Sunday, May 18, 2014

Seattle's Urbanspoon event at Cicchetti

I attended an Urbanspoon event the other night at Cicchetti.  The event, Prime Time, was the first in Seattle Urbanspoon hosted and was for Prime bloggers and users.  We mingled and met other bloggers, drank wine and cocktails and sampled the spring menu at Cicchetti. 

Cicchetti is a Mediterranean restaurant located in East Lake.  The name Cicchetti in Italian means small plates, and are like the ones served in Venice.  They opened in 2004 and are the first to have this type of restaurant.  The bar manager also did a demonstration on tinctures for us.  A tincture is an alcohol-based derivative of an herb or other plant.  When he was done we all tried the cocktail which I thought was fruity and refreshing.  The wine they served upon greeting us was a nice, light 2012 Sauvignon Blanc.

Some of the food we sampled were as follows:

House- made flatbread, Manchego cheese, Castelvetrano olives, Beet and walnut salad with goat cheese panna cotta,  Pizza Margherita, Lamb and English pea kibbeh with sweet harissa, Salt cod fritters, Oven charred wild spring onions, house- made focaccia with extra virgin oil, Crispy chicken wings with za'atar, calabrian chili and spicy date molasses, Fattoush salad with cucumber, red onion, flatbread, bell pepper and fresh herbs and El Greco -spiced falafel with beet and chickpea, cucumber, myzithra and watercress. 

I had a fun time, enjoying meeting people and tasting all the dishes.  I especially enjoyed the goat cheese panna cotta, the salad and the Pizza Margherita.  They have a wood fired oven which makes the pizza taste delicious with that perfectly charred crust. 

What a nice event and a great night out!

Cicchetti on Urbanspoon

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Brunch at the Harvest Vine

Last week we celebrated my first Mother's Day.  My family had brunch at the Harvest Vine.  I've eaten there a number of times now but had never experienced their weekend brunch.  I've already posted about the Harvest Vine a couple of times but I can't help posting again about the brunch.  My husband and I started off with a Mimosa-orange juice and Cava Champagne.  It was the perfect cocktail-sweet, tart and bubbly. We started with the Gazpacho soup which is chilled and has tomatoes, onions, garlic, cucumbers and peppers.  We also ordered the salt cod fritters, the Croquetta de Bacalqo.  To mix in a sweet element we ate the foie gras butter French toast.  I loved this unique French toast.  I also ate the Txistorra- grilled Navarran Sausage with bread.  Finally, we shared some dessert.  We ate the Gateau Basque with wine soaked cherries-an almond tart that is to die for. 

The Harvest Vine on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Buffalo Wild Wings

Tonight my family and I checked out Buffalo Wild Wings.  They recently opened one in Tukwila right next to the mall.  It was what you'd expect from a wing place-TV's everywhere, loud music and basic bar food.  But holy screens, I've never seen so many in one place.  I drank a huckleberry lemonade which did not taste like huckleberries and my husband had an Old Fashioned which didn't taste like an Old Fashioned.  But drinks aside, the food was pretty decent.  We started with the Artisan Pretzels with a spicy cheese dipping sauce.  Then I had the Chicken Quesadillas and he ate some wings.  Overall, Buffalo Wild Wings is a chain and you get what you pay for.  It seems like a cool setting for a guys night out to watch the game.  With so many screens, you have tons of choices for which game to watch.  You can even sample different beers and wing sauces if you're feeling up for it. 

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