Saturday, June 30, 2012

Dinner at Fonda La Catrina

Tonight my husband and I ate at a new Mexican Restaurant in Georgetown called Fonda La Catrina.  It was busy, it being Saturday night and all, and the service was not so wonderful.  But the food, I loved the food.  Those tacos were nothing like I've ever had.  One bite and it felt like I'd died and gone to heaven.  I ordered the Steak Tacos which is St Helens grass fed hanger steak with green peppers, white onions, bacon and avacodo plus pepperjack cheese holding it all together in corn tortillas.  It came with four tacos and yes, I ate them all.  We started off with the Guacamole Con Totopos, homemade tortilla chips with sea salt with guacamole and spicy salsa.  We polished that off and waited on stools at a long counter in the corner and waited, then waited some more, for our server to come take our food order.  When our food finally arrived, we dug in and enjoyed every bite.  My husband ordered the Chicken Tamales and enjoyed them with a super spicy green sauce that was on our table.  He likes his food hot, and hot it was as sweat dripped down this face.  I couldn't believe I ate all my tacos, I loved them!






My husbands' Chicken Tameles with black beans, cilantro, white onions, cream, and Queso Fresco.

Soo good! My Steak Tacos. Even better with some lime.



Fonda La Catrina is located in Georgetown at 5905 Airport Way S. Fonda La Catrina on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Wedding Cake

Well summer is here! You know what that means.  Wedding Season! I have some upcoming Weddings I'll be shooting and I'm getting excited.  I love Weddings.  From the bride getting ready to walk down the aisle to her dream groom, the exhanging of the vows, their first kiss as man and wife, to their first dance, and of course, one of my favorite things, the cutting of the cake.  Now I love cake.  Cake is my favorite dessert by far and especially the thick buttercream on top.  From cupcakes to wedding cake, to homemade, I love it all.  When I see the cake at Weddings I do, I rush up to it and probably take too many photos of it, wanting to caputure every angle.  No matter how busy I am photography the Reception, I always spare three or four minutes to polish off a slice.  Then I'm on a sugar high the rest of the Wedding and I love it!











To see more of my Wedding Photography, you can click here for my website.

Here's to a happy Wedding season.  To all you happy couples getting married, congrats, and don't forget to enjoy your cake! This is the one day where you can have your cake and eat it too!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Seattle Great Wheel

Seattle now has a huge ferris wheel on the Waterfront.  The Great Wheel is set to open next weekend but we went yesterday to check it out. 


The Great Wheel adds so much to the ever changing and evolving Seattle Skyline.  A skyline I've always loved and which I think is one of the best in the world.  The ferris wheel is designed like the one on London, The London Eye, and is 175 feet tall.  The Seattle Great Wheel is one of the biggest wheels in the country. 



Each person riding will sit in a gondola and see views of Seattle, Elliot Bay, Mt. Rainer and the Olympic Mountains. 



The Great Wheel was designed my Hal Griffith, a business man who dreamed of building a ferris wheel on the Seattle Waterfront for thirty years.  He finally is getting to see his dream realized.


The price to ride will be $8.50 for kids 11 and under and $13.00 for ages 12 and up. 
For more information on this cool new addition to Seattle, go to http://www.seattlegreatwheel.com.


Dinner at Bar Del Corso

Last night we ate at a new pizzeria in Beacon Hill called Bar Del Corso.  The menu features authentic Italian pizza cooked in a wood fired oven and the ingredients are all natural and local.  The owner has over thirty years of experience in Italian cooking and his wife also works there, in fact she sat us at our table.  The owner is also the one cooking the pizzas and he even served our Margherita Pizza.  The restaurant has a community feel to it and it already a popular place as every table was filled by 6:15.


My husband ordered a glass of red wine, a Primi Tivo- an Italian grape.  The wine came in this really cute glass!
Next we split an appetizer, Suppli al Telefono- a Roman street food which has fried Risotto and Mozzarella.  They were absolutely delicious, like nothing I've ever eaten.  They were the perfect blend of fried and crispy with sea salt and then warm cheese and rice inside.  My taste buds were happy!

