A Tasting of Seattle Micro Brews

Unlike later in the week in Portland where on average two microbreweries were covered per day, Seattle boasted so many other (often non food and drink related) sights to see that only the exceptional Fremont Brewing Company’s tasting room was the only one visited. Even despite best attempts, some of Seattle’s best craft brew barsContinue reading “A Tasting of Seattle Micro Brews”

Espresso Tasting in the Emerald City of Espresso

Vivace or Victrola? We’ll cut to the chase. Both are very worthwhile espressos. In fact, both are easily some of the finest espressos served in this country without a doubt. They’re both more nuanced, woody, and with spectacular cremas that only the true barista masters and highest caliber of beans can accomplish. Espresso of thisContinue reading “Espresso Tasting in the Emerald City of Espresso”

Tales of Seattle’s Cocktail Bars

Coffee by morning, beer by day, cocktails by night is how the drinking rolls in the Emerald City. Or so it seems with their impressive number of espresso baristas pulling top notch shots, mighty micro breweries such as Fremont and Schooner Exact providing refreshing and bold ales and lagers, and at night the cocktail shakersContinue reading “Tales of Seattle’s Cocktail Bars”

Cocktail of the Week: Ginger Rogers at Needle & Thread, Seattle

Make a reservation days in advance. Then arrive at the Capitol Hill gastropub and bar Tavern Law and find the hidden telephone to call upstairs. Climb the wooden stairs up to the secret parlor upstairs and you have arrived at the pinnacle of the Seattle cocktail world: the speakeasy of Tavern Law, known as NeedleContinue reading “Cocktail of the Week: Ginger Rogers at Needle & Thread, Seattle”

Sleepless But Not Hungry In Seattle: The New Legends II: Almost There…

Continuing along from Sitka & Spruce to… Cascina Spinasse Up Capitol Hill from Sitka & Spruce, chef Jason Stratton is cooking some of the most intensely focused regional Italian cuisine anywhere, at his little slice of Piedmont, Cascina Spinasse. The bustling pair of dining rooms and adjoining bar and patio were filled on a strangelyContinue reading “Sleepless But Not Hungry In Seattle: The New Legends II: Almost There…”

Sleepless But Not Hungry In Seattle: The New Legends

Seattle is quite possibly the most unheralded dining city in the country. Most of the Pacific Northwest attention goes to that Rose City to the south and is never talked about in the same sentences as the big boys of the Northeast, California, New Orleans, and Chicago. In fact the most talked about Seattle restaurantContinue reading “Sleepless But Not Hungry In Seattle: The New Legends”

Monday’s Neighborhood (on Wednesday): Fremont, Seattle, WA

Seattle is an intriguing city where the outside neighborhoods of its limits are indeed still part of Seattle, yet each so individually distinct that they really are their own city. Nobody says the Ballard “part” of Seattle or the “north” of Seattle when referring to Wallingford. Perhaps, it is because they are across the waterContinue reading “Monday’s Neighborhood (on Wednesday): Fremont, Seattle, WA”

Beer of the Week: Fremont Brewing Co.’s Interurban IPA

The Interurban IPA is a textbook rendition of what a hop forward, refreshing IPA should be like. It’s not one of those 120 IBU hop bombs, nor an imperial/double IPA that borders on barley wine, nor a meager IPA too scared to add enough hops that it seems to be an off tasting pale ale.Continue reading “Beer of the Week: Fremont Brewing Co.’s Interurban IPA”

Tuesday Project: Grilled Alaskan Halibut with Rhubarb Compote, Balsamic Marinated Strawberries, and Asparagus from Ray’s Boathouse in Ballard, Washington

Ray’s Boathouse is one of the treasures of the Seattle area, with its spectacular view over Shilshole Bay and the Puget Sound in Ballard, a half hour northwest of Downtown Seattle. Ray’s is also one of the few places in the world it seems that doesn’t waste a magical setting on a subpar restaurant experience.Continue reading “Tuesday Project: Grilled Alaskan Halibut with Rhubarb Compote, Balsamic Marinated Strawberries, and Asparagus from Ray’s Boathouse in Ballard, Washington”