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SODO Chicken

The south Seattle neighborhood Georgetown is filled with dining destinations, if you know where to look. Some are more aesthetically pleasing than others. But that doesn't mean the food isn't top notch and way worth a visit. For example, SODO Chicken isn't much to look at from the outside and their interior is also no frills. But they've got their chicken game down. And the Chicken and Waffles? Some of the best in town. Open only on weekdays, they're catering to the work crowd in Georgetown, but it looks like they've recently expanded their hours to dinner time, too. Our family went for lunch to check it out and I was feeling like some chicken and waffles. My husband loves fried chicken, so he tried some with some rice and coleslaw. They have various sauces for the rice, and he chose an Asian dipping sauce. I ordered the Chicken and Waffles, and was happy to see how big of a serving it was. The Belgian waffle was thick and fluffy and the dish came with two pie…
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Chocolate Cookies with Reese's Peanut Butter Chips

If you're a chocolate and peanut butter lover and you've never had chocolate cookies with the Reese's chips, now is your chance. Hershey's has peanut butter chips sold in the baking aisle at the grocery store. These cookies are a basic cookie recipe that any beginning baker can do. I was once that beginner and these are one of the first cookies I baked as a teenager. I love the aroma of the Hershey's Cocoa when stirred into the batter. The final result is a cookie that's a little crispy on the edges, and really soft and chewy on the inside. The peanut butter chips melt a little when baking and no one can resist one of these cookies right out of the oven. But eat two, because like my dad always said, have a couple of cookies right away when they're the freshest and most enjoyable. My son was my hand model for these shots and he did a great job. And yes, he got his share of fresh cookies, too.  
Reese's Chewy Chocolate Cookies This classic cookie recipe …

Cloud Nine Creamery

Cloud Nine Creamery opened Friday at Southcenter Mall. If you like ice cream made using Liquid Nitrogen then this place is for you. They have a great concept and product. Not only can you get your ice cream on top of a waffle, they also serve waffle fries. In playing up the sweet and savory, the idea is to dip your fries into the ice cream. That sounded too good to pass up, so we ordered chocolate ice cream and the waffle fries. Our family shared an order and we got extra cups and spoons. I loved the ice cream and the fries. They were hot and crispy and perfectly seasoned. They were awesome, yet diet busting, with the silky smooth chocolate ice cream smeared on top of the waffle fries. And the portion of the ice cream and fries were huge. I'm glad we shared and we all got our fill of both. The liquid nitrogen ice cream was incredible and was somewhere in between gelato and soft serve. Their theme for the store is like a science lab which I found really cute and unique. There'…

Frosted Heart Brownies

Who doesn't love heart shapes? There's something about handing someone a heart-shaped treat and seeing their face light up with joy. Tomorrow is Valentine's Day so there's no better day for food in the shape of hearts. I decided to make homemade heart brownies with pink frosting this year. I used a brownie recipe from years back, found here on my blog. I made a substitution to the recipe by using 1/2 t. sea salt instead of 1/4 t. table salt. I also used a 13x9 pan instead of an 8 inch pan because I wanted my brownies to be thin so I could use my heart-shaped mold. And funnily enough, I don't actually have a heart cookie cutter. So I improvised and used my kid's play dough one. It worked perfectly! And instead of using chocolate frosting like the one that goes with the original recipe, I whipped up a pink buttercream. I haven't always had the best luck with frosting, but today I nailed it. I just made the recipe up as I went along and it worked. It turned o…

Cafe Trophy

Since Valentine's Day is Wednesday, you might be on the lookout for some special desserts. CafĂ© Trophy at the Bravern in Bellevue may be what you're searching for. I visited for the first time yesterday and was greeted with a long display case of cupcakes, macarons, pastries, cakes, and even sandwiches. Feel like some bubbly to pair with your dessert? They offer many choices of wines and champagne. The space is large and there is additional seating in the back. There are plenty of tables to sit at while indulging in something sweet, underneath the grand lighting fixtures, which seem fitting since we are at the Bravern, after all.
I wanted to purchase something that said "it's Valentine's Day, I want something pink, red, or with hearts". Luckily for me, they were selling a Dark Chocolate Raspberry cupcake, a Pink Rose cupcake, and a Raspberry Champagne macaron, just what I wanted.
Their cupcakes seems to be a little top heavy, but I'm not one to complai…