Saturday, February 27, 2016

Honey Court Seafood Restaurant

Seattle's International District is brimming over with Dim Sum choices.  If you can get lucky and grab a parking spot, the world is your oyster.  I posted last month about my visit to Grand Jumbo for Dim Sum but this time its Honey Court Seafood Restaurant.  I had five different dishes so the photos will be different, don't worry! The exterior and interior of these places are never much to look at, so I focused on capturing the food, which should always be the main thing anyway.  Honey Court is pretty standard Chinese food.  It was all warm, fresh, and a little bit greasy.  I couldn't resist ordering a plate of Sweet and Sour Chicken.  Who doesn't love some of that?  It was another tasty meal out with my family. 
When the dim sum cart rolled by the first time, I chose some shrimp dumplings.  My son loved the shrimp and well, the whole thing I guess!  I liked them too, but I really liked the vibrant color of the dish. 

Then we all shared some Vegetable Chow Mein, which I really enjoyed.  I liked all the hot veggies, especially the bean sprouts, and the mien was cooked perfectly.

Here we have some chicken feet.  I didn't try any because my son wanted it all!  That was funny and unexpected!

We ate some white sugar gelatin desserts while we waited for our Sweet and Sour Chicken and my husband's Beef Rice Noodle dish.  I didn't take a photo of that because we had that at Grand Jumbo and included that in the post.  We also had the BBQ Pork Buns which we had a Grand Jumbo, too.  My son also loved that dish!

And finally, the Sweet and Sour Chicken, one of my favorites!

Honey Court Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, February 26, 2016

Saba Ethiopian Cuisine

It can be fun to try new cuisines and if you live in a large city, its easy to find anything.  Ethiopian food was something I'd never tried and my husband was really interested in trying it, so I thought, why not? He went online to look for restaurants in the area and he found Saba Ethiopian Cuisine near Chinatown.  We ended up really enjoying it.  I liked it because it was different and most importantly the food was flavorful and well seasoned.  The bread that was served, called injera, was surprisingly tasty and helped to scoop the food with.  You eat with your hands with Ethiopian food, which I thought was also cool.  Since our sons were with us we only got a small amount of spice.  But you can get your food really spicy and they even bring additional jars of spices to the table if you like a lot of heat.  Since the platters looked large, we all shared the Lamb Tibs with the Veggie Combo.  The lamb was stir fried with onions, green peppers, and tomatoes.  I enjoyed all the flavors and it seemed really fresh and athentic.  The four veggies were cabbage, okra, collard greens, house salad, and green beans.  Everything was cooked perfectly and very tender.  It being wintertime, I've been eating a lot of cooked vegetables.  So this was exactly what I've been craving.  Our lunch was filling, wholesome, and packed with flavor and the perfect amount of spice for what we wanted.  The interior was also nice, with good service, and a full bar, too.  The outside didn't look like much so I was pleased when we walked inside. 



Our meal, with a side of injera.  


Cabbage with tender carrots, okra, collard greens, green beans, house salad, and lamb tibs. 

The additional spices the server brought us.  The one on the left is a jalapeño one.  I didn't try it but I should have.   I love jalapeños!  

Saba Ethiopian Cuisine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Dinner at Cafe Lago

Date Night came around again and this time we took off for the Montlake neighborhood to try Café Lago.  This little spot serves rustic Italian with pasta that is handmade every day.  Good thing we had a reservation because they were booked solid the day before Valentine's Day.  It was a small and  dimly lit space, perfect for couples catching up and enjoying some delicious pasta. 


We wanted an Antipasti so we got the Pomodori al Forno- slow roasted tomatoes and goat cheese served with some crostini.  The tomatoes and goat cheese were the perfect marriage of flavors and spread together on the crostini gave a nice balance.  The bread they served with olive oil was also a nice start.   We also had cocktails, they have a full bar, so we took advantage of that, of course.  I had heard their lasagna was legendary, so I gave it a try.  It practically melted in my mouth, the pasta was so soft.  Their lasagna uses ricotta and béchamel cheese which made it unique.  It was covered in a slightly sweet and tangy marinara.  It was different from other lasagna's I've had and it's fun to see a new twist on a classic dish.  My husband had the Fettuccini with Meatballs which were good but kind of pricy for a small portion.  But I get that the pasta is house made so its sort of justified. 


