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Bellden Cafe in Bellevue

 

Bellden Cafe is one of my favorite cafes in Bellevue. We finally have a few options on the Eastside beside Starbucks.

In Kirkland: Deru Market and Little Brother. In Bellevue, Cafe Cesura and now Bellden Cafe.

This is a hidden gem where I go all the time now. The staff is always really nice.

They offer a few food options like sandwiches or pastries. I had once a tasty ricotta avocado toast and I also tasted a pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant) and a brioche filled with Nutella, both super good.

They have two small rooms on the side of the main room where you can have a meeting or just conversation. It is not so private though but however it is great.

They validate parking in the parking garage.

BELLDEN CAFE – 10527 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98004

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MBAR
Nice Views and Fantastic Food

MBAR is a very cool spot with views of Lake Union and the Space Needle (and cranes, a lot of them!). It is one of my favorite rooftop restaurants.

When you arrive, you are greeted on the first floor of the building. If you have a reservation, you will be accompanied into the elevator up to the 14th floor. Then, you still have to walk along a windowed hallway toward colorful fluorescent tubes. Listening to the pounding music, it feels like you are entering a club!

They have a beautiful patio but it was really too cold to dine al fresco. We were seated inside enjoying the views through large windows.

First, we ordered great craft cocktails. On the menu, every appetizer and entree looked delicious, and we had a hard time choosing. Our table shared 4 main dishes, all tasty!

  • Grilled trout with avocado, sumac, labneh & fenugreek
  • Rabbit braised with caramelized savoy cabbage, pancetta & caraway
  • Duck confit with khoresh of black eyed peas, chestnut & pomegranate
  • Root vegetable cassoulet with turnip, rutabaga, snowcap beans, chantenay carrot & pomegranate

MBAR and Mamnoon have the same owners. You can taste some Mediterranean influences but they mainly serve Pacific Northwest fusion food, if I can call it that… Check my previous post on Mon Petit Seattle about Mamnoon: I love everything at Mamnoon.

MBAR400 Fairview Ave N – Seattle   –  http://mbarseattle.com/

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Andrew Wyeth at Seattle Art Museum

This retrospective has been organized for the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth, the exhibition shows more than 100 paintings and drawings from the late 1930s to 2008.

In a chronological order, you will be able to see Wyeth’s art from watercolors, to works in a variety of media of the people and places of his life.

In Retrospect runs through Jan. 15, 2018, at Seattle Art Museum.

http://wyeth.site.seattleartmuseum.org/