An Evening Downtown

What a better way to enjoy the holidays than an evening under the lights around downtown Seattle including dinner in the market and a performance at Benaroya Hall? Even Ebenezer Scrooge would have been in the holiday spirit by the end of the night!

We started with dinner at Il Bistro.

Our appetizers: 

  • Bruschetta al Pomodoro  Grilled Tuscan Bread, Vine Ripened Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil, Sicilian Olive Oil
  • Carpaccio Thinly Sliced Beef Tenderloin, White Truffle Citronette, Shaved Parmigiano, Capers, Red Onion & Arugula
  • Antipasto Misto A Selection of Italian Salumi with Smoked Mozzarella & Marinated Vegetables

My entree:

Gnocchi — Housemade Potato Dumplings in a Sweet Tomato Sauce with Romano Cream, Basil & Parmesan

My dessert:

Torta Cioccolato — Flourless Chocolate-Espresso Tort with Raspberry Coulis & Fresh Cream

And finished at Benaroya Hall enjoying Handles Messiah.

Each year, I think I will get tickets for Handels Messiah. The radio commericals always pull me in! And this year, we finally got our act together and got tickets early (at the Day of Music).

Our balcony seats provided an excellent view of the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Symphony Chorale and the soprano, the tenor, the counter-tenor and the baritone. We were so close that you could see the conductor’s emotion as he turned toward musicians to his left.  {{We could also see the un-natural blonde streaks in the counter-tenors hair, Bai pointed out several times.}} Of course, the “Hallelujah” chorus stole the show. FABULOUS!

Oh, and some one now wants to learn to play the violin.

The location:

Il Bistro | 93A Pike Street | Seattle WA | 206.682.3049 | Website