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A Visit to 85C Bakery and Cafe

A hot new bakery to check out in Seattle is 85C. The location is at Westfield Southcenter and they opened a few months ago. In the beginning the wait was an hour or more just to get inside and then another hour wait to pay. So I waited to visit until yesterday when it wouldn't be so crazy. I only waited outside in line for about ten minutes. This popular Taiwanese Bakery also has locations in California and Texas and is known as the Starbucks of Taiwan.
In order for the store to not be swarming with people, they only let so many in at one time. Once inside, you take a tray and a pair of tongs and then begin navigating around the bakery. To the left is the bread items, both savory and sweet items. To the right is a long display case with the desserts. You don't want to miss that. There is then two lines to choose from. If you're only purchasing the bread items, you go in one line. But if you wish to purchase desserts from the display case or order coffee, there's anot…

Date Night at New Luck Toy

New Luck Toy is a bar in West Seattle. They are not a restaurant, they are very clear on that, so don't go looking for someone to greet you at the door and seat you. Its every man for themselves at New Luck Toy, at this eclectic spot on California Ave. where they serve Chinese food and liquor filled slushies. What attracted me to the space was the bright red lanterns that cover the entire ceiling. They even have a private Karaoke room where you can sing to your hearts content, video games, and ski-ball. On a Saturday night it was standing room only, and we watched group after group of people come inside with no place to sit. You are asked to take a number when you walk in and then wait for a table. My husband and I snagged one of the last seats at the bar. Of course one of the black intimate booths under all the red lanterns would have been nice, but we were just lucky to get a seat at this popular hang out. He started with a Rainer Beer and a shot of Jamson Whiskey and I decided …

Layered Lemon Pie

Layered Lemon Pie is just the thing to serve if you have company. The lemony pie is light and fluffy, and is just right for spring and summer. It is also no bake and I found it simple to make. The recipe is from Taste of Home and you can find it here. I couldn't find any lemon pie filling so I used an instant pudding mix which is basically the same thing. My parents visited us from Montana so I made this pie so we could have something sweet to eat. Everyone enjoyed it, even the kids, who can be pretty picky-even with pie. You start with a pre-made graham cracker crust, then you mix cream cheese with sugar. You then add half of the lemon filling with whipped cream. Then top the pie with the remaining lemon filling. To give the pie a little more of a citrusy flavor, I grated some lemon peel on top and garnished it with a lemon slice. The pie reminded me of a mix between lemon cheesecake and a lemon meringue pie. It was creamy and lemony and I enjoyed every bite, but I was happy I h…

A Thai Brunch at Soi

On Easter Sunday the search for a quality brunch is important. We found it at Soi, a Thai restaurant on Capital Hill. The concept behind Soi is to showcase how the food really tastes in Thailand. Since I've never been, now I have more of an idea of the different flavors I'd discover there. I started with a glass of Mango juice and my husband ordered a Hot Thai Tea, served French Press style. For food, I wanted something "brunchy" so some French toast and waffles were calling my name. Since I was sharing with my sons, I ordered the Massaman French Toast and the Coconut Waffles. Both super carbolicious, but it was Easter and I was sharing, so why not? The French toast had Cinnamon, Cardamon, with mace dipped French bread, and served with condensed milk peanut butter whip cream. The Coconut Waffles had shredded, toasted coconut and were served with a hazelnut chocolate whip cream. The star elements of both dishes were the whip creams. I loved both the peanut butter and…