Sunday, May 1, 2016

Dino's Tomato Pie

I couldn't wait to check out Dino's Tomato Pie on Capital Hill that recently opened.  I am a big fan of the pizza at Delancey, and Dino's is owned by the same lovely people.  So after having a beer at Perihelion Brewery, we headed to the hill and got ourselves some cocktails and pizza.  I loved the 90's Jersey feel and the family photos on the wall.  I loved the lights and even the dark paneling.  For me, it did bring me back to the 90's.  Heading to the roller rink with friends or hanging out at friend's houses, the look and feel of the place really worked for me.  But then the food arrived and things got even better.  We started with The Fancy Salad with arugula, fennel, and some sort of incredible mouthwatering salami.  The salad was served with a vinaigrette dressing in a bottle, on the side.  For our pizza, we decided on the 18'' round with half pepperoni and half cheese.  When that pizza arrived, my husband almost jumped for joy.  Thin crust is his favorite and he was happily surprised.  He took one bite and sighed happily.  He didn't care as much about the ambiance as I did, but the pizza was spot on for him.  I too, loved the pizza and we actually polished the whole thing off.  We sipped cocktails, Ice Cold Old Fashioned's and then we shared a Blue Ricky- a blue drink with rum, coconut, and pineapple.   I liked the contrast between the dive bar Jersey look and the delicious food with high quality ingredients and taste.

Dino's Tomato Pie Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Perihelion Brewery in Beacon Hill

Perihelion Brewery is the perfect spot to grab a beer.  It's new and located by the light rail station in Beacon Hill.  The place is doing solid business because of their prime location and lots of outdoor seating.  They also serve food and their burger looked and smelled amazing and had a brioche bun.  My husband and I decided to check out the brewery and grab a drink to start our date night off right.  We didn't get any food so we'll have to return sometime to get our nosh on.  They were packed but we managed to find two seats in the corner.  You then have to walk over to the register to order.  Then you can grab your drink and head to your seat and get your drink on.  I had a Pineapple Cider and my husband had the Belgian Blonde.  We both enjoyed our drinks and it was fun people watching.  The neighborhood was in full swing because it was a sunny Saturday afternoon.  The brewery used to be a dentist office and I must say I'd rather be sipping a drink then getting a tooth filled.  Just saying...

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Conservatory in Georgetown

Down in Georgetown, a neighborhood in South Seattle, you'll find The Conservatory.  They serve coffee and tea, but they also have a stage for live music, Burlesque shows, and life drawing.  The coffee shop is a long and narrow space with large windows in the front with a counter and then you walk to the back to order your drink.  There is plenty of seating for sipping coffee with friends or discussing business with clients over tea and a pastry.  The d├ęcor is interesting, too, with books displayed on a bookshelf and an animal mount on the wall.  There are even skulls and lanterns that give the place an edgy kind of vibe.  I just needed a break from my littles, so I left them in the able hands of my husband and booked it down the street to Georgetown.  I got a small Chai and a brownie.  Life can be stressful so sometimes a coffee break is just the answer. 

The Conservatory Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

National Pretzel Day

Pretzels are the perfect food.  They can be enjoyed a variety of ways, both savory and sweet.  Today is National Pretzel Day so thinking of all the ways to eat pretzels is a way to celebrate this popular snack.  Enjoy my collection of pretzel photos I've taken and expect to get hungry!
One way to eat pretzels is having them soft baked and topped with salt and cheese dipping sauce on the side.  These pictured here are from Buffalo Wild Wings. 

Another fun and delicious way to have pretzels is to dip them in melted chocolate and top with candy cane pieces for the holidays!

Make some Peanut Butter-Pretzel Truffles for another way to eat pretzels.  You can find my post here for the recipe for this sweet and salty treat.

You can also try making your own homemade ice cream with pretzels.  This ice cream had Cookie Butter and crushed up chocolate- covered pretzels.  I also used a chocolate -covered pretzel as a garnish.  My husband and I are still talking about how good this was and I made it months ago!

You can't forget about cookies with pretzels! That's also a delicious combination.  These are the Loaded-Up Pretzel Cookies that also had M&M's and coconut I recently baked! Click here for the recipe.

Sometimes bigger is better when enjoying a pretzel!  Try a large soft pretzel with a cheese dipping sauce from the Tap & Barrel in Vancouver, BC.

You can find awesome ice cream with pretzels at the grocery store, too!  Pictured here is some Salted Caramel Pretzel Ice Cream.  Have a scoop with a slice of chocolate cake and you'll be super satisfied!  Happy National Pretzel Day!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Lunch at Bitterroot BBQ in Ballard

Ballard is another Seattle neighborhood with many, many great restaurants and bars.  They seem like a dime a dozen and some of the best and most popular restaurants in the city are in Ballard, either on Market St. or Ballard Ave.   Its always fun to stroll down the tree lined streets and window shop and spot my favorite places or the places I want to check out.  I'd been hearing about Bitterroot BBQ for years and it sounded like a nice place, with an interesting interior, a good bourbon and whiskey selection and really decent BBQ.  My parents were in town so I suggested going to Ballard and eating there.  Plus, the restaurant's named after the Bitterroot River in Montana, the state we're from.  I thought they'd like a little piece of home while seeing us in Seattle. 

We all loved the look of the restaurant when we strolled in.  We were sat by the entrance and I liked all of the natural light from the windows.  The food was pretty standard BBQ with three sauces to choose from on the tables.  What I thought stood out was the pretzel bread buns for our pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches.  The meat tended to be a little dry but the sauce helped that along.  I stole some of my dad's hand cut fries and I regretted not getting some, too.  My son's had the Macaroni and Cheese with English Peas and Pulled Pork.  The serving size was huge.  There was plenty left over for lunch the next day.  My mom had the catfish sandwich with Cole slaw that also looked promising.  My dad drank a hand mixed cream soda that was infused with fresh vanilla.  I've heard the happy hour is a good deal and that the cocktails are decent.  It was on the pricey side for lunch, though.  I would recommend checking out the happy hour because the whiskey drinks sound too good to pass up.    

Bitterroot BBQ Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato