Thursday, December 27, 2007

Benazir Bhutto 1953-2007

Benazier Bhutto is dead. Killed by a suicide bomb. The Ex-Premier of Pakistan, who had been in exile for eight years, was getting ready to enter the political run again coming January Benazir Bhutto was killed today. I'm stunned.

What's going to happen to Pakistan, what's going to happen to that part of the world, what does it mean for our world?

On Christmas day we saw the movie Charlie Wilson's War, with the always amazing Tom Hanks in the title role.
As the story (film script) goes, socialite Joanne Herring asked her some time lover East-Texas CongressmanCharlie Wilson to help the Pakistani get the communists out of Afghanistan, and stop the Soviet attacks on the villagers.
At some point in the movie eye-lash-curling and batting, but oh so influential Joanne Herring, portrayed by Julia Roberts, introduces the Pakistani president General Zia ul-Haq (who asked for America's help with the refugees from Afghanistan who flooded the borders of his country —the Soviets had to be stopped bombing the villages) to a room filled with Houstonian upper crust saying: "President Zia did not kill Bhutto."
This introduction too blunt to even Charlie's taste, for a moment made me think: What Bhutto, what happened? Realizing the moment on the screen showed historical fiction, Herring meant Benezir Bhutto's father, the executed premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

We left the movie theater in silence, overcome by the effect of war scenes plucked from actual footage, from the news, and even the so-so scenes recreated for the movie. We were moved by the images we saw of Afghan villages torpedoed by Soviet pilots, but most of all by Charley Wilson's powerlessness when he asked the Government for money to rebuild in Afghanistan what the Soviets had ruined.

"Half the population is under fourteen," he said. They need schools, they need…"

What those fourteen-year-olds were left with however, were the arms, brought into Afghanistan on the backs of mules, by way of Pakistan… What happened with the arms in the hands of youth lead by an influential leader, is known by now.

In real life Ex-Premier Benazir Bhutto was killed today.
I can't help but think that with Charlie Wilson's war, Hollywood for once brought real life a little closer to home, even before the fact. Scary.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Funeria Gallery

Years ago I suggested writing about Funeria to an art editor. He thought his paper's readership would think such an article morbid…
But, the times have changed, and The New York Times is not the only publication that covered Funeria.
Meanwhile the Funeria gallery no longer exists as virtual gallery only, but has an In Real Life location.
Funeria's listing of artists working on funeral pieces is impressive.

Art Honors Life® | The Gallery at FUNERIA
2860 Bowen Street | No. 1
Graton, California 95444
Toll Free (US) 888 829 1966 or 707 829 1966

Tot Zover - New Funeral Museum in Amsterdam

The announcement on the poster reads: Open due to circumstances…

Starting on Thursday the 19th of December, you can add another place to visit on the long list of museums in Amsterdam.
Tot Zover - To Here and No Further, is the long awaited home of Dutch funeral history, where artifacts, customs and rituals will be on display and explained.

And no, this won't be a morbid destination.

Visitors of the museum may expect all facets of funeral history as well as present day approaches to be presented in an exiting, modern manner. Four themes: Rituals, the body, mourning and remembrance are presented in such a way, that even school children can enjoy a trip to this exceptional funeral home.

At the moment the text on the web site is only in Dutch, that will undoubtedly change in the future.
That a † is used instead of a -t- to spell the name of the museum †o† Dusver on its web site, does seem to suggest Christian exclusivity, although this may not be the case.

Tuesdays - Sundays 11:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. (starting December 20, 2007).
The museum is closed Januari 1, April 30, and December 25.
On December 26 the museum is open from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Café Roosenburgh is open every day from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Adults € 5.50
Children - 12 free
Children 13-18 €2.00
65+/CJP/Stadspas (City Pass) €4.50
Groups (12 and up) €4.50 p/p
Schools/ student groups (incl. leader) €2.00 p/p
With Museumkaart (Museum Card) free

The Dutch Funeral Museum Tot Zover is located at the Cemetery, Crematorium and Memorial Park De Nieuwe Ooster.

Nederlands Uitvaart Museum Tot Zover
Kruislaan 124
1097 GA Amsterdam
phone: 020-6940482

How to get there (check the route, you may not need to go to the station, same is true for the bus lines below):
From Centraal Station:
Tram #9; get off at Kruislaan stop.

