I could not wait to get my paws on the Premiere Issue (from the same publishers of Portland Monthly) so I drove around for a while this morning looking for it--to no avail--until I called the magazine and asked where oh where were the precious.
"Whole Foods (Ravenna and Bellevue) and QFC later this afternoon". So I drove to Whole Foods in Ravenna and found a fresh batch right as I came into the store.
I've been browsing and reading my copy since noon and so far I like what I see.
I especially enjoyed the story on artisanal cheesemaker Rhonda Gothberg who is making goat cheese in Skagit Valley, an article on pairing wine and rabbit stew, a feature on Veil in Queen Anne and for the ballet patron in me (have you subscribed yet?), a fabulous article on Pacific Northwest Ballet and the amazing Peter Boal (pity the soul who has missed the season so far).
Then there is, of course, the cover story: 65 Best Ways To Love Our City which should have actually been titled 100 Things to Love About Seattle (at least!).
Memo to Seattle Metropolitan: You guys just got here. It is not your city just yet. You'll have to wow us on a monthly basis to earn the privilege.
Just one thing: Top Pot Doughnuts downtown location (in my very own corner of the city) is at 2124 5th Avenue, not 4th Avenue. :-)
Earlier today, after shopping the West Seattle Farmers Market we arrived two minutes too late (3:02pm) to grab lunch at Eats so we drove up the street originally intending to have lunch at the Salvadorean Bakery.
But then we noticed Tacos Guaymas was open and remembering how much fellow blogger, brilliant legal mind and reader of this blog Balasubramani loves this joint, we changed plans, found street parking and quickly went in.
After a long, fun day of browsing and shopping in West Seattle and with only a cup of coffee for breakfast my friend Kris and I were really hungry. So we ordered the Wet carne asada burrito for me (such a generous sized burrito I just had to cut it in half and take the rest home).
Side of delicious red sauce, homemade guacamole, pico de gallo, salsa verde, chipotle sauce and onion, jalapeño and carrot pickle. Everything was divine, everything made on the premises, fresh as can be.
And who knew, open on Sundays! Cash and Visa only.
1622 Roxbury St. SW.
Seattle, WA. 98106
As promised, for those of you listeners that missed the broadcast, live streaming or just could not find pen and paper in time here is the list of Seattle area restaurants for Tuesday's lunch (and a picnic idea), that Tom, Thierry and yours truly came up with earlier today on the Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen radio show.
All the restaurants mentioned range from casual Vietnamese to Seattle French inspired chic to the very grand, very posh. This list is only scratching the surface but it is a start.
Remember, even for lunch, all of these spots will very busy Tuesday. Best to call ahead and reserve a table or a two bar stools. BTW, the restaurants are listed in no particular order:
Take a picnic!:
For a personalized, casual yet utterly romantic lunch, shop the market for artisanal cheese, Washington wine, gourmet to go food, local chocolate and favorite noshy things and drive up to Volunteer Park, Discovery Park, the Victor Steinbrueck Park or any of our gorgeous green areas or local beaches and have a picnic.
Tom suggested purchasing something like a nice throw (wine glasses are another option) and make them a memento of your special, romantic lunch.
Thierry suggested taking a picnic basket filled with your favorite things and get on the ferry to Bainbridge Island, have your lunch on board and then return on the ferry back to the city. What better backdrop than the city for your romantic rendezvous.
*And with the cooler weather we are enjoying, I say why not take a Thermos of a spicy and intense dark hot chocolate to sip on the way back while enjoying the fabulous view of our fair city?
Two more options:
Earth & Ocean- If short on time take advantage of the "W Quickie Lunch Menu-Three Courses $22.
Serafina- Special Valentine's menu. Few spaces left. Call 206.323.0807 for reservations.
More ideas? Feel free to drop us a line or leave a comment right here.
In case you missed it, yours truly was a guest today on Tom Douglas's Seattle's Kitchen.
This time around the topic was romantic lunch options for next Tuesday. A list of the places mentioned on the show will be posted tomorrow morning right here.
A lot of fun and many laughs were had and even a little Bugey Cerdon was poured. It was definitely great to be back. Thanks again to Tom, Thierry and Amy!
***You may listen to the remainder of the show (via live streaming) by clicking on this link
Two days ago, while shopping for dinner at Sand Point's Metropolitan Market, I spotted a display of carefully stacked red takeout boxes labeled Emily's Chocolate Covered Fortune Cookies. The box was so lovely and the thought of chocolate covered fortune cookies so promising and delicious sounding that I could not help myself. A little red box quickly made it to my basket.
