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

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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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Monday, July 13, 2015

FOOD EVENT: Sunset Supper at Pike Place Market
Are you ready for the party of the summer?! This year is the 20th Anniversary of the Sunset Supper at Pike Place Market! Over 90 of the region's finest restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries will offer up samples of their delicious food and drinks. The historic Pike Place Market serves as the perfect venue for the Sunset Supper. This event offers the a great opportunity to sip and sample great food and drinks as you chat with the chefs and try your luck on a raffle or spin the wheel for prizes. You can also dance the night away to live music. Check out the participating vendors here.

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.

The event is Friday, August 14th from 7:30 - 11:00pm at Pike Place Market. General admission tickets are $150 for each individual. Patron tickets are $250 for each individual, or $2,500 for a table of 10. Patron tickets include a 7pm early admission, canopied seating, exclusive wine service, free parking, and more.

Photos from last year's event.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

BEER: Breakside Brewery's Salted Caramel Stout

Today I tried Portland, Oregon's Breakside Brewery's Salted Caramel Stout. This Stout was made in collaboration with Salt and Straw in Portland. This is a mighty good Stout! It has a subtle caramel taste with a hint of chocolate and coffee. It has a great aroma with a dark color and good head. The taste is nice and smooth, and it's not sweet as expected. This Stout was voted one of the Top 25 Beers of 2014 by Draft Magazine. I purchased this beer at Mammoth in Eastlake. I'll definitely be buying some more of this!

Monday, March 30, 2015

FOOD TIPS: DIY Vacuum Sealing


 I own a vacuum sealer that I use all the time to seal up chicken, ground beef, steaks, and all sorts of food. Unfortunately I don't have much counter space so whenever I have to use my sealer, I have to drag it out of the cupboard. I know it's not a huge hassle to do so, but sometimes I'm lazy. I was happy to come across this video for a DIY way to vacuum seal food. Justin Chapple from the Food and Wine Test Kitchen demonstrates an easy way to seal your food using a plastic zip bag and a large bowl of water. This is great if you don't want to fork up the cash on one of those expensive food sealers, or if you only need to seal food from time to time. Check out the Food and Wine website for more of their Mad Genius Tips.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

FOOD EVENT: Vegfest 2015

This weekend is Seattle Vegfest 2015! Vegetarians unite! Vegfest is a healthy vegetarian food festival that offers food samples, cooking demonstrations, guest speakers, and health checks. Check out the Vegfest website for more info on the food festival.

Friday, March 21st and Saturday, March 22nd, 2015
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
10am - 6pm
Tickets available at the door
Adults $8, Kids 12 and under - Free

Sunday, March 15, 2015

FOOD NEWS: James Beard Award Semifinalists

Photo Credit: James Beard Foundation

Last month the James Beard Foundation announced the 2015 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists. As always, Washington state has a good representation of outstanding chefs and restaurants. Here is a list of the Washington state Semifinalists. The finalists will be announced on March 24th, 2015, at the James Beard House in New York City.
Outstanding Baker
Evan Andres, Columbia City Bakery - Columbia City, Seattle

Outstanding Bar Program
Canon - Capitol Hill, Seattle

Outstanding Chef
Holly Smith, Cafe Juanita - Kirkland, WA

Outstanding Restaurant
Canlis - Queen Anne, Seattle

Outstanding Restaurateur
Ethan Stowell, Ethan Stowell Restaurants (Staple and Fancy, How to Cook a Wolf, Anchovies & Olives, Chippy's, MKT., Red Cow, Rione XIII, Tavolata, Ballard Pizza Company) - Seattle

Outstanding Wine Program
Wild Ginger - Downtown Seattle and Bellevue, WA

Rising Star of the Year
Jay Blackinton, Hogstone Wood Oven - Orcas Island, WA

Best Chef: Northwest
Eric Donnelly, RockCreek - Fremont, Seattle
Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins - Wallingford, Seattle
Jeremy Hansen, Sante - Spokane, WA
Nathan Lockwood, Altura - Capitol Hill, Seattle
Garrett Melkonian, Mamnoon - Capitol Hill, Seattle
Dustin Ronspies, Art of the Table - Fremont, Seattle
Jason Stratton, Spinasse - Capitol Hill, Seattle
Blaine Wetzel, The Willows Inn on Lummi Island - Lummi Island, WA
Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, Joule - Wallingford, Seattle

A full list of all the national Semifinalists can be found at the James Beard Foundation website.

Congratulations to all the Semifinalists and good luck!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

REVIEW: The London Plane

Last weekend I had Brunch at The London Plane in Pioneer Square. I have been wanting to eat at this cafe since it opened a year ago. The London Plane is owned by Mathew Dillon who also owns the popular Sitka and Spruce, The Corson Building, bar ferd'nand, and bar Sajor. It is also a partnership between Katherine Anderson, owner of Marigold and Mint. The London Plane is one of many new restaurants that have opened in Pioneer Square over the last year that has started a revitalization of Seattle's oldest neighborhood.

The London Plane is located at 300 Occidental Avenue South. It is a corner space in a beautiful historic building. The space has huge floor to high-ceiling windows that just flood the space with natural light. When you enter the cafe you are greeted by a large table of beautiful flower arrangements from Marigold and Mint. The counter to the right offers fresh bakery goods and an array of salads, soups, and other delicious looking food items. There is seating available upstairs on the second level that offers up a great view of the main dining area and cafe bar.

I was really looking forward to trying the food at The London Plane. Matthew Dillon had huge success with Sitka and Spruce, so I had high expectations. I decided to start with one of the baked goods, as they all sounded so delicious. I wanted to go with the orange scented morning bun, but they were unfortunately out of them that morning. I went with my second choice, the warm biscuit with seasonal preserve and crème fraiche. I'm not going to lie, this biscuit with the preserve and crème fraiche was one of the best biscuits I have had in a very long time. So I'm kind of glad they were out of the morning bun. 

I love Brunch. It gives me an excuse to have an alcoholic beverage in the morning. Not that I really need an excuse. The Mimosa was very tasty and it was a generous pour. So we were off to a good start. Next came the main dish.

I ordered the salt cured king salmon with marinated beets, fennel, crème fraich and a boiled egg. First off, the presentation of the food was amazing. The food almost looked like a floral arrangement, and it tasted as good as it looked. Everything was so fresh and full of flavor. I really liked the paper-thin shaved radishes. I'm a big fan of fennel, and this dish had just the right amount to not overpower the salmon, which was delicious! The boiled egg was just slightly more than soft boiled and the yolk just slowly oozed when I cut into it. I would definitely come back for more of this dish.

The London Plane is also a specialty foods store. They offer foods, gift ideas, cookbooks, soaps, cards, tableware, and other great food-related items. I highly recommend stopping into The London Plane,either for some delicious food, or to wander through their store items. If you do plan on going for dinner, I would suggest making reservations, as they tend to fill up very quickly.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

FOOD EVENT: Dine Around Seattle

The bi-annual dining promotion Dine Around Seattle is here again! Some of the area's best restaurants offer up a 3-course prix-fixe menu for only $33! Some even offer a 3-course lunch for only $18! It takes place all during the month of March, Sundays through Thursdays, excluding Sunday Brunch and Holidays.

Check out their website for a full listing of all the participating restaurants.

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