Sunday, August 2, 2009


Last Friday was the first day in, I don't know, MONTHS, that Tristan and I had to ourselves. No studying, no work, no visitors, just us. So we set off for downtown to have a leisurely lunch, walk around in the sunshine and shop.

As expected, Pike Place Market was bursting at the seams with tourists. We considered grabbing lunch at one of the popular stands (for me, a falafel from Mr. D's Greek Delicacies, and for Tristan, a thick pastrami sandwich from the I Love New York Deli) but were too lackadaisical to brave the crowds. Instead we acknowledged this much-needed respite by treating ourselves to an indulgent lunch at the very French, very lovely, Maximilien.

Besides the delicious food, the primary reason we chose this particular spot was their coveted outdoor patio, which is a real commodity here in Seattle. It overlooks the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains - an unbeatable way to eat lunch!

Everything on the menu looked enticing - Croque Madame, Tarte Flambee Paysanne, Dungeness Crab Cake, Steamed Mussels, Salade Nicoise - but we both settled on the special: a thick filet of sole in a saffron cream sauce with fingerling potatoes, asparagus and carrots. Along with a Kir Royal for me and an iced Lillet Blanc for Tristan, our lunch at Maximilien was the perfect way to celebrate nothing in particular.

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