Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Anthropologie - Alstroemeria Tee by Deletta

Alstroemeria Tee by Deletta $39.95 (reg. $78)

I looked for this tee in stores when it was full price but was unable to find it locally.  I forgot about it, but the other day while browsing the Anthro sale, I found it, one left, in my size!  I love this top even more in person than the photos!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Review - Petite Provence Boulangerie & Patisserie - Portland, OR

Petite Provence Boulangerie & Patisserie

After a 3 hour drive from Seattle to Portland our group was craving something sweet.  We had heard good things about a bakery in the Alberta Arts District, Garden Of Eden, or something like that.  So we decided to drive a little more to go there.  As we arrived at the bakery, we walked in, realized it was a Vegan bakery, and got terribly disappointed.  I'm not Vegan, so not down with the Vegan bakery - I've had bad experiences with Vegan Bakeries and their chickpea flour. ugh. It was pouring rain out, but we decided to walk down the street and see what we could find.  We were thinking that even a Starbucks would suffice.  

Friday, June 17, 2011

Recipe - Dim Sum - Lo Mai Gai (Chinese Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaves)

Lo Mai Gai (Chinese Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaves)

I don't know much about Chinese cooking, but there are some dishes that speak to me.  But there are dishes that I love and I want to learn how to make.  Lo Mai Gai is one of them.  Learning the name for it, as opposed to just pointing to it as a Dim Sum cart whizzes by, is hard enough!   But after researching the dish and the different ways to prepare it, I've come up with my own version.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Review - Taste Of India - Seattle, WA

Taste Of India

So there was a time that I gave this place four stars, but either they have gone slightly downhill, or I've become more of an Indian food snob.  Our last couple experiences here just weren't as great as I remember them.  However, the bottomless Chai is still the best!  And when I say bottomless, I mean, literally, bottomless.  They refill your cup faster than you can drink it!  The iced and hot versions are both to die for, sweet and spicy...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Recipe - Chawanmushi (Japanese Savory Egg Custard)

Japanese Savory Egg Custard (Chawanmushi)

Chawanmushi is a savory custard unlike any dessert custard, and one of my favorite traditional Japanese dishes.  It's typically served as an appetizer, and it uses special cups, designed just for making Chawanmushi.  This recipe uses ingredients that my family enjoys, but you can get creative and use so many different fillings.  Chicken, spinach, bok choy, asparagus and peas. are also great in this dish!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Review - Fresh Bistro - Seattle, WA

Fresh Bistro

Despite living only about 20 minutes away, I rarely make it over to West Seattle.  But the occasional stroll along California Avenue is great!   For a friend's birthday dinner, we went to Fresh Bistro.   We were with a group of about 20, and unfortunately we didn't get to sit together.  So good to note, this place isn't great for groups.  We were seated in an area with our tables near each other, but were turning our chair around to be able to talk to people at other tables.  

Thursday, June 9, 2011

2 Fandango tickets for $9! Great Deal today only!

For today only, Living Social is having a sale on 2 movies tickets to use on Fandango for $9! Awesome deal! You can use the link below to buy this if you're interested! The tickets aren't good for Imax or 3D showings, but with the price of movies today, I'm loving this kind of deal and thought I'd share it with you!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Review - Bluebird Homemade Ice Cream & Tea Room

Bluebird Homemade Ice Cream & Tea Room

With warm weather approaching (FINALLY!), cold treats are so tempting!  While wandering through Capitol Hill on a lazy Sunday afternoon, we hit the Broadway Farmer's Market, then Bluebird Ice Cream!  

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Review - Cupcake Royale

Cupcake Royale Capitol Hill Location
Cupcake Royale

With 5 locations in the Seattle/Bellevue area, Cupcake Royale has become the biggest local cupcake brand... Each of the locations is unique, and adorable, as are the cupcakes!  The frosting can be a little too sweet, and it's very sugary.  The cake is good, and the flavors seem endless!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Review - Luc - Madison Park, Seattle, WA


Ugh.  I don't particularly enjoy writing bad reviews, there are some meals I just wish I could forget.  This Sunday my SO and I decided to head to Madison Park and check out Luc.  I wish we had just gone elsewhere. Anywhere else.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Rosanna Warehouse Sale - Seattle, WA

This sale wasn't as good as I hoped for.  Some of the prices are inching up, and there wasn't much of a selection of .50 and $1 things... The warehouse itself is a major update, it's easily four times the size of the old location, which is fantastic - it's now spacious and feels much less chaotic. 

Friday, June 3, 2011

Rosanna Warehouse Sale - June 3rd & 4th 2011

Once again, it's time for the bi-annual Rosanna Warehouse Sale in Seattle! This is one of my favorite sales of the year...  Gorgeous platters for $15, Plate and Mug sets for $20.  Almost everything is pristine, in the gorgeous boxes!  In the past I've purchased Pedestal Cake Platters for $15-$25, boxed single mugs for $1 - $5, and unboxed dishes, platters and mugs for .50 - $1!

People line up early, and it's kind of chaotic if you go early.  I prefer to go a little later, to avoid the hoards of women!

The warehouse has moved this year to a new location, details below...

If you are not in the Seattle area, you're in luck - Hautelook is also having a Rosanna Sale today!  The prices on Hautelook are a little higher than what you will find at the warehouse sale, but usually only a few dollars more, plus shipping.   Hautelook is a members only sample sale website.  If you are not already a member you can sign up at this invitation link.  There is no cost to sign up for Hautelook either, and you aren't obligated to purchase anything, so give it a try!

Rosanna Warehouse Sale
6755 East Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98109

Friday, June 3rd 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Saturday, June 4th 9:00am - 3:00pm

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Review - Island Soul Caribbean Restaurant - Seattle, WA

Island Soul Restaurant

I headed south to meet a friend for dinner in Columbia City.  We didn't have a set place to dine, so we wandered through the neighborhood until we found something.  We decided on Island Soul.  I had been there once before, but it's been quite a while so I didn't remember what I previously ordered... I just remembered that the Habanero Hot Sauce was really good!