Sunday, April 23, 2017

Date Night at New Luck Toy

New Luck Toy is a bar in West Seattle. They are not a restaurant, they are very clear on that, so don't go looking for someone to greet you at the door and seat you. Its every man for themselves at New Luck Toy, at this eclectic spot on California Ave. where they serve Chinese food and liquor filled slushies. What attracted me to the space was the bright red lanterns that cover the entire ceiling. They even have a private Karaoke room where you can sing to your hearts content, video games, and ski-ball. On a Saturday night it was standing room only, and we watched group after group of people come inside with no place to sit. You are asked to take a number when you walk in and then wait for a table. My husband and I snagged one of the last seats at the bar. Of course one of the black intimate booths under all the red lanterns would have been nice, but we were just lucky to get a seat at this popular hang out. He started with a Rainer Beer and a shot of Jamson Whiskey and I decided to try one of their signature drinks. I ended up getting a Passion Fruit Caiparinha-a fruity blended cocktail that tasted like mango and lime and had a salted rim. We also shared one of the frozen drinks-one of the four drinks from the slushy machines-a Hurricane. It had dark rum, light rum, passion fruit, orange, and lime. It was served in a Tiki glass and came with a little umbrella, for a nice tropical touch. To soak up the booze, we each ordered a dish from the menu. He had the General Tso's Chicken and I ordered the Broccoli and Beef. Both dishes were way too spicy and it was hard to enjoy the flavors and the high quality of the meat. After glancing at the menu, we noticed that the popular Chinese dish, Beef Chow Fun, was served without the beef in it. So not really the same thing, but no seemed to notice or care. The owners have their own take on the cuisine and they must be doing something right because of how packed the place was. When we finished eating, we hopped down from our bar stools and two people immediately took them. On our way out we spotted the Karaoke room and sang and sang till we were ready to call it a night.  
New Luck Toy Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, April 21, 2017

Layered Lemon Pie

Layered Lemon Pie is just the thing to serve if you have company. The lemony pie is light and fluffy, and is just right for spring and summer. It is also no bake and I found it simple to make. The recipe is from Taste of Home and you can find it here. I couldn't find any lemon pie filling so I used an instant pudding mix which is basically the same thing. My parents visited us from Montana so I made this pie so we could have something sweet to eat. Everyone enjoyed it, even the kids, who can be pretty picky-even with pie. You start with a pre-made graham cracker crust, then you mix cream cheese with sugar. You then add half of the lemon filling with whipped cream. Then top the pie with the remaining lemon filling. To give the pie a little more of a citrusy flavor, I grated some lemon peel on top and garnished it with a lemon slice. The pie reminded me of a mix between lemon cheesecake and a lemon meringue pie. It was creamy and lemony and I enjoyed every bite, but I was happy I had company over to help finish it so I wasn't tempted to eat it all!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A Thai Brunch at Soi

On Easter Sunday the search for a quality brunch is important. We found it at Soi, a Thai restaurant on Capital Hill. The concept behind Soi is to showcase how the food really tastes in Thailand. Since I've never been, now I have more of an idea of the different flavors I'd discover there. I started with a glass of Mango juice and my husband ordered a Hot Thai Tea, served French Press style. For food, I wanted something "brunchy" so some French toast and waffles were calling my name. Since I was sharing with my sons, I ordered the Massaman French Toast and the Coconut Waffles. Both super carbolicious, but it was Easter and I was sharing, so why not? The French toast had Cinnamon, Cardamon, with mace dipped French bread, and served with condensed milk peanut butter whip cream. The Coconut Waffles had shredded, toasted coconut and were served with a hazelnut chocolate whip cream. The star elements of both dishes were the whip creams. I loved both the peanut butter and the hazelnut chocolate and they were the perfect compliments. My husband wanted some sort of Thai noodles, he's not a huge sweets fan like us, so he ordered a bowl of chicken curry noodles. I can't remember the name of the dish, but he enjoyed the high level of spice and the tender chicken. It did look tasty but I was enjoying my carb fest with my sons too much to remember to try it. Soi's brunch was unique, flavorful, and authentic to what we'd find in Thailand. Big flavors and high quality ingredients made for an enjoyable meal.
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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Breakfast for Lunch at the Oak Table Cafe in Sequim, WA

