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Wed Jun 26, 2013, 07:46 PM

Back from my first trip to Washington.

I worked the ENTIRE time and spent most of my time just north of Seattle. I waved at the Space Needle as I flew in and flew out (sigh).

Here are my observations:

99.99999999999% of Washingtonians (is that right?) were VERY nice and cordial and helpful. You guys are SUCH courteous drivers. You don't regard using a turn signal as a sign of weakness (If you've ever driven in the Bay Area you know what I mean). You know how to drive a freeway, how to get on and off the onramps/offramps and your freeways are so clean! I LOVED the lush woods. And the BEST DAMNED HOTEL COFFEE EVER! Usually you stay at a hotel and the room coffee is barely drinkable. It's what you use to wake up enough to go get real coffee. The hotel room coffee was as good as I have at home and that's saying a lot AND it was available 24/7.

Apparently this last weekend was a large rock fest in Seattle and something called the Naked Bike Rally? Both events sounded great, but, alas, no time for fun.

The only thing you might think about working on? Authentic Mexican food. Maybe I just hit the wrong restaurant but it left a lot to be desired. But that's it! Otherwise I loved the visit.

Next time I go, though, I'm actually gonna get to do something fun!

So, here's to the great state of Washington and all it's terrific people!

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Le Taz Hot Jun 2013 OP
southernyankeebelle Jun 2013 #1
Le Taz Hot Jun 2013 #3
southernyankeebelle Jun 2013 #8
Le Taz Hot Jun 2013 #9
southernyankeebelle Jun 2013 #12
freeplessinseattle Jun 2013 #7
southernyankeebelle Jun 2013 #13
eridani Jun 2013 #15
southernyankeebelle Jun 2013 #16
Aristus Jun 2013 #2
Le Taz Hot Jun 2013 #4
KT2000 Jun 2013 #5
angrychair Jun 2013 #6
Phlem Jun 2013 #10
Kennah Jun 2013 #11
eridani Jun 2013 #14
The empressof all Jun 2013 #17
lupine25 Jun 2013 #18

Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 07:49 PM

1. Are you talking about Washington state? Or the DC? Just wondering.

 

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 08:17 PM

3. Washington state.

I was called at the last minute to go up and work a particular area up there. My first time ever in Washington state. Never been to DC either but one of these days . . .

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 09:56 PM

8. I have never been to Washington state. I bet it is beautiful. Well I have to tell you

 

you must put DC on your bucket list. Wear some great walking shoes and come in the early summer time. I don't know if you ever been in this part of the east coast but it gets very humid. But if you come you won't be sorry. There are so many places to go and visit that are free. Even the museums and the National Zoo are free. Then you can go to Baltimore. Virgina. Then day a train for a day trip up to NYC.

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #8)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 10:20 PM

9. I've been to one place and one place only on the

Right coast and that was Atlanta, GA -- (I wasn't impressed). The Espoused One and I were out of work for SO long and we're just now starting to think about traveling again. The Right Coast is definitely on the Bucket List -- there's just too much there I want to see. I'll need AT LEAST 2 weeks. DC is DEFINITELY one of those areas as well as Philadelphia and Boston.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #9)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:12 AM

12. Well I have had the fortune of being a military brat and wife. I have travelled to many states.

 

I also have lived overseas. There are many wonderful states to visit. I know if your interested in history some of the best places are on the east coast. Your right about Atlanta, GA. I only drive thru there to get to where my sister lives. I just happen to love the DC area because you never get bored and always have things to do. The state of PA (I was born in PA) has alot of history. But some of the areas are dirty as hell. But what history there is in PA.

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 09:18 PM

7. Seattle's on the west coast-but muggier than heck the last few days!

Belated welcome to my neck of the woods, Taz, and it's a shame you had to leave right before we are supposed to get a streak of 80ish degree days! (though may have made the work demands feel more in the way of a true Seattle experience).

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Response to freeplessinseattle (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:14 AM

13. I doesn't realize it gets humid there. I live in the east coast and boy its get humid here.

 

This morning it already feels humid and hot. It's was 5:00 am when I got up.

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #13)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:44 PM

15. It is humid before and after rain

We do tend to associate humidity with precipitation one way or another. When the weather is from the northwest in summer instead of the southeast, it dries out very nicely.

Oh, and we start to melt at temperatures over 70 degrees.

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Response to eridani (Reply #15)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:47 PM

16. I hate the humidity, period.

 

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 07:51 PM

2. Glad you enjoyed your stay in our beautiful state!



Come back anytime. I think you will. I was born and raised in the South, and there's nowhere I would rather live than here.

As for the Mexican food, you may not have had enough time to find an authentic Mexican food place. There are a lot of them here. We have large Mexican-American population here, so the best places are likely to be the family-owned ones. If you ever make it to Tacoma, find your way to Moctezuma's. It's a legend around here.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 08:21 PM

4. We have a majority Mexican-American and Mexican nationals

in my area and usually the best places are the ones in which no one speaks English and the line is out the door. I just point and use my Peggy Hill Spanish which always serves to entertain. But we have a few here that are stinkers as well so I'm sure it was just the luck of the draw.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 08:59 PM

5. our standards for coffee

are high! Not many can get away with serving mediocre coffee anymore. It's an unwritten law.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 09:08 PM

6. Funny you should say that about Mexican food

I am a recent Washington transplant (moved here from Va) and Mexican food restaurants has been my biggest let down so far. It may be that I just have become accustomed to what passes for Mexican food where I used to live but it just hasn't gone over well with me. A lot of the Mexican food places in Va use white cheese sauces and red mole sauces and I have not found that to be true so far here in Washington. Hasn't been bad, just different. Otherwise, I LOVE IT HERE. One of the best decisions I ever made. Been a great experience so far...well except for the fact I'm a state employee and they can't agree on a state budget and I got a temporary lay-off notice to start July 1st....other than that it great

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Response to angrychair (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:19 AM

10. I'm like that with Filipino food

but you take what you can get. We do have really awesome salmon sushi!

I don't know your local around Washington but a good google search might get you what you need. I have been able to find a few hole in the wall establishments for Filipino food and guessing you might get close to some really good Mexican food. I haven't checked Pike Place but that should be a good start.



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Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:03 AM

11. Indian food here is way better than our run of the mill Tex-Mex

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:42 PM

14. For authentic Mexican food you need to visit the taco trucks

Don't know if there is any online info on them, but natives of King County can give you a rundown.

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Response to eridani (Reply #14)

Sat Jun 29, 2013, 11:27 AM

17. Yes the trucks are usually a great bet or get out of the city

We have a great little Mexican take out joint out here in Snoho. It's called Pollo Loco and it's on Rt 9 between Woodinville and Snoho. Chicken "crack" Tortas. OMG..... It's just a small building in a gas station parking lot. It use to be an espresso stand but they refitted it to serve food.

BTW: The Wineries in Woodinville now have Truck night with Fine Wine. They invite some of the best Trucks in from Seattle for the evening and have their house pours. Lots of fun!

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 04:39 PM

18. Summer is best...

Glad you enjoyed it here! Yeah next time you gotta come out here strictly for fun! I mean, one could spend probably an entire week on just the Olympic Penninsula and still not see everything... that's not counting Seattle, Tacoma, the mountains, eastern Washington, etc. But, we're one of the few states that I know of where in the month of June or July you can hang out at the beach then drive to the mountains and have a snowball fight all in the same day.

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