Today Keith was working and the person I had lined up on Couchsurfing for some hopeful sightseeing sorta just disappeared on me which was odd as we had been emailing back and forth a few times prior to my arrival.Being the resourceful one I am, I checked out some more couchsurfing profiles and also sent some emails on Myspace.I got back some good info and recommendations on both things to visit and places to eat.The most popular recommendation for dinner was the Twisted Fish which happened to be right by me and also owned by the same people that have The Hangar we ate at the day before.
I checked out their menu online and something instantly caught my eye.One of my favorite dishes is a Salmon Wellington which I had for the first time at a winery owned restaurant many years ago in Temecula, California.
Douglas Island - early in the morning view
Since then, I have made various versions of it over the years, but nothing ever quite compared to that first one I had.The Twisted Fish offered their version which was stuffed with king crab and shrimp, wrapped in a puff pastry.Oh heaven!So after chatting a bit more online, I was ready to eat and do a little shopping!
Now, this was another one of my “firsts” – dining alone in a restaurant.I have always refused to do it and would prefer to get take out before I’d ever sit at a table alone, business travel or not.My plan was to mosey up to the bar, make friends with the bartender, and get some more info on things to do in Juneau so I had some more info to post on TB.Yeah, well that plan was foiled when I walked in and saw the only 4 or 6 seats at the bar – 2 or 3 people deep.
Early am view towards the waterfront area
Hmmmm, plan B…bar table?? Nope, none had been bussed and there were people hovering.The hostess said, Oh I can seat you in the main dining room.Uh, ok, bite the bullet! LOL.I ended up with a great waterfront table and a beautiful view of DouglasIsland and the channel.I had brought one of my insurance books for work that I need to study and take the test on soon so I amused myself with that for a bit in hopes I wouldn’t continue to turn beet red in fear of everyone staring at me throughout the restaurant! HA HA.
I ordered a glass of Pinot Noir and of course the stuffed salmon with scalloped potatoes and I was set.OMG, I made such a fatal error ordering the potatoes with that.
Mt. Roberts Tramway
The salmon was already rich and there was this giant garlic knot they served with it and then let’s add some more starches!! LOL.I was so full I thought I was going to explode!
Once I finished dinner, I figured I better walk some of it off before I fell into a food coma back at the apartment.There was this Alaska Shirt Company many tourists mentioned so I decided to check it out since it was just across the street.What a fun place!Well, I never got to see my real moose but I did find one on a pillow that I had to take a picture of!! HA HA.And then I spotted the best thing – moose pajamas. Oh yeah baby.Guaranteed those are getting back for Harriet’s Tucson meet up in November when we have a slumber party.I even found matching moose socks.
Twisted Fish Restaurant
Searched around at other gift ideas and found more stuff for myself of course.An Alaskan moose sweatshirt and cute shirts.I bought Melanie her can of sockeye salmon, an extra one for Dad, and an ornament for Mom and I was set.Their prices were really good and they had a lot of unique Alaskan clothing.I kept looking at their nice jackets but opted not to since I already was going to run out of room in my luggage the way it was.
It was back to the apartment now to relax and get ready for going out tonight…..we were meeting up with Keith’s friends at a couple local bars and perhaps do some dancing. SWEET – Juneau nightlife!LOL.
Keith and the bear...awwwwwwww
Keith’s friends were meeting up around so I got ready and we headed over to the first of two dive bars, called The Viking.Very interesting place actually. It has a little bit for everybody – karaoke in the main downstairs bar, a back room with a disco type theme and small dance floor. Upstairs was the typical bar with pool tables.We stayed up there for a bit and the guys played pool and I chatted with some of the girls and also a couple of the guys who were all incredibly nice and so accommodating.Not sure what I was thinking but forgot to take any pictures that night!Uuuuuugh.
We moved over to the next bar, The Imperial, where Keith wanted to get his groove on.Yeah, poor Keith.He does the typical white boy shuffle but he’s so adorable as he makes his way around the whole dance floor in search of hot chicks! LOL.
Harley stores are like Starbucks now!! HA HA
I ended up hanging out most of the night with one of his buddies and we just chatted and people watched.Very interesting night life environment there – I definitely stood out in more ways than one…..I definitely was one of the only women there who was “dressed up” and had hair and make up done.It’s just a very laid back environment and you could tell I was not a local.It was ok though, people just stared, no one messed with me! I knew I was in a different world when the bartender asked me where on earth did I find some place around there to get my nails done.Uuuuh, told her I am from California and she said that explained it! LOL.
It was a fun night but time to go since I had to be up in a couple hours for my tour of the fjord and glaciers nearby!Whoo Hoo.
I pet a moose! Ok, not exactly the type I wanted but it works! LOL
I think we got back home around or 3am and sat up talking for a bit when I realized, my alarm is going to go off in less than 2 hours.Oh lordy!I’d had a little bit to drink too so I was not looking forward to being tired with a hangover on an all day boat tour.Egads!