From Amstelstation:
Bus #40 (directions Muiderpoort Station), Bus #136 (Direction Diemen), Bus #152 (directions Almere ), or Bus #157 (direction Almere); get off at Kruislaan stop.

From Muiderpoort Station:
Bus #41 (direction Gaasperplas); get off at Kruislaan stop.

By car - Take Ring (Beltway) Amsterdam A10, exit S113, direction Watergraafsmeer, after ± 1 km., turn left at stoplights (Kruislaan), after 100 meters the entrance to De Nieuwe Ooster will be on your left.

Parking -Pay lot across the street from De Nieuwe Ooster.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Give Free Rice

Hey, all you word smiths, some time at your hands? Work on your vocabulary and earn FREE RICE for hungry people all over the world.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Farestart YouTube

Farestart is one of my favorite charitable organizations in Seattle. No not just that, Farestart is an empowering organization. If giving people a fishing rod instead of a fish may have a liberating effect, how about teaching them how to prepare the fish, serve it to paying guests, taking pride in a trade. How about giving people a fare start, how about helping them to learn how to make a living?

The Farestart restaurant is an excellent place to celebrate our own, and other people's accomplishments.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Foodies in the Family

Imagine that! Another cousin, what? One? No three at once have surfaced thanks to my browsing on the Internet.

Five years ago I received an email from a lady in Belgium: "No, you don't know me, but I'm working on my husband' Carel's family tree, and I'm wondering whether you and he are related?" She said she'd found my name and contact info online.

At first I thought, and replied to her,"Sorry, but no, my grandparents' names are different from your husband's.."

Guess what? The lady and her hubby visited the archives in their county, in Flanders, looked up the names of my grandparents I had given her, and… Turned out the guy's mother had giving him the names of his great-grandparents, not his grands'. When they checked the names of my father's parents, it turned out the husband of the genealogist was my first cousin, son of my father's younger brother who was killed in 1942.

I already knew my dad was a foodie, and enjoying the art of cooking and "lekker eten" must run in the family, for guess what, this cousin Carel from Belgium had been a chef, in his time catering to the Shah of Persia and the likes. And yes, his wife organized a dinner party when Loveboat and I were in Europe, and invited a nephew of her husband, who's my cousin once removed, and his wife… Can you still follow me?

Some weeks ago I Googled my mother's name, and right away (or Right On!), I found another cousin, one with three sibs, two sisters and one brother. This time all of them Dutch. Of course I Googled their names, and low and behold, my Dutch cousin Carel's a foodie as well! (That's right I've got cousins named Carel on both sides of the family.)

Although he's not a caterer, Dutch Carel sure knows how to treat his clients, friends and family members to possibly one of the best eel and oysters parties in the Lowlands. I couldn't possibly have touched either delicacy, but it sure would've been fun to have been there!

Apparently there are some more relatives in Belgium, and who knows in the Netherlands, that I have never met. But they're not online, and so far the Internet has proven to be The Way to connect. We'll see, perhaps I get another e-mail one of these days.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Luly Yang wins WBO Nellie Cashman Award

Anxious to know whether Luly Yang won last night, I was about to pick up the phone, when I received the news. Yes! Read all about it in the Post Intelligencer

Monday, October 08, 2007

Bedouienen van de Negev - Beduins of the Negev

In case you happen to be in the Netherlands, read up on Beduins of the Negev and join students, faculty members and folks of NextStep and Amnesty-Leiden for a presentation and discussion.

Click on poster for larger image

NextStep, youth group of Een Ander Joods Geluid and the Leiden chapter of Amnesty International organize: "Bedouienen van de Negev" - Beduins of the Negev.

When: Monday October 22
Doors open at 7:20 p.m.
- coffee + music, introduction 7:50 p.m, presentation 8:00 p.m.
Where : Student Center PLEXUS, Kaiserstraat 25, 2311 GN, Leiden
Admission: FREE
7:20 p.m. Doors, coffee + music
7:20 p.m. Musical Intermezzo
7:50 p.m. Introduction by Mr. I. Wieselman (faculty)
8:00 p.m. Lecture by Ms. S. Kisch (antropology)
8:50 p.m. Presentation by Ms. De Wijs (Amnesty, Leiden)
9:00 p.m. Open discussion with panel members
9:30 p.m. Coffee + Tea Klatsch

Friday, September 21, 2007

Duikjoodbasis - movie about life in hiding during WW II

Word Play Lost in Translation

If you happen to be or go to Amsterdam, you shouldn't miss the Amsterdam Historic Museum. The place to learn about Amsterdam through out the ages. 
The museum's permanent collection includes a movie made by Dutch Jews in hiding during World War II. 

