RESTAURANT REVIEW: Paxti’s Chicago Pizza in Ballard

I would recommend the food at Paxti’s if you have plenty of time to kill.

Dear friends: One of my favorite pastimes is trying out new restaurants with my husband Alan and other friends. This review is my way of sharing that with you as well. Enjoy!

Paxti’s Chicago Pizza is located in the Ballard business district. In addition to pies, they also have salads, sandwiches, and deserts.

The atmosphere is cozy and warm, sometimes a little too warm. It also was not as loud as I expected.

We had the Caesar salad and thin crust Classic Supreme pizza and our friends had the Build Your Own deep-dish pizza. Our salad and pizza were delicious, and our friends liked theirs as well.

The servers were friendly, but the service was painfully slow. Fortunately, we got our bottle of wine within a reasonable amount of time, so that kept us occupied. Making the best of the situation, we had time to finish the second bottle as well before our food arrived.

I would recommend the food at Paxti’s if you have plenty of time to kill.

Paxti’s Chicago Pizza
5323 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 946-1512

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Posted on November 25, 2019 at 12:30 am
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REAL ESTATE INFO COLUMN: When is the best time to sell?

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Dear Don:

When is the best time to sell?

Anxious Anne

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Posted on November 21, 2019 at 2:30 am
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FROM DON: Our Costa Rican Adventure

Alan and I had been hearing good things about Costa Rica for years, and our friend who lives there posts lots of photos that really made us want to go check it out.

We flew into San Jose on a Wednesday and headed straight for the Hotel Bougainvillea, which features a stunning 10-acre tropical botanical garden. We were fortunate enough to get a garden-view room with a big deck that served as a relaxing place to enjoy an afternoon glass of wine, which you will need after driving in Costa Rica. Indeed, driving in Costa Rica is challenging and not for the faint of heart!

The next day, we visited the La Paz Waterfall gardens which are amazing, as are the lush tropical rain forest, flowing white rivers, spectacular waterfalls, birds, butterflies, monkeys, hummingbirds, snakes, felines, frogs and much more.

We also toured a coffee plantation, where they process the java on equipment that is more than one-hundred years old and operated completely on water-driven, gravity-fed equipment.

The next morning, we drove the 135 miles over the one mountain road towards Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean side. The trip took about five hours, which gives you an idea of what the roads are like.

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Posted on November 18, 2019 at 3:00 am
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REAL ESTATE INFO COLUMN: When is the best time to buy?

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Dear Don:

When is the best time to buy?

Pondering Paul

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Posted on September 24, 2019 at 2:00 am
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RESTAURANT REVIEW: Georgetown’s BOPBOX

BOPBOX is located at 5633 Airport Way S., Seattle WA 98108. Photo courtesy of BOPBOX.

Dear friends: One of my favorite pastimes is trying out new restaurants with my husband Alan and other friends. This review is my way of sharing that with you as well. Enjoy!

BOPBOX is an Asian fusion lunch restaurant located in the Georgetown neighborhood of South Seattle. It is a women-owned restaurant featuring seasonal and hand-crafted Korean Bibimbop, made-to-order grain bowls, and fermented goods.

Everything from sauces and marinades to the pickles and kimchi are made by hand in small-batches, with a seasonal rotating menu.

BOPBOX is a small restaurant where you order at the counter and then find an open table. Each table has napkins, forks, and chopsticks. Water bottles and cups are in the fridge next to where you pay. The look and feel of the restaurant is pretty trendy and casual. They have vegan and vegetarian options.

All the tables tend to fill up at lunch time, but the food arrives fairly quickly. There is street parking, but it can be a challenge to find a spot at lunch time.

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Posted on August 26, 2019 at 12:30 am
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REAL ESTATE INFO COLUMN: Is the housing market crashing?

Welcome to my Real Estate advice column, “Dear Don,” where I answer all your burning Real Estate questions. Send yours to me at donkoonce@windermere.com, and I’ll try to answer them in future columns.

Dear Don:

Is the housing market crashing?

Nervous Nancy

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Posted on August 19, 2019 at 12:43 am
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RESTAURANT REVIEW: Renton’s Sansonina Ristorante Italiano

Alan & me at Sansonina with our friends Scott, Mark, & Laura, who was visiting from California.

Dear friends: One of my favorite pastimes is trying out new restaurants with my husband Alan and other friends. This review is my way of sharing that with you as well. Enjoy!

Sansonina Ristorante Italiano is a relatively new restaurant that was started by one of our favorite servers from another south end Italian restaurant. Fernando, who always makes you feel like family.

I always cut new restaurants some slack until they get into their groove with the service and the food, but  this wasn’t needed at Sansonina because the food and service were top notch from the very beginning.

“This is a new place that has the right balance of service, selection and mouth watering cuisine to make it well worth coming back! Intimate with nice tables and comfortable seating,” said one guest, Damien L. “Prawns are a nice start to the meal. You can tell they take pride in what they do.”

From our first visit on their second night open, and every subsequent visit–there’s been many–the service has been excellent, and the food amazing with fresh ingredients superbly combined for exceptional Italian food.

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Posted on July 29, 2019 at 12:30 am
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REAL ESTATE INFO COLUMN: Is it better to rent or buy?

Welcome to my Real Estate advice column, “Dear Don,” where I answer all your burning Real Estate questions. Send yours to me at donkoonce@windermere.com, and I’ll try to answer them in future columns.

Dear Don:

Is it better to rent or buy?

Questioning Carla

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Posted on July 19, 2019 at 12:30 am
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REAL ESTATE INFO COLUMN: Are the days of multiple offers gone?

cfbbe747-a217-432b-83dd-bf58d957307f.jpgWelcome to my Real Estate advice column, “Dear Don,” where I answer all your burning Real Estate questions. Send yours to me at donkoonce@windermere.com, and I’ll try to answer them in future columns.

Dear Don:

Are the days of multiple offers gone?

Concerned Cal

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Posted on June 14, 2019 at 12:15 am
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REAL ESTATE INFO COLUMN: Are we in a bubble?

cfbbe747-a217-432b-83dd-bf58d957307f.jpgWelcome to my Real Estate advice column, “Dear Don,” where I answer all your burning Real Estate questions. Send yours to me at donkoonce@windermere.com, and I’ll try to answer them in future columns.

Dear Don:

Are we in a bubble?

Wondering Will

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Posted on May 17, 2019 at 12:30 am
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