A Day of SEA

A day spent visiting places or seeing things beginning with SEA.  The Seattle Art Museum, Seatown, and the Seattle Seahawks!

The current exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum  http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/   is Beauty & Bounty:  American Art in an Age of Exploration runs June 30 – September 11, 2011.  Yes, you have only one week left to see it.  This exhibit was mainly made up of oil on canvas with some photography and sculpture thrown in.  It also contained the exhibit Reclaimed: Nature & Place Through Contemporary Eyes.  Not my favorite exhibit but I did enjoy the following works of art:

  • Northwest Field Recording (2010) – ink on paper, Victoria Haven  http://www.vichaven.com/  Side A and Side B.  I would love this for my home, office or other…
  • Estes Park (1869) – oil on board, Albert Bierstadt
  • Afternoon along the Shore (1878) – oil on panel, Herman Herzog
  • Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (1878) – oil on canvas, Thomas Moran

Seatown – this restaurant is located on the busy corner of Western and Virginia in Downtown Seattle.  Just a hop skip and a jump to Pike Place Market or across the street to the park where the waters of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains can be seen.  Seatown is a Tom Douglas creation and offers prime viewing of the hustle and bustle of a summer’s day (perfect for the tourist in all of us).  Based on the menu selection and the competition around every corner, I can recommend it for lunch or a late afternoon bite.  The not so pleasant part of the escape – our server had a nonchalant attitude and she took her time with getting us our bill.  What we did enjoy however, besides the location, was the Dungeness Crab Cocktail, Oyster combo, and the Dahlia Bakery bread (with butter and rosemary lardo).  Check out the menu here:  http://tomdouglas.com/index.php/restaurants/seatown

Seattle Seahawks –  the Seattle Seahawks played their longtime West Coast rival, the Oakland Raiders.  I have a hard time not saying Raiders without ESPN’s Chris Berman’s take on it.  They played at CenturyLink Field in the last preseason game before starting the regular NFL season next Sunday.  The sunset this evening was a beauty.  Prior to the game, Safeco Field’s “The Pen” opens for happy hour where you can quench your thirst and snack on a slice of pepperoni pizza at APizza (or other).  Good stuff!  Seahawks won 20-3.  Next up – Emerald Downs (see May 2010 post)

A busy day…

Today was a busy day.  If you are looking for a good wine selection, may I make a suggestion?  Esquin Wine Merchants on 4th Avenue South in Seattle.   http://esquin.com/   Lunch was had at Matt’s in the Market – just above the Pike Place Market.  I made note of this in a May post, but wanted to make mention once again…I really like the hustle and bustle of the lunch crowd.  We enjoyed a half bottle of 2008 Cadence along with the Lamb Burger and Roasted Lamb Sirloin.  For the Lamb Burger, I especially like the brioche roll used.  The bacon was cooked just right…and who could resist goat cheese?  And…the spread of onion jam was a really nice touch.  The dish came with a bowl of garbanzo bean-sultana salad.  http://www.mattsinthemarket.com/  A nice walk through Pike Place Market was had.  To complete the outing, a visit was made to the Picasso exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM).  I have to admit I am not much of a museum goer but did enjoy the experience today.  I especially liked that I could get more information during the tour using my smartphone and Microsoft Tag  http://tag.microsoft.com/consumer/index.aspx.  My favorite pieces  (in English) were Head of Fernande in Profile, Three Figures Under a Tree, Reclining Nude, and The Studio at La Californie.  Also, it was nice to see the photographs of Picasso with his family and friends.  The exhibit ends on January 17th, 2011.  The best part of seeing special exhibitions at the SAM, is that this entitles you to browse through the thousands of other pieces of art that are part of the museum’s regular rotating exhibits for no extra charge.  I especially like the robe-like form which is made up of 40,000 dog tags (Floor 3, see picture herein)  http://seattleartmuseum.org/.  Note:  Not an inexpensive day out.