Boredom was Motive for Movie Making
In 1983, Hololcaust survivor Harry Swaab,  said his idea for the movie came up as a means against boredom. The group of people, in hiding above night club Alcazar downtown Amsterdam, "play acted" the rituals of their own daily reality: eating, dividing toilet paper, exercises in hiding within their hiding place.

Duikjoodbasis - Submarine
The Dutch word for submarine is duikboot. The expression for "going into hiding" is "onderduiken" (going under, as in diving). 
The film makers changed boot (boat) into jood (Jew) [eode]which rhymes with boat. 
Alcazar was their base (basis). Wordplay, lost in translation.
On May 28, 1943, the film makers were taken from their place of hiding, and transported to a concentration camp. No telling how many of them survived. Harry Swaab did, and so did his movie. 

Monday, September 10, 2007

Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center Seattle, Washington

100 Years of Excellent Care
In 1907, Anne Clise and 23 of her female friends started the first facility in the Pacific Northwest where children could be treated against inflammatory rheumatism. Her vision was to care for children regardless of race, religion, gender, or a family's ability to pay. 
While care has extended since, today Seattle's Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center is still guided by Clive's ideas.
Children's first 100 years were marked by 25 Top Events.
100 Years of personal stories of young patients can be found on Children's web site.
Children's 1907-2007 
KOMO TV created an hour long special: A Century of Caring and Hope.

Luly Yang Fashion Show at Paramount Theatre Benefit for Seattle Children's Hospital

On September 19, 2007, the Paramount Theatre opens its doors to fashion buffs and fans of Couture Fashion Designer Luly Yang. Once again Luly lends her creative heart to benefit Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center. 

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Monday, September 03, 2007

Martiniziekenhuis - Hopeful Color Scheme in Martini Hospital - Groningen

Unless presented on paper, a diagnosis is seldom just black and/ or white, and gray tones may appear in color, depending on the view of the beholder. 

Years ago I visited the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. I was impressed by the colorful approach inside the departments. No pristine white, but bright touches and imaginative art could be found all through the building. There's nothing like colors of life to take away the edge of fear.

The just opened, brand new Martini Hospital in Groningen sports lively and yummy colors, lavender, caramel, citrus to name a few. 

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Summer Reading

Still reading: Peerless Flats by Esther Freud (of Hideous Kinky), in the middle of: Where I Was From by Joan Didion.
Started, French Lessons, by Alice Kaplan and that's just what's in front of me.
Have been filling summer days with reading, writing and gardening.
Ate fresh figs, new potatoes, broccoli blossoms, chard, red beets, leaving cherry tomatoes to others (they give me hives).

Suffered information overload and guilt over piles of paper. Cancelled local paper, only read N.Y. Times, digital NRC, NextBook newsletter and whatever other e-mail that comes my way.

This is the time to smell and pick sweet pea blossoms, bake cakes with fresh peaches, grill chicken and salmon.
Drink tea and read in the late afternoon, under the parasol in the back yard.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Ed Harris as Beethoven

Bald is beautiful and I've never seen a reason why a man would want to don a rug or have hair sewn onto his scalp or paste vertilizer between his ears. But all this has changed now that I've seen what lusty locks have done to Ed Harris. The actor is one of my faves, hair or little hair, little hair, or none.

Yet, as Beethoven he's sold me on wigs. Yes. Wigs. Bring out the wigs. Wear a wig to work. Have a wig and wear it too! Wigs are cool (I hope the latest creations are at least).

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


Looking for clues, about, what I thought might be a habitat of some sea creature, I discovered an attractive site on nature, created by the ever astonishing BBC. Under "Coastal habitat in Winter" I found the barnacles I was looking for.
However, a second visit to the same resulted in a virtual experience which could be likened to being a by alcolhol intoxicated guest on a fishing boat. I could, for the life of me, not keep that darn cursor from swaying from starboard to port, larboard, bow and stern. Don't know if this added quality of my visit was meant to be, but I've got to say, they did it again, those Brits.

