Tag Archives: Seattle

Cookie Art and Brunch in Seattle

16 Dec

I saw some impressive holiday cookie art over the weekend, while dining with our friends at the Four Season’s Hotel in downtown Seattle. It’s a beautiful hotel, with views of the water from Art restaurant, and it is a wonderful place to enjoy a leisurely lunch. Another surprising feature is that it has some very reasonably priced items on the brunch menu. I couldn’t resist the Dungeness Crab Salad.

From there, you can easily walk to Pike’s Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum (a.k.a. SAM) or there’s plenty of nearby shopping. I just love Seattle, any time of year!

P.S. Stay tuned for more cookie “art” soon…

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Seattle – Restaurant Week and Reviews

22 Oct

There are 4 days left (10/23-10/27) to take advantage of this delicious event! Over 150 local restaurants are offering 3 course dinners for $28 and many are offering 3 course lunches for $15 (per person, not including drinks, tax or tips). You can go to the Seattle Times for details and list of restaurants participating.

Wild Ginger is one of my favorites on the list. Another one I tried recently was Michael Mina’s restaurant RN74 that opened in June 2011 (Mina has numerous restaurants, including the original RN74 in San Francisco). I started off lunch with a few oysters on the half shell. Next I tried the velvety Roasted Tomato Soup (served with 2 small triangles of Grilled Sourdough and Gruyere), and for a light main course, enjoyed a Green Salad with Grilled Steak (I’m trying to avoid too many carbs these days and it has definitely helped my waistline!). The Steak was grass-fed (although like most grass-fed meat, it was grain finished). I recommend it!

Another new favorite in Seattle is Anchovies and Olives at 1550 15th Ave. @ Madison. I liked the creative twists and loved the small plates–rating it 5 stars! I absolutely loved the seasonal Vegetable Crudité with Bagna Càuda, a classic from Piedmont, Italy. It was traditional yet addictive and intense, with olive oil, butter, tons of garlic and anchovies.

I’m also adding Szechuan Peppercornsto my grocery list after trying them in a new way–crushed and sprinkled onto thinly sliced Hamachi with shaved Fennel, diced Cucumber (I might try Asian Pear if doing it at home), and Preserved Lemon (Da Vero Lemon Olive Oil would be a nice alternative too). The Peppercorns were lemony and floral, without the bite of a Black Peppercorn. The combination of ingredients was outstanding!

What are your favorites in Seattle?