Jul 28, 2012
commented on Jeff Bezos Dumps $2.5 Million into WA State's Marriage Equality Campaign
@44 -- there was a time, pre-Amazon, when Barnes and Noble was a dominant force in bookselling, by virtue of what it would order (or not) for its stores. They lost that power when they didn't keep up with Amazon. That is not Amazon's fault. My favorite independent bookstore managed to survive its last two rent increases because it started selling used titles on Amazon. The market is changing, and it is up to B&N to adapt.
May 25, 2012
commented on Apple's Response to the E-Book Price-Fixing Lawsuit
Apple is not The Decider who gets to say whether the state of Amazon's business is acceptable. Consumers were the clear losers here -- Apple colluded with publishers, and as a result consumers paid up to $5 more a title. That is real damage. Talk to some people who aren't easily mobile (for whom e-readers are a godsend) and on low or fixed incomes and ask them how much $5 a title means to them.
Mar 25, 2012
reviewed Skelly and the Bean
Zephyr Paquette, owner / chef at Skelly and the Bean, is familiar to many Seattle people from her time as sous chef at Dandelion, and thereafter with stints at Brasa and Elliott Bay Cafe. Our party had the house salad and the deviled eggs wrapped in bacon as appetizers and the daily chicken special, moist and well-flavored with very good grilled vegetables, and halibut on a bed of lentils with an apricot chutney as entrees. Two cocktails were generous and reasonably priced (lemon-drop martini and Cosmo). The steal of the evening was the house red Super Tuscan, good wine at a very good price. Good service, low-key decor. We recommend any and all of it and will be back.
Feb 29, 2012
reviewed The Fat Hen
The two of us had brunch here. The coffee was good, the eggs Benedict were excellent, as were the pastries (Kanellbullar). Quality of ingredients was very high. Service was very slow, even though it was not crowded. The prices were why we will not be back -- it was just too expensive for the relatively small portions and slow service. Not everything needs to be a Denny's grand slam, but this errs too far in the other direction.