Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Northwest Folklife Festival 2012

Yesterday we went to Seattle Center for the Northwest Folklife Festival which is held on Memorial Day Weekend every year.  Thousands of people attend so the crowds can get a bit out of hand.  The festival has lots of live music, food and it is definitely a place to people watch.  The day was a hot one, so standing in line for my Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, I had to suffer for it.  But this fried treat was so worth it.  The line was long and I think they got the tickets for the orders messed up because people behind me were getting their food before me.  I've never had a Fried PB&J, only a Fried Babe Ruth so I didn't know what to expect.  Turned out, it tasted like a doughnut with warm peanut butter and raspberry jelly, can you say yum? Besides the festival food, I enjoyed walking around and checking everything out. 

The Fountain at Seattle Center with the Space Needle in the background.  The day was a warm one, so people loved running in and out of the sprays of water. 

While waiting in line for my fried PB&J, the person next to me in line had a very tired and warm puppy.  She decided to just plop down next to us and relax.

The fried PB&J that my husband and I split.  Turned it out be a good afternoon snack and who would have thought it would taste so good.  Oh, wait, anything fried tastes good!

Overall, the Folklife Festival was a great way to start the summer.  For more information go to

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Nutella Turnovers

It's been a while since I ate Nutella.  France of last year to be exact.  I had some Nutella Crepes while dining at a sidewalk cafe along the Rue de Rivoli.  So I thought it seemed about time to indulge in some of this creamy hazelnut spread. 

First I set my oven to 350 degrees.   I took some Phyllo dough and put about 1 Tablespoon of Nutella with a few chocolate chips.  Then I formed triangles and baked them on a cookie sheet with wax paper for about three or four minutes.  Phyllo dough is paper thin and very fragile, so these didn't take long to brown and crisp around the edges.  Follow the directions on the Phyllo dough box and cut the sheets into the size you want.  Then brush butter or oil on each sheet.  I used four small square sheets for each one and then shaped them into a triangle.  You can form the sheets to whatever shape you want and use which ever fillings you wish. 

Note:  This was my first time using Phyllo dough and I forgot to defrost it- it came frozen.  I defrosted the dough in the microwave for 30 seconds and it was fine. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Happy Hour at Daniel's Broiler

Tonight we had happy hour at Daniel's Broiler on Lake Washington, their Leschi location.  I love the view of the lake and or course, of Bellevue across the way.  Besides this one on the Leschi Marina, there are two other restaurants, one on Lake Union and one in Bellevue and they are part of the Schwartz Brothers restaurants.  We just wanted appetizers, so I got the Crispy Fried Calamari with Spicy Cocktail Sauce and Lemon Aioli.  My husband ordered the Steak Sliders with Fries and a glass of Pinor Nior.  I got to tell you, the view of the sailboats and Bellevue on the other side of the lake, make this happy hour a very desirable one.  It was our first time at this location and we loved it.  If you live in Seattle and wonder where to go for happy hour or dinner, I would head to Daniel's on the Lechi Marina. 

This was our view from our table in the bar.  I was expecting them to have a small bar, not all these tables with such a view.  I was impressed with the size of the lounge and how all the tables faced Lake Washington and the Leschi Marina. 

I loved the huge chandelier over the Dining Room.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

New York City 2009- Three Years Ago Today

In May 2009 my husband I and took a red eye flight to NYC.  It was our first visit to the big apple and the East Coast.  New York City is the largest city in the United States and is referred to as the city that never sleeps.  I'm a big city person and loved all the hustle and bustle and of course, all the incredible architecture.  We visited Central Park, an oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle, went to the top of the Empire State Building for a view of the whole city, saw Times Square at night and basically did all the fun touristy things you have to do on your first visit.  We got to check out the city for five days. 

The Flatiron Building from the Empire State Building.

The Heshey Store in Times Square.

Beautiful Central Park.

I loved all the sleek and modern buildings.

Took a break from all the sightseeing at a deli and had some New York Style Cheesecake.

I took a ride on the Staten Island Ferry to get a closer look of the Statue of Liberty. 

Inside Grand Central Station.  A very busy place to be, everyone is running to get from one place to the next.  We ate at Michael Jordan's Steakhouse which is inside Grand Central.  We had a view of all the people while we ate our steak. 

A petite filet of steak from Michael Jordan's Steakhouse.  The restaurant had wonderful service and the steak was high quality. 

The high ceilings inside the restaurant.

We also ate at Serendipity 3, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.  The movie Serendipity was filmed here and I think we sat at the same table they sat at in the movie.  They are known for their Frozen Hot Chocolate but I ordered a Cheeseburger and an Hot Fudge Sundae. 

A visit to NYC wouldn't be complete without going to Magnolia Bakery for a cupcake.  Their cupcakes are heavily frosted, just like I like them.  There was nowhere to eat inside, so I gobbled mine down while we headed back to the subway. 

As we were walking though Greenwich Village looking for Magnolia Bakery, I came across this scene.  New York City was awesome!

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