Thursday, September 24, 2015

Lunchbox Laboratory

Lunchbox Laboratory is a unique gourmet burger joint with three locations in the Seattle area.  Filled with decorations like old school lunchboxes and drinks with Tang, it's a blast from the past.  The shakes are awesome- I had a Reese's Peanut Butter Shake.  The appetizer options were good, they have Totchos-nachos with tater tots and they have all beef corn dogs.  We shared the Buff Poppers, deep fried with a jalapeƱo and cream cheese filling and buffalo ketchup, to give it that extra kick.  We also tried the Upstate New Yorker Burger and the Hot Head.  Both burgers with overcooked which didn't make me happy.  Everything would have been perfect had my meat been cooked right, but you can't win them all. 

Lunchbox Laboratory Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

My Twins Are Two!

My twin boys turned two and what a fun celebration it was.  We decided to go simple this year and not have a party.  I figure there will be many chances later.  Well, we had a party but it was a party of four, just our family.  We got a cake with Biscuit the Dog, from their favorite books, on it.  We had balloons, which they went wild with and played with and I could've skipped everything else and they would have been happy.  I gave them sidewalk chalk and matching toy tablets, so they can stop grabbing my Kindle and trying to make purchases.  Then we headed to the Eastside, to Wiggleworks, a place for little ones to play and run around.  Everything's padded and it's a safe and fun place to go crazy and burn off energy.  We ate dinner at Tutta Bella though prior to playing and had a delicious dinner.  Then a couple of days later on their actual birthday, we had lunch at Lunchbox Laboratory and then played in our yard with the sidewalk chalk.  My boys are two and I can't believe it! 
To start off the celebration,  I made pancakes in the shape of puppy dogs.  Since the theme this year is a dog,  I thought they'd be perfect! I used raisins for their eyes and strawberries for the noses.  Funny, the raisin eyes sort of look like the puppies are wearing sunglasses!

I found these shirts on  I love them! I can't keep calm I'm two!

Their Biscuit the Dog cake turned out great!  It was chocolate with raspberry filling.  The boys seemed a little young to recognize what it was though.  I think the cake was more for me.  I adore Biscuit the Dog, too!

I also got them hand puppets, an Elmo and a Biscuit one.  They love them but can't figure out how to stick their hands inside them. 

Wiggleworks on the Eastside.  What a neat place for kids!

Oversized Legos for the little ones to play with. 

Sidewalk chalk and toddler shoes, oh my, we're two!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Dinner at Tutta Bella in Crossroads

Tutta Bella is one of my favorite pizza spots in the Seattle area.  Our usual haunt is the Columbia City location and we love the authentic Neapolitan style pizza and the strong cocktails.  Their happy hour is amazing with seven dollar pizzas we always gobble up.   For this visit, we ate at the new Crossroads location on the eastside.  We were celebrating our boys birthday by going to Wiggleworks in the same complex and I was happy to see a Tutta Bella there.  So we started with the
Bietole Marinate-roasted beets, red onion, pistachio, chevre and red wine vinaigrette.  Our boys like goat cheese so they nibbled on that while my husband and I ate the rest of the salad.  It paired well with our cocktails, the Castra Nicia- buffalo trace bourbon, averna amaro, aperol, lime juice, angostura bitters and soda.  We like this drink and order it every time.  Then it was time for pizza.  We had happy hour personal pizzas- the Margharita which has pomodoro, fresh mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil and basil.  Then the Tutta Bella pizza- pomodoro, fresh mozzarella, isernio's italian sausage, mushroom, onion, basil.  My sons shared the Quattro Formaggi.  It has extra virgin olive oil, fresh mozzarella, provola, gorgonzola, slivered garlic and oregano. 

Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, September 18, 2015

Seattle Sweet Week 2015- Cupcake Royale

This was the second year of Seattle Sweet Week and I just had to check it out again.  Last year for Sweet Week I visited Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery in Ballard.  The event showcases local bakeries, chocolate and ice cream shops and they create a unique dessert for one week only, for five dollars.  Who would want to pass that up?  We drove in rush hour traffic, with a cold, in pouring rain to get our treat at Cupcake Royale.  And you bet it was worth it.  When I walked in I saw so many mouthwatering cupcakes but no signage for Seattle Sweet Week.  So I asked and they had it available.  Their special dessert was Buttered Popcorn and Caramel Crunch Cookie with buttered popcorn and peanut crunch ice cream, and Kukuruza Hawaiian sea salted caramel corn.  I loved the presentation and of course, the taste.  The caramel corn was unbelievable and could be very addicting.  The ice cream was super creamy and sweet and the little cupcake was moist and the frosting so perfect.  I loved how small everything was.  It was just a taste so you didn't feel like a pig.  My family ate most of it.  I share.  Yes, I'm nice like that.  I can't wait till next year to see what's featured at my favorite sweet shops!

Cupcake Royale Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Nate's Wings and Waffles

Nate's Wings and Waffles in Rainer Beach was the perfect lunch for my family.  The restaurant is co-owned and named after NBA player Nate Robinson, who went to high school at Rainer Beach and played basketball.  Then he played for University of Washington before going pro.   My husband and I each sipped a glass of Merlot and he ate the Chicken Waffle Sliders with a Kale Salad.  I shared the Bacon Waffle and a 1/2 pound of Chicken Strips with my sons.  The funny and kind of sad part?  We didn't know and didn't even think to look for the huge bottles of maple syrup on the table.  So the whole time I'm eating my waffle and he's eating his waffle sliders it felt like something was missing.  Hello?  The maple syrup!  We'll just have to go back. 

Nate's Wings & Waffles Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato