October 23rd, 2012. Seattle Trip~!!

portage bay cafe

portage bay cafe

 

 

 

 

I love Portage Bay Cafe in the University District, so I suggested we go there for brunch before we started our day of errands and shopping.

 

portage bay cafe

portage bay cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing like some down home organic grub to start the day! I mean…probably not something I’d be able to whip up at home…but you know…that’s what Portage Bay Cafe is for!

portage bay cafe

portage bay cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also noticed this time that they actually have a little chicken farm (?) right by the restaurant as well! I guess that’s where they source their delicious organic eggs and chicken 😀

portage bay cafe

portage bay cafe

 

 

 

 

What with the great selection and the constant new daily specials going on here it’s always hard to pick what I want to eat…but today the Rosemary Lamb Sloppy Joe Burger won out! Now, I’m not the biggest lamb fan…but something about sloppy joe on a brioche bun… bring it on!!

 

portage bay cafe

portage bay cafe

 

Anderson Ranch Lamb and Painted Hills Beef Mix, served Sloppy-Joe style with spicy Rosemary tomato sauce, and kale on a brioche bun served with some goat’s milk cheese and beet salad. Messy, sloppy, juicy, and full of flavor! This burger is a handful AND a mouthful of goodness! Go try it!!

portage bay cafe

portage bay cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry went for the Organic Roasted Chicken Club Sandwich served with Herbed Organic Potatoes. It disappeared pretty quickly so I can only surmise that he enjoyed it! It certainly looked yummy 🙂

 

 

 

 

Mmmmm~~ Portage Bay Cafe never disappoints and always delivers on flavor, freshness and creativity!  Breakfast of the organic conscious, westcoast champions!

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October 22nd, 2012. Seattle Trip~!! 

molly moon's - wallingford

molly moon’s – wallingford

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a casual dinner with Henry’s roommates at the Korean chicken and beer place downstairs from their apartment Henry suggested that we go to Molly Moon’s for dessert!

molly moon's - wallingford

molly moon’s – wallingford

 

 

 

 

Molly Moon’s?  Artisanal homemade ice cream?  Uh…yes please!  I’m pretty sure the one we went to was the Wallingford location close to the University of Washington, since it was just a short drive from University Ave.  Side note: How can you not love the fact that their address is 1622 and a 1/2?  Too cute!!

molly moon's - wallingford

molly moon’s – wallingford

 

It’s a small little shop that has soft but bright lighting and seems so inviting.  The sweet tantalizing aroma of fresh dairy and homemade waffle cones beckon you inside…but there’s also a cramped line up so you’re kinda rubber-necking it from the door to see the menu and bouncing on your toes wanting to get in 😉

molly moon's - wallingford

molly moon’s – wallingford

 

 

 

 

 

There were so many interesting flavors to choose from and I really was very very torn…. In the end I opted for the Salted Caramel.  Smoooooth, creamy, decadent and delicious without being overly sweet or salty, this was a true ice cream made with care 🙂

molly moon's - wallingford

molly moon’s – wallingford

 

 

 

 

 

Molly Moon’s, you done good.  I’m not a cold foods kinda gal, but I would come back here to try more flavors and just soak in the sweetness and goodness of the atmosphere!  All thumbs up!

Taqueria Mi Charrito

October 8, 2012

January 2nd, 2012. Hello, 2012 with Jenn & Hen!

taqueria mi charrito

taqueria mi charrito

 

Henry lost his passport at the end of the semester…
so he wasn’t able to come home to be with family over his winter holiday break. So sad! His first year away from home and he was all alone 😥   Luckily he had some very generous friends who let him stay with them and had fun during the vacation.

 

taqueria mi charrito

taqueria mi charrito

  

 

But being nuna, I had to make a trip down to see my lil bro and bring some holiday family love 🙂

  I had spotted a little hole-in-the-wall taqueria on University Way and really wanted to try some tacos before heading home to Vancouver.

