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Showing posts from June, 2017

Central District Ice Cream Company

Going out for ice cream is an activity that's made for summer evenings. Once dinner has been cooked, eaten, and the dishes have been done, a trip to get ice cream is just the ticket.
You can find unique ice cream flavors and penny candy at the Central District Ice Cream Company. It is on a more expensive scale, so don't think about how much cheaper Dairy Queen is and just go for something different. The store is small and the people working there are really friendly.
Besides ice cream cones and scoops in a cup, you can also get ice cream sandwiches. You can choose any flavor in either a pizzelle, a unicorn macaron, or a chocolate cookie. The four of us tried a little of it all. My boys each had a unicorn macaron ice cream sandwich with some Cherry Chocolate Chip ice cream. I had a blue pizzelle with the same flavor and my husband had a scoop of the Passion Orange Guava in a waffle cone.
They make their homemade ice cream in small batches and they have eight flavors that ch…

Happy Hour at Tavolata in Belltown

One of the things I love about summer is dining outside while feeling the breeze and sipping on something refreshing. And at Tavolata in Belltown, we did just that. My husband and I met up with my cousins and grabbed a table outside, for happy hour. Tavolata is an Ethan Stowell restaurant, so I knew we were in for a treat, and I was right. Their happy hour menu is pretty decent with food ranging from $5-$9. The drinks also start at $5, so for not too many greenbacks, you can have a pretty nice meal, enjoying the tasty and quality cuisine.
I started with a glass of the sparkling wine. Is there anything better than sipping something so crisp and bubbly on a hot summer day? It paired well with the Focaccia from Macrina Bakery, which was served alongside some marinated Caciocavallo, aged balsamic, and olive oil. Next, we tried another appetizer, the Salumi Board, which that day was a very thinly sliced and nutty flavored Prosciutto. Then they brought out another dish to try, some Brusch…

An Anniversary Dinner at Palisade

To celebrate our ten year wedding anniversary my husband and I wanted to go out to a nice dinner. We also took an overnight trip to Portland with our kids, but we wanted to go out to dinner, just the two of us, to celebrate our decade of marriage. Palisade, in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle, was the perfect place to celebrate. When I made our reservation, I wrote that we were celebrating our anniversary. When we checked in, the hostess greeted us with a "happy anniversary" and showed us to our table. They also decorated the table with rose petals and with a card for us. It's these details that make a meal memorable and enjoyable.
Since I asked for a view, we were seated at a booth where we both faced the large windows. The view was of the Seattle skyline and the harbor. We could see all of Elliott Bay and even Alki Beach across the way. Our server did a great job of welcoming us and congratulating us on our anniversary. My husband started off with a Manhattan and…

Lunch at Slappy Cakes in Portland

If you're searching for a child friendly and fun breakfast place in Portland, then look no further than Slappy Cakes. Our lunch there was my favorite part of our visit to Portland. This was one of the coolest and fun dining experiences I've had. Each table has its own individual built-in range where you make your own pancakes. On the menu you'll find several flavors of pancake batters. They arrive to the table in bottles you can squeeze onto the range and make your pancakes. There are also add-ins to choose from. From sweet to savory add-ins, there's something for everyone. We chose a buttermilk pancake batter and a peanut butter batter. For our add-ins, we picked bananas, strawberries, and chocolate chips. When I saw they had peanut butter batter, I couldn't resist choosing the bananas and chocolate chips. I'm glad I went with that plan, because it was right on the money.
My kids had fun squeezing the batter onto the grill and adding the fruit and chocolate …