August 5, 2016 – La Conner, Washington

Note: After spending most of the day in La Conner, Washington trying to catch up on posts, I decide that for the rest of the vacation I will spend my time enjoying where I am instead of writing blog posts.  I have plenty of notes so here is my first post after returning home.

So here we are in La Conner, Washington. We decide that today will be a walking-around kind of day. A day where I can catch up on postings and watch the boats sail by in the channel below our window.  There are interesting Native American reproductions across the channel and a mishmash of old an new buildings in town.

Boats at anchor with Native American replica structures across the channel
Boats at anchor with Native American replica structures across the channel

We venture out around lunch time to find some tasty treats of the sea and look at the architecture of the town.  The architecture is somewhat of a mishmash. There are older buildings and also a startling 1970’s style post office. What were they thinking!?

The U.S. Post Office breaks up the harmony of the buildings in downtown La Conner
The U.S. Post Office breaks up the harmony of the buildings in downtown La Conner

We decide to have lunch at the La Conner Brewing Company. Their menu looks good and there is a large board posting their beers according to alcohol content and hoppiness.  John decides on the Fishtown Summer Ale and I have a wheat beer.

Beer board
Beer board
John is happy with his choice
John is happy with his choice

For lunch I have crab cakes that are kind of overwhelmed by the sweet spicy chili sauce and John has  wood-fired chipotle clams. It is one of the best dishes of the trip so far.

Mary's crab cakes
Mary’s crab cakes
John's fabulous chipotle clams
John’s fabulous chipotle clams

After lunch we have a little siesta and watch the boat go by. (And I write more catch-up posts.)

A sailboat that has passed under the bridge and continues down the channel
A sailboat that has passed under the bridge and continues down the channel

After the sun goes down we venture out again in search of dinner.  We try the Oyster and Thistle which is the highest rated restaurant in town.  Unfortunately the kitchen is in the weeds. In the room in which we are seated, no one has food. Our server aggressively suggest we had better order a salad since it will be a while until any main courses are coming. We are a bit too full from lunch for this and decline. The waitperson touches me a couple of time which I really don’t like at all!! She says our bread is baking and after a longish wait we get four slices of bread in a basket. Sigh.

Finally our entrees arrive.

Mary's  curried shrimp and scallops
Mary’s curried shrimp and scallops
John's paella?
John’s paella?

I have curried shrimp and scallops in a lukewarm sauce with mushy rice.  John has a paella of clams, duck confit, chorizo, prawns, escargot, and the kitchen sink served in a bowl. There is no paella pan and no crispy rice. These dishes are okay but not a big success.

Looking forward to Vancouver tomorrow!!

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