I think Salumni and I were meant to meet each other. We had scheduled our dinner and both showed-up under the weather, so we were could share each other’s germs since we both already sick. I know, it’s a weird way of thinking about it, but it’s somehow fortunate that we were sick at the same time. This time, we kept it simple with Red Cow, an unassuming french bistro in Madrona that took the place of June and Crement before it. Red Cow, however, is an Ethan Stowell restaurant, which means we had high hopes for it.
Nutkin lives down the street from Brimmer and Heeltap, so we decided to give it a try. We went on a Thursday night, 7:30 and the small space was packed to the brim, so we waited by the door with drinks in hand. It was an hour fifteen minute wait for a table to open up, but we managed to snag seats at the bar, so ended up waiting about 30 minutes for four spots at the bar. Our bartender Jeff was phenomenal – attentive and well versed in drinks and dishes alike. Continue reading
My family isn’t exactly traditional, as my parents immigrated to the US in the 70s, we still celebrate Chinese New Year. This year, it was just my mom, my cousin, and me celebrating a Chinese holiday at a Japanese restaurant, which I find somewhat ironic as relationships between the two countries have always been tense. However, this wasn’t just any Japanese restaurant – no, this restaurant has been in Seattle since 1904. So they’re definitely doing something right at Maneki.I brought my camera this time, so prepare to wipe some drool off your keyboards.
The Black Night goes to Billy Beach sushi almost every week with his favorite sushi chef, Hutch who was at Otodo and the Japonessa. This was my first time at Billy Beach, although I have hazy memories of sashimi and a gigantic chocolate calazone from Otodo back in the day. Hutch knows exactly what he’s doing and all of the sashimi is extremely fresh.
Basics: salmon (fatty), yellowtail (has that firmness on the ititial bite before melting), mackeral (perfect amount of brininess with pickled kelp and ginger on top to balance things out), kampachi (he got out a whole new fish for us!), crab salad. Just the way they were meant to be. Continue reading
Let’s start off with, I love Spanish food. My favorite restaurant is Harvest Vine, so I was excited to hear about a Chico Madrid, a spanish cafe, for a casual lunch. (I’ve already been to Aragona – more on that another day). They have red and white sangria on tap and they pull a delicious house-made chocolate syrup mocha and house-made vanilla syrup latte. The Black Night ordered a second mocha while we were there, and he used to be a barista – that’s serious. I could have just had those two drinks and it would have been my favorite coffee shop – they serve cafe Vita, if you’re curious. Continue reading
Starbucks opened a THIRD store at the U-Village (an outdoor shopping plaza located next to the University of Washington). It’s next to Din Tai Feng (of absurd soup dumpling following) and Molly Moons (of local ice cream mogul fame). It’s called Starbucks Reserve specifically, though I’m not too sure why. Did they need a 3rd Starbucks here? Yes, they did. The other two are either a) packed with college kids studying or b) on the other end of the wet parking lot. This Starbucks rifts on the design of their rose gold holiday cups - angled, sophisticated, warm hued. You see it in the wood, the metal accents, and the clean lines. This is the sophisticated Starbucks and it serves wine and small plates. There are a couple of other Starbucks in the Seattle area that have been doing this (Olive Way, Madison Park, Issaquah, Roy Street Coffee), but this is the first one to get a special name. I’m guessing it’s Starbucks foray into line extension rather than diversity.
They have bacon wrapped dates, brie plates, chicken skewers, flatbread just to name a few items. I had the truffle mac and cheese. Yes, truffle mac and cheese. Golden crunchy crust, white cheddar, whiff of truffle oil. I’m not sure how much it cost me, but it was delicious for coffee shop food, though it doesn’t pair well with coffee. I think it was meant for the Riesling… I knew that though. I’d recommend it, enough that I’m blogging about it instead of writing my annual review…
My sister can eat 4 dozen oysters in one sitting – I kid you not. She is amazing when it comes to oysters and I am allergic to them. However, it’s the holidays and she’s back in town from SFO, so I make sure we have oysters while she’s home. Usually, we go to Elliots for oysters, but happy hour there can be a chore to wait for. Salumi had recommended Ballard Annex Oyster House, so here we landed after 8 hours of shopping.
$1.50 for oysters – these were high quality oysters, briney and fresh, she loved them and they were well worth the trip. she also says they left the brine inside the oyster, which is a hallmark of an expert oyster shucker.
new england poutine – new england clam chowder over french fries with parmesean cheese; this was the perfect starter and I’d love to try to the chowder on its own next time
mussels pistu – swap escargots for mussels and cover them with cheese, dunk them in butter, tastey!
salmon cake sliders – lots of salmon, great flavor
saute calamari – a good portion, a little salty, well cooked to perfect consistency with just enough snap to know it’s done without being rubbery
salmon fetteccini – a little salty, served with a side of mushrooms and kale, still flavorful
The booths are cute, service is friendly, and I would definitely recommend it for happy hour. Entrees are on the pricey side, but I would consider it a nice low key seafood joint.
Overall: happily ever after
Highlights: oysters on a half shell, new england poutine
Footnote: Wednesday evenings are $1.50 oyster night