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I finally got to try Delancey in Ballard and I loved my experience.  What's not to enjoy?  I consumed my three favorite things-pepperoni pizza, a Cosmo cocktail and a chocolate chip cookie with sea salt. Delancey is a New York style pizza place in Ballard and is named after a street in New York.  The restaurant is owed by Molly Wizenberg, the writer of the popular food blog Orangette.

They open at five, so if you don't want to wait for a table you need to start waiting in line at a quarter to five.  We stood in line in the rain and waited and then we scored the very last table, lucky us.  Otherwise, the wait would have been an hour and a half, Delancey is that popular.  When I tasted the pizza, I understood why.  It was the perfect consistency of cheese and a ton of pepperoni.  The sauce was mild with just the right amount on the perfectly thin, charred crust. This pizza may just top my favorite pizza ever and I've eaten a fair amount.  My husband had a pizza with anchovie…

M&M Bongo Bars

In honor of Valentine's Day tomorrow I made Bongo Bars with red, pink and white M&Ms.  Bongo Bars are cookies but in bar form.  My mom made these a lot when I was growing up but with chocolate chips.  I made them this time with mini chocolate chips and the M&M's.  The important thing is to not over bake so they'll be soft and gooey.  Also try not to eat the entire bag of candy after opening them or you won't have any for your bars!

Bongo Bars
2/3 c. butter 2 3/4 c. flour 3 eggs 2 t. salt 2 1/4 c. brown sugar 2 1/2 t. baking powder 1 package M&M candies 1 c. chocolate chips
Melt butter; stir in sugar.  Cool.  Add eggs one at a time while beating.  Stir in dry ingredients and then candy and chocolate chips.  Spread in a greased 13x9 pan and bake about 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

Dick's Drive In

Dick's Drive In is a Seattle institution.  They just celebrated sixty years.  I love their fries that are cut daily by hand, the ice cream shakes that are creamy and individually whipped and the burgers are awesome.  I get the Deluxe which has two patties, cheese, lettuce and this really good mayonnaise and pickle relish.  The price is right, too.  The Deluxe burger is only $2.70 and you can't argue with that.  The singer Macklemore even filmed a music video, White Walls, on the roof of Dick's location on Broadway.  Dick's have six locations in the Seattle area.  Check it out if you've never tried it!


Kalimotxo is a Spanish cocktail consisting of red wine and coke.  Sound weird?  Trust me, its good.  I think of it as a poor man's Sangria.  The drink was super refreshing and perfect for when you don't have much in your liquor cabinet but want a cocktail.  Any red wine will work, just make sure you use some lemons or limes to garnish and to squeeze into the drink.  Now you'll have a delicious tasting beverage to go with dinner tonight. 


red wine
lemons or limes

Place the ice in a wine glass or goblet.  Fill the glass two thirds full of wine and the rest with coke.  Squeeze some lemon or limes or both into the drink.  Enjoy!

Go Seahawks!

I'm sure I'm not the only one excited for tomorrow's big game.  The Seahawks are playing in Superbowl XLV111 in New Jersey against the Denver Broncos.  Seattle is so happy and keyed up and hoping for a big win.  I'm not really even a football fan and even I plan on watching.  The whole town is decorated in blue and green from the Space Needle to the downtown buildings.  When I found these neat Seahawks cupcakes at the store I couldn't resist.  They seemed perfect for game day and they taste great, too.  Go Seahawks!