Paseo and the Food Truck Rodeo

19 Sep

6226 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle

Last weekend James and I went to Ballard to eat at Paseo and check out the beach. I’ve been to Paseo in Fremont and really enjoyed it. Most food Seattle doesn’t do as well as Melbourne but I have to admit their sandwiches are awesome. (I told this to some people from Boston and they said that Seattle sandwiches are garbage compared to Boston)

Like the location in Fremont there was a pretty respectable line, but service was fast and friendly. Unlike the one in Fremont it’s right across the road from the beach so we took our sandwiches and ate them on the beach.

It was actually a small, fairly crappy beach (with a name that’s unfortunately close to Shithole Beach, which is what James proceeded to call it) but it was a nice place to eat. This was our view and pretty much the whole beach.

And these were our sandwiches!

Mine was the Paseo Press ($8.95): succulent morsels of roasted pork nestled atop sweet banana peppers, draped with sheer slices of smoked ham, Swiss cheese and caramelized onions; all melted together between a hot press.

James’ was the Caribbean Roast ($8.50): pork shoulder coated in Paseo marinade and slow roasted until falling into succulent morsels. It’s their most popular sandwich and what I ordered last time so I knew it was amazing and that James would love it.

Sorry about the terrible photos, but they were stuffed so full with meat and sauce that if I took them out of the wrapping we wouldn’t have been able to eat them.

The sandwiches were pretty similar, though we both preferred the Caribbean Roast. It had caramelized onions, I think possibly jalapenos, and this gorgeous, slow-cooked, meaty flavour. It was ridiculously tender and delicious and pretty filling too. They’re awesome enough that when people from Melbourne visit I’ll take them here unless I find a better sandwich place. I keep meaning to try Salumi, which always has these crazy Apple fanboy-like lines half an hour before it opens. Fools! You cannot out-free-time a pampered housewife!

Afterwards we went for a walk along the marina where there were hundreds of boats docked. This was one of like … 20 docks.

Also we found our dock! I am quite easily pleased. I think James was just humouring me. While we were taking this photo there was actually a guy waiting patiently behind us to open the door. Oops.

On the non-water side of the path, James found a random statue to climb on. As soon as I saw it I remember thinking “James is going to want to climb this” and before he walked up to it I was already getting the camera out. Proactive.

We kept walking along the marina and eventually we hit another beach. It was nicer than Shilshole (Shithole) Beach – there was a little wetland section with turtles! On the actual beach there were people playing beach volleyball, having picnics and mucking around on the sand. I noticed that nobody was touching the scungy water though.

It feels weird to be on a beach in summer and not see people in the water. Or playing cricket for that matter.

Anyway, having seen what the beach had to offer (unfortunately not a lot) we decided to go home. We had to climb like 5 of these to get to the bus stop. I grumbled a little, but secretly thought it was really fun.

We were all set to go home and relax but when we got off the bus but right outside our building there was a food truck event going on called the Food Truck Rodeo. There were 40+ food trucks all in one place, and when that happens it’s pretty lame to go home and veg out.

We just grabbed a bunch of random desserts. Lunch dessert. It’s a thing. One of the food trucks had a donut called a Lucky Devil which is a chocolate donut with ghost chilli, but they were sold out so we had to settle for a Homer ($1). James thinks it’s called that because it looks like the donuts Homer eats on The Simpsons.

We also got some caramel and cinnamon mini donuts ($4). James preferred these but I thought the Homer was better. It was lighter in texture and had sprinkles.

James also got a salted caramel cupcake ($4).

Then we went home and vegged out. And for dinner we went back to the Food Truck Rodeo, but those photos turned out blurry. Not a huge loss because we didn’t get our first choice of food anyway. Note to self: food trucks sell out of popular things very fast.

Seattle has a lot more food trucks than Melbourne which is one of the things I like about living here. =) But yeah, we ate a lot that day. No regrets. NO REGRETS!

2 Responses to “Paseo and the Food Truck Rodeo”

  1. faydanamyjake September 19, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

    Great post:) what a lovely day:)

    • pamperedhousewife September 19, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

      Thanks! Apparently there won’t be too many more nice days in Seattle this year so we thought we’d make the most of it. =)

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