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Terra Plata and Cupcake Royale

In Eating Out, Food, Food Product for Home on July 23, 2014 at 10:55

Terra Plata, a local sustainable restaurant in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle.

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The triangular layout of the restaurant made the place fun with its inviting sliding doors opening to the street.

The heavy natural wood décor gave a very down to earth, layback feeling to the space.

DH and I came for brunch.

My curiosity led its way to their cherry drinking vinegar.

It was pungent, vinegary with very light cherry flavor and a grainy aftertaste.

Drinking vinegar had long been a folk medicine for many ailment including obesity and diabetics.

If I were to get into the habit of drinking it, I believe I would see it as “medicine” to take a shot of, rather than an enjoyment of a drink!

We waited for an unreasonably long time for our food and when we finally got our shishito peppers, they were great.

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It was cooked just right, fairly spicy hot, but a little too greasy in the mouthfeel.

The lemon aioli was delicious with the addition of chives.

The heat from the peppers slowly built up as I consumed more; and I loved that these peppers did not have a strong green pepper-like flavor that I found overwhelming at times.

DH got the pork hash with cauliflower, carrots, celery and potato.

The pork was chunky, a little spicy, very savory and the poach egg was delicious.

The runny egg yolk made the dish creamy.

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I had the pita sandwich with buttery fluffy eggs, sausages and arugula.

There was a “Spanish sauce” in the sandwich that was very delicious with unknown spices – perhaps cumin?

Roasted potatoes were crisp on the outer and nutty and soft inside.

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Food aside and most importantly of all, it was an enjoyable and rare brunch time outing with DH that I treasured.

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I was not a crazy cupcake fan, but my sister enjoyed them.

If I were to consume cupcake, I liked New York Cupcake’s.

I only wanted to try Cupcake Royale’s red velvet ice cream as it was out in the market for a very long while now.

We killed 2 birds with 1 stone when my sister visited.

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My sister got her favorite lavender cupcake, and bought the seasonal strawberry rhubarb crisp, cherry chocolate cheesecake and my favorite red velvet.

I loved the strawberry rhubarb cake with filling!

The cake was eggy, super fluffy with tart and awesome strawberry rhubarb filling.

The reason I preferred New York Cupcakes over Cupcake Royale was because of the icing.

I found Cupcake Royale’s icing often grainy, sugary and too sweet for my liking; unfortunately the strawberry rhubarb cupcake’s icing was no exception.

The cherry chocolate cheesecake cupcake minus the icing was very chocolaty goodness, visible cherry pieces was moist with nice flavor but the cream cheese icing was too cloying.

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As for the red velvet ice cream, I enjoyed it a lot!

delicious sweet cream ice cream which was super buttery, thick and rich, mixed with chunks of red velvet cake.

The resulting mouthfeel was a little mealy but did not bother me.

It had the expected cocoa flavor from the red velvet and also an unexpected saltiness from the cake which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Regrettably both DH and my sister did not enjoy the mealiness of the ice cream. — good news for me!!!

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Brunch Spots — Serious Biscuits and Local 360

In Eating Out, Food on June 27, 2014 at 11:01

Had a quick brunch at Local 360 in Belltown.

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Loved the décor in the restaurant with a little Western feel.

Local 360 was a sustainable restaurant and sourced locally for their ingredients.

The menu was fairly extensive and the rabbit pot pie caught my eye and along with it, could not pass on the fried chicken and waffle.

Service was fast and friendly.

The rabbit pot pie looked stunning upon arrival.

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It was very creamy and rich, a little on the heavy side for me; but I loved the lean gaminess from the rabbit.

I wish there was more rabbit meat — only a few pieces were swimming around in the sauce.

The pie crust floating on top of the sauce was very buttery, flaky, and delicious.

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The fried chicken had good flavor and tender; there was a hint of spiciness in the coating and was made deliciously.

I loved that the waffle which was made with corn meal, it gave great corn flavor and gritty texture that was interesting and rustic; the down side was that the waffle was a little dense and soggy.

The flavors were there for the dishes but were not perfect.

There were quite a few items on the dinner menu that sparked my interest: PB&J bon bons, crispy pigs ears and smoked pork shank.

Even though their brunch had not wowed me, I would be interested to give dinner a try.

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I had been wanting to stop at Serious Biscuit for quite a long while.

We were in a hurry, and got 3 biscuits to go: fried chicken, catfish and vegetarian frittata.

First, the biscuit.  I was disappointed.

The biscuits were hard and certainly not as fluffy as Morsel’s, it felt like the biscuits were in the oven just a little too long.

Overall flavors of all the biscuit dishes were good.

My favorite was the catfish with green olive tartar.

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The catfish was in a form of a catfish cake — very tender with herbs, and the light crunchy coleslaw contrasted the texture of the fish brilliantly, and no doubt, the catfish was the star.

My second favorite was the truffled frittata with tomato caper relish and arugula.

