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Oh, fuck. I just noticed at 4:26 that I forgot to post this at lunchtime! Well, here you go.

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I had another pleasant day yesterday, the third of a three-day weekend during which I just stayed home. This time, Shobhit and I went out for lunch -- at Absinthe Brasserie in Belltown.

They're currently selling two different 60% off Groupons, one of which is for Weekend Brunch. We had the worst time trying to get an answer to the very basic question as to whether they were considering Memorial Day part of a weekend -- if they would keep regular weekday hours (opening at noon) or weekend brunch hours (opening at 10 a.m.) and if they would be offering the brunch menu. But these people were stupidly impossible to get a hold of. Before this morning I had not posted a Yelp review since our trip to Chicago last summer; but I just posted a new one, in which I wrote:

The food is what makes this place worth going to. That said, the people running this place need to get their sh*t together.

My husband and I bought two Groupons -- another point in their favor: both for 60% off; that's an unusually great deal. But it was mystifying how impossible it was to get answers to basic questions, such as: are they doing the weekend Brunch menu on Memorial Day? Do they do regular weekday or weekend hours on holidays? We wanted to know because one of the Groupons was specific to brunch. No response on Twitter; never once any answer to the several calls to the phone number listed on their website, which goes directly to voice mail -- which I finally left a message on, again, never to be heard back. And this is over the course of a 24-hour period, so it's not like we were only trying to reach them while they were closed. Apparently no one there ever actually answers the phone, which is ridiculous.

We chose to trust the hours listed on their website, stating they open at noon on weekdays, even though for some reason the hours on Yelp say they don't open until 2:00. We get there at noon on Monday, and they aren't open. There's a guy in there, very apologetic, nice, and friendly, who finally opens the door around 12:10, telling us they can't take orders until 12:30 because the cook came in late. Jesus Christ.

All of this is usually not worth the trouble. And we are vegetarians, which makes their menu especially limited -- as it's limited to begin with. But! They made the fried green tomato BLT without the bacon for us (quite tasty); and also the Grilled Cheese without the bacon (among the better grilled cheeses I have ever had -- a simple sandwich to be sure but somehow prepared perfectly). And excellent, voluminous fries with specific seasoning. This is not a place we would often go out of our way for, but the Groupons did it, and the food easily made it worth it.

They could just stand a rather significant improvement in the service department.



By the way, I hate "censoring" swear words with asterisks, but figured they would not let me post it if I fully wrote out the word "shit." And I really wanted to say they need to get their shit together. Because they do.

I was going to give them four stars, based on the food alone, but finally changed my mind and gave them three. People running a business should answer their fucking phone, or at the very least respond to inquiries on social media.

I had been slightly annoyed that Ivan chose not to join us for brunch yesterday, after he had apparently told Shobhit Sunday night that had we invited him he would have joined us for lunch that day. There's no pleasing him! But that’s not really true, and I wasn't really being fair. What incentive would he have, as another vegetarian, to come with us the full two miles to this place in Belltown, only two hours before he needed to go to work, when, unlike Shobhit and me, he didn't even have a Groupon discount? And his menu options were just as limited as ours? I had also offered to go to Skillet Diner instead, and he said, actually fairly reasonably, "They'll be really busy today." So he finally said, "I don't think I'll join you for brunch today." But, maybe I'll be more cognizant of things he might be more likely to want to join us for in the future, and invite him at least a little more often in the future. It's not like we don't eat out with him plenty already though.

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Shobhit and I took our time getting back home as well, which meant it was just past 2pm and Ivan needed to be at work by then. Shobhit and I walked from Absinthe over to Pike Place, and for the first time walked a bit around the new extension on the west side of the Market. I wasn't even sure how long it's been open -- I guess it's not even yet open "officially," as I just now discovered its Grand Opening is on Thursday, June 29. I'm totally going! In the meantime, the space is currently open to the public, as Shobhit and I went over and looked around.

We walked home from there, stopping at Bartell Drugs so I could use a Chinook Book coupon to get a Seventh Generation cleaner for $1 off (exciting stuff! -- their regular price is $1.10 lower than PCC's which means at Bartell's with this coupon it was $1.10 cheaper than I'd get at PCC even with my deepest discount). I thought about suggesting to Shobhit that we go spend a little time at Howell Park after all, but in the end it wasn't as warm yesterday as it had been on Sunday, and I now had only a few hours before I needed to go to that evening's SIFF screening anyway.

And in the evening, I took myself to see the SIFF movie Endless Poetry, which I kind of hated. I expected to rather like it, and reviews so far have been effusively positive. Maybe my biggest problem was a massive inability to stay awake -- I didn't snooze through the whole thing but I nodded off constantly. This may have been partly due to two cocktails I had at home in the afternoon. And also that this screening was at 8:00, which meant it didn't end until 10:10. I got home rather late, which was why I was unable to post the review until this morning. I still feel like I saw enough of it to be able to stand by what I wrote in my review. I actually feel like my money and time were both wasted on that one.

The result was, quite contrary to how it usually goes, Ivan was home from work before I got back -- he was making his late evening dinner when I walked in the door. Shobhit was absorbed in the TV show he was watching but Ivan was kind of chatty -- he asked both how the movie was and how brunch had been -- but I was so tired I had to kind of cut the conversation short and go to bed. I didn't even get in the door until about 10:55 so it was 11:15 or so before I was in bed.

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