Via Tribunali in Georgetown, Seattle. A must try!
Every time I go to Pike Place Market I always grab two demi baguettes at Le Panier. They offer authentic French patisserie and I just love their macaroons! Anyway, two demi baguettes are obviously more than enough for my husband and I so I had this half-loaf of bread sitting on the counter waiting to be eaten. I went online and found this recipe for a bread pudding. It did wonders to my 3-day old baguette. Read more…
Sometimes having a plain bread is not enough, and topping parmesan on a bread brings out something more. I grabbed these potato slider buns at Macrina bakery (photos below) one day and decided to do just that. This recipe is plain simple and I was contemplating whether or not I should post this because I can’t simply tell you to slice your bread in half, top it with your favorite cheese then broil them for a minute of two – but I’m doing it anyway because I had so much fun taking photos of the cheese and bread. Maybe this will inspire me to use for sandwiches or burgers but right now I’m going to enjoy the deliciousness of this simple recipe.
1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1 baguette or slider buns
It was a cloudy Saturday when my husband and I drove to Fremont looking for a spot to park our car. 10 blocks away we walked towards the event wondering to myself “why am I so excited to see naked people ride bikes?” – because this would be my first time to witness such parade and I could only feel excitement as I was thinking about If I have enough battery life for my camera (thank God I brought a spare) We immediately grabbed a bite and situated ourselves close to the parade as possible – I am shorter than most people 🙂 As soon as the naked bicyclists flooded the main road I was busy taking pictures and having fun! Here are some of the “kid-friendly” photos I took that I want to share with you.
“The Fremont Fair is one of Seattle’s most beloved neighborhood street festivals featuring a weekend of eclectic activities that celebrate the quirky community of Fremont, the self-proclaimed “center of the universe.” Held annually in mid-June to coincide with the Summer Solstice, the event draws more than 100,000 people to shop, eat, drink, mingle, groove, and enjoy all manners of creative expression. Artistic highlights include craft and art booths, street performers, local bands, wacky decorated art cars, the free-spirited Solstice Parade produced by the Fremont Arts Council, and many other oddities that personify Fremont’s official motto “Delibertus Quirkus” – Freedom to be Peculiar.” – Fremont Fair website
Bananas are one of those fruits that I grab every time I go to the grocery store every week, and sometimes I just had too much that some of them ripens to the point where you can’t even eat them anymore. One way to not waste your ripe bananas is to make banana bread! I looked online for a simple banana bread recipe and I came across Sugarlaws where she posted this cinnamon honey banana bread. I had all the ingredients in my pantry so I baked away while listening to KEXP. This is one of the best banana breads I’ve ever had! I used the saigon cinnamon which I bough from Marketspice, and the raspberry honey from Moon valley. Both the sweetest of their kind, so I was hoping only for the best results. You can use any kind of honey that you have too. ...READ MORE…
I remember the first time I had my Molly Moon’s ice cream; It was my first few weeks in Seattle and my husband was showing me around Capitol hill. We went inside the ice cream shop and the smell of freshly made waffle cones flooded my brain. I felt like I was a little kid again, begging my parents for change so I can buy a scoop of ice cream from the ice cream vendor walking around our neighborhood.
Here is “little” me sneaking an ice cream cone from the ice cream vendor (Philippines 1993) I remember my favorites were the mango and yam flavor, patiently licking my ice cream as I get to my final and favorite part: melted ice cream at the end of the cone.
If you ever visit Seattle, especially during the summer, make sure you grab a scoop from Molly Moon’s homemade ice cream. They have shops in Wallingford, Capitol hill, Madrona and Queen Anne. Their flavors rotate with the seasons and you can check their website for more information. My favorites are: Theo chocolate, balsamic strawberry and honey lavender.
If you visit their cute Madrona store you can also have their “ice cream sandwiches.” They are to die for! The cookies are so chewy and flavorful, and the ice cream sandwiched between them will melt flavors in to your mouth. My husband and I are crazy for them; sometimes we would order half a dozen and stock them into our freezer to last us a full week.
When I heard that Molly Moon is going to release a recipe book, I immediately bought one and went to one of her book signing which was in their Capitol hill store. The book include recipes inspired by the seasons and I can’t wait to make my own ice cream!
Ice cream is one of those comfort foods you get excited about when you were a kid, and they still excite me even to this day when I have achieved something great and felt like a needed to pat myself at the back; ice cream will definitely be my reward.
It was a fine sunny day in Seattle when I’ve decided to explore Pike Place Market since there is always something interesting to see. I am a big fan of the market and you might see me walking around the maze at least once a week, taking shots and buying local goods. One of my favorite stalls in the market is the Moon Valley Organics – they produce organic body care products using only sustainable and real ingredients. But if you look past their amazing body butters you will find that they also sell one of the best honeys I have ever tried. Personally, I am not a big fan of honeys. My Filipino blood loves to use granulated sugar for achieving sweetness but when I have tried their samples I was blown away.
Oh and I also made this wake-up kebabs that I saw from this recipe book I bought last week. It has under 100 calories per kebab and they are perfect for a healthy side of breakfast. The recipe calls for apples and a watermelon but I only have bananas and strawberries so that’s what I used for this recipe. You can use any fruit you love just make sure you can thread them on a stick.
Fresh fruits ( strawberry, apple, bananas, watermelon ) washed and sliced into bite-sized chunks
1 tbsp orange or lemon juice
2 tsp honey
1. Preheat the broiler to high and line the broiler rack with foil. Brush the fruits with the orange or lemon juice.
2. Thread the fruits onto kebab sticks or presoaked wooden skewers and place on broiler racks.
3. Drizzle with the honey then broil for 5 to 6 minutes, turning them over halfway through cooking. Serve while warm.
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.