Friday, June 15, 2007

On An Average Day

Be happy with it, aktien steigen, profitieren mit schlau Geld investieren durch… Can you imagine that you are healthy? Need a new career? Why look anywhere else? I found it here. Adobe Creative Suite 3 here only, we help you save on the medicines. I may be over thinking this… beware of fake pills.
Yes, Spamguard Plus is ON

Friday, June 08, 2007

Transients are here to stay

In the summer of 1995 my Beau and I moved into an apartment complex on top of Queen Anne Hill. We couldn't have been happier with the spacious 2-bedroom, the western exposure with commanding view of Magnolia, Puget Sound, Bainbridge Island and the Olympics.

Friendly by nature we soon got to meet the neighbors, in our complex, that is. For some very strange reason the surrounding home owners did not return our hellos. That is, until the three-year-old daughter of the people who lived behind our building, across the alley, ran from her parents' lot, speeding toward me to fling herself at me for a quick hug. The booby prize for two years of saying hello, and getting nothing but a begrudged response. The child's action opened the parents' eyes. It was as though they had never seen me, or us before. Apartment dwellers didn't exist.

Not long after that we organized a garage sale, and neighbors from adjacent houses joined us for a cup of Joe from my thermos. Finally we heard about the source of animosity between home owners and tenants.

In Seattle of 1959 a man with a vision built an apartment complex with 20 units on a lot which before had held just one single family home, built in 1910 or so. This was a home the size of a city villa (folks didn't think or built small on Queen Anne Hill at the beginning of the 20th Century).

The grudge the home owners held against this visionary (he foresaw a need for rental space, what with the World Fair of 1962 coming up), was transferred onto the tenants, for decades to come. A grudge which was passed on from parents to their children, from neighbor to neighbor.

Forty years after the apartment complex arose between two one-family villas, offspring of the people who had lived in the surrounding homes since they were built, told me about their parents anger with the developer for pushing his plans through the day before the zoning law forbade the building of aparrment complexes. Their anger was married to the fear that renters were nothing but transients, untrustworthy people on the move.

Not long after our coffee klatsch, one of the tenants of our complex died. Eve, aka "The Angel of Queen Anne", named so for her unfailing dedication to helping those in need, had lived in our complex for 20 years.

Today locals complain about town homes that arise where once a single family house stood. Four to six new homes adding to the parking problems in the street. Seattleites call it Californication, making a state name into a curse.

This while across the Nation far more damaging tarmacadamnification takes place; covering of precious land with asphalt, creating problems for the environment, for life on earth.

Meanwhile, proud Seattleites continue their opposition against high rise building, the place sighs under the effects of the metamorphises from provincial town to metropolitan city. It's obiously hard to accept the ramifications of growth.

What is wisdom? A sensible and timely approach to what's at hand, but more so, to what's to come.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Paintings by Maarten Ploeg in Weert (NL)

Visiting the Netherlands? Venture off the beaten path, and take the train, or the car to Weert in the utmost southern province of Limburg.

Every Sunday of the month you can see another art presentation or exhibit at the Kunsthal in Weert.

The weekend of June 3rd, some paintings by Maarten Ploeg will be on view.

Still in Art School in Amsterdam, Maarten Ploeg and Peter Klashorst founded the new wave band Soviet Sex. In the art world they and fellow students became known as De Nieuwe Wilden (The New Wild Ones). After the release of their first album Happy End, Klashorst went his own way and Ploeg and his brother Rogier, continued performing with a new pop band Blue Murder.

An accomplished painter, musician, teacher and television program maker, Maarten Ploeg died of cancer in February of 2004.

At you can check out a few short flicks featuring off-beat performances, clearly created by artistic minds such as Maarten Ploeg's wife, the audio visual artist Ryu Tajiri

Maarten Ploeg lives on in his work.

Blue Murder keeps on going strong if only online.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Hugh Chou Coffee Calculator

The price of coffee blows my mind. And I'm not talking about the price of beans per pound. After all, for the price of two lattes, I can fill three thermos cans with excellent strong coffee at home. My secret is that I always grind my favorite beans extra fine, just one or a couple of notches before the espresso grind position on the store's grinder. We do have our own grinder at home, but to be honest, freshly ground right before brewing or within a week of use really doesn't make much difference to me. Another secret is that I quit using regular coffee filter. Beau uses the gold filter, which does away with the need of paper all together, and I use unbleached paper towels. Ever since I ran out of filters (for my smaller coffee maker) I've been folding my own, and the taste is so much better.
So, I don't need to be won over for Hugh Chou's ideas about making coffee yourself, but he's got some calculators on his site I'm going to check out after I fix myself another cup a Joe.

