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Martin Kaste
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Attended Carleton College
Lives in Seattle


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I can show off by chatting up waiters in Brazilian, Mexican and German restaurants. (If I try this trick in a Russian restaurant, the best I can do is make sure we don't get borscht.)
  • NPR
    Correspondent, 2005 - present
    Correspondent based in the Northwest, covering national issues such as policing and privacy.
  • NPR
    Reporter, 2000 - 2005
    NPR's foreign correspondent in South America. Covered coups, cocaine and Chavismo.
  • Minnesota Public Radio
    Reporter, 1993 - 1999
    Cub reporter, then Capitol reporter. Covered the Iron Range, politics, and then Governor Jesse (the Body) Ventura.
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Thin walls; you have to be sure to keep your room's buzzing HVAC unit running to cover the noise from the next room. But nothing can cover the din from the rail yard just outside the east side of the hotel. If you're forced to stay here, make sure you get a room facing west.
Public - a week ago
reviewed a week ago
Maple-flavored green beans were very good, but how do you cook a pork belly to toughness? More like an overdone porkchop.
Public - 4 weeks ago
reviewed 4 weeks ago
Water slides are better than those at Lynwood Recreation Center... But not $400 better. And if it's peak season, your kids will have to wait ten minutes or more for the popular slides. (There's also a puzzling shortage of inner tubes.) Facility is well maintained and life guards are attentive. Be forewarned of the "fees and taxes" line on your bill. Between the two, expect to pay 20% more than the actual room rate. (They say the "fee" covers mandatory "extras" like the spotty wifi and the exercise room. Really, the only difference between the fee and the room rate is that you don't notice the former til you get your bill.)
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Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
They have everything, or they'll order it for you. At Christmas, they'll gift wrap and ship your books for free -- and if they're going out of state, no sales tax! Easily the most human -- and least monopolistic -- of the prominent, Seattle-based book retailers.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
6 reviews
Don't get the Brussels sprouts. They're bathed in luke-warm oil. Urg. Roast lamb was good.
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Don't get the chef's tasting menu. A hundred bucks later, we left hungry. Chef must have been in a bad mood.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago