1. Show N’ Tell at Duke’s Chowder House

    Duke's Chowder House

    Duke's Chowder House

    Duke's Chowder house

    Duke's Chowder House

    Duke's chowder house

    Duke's Chowder house

    Duke's chowder house

    Duke's Chowder house

    Duke's Chowder house

    Duke's Chowder house

    Duke's Chowder house

    Duke's Chowder House

    Duke's Chowder House

    A few weeks ago, we were invited to the Duke’s Chowder House “Salmon Show n’ Tell” event at the Alki Beach location in West Seattle. The night was very enlightening and helped further my knowledge of sustainable fishing. The owner, Duke Moscrip, and Larry Andrews, of Alaskan Seafood, provided an educational segment on sustainability practices for fresh wild salmon. They talked about their experiences in Alaska, background on the various salmon species, and their advocacy for a longer salmon cycle.

    In addition to the sustainability discussion, each species of salmon was displayed and filleted in front of us. The head chef, Bill Ranniger, expertly prepared each type of salmon for sampling. The salmon tasting featured King, Coho, Sockeye, Keta, and Pink. The spread of food was a real treat as it also included a generous entrée comprised of Duke’s signature dishes. The items highlighted were the baked salmon stuffed with gruyere and crab, the broiled blueberry and goat cheese salmon, a pesto salmon slider, and a salmon chowder. The whole meal was pleasantly paired with wine from King Estate and finished with a batch of the restaurant’s personally sourced whiskey.   

    My favorites dishes were the stuffed salmon and the chowder. The stuffed salmon was succulent and the combination of gruyere and crab worked well. The salmon chowder had the right balance of savory flavor, perfect for a chilly day. We had a good time at the Duke’s event and it was very enriching to understand the restaurant’s passion for using fine quality components in their dishes.

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  2. Happy Birthday @ The Walrus and the Carpenter

    Walrus and the Carpenter Seattle

    Excitement brewing

    Walrus and the Carpenter Seattle

    Walrus and the Carpenter Seattle

    Half dozen please

    Walrus and the Carpenter Seattle

    Gruyere with peaches, fennel, walnuts

    Walrus and the Carpenter Seattle

    Best steak tartare in town

    Walrus and the Carpenter

    Salmon carpaccio

    Walrus and the Carpenter Seattle

    Oyster gratin (w/curry and cauliflower)

    Walrus and the Carpenter

    Dinner is my treat this time….Happy birthday to my fiancee! For her birthday she requested to eat the freshest oysters in town, so the decision was easy…the Walrus and the Carpenter.  However there was one caveat she wanted to takeover the order, so I conceded….Hence the guyere with fruit ;)

    The dining experience was on point, the oysters were a hit and the other dishes were impressive.  The steak tartare is best in Seattle and the oyster gratin is jammed with flavor.  I can see why the Walrus and the Carpenter gets packed and frequented by the top chef judges.  Outcome - my fiancee was a happy camper and delighted with her birthday dinner.

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  3. Summer Dining at Six Seven (the Edgewater)

    Six Seven The Edgewater

    Food blogger life

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    Rose’

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    The views… Puget Sound

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    Alki

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    stadiums and ports

    six seven the edgewater

    Amuse to amuse.. chilled tomato cappuccino

    six seven the edgewater

    Smoked Salmon with asparagus, soft boiled egg, prosciutto bites, and lemon vinaigrette 

    six seven the edgewater

    arugula, local pear, walnuts, blue cheese

    six seven the edgewater

    Sip champagne with sorbet

    six seven the edgewater halibut

    Pan roasted Halibut with artichoke, heirloom tomatos

    six seven the edgewater

    Pour the wine 

    six seven the edgewater

    Braised short rib with parsnip puree, carrots, bacon, pearl onions

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    Meyer lemon pie with salted almond crust and brulee fruits

    The Six Seven at the Edgewater is a nice Pacific Northwest dining experience. The space gives a modern lodge feel and is complimented with a panoramic backdrop of Puget Sound.  You can see the sunsets, currents, ferries, stadiums, and Olympic Mountains.  

    Last week Six Seven kindly invited me to attend a dinner party for their new summer menu.  And I must say, Six Seven knows how to hosts a dinner party.  The experience was an 8 course meal with Sommelier pairings with each dish.  Everything was pretty good and in particular the pan roasted halibut which was cooked perfectly with a nice crisp char.

    Overall the experience was pretty grand with impeccable service, and breathtaking Seattle views.  Thanks again Six Seven for the invite and it was very nice to meeting everyone that attended.

    Six Seven on Urbanspoon

  4. Seafood