Then our pizza arrived.  We shared the Margherita Pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil and olive oil.  I love this kind of authentic pizza because the crust is so thin and the ingredients are so natural.  The crust was charred perfectly but my favorite part of any pizza is the cheese and it didn't disappoint.



Bar Del Corso is located at 3057 Beacon Ave. S. in Seattle.  They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00 to 10:00 PM.  They do not take reservations so arrive early for a table. 






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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups with Sea Salt

After eating these, you won't want store bought Peanut Butter Cups anymore.  These are awesome and so rich, especially with the sea salt sprinkled on top.  I finally broke down and bought some sea salt and hope to use it for many other recipes.  This recipe makes eight peanut butter cups and they are pretty big.  If you're not into sweets as much, eat half because they're rich! These are also no bake and super easy to mix up- they just take a little time to set up in the refrigerator and you just use your microwave to heat the ingredients.  Easy-peasy! 

Peanut Butter Cups with Sea Salt

Makes eight Peanut Butter Cups

Recipe from Blue Eyed Bakers

1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup milk
Sea salt
Line a muffin tin with papers (you could also use a mini muffin tin if you prefer).
In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter & peanut butter together for 45 seconds. Stir until smooth. Add graham cracker crumbs and sugar and mix to combine. Distribute mixture evenly between the prepared muffin cups. Refrigerate for 15 minutes to set peanut butter layer.
After the peanut butter has chilled, combine chocolate and milk in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 25 second intervals until chocolate is just melted. Stir until smooth. Distribute chocolate evenly over the top of the peanut butter layer. Sprinkle with sea salt and chill until firm, at least 30 minutes. Store covered in the fridge.

Look at that glossy peanut butter and butter melted together-oh yeah!



Sunday, June 17, 2012

A visit to the new Chihuly Museum and dinner at Koral in Bellevue

To celebrate our five year Wedding Anniversary yesterday, we went and checked out the new Dale Chihuly museum at Seattle Center.  It's called the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum.  There are eleven different rooms and spaces of beautiful handmade and colorful glass displays to view.  The elaborate installations flow on floors, walls, ceilings and outside in the gardens.  In the glasshouse, there's a 100-foot long sculpture.  There's even a cafe inside the museum with Dale Chihuly's things he has collected over the years on display.  He is from the Seattle area but his work has been displayed all over the world.  I saw his work at the Belligio Hotel in Las Vegas and was hooked ever since.  I love viewing and photographing large sculpture's, so the museum was a hit for me.


















Inside the Collections Cafe.  We didn't eat dinner here-we headed over to Bellevue and ate our Anniversary Dinner at Koral

For more info on the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum, click here



Koral is a restaurant in Bellevue that recently opened and it's located in the Hyatt Hotel. 




We started with an appetizer of Artichoke crostini with Parmesan and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.


I ordered the Kitchen Burger with Serious Goo Factor and Handcut Fies.  I only ended up eating half and then I gave the other half to my husband.  It was so good, and very "gooey"! You definitely need napkins with this burger! My husband ordered the Thick Cut Lamb Chops with Rosemary Rub and White Beans. 

This burger deserves another view, so here you go.  The handcut fries were so good and I dipped them in ranch.  I have always preferred think cut fries and these hit the mark. 


Because our server knew it was our Wedding Anniversary he brought out a free dessert of our choice.  After salivating over the dessert menu for a while, we decided on the New York Style Cheesecake with Sweetened Cream and Fresh Blueberries.  He even brought a candle with the dessert for a nice celebratory touch. 


My husband ordered an espresso to go with dessert and I got a cup of decaf coffee.  From appetizers to dessert, it was a delicious meal.  We were very impressed by Koral and hope to eat them again.  Click here for their website and to see their menu.  

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