Monthly Archives: April 2009

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Just started second twitter for food blogging.

Liking the idea of micro food blogging as well. Plus I can take pictures with my iphone, not the best quality but certainly better than nothing. Still wishing I had a “real” camera for Scrumptious Seattle.


Honore & Veraci

After a lazy morning in bed  and no concrete plans for the day, I made the decision to venture out to a few places I’ve been meaning to try but somehow haven’t made the time or missed when they were open. My first stop of the day, Honore Bakery on 70th. I’ll admit, I’m excited for Delancy Pizza to open, I’ve been following news about this place for awhile, but this little block still has quite a bit to offer. Must try A Caprice Kitchen for breakfast or lunch as well. Today my mission was a salted caramel macaroon at Honore. Living on 24th in Ballard I’m insanely close to the delicious Cafe Besalu for their divine ginger biscuits and flaky pastries and work is all too close to Macrina. My work hours don’t always allow for stops at independent places since I’m well on the road before they’ve opened for business and sometimes the lines are just too long on weekend mornings thus it’s a challenge to have fresh baked goods. Luckily Honore was quiet, no long lines like Besalu and smelled incredible. I had to use every bit of willpower not to order lots of things reminding myself that there will be other weekends to try their treats. Using my self restraint I happily ordered just one salted caramel macaroon of which I honestly could have eaten about 10 they were that delicious. Other pastries and scones also looked mouth watering. Next sunny Saturday I’m putting on my walking shoes and heading over there to not feel as guilty.Plus the coffee was perfect, not a bitter latte. I liked the vibe, the overall feeling of the place.

Next on my list after a brief stop at Trader Joes was Rancho Bravo Tacos & Trophy for the “Hi-Hat” they twittered about this morning- chocolate cupcake with Swiss meringue dipped in semi-sweet Callebaut chocolate (snacking on that now as I blog). Sadly my lack of cash prevented me from trying the best tacos in town, next time I will be better prepared. Driving back on Market debating where to get lunch, it dawned on me, Verci, with a quick turn I was in their parking lot. Perfect! I ordered one of the weekly specials- spinach, ricotta, garlic and red onion. Upon my arrival at home I opened my little packet of goodness. Thin crust just the way I like it, just a bit salty and crisp. This is truly the best pizza in Seattle, hands down. I normally don’t want pizza, Veraci is the exception. Unlike the flavorless crust of Snoose Junction (sorry, I want to like you but I don’t), Veraci has the recipe down. Local ingredients, check. Good texture, very integral to a slice of pizza. Unfortunately (and probably a good thing) they don’t deliver. For $5.50 my lunch was a great deal and for those nights that I don’t feel like cooking, I’m going to start stopping there more often for a slice to go, toss a salad at home and crack a bottle of wine, sounds like perfection to me.

Thanks Ballard for reminding me that you still have some unique places, but they are off the beaten path; not always right in front of you.

Out and About in Ballard

Voracious Girl seems to have the blogging bug again! Last night I intentionally picked Cocina Esperanza for dinner, remembering to try someplace instead of the same old places. Like other reviewers on Yelp, I agree their chips are extremely generic, not a good indicator of the rest of their food. The spicy salsa made up for it, I happily snacked while waiting for my meal. Agreed service is slow, not a place to go if you are looking for a quick meal, rather sip your sangria and enjoy a relaxing meal. Sangria was decent, had a definitive fruity flavor, but my  heart still belongs to the freshly prepared Sangria at Ocho. However, for $4 a glass, I won’t complain. I ordered the pork enchiladas with the red sauce. Extremely filling and bubbling with two types of cheese- not the greasy Sysco food service grade cheddar either, real Monterrey Jack and what looked like cojita, not sure but surely authentic. Served with basic pinto beans and a very small portion of roasted red potatoes. Not complaining because the four enchiladas were plenty and tasted delicious reheated this morning as leftovers. One beef was they gave us Styrofoam- ack, that was outlawed earlier this year and I honestly prefer leftovers in the new environmentally friendly containers because they taste better! Regardless of the few negatives, I certainly plan to go back to this charming Crown Hill restaurant. My dining companion’s tillapia was plentiful, look perfectly cooked/seasoned. Next time I must try their guacamole and possibly the crab special or pollo ala crema which was also highly recommended by our waitress. I’m happy to have found another alternative and I’m kinda liking supporting local businesses in this economy.

Shame on me

Well honestly I am again absent from my food blogging. I continue to read other food blogs daily, filling my head with knowledge of the Seattle food scene, yet I am remorse in my own adventures in eating. Not that I haven’t dined at some fine eateries and some not so good ones in Seattle and outside including another trip to Austin and Florida. Dinner Club has taken a break, although we did gather for a delicious if I do say so home cooked potluck style meal. I personally started baking (sorta) again with an olive oil cake with Sauternes and roasted pears then a Guinness chocolate cake for St. Patty’s day.

Reading today about the continuing saga of Culinary Communion which is ironically less than .5 miles from my work, yet I not once actually made the trek up the hill to try their now closed lunch counter. Instead I frequent Pho Cycle, Marcina Bakery and other not so fine nor local establishments in the SoDo vicinity. In my own Ballard neighborhood I have yet to make it to Moshi Sushi to experience first hand the LED cherry blossom nor a slice of pizza at Veraci. A brief visit to the Ballard Farmers Market Sunday truly represented the first day of spring, unfortunately I left empty handed. Rather last night I dined on the fine cuisine of Taco Bell and Haribo gummy bears. Today I did have a fantastic lunch of mac n cheese at Geraldines Counter in Columbia City, note to self go back for breakfast, my lunch companion’s hash looked incredible. And Skillet, I’ve been absent, except for a brief reunion last week for the divine mussels and arriving way too late this past Tuesday, you were sold out, I’ve missed your delicious trailer made food.

To properly do SS justice, I will compile a list of places to try, of course still at the top, Corson Building, soon I hope but also Spinasse, the fallafel trailer in Georgetown, Pike Street Fish Fry, brunch at Olivar, Cocina Esperanza in Crown Hill, Tamarind Tree/Green Leaf and a few others that my rightfully tired brain cannot remember at the moment.

Must let the words of the palm reader last October resonate in my mind, keep on writing & pursue your passions.