Well I don’t know how many of you followed our kitchen team on Instagram and Facebook these last couple days, but did we have a busy and delicious trip to Seattle, Washington!
The first stop had to be The Bookstore Café at the Alexis Hotel. Known for their wide, local beer and cocktail selection and European style brunch menu. We started off with a traditional European Style Continental Brunch Plate which consisted of: locally made charcuterie, Beecher’s cheese, local yogurt and blackberry compote, a perfect hard boiled free range egg, and a warm baguette. Can we just tell you? It was amazing! Everything from the baguette to the yogurt was perfection on the plate. After whetting our appetites with that smorgasbord of flavor, we moved onto Steamed Mussels and Clams with Garlic Croutons paired with a local Hilliard’s brew. I mean how can you go wrong with fresh seafood right on the water?
From The Bookstore we checked into our rooms, settled in and set out for an early afternoon walk to Pike Place for a quick happy hour snack of Goat Cheese Mousse and fresh bread with, wait for it, THE BEST BUTTER WE HAVE EVER EATEN. Hands down, I cannot stress this enough, we almost ate the butter by itself and left everything else, except we had to keep eating everything else solely to have something to accompany the butter. This butter was so good, we are going to be following up with a blog on just butter next week, so check back in to find out about the earth shattering butter of Seattle.
From the Land of Amazing Butter, we strolled through the gorgeous stands and shops that compile Pike Place Market: flower shops, cheese mongers, the famous fish stand, vintage collectibles, chowder huts, well you get the picture. Then we headed down the underpass, along the beautifully gross Gum Wall, and into their underground Alibi Room. The Alibi Room is known for their wood fire pizzas and calzones as well as their dimly lit ambiance factor. We definitely made the right decision with the Locally Cured Chorizo, Rosemary Fried Potatoes and Manchego Calzone, it was delicious, smoky and nutty with a crispy bite from the crust and sliced red onions.
From the Alibi Room, we made our way to the pier to ride the Seattle Great Wheel, and then headed across town to check out the famous Fremont Troll. That was quite a sight to see, I mean it was a giant troll made out of sand and rock that was situated under a bridge, random but cool in its own way. Then for our late night bite you ask? Dick’s Burgers for a Cheeseburger and Fries that is going to cause me to say something that not many of you want to hear. Are you ready? It was better than In-n-Out!! It was absolutely delicious, the bun was just this side of brioche and the burger itself was juicy and super flavorful, and the fries were crispy and hot. And this was all only the first day!
Day 2 started off with a fresh cup of Seattle coffee from Analog Coffee and a house sesame bagel sandwich, just for sustenance. Then we made our way through EMP Museum, the Space Needle, Kerry Park and then landed at the Fremont Brewery for a tasting of beers. If you haven’t had a beer from Fremont Brewery I strongly recommend their Universal Pale Ale, it is lighter than traditional Indian Pale Ale but fuller and more fragrant than a Pilsner or Wheat. From there we made our way down to C Sushi because we had heard about their Spam Futomaki which is literally seared Spam wrapped in sushi rice, avocado and cucumber. Sweet and salty, with the fattiness of avocado and crispness of the cucumber makes this a perfect umami bite. From there we visited Beecher’s Artisan Cheese Shop, where we tried the freshly made cheese curds and the out of this world signature Flagship cheese. Later that night when we were at the Pine Box, which used to be a mortuary turned Bar and Restaurant, we were lucky enough to enjoy Beecher’s “World’s Best” Mac and Cheese, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Absolutely the best Mac and Cheese we had ever eaten!
For our last day in Seattle, we took it slow, tried to savor each and every moment. We meandered over to the Melrose Market, enjoyed our last plate of charcuterie and cheeses: Dinah’s Camembert, Loghouse Aged Cheddar, House made Country Pate, Head Cheese, Lamb Terrine, Lomo and Liver Parfait at Sitka and Spruce. This beautiful open kitchen restaurant makes all of their charcuterie in-house and only offers locally sourced honey, breads, and cheese. We paired it with a Pike Kilt Lifter and simply sat back and enjoyed. From there we headed back to Pike Place to grab some last minute souvenirs and to try the famous Piroshkys from Piroshky Piroshky. Let me just say, if you are in Seattle and you walk by Piroshky Piroshky and the line is about 40 people deep that is totally normal and you should just wait in it. It is totally worth it! Whether you go savory or sweet, there is no wrong choice, I promise!
After these last few days of eating and drinking to our hearts content, I was so happy to be back in my kitchen and at my computer. Let me tell you, as fun as it was, and as much as we definitely did not want to come back to reality, I missed being at my stove. So for now and until my next post, remember that there is always more that one way to please your palate!
Posted on 08/31/2015 at 09:00:00 AM