Thursday, November 12, 2015

FOOD EVENT: Dine Around Seattle Going On Now!

Dine Around Seattle is going on now! 45 of your favorite Seattle area restaurants offer 3-course dinners for only $33! 3-course lunches are only $18. Dine Around Seattle takes place November 1st - 25th, Sundays through Thursdays, excluding Sunday Brunch and Holidays. Get the full list of participating restaurants here, and get more info on their website.

Now get out and eat!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

TV SHOWS: Jason Stratton on Top Chef!

Jason Stratton (Photo Bravo TV)

Seattle's Jason Stratton (General Manager/Executive Chef, Mamnoon) will be on season 13 of Top Chef! The two-night premiere airs Wednesday, December 2nd and Thursday, December 3rd on Bravo. Top Chef will be road tripping across the Golden State of California with stops in San Diego, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Oakland and San Francisco. Padma, Tom, Gail, Richard and Emeril will be judging the chefs culinary creations through their six-city expedition.

Check out the Top Chef Season 13 preview! Top Chef California: West Coast Here We Come!

Here is Jason's bio from Bravo's Top Chef website:

AGE: 35
PROFESSION: General Manager/Executive Chef, Mamnoon
CULINARY EDUCATION: No formal training; Worked under the mentorship of great chefs including Bruce Naftaly (Le Gourmand), Holly Smith (Cafe Juanita) and Jerry Traunfeld (Poppy)
FAVORITE SIMPLE FALL RECIPE: Bagna Caoda Flan with Sunchoke Puree

Jason Stratton started in the kitchen at age 16 working as a dishwasher for the "Godfather of Northwest cuisine" Bruce Naftaly where he was immersed in seasonal cooking. While applying to graduate school for poetry, he secured a Sous Chef position with Holly Smith at Cafe Juanita which sparked his long love of regional Italian cuisine. He would later helm the celebrated Spinasse in Seattle, where he was awarded "2010 Food & Wine Best New Chef" after just 6 months in the position.  He went on to open Artusi, a Bon Apetít Best New Restaurant in 2012, and Aragona, a James Beard semifinalist for Best New Restaurant in 2014 before taking on his current role of General Manager and Executive Chef for Mamnoon.

I can't wait for the start of Season 13 of Top Chef, and I wish Jason Stratton the best of luck!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

OPENING: Pecado Bueno has Soft Opening in Eastlake

 Pecado Bueno's third location on Eastlake Ave. E. in Eastlake just opened their doors for their soft opening. They still have a few things to finish work on, but the restaurant looks about 95% complete.

 When you enter the restaurant, you walk to the back counter and place your order. They give you a number and you take a seat at one of their tables or you can grab a stool at their bar. I order their three soft tacos dinner. It comes with three tacos of your choice on corn or flour tortillas, and a side of beans and rice. I went with the grilled chicken, pork carnitas and roasted butternut squash tacos. All three were delicious and the ingredients were very flavorful! I had never tried a butternut squash taco before. It was very tasty. I'll definitely order more of those!


Pecado Bueno is home of the $#, 100% Agave Tequila Margarita. Very tasty!

 The owners of Pecado Bueno have done a great job transforming the old Quick Stop convenience store into a new cantina. I'm looking forward to sitting out in the bar exterior. Hopefully they will have it open soon as long as the weather permits. Since they opened on Wednesday, I have noticed a steady stream of people checking out the new location. I have a feeling I will be frequenting this place quite a bit. Welcome to Eastlake Pecado Bueno!    

Pecado Bueno Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

FOOD EVENT: Seattle Restaurant Week

It's time again for the Fall edition of Seattle Restaurant Week! More than 165 local restaurants are serving up three-course dinners for just $30, and many also offer two-course lunches for only $15. Seattle Restaurant Week runs from October 18-22 and October 25-29. The dinner and lunch deals are only good Sunday through Thursday.

For a complete listing of all the participating restaurants, check out the Seattle Restaurant Week website. You can also follow on Twitter.

This is a great promotion that gives you the opportunity to try out some restaurants you may have been meaning to visit, and you can do it at a great price! Now map out your restaurants and GO EAT!

Friday, October 2, 2015

FOOD REVIEW: Brunswick and Hunt

Brunswick and Hunt menus.

This review has been a long time coming. Brunswick and Hunt is one of my new favorite restaurants in Seattle. The restaurant is owned by longtime Seattle restauranteurs and brothers, Barry Rogel and Scott Rogel. The name of the restaurant, located at 70th and 15th in Ballard, has a great story rich in history.

