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Foodie fun at Sur La Table at The Bravern

This Saturday head over to the Eastside for a cooking demo by Artisanal Brasserie & Wine Bar head chef Terrance Brennan at Sur La Table at The Bravern in Bellevue. At 2:30 pm, Brennan will be preparing a sheep’s milk ricotta gnocchi with wild mushrooms and asparagus; diver scallops with blood orange grenobloise and cauliflower silk, followed by a thin apple tart with caramel ice cream. Individual tastes will be available for everyone on hand so they hope you’ll RSVP at 425-372-2200, though it’s not required.

Celebrate Pi(e) day with High 5 and Fuel

What’s better than pie?

Well, there’s…

well, no, there’s…

…wait, what about…

…oh, never mind, there’s NOTHING better than pie. Which is why you need to visit Fuel in Wallingford, Montlake, or Capital Hill on Sunday, 3/14 for specials on yummy, yummy pies baked by High 5. Buy 3 pies, get .14 off your purchase.

Want a Valentine’s Day Splurge?

Personally, I rarely eat out on Valentine’s Day. I much prefer to cook my husband something special (or we cook something special together) because most restaurants charge a lot more for those special occasions and I’ve rarely found it worth it. But if you do have some extra dough burning a hole in your pocket, and you want to impress your significant other, Canlis will be accepting reservations for Valentine’s Day starting tomorrow at 11am. These reservations fill up quickly (usually in under 2 hours) and the menu will be prix fixe.
To get a reservation, call tomorrow at 11am.
Canlis – 206-283-3313

Enza brings Sicily to Queen Anne, 1/7

Queen Anne restaurant Sorrentino is kicking off the new year with a new name and a new menu. Enza Sorrentino, known in the Italian restaurant community as chef at la Vita è Bella, Mondello Ristorante, and la Mondellina, reinvents the space at 2128 Queen Anne Ave N by paying tribute to the food of her native Sicily with Enza, offering a redecorated interior and a menu that includes such choices as Calamari w/small risoni pasta, anchovies, crushed tomato sauce, chili peppers, garlic, lemon peel, toasted breadcrumbs, raisins, and lemon juice, Chicken in salsa golosa – sweet & sour sauce of crushed tomatoes, shallot, parsley, sage, rosemary, sugar, toasted almonds, cinnamon and a side of grilled polenta, and Calamari w/small risoni pasta, anchovies, crushed tomato sauce, chili peppers, garlic, lemon peel, toasted breadcrumbs, raisins, and lemon juice. To keep the selections fresh, the menu will change every three weeks, offering customers selections of pasta dishes, entrees and soup.

There will be no appetizers, instead Enza will offer a prix fixe appetizer table with a changing selection of items that might include gorgonzola with pear jam and pine nuts, Pecorino Romano with apple jam and walnuts, prosciutto di Parma on breadsticks with cantaloupe, or cacciatorino Italian salami with green onions and grilled garlic.

An ever-changing menu can present a real challenge to a chef: it will be interesting to see how this plays out at Enza. Will diners appreciate the variety or will they long for greater constancy? As someone who has a tendency to get stuck in food ruts, it’s nice to get a nudge toward something new from time to time, but I do like to have a few fall back items. Enza is definitely worth checking out, anyway; an added bonus is the happy hour offering of $4 Italian cocktails and country wine all January long, not to mention the complimentary hot chocolate at the end of every meal.

Reservations are available at 206.694.0055; for more on Enza Sorrentino, check out the Sorrentino website.

Joule’s Winter Supper Series Starts Tomorrow

Eating out can be expensive, particularly if you want a really nice meal. So for the next few weeks (13 of them to be exact), you can get yourself an absolutely delicious meal in one of Seattle’s nicer restaurants, for $25 per person*. Kids eat for $10.

Joule Restaurant, in Wallingford, is starting up their Winter Supper Series again tomorrow. The way the Winter Supper Series works is that you pay a fixed price (usually $25, though some weeks are more depending on the menu) and you get 5-7 family style dishes brought to the table. There is always plenty of food. I’ve never left anything less than completely full and satisfied. Each week brings a different theme. This week’s is Hot and Spicy Korean.

