cafe. What a great place! The serves was right on and the sandwiches, very delicious. We both had the Hot Cabana Sandwich***+ on a baguette, with Ham, Salami, Jarlsberg, Kocher dill, mustard and coleslaw. Great use of coarse ground mustard, on the sandwich and in the coleslaw. 

After lunch we visited Kathryn Taylor Chocolates to fine some Artisan chocolate to with our wine. Kathryn Taylor Chocolates is an intimate space with quiet corners enjoy an elegant desserts os baked goods, coffee, espresso, chocolates or teas.

Kathryn Taylor Chocolates - Eastsound Washington
Kathryn Taylor Chocolates***
109 N Beach Rd, Suite D101
Eastsound Village Square
Eastsound, WA 98245

Chimayo Restaurant, Eastsound Washington
Chimayo Restaurant****
Our House Mall
North Beach Road
Eastsound, WA 98245

Chimayo Restaurant, Eastsound Washington
Diner time found us at Chimayo. Chimayo’s is an interesting place, Mexican restaurant by day and Italian restaurant by night. We started our meal with a wonderful appetizer of mussels. Cozze Siciliano***+ the mussels were prepared in a tomato base broth with onions, celery with a touch of red pepper flacks. Carrot Ginger Soup*** was next. For the main course we had Lamb Ragu**** Risotto with roasted fresh vegetables and Flank Steak**** Marsala demi glace with risotto and roasted fresh vegetables

Cozze Siciliano - Chimayo Restaurant
Carrot Ginger Soup - Chimayo Restaurant
Lamb Ragu - Chimayo Restaurant
Flank Steak - Chimayo Restaurant
Day Three – Orcas Island

Vern's Bayside Restaurant and Lounge
Restaurant and Lounge**+
246 Main Street
Eastsound, WA 98245

View From Vern's Bayside Restaurant and Lounge
Vern's Bayside Restaurant
Bacon and Eggs - Bayside Restaurant
Fried Clam Strips - Bayside Restaurant
Lunch time on Orcas Island. Today we went to Vern’s Bayside Restaurant, nice decor and what a view. I love breakfast for lunch and since they were still serving breakfast I had their Bacon and Eggs*** with hash browns, they eggs were fresh and cooked perfectly. We also tried their Fried Clam Strips**, they had great portions.

Bilbo's Festivo - Eastsound Washington
Bilbo's Festivo****
310 A Street

Eastsound, WA 98245

Phone: 360-376-4728

Bilbo's Festivo - Eastsound Washington
Bilbo's Festivo - Eastsound Washington
 For dinner we tried Bildo’s Festivo. What great decor both outside and in. Bildo’s reminded me of great TexMex restaurant’s in Austin, Texas. They food was the best I have had in the state in some time. We had Chili Relleno****+ stuff with jack cheese, zucchini, chopped Spanish onion, and toasted pine nuts, with Spanish rice and refried beans, the chili was coated in a wonderful tasting coating and Crab Enchiladas*** with seafood sauce, rice and beans. Great place, great food, service was a bit to efficient for a evening meal.

Day Four – Orcas Island
Orcas Island to Anacortes Ferry
Time to head home…

Our trip to Orcas Island was wonderful. Rosario's under the new owners is gaining the excellence it has had in the past. Even though this was the off-season there were many fine restaurants still open in Eastsound. We would like to thank all the owners and staffs of these fine restaurants for their wonderful meals and service. Their passion for food and the industry shows.

Day Five – Wicked Cellars, Lombardi’s, Inn at Port Gardner

Today its time for wine tasting at Wicked Cellars with Guy Harris, owner of Cru Selections, a special dinner at Lombardi’s Neighborhood Italian Restaurant Everett Marina and a night at Inn at Port Gardner.

Wicked Cellars Wine Tasting
Today at Wicked Cellars Guy Harris, owner of Cru Selections lead us through a tasting of Washington and Oregon wines.

Rotie Cellars 2008 Southern White Blend***+ pineapple, mango, honeysuckle

2007 Stevenson temperance Vineyard Pinot Noir*** oak, cocoa

2007 Stevenson freedom Vineyard Pinot Noir*** cherries, complex

2007 Stevenson Barrie Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir*** blueberry, oak, espresso

2008 Airfield Runway Syrah**+ blackberries, smooth tannins

2007 Covington Cellars Rough House Red***+ red fruit

2008 Cuillin Hills Cabernet Franc, Wahluke Slope***+ black currant, spices, soft and velvety

2008 Angel Vine Columbia Valley Zinfandel***+ blackberries, black raspberries, jam, spices

We finished the week with a wonderful anniversary dinner at Lombardi's Neighborhood Italian Restaurant Everett Marina and a great night stay at the Inn at Port Gardner***+. Unfortunately because of illness we had to miss Edmonds Cellars release party with May Palmer and our friend’s 50th birthday party…

View from our room - Inn at Port Gardner
Lombardi’s Neighborhood Italian Restaurant Everett Marina
Thanks you all for a week we will not soon forget...

1 comment:

  1. the foods are great! plus the accommodation too. i'm sure the anniversary is fantastic. congratulations on your anniversary!Lake Tahoe Restaurant