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The frittata was on the denser side with mild truffle flavor and smooth texture.

It paired really well with the tangy tomato caper relish and the spiciness of the arugula.

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The fried chicken one was smothered with black pepper tabasco gravy.

The chicken itself was delicious with soft meat; edges of the chicken pieces was a little over-fried and dry but it was well marinated with garlic.

The black pepper tabasco gravy had fantastic flavor but a little chalky to the mouth.

I would head back to Morsel when I crave biscuits.
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Westward

In Eating Out, Food on March 17, 2014 at 11:31

Doof Out

Learnt about this new restaurant Westward in the magazine and brought my parents there for brunch.

What a fun place!

One of the best restaurant in recent year I would say!

It was tucked away in the quieter street near the mariner.

The view from inside the restaurant was not the greatest, but they most certainly made it up with fantastic food and whimsical décor inside the restaurant.

I loved the fire pit as a sitting area outside — lovely for those nice dry summer days we will soon get here in the Pacific Northwest!

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Inside of the restaurant was nautical themed, with an adjoining small store where they sold oysters.

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We ordered a few brunch plates to sample and share, followed by dessert.

We had clams, house-made wood-fired bagel and lox, and a Dungeness crab tartine.

My Dad really wanted fried eggs, so we ordered on the side for him as well.

What we concluded was that this place’s food was very unique.

I really appreciated their effort, subtle flavors and differences the chef brought into each dish to make their dishes distinctively theirs.

The fried eggs turned out to be the best dish and best fried eggs ever!!!!

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It said the eggs was with salsa verde and bread crumb; and there was way more in it then they led on to, most definitely secret ingredient!

The bread crumb tasted strongly in seafood flavor, as if it was soaked or topped with something shrimpy before it was crumbled on top of the fried eggs.

They were savory, slight salty, crunchy texture and just additive.

I could eat the spoonful of bread crumbs alone!

The clams were very fresh and cooked with potatoes, copa, leek and nettle.

The flavors were really great, and we soaked up all the clam juice and sauce with our bread.

The nettle and leek gave an interesting oniony and green flavors to the dish.

The cream in the sauce was not overdone and the spiciness of the copa came through and gave a zest to the dish.

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The house-made wood-fired bagel had great chewy texture.

The lox was fantastic albeit a little too salty for my taste.

The unusual part was the use of labneh, a middle eastern yogurt cheese rather than cream cheese.

Labneh delivered the sourness and flavor of a yogurt to this plate, and at the same time, imparted creaminess.

The addition of spices on top of the labneh packed some earthiness to the overall flavor.

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The Dungeness crab tartine was made with very fresh crab meat.

However, I felt the delicate flavor of the crab meat were overshadowed by the aioli and seaweed sauerkraut.

Nonetheless, it was still a very delicious dish.

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A shout out to the accompanying pickled vegetables in both the crab tartine and bagel.

There were pickled onions , cauliflower, carrots and cucumbers.

All have their own taste and flavor and extremely delicious.

Lastly, we ordered the Loukoumades – Greek donuts.

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They were super tasty, hot and fluffy dough sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.

The best part was the honey, it was flavored with orange blossom that gave pleasantly fragrant floral and citrus flavors to the overall flavor profile of the dessert.

I will most definitely return to Westward again and looking forward to trying different dishes!

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The French Bakery

In Eating Out, Food on March 3, 2014 at 11:09

Doof Out

My favorite bakery and coffee place on the eastside!

I remembered the day when French Bakery first opened in Kirkland and I was so excited that we finally had decent bakery on this side of the bridge!

Now, they have a total of 3 sites, 2 in Bellevue and the original in Kirkland.

I frequent the Bellevue Crossroad location.

I believe they served one of the best coffee around town.

French Bakery uses Attibassi Coffee, flown in every week fresh from Italy.

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Their bread and pastry were fantastic and with large varieties.

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My father’s favorite was the butter cookies, my mom’s almond croissant and my sister’s marionberry turnover.

Every time when my family came visit from out-of-town, French Bakery was a must stop place for them all.

DH and I went there on the weekend for brunch as well.

My love was the chocolate croissant: buttery flaky croissant with good amount of chocolate.

My other love was the ham and cheese croissant.

Texture of these baked goods were fantastic and non-greasy, not too sweet nor not too salty.

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I also enjoyed their procuitto and fig Panini with nice crisp and flavors of figs, goat cheese and procuitto.

The combination of ingredients worked really well.

DH’s favorite was the Turkey and Harvarti Panini which usually was creamy and crunchy.

Part of the charm of all their sandwiches was their bread, which was always flavorful; soft in the inside and crusty on the outside.

I bought their breads to make sandwiches and Panini at home as well.

The French Bakery also served sweet and crepes.

Flavors were fantastic but the crepes were a little thick.

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The French Bakery had a small selection of cakes and tarts.

Aside from the pear tart though, I did not think cakes were their forte.

I am very grateful we have such a great bakery on the eastside!

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