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An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

January 11, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Good art and food intersect at Bellevue's Crossroads Shopping Center

Posted by Gabriel Campanario

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Jan. 10, 1:10 p.m. [Click sketch to view larger]

I can't let a good sketch opportunity pass when I'm on the Eastside. This feature may be called Seattle Sketcher, but I try to draw beyond the city limits as much as I can. To know Seattle well, I think you also need to know the communities around it.

On Sunday, I was with family at Crossroads Shopping Center in Bellevue, where the art pieces sprinkled around immediately caught my eye.

I saw a set of figures made out of pipes, an iron bench in the shape of a crocodile and this imposing wood carving next to a mural signed by Billy Davis. The blueish-gray sky on the mural blended nicely with the real sky above.

I was also impressed with the variety of international cuisine offerings at the food-court. I had a tasty beef pho at Papaya Vietnamese Cuisine. My wife said her stir-fry tofu with rice was really good too. Next time, we'll try dessert at the Russian bakery Piroshky Piroshky. That's our excuse to come back.

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Back from the mall, I did some research about this unique shopping center and came across this article about Ron Sher, the Bellevue developer who had the vision for Crossroads. It was written by The Times' Pacific Northwest Magazine writer William Dietrich. It's from 2003, but still a good read.

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