I am developing a healthy respect for interior designers.
Armed with solid ideas and photos of my desired furnishings, I headed an hour west for a day in the Tri-Cities. I was impressed with the amount of shopping options along the Columbia Center Boulevard, and I just knew I would be putting my hands on just the right finds for the tasting room. I visited three flooring companies, four furniture outlets, and four homeware department stores, and all I have to show for it is a couple of great armchairs, one of which is over budget. Ugh.
Designing the new tasting room is proving much harder than I thought.
Definitely take a GPS if you decide to visit the Tri-Cities. Getting around Kennewick was very confusing. It was all loopty-loo’s and spin-a-roo’s as far as I could tell. There were several times I could see my destination, but the road just wouldn’t lead me to it. I saw signs for a few tasting rooms, and I had hoped to make a sip stop at some point in my day. But I never did find one, and my time was otherwise consumed.
The highlight of my day was a sushi stop at Mizu in the Columbia Center Mall. Ahhhh, suuuushiiiii. A conveyor belt of deliciousness moved endlessly in front of me, yours truly with a penchant for variety. If I saw something interesting, I just pulled it from the belt. The plates were color-coded for pricing, with dishes ranging from $1.50 to $4.50. The servers happily accommodated any question with an apt description of your dish of choice. While the portions were small, it allowed for ample sampling without bulging the belt, which can happen quite easily if you aren’t careful with a sushi indulgence.
Regarding the tasting room interiors, I think I need to expand my shopping territory :P