Sunday, September 18, 2016

Date Night at MBar

My husband and I checked out MBar for our latest date night.  They just opened a little over a week ago and it's located in South Lake Union, in the Fairview Building.  The rooftop restaurant and patio on the 14th floor is accessed by an elevator and then a long walk down a hallway with South Lake Union below.  Everything is decorated in art deco with bright blue walls and colorful light installments.  I found the dining room to be electrifying when I entered.  The sweeping views of the Space Needle, Queen Anne, and South Lake Union added to the lure.  Then, a spacious patio with a bar and ample room for seating is right outside. 

Not only is MBar beautiful and eye catching but the main star is the food.  The credit is given to their Chef Jason Stratton.  I watched him on Top Chef and rooted for him because I was excited to see someone from Seattle competing.  He has a real talent in the kitchen and I was excited to try his food.  We were lucky enough to meet him during our meal at MBar and I found him to be friendly, humble, and proud of the food he presented to us. 

We started with cocktails.  My husband had a Stratton Manhattan and I drank a Rum Royale- a drink with Rum, Cantaloupe, and white sparkling wine.  Our drinks were perfect, just like the view.  The Space Needle winked at us as we perused the menu, getting excited for what was to come.  We started with the Heirloom Tomatoes.  They were served with roasted turnips, caramelized onions, anchovy, dandelion, and lime brown butter.  The flavors were new to us and we loved them.  We'd never had the combination of caramelized onions with fresh tomatoes and the flavor worked well.  The dish seemed complex with its ingredients but all of the flavors fit together beautifully. 

Next, we had the Crisp Chicken Wing Confit with burned honey and walnut mayonnaise.  Jason knows his stuff because we were super impressed with the chicken wings.  They're cooked in duck fat and that's why they taste so good.  They are coated in a honey and walnut mayonnaise sauce, giving the wings a sweet element to work with the crispiness of the chicken. 

The Duck Confit caught our interest since it's a favorite dish of ours.  MBar's was a beautifully inspired plate and most importantly, a delicious one.  There was a cilantro puree and colorful beets with a turmeric puree to accompany the perfectly cooked duck.  We were sad when the last bite was gone. 

Then it was time for round two of drinks.  My husband had a cocktail called Rosy Cheeks and I drank a glass of Sparkling Rose.  We were still hungry and we heard the table behind us ordering the Fried Potatoes and we couldn't resist getting some ourselves.  The fried potatoes had chilies and cilantro and have to be one of the best things I've ever eaten.  Perfectly hot and fried with the tantalizing flavors of the chilies and cilantro, they're hard to beat and will probably be a favorite dish at MBar. 

As much as we wanted to keep ordering food, it was time to close with dessert.  We shared the coconut, black cherry, and chocoalte Semifredo.  We each took a bite and closed our eyes in satisfaction.  Very decedent and rich, each bite was better than the last, if such a thing is possible.  I had several sips of my Sparkling Rose left that paired just right.  After paying and saying goodbye to our server, we wandered out to the patio and watched the sunset.  What a dinner and what a place.  People are going to love MBar, I know I did.   


MBar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, September 16, 2016

Lunch at Jack's BBQ

We had a hankering for some good BBQ so we checked out Jack's BBQ, located on Airport Way in South Seattle.  Upon walking in I liked the country theme and the large and bright dining room.  There was a good sized bar area to the left and everything looked clean and eye catching.  We were seated pretty much right away and were greeted by our friendly server.  We started with an Old Fashioned to share, it was only lunchtime, and an order of the Buttermilk Hushpuppies.  The cocktail was sweet but strong and had a nice kick to it.  The drink whetted our appetite and paved the way for some great BBQ. 

The hushpuppies were hearty with a little bit of heat.  They were fried balls of cornbread and they came with a buttermilk dipping sauce to balance out the heat.  For our entrees, my husband had the Brisket with Cole Slaw and Chili.  Their chili is made from house made brisket and bacon.  The meat was really tender and it was a little spicy and would be just the thing for a cold, windy day in Seattle.  I ordered the 1/2 Chicken which is free-range and brined.  My two sides were Mac and Cheese so my sons could eat that along with some of my chicken.  The meat at Jack's BBQ is Texas dry rub and the sauce is served on the side.  The BBQ was smoky and tender.  It isn't a style of BBQ we'd ever tried and probably isn't as common in the Pacific Northwest.  But something we had eaten before was Pecan Pie and it didn't disappoint us.  Their Pecan Pie was a Texas State Fair Champion and it was delicious.  It was served with unsweetened cream on the side, which balanced out the richness of the pecans, the sweet filling and the flakey pie crust.   How can you resist a good slice of pie? You can't. 

Jack's BBQ Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Seattle Sweet Week 2016 | Columbia City Bakery

This week in Seattle is Sweet Week, one of my favorite food events.  It's held every September and is the perfect opportunity to try special desserts from either your favorite sweet shop or one you've been wanting to check out.  Over twenty places are participating September 12th through the 18th.  For $5 you can try a dessert created just for Seattle Sweet Week.  I headed to Columbia City Bakery and tried their dessert for the event which was a trio of pastries.  Having been to the bakery before, I knew their pastries would be top notch, so I was excited.  The three pastries were Harvest Fruit Vatrushka, Chocolate and Chocolate Bite, and Ferdinand Grahams.  The Harvest Fruit pastry was a brioche pastry with cheese and seasonal fruit filling.  The Chocolate Bite was like a mini brownie with chunks of 68% dark chocolate.  The Ferdinand Grahams were cookies with local honey and whole wheat flour.  I shared the three mini desserts with my family so I only got about six bites in all, but all six bites were bites of perfection. 

Columbia City Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, September 11, 2016

It's My City, And I Love It

Seattle, Washington.  It's my city and I love it.  September 9th, marked my 16th year living in Seattle and it still has my heart.  This town has never been hotter, partly in thanks to the Seahawks, who one their first game of the season today!  Last night's sunset on the waterfront was a good one and I hope that's evident in my photos below.  I was just messing around and letting my kids run around and stare upwards at The Great Wheel, a pretty neat addition to the waterfront.  I didn't expect the sunset to be so pretty and I didn't expect to get so many shots but there you have it.  So go forth and find your own memories, find your city, or that spot that means home to you.  Don't let the world tell you what you should want, what you should be buying or who you should be voting for.  Feel for yourself what's true and let that define you.  Happy Sunday!