Former bookkeeper Gertrude Popp founded Poppinjay's Cafe more than 20 years ago, eventually recruiting her son and daughter to help oversee the expanding enterprise. Today, chefs at six locations across Bellevue and Kirkland craft creative breakfast and lunch items, mixing pastries from scratch and toasting fresh sandwiches piled with deli meats alongside ample vegetarian fare and healthy smoothies. They also load catering trays with enough snacks, full meals, and desserts to quell the hunger of dozens of revelers or one visiting mastodon.
Poppinjay's Cafe regularly supports its local community by making frequent donations to charities and organizations and hosting monthly meetings for All Women Empowered, an association dedicated to bettering the lives of women and children across the globe.
Spice Route melds traditional Indian cuisine and modern takes on Subcontinent sustenance to give diners a menu with a myriad of options. Starters include 12 vegetarian options such as paneer tikka, comprised of marinated cheese grilled in a clay oven ($12.95), as well as non-veggies such as the tandoori chicken, cooked in the traditional Indian oven and browned over a volcano out back ($11.95). Visit south India without piling into the family jumbo jet by sampling regional items––try the masala dosa, a thin rice crepe piñata-packed with a spicy potato filling ($7.95), or the adai avial, a spiced-up lentil pancake served with a mixed-vegetable stew ($8.95). Chicken lovers can voice their vote with an order of chicken curry ($10.95) or chicken tikka masala ($11.95), whereas herbivoyeurs can spy on the veg chettinad, a Spice Route specialty dish featuring veggies cooked in a spicy south-Indian masala blend ($9.95). Finish feasting with fried dumplings in sugar syrup ($2.95), or discuss your favorite letter of the alphabet over a cup of chai tea ($1.75).
Starry Nights is a family owned and operated catering company that hand-makes its all-natural cakes from scratch, using only whole ingredients free of shortening, substitutes, and artificial flavors. Choose one of two European bakery–style classic cakes to please your choice of chocoholic or citrus stalker: the signature chocolate-truffle cake, which features layers of rich fudge cake fused together with a Belgian-chocolate mousse, or the elegant lemon cake, a vanilla chiffon cake stuffed with raspberry jam and a homemade lemon-mousse filling tucked cozily under tart lemon curd. Each of the nine-inch cakes will be covered in a vanilla buttercream and meticulously decorated to an elegant finish by Starry Nights' professional confectioners, ensuring a beautiful and scrumptious treat to bring to a staff soiree, whimsical wedding shower, or vaudevillian slapstick cake fight. Experience a chocolate buttercream covering for a $5 additional fee, or upgrade to a custom inscription for just $1 more (no custom décor).
With a stay at Fairmont Olympic Hotel, you'll be centrally located in Seattle, steps from 5th Avenue Theater and Benaroya Hall. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Seattle Art Museum and Safeco Headquarters. n Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 450 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have makeup/shaving mirrors and designer toiletries. Conveniences include laptop-compatible safes and desks, as well as multi-line phones with voice mail. n Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as a health club, an indoor pool, and a spa tub. Additional amenities include wireless Internet access (surcharge), concierge services, and supervised childcare/activities. n Dining
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant or in a coffee shop/café. Or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's 24-hour room service. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. n Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and business services. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge, and parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
In sustainably-aware Seattle, where locally-sourced, all natural and organic foodstuffs are practically the rule, it’s no surprise that a sandwich shop like Homegrown is so popular. The friendly Fremont location of this citywide mini-chain works off of the ethos of “sandwich environmentalism,” where ingredients are found nearby and used to the utmost. Sandwich fans order at the front counter, then grab a small butcher-block table inside the small yet airy warehouse-chic room before feasting. Selections change seasonally and range from sophisticated to classic, with French, whole grain or gluten-free bread choices. Winter combos may include sliced ham with Beecher’s jack cheese from the acclaimed Pike Place Market creamery, caramelized onions, and sage aioli; roasted chicken breast with house-made pesto and roasted garlic aioli; cayenne-rubbed roast pork loin with apple butter and pickled red onions; and a marinated Portobello, goat cheese and pesto combo.
"I put myself in the loving hands of owner/chef Mike Horri, who invited this stranger into his humble, candlelit abode, took a survey of my likes and dislikes ("I hate beef liver," I admitted), and spent the rest of my stay doing what he does best: surprising his guests," raves a restaurant reviewer from the Seattle Times. Meals at Pasta Freska always come with hearty helpings of surprise, as there is no printed menu and Mike simply serves what he thinks will delight the palates and bellies of his guests, based on their general preferences. Small Italian courses wander through the realms of antipasto, salad, pasta, seafood, and meat, with culinary accommodations made for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and all-onion diets. More than 100 varieties of wine vie for the opportunity to complement meals.