Bitten by Sarah Jessica Parker, Java by…

This is going to be a very short entry on the power of stardom.
Ms. Parker offers Simple American Classics (her own words) for less than $20
That's what women need, and that's what they can get (as said on Oprah).

Now the waiting is for another star who will offer a cup of Joe for a decent price.
Because that's what people need, and that's what they can get.

Because even those of us who budget and buy their beans in a Grocery Store, now and then like to have a coffee out, without having to blow off having their sushi and eat it too.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Farestart Guest Chef on the Waterfront - Seattle

Fine Food, Local Breweries, Wine Tasting, Live Jazz, Festival Games, and the High Spirit of Helping People Help themselves.

My favorite local empowering charitable organization Farestart is throwing a party on the waterfront.
What can be better?

On July 11 get your behinds in gear and head for Pier 66 and Bell Harbor Elliott Hall, cause that's where the action will be.

50 top restaurants and breweries for 50 bucks a person
click on image to enlarge and be able to read
after June 15 prices go up $10Guest Chef On the Waterfront

Come and party during theGuest Chef On the Waterfront feast!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Danskin Triathlon

The other Allen & Gates are powerful, examplatory and imaginative women. They and their equally formidable friends are training for the Danskin Triathlon, and other cancer-related fundraisers to raise awareness and money for breast cancer, Sarcomas, and other cancers. The Other Allen & Gates guide visitors to their blog through some of the most exquisite natural and cultivated scenery of the Pacific Northwest.

The everlasting cycle of renewal as witnessed in nature is a healing force by itself.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Celebrate the true meaning of Mother's Day

Join Felicity Huffman, Vanessa Williams, Alfre Woodard, Christine Lahti and others in celebratingMother's Day for Peace.

Want to see more? Check out the Motherhood Manifesto documentary created by MoveOn

Monday, May 07, 2007


Oy, vey. The things writers do to connect with the world while they're supposed to be working in voluntary, solitary, confinement. A yard or garage sale may bring in more cash, and face to face human contact to boot. I'll come clean right here and now, I've got some stuff stashed away elsewhere as Dutchess in Seattle.

It was 3:33 a.m. when I woke up. No household chores (too noisy), no prep for yard sale (same reason) and after reading Saturday's newspaper (how come I missed the funnies? What Did I Do on Saturday?) and Monday's as well, the urge to blog surfaces again.

In the summer of 2001 my right hand and arm went on strike. My Physical Therapist said: "Between writing, painting, cooking, cleaning, gardening, pruning and stretching canvasses you've basically worn out your number one tool."
For a while I typed and painted with my left hand only. Interesting results on canvas. I learned to economize. In search for better syntax, less deletion of words, more cut, paste and copying to other places. The fewer keys to hit, the better.
No more taking notes by hand. Emailing friends took the place of writing in my journals. Time measured by key words in my calendars. Printing out email messages I decide to do way too late. So much printing to catch up with…

Monday, April 16, 2007


Generous publishers Bob & Susan Arnold of LONGHOUSE Publishers & Booksellers liberate a pdf of Origin, Sixth Series, Issue 2 - Spring 2007 online! If you have dial-up, be patient, it'll take a minute to download.

You can find art work by Alan Lau the International Examiner's Arts Editor on pages 26, 44, 145, 176, 247, 328.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut I.M.

The Man is dead, he lives on in his words. Words of warning, no less.

Closing lines of the poem Requiem in Mr. Vonnegut's last book "A Man Without a Country":

When the last living thing

has died on account of us,

how poetical it would be

if Earth could say,

in a voice floating up


from the floor

of the Grand Canyon,

“It is done.”

People did not like it here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Top Pot Doughnuts, Starbucks and your Heart

The Seattle Times reports that Starbucks wanted Top Pot Doughnut fryers to switch from hydrogenated oils to using palm oil, because Starbucks wanted to eliminate the trans fats in its baked goods.

Excuse me, since when is palm oil good for your heart?