When you enter the restaurant, you will notice the beautiful front bar to the right, made of American oak and birch. There is also an accompanying back bar in front of the kitchen. They were built near the end of the 1800's in Iowa by Brunswick Balke Collender and Company. In the early 1900's, the bars made their way to Winlock, Washington. That's where Barry and Scott found them. They had the bars moved to Seattle for a complete restoration. Opposite the front bar is a massive landscape painting by RJ Bocense titled, "The Hunt". As the story goes, The Hunt was painted as a companion piece for the "Brunswick", the front bar. The bar and painting have been together for over 100 years. The brothers had them both installed in their restored glory in the aptly named W.E. Hunt building in Ballard, and Brunswick and Hunt was born.

Heavenly Brunswick fried chicken with slaw and potato salad.

Brunswick and Hunt prepares fried chicken, one of my favorite foods, to perfection. The portion is generous with a breast, the leg and thigh joint. The chicken was juicy with a crispy, golden brown skin that is drizzled with truffle-honey. I could have easily ordered another helping. It is accompanied by a delicious coleslaw and a purple potato salad.

This ain't your Grandma's cornbread!
My friends and I also ordered the corn bread with honey butter to share. That is some seriously tasty corn bread.

Open kitchen offers great views of food preparation.

Brunswick and Hunt offers seating at the back bar that faces the kitchen. I love restaurants that allow you to watch the chefs in action. You get to witness all the fresh ingredients that are combined to create their delicious dishes. Not only is it entertaining, but you can learn a few things in the kitchen!

Brunswick and Hunt delivers farm-to-neighborhood food, and they do it right. I'm looking forward to many more visits to try out all of their other tasty offerings!

Brunswick & Hunt Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Brunswick & Hunt

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Happy National Coffee Day!

In honor of National Coffee Day, you can enjoy some of these great deals at your favorite coffee retailer.

Dunkin' Dounuts: Get a free medium cup of Dunkin' Donuts hot or iced dark roast coffee. Limit one per guest, and is available at participating locations.

Peet's Coffee and Tea: Get a free small cup of Peet's Major Dickason Blend with any purchase of a baked good, oatmeal or fresh food item.

Krispy Kreme: Get a free small coffee and an original glazed donut!

Tim Hortons: Get any size coffee in Regular or Dark Roast for just $1 at participating U.S. restaurants.

Whole Foods: The grocery store is celebrating all month long with 25 cent cups of 12-ounce coffee.

Caribou Coffee: Coffee with a cause. Instead of giving people free coffee, for every cup of Amy's Blend purchased on Sept. 29th, Caribou will donate a cup of coffee to nurses and families in cancer centers throughout the country.

Enjoy your day with a good cup of coffee! I love Caribou's tagline....Life is short. Stay awake for it.

Friday, August 28, 2015

BEER EVENT: BREW Seattle 2015

If you're a lover of Seattle beer, then you have to check out BREW Seattle at Bell Harbor on October 23rd from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. The 3rd annual local-breweries-only tasting event features over 20 breweries from Seattle. Your $28 ticket gets you six tasting tokens, a BREW Seattle mini-mug, music and giveaways. You can purchase tickets here. At the event you can also vote for the Brewery of the Year! Pike Brewery currently holds the title. Let your taste buds help you select the next winner! Check out their website for all the info.

Here's a listing of all the breweries who will be pouring their tasty brews....

Counterbalance Brewing
Big Al Brewing
Bluebird Microcreamery & Brewery
Elysian Brewing
Elliott Bay Brewing
Fremont Brewing
Hellbent Brewing
Lowercase Brewing
Lantern Brewing
Machine House
Peddler Brewing Company
Pike Brewing
Reuben’s Brews
Rooftop Brew Co.
Seapine Brewing Company
Spinnaker Bay Brewing
Stoup Brewing
Two Beers Brewing
Triple R Brewing
Tin Dog Brewing
West Seattle Brewing
Seattle Cider Company
Schilling Cider
Number 6 Cider
The Soda Jerk
Outlander Brewing

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

OPENING SOON: Pecado Bueno is coming to Eastlake!

