Friday, April 27, 2012

Charlie Rose interview with Danny Meyer

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Ever thought of owning your own restaurant?  Ever been encouraged by friends and relatives to open that quaint cafe or family bistro featuring your famous apple pie or roasted chicken?  This is an informative interview on Charlie Rose with the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, Danny Meyer, that will open your eyes to some of the challenges he's faced over the years.

http://www.charlierose.com/view/content/12311

Thursday, April 26, 2012

What's in Season?

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If you live in Washington, you have most likely seen specific veggies being spotlighted or specials at restaurants popping up that have a running theme.  For April and May, take advantage of these seasonal veggies that are at the peak of their freshness:


asparagus
cauliflower
garlic
lettuce
mushrooms
pears
radishes
rhubarb
scallions
spinach


No wonder I've seen so many mushroom risottos and rhubarb pies lately!

I need to get cracking myself on these deals.  I'm thinking sliced cauliflower roasted in the oven with garlic - insanely delicious as it caramelizes!  Perhaps trying my hand at pie again, because I just love rhubarb.  Have fun with the recipe searches!
Garlic Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon and Parmesan
Rhubarb is delicious.
herb stuffed mushrooms

Monday, April 23, 2012

Spitfire for Happy Hour and a Game!

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Just a quick post about perhaps a lesser known happy hour at Spitfire in Belltown that's not too shabby for food and drink!  My husband ended up choosing this place during the hockey playoffs because they are very hockey friendly and the food is surprisingly good! I say surprisingly, because there aren't many sports bars downtown where I have liked the fare very much, or they take too many prep shortcuts and the service is poor.  Spitfire has really nice staff and frankly I just couldn't go wrong with these delicious sliders for $6 during happy hour.  The burgers were done perfectly (just under medium) and the soft potato rolls are practically like dessert for me!  Apparently the nachos are quite the sight too, just a towering mound of chips and toppings that could feed a whole family!

Their happy hour is 4-6pm  and 9-11pm weekdays!
$3 domestic drafts, $4 well drinks, $5 house wine

happy hour mini burgers

Friday, April 13, 2012

A Late Easter Post!

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Hope everyone had a great Easter weekend, however you celebrated, or even if you didn't! I received the most amazing chocolate egg I think I've ever seen.  It was from Fran's Chocolates in Seattle that my mother in law gifted me.  The outside of the dark chocolate egg looked like a Van Gogh painting (as one of my friend's oh so accurately described) with big swirls dusted with really fine edible sparkly paint which gave it a rich shiny luster. Upon cracking it open, it revealed 6 beautiful caramel chicks both in milk and dark chocolate.  The quality of these chicks was amaaaaazing! I was trying to savor every bite, eyes closed, letting it sit in my mouth melting over my tongue.  INSANE.  And the outside egg was really delicious too.  It's one of those things that is so good that you want to make it last as long as possible.  I give myself another few days.

Here are some photos from the treats that weekend. Enjoy!  HAPPY SPRING!

special Dark Treasure Egg
up close to the egg
treasure opened!
macro bunny peep!
Happy Easter Everyone!
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