Via Tribunali in Georgetown, Seattle. A must try!
Yesterday, my husband and I drove 3 hours away to spend our day in Portland, Oregon. I was so excited to visit the city of roses but we couldn’t possibly do everything in Portland for a day so we tried to do as much as possible. Here are some of the places we got to see while we were there..Read more…
Last Thursday was Dining out for Life day, which means when you dine at any participating restaurant , grocery store, cafe or bakery on this day, up to 30% of your purchase will be donated to Lifelong AIDS Alliance and the fight against illness and hunger in our community.
One of the participating restaurants was The Saint, which is my favorite spot for happy hour and is a block away from our condo. Their happy hour starts at 5pm till 7 pm and they have the best margarita ever! (In my opinion of course)
You really can’t miss the bright turquoise exterior and It feels cozy once you are inside. They have old pictures of matadors in different frames (some of them are even funny-looking) and all the servers here are great.
We also ordered their Mini gorditas de puerco, which was a slow cooked spicy pork served also on homemade masa rounds. This was our first time having them and my husband had to order another batch after we finished the first one, It was that good!
Lastly, we had their chicken mole tacos served with rice and beans. I love love love tacos and these are so delicious. Just looking at this picture makes me drool. So If you are ever on Seattle and craving for Mexican food, consider this place!
Last night, my husband and I went to Uwajimaya to buy some mangoes and Japanese mayo. We usually go to International District for our dim sum fix but we didn’t really have a usual spot for our sushi cravings, so we went to Maekawa bar which is a block away from the grocery store.
This Japanese pub sits on the second floor of a small shopping center with tall glass windows looking out into another bar/restaurant called Fort St. George. They weren’t busy when we arrived but I’ve heard youngsters and people looking for snack food after drinking populate this place at night. They serve a huge range appetizers or “Asian Tapas, Japanese-style”
One of our tapas was their Takoyaki, a ball-shaped dumpling made with flavored batter and bits of octopus inside. It is fried with a special takoyaki pan and topped with takoyaki sauce and shavings of dried bonito. It is always served fresh and hot out of the pan so be careful when you order one in the future. Eating this brought me back to when I was still in Manila, eating takoyaki at Samurai foods with my family. Fun memories!
We also ordered Torisenbei, deep fried chicken battered with cornflakes and served with Japanese mayo. It was so crunchy-good! I guess this is how you get the crispiest crust on a fried chicken: use cornflakes! Will definitely come back and try some other tapas. Itadakimasu!
I made an online reservation for our anniversary dinner tonight at Terra Plata – a newly opened restaurant located in the south end of the Melrose Market in Capitol hill. Terra plata is an “earth to plate” concept inspired by the seasons, according to it’s owner. The place is not hard to miss with it’s triangular shaped building and a tall wooden door.
We went in and saw that the dining area was packed, and with a few people sitting by the window at the entry way. There was a couple of empty tables and one of them belonged to us (thank God we made a reservation). I really loved the open concept with the sliding floor-to-ceiling windows and wooden tables and chairs, not too upscale but urbane.
We ordered their house made potato chips for starters and they came with a ramekin of dipping sauce (pecorini-chive cream) These were probably my favorite because I just couldn’t stop eating them. I was so used to eating potato chips in a bag when I was in the Philippines but these kind are a million times better (and more expensive!)
We also ordered their baked oysters and we loved them because they were topped with chorizo and creme fraiche. These oysters were settled on a bed of salt with lemon slices. They were creamy and perfect, and we devoured them in less than 5 minutes.
Then came our entrees: roast pig and buffalo burger. The roast pig was served in a big bowl with chorizo, clams, potatoes and chicharron. The pig was very tender and everything in the bowl just came together deliciously. This dish reminded me of home, in the Philippines, where balut vendors would sell chicharron (spelled as tsitsaron in tagalog) together with vinegar or bagoong. Roast pig is very popular in the Philippines too. We call it the “lechon” and it is usually part of any special occasions or festivities.
The buffalo burger was served between a tasty bun with taleggio cheese, arugula and tomato, and it came with the house made chips. I ate half and gave the other half to my husband. We both love burgers and there is one particular burger that we really REALLY love (I am not telling though) and we always compare any burger that we eat to this “Burger” that we really REALLY love. We love it that much that we almost made a reservation to that restaurant (or pub) instead. Almost. But I thought It’s always good to try something new, hence, our reservation to this new restaurant was made.
And then there was dessert. Apple empanada with cardamom ice cream and caramel popcorn, and churros with chili chocolate ganache and whipped cream. The empanada was good and the crust was flaky, but it was the ice cream and the popcorn that got our attention. We were dreaming of plans to put up a business in the Philippines and maybe we could do something with popcorn and nutella – my husband’s creative creation one night when we both craved for them.
My husband loved the churros especially the chili chocolate dip, though I wish they were crispier and with less cinnamon, we still loved them. Overall, our experience was great and we even talked about coming back for more chips and churros, but when the bill came I jokingly told my husband that we will be having anchovies for dinner for the next few weeks.
Thanks to the Capitol Hill blog, I found out about this newly opened Chinese bakery in the area called “Regent Bakery and Cafe.” The original location is in Redmond where it has become software developers and artists in that area’s favorite. That was enough to get me excited and asked my husband If we could go there for dinner. He said yes, of course, saying he had gone to their Redmond location multiple times during his lunch break.
After driving in circles looking for a parking, and forcefully paying $7 for a spot when we couldn’t find one, we went inside the restaurant and was welcomed by a bold glass chandelier and a large space for some serious eating. They have a separate area for dining, the bar and the bakery. There weren’t too many people when we went but their menu looked very inviting – hot pots, chicken dishes, seafood, noodles, soup, pork and beef. I wish we brought the whole baranggay ( village ) so we can try everything out but It was just me and husband so we each ordered something our stomach desired. My husband ordered their Seafood hot pot and I ordered their Honey walnut prawns, with a side of brown rice.
Our order came after 10 minutes and I snapped away immediately, making sure I captured their beauty before we devour and send them down to our hungry stomach. The hot pot lived up to its name and the seafood ( squid, scallops and shrimp) tasted good. It was sauteed with silken tofu and shiitake mushrooms – my favorite part. The honey walnut prawns were sweet and crunchy, just the way I like them. The servings were perfect too.
Knowing myself and my husband, we just couldn’t end a meal without something sweet. We crossed the dining area and headed for their bakery displaying cakes and cake slices (slices cost 3 bucks and change) We ordered a slice of Tiramisu and Mango cheesecake, and my husband grabbed a package of cookies (forgot the name) from their wall of self-served baked goods and pastries.
Overall it was a good experience for the both of us. The server was very friendly and we loved their food as well. We will come back for sure so we can try their other specialties ( and I can take more pictures ) but next time we might just leave the car in the garage. Thanks for reading!