"The Palace Kitchen is dimly lit, with the best cocktails at the big bar at the entrance and modern American cuisine once you get inside. Great ravioli. Another good one is Wild Ginger, which had the first satay bar in the country. It's Pacific Rim food and features the artwork of Seattle artists."

"Saturday nights are usually like New Year's Eve: All the amateurs are out. Saturday night can be fun, but it can also be crowded. So given the choice on Saturday night, I would usually do something in a more controlled environment, like a theater. The Empty Space Theater does some really good stuff. That's where I'd be on Saturday night."


"The Rose Club Café in south Seattle, near Lake Washington, is small, but they have the best organic breakfast in town. It's in an old apartment building and it only has 10 tables. It's worth waiting for a seat."

"Take a drive to Snoqualmie Falls, which is 100 feet taller than Niagara Falls. It's beautiful out there. Did you ever see the television series Twin Peaks? A lot of those locations were shot at Snoqualmie Falls and the towns of Snoqualmie, North Bend, and Fall City on Highways 202 and 203. On what's known as the Twin Peaks Drive from Seattle to Snoqualmie Falls, you'll pass Twedes in North Bend, which was called the Double R Diner in Twin Peaks and where Agent Cooper said, 'This must be where pies go when they die.' Along the way, you could stop at the Salish Lodge Dining Room, which has a great view of the falls."