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the Walrus and the Carpenter


The Oysters with the Walrus and the Carpenter, "Through the Looking-Glass", by Lewis Carroll, 1871, Image from Wikipedia

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Walked on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock
Conveniently low:
And all the little Oysters stood
And waited in a row.

Looking Through the Entrance

I was able to join Clark and Julia for dinner one night in Ballard at the Walrus and the Carpenter.  They are frequent patrons to the many restaurants and quirky bars that have opened over the years.  The mixture of 19th century buildings, originals features, new build outs, and creative energy has made Ballard a neighborhood that I enjoy visiting during each of my trips.  This is a popular restaurant and was recently featured by Frank Bruni of The New York Times.  They specialize in oysters and other dishes made from the freshest ingredients.

The Bar

We started off by ordering cocktails.  I chose the pamplemousse which is a mixture of aperol, white wine, and grapefruit juice.

The pamplemousse

Being a popular restaurant with fresh cocktails and only one bartender, our cocktails did not arrive until we were halfway through our plates of food.  We then opted to drink a bottle of the 2009 Antoine Arena, Rose Patrimonio, Corsica.

Wines by the Glass and a View Into Staple and Fancy Mercantile

The bottle was not chilled so our waitress dunked it in a big bowl of ice water to chill down.  Antoine Arena makes wine with his family from their biodynamic estate.  He aims to be regarded as the best produced on Corsica.  The Patrimonio Rose is a blend of 80% Niellucciu and 20% Vermentinu.  Niellucciu vines originated in the 12th century as Sangiovese vines that were brought over when Corsica was part of the Republic of Pisa.  The Niellucciu for this cuvee is sourced from the Morta Maio vineyard which was planted in 2001.  This wine is made primarily from the saignee method.  The color really stands out as more salmon than rose.  Very fresh with flavors of peach and minerals.

2009 Antoine Arena, Patrimonio

The Author with His Wine

They do not take reservations so if you find yourself waiting for a table and do not want to wander far then venture into the Dutch Bike Co. next door.  While examine the beautiful bicycles you may also have a drink!

The Cheerful Dinning Room

Entrance to Dutch Bike Co. with Drinks List on Door

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