Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Bigfork, Montana: Pocketstone Cafe and Sweet Peaks Ice Cream

Bigfork is about twenty miles southeast of Columbia Falls and is on Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi.  I've always loved Bigfork Village, a downtown area with a Playhouse Theater, gift shops, galleries and restaurants.  We had lunch at Pocketstone Café, a bustling restaurant that's open for breakfast and lunch.  Not many places were open for lunch so there was a twenty minute wait for the four of us.  They were having an off day and gave me the wrong order.  Instead of steak, I got chicken strips.  But my boy's pancakes were decent and my husband's chicken fried steak was a generous portion and served with thick slices of homemade bread.  I would have complained about my order mess up but this girl was hungry.  After lunch, we shared a scoop of huckleberry ice cream from Sweet Peaks.  Sweet, creamy and dense, we were impressed by the quality of this homemade ice cream place.  They are a local chain with stores in Bigfork, Whitefish, Kalispell and Missoula. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Just Desserts: Summer Trip Edition

Nothing is sweeter than sharing and eating dessert with the ones you love.  And on vacation together? Even better.  This June my husband, my sons and I drove to Pullman, WA and Montana to visit family.  We stopped in Pullman to stay the night with my dear cousin and her family and then drove the rest of the way to Columbia Falls, MT the next day.  Trust me.  A nine hour drive with two little ones under the age of two?  No thanks.  We broke it up into two days of driving and we are a little saner because of it.  But back to dessert.  The trip was stressful at times and dessert made it better.  Just saying. 

A slice of Rhubarb Cake, gluten-free even, but you couldn't even tell.  This cake was super moist and tart from the rhubarb, picked fresh that day from my cousin's garden in Pullman. 

More rhubarb please.  My mom, bless her heart, had a strawberry rhubarb pie waiting for us when we arrived in Columbia Falls.   

And for breakfast on our first day-huckleberry banana bread.  Yes, it was as good as it looks. 
One night we celebrated my cousin's 9th birthday.  He's not into cake so he had ice cream, donuts and Oreo's for his guests.  Can't argue with that.  He blew out a candle on a donut which I though was cool and unique. 

Since it happened to be Father's Day during our visit, I picked up this cake from the local grocery store's bakery.  It was a white cake with yellow frosting.  One of my favorites. 

And more huckleberries!  My brother make Huckleberry Dessert, a favorite of our late Grandma's.  It tasted every bit as delicious as when she used to make it. 

A fruit tart I picked up one night for everyone to have for dessert.  It was light and fruity and had a thin layer of chocolate. 

My brother made homemade marshmallows!  How original and tasty, right?  He's very clever in the kitchen and they were incredible roasted over the campfire.  It was one of the best s'mores ever. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Georgetown Carnival

Summertime's in full effect here in Seattle and the weather's warm.  Every June, Georgetown holds its annual carnival.  They close the street and have multiple stages with live music, food trucks, street performers and much, much more.  I wanted a treat and a cold treat, at that.  The sun was beating down on me and I was parched.  Luckily in the distance I spotted ice cream.  And not just any old ice cream.  Vegan ice cream served from a VW Bus.  How unique and how original, let's get in line.  No, I didn't turn vegan but I wanted to try something new.  I got a cup of key lime pie and it didn't taste vegan at all.  I don't know what they put in it, but it tasted like dairy ice cream and soon it was gone.  It was fun to people watch and hear live music.  There was even a dunk tank and musicians to keep us all entertained. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Dinner at Brass Tacks and A Night At The Roxbury

It was another fun and memorable night out with the hubby.  Dinner at Brass Tacks and then some bowling at Roxbury Lanes.  Brass Tacks has an awesome happy hour so we each started off with a $5 Old Fashioned.  For food we ordered the Jerk Chicken and the poutine from the dinner menu but we also got the candied bacon and artichoke and arugula salad from the happy hour menu.  I liked the feel of the place and hope to eat there again.  The food was decent and my favorite dish was the poutine because I have a thing for cheese curds.  The salad was a little plain and light on the vinaigrette but balanced out the bacon and poutine well.  They also have live music on certain nights which we would have stayed for, but Roxbury Lanes was waiting.  There's something about bowling that brings out my competitive spirit.  Its very rare for me to get a strike or spare but what a good feeling when I do.  They had cosmic bowling which I've never done.  I liked the special lighting and wished we could have stayed longer.  We bowled two games and I didn't do very well but I had a blast! 

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Lunch at Zippy's in Georgetown

Sometimes you just want a cheeseburger for lunch.  So it was the perfect time to head to the new Zippy's Giant Burgers in Georgetown.  They have another location in White Center and people love their burgers so they opened another one.  The burgers are fresh and their beef chuck is ground everyday.  We could tell the patties were high quality as the texture and flavor was spot on.  My husband and I shared the No. 11 which had the perfect amount of heat due to the peppers.  It had Mama's Lil' Kick Butt Peppers, smoky chipotle mayo, lettuce, Monterey jack and smoked cheddar cheese and we were kicking ourselves that we didn't get our own.  We also got a Zip Burger for our boys to share which had Zippy's secret sauce, tomato, pickles, red onion, lettuce and cheese.  We liked their secret sauce which resembles Thousand Island and is mayo based.  We shared a basket of fries which we also really liked.  We are fry fiends and these hit the mark.  Their décor is nice with bright blue walls and framed photos of old school burger and drive in joints.  Their burgers are way good and we'll return for more soon! 

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Northwest Folklife Festival 2015

Happy Memorial Day weekend! There's tons of activities to keep us busy and entertained this weekend and the Northwest Folklife Festival is one way.  Held every year for over forty years, this event is held at Seattle Center.  I go most years if I'm in town and I decided to check it out yesterday.  Its focus is music and art with countless performers either on stage or along the walkways.  I really felt the energy of the crowd and enjoyed doing some people watching.  Folklife just reminds me how progressive Seattle is and how many types of people live here.  The crowds were thick though and the lines for food were long.  But another neat thing about the event is how many variations of food you can get.  It's your typical fair food with Elephant Ears, corn dogs, burgers, ice cream and just about anything else to give you a stomach ache.  Before we left we shared an Elephant Ear is ice cream and it was worth every calorie!  For more info on the event, click here