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Breakfast at Claire’s

There are two main streets in the little town I call home, Edmonds, Washington, just north of Seattle. One street is called Main Street (no surprise!) and it ends at the dock where the ferry loads up passengers and cars to go over to Kingston, so it is called the Kingston ferry. Just up the street from the ferry dock – and it is UP, Seattle is full of hills – is Claire’s Pantry.

I don’t remember a time when Claire’s wasn’t there. I remember going to the same place for seafood buffets; but maybe it wasn’t Claire’s at that time. Mostly we go to Claire’s for breakfast.

They have everything. Mom opens the menu and says “I am NOT going to have Eggs Benedict this time” and scans through the huge variety of pancakes and omelets and breakfast specials.

I already know what I want. Not Eggs Benedict. CRAB Benedict.

Mom sighs and closes the menu. When the waitress comes, she orders.

“I’ll have the Eggs Benedict, please.”


I only took one photo because her Eggs Benedict looked just exactly like my Crab Benedict.


And before you ask – NO! No! We didn’t eat it all! We could never eat it all! Mom took half home in a box, and I just ate the eggs and crab and a little bit of the hash browns and left the rest. It was too much and too rich!

August 31, 2009 - Posted by | Eating Out, ExPat Life, Humor, Living Conditions, Local Lore, Seattle


  1. And the name of the second street is …..

    Comment by Daggero | August 31, 2009 | Reply

  2. These posts are torture, but fun 🙂

    Comment by Purgatory | August 31, 2009 | Reply

  3. LLLOOOLLLLL, Daggero! You caught me! The other street is 5th, and is really more of a main street than Main. They meet at the gazebo/fountain that you saw overflowing with soapsuds in the Edmonds Market entry. BTW, don’t you have GoogleEarth???

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 1, 2009 | Reply

  4. Purg, the photos are for YOU! I am posting food photos only after Iftar, Kuwait/Qatar time. Ramadan Kareem.

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 1, 2009 | Reply

  5. You are posting after iftar but sometimes we check’em the next day! But who am I to talk when I post all those posts with tempting “Do not continue reading if you are fasting…” tags! I am so mean when it comes to food! And that egg Benedict looks REALLY good!

    Comment by ansam518 | September 1, 2009 | Reply

  6. You didn’t READ the post! I guess because you were fasting! It was CRAB Benedict; crab instead of Canadian bacon.

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 1, 2009 | Reply

  7. wow thats soo rich and creamy *drools* 😀

    Comment by bloggermathai | September 1, 2009 | Reply

  8. It is so rich I can’t eat it all, Mathai. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 2, 2009 | Reply

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