Pecado Bueno is coming to my neighborhood, Eastlake! I'm excited to see a business finally take over the former Quick Stop Grocery & Deli location at 2352 Eastlake Ave. E., and I'm really excited that it's Pecado Bueno! This will be the third location with the other two in Fremont and West Seattle. They are owned by James Schmidt who co-founded Taco Del Mar with his brother. James is no longer affiliated with the Taco Del Mar chain. The Pecado Bueno Eastlake location is scheduled to open the second week of September. I'm looking forward to the opening, and I'll write another post after my first visit.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

FUNNY: Whine About It

If you haven't checked out Matt Bellassai from BuzzFeed, please do yourself a favor and check out this video. Matt produces a new video every Wednesday called "Whine About It!". He guzzles down a huge glass of wine, and then proceeds to whine about what he hates that week. This past week he whined about the worst people at every restaurant. I must say he is spot on regarding most of these descriptions of people. Check him out. He's hilarious!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

FOOD EVENT RECAP: Pike Place Market Sunset Supper

Last Friday was Pike Place Market's annual Sunset Supper. Luckily the heavy rain let up just in time for the event and it was a huge success! Some of the area's best chefs, restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries sampled their delicious food and drinks. This is my favorite food event of the year. To be able to take in the market setting in the evening with great food and drinks is truly an awesome experience!

Proceeds from the Sunset Supper benefit The Market Foundation's mission to end hunger, care for the sick, educate kids, and find homes for those without, right at Pike Place Market. The Market Foundation is the heart of the Market. Their programs allow the diverse community to live and thrive at Pike Place Market. Learn more about The Market Foundation here.

If you didn't have a chance to attend this year, I highly recommend making the Sunset Supper a must-attend event for next year! Also, check out the Pike Up! website to learn all about the Market's expansion!

Please enjoy some pictures from this year's Sunset Supper.....

Food and drinks out on the bricks!
Rachel's Ginger Beer
Blue C Sushi
Blue C Sushi

Crowd enjoying the delicious food at the Sunset Supper.

Cafe Campagne

Rodeo Donut

Rodeo Donut

Macrina Bakery

Scutter's Gourmet Popcorn in Seattle Seahawks colors.

Pike Place Chowder

Fremont Brewing


Heritage Distilling

Wilridge Winery

Treveri Cellars

Dry Sparkling Soda

Gazpacho from Luc.

Seattle Seahawks popcorn from Scutter's Gourmet Popcorn.
Dancing the night away at the Sunset Supper.

Hope to see you at the Pike Place Market Sunset Supper next year! Cheers!                 

Friday, July 17, 2015

FOOD EVENT: Bite of Seattle
Today is the start of the Groupon Bite of Seattle at Seattle Center! Three full days of great food, wine, beer, food demos and entertainment. This is the perfect opportunity to sample food from some of your favorite food vendors, or try out something new. Each day has a full schedule of events for the whole family! Check out their website for a listing of all the vendors and events.

Groupon Bite of Seattle
Seattle Center, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109
Cost: Free Admission
Hours: Friday & Saturday 11am - 9pm
Sunday 11am - 8pm

Follow The Bite of Seattle on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

FOOD REVIEW: Urbane at Olive 8

More and more local restaurants are offering fresh, local, organic food. Urbane at Olive 8 in downtown Seattle is doing it right. Urbane is committed to sustainability and featuring local ingredients. They source a majority of their raw ingredients from within a 200-mile radius of their restaurant, reducing their carbon footprint.

Summertime BLT with organic mixed greens salad.

I had the opportunity to enjoy a nice lunch at Urbane this week. Their menu offers a great mix of small plates, sandwiches and large plates. I ordered the Summertime BLT with a side salad. The sandwich comes well stacked with all fresh ingredients of bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado on whole wheat bread. The BLT was delicious! The bacon was crispy and it had just enough avocado to give the sandwich some good flavor. I really enjoyed the side salad also, fresh organic mixed greens, radish, Willamette Valley aged gouda and verjusnette.

Sign of a good meal.

As you can see, I really enjoyed the sandwich and salad.

Apples and caramel dipping sauce.
For dessert, I went with the very simple, but very tasty fresh apple slices with caramel dipping sauce.

Oh, so good.

Urbane dining area.
The restaurant itself is nice, clean and minimal. Urbane is one of very few restaurants in Seattle with LEED Silver Certification. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to provide a standard for environmentally sustainable construction and operating practices. This certification adds to Urbane's commitment of sustainability, not only with their farm-to-table food, but with their day-to-day operations. I'm impressed with their efforts, and I can only hope more Seattle area restaurants take on the same commitment.

View from window towards 8th Ave. and Olive Way.
Urbane is one of over 90 restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries that will be participating in the Sunset Supper at Pike Place Market on August 14th. This is one of the best parties of the summer! Proceeds from the Sunset Supper benefit The Market Foundation. Their mission is to end hunger, care for the sick, educate kids, and find homes for those without, right at Pike Place Market. Find out more about the Sunset Supper at their website, and be sure to purchase tickets to the event to sample some of the region's best food and drinks!

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