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January 21, 2013 / HL

Rover’s

This post is long overdue! We went to Rover’s for Restaurant Week back in October. It was delicious and was the best value for R-Week. I definitely recommend it!

Rovers

Dungeness crab, potato & leek soup, lemon oil

Rovers

Poultry confit, balsamic glazed apple, hazelnut

Rovers

Seared guinea fowl, celery root, wilted spinach, huckleberry demi

Rovers

Poached cod, red beet, oyster mushroom, brown butter beurre blanc

Rovers

Pain perdu, pumpkin, mascarpone

December 1, 2012 / HL

Cafe Presse

Brunch is a religion to me. I like to worship it on the weekends and think about it all week. What does that make Cafe Presse to me? Delicious, that’s what!

Cafe Presse

Croque Madame

Cafe Presse

Pomme Frites

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Their coffee is from Cafe Vita, one of my faves in town. The Mr and I both had the Croque Madame and shared a side of fries. It was yummy! The rich bechamel, the gooey egg and the toasted bread. All so delicious.

Cafe Presse | 1117 12th AVENUE SEATTLE, WA 98122

November 20, 2012 / HL

RN74

RN74

We met up with a fun couple for dinner at RN74 for Seattle Restaurant Week. We had such a blast catching up and the food was delicious! I liked everything that I ate (clams, pork chop and red velvet cake) so I was very satisfied with the meal.

This place has an impressive wine menu and has their own sommelier to help pick one out. We had a bottle of a white wine (I don’t remember what it was) and it was a great compliment to our meal with great friends. Cheers!

RN74

RN74

Steamed manila clams, spicy chorizo, house-made garlic bread

RN74

Mushroom soup, foraged mushrooms, créme fraiche

RN74

Grilled pork chop, glazed root vegetables, apple purée, mustard butter

RN74

Pan roasted trout, peaches, dePuy lentils, porkbelly

RN74

Nutella crépe, caramelized bananas, crunch caramel mousse

RN74

Red velvet cake, cream cheese chantilly, candid walnuts

RN74

House-made sorbets, fresh fruit

RN74 | 1433 Fourth Avenue at Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101

November 19, 2012 / HL

Tavolata

Tavalota

Eye candy heading your way! Last month we had Seattle Restaurant Week here in town. One of my favorite times of the year! Since we are huge fans of How to Cook a Wolf, we decided to go to Tavolata since the pasta dishes are always a hit. Though it was still delicious, it didn’t quite meet our expectations. I really liked the burrata but my gnocchi was good enough. However, the best thing about Tavolata is the portions are very generous. This was our first RW visit were we had to get to-go boxes! Though we enjoyed it overall, I don’t think it’s a place we’ll be visiting again too often.

However, the food is still pretty solid overall and quite beautiful too! Enjoy!

Tavalota

Burrata, taggiasca olives, arugula, cucumber

Tavalota

White bean soup, kale, salumi, parmesan

Tavalota

Rigatoni with spicy Italian sausage, marjoram, tomato

Tavalota

Gnocchi alla Romana semolina, mozzarella, tomato

Tavalota

Zeppole with chocolate sauce

Tavalota

Chocolate Gelato, shortbread cookie

As you can imagine, it was quite dim inside the intimate dining room, so these photos were the best I could do in low light!

Tavolata | 2323 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121 (Belltown)

October 1, 2012 / HL

Revel | Brunch

A few weekends ago, we met up with some of our LA friends who were visiting Seattle at Revel for brunch. We love their dinner menu so we were excited to try out some of their early day offerings. I gravitated towards their dishes that were more similar to their dinner but it still had the great flavors that Revel is known for.

Revel

We first shared these bacon doughnuts. They were delicious but we were surprised when we realized that two of the doughnuts we were given were actually curry doughnuts. No mind. We ate those too.

Revel

I opted for my usual prime rib and rice bowl which made for a comforting brunch. Dub-C went with the ramen which was also delicious.

Revel

Seriously, Revel can’t do any wrong! Though they offer some of their classics on their brunch menu, there were other entrees that are more brunch-like for others who prefer that type of fare.

Revel | 403 N 36th St., Seattle, WA 98103

August 14, 2012 / HL

Uneeda Burger

When I don’t want to spend a lot of time thinking about a new place to eat, I always suggest going to a burger place since it means that Dub-C can find a nice juice burger and I can find an easy Paleo meal. A few weeks ago, we tried out Uneeda Burger in Fremont since we were going to be in the area anyways and it was lunch time.

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Since the weather was nice, Uneeda Burger opened the patio area which makes the whole restaurant feel very open. I loved the rustic decor of the chalk board menus and gorgeous wood slates. It has a kinda garage/farm feel which goes well with the casual menu.

Uneeda Burger

I went with a bunless burger and the lettuce wrap was more like a lettuce bowl while Dub-C went with a classic burger. As you can see, the burgers are well built.

Uneeda Burger

Uneeda Burger

For sides, we tried out the poutine and fried onion rings. The handcut fries were really delicious and crisp. I didn’t have any of the onion rings, so I have nothing to report.

Uneeda Burger

Uneeda Burger

Overall, it’s a solid burger spot. It did not knock my socks off though, but if I was in the area and looking for a reasonably pricey, Paleo-friendly meal, Uneeda Burger is definitely on my list.

Uneeda Burger | 4302 Fremont Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103

August 3, 2012 / HL

Homegrown

Homegrown

Homegrown

Seattle is rich with farm-to-table restaurants, so there’s many to choose from. Homegrown is no exception. In addition to their menu of local and sustainable ingredients, the location is very quaint. They are inside Melrose Market in Capitol Hill with lovely sidewalk seating. On a warm summer day, we couldn’t resist.