 

taqueria mi charrito

taqueria mi charrito

 

I ordered the Chorizo and the Cabeza (beef cheek) Tacos.  They were piled with plenty of onions and cilantro and I topped it off with salsa verde as well as some pico de gallo.

  I’ve had better, but these hit the spot for a tight fix.  I would have liked a bit more flavor to come out of the asada. 

 

 

   If I lived in the area, I’d totally come here, though….I mean, $1.75 for a taco?  Yes please!

January 2nd, 2012. Hello, 2012 with Jenn & Hen!

 

cheesecake factory seattle

cheesecake factory seattle

 

 

 

 

  Henry lost his passport at the end of the semester…so he wasn’t able to come home to be with family over his winter/holiday break. So sad! His first year away from home and he was all alone 😥

  But being nuna, I had to make a trip down to see my lil bro and bring some holiday family love 🙂

cheesecake factory seattle

cheesecake factory seattle

 

 

 

 

 

  By Henry’s suggestion we went to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch. I’ve heard so many Vancouverites rave about this place…and here I finally am!  As soon as you walk in the huge case of huge cakes just call out your name….!  Mmmmmmmm~~~!!!

 

 

cheesecake factory seattle

cheesecake factory seattle

 

 

  Henry ordered this very big Americana Cheeseburger which was built with american and cheddar cheese, crunchy potato crisps, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, pickles, and secret sauce.  Henry says?  “It’s big..and juicy.  And big….!”

cheesecake factory seattle

cheesecake factory seattle

 

 

 

 

 

I wanted to try a few different things, so instead of one meal I opted for 2 appies.  I was surprised that they’d have baos on the menu…..so I wanted to give the Vietnamese Tacosa try.  Steamed buns with yummy roasted pork, marinated cucumbers, carrots and onion with chilis, sesame seeds and green onions.  Basically a Banh Mi bao!  Surprisingly I enjoyed the dish quite a lot!  The soft bun, the delicious pork, the tart veggies and the bite from the chilis and green onion made it quite god for a non-asian place!

 

 

cheesecake factory seattle

cheesecake factory seattle



  The other appetizer I got were the Crispy Artichoke Hearts with a Lemon-Garlic Aioli.  I just can’t resist artichokes.  They are one of my favorite veggies-that-probably-aren’t-real-veggies!  They came out piping hot and delectably crispy on the outside and juicy, hot, meaty on the inside.  And yeah, that was some good aioli, too 😉
    

  I wished I could have had room for one of their iconic cakes….but boy, I was so full….next tme for sure I will go for dessert rather than a meal 😉 

October 22nd, 2011.  Seattle Trippin’

yogurtland

yogurtland

 

 

 

 

I was due to make a trip down to see Henry.  He’d missed Thanksgiving, so this was a good time to go down to visit him and spend some quality sister-brother time.

We had lunch at Village Sushi, he explained what “trolling” is, showed me around campus, we took lots of pictures, and then he took me to Yogurtland for some froyo!  Like sister like brother, my bro loves some froyo goodness!

yogurtland

yogurtland

 

 

 

 

 

They have a lot of delicious flavors going on and more toppings than Pinkberry…and their spoons….SO CUTE!  Pink My Melody spoons….Yes, please~!  I just had to bring a couple home with me 😉

yogurtland

yogurtland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry: Hey, Jenn, did you notice the strawberry water?

Me: Yeah..but I’m not really thirsty.

Henry: Well, you should try it anyways.  You can’t really taste the strawberry….but at least you can say that you tried 😉

Me: Mmmm…okay!

(My brother knows that I’m a foodie!)

yogurtland

yogurtland

 

 

 

I got the Red Velvet Cake & Blackberry Lemon Mint flavor froyos with Fruity Pebbles, Mochi, and Mandarin Orange Slices for toppings.  I’d say it’s a bit richer than Pinkberry in terms of texture and taste.  More variety as well….but I still prefer Pinkberry by a hair.  Yogurtland is pretty delish, too!

