Add flavor to a gray day in the Northwest with the colors and cuisine of Asia
One of the richest men in America might work down the block, butSeattle's International District is still a far cry fromgentrified.
In the shadow of Paul Allen's steel-and-glass Vulcanheadquarters, the "ID" continues to buzz along - low-tech andfiery, oblivious to any Windows save those that look out onJackson, Main, or King Streets. Multiple waves of immigrants havemade this a pan-Asian neighborhood, but it's especially festivehere in January, when the district is adorned in dragons for theChinese New Year, which falls on February 7. Here's to the Year ofthe Rat.
The International District is south of downtown, roughly betweenQwest Field and I-5 along S. Jackson St. Head south from downtownon 2nd Ave., then turn left on S. Jackson.
An upscale Vietnamese restaurant housed in a strip mall - andthe kind of place foodies prefer to keep to themselves. The waitfor a table is long enough, but the crunchy Tamarind Tree rollsalone are worth it. INFO: $; 1036S. Jackson St., Ste. A; 206/860-1404.