Which European nation’s countryside is this?
It’s not southern Europe; it’s Vashon Island, WA. Vashon Island is a gorgeous, bucolic escape not frequented by tourists but by Washington residents, because there isn’t really anything to do except relax. For walk-on passengers, the ferry fare is not much more than a bus fare.
There’s a small lighthouse, one of dozens in Washington. Although it’s defunct, it’s lovingly cared for by volunteers.
The lighthouse overlooks a stunning beach, where beach houses can be rented.
The mountain is out! (The mountain meaning Mt. Rainier, for Washingtonians.)
Seafood sounded good on the ferry ride back so my parents and I visited I See Food, a Louisiana Cajun/Chinese fusion place on The Ave, the shopping hub for University of Washington students looking for clothes, school supplies, and, of course, food.
We had never been here before but the Cajun/Chinese fusion sounded too interesting not to try.
The very messy aftermath of a Cajun boil graced the table to the side of us. It looked like this was a place that knew their stuff.
The Chinese influence on the menu is basically limited to fried rice dishes, which none of us were interested in. However, we enjoyed the clams very much, which came in a Japanese sake-based broth.
Then it was gumbo and jambalaya. These were both great, but I would recommend the jambalaya for pickier eaters because the gumbo’s meaty umami can be overwhelming, while the jambalaya’s flavor is less in-your-face with the very generous amount of sausage and seafood (andouille, shrimp, fish, and squid).
The gumbo’s rice was molded like a heart, not an uncommon touch of cuteness for Asian eateries. The jambalaya was not so photogenic but delicious nonetheless. I ended up with some leftover jambalaya, which when mixed with steamed cauliflower took the mild vegetable to a whole other dimension. The one critique I have for I See Food is the heat level – while I like spicy food, some people would not be able to handle my jambalaya. Often, Chinese and Korean restaurants will allow diners to specify the heat level of their food, but I wasn’t given that option. At least I had plenty of ice water. Next time, I think I’ll go for these curry clams. I’m not sure about the garlic bread, which shows up several times on the menu as an accompaniment, so that just intrigues me more.
I See Food
4311 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105