Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Flying Fish for Happy Hour!

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I'm a little late in posting this review, as I've been swamped with work and extra projects lately. But a couple of weeks ago, the girls and I went to happy hour at the Flying Fish which is located right in the heart of Belltown, Seattle, at 2234 1st Ave.

I was pretty excited to attend their happy hour, as their dinner menu lists some pretty fancy prices and my impression has always been that their food was going to be just stellar.

They have a full happy hour menu. Just $6 for all of the appetizers....pretty great deal. There is grilled bread salad, Salmon cake, Crispy Bigeye Tuna, Sautéed gulf shrimp, Thai Crab Cake, Calamari, Razor Clams, Field green salad and more!
4:00-6:00 every day.

We ended up ordering (going clock-wise from the upper left) the Salmon Cake, Steamed Manila Clams, Cherry Pie baked in a skillet, Banana Split Platter, Raspberry Tart, Thai Crab Cake, and Calamari (which is not seen, because the photo didn't turn out). Everything was really good, the sauces were tasty and interesting, my favorite being the Thai Crab Cake and Clams. The fish tasted really fresh; a good sign. I think the only thing that I didn't eat a whole lot of were the Calamari, which were a little heavy on the breading. But some people might like that. They certainly did have a nice spicy bite to them!

I accompanied my meal with a Pimm's and Gingerale, and the girls had some dirty martinis, which were not on the happy hour menu, so that was more expensive.

I would totally recommend this place on a sunny day, where you can sit outside with a cold beverage and dine on some fresh flavorful fare. A bit on the spendy side if you stray from the happy hour menu, it was still a great time!

Flying Fish Restaurant

Monday, July 20, 2009

Jen's Desserts!

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It was our wedding day anniversary weekend, so Saturday morning I picked up our cake from our wedding cake baker (Jen's Desserts), who I mentioned before, was giving us a free cake for our 1 year, because she forbade us to save the cake topper for a year in the freezer. You can read about it in my previous post.

She gave me a ton of tips while I waited for her to put the final layer of chocolate wrap on the cake. Jen even offered the opportunity to come in and help or watch sometime! How cool is that!

pressing the wrap onto the cake
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http://www.jensdesserts.com/ for the most awesome custom wedding cakes!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Our wedding cake!

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Last year, we went with http://www.jensdesserts.com/ for our wedding cake and it was just gorgeous. Three layers of vanilla cake, with white, milk and dark chocolate in between each layer, using the best organic ingredients. It was all covered in her famous "chocolate wrap" which is like fondant, but not as gummy in consistency. She made a deal that on our 1 year anniversary, she would make us a brand new topper to eat, instead of freezing ours for a year. She absolutely forbade us to do that, because it's never as good, and a fresh cake is always best...especially to celebrate our first year!

So, this weekend, we are picking up a special little cake from Jen's, and celebrating our wedding day. I can't wait, because last year I think I got only 2 bites out of the whole thing, having too much fun running around and schmoozing with everyone!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Chocolate Cupcakes with Scharffen Berger Chocolate Creamcheese Frosting

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Made these last night for 2 Soiree's going on tonight, a Goodbye party and a Birthday! I grabbed the recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World of course. Using really good semi-sweet Scharffen Berger chocolate for the frosting, it let the bowl of it sit overnight in the freezer (with saran wrap tightly pressed against it), and it totally infused the chocolate more. It was dynamite! I just naturally thawed it the next day and ran it through the blender again.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Scharffen Berger Chocolate Creamcheese FrostingChocolate Cupcakes with Scharffen Berger Chocolate Creamcheese Frosting
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