Every small town has a café or restaurant that stands out and is so popular it attracts crowds. The Oak Table Café in Sequim, WA is theirs. I knew if we visited on the weekend there would be a long wait, so we went for lunch on a Friday. We didn't have to wait for a table at all, so it was a good choice. They are very kid friendly with crayons in mason jars, and a kids menu with a big, bear shaped pancake as one of the choices. I ordered my boys their own bear pancake and I chose a waffle topped with peaches and ice cream. My husband ordered the Eggs Benedict with Potato Pancakes. The portions are really large and its quite pricey, but I feel like the service and ambiance makes it worth it. The café is super quaint and cozy, with large windows and pictures on the wall. They are open for breakfast and lunch and you can get the breakfast menu all day. The choices are abundant with pancakes, German Pancakes, crepes, waffles, and egg dishes. If you don't see anything you want, there's something wrong and you should leave immediately and check your temperature. We had plenty of leftovers for breakfast the next day. If you're in Sequim and are hungry, go check it out! 

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A Spring Getaway to Sequim, WA

A weekend away is just plain good for the soul. It's always a great idea to get out of town for a couple of days. It will give you a change of scenery and you'll feel refreshed and renewed when you get back home. Things won't be just how you like them when you're away. You may forget to pack something, or you may not sleep as well as you do at home. But if done right, a weekend away will have more good moments then bad and you will create tons of new memories with your family or friends. And when you get home and slip into your own comfy bed, you'll appreciate being at home that much more.

Since we hadn't gone anywhere since the fall, we decided to go visit our aunt and uncle in Sequim, WA. To get there, you can take a ferry to Bainbridge Island, its a 35 minute crossing. Then about an hour and fifteen minute drive, and boom, you've arrived in Sequim. The small town is a quite retreat for us and we find it very relaxing. It was rainy, so we waited for sunbreaks to head to the park where our kids could play. We spent most of the weekend hanging out in our relatives home, eating takeout, napping, and letting the kids just run around the house. Sometimes it just feels nice to escape Seattle for the quietness of a small town. But I did like coming back to Seattle and being greeted by the skyscrapers because yes, I missed the city after all.

The Washington Sate ferry, docked on the Seattle waterfront, unloads passengers and cars after arriving from Bainbridge Island. The wait time was efficient and it wasn't long before we could drive onto the ferry and sail to Bainbridge Island.

My sons and I can never get enough of the Seattle Skyline, and the ferry ride over to Bainbridge was rich with views.

Our ferry reaching Bainbridge Island, with the Seattle skyline in the distance.

We always visit this beach every time we're in Sequim. Its just a few minutes from our relatives house and the water views are pretty. During this visit, it was raining hard and it was windy, so I just jumped out of the car for a second to take this shot.

We got takeout from Koto Teriyaki and Sushi for dinner. For the four of us we got Inari, pictured here, California Rolls, and Chicken Teriyaki.

The downtown area of Sequim has many cute, local shops. We visited the toy store, Dungeness Kids, on the last day.

And for our next visit- dinner at Blondie's Plate. This restaurant, which used to be a church, had small plates and cocktails. We weren't able to eat there, but I couldn't resist taking a photo and now we have something to check out next time.

And ta da! Back in Seattle, and greeted by the skyline one more and the Great Wheel with the Space Needle. My kids were exited to see their favorite landmarks from a different perspective. A ferry ride is a must do for kids and there are many choices of islands around Seattle to visit. Go ahead and plan a spring getaway, you won't regret it!  

Koto Teriyaki & Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato