Sunday, April 26, 2015

Rock Box

Date Night came around again and this time the hubby and I did Karaoke at Rock Box.  We had the time of our lives and had a blast singing for two hours to our favorite songs.  The unique part about Rock Box is they rent out private and soundproof rooms, or boxes as they're called, where you can sing your heart out.  There's a tablet with songs and you just sit on the couch and search through the database and then sing to your hearts content.  There even have waiter service to bring cocktails and snacks to you.  They are partnered with Cure, the restaurant next door which serves charcuterie and cheeses.  So along with Rock Box snacks you can order meat and cheese plates, which we did.  We loved it and hope to return soon to sing, drink and eat some more! 
Rock Box is located on Capital Hill at 1603 Nagle Place.  They're the only karaoke place in Seattle with private rooms. 

This is one of the larger rooms which would be perfect for a bigger group. 

Our little room for two.  We began with some cocktails and started off by belting a little Usher. 

My drink was called a Hello Kitty and tasted like coconut and pineapple.   My husband drank a Citrus Manhattan. 

We snacked on some Yakkari Pop-duck fat popcorn with yakkari and salt.

I also sipped on some house sangria which was super refreshing and fruity and paired well with our snacks.

We also tried the gracamame, fresh avacodo with edamame guac and chips. 

The Fromage Blanc Crostini-goat cheese drizzled with truffle honey and served with almonds and crostini from Cure's menu.

The Smoked Duck Breast-duck breast with fig jam and some sliced baguette, also from Cure's menu.

All of our snacks and drinks- fun times and yummy eats.  Don't forget the awesome music and singing!

Rock Box on Urbanspoon Cure on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Razzi's Pizzeria

My family and I dined at Razzi's Pizzeria in Greenwood recently.  We went with my cousin and her family who were visiting from out of town and her husband has Celiac, meaning he can't have any gluten or he'll get really sick.  So my cousin and I researched where to eat and Razzi's had glowing recommendations.  We ended up being impressed by not only the food but the level or care that went into making sure everything was gluten-free.  Right away, gluten-free bread with oil and vinegar were brought out along with four different menus.  Our whole table decided to eat gluten-free to avoid any cross contamination for him.  So we studied the menu specifically for that and we were happy with all the choices of food to get.  We decided on two pizzas, the four cheese and the house special.  The house special had pepperoni, Canadian bacon, green peppers, red onions, tomatoes and feta cheese.  We all enjoyed the pizza, it was different, but good.  I'd never had gluten-free pizza and it was a little more dense and more like a heavy wheat crust.  My little ones had the fettuccini alfredo which tasted creamy and garlicky.  I was impressed by the place and am glad diners with Celiac have a place to go with so many choices and pretty decent pizza to boot. 

Razzi's Pizzeria on Urbanspoon                               

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Woodland Park Zoo

I had family in town this weekend and the weather was warm and sunny.  So we visited the Woodland Park Zoo.  It worked out great because my sons had yet to check it out and they're finally at an age where they notice stuff.  So what if the only thing they really "noticed" was the giraffe because of its height?  It was still fun and we loved seeing their reactions.  We didn't have a lot of time, so our group of eight rushed around, glancing at our maps and looked at our favorite animals.  Our highlights were the penguins, zebras and the giraffe.  We also enjoyed the play area for the kids to run around.  They also have a nice gift shop, a carousel, and a family farm that would have been fun, if we had more time. 

The penguin exhibit, located at the west entrance, is one of my favorite parts of the zoo.

Its feeding time for the penguins!

Well, hi there!

Seems like he's looking at me. 

Guess he's licking his lips?

The family farm area. 

We had to laugh when we saw this cow.  Its a panda cow! 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Pizzeria Gabbiano

Pizza sliced and sold by the kilo!  Sign me up because I love trying new pizza styles.  If its authentic and compares to what I might find in Rome, then even better.  Pizzeria Gabbiano recently opened in Pioneer Square and I was curious to check it out.  You just point to the pizza you want and how big of a piece.  In the end I think I liked the idea better then the experience.  The pizza was just okay and not piping hot and the seating situation wasn't great for me.  I can't really get into the communal table thing.  But it was a new experience and that is important to me.  I believe Pizza Gabbiano is the first place in Seattle with this style of pizza.  It was thicker than how I like my pizza, almost like a focaccia with toppings.  We tried slices of Quatto Formaggio, Margherita, Asparagus with Goat Cheese and Meyer Lemon and one with House-made Pancetta, which I liked the best.


