4 thoughts on “Volunteer Park Cafe and Marketplace – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. That pot pie sounds good Richard. I have half a mind to jump on a plane to Seattle just to sample it. I had a beef and tomato pie with potato mash and peas last night, with a nice red. Very homey and satisfying.

    Did you ever read Jonathan Raban’s lovely piece about post 911 Seattle in the New York Review of Books? Worth a look. I have had a hankering to visit the NorthWest ever since I read Ken Kesey’s Sometimes a Great Notion years ago; still my alltime favourite American novel.

    Anyway, all the best

    Glenn Condell

  2. I never read Raban’s piece in NYR but I’ll have to do so now. Let me know if you have a link.

    I read Kesey’s great novel way back when I was in college & before I knew anything about the Pacific NW. At any rate, you should definitely visit us. We have great food here & our summers are to die for (& I’ve lived in many places in the world).

    One thing though, if you visit & like it here don’t tell anyone back home. The city is changing before our very eyes with explosive growth & not all those changes are good ones. If too many people get in on the secret, then we’re liable to become the Next Big Thing & that would be terrible for us.

  3. The link for the Raban piece is here:


    but it is now unfortunately behind a subscription wall. Maybe check ut the hardcopy next time you visit the Library.

    Promise not to spread the word about the Northwest; the same thing is happening here, and is even worse for friends I have in places like New Zealand and Tasmania. Rich refugees from New York and London are relocating away from terror threats and pollution to quiet regions with clean water, good wine, trout and salmon, wilderness. This hunkering down provides an influx of money and so is OK with the govt, but many locals are upset at the sudden yuppification of their old fishing or farming village, where you now can’t get a burger for under ten bucks.

    I guess you can’t please all of the people all of the time…



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