Joule is great about catering to dietary restrictions as well. We regularly bring a friend who doesn’t eat pork and they have never failed to create amazing pork-free dishes for her while filling the rest of the table with porky goodness.

Wine and beer are available and in past years, they’ve had a glass of house wine for $4. That means you’ll end up with a complete meal and a glass of wine for under $30 (not including tax and tip).

*There are a few weeks that are more expensive. Valentine’s Day, Iron Chef night, and Seattle’s Best, which I’m guessing is going to be heavily salmon, oyster, or clam focused.

Joule Restaurant
1913 N. 45th Street

Marination: Best Food Truck in the USA

“Good Morning America Weekend” decided to look for the best food cart in the country and with the help of its viewers found it right here in Seattle.

Marination Mobile serves a creative Korean-Hawaiian hybrid menu featuring such items as kalbi tacos, kimchi fried rice, kalua pork sliders, SPAM sliders, and spicy pork tacos.

Marination’s Twitter feed will let you know where they’re at on a given day but generally speaking it’s SODO on Monday, Belltown on Tuesday, Fremont on Wednesday, Beacon Hill on Thursday, Safeco Field on Friday, and West Seattle on Saturday.

One of my co-workers has been telling me about this truck for what seems like forever. I’m kind of wishing I’d thought to get around to having their food before this recognition which is surely going to bring some longer lines, but, hey, what’s a line when there’s good food at the end of it?

Celebrate the MLS Cup with food, fun

Sounders Seafood ShockerThe Seattle Sounders weren’t able to convert an otherwise extremely successful season into a championship, but fans of soccer still get a chance to get in one more game as this weekend Qwest Field plays host to the MLS Cup. To celebrate this important game, the chefs at Qwest have created a series of special dishes for fans to enjoy during the game, including Sounders fan favorite, the Seafood Shocker which features breaded halibut, shoe string French fries, vinegar-marinated red cabbage slaw and spicy malt tartar sauce served on a foot-long toasted roll skewered with shrimp, lemon and tomato.

As the LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake duke it out for supremacy, fans can snack on the Galaxy Dog which features two strips of applewood smoked bacon, nacho cheese sauce, red onion and diced tomatoes and is available, naturally, at Seattle Dogs. Ciao Down will offer the Galaxy Pizza, topped with ground buffalo, caramelized red onions, thick cut bacon, and pepper-jack cheese. Real Salt Lake is represented by Grill 12’s Salt Lake Burger topped with caramelized red onion jam, apple wood smoked bacon, blue cheese, and black cherry barbeque sauce.

The FSN Lounge will be honoring the world’s love for the beautiful game with an assortment of internationally-inspired dishes like Dungeness crab macaroni and Cheese (England), Pissaladiere baked puff pastry with olives, grape tomatoes, caramelized onions and triple cream brie (Spain), Mama’s meatballs (Italy), Bossa Nova chicken sandwich (Brazil) and more.

VictoryKnot Everybody loves pretzels, or nearly everyone enough to ensure that pretzels have long been a staple item at sporting events. Since the MLS Cup is a big event, it makes sense that this game has available a big pretzel–the Victory Knot is a two-pound pretzel topped with sea salt and served with three dipping sauces (spicy mustard, beer cheese and sweet vanilla cream). This pretzel is so big that it is served in a full-size pizza box.

Finally, no matter who wins the game, everyone can celebrate the day with MLS cupcakes – cupcakes decorated with the MLS and team logos.

Kick off for the MLS cup is at 5:30 pm on Sunday, November 22, but there are plenty of events to occupy you until game time. On Friday, November 20, MLS players will go toss a fish at the Pike Place Market at 3pm. Fado Irish Pub hosts a Meet and Greet and Silent Auction from 6 – 8 pm with happy hour drink specials all night long, appearances by Sounders FC players Sébastien Le Toux and Taylor Graham, and a silent auction to raise money for Seattle Children’s Hospital.

The 2009 Supporters Summit happens at Qwest Field on Saturday, November 21, featuring a State of the League speech by MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Supporters Shield history and presentation by Sam Perron, Kansas City Wizards, a raffle and an officiating and technical discussion panel with Joe Machnick and Alfonso Mondelo.

Saturday night features the Sounders End of Season party at The Baltic Room and a Pioneer Square Supporters Social at Elysian Fields.