Pizzeria Gabbiano on Urbanspoon

Monday, March 16, 2015

Fresh Flours

Beacon Hill has a new bakery, Fresh Flours, and I was able to check it out.  Its a French bakery with a Japanese infusion.  I was happily surprised by the wide array of croissants and macaroons.  It was heaven, really.  There's nothing like biting into a fresh macaroon.  My faith in humanity has been restored and that's not even talking about the twice baked almond croissant we tried.  Delicious?  I would say so!  I'm going to be going back again and again and I have family living mere blocks away so that's just going to be temping all the time.  Fresh Flours also has locations in Phinney Ridge and Ballard. 

We tried the caramel espresso, chocolate and raspberry macaroon and it was like biting into a cloud.  The macaroons were spot on and the definition of perfection. 

We also picked up a twice baked almond croissant with chocolate.  I was blown away by how tasty it was I can't wait have another. 

Fresh Flours on Urbanspoon

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Mint Oreo Truffles

I have a thing for Mint Oreos so why not combine cream cheese and chocolate and make some truffles.  With St. Patrick's Day coming up I wanted to make something green.  They turned out so yummy.  One of the best things ever.  I think they're best fresh like most goodies but they'll freeze well too and that's a good thing because me in a house with thirty mint truffles could be trouble.  The recipe I used recommends pulsing the Oreos into small pieces but since I don't have a food processor I had to pound them against the counter and use a wooden rolling pin.  It took a little while but it kind of felt good to let out some mid-week aggression.  Why not?  And I got chocolate out of it.  So put those Mint Oreos to work and make truffles out of them.  Why not. 

I found the recipe here.

  Mint Oreo Truffles

  • 1 (15.25 oz) package Mint Creme Oreos
  • 8 ounces (224g) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 12 ounces high quality semi-sweet chocolate
  • Optional: sprinkles or green candy melts

  • Process the Oreos (the entire cookies, filling and cookie) in a food processor or blender. Pulse until crumbs are formed. Using a hand-held or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the Oreo crumbs with the cream cheese until combined. The mixture will be thick and sticky.  You may do this step by hand, but I find using a mixer is much easier.
    Using your hands, roll into 30-35 balls. Place balls on two large plates, a parchment paper lined baking sheet, or a silicone mat-lined baking sheet. Freeze the truffles for about 30 minutes. (Freezing the balls is the most important step of this recipe. If they are not cold and solid, the melted chocolate will not coat the balls properly.) Coarsely chop the chocolate and melt according to package directions. Working with 1 truffle at a time, coat in chocolate. Here's how I coat truffles: drop the truffle in the middle of the melted chocolate. Swirl the chocolate all around it with a fork. Pick up the truffle with a fork - do not pierce it, simply pick it up on top of the fork's prongs. Tap the fork on the edge of the bowl to allow the excess chocolate to drip off. Place on a lined baking sheet. Top with sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet or drizzle with the melted green candy melts, if using.
    Refrigerate truffles for at least 10 minutes so the chocolate sets. Truffles must always be chilled and will stay fresh for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. Freeze up to 2-3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

    Monday, March 9, 2015

    Date Night in the City

    This past Saturday night found me out with my husband, enjoying some one on one time away from the kiddos.  Don't get me wrong, they're adorable and we have many moments of fun and laughter but sometimes a girl needs a night out on the town.  Seattle never disappoints when finding bar and restaurant venues.  By eight o'clock we'd checked out three spots and we had a blast.

    First up were drinks at Serious Pie and Biscuit in South Lake Union.  We sat at the bar and I sipped a cocktail called Better Than A Mimosa which had Prosecco and blood orange and my husband had a drink with Tequila and grapefruit which was strong and fruity.  Both drinks were bright in color and were a nice start to our date.

    Dinner was a couple of blocks away at Shanik, an Indian restaurant, which sadly is closing in two weeks.  We wanted to check it out while we could and are glad we did.  We enjoyed the complimentary chai tea we started with and then we sipped on some cocktails.  My husband had a Manhattan while I drank a Bollywood 411, which had Prosecco, Mango and Pomegranate.  Then we had the Lamb-beef kebobs with creamy fennel seed curry.  Finally, for our mains we shared the Kale, jackfruit and cauliflower curry with roasted almonds and the Beef short ribs in cinnamon and red wine curry.  We loved all three dishes and the fresh, soft nan bread tasted wonderful dipped in the sauces.  We adored the spices and many flavors we tasted.  Our meal was very tasty and memorable.

    Lastly, we'd been hearing of a bar on Capital Hill, Rumba, specializing in rum drinks and that you can get them served in coconuts.  So we sipped on Mai Tai's in coconuts and it was a unique and fun experience.

    The interior of Serious Pie and Biscuit.

    Our complimentary chai tea at Shanik.

    Rumba on Capital Hill.

    Serious Biscuit on Urbanspoon Shanik on Urbanspoon Rumba on Urbanspoon