Just a short cruise or sail away from downtown Seattle is the Scandinavian themed town of Poulsbo. Located on Liberty Bay on the Kitsap peninsula it is known as the "Little Norway on the Fjord". Founded by Norwegian settlers in the 1880's it has retained its Norwegian heritage. In fact Norwegian was the primary language of Poulsbo up until World War II when it became English.
The second meal began with a homemade vegetable soup that rendered our German friend light with refreshing acidity and sweetness accompanied by honey and citrus. The centerpiece consisted of chicken and slow cooker swedish meatballs enlivened with a mixture of coriander, cumin, black pepper, garlic, and caraway seed. In response the fermented grape juice was syrupy and yet somewhat thin and not very expressive. Steamed quinoa slightly strengthened the wine. Fresh strawberries muted this drink that became just a pleasant wisp in the background.
On the outskirts of town a Buddha statue sits on top of a hill and surveys the plains below. It makes for a good hike up to the top to take in the view. Open air restaurants are common place in the region. Small shaded areas with thatched roofs are built and the food standard is superb. Fresh fish, meat and vegetables are quickly prepared and served with bowls of rice for an extremely cheap price. I enjoyed a simple meal of pork meatballs cooked with basil, delicious!
For example, the box shows a pizza that is loaded with toppings. The pizza we had was practically bare. There was plenty of pepperoni but there was hardly any sausage or peppers on it. In fact, I had a couple slices that were pretty much nothing but cheese and italian meatballs. And, the sauce made up the majority of that.
Now, you can substitute out canned chili for the taco meat. You could also use some pre made diced chicken from the grocery store. Those rotisserie slow cooker recipes for kids are great or even some of those deli sliced chicken strips. Tofu would also work well for any vegetarians. I also like to add black beans to these nachos, which is a great substitution for the more expensive meat.