I've been wanting some Panna Cotta lately so I was happy when I saw it on the dessert menu.  It was creamy and so good with the berries on top.  The dessert was light, but still sweet and a wonderful ending to another great date night. 








Cafe Lago Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Seattle's Lunar New Year Event in Chinatown

From a traditional dragon dance and fireworks, to live music, and a $3 food walk, there was something for everyone at the Chinese new year event in Seattle's Chinatown.  It was this past Saturday from eleven until four and my family went around lunchtime to grab some different bites at various restaurants.  The food categories were Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, International, and Café, Tea, and Bakery.  We couldn't really see the dragon dance at all because of the crowds.  But we could hear the fireworks and go the main idea anyway. 


We walked around until we saw a restaurant we liked with a smallish line.  Most places had very long lines and it was raining.  Our first stop was Pacific Hong Kong Café where I grabbed some pork potstickers and vegetable egg rolls.  We stood outside on the sidewalk and grubbed.  My potstickers were tender and juicy with the perfect amount of greasiness to make me feel like I'm treating myself.  There was something about eating outside, standing up without napkins, that made me feel a little bit spontaneous.  The rain started coming down a little harder so we moved on, this time going inside a Thai place called Tropics.  Their $3 item was Mango Curry with Deep Fried Tofu and Chicken Pad Thai.  Once again, we stood outside and wolfed down our noodles and rice, people watching and enjoying all the flavors.


Then our parking was about to be up but I wanted something sweet before we left.  So I ran inside Yummy House Bakery and was happy to see that their item was Mango Mousse Cake, just what I was craving.  The line was a little long but it was worth it when I bit into the cake.  So soft and fruity, with pieces of mango and the traditional sponge layers.  The small piece of dark chocolate on top was the perfect compliment.  The four of us split one piece so all we got was a taste.  But sometimes, something is so good that's all you need. 









Saturday, February 13, 2016

Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls for Valentine's Day

Got a tube of cinnamon rolls in your fridge? Come on, I know you do.  For you and your special Valentine, you can shape them into hearts, bake them as directed on the can, top with the provided frosting, and then add some festive sprinkles on top.  Presto, you got yourselves some heart shaped cinnamon rolls in no time.  I don't take credit for thinking of this.  It was another Pinterest find that I got here.  But like always, the photos in the post are all mine.  Enjoy!


Interested in cinnamon and want to read more about its many health benefits?  Check out this article on cinnamon here from nutriinspector.com.


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Lolli and Pops

I felt like a kid in a candy store at Lolli and Pops, the new shop at Westfield Southcenter.  I was walking through the mall last week and just came upon it.  Of course, I had to wander in and check it out.  The salesgirl even took me on a tour.  It's a large space with many different variations of sweets to choose from.  They have a large glass case with chocolates and French Macarons, holiday candy, a whole wall of lollipops, imported chocolates, bins with candy and chocolate, themed candy, candy made locally, and old school candy that's hard to find.  I liked the giant gold gummy bear in the back and the huge lollipops everywhere.  It's an eye-popping place with something for everyone. 


I decided to get a selection of the French Macarons.  I chose six and they came in an adorable pink box.  I got a red velvet one, a birthday cake flavor, cereal flavor, a peanut butter and jelly, a pear and goat cheese, and a s'more Macaron.  They were like little bites of heaven.  The pear and goat cheese one stood out to me and I loved every little bite of it.  The peanut butter and jelly one was divine, too.  The cereal Macaron tasted like Captain Crunch, it was so good.  And the s'more one was also fabulous with the rich chocolate buttercream on half and marshmallow buttercream on the other side.  All I know is, this is going to be dangerous.  A sweets shop this good at the mall could be too tempting....


I couldn't resist taking a ton of Macaron shots.  I just had to post them here to show the six different flavors.  I also took some photos with my phone at the store to post to Instagram.  Enjoy!



The red velvet macaron.

The birthday cake macaron.

The cereal one that tasted like what I think is Captain Crunch. 

The pear and goat cheese macaron.

The peanut butter and jelly macaroon which I really liked because I've never eaten one like it before.

The s'more macaron with the marshmallow buttercream side.  

The s'more macaroon on top, with the chocolate buttercream side out. 


The innards of the pear and goat cheese macaron.  I love goat cheese so I really enjoyed the unique flavor of this one.