Homegrown

reuben revised

Homegrown

beet salad

You can really taste the freshness of the ingredients. I had the beet salad, which was topped with some goat cheese, on a bed of arugula and shaved fennel. Dub-C had the reuben that featured Beecher’s cheese and homemade bread. Simple and tasty!

Homegrown | 1531 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA (Capital Hill)

July 12, 2012 / HL

Trip Back Home (NC)

For the week of July 4th, Dub-C and I went to visit my family in NC. We love visiting my family because we have lots of fun and we eat lots of food. This is the first summer in about 4 years in which I visited home, so I was surprised to see how uncomfortably hot and humid it was. Ugh. I was grateful to return to the mild PNW after a week away.

We ate a lot of my mom’s home cooking, but we did try a few new restaurants during our visit. It’s not a trip to the South without some Carolina BBQ.

The Pit

We hit up The Pit in Raleigh, NC for their whole hog BBQ. This means that you BBQ a whole hog and offer various cuts of it. Their original pitmaster was legendary, but left to start another restaurant. However, the restaurant still remains true to its practices.

The Pit

Fried Green Tomatoes

The Pit

The Pit

I got the pulled pork while Dub-C got the ribs-chopped BBQ combo plate. I used their vinegar based BBQ liberally. Delicious! I also got fried okra and collard greens as a side. I treated myself to a biscuit, which was soft, fluffy and buttery.

While we were in Charlotte, we planned to visit Price’s Chicken Coop. Once we arrived, we were disappointed to find they were closed for the week! We quickly made a detour to Big Daddy’s Burger since it was close by.

Bad Daddy's

Bad Daddy's

Fried Pickle Chips

We started with these fried pickle chips. I must say, these were pretty delicious. The pickles are cut the long way and they were crispy on the outside while still being juicy on the inside.

Bad Daddy's

Classic Southern Burger

Bad Daddy's

Burger with Bacon and Avocado

I opted for a burger with a lettuce wrap. I always get excited with I get lots of lettuce! The burger patty was pretty meaty, so I got full quickly (or maybe it was because of the pickle chips).

Bad Daddy's

housemade potato chips

I also had some of the housemade potato chips, which is one of my weaknesses. They were crisp and delightful. Yum!

This post does not include some of the delicious food my mom cooks, but we still enjoyed many of her yummy eats. My mom always can’t wait to have all the kids back under one roof and takes our “order” before we all arrive. It’s always great to be home.

The Pit | 328 W. Davie St. Raleigh, NC

Bad Daddy’s Burger | 1626 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC

June 14, 2012 / HL

Hama Hama Seafood Company

Hama Hama Seafood Company

During our trip to the Alderbrook Resort, we stopped by the Hama Hama Seafood Company to have their popular oysters. With the Hood Canal as the backdrop, I knew that these would be fresh and delicious. And they were.

Hama Hama Seafood Company-42

We also got some of their smoked salmon filets, which differ from the usual smoked salmon that is usually thinly sliced. The salmon was moist and flaky. I highly recommend it and I wish we had bought more.

Hama Hama Seafood Company

Hama Hama Seafood Company

We got a dozen of their Blue Pools. These are grown in tumblers and roll with the tide, resulting in oysters with deeper cups. They don’t shuck them for you, but you can sit out on the picnic tables out back. Since I knew this, I had prepared all the accouterments for a little picnic. I packed an oyster knife, a lemon and some hot sauce for the occasion. We had a lot of fun shucking them ourselves, even though it was quite windy.

Hama Hama Seafood Company

Hama Hama Seafood Company

Since they do a lot of packaging of their shucked oysters, there’s a large mound of old oyster shells at the edge of their property. Dub-C couldn’t resist making his way to the top. I love this photo as you can see exactly how tall this mound is! Pretty amazing.

If you are in the area, this is a must-stop if you are an oyster lover.

Hama Hama Seafood Company | 35846 N US Hwy 101, Lilliwaup, WA 98555

June 9, 2012 / HL

Xinh’s Clam and Oyster House

This is one of the place I ran across in my trip planning that I got really excited about. Xinh used to work at Taylor Shellfish, one of the places I love, and she did such a great job cooking seafood dishes that she opened her own restaurant in Shelton. Sad to report, this was the most disappointing meal we had during our weekend trip out to the Alderbrook Resort.

Xinh's Clam and Oyster House

We had high hopes when we arrived and saw the wall filled with photos of Xinh with renown TV chefs like Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern. The decor is one of a low-rate Chinese restaurant, but we know that some dives have the best food so we suspended our judgement.

Xinh's Clam and Oyster House

Dinner started out nicely when we ordered a dozen oysters and we were delightfully surprised when we got this plate. As you can see, there are more than a dozen here! Since they are from Taylor Shellfish, they were delicious and fresh.

Xinh's Clam and Oyster House
Then this is when it got crazy. We ordered the pan fried oyster and also the special, the panfried geoduck. Why are they all on one plate? Great question. Well, we had a small table for two and when the waitress was trying to set the plates down, it was getting crowded. She said, “I think we can put these on the same plate.” Then, she proceeded to pick up the geoduck with her bare hands and put them on the same plate as the fried oysters. I was so dumbstrucked that I couldn’t even say anything.

And to add insult to injury, the geoduck wasn’t even good! There was so much breading that I couldn’t even taste the geoduck (which also costed $17 for 4 small pieces).

Xinh's Clam and Oyster House

We also ordered the clams in white wine and butter sauce, so we were quite confused when we saw this red tomato based sauce. It had an odd taste, but perhaps because it wasn’t what I expected. We ate what we could and left the rest on the plate. We couldn’t wait to get out of that place as quickly as possible. For having a bill close to $100 for the two of us, it was quite disappointing indeed.

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