We pulled into Seattle in late afternoon and went straight to the hotel.
We were staying at the Hyatt Olive 8, a shiny new state of the art eco-friendly “green” hotel in downtown Seattle. We choose the Olive 8 not only for the whole green thing, but also because we would be having dinner in the restaurant downstairs.
“The menus at Urbane change frequently to reflect the seasonality of local ingredients including fish and shellfish native to the Pacific Northwest. Says Chef Lopez, “Preparations are traditional and simple allowing ingredients to complement each other without compromising how the food was intended to taste.” Chef Lopez selects the finest fresh foods from celebrated local Seattle resources that include:
- Beecher’s Cheeses
- Uli’s Sausage from Pike Place Market
- Produce from Willie Green Farms
- Salumi Artesian Cured Meats from Pioneer Square.
- Walla Walla’s Thundering Hooves’ pasture-finished bone-in Rib-eye
- Pan-seared wild Arctic Char served with Butternut Squash Hash
- Tempting desserts include Toffee Pudding topped with ice cream infused with Mount Rainier honey”
We made sure our reservation was late enough because we wanted to be able to stay up for midnight! We’re old now so it’s hard to last that long!!
After a quick run around of the big downtown department stores ( we live in Victoria so getting a chance to be in the big city is a real thrill for me!) before they shut down for the big holiday, we went back to the room to rest up a little before dinner.
Finally it was time to go downstairs for dinner. There also happened to be a big New Years Eve party going on in the ballroom at our hotel, so the place was just teeming with people all dressed up…..with somewhere to go!
We were shown to our table that was perfectly located right next to the window so we could watch all the action outside while we ate. And imagine our surprise, when at the very table next to us, was the former Mayor of Vancouver, BC, Sam Sullivan, there enjoying New Years Eve dinner with some people!
Originally we thought we were going to have to order off the set menu that they had shown for the evening on-line. But much to our delight, we were allowed to choose off the fixed menu or the regular dinner menu.
We both started with a salad.
The Chef got:
caesar | grilled romaine | bacon | croutons |
While I got:
roasted beets | quillisascut blue | pistachios | greens |
Both were very nice. Then for our main courses…..
The Chef got:
lavender seared duck breast| cherry sauce | apple fennel salad | lentils |
And I ordered:
steelhead salmon| spaetzle | kale | browned butter |
Mine was SO good. I’m not a fan of duck so I didn’t try the Chef’s dinner but he was very pleased with his too.
It was New Years Eve so we HAD to order some dessert. This time we ordered off the special NYE menu and got:
chocolate trio| frozen mousse | stout gingerbread | white chocolate cherry bar |
Ah what a meal, definitely worthy of a celebration like New Years!
Somewhere during our meal, from our window seat, we noticed a lot of sudden action outside. Fire trucks and ambulances and a gaggle of police on bicycles all appeared and sped around the corner. We didn’t think too much of it, not wanting to look like small towners, I mean we have both lived in big cities before……..
After our wonderful dinner we went back upstairs to rest for a few minutes before we got changed and bundled up to walk down to the Space Needle where there was a big midnight celebration and fireworks display. We turned the TV news on for a few minutes, to see how celebrations were going around the world and imagine our surprise to see footage from outside our hotel!! Seems there was shooting RIGHT outside our hotel, just around the corner!!! Seems that’s what all the hubbub during dinner was! How exciting! How I miss the big city!
We got bundled up, although I have to admit it wasn’t actually that cold out and headed down in the elevator. We stopped on a few floors and picked up many revellers who were already in quite “festive” states.
You know girls….if you are gonna get that drunk…..you really should re-think the wardrobe choices before hand. Perhaps some lower heels and dresses that don’t hike up dangerously when you fall over……just a suggestion.
So we walked over to the Space Needle with the thousands of other people just in time for midnight.
It was quite a spectacular display and it was really fun to be in the streets with all kinds of people that we don’t even know!
A fine way to wrap up a very enjoyable trip! Tomorrow we would head home!