Around October last year, I went to the Philippines to visit my family. 15-hour flight is no fun, especially when you are scared of heights and turbulence, but I just focus on the excitement of seeing my family to endure the long flights and transfers. When you visit the Philippines, you will probably see a lot of boxes on the conveyor belts and push carts being pushed around by filipinos coming home from abroad …read more…
Living so close to downtown Seattle is so exciting. I moved here a few years ago from sunny Philippines and It was so convenient for me since I don’t drive. With our 2nd Anniversary coming up, I rushed towards the city to look for a gift for my husband. Pacific Place is usually my first stop since it is the closest from home, and as I was heading up on the escalator I saw a glimpse of colors brown and teal – Trophy cupcakes! I totally forgot they added a little kiosk just by the escalators and I remember how excited I felt because we won’t have to drive to their University district location just to grab their delicious cupcakes. I remember loving their Red velvet when I first had it and said to myself that this must be one of the best cupcakes I’ve ever had. So you may now I guess what I have ordered: A red velvet cupcake and triple chocolate, which was equally nice.
The guy that was working there that time was extremely nice (they all were!). I asked him If I could take a picture of their yummy-looking cupcake stand (shown above), he said “of course!” and showed me their Easter cupcakes display as well.
The Triple chocolate cupcake is a chocolate love’s delight! The cake is so moist and is very well balanced. Chocolate is not too sweet and the whole top of the cupcake is swarmed with chocolate sprinkles.
Honestly, their Red velvet cupcakes haunt me in my sleep! That is how I crave for these suckers. It’s cake is fluffy with a hint of cocoa and topped with heavenly cream cheese frosting that is just perfect and not too sweet. Loved the little heart on top too. I hope it rain red velvet cupcakes soon ♥
I brought these cupcakes home and served one to a very happy man, Happy anniversary to my husband!
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!