Saturday, June 19, 2010

Purple Cafe: Always good food!

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Purple Bartender

Do you like great food, excellent wine, and friendly service? OH ME TOO!   Purple Cafe and Wine Bar is the place that will get you exactly that for special occasions or a simply fantastic meal with friends.  Now I can only speak for the downtown Seattle location, but every payday we used to walk a few blocks from work for an amazing lunch here and was never disappointed.  I mention "payday" because this place isn't the cheapest downtown but you can get a super tasty lunch for about $11.  Dinner is more expensive of course, but worth every penny.

Through their fantastically heavy metal doors you walk into the extremely spacious high ceiling restaurant with a huge tower of wine in the middle.  Very impressive.  For some, probably seemingly pretentious.  But by the time you're greeted by the very friendly hostess and waiter and your mouth meets their food, you realize it's not pretentious at all.  They just want to do things right!  They have a very extensive menu, from smaller fare, to sandwiches, to cheeses and wine pairings, to full on dinner courses that appear to feature what is in season.

I had the delicious Syrah Braised Short Ribs you see below, that was fall-off-the-bone goodness, atop Rosemary Soft Polenta and a side of Jicama Slaw.  My husband (A full on vegetarian) had the Pesto Pizza which he remarked was very flavorful and plenty for one person, maybe even two if you wanted to eat lighter.  And if you're like me and ALWAYS have to have dessert, they have the perfect solution for wanting to eat every choice on the menu:  Small 2 Bite Desserts.  That meant we could try a few and not completely go over the edge!  We narrowed it down to two (I wanted five!).  The "light" tasting Mango Cheesecake with Kiwi Coulis, Mango Gelée, and Toasted Coconut.  YUM!  And then the absolutely heavenly Sticky Toffee Pudding Crème Brûlée with date caramel, which was like no Crème Brûlée I've ever tasted.  Just perfect, with that crunchy sweet topping, smooth creamy center, and deep molasses flavor hitting my palette.  I am having flashbacks now...I must rest.

In a nutshell:  I highly recommend Purple Cafe and Wine Bar!

Syrah Braised Beef Short Ribs
Pesto Pizza
Dessert!

Friday, June 11, 2010

My First Newspaper Photo!

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My bagel and cured salmon photo made it into the Seattle Times, care of the Cherry Street Coffee House and article writer Nancy Leson, who chose my photo. I'm so excited!
I'm in the paper!

And here is the article online !

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A little bit of France in Seattle!

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montage

1. Chocolate Croissant, 2. Ham & Split Pea soup with Croissant, 3. French Onion Soup and Vegan Salad, 4. Boulangerie Nantaise 

At Boulangerie Nantaise on 4th Ave. in Seattle, you will find one of the best buttery croissants this side of the Atlantic, as well as delicious light lunches and great coffee.  I find myself constantly ordering their French Onion soup (topped with a slice of baguette and grated cheese that melts into the soup) and a side vegan salad.  Then I usually can't resist taking either a Pain au Chocolat (chocolate croissant) or butter croissant home.  If you need a fresh loaf of bread for your daily consumption, I would also recommend getting their Country French loaf, which is perfect for your breakfast toast, sandwiches, or simply sliced and topped with whatever you have around the house.  It's the perfect loaf!

You must come EARLY to this bakery though (preferably morning or before 3pm), so you get all these tasty treats at their peak of freshness and availability!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Cheese!

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The cheese on here was impeccable!

If you live in the Washington State area or are visiting, and have a chance to buy Mt. Townsend Creamery local cheese, you have to try the Truffled Fromage Blanc. It was on my delicious salad at Macrina Bakery in Seattle and I couldn't eat enough of it.  Our waiter let us sample it before we got our order, and I had no idea it would be on my salad too.  SCORE!  Not too strong, not too mild, spreadable and fluffy! The salad had asparagus, roasted leeks, cannellini beans, organic field greens and Macrina's Casera bread tossed with champagne vinaigrette.  The perfect lunch!  I could seriously eat a bowl of this with veggies or fruit for breakfast...just try me!
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