"Emily’s Chocolate Covered Fortune Cookies come in a vibrant red Chinese take-out box that conveys its own message of adoration – with the kanji character for “love” printed on the outside. Each box contains six individually wrapped cookies that carry unique love fortunes inside, such as, “Your efforts to win someone’s heart have not gone unnoticed,” and, “Your heart’s desire will be fulfilled.”
The box made it home in one piece but as I prepared dinner I could not avoid its siren call. I opened the red box, took one of the individually wrapped cookies and bit into it.
Normally a fan of dark chocolate, I was surprised at how much I loved the milk chocolate coating. And because they are each individually wrapped, the fortune cookie inside stays crispy and utterly tasty.
It was while eating the delectable cookie that it occurred to me to read the back of the box and see where they were made.
Fife, Washington. So now, not only does Fife produces some of the best red raspberries in the country (sold at Dean & Deluca and Zabar's in NYC) but an independently owned company in Fife is making these wonderful treats.
They sell for $4.99 at the company's website, Metropolitan Markets in the Puget Sound area and according to Mr. C--who quickly devoured three of the six cookies in the box--they are also sold at Bartell Drugs.
So buy a few boxes for loved ones, serve them in a bowl with dessert and Port at your next dinner party or share a box with a friend, neighbor or co-worker. But whatever you do, stash a few away. They are quite addictive.
And my fortune? "The best way to love, is like a child; pure, innocent and without hesitation". Jon Sisson
Julien Perry of Komo 1000 News, a good friend of this blog, has chosen Oh Chocolate! for this week's Go Eat! audio report. The story is available on Komo 1000's website. If you have missed Julien's previous reports, this is your chance to catch up on some great eats around town.
And look at that delicious photo (giggles!) of Oh Chocolate's French Hot Chocolate! ;-D
Even though we have year long farmers markets in the Seattle area, most of the Puget Sound area neighborhood farmers markets closed for the season late last year. However, there is still chance to shop the U-District and West Seattle Farmers Markets. These two markets will close February 25 and 26th respectively.
I took a drive to West Seattle last Sunday and found lovely organic eggs from Stoney Plains Organic Farm, gorgeous beets, crisp and sweet Gala and Fuji apples and Rockridge Farms apple cider (they also had a beautiful Berry Hard Cider in sec and demi-sec styles).
Even though these two markets are a fraction of the size we have become used to in our area and enjoyed from early spring to late fall, there is still plenty of local, seasonal. fresh, organic produce to be had. Not to mention sustainable tuna and fish jerky, organic jams, bread, eggs, meat, etc.
With the gorgeous weather we've been having why not stop by any of these two markets and say hi to these friendly and hard working farmers and take home a few goodies? I can't think of a better way to start a Saturday or Sunday morning.
University District Farmers Market: 10 am to 12:30 pm every Saturday through through Feb. 25, 2006 (the market will then close and re-open in May 2006).
West Seattle Farmers Market: 10 am to 1 pm every Sunday through Feb. 25, 2006 (the market will close and re-open in May 2006).
For more information please visit the Neighborhood Farmers' Market Alliance website.
If you love baking, are a fan of Martha Stewart and you live in the Puget Sound area, then you are in luck!
Sur La Table, Seattle's own cooking, baking, entertaining and culinary education mecca and my absolutely favorite neighborhood place to shop for all my kitchen needs needs will be welcoming Martha Stewart for a signing of her latest book, Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook.
The signing will take place at Sur La Table's Kirkland shop Saturday, February 25 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM.
To guarantee a signed book during the event, pre-purchasing is strongly recommended. Customers should call the store at 425.827.1311 to reserve their copies.
The line will begin forming at 10:00 AM. Signing will be limited to Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook only (no memorabilia, no other books). Ms. Stewart will sign her name only and will not be able to personalize copies. Customers are limited to maximum amount of four books autographed. No photography allowed.
Martha Stewart @ Sur La Table
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM.
90 Central Way
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 827-1311 (p)
(425) 827-9561 (f)
Mon-Fri 9:30am - 7:00pm
Sat 9:30am - 6:00pm
Sun 11:00am - 5:00pm
Snap happy? As if wonderful Flickr was not enough, take a look at these two Seattle based companies that aim "to simplify the sharing of digital photos and other media over the Internet".
Vizrea's Beta is free (up to 50 MB), ready to use now and a great option for uploading, sharing and blogging your photos, especially those taken with camera phones and PDAs.
"Vizrea Snap is not only the best service around for camera phone users, it's a complete solution for all digital photos. Whether they're from a digital camera, scanner, or have just been sitting on a computer forever, Vizrea Snap makes everything you want to do sharing, organizing, printing, blogging - a snap. Start sharing with friends in only a couple of clicks and have your camera phone photos organized and shared automatically!"
As far as I can tell Smilebox's Beta is not yet ready for prime time but you can ask for an invite to be one of the first to use it.