Village Sushi – Seattle

February 11, 2012

October 22nd, 2011.  Seattle Trippin’

village sushi

village sushi

 

 

 

  I was due to make a trip down to see Henry.  He’d missed Thanksgiving, so this was a good time to go down to visit him and spend some quality sister-brother time.

village sushi

village sushi

 

 

 

 

 

 

  After some coffee at Cafe on the Ave, Henry suggested we go to Village Sushi for some lunch to start off the day.  It’s a quaint little house-turned-restaurant that serves up some homey Japanese fare.

village sushi

village sushi

 

 

 

 

  Angry Dragon Roll: unagi, cream cheese, avocado and imitation crab roll flash fried.  Not too much to complain about..all ingredients I like and the slight crispy exterior gave it a nice touch.

village sushi

village sushi

 

 

 

 

 

  I had the Tempura Udon.  The tempura was wonderfully crispy, and the udon was actually quite good!  I enjoyed the clear, light broth and appreciated the enoki in it.  Nice touch.  It was a solid good bowl of udon!

 

 

  All in all a decent neighborhood sushi joint!  I can see myself going here if I lived on the UDub campus 🙂

December 11th, 2010. Taphouse Grill

taphouse grill

taphouse grill

  So after a long afternoon of shopping I was facing a 2.5 hour drive home…I was famished and figured I may as well grab a quick bite before heading back up.  Originally I was looking for the Chipotle..but for the life of me couldn’t find it!! So I just opted for Taphouse Grill.  Turns out it was a great idea!

  I couldn’t resist ordering this watermelon drink.  It was supposed to be a non-alcoholic version of their watermelon cocktail; basically they made me watermelon-ade.  It was so juicy and refreshing!!  I absolutely loved it!  And the slice of fruit was a wonderful treat…dessert!!

taphouse grill

taphouse grill

  I just made it in for their lunch special, so I actually got to order an item for only $8.95!!  Well, after a look at the menu it was clear what I had to order…the Dungeness Crab Mac and Cheese!  With swiss, cheddar, goat and mascarpone and topped off with a bread crumb top and served with a side option of the tortilla soup.   The mac & cheese was delicious.  Decadent, flavorful, cheesy, crusty…Mmmmmmmmmmit was hearty love in a bowl!  Definitely not a “light” dish…but my, oh my, it was soooooo good!  I was as happy as a clam 😀

September 11th, 2010. Dinner at Chiso Sushi in Fremont!

chiso sushi

chiso sushi

 

  For our dinner splurge Brent suggested we go to Chiso Sushi in Fremont.  He said that he’d been there a few times and it has always been a great experience.  We both love sushi, so yeah, off we went 😀  When we arrived we both agreed that a bar seat is the way to go.  You can watch the chefs at work, plus you get a front seat to view all the fresh fish!  The sushi chef in front of us turned out to be the new head sushi man at the establishment and he was really wonderful in making recommendations.  He was very knowledgable about the distinctions between the different fish and had a very professional manner.  I like!

 

chiso sushi

chiso sushi

 

 

 

  We got some sort of starter appie….but I have no idea what it was..!  I want to say we had candied salmon, but judging from the picture it looks more like pork belly.  Eh, nothing special.

 

chiso sushi

chiso sushi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Perhaps it’s not the most conventional beverage choice at a Japanese restaurant..but I had the freshly squeezed lemonade 😀

chiso sushi

chiso sushi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Brent swears by this dish: Tatsuta Chicken.  It’s marinated and then deep fried.  Served with some mixed greens and cherry tomatoes, this was a nice appetizer 🙂

 

chiso sushi

chiso sushi

 

 

 

  My personal appie was the Chawanmushi: japanese savory egg custard with crab, shrimp, shiitake mushroom and spinach.  I have to say, I LOVED THIS!  The dish came out piping hot.  The custard was incredibly silky and soft while still retaining enough bounce.  There were good pieces of crab which were wonderfully sweet, the shrimp was nice and plump, and even the mushroom was really tasty!  The hot broth that resulted from the sweating custard was great to sip on.  Love chawanmushi~!

