Another day, another great sandwich

Steamboat Grill and Greens

After a morning of errands, we decided to try Steamboat Grill and Greens for lunch. We had the Grill and Greens Wrap and Veggie Garden Burger with fries. This is a really a stand: you drive around and someone comes out to take your order and then you pull up to wait. There is some outdoor seating (hope springs eternal). The service was friendly and fast and they were thoughtful about checking ingredients after we shared our dietary requests (extra tip for that). The food was really good. The wrap was tasty and toasted to perfection. Too often wraps get soggy or they are just too cold for my taste. The veggie burger was really above average and the fries were good. About $10.00 per person.

Also: shakes and malts including Blackberry and Butterscotch. Definitely going back to try those when it warms up a bit!

3634 Steamboat Island Rd NW
Olympia, Washington 98502

(360) 866-2274
Open 11 am – 7 pm (open later seasonally–always a good idea to call)

Weather today: We saw the sun! Definitely warmed up to the low 50s, no rain. We warmed up enough on the dog walk this morning that we were peeling off layers.

My Kind of Bar

Wally's Sandwich Bar

Sometimes, nothing is quite as satisfying as a sandwich. Or a sandwich disguised as a salad. When the urge hits you, head to Wally’s in West Olympia.

Wally’s Sandwich Bar has something for everyone including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free. You can probably put together something low-FODMAP. Sub breads, deli breads, wraps and pitas. All of their specialty sandwiches are available as a salad. And vegetarians rejoice! This is not your typical veggie sub option. Build your own with hummus, artichoke hearts, avocado, sun-dried tomatoes, falafel, tzatziki, fresh mozzarella or feta cheese.

I ordered the Tempeh Reuben and the Cool Cucumber to split with my better half so we could each try two new sandwiches. Even before I was halfway through the Reuben, I knew I wanted another one in the future. I have never had anything like it, it was delicious. Also from past experience: Falafel sandwich=yum. An out-of-town guest with several decades of sandwich eating experience ordered the Gyro sandwich and proclaimed it the best he’d ever had. There are PB&J and grilled cheese options for the kids and a number of sides. Fast and friendly service and Dum Dum lollipops in the to-go bag.

Also check out the napkin art wall! This takes those napkin doodles to a whole new level! Maybe you will be inspired to learn to draw.

It was about $11 per person for a little piece of sandwich heaven.

Located in West Olympia in the Westside Shopping Center. Dine-in, carryout and catering (including boxed lunches) available. Free WiFi and credit cards accepted. 2106 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98502. 360-570-2029

Open daily 10:30 am to 9 pm. Winter hours, closed at 8 pm, Sunday-Wednesday. It’s always a good idea to call.


Raining/drizzling off and on today. 50°F at 3 pm.

Meet me in the (Thai) Garden

Thai Garden

Thai food, Indian food, Mexican food and pizza–those are my comfort foods. And whenever there’s a birthday or another special occasion, you can bet one or more of these play a starring role. There may have been a birthday, so we had Island Market Pizza for lunch and Thai Garden for dinner.

Thai Garden Restaurant & Lounge
2735 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia, Washington 98502,  (360) 943-6292

Thai Garden is located near Target in Olympia. We got takeout this time but we have eaten in and really liked the ambiance and the service. This is a place to go for a dinner out with the family, visitors or for a special occasion.

I always get the golden tofu. My better half cannot get enough of the Tom Kha Vegan soup. We also shared the yellow curry and fresh spring rolls. We have been able to get vegan options here and the staff are helpful. When we ate in, our server gave recommendations that were spot on. We also really like their jasmine tea.

Happy eating!


In Search of the Perfect Cup

I really love coffee and long before I moved here, I was a fan of Olympia Coffee Roasting Company. I was gifted several bags of coffee, different varieties.

I have visited two locations in Olympia, downtown at 600 4th Ave E and 1706 Harrison Ave NW. When you visit the downtown location, check out the massive pour over station that is poetry in motion. It’s a thing of beauty and mesmerizing. The location on Harrison in West Olympia looks like more of a stand but it’s a walk-in location that also sells bags of coffee. Before Christmas, I went there to buy some coffee for a friend and asked one of the baristas about their holiday blend. She said: “It tastes like plums and takes cream like a dream.” Free poetry with every bag! I bought a bag for myself. I finally opened it a few days ago while I was putting away holiday decorations and it was as described. So good!

If you like coffee but can’t drink caffeine or you like to switch between regular and decaf so you can sleep at night, you know that it can be hard to find good decaf. Why is it so bad? It’s almost as if coffee roasters think that decaf drinkers are second-class citizens who don’t deserve a perfect cup. Well if you are a decaf drinker, you can say it loud and say it proud at Olympia Coffee. Their Asterisk decaf is quite good. If you drink regular, treat yourself to a sampler pack of four single origin coffees. Coffee is available online, but for the poetry or the poetry in motion, you need to visit in person.

Happy coffee drinking!


For the Love of Pizza

Island Market

I love pizza. It’s a comfort food and a reward food. Whenever I am in a new town, I like to try all the pizza I can find. I will eat a wide range of pizza, from the classic cheese pizza to vegan gluten-free roasted veggie pizza, gourmet pizza (hello, brie), unusual pizza (I’m thinking of you, potato curry pizza), frozen pizza (Trader Joe’s), fast food pizza (I was a fan of the Subway pizza). But I do have favorites and my current favorite is the pizza made at the Island Market on Steamboat Island Peninsula.

Island Market is a mini grocery store with produce, staples, a post office and more. It’s also my neighborhood store. But the best part of Island Market is the pizza. Comes in one size, large. We freeze the extra slices and they are great heated up in the toaster oven. It reminds me of the pizza of my youth, Vennari’s Pizza. It’s not exactly the same, but it’s the closest that I have had and I am a big fan.

If you don’t need a whole pizza, sometimes you can get slices and they have a loyalty punch card. Be sure to call ahead to order, 360-866-2536.

Hours: Monday – Saturday: 6am – 10pm, Sunday: 7am – 10pm

Location: 3403 Steamboat Island Rd NW, Olympia, Washington 98502


Today’s weather: cold and cloudy but no rain. About 35°F at noon. Rain is coming! We took down holiday decorations today so that we wouldn’t need to do it in the rain this weekend. Weather app says six days of rain ahead. Stay tuned!