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A Study in London: Touring London in a Sherlockian Purview

by Leslie M. Garland, Retired Counselor

Using a theme or overarching goal can serve as a great way to see a familiar destination with fresh eyes. In this regard, a particularly effective and interesting way to tour London is through the lens of Britain’s most iconic literary figure, Sherlock Holmes.

Starting at the freelance detective’s residential flat, 221b Baker Street, “the world’s most famous address,” visitors can examine rooms decorated and maintained according to the descriptions found in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous novels and short stories detailing the exploits of Mr. Holmes and his loyal friend, Dr. Watson.

Heading to the Sherlock Holmes Public House and Restaurant, guests can enjoy food and drink inspired by Mr. Holmes’ adventures. This establishment also maintains a vast collection of memorabilia that includes a faithful reproduction of the detective’s rather chaotic study.

Traveling to a number of destinations that played significant roles in the Sherlock Holmes canon, visitors can explore Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden, and the area around and including the British Museum. Through this journey, those familiar with the detective’s escapades will readily notice numerous roads and establishments mentioned throughout the canon.

After passing the Royal Opera House and a number of other notable landmarks, visitors can dine at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand. This restaurant, in operation since 1828, is the same as that frequented by Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson.

This tour around London takes visitors to many historical locations and exposes them to myriad points of interest along the way, all while following in the footsteps of one the most quintessential British characters of all time.

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Fine Dining in the Seattle Metropolitan Area By Leslie M. Garland

by Leslie M. Garland

The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful part of the country, with snow-capped mountains, giant forests, and rugged coastlines. In Washington state, Seattle sits amidst all of this beauty on Puget Sound.

The city and surrounding metropolitan area is remarkably cosmopolitan, with a strong sense of culture and appreciation for the arts. Visitors can visit an array of museums; the Pacific Northwest Ballet; the Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Broadway plays at several theaters; professional football, baseball, and soccer games; nearby wineries; and amazing dining establishments. Here is my list of top dining establishments in Seattle and the surrounding area.

1. Canlis: With a menu that makes the most of Pacific Northwest cuisine, an impressive wine list that consistently wins awards from Wine Spectator, food from award-winning chef Jason Franey, and spectacular views of Lake Union, Canlis is not to be missed when you visit Seattle. Reservations are strongly recommended.

2. Rovers: The “Chef in the Hat,” Thierry Rautureau provides the finest of Pacific Northwest cuisine with a French twist at Rovers on Madison Avenue in Seattle. The menus are all prix fixe and feature Rautureau’s inspired cuisine along with a high-quality wine list. Reservations are highly recommended.

3. Wild Ginger: Pacific Rim cuisine is on display at Wild Ginger on Third Avenue in Seattle and Northeast 6th Street in Bellevue. The award-winning restaurant is included in Zagat’s Best Restaurants of the World, and its wine list is a Grand Award winner of Wine Spectator’s 2011 Restaurant Awards.

4. The Herbfarm: Located a short drive away in the heart of Washington wine country, Woodinville, Washington, the Herbfarm features seasonal Pacific Northwest cuisine (with many of the ingredients grown on the property) in a nine-course menu that pairs northwest delicacies with delicious regional wines.

5. Lola: Celebrity chef Tom Douglas makes the Pacific Northwest his home, and his best work is on display at Lola. Located in Belltown, Lola features Greek and Mediterranean fare with ingredients sourced from local growers. Casual dress is welcome, and reservations are strongly encouraged at this local favorite.

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