 

chiso sushi

chiso sushi

  I ordered a few unique nigiris that you don’t always find in your run-of-the-mill sushi places.  Shima Aji is striped horse mackerel, according to our chef.  At first I thought he meant it was horse sashimi!  But he assured me that it’s mackerel. It had a nice flavor to it.  Aren’t these a beauty? 😉

 

chiso sushi

chiso sushi

 

 

 

  Seared Albacore Tuna nigiri.  I am a fan of seared tuna.  This one was super tender and only lightly seared, which was great!

 

 

chiso sushi

chiso sushi

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Dragon Roll: shrimp tempura and cucumber on the inside with avocado and eel wrapped around the outside.  We were so full it was so hard to finish this roll!

 

 

chiso sushi

chiso sushi

 

 

 

 

   Another unique fish I tried was the Anago.  It’s a salt-water eel and different from the usual unagi, in the fact that it’s not bbq’ed and is less oily.  You can see from the photos that the Anago seems drier, which it was.  You got a milder eel taste, and the flesh was soft.  Interesting 🙂

 

 

chiso sushi

chiso sushi

 

  At the end of the meal Brent and I were literally sweating like pigs, we were so full!  I have to say, dinner was really great!  I was impressed that they had items on the menu that were unique and that the sushi chefs were very comfortable and confident when giving recommendations.  Great experience!

Blue Fin (AYCE)

July 21, 2010

March 13th, 2010. Blue Fin All-You-Can-Eat Buffet!  

blue fin

blue fin

 

blue fin

blue fin

  Henry convinced me that Family Day is more important than Bible study.  God, I hope you remember that..LOL!  Well…that, and Mom tempted me with the promise of upscale seafood AYCE at Blue Fin…so, yeah…. how could I say no???! 
 
 We stopped by at Seattle Premium Outlet, ate at Blue Fin, Shopped at Alderwood Mall, had MacDonalds, and stopped by at Seattle Premium Outlet again: that’s right, we covered all our bases 

 

blue fin

blue fin

Anyways, the much awaited All-You-Can-Eat lunch at Blue Fin!  Of course, being me, I looked up the website and reviews and yes, it seemed quite promising!  And I wasn’t disappointed!  When we got there it was not super busy, but by the time we started eating and when we were done the place was packed!!  Funny thing that you don’t see in Vancouver: hispanic guys rolling your sushi.  That’s right, most of the sushimen at Blue Fin were NOT asian.  Now normally this would be a red flag.  No, I’m not discriminatnig..but it’s the equivalent to an Asian guy making your food at a Mexican joint: how credible is that at first glance?

blue fin

blue fin

  It’s located on the outskirts (?) of Seattle at Northgate Mall and is apparantly run by Koreans, so the salads and sides have a definite Korean spin.  The rolls are all made right before your eyes, food refills were timed well, and there was a hot food station as well as a small, but ample, dessert station! 

blue fin

blue fin

As you can see from the pictures, the rolls actually look pretty decent. there’s lots of variety (not just your standard filler california rolls!) and the raw fish looks fresh!  It was a huge bonus that the food actually was fresh and you could see it being made.  And they don’t just serve the cheapest stuff on a Japanese menu.  But yeah..the egg drop soup…pretty gross. Seriously, don’t eat it!  The tempura items were varied, if not a bit standard, and the Korean Galbi (short-ribs) were actually quite flavorful and tender.  Bonus! 

blue fin

blue fin

The real attraction though?  The fact that they have a little cotton candy maker.  If you know me….you know I can never pass up cotton candy!  Anyways, there’s a cotton candy attendant who stands and twirls out cotton candy for the diners.  Oh, and they have pumpkin pie in their selection of mini cakes and pies. SCORE!! I didn’t have room for any, but apparantly the vanilla soft serve was so amazing that my mom went for seconds even though she complained of being too full and ruining her diet!  Mom says it’s super soft and super yummy!

I have to say…we stuffed ourselves silly!  Happy Tummy~!!!