On Sunday, get psyched for the game in the morning at the FIFA 2010 Tournament at Fado, sponsored by Gorilla FC, in which teams of players compete to find out who is the best FIFA10 XBOX player, winning great Sounders prizes and raising money for the victims of Black October in Bolivia.

Sunday afternoon there’s a Pre-Game Spaghetti Feed at Fuel and then at 3:45 soccer fans meet up at Occidental Square for the traditional March to the Match, accompanied by Sounders FC owners, players, coaches and MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

Dining out and saving cash

Let’s face it. Most of us don’t have a lot of spare cash these days. Yet occasionally we still want to go out for dinner and have a nice meal. Here are just a few tips for dining out and while still sticking to your budget.
Use Twitter. Many of your favorite restaurants are on Twitter. Many of these same restaurants have Twitter specials. Whether it is Fuel Coffee giving you an extra shot for mentioning Twitter or Counter Burger offering a half priced appetizer, you can save on all sorts of things just by following some of your favorite restaurants.
Sign Up for Newsletters. Most restaurant newsletters are few and far between, so you won’t be cluttering up your inbox with overly frequent messages. But in return for a few kilobites here and there, you’ll get notification of happy hour times, special events, and sometimes… secret phrases or days when items are discounted.
Stick to Happy Hour Happy hours are a fantastic way to save cash. Some restaurants have up to 50% off appetizers and multiple dollars off of drinks. Granted, you’ll need to eat a little earlier (or a little later for those late shift happy hours), but if you can swing it, you can save some solid cash just by adjusting your mealtimes.

A Night of Amazing Food, Scotch, and Service at Willows Lodge

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I’m sure most of you out there are already know this, but you can make it from Seattle out to wine country in the same amount of time it takes a bottle of red to properly breathe.

However, I’m not here to talk to you about wine.  Which I can assure you is to our mutual benefit, as all I have to offer on the subject involves the painfully embarrassing consequences that befall me those times I muster the bravery to take another shot at drinking it.  What I’d like to touch on today is an oft-misunderstood spirit favored by my curly-headed 70’s hero, Ron Burgundy:

I love Scotch. Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly…

And down into my belly it has gone on many a fair occasion.  Sadly, my lack of respect for the true potential of this Scottish delight has led it to make almost as many return trips from my belly as well.  Cutty Sark, J & B, Chivas Regal — these are the names I had associated with Scotch throughout the years.  It’s not that I particularly enjoy slumming it on the bottom shelf, I had simply been under the impression that it was all going to go down like battery acid anyway.  It’s almost comical that it took a certified “master of whisky” to set me straight on the subject.


Gold Class Cinema offers special vampire menu

10_theatreI’m not even going to pretend that I have anything resembling positive feelings towards the “Twilight” series of books and films, because I don’t, but I AM impressed by the special “New Moon Menu” debuting November 20 at midnight at Gold Class Cinemas, the upscale theater with a Redmond Town Center location, that offers a bar and a lounge in addition to a full menu delivered by a patron’s own personal server to the fully reclining armchair from which they’re watching a movie on a super-wide digital screen. It’s quite a lavish way to watch a film, definitely a big change from the cineplex. Gold Class’s full bar and kitchen gives them the opportunity to customize the movie experience based on the movie, which they’ve done to delicious effect for New Moon.

The “New Moon” menu pays a culinary tribute to the story’s themes with “Vegetarian” Stakes, a/k/a picatta seared chicken satay over parmesan risotto and sauteed spinach (I’m not quite sure how chicken gets to be vegetarian, but, boy, does this sound tasty to me); Lion’s Love, which is paprika seared lamb chops with roasted vegetable cous cous; and Bella’s birthday cake which is red velvet cake with sour cream frosting and dark chocolate sauce.

03_barThe cocktail menu is appealing, too: Bella’s Papercut combines Absolut Mandarin, Cointreau, and Grenadine. Edward’s Cold Touch is concocted with blueberry Stoli, Poma, Sprite and Blue Curacao. Jacob’s Warmth heats things up with Clover coffee with Bailey’s, Rumpleminze, and whipped cream.

If you’re a Twilight fan, you’re probably already delirious with excitement about New Moon and really don’t need any encouragement to go see it, but why not go see it in style?

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