Sure, crude palm oil has more carotenoids (think orange) than your trusted carrots (but then again looses that good orange when heated) it is high in antioxidants, Vitamind A and E (which by the way doesn't seem to do a thing for your health according to the latest studies), AND comparisons by researchers of palm, soybean, peanut oils and lard show that palm oil increases levels of good cholesterol and reduces levels of bad blood cholesterol.

BUT there's convincing evidence that palm oil with its high saturated fat content may risk development of cardiovascular diseases.

No biggy to me, I don't eat Doughnuts anyway. Too many calories for too short a high. What with that refined flour, refined sugar, deep fried fatty stuff. You eat, you absorb (no digestion necessary), and then, brother you experience a drop in blood sugar level that sends you straight up the nervous breakdown elevator (funny contradiction, no?). And when you hit the ceiling, the cables break and you go down, with a speed you didn't hold possible.

Nah, donuts are not for me. Gimme some slow burning, long lasting thrill, something to chew on, something with a flavor that makes me want to savor the aftertaste, not that bitter on the back of your tongue memory of frying oil. If I have to have my cake and eat it too, do me some good old fashioned pound cake. Refined everything, yes, but also a lingering memory of butter and eggs, and a hint of lemon, Yeah!

Monday, February 12, 2007

All Things Must Pass

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

From the Bible, Matthew 24:6-8 (King James Version)

And then what?
Are we to close our ears and eyes
Are we to sit back, on our hands
Are we to cover our mouths and bite our tongues
Man to monkey
For it was said: All things must pass?

This explains a lot.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Cannabis Pharmacy in Groningen, NL

Last Friday the very first cannabis pharmacy opened its doors in Groningen.The organically grown herb is of pharmaceutical quality and had been available at pharmacies since 2003 for a high price. At the dedicated pharmacy chronically ill patients can turn in their prescription, and buy medicinal Cannabis for coffeeshop prices.
The pharmacy is an initiative of SMCN (Stichting Medicinale Cannabis Nederland) —a foundation dedicated to helping the chronically ill, who often live on a fixed budget, buy "mediwiet" (medicinal weed) for 6 € per gram.
Medicinal cannabis has been proven to affectively diminish nausea in cancer patients, affects tics suffered by patients of Gille de la Tourette syndrom and on complaints suffered by patients with M.S. (multiple sclerosis). For background information in English, check out SIMM

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Gluten Free in Seattle

Dietary restrictions can really put a damper on traveling. Whether you suffer from Coelic or Celiac Disease (gluten sensitivity) any other allergies, or from food intolerance (immediate adverse reaction to food, no histamines involved) you can have a hell of time finding a restaurant that caters to your needs. Or better yet satisfies your cravings.

In Seattle you'll find a good number of fine eateries that will make you forget you're on a restricted diet —while the memory lapse won't get you into trouble.

Check out Bamboo Garden in the lower Queen Anne Hill neighborhood, a couple of blocks north of the Space Needle. Just tell your server restrictions regarding preparation of the dishes you wish to order.
The Bonefish Grill on west side of Lake Union, provides a menu with with clearly marked GF dishes.

At Cafe Flora in Madison Valley, know for the vegetarian dishes, you'll also discover non-dairy and gluten free options on the menu.

Up the hill from Cafe Flora, in the same hood, you'll find the Impromptu Wine Cafe Bar where chef Dan promises to create a great meal for people: "…who have felt tentative about eating in restaurants".

Visit The Flying Apron Bakeryin the UW (University of Washington) District for organic, gluten free and wheat free products, often sweetened with alternatives for sugar.

Three times hurray for Lombardi's Neighborhood Italian in Ballard, where you may request a GF menu.

On Sundays Restaurant Zoe waves corkage fees, so feel free to bring your own bottle to enjoy with a meal especially created with your sensitivities in mind.

A great choice on lower Queen Anne Hill for dinner and drinks before or after the theatre is Ten Mercer. Best is if you notify them ahead of time, so they can accomodate your dietary needs. For spur of the moment visits, ask for the GF menu they have on file.

Wild Ginger, a popular Pan Asian Restaurant across the street from the Seattle Symphony on Third Avenue can accomodate most dietary needs. Their kitchen caters to Triple Door a music venue with eclectic gigs.

National chain restaurants such as The Old Spaghetti Factory, the Outback Steak House (same owners in Seattle as Bonefish Grill), PF Changs and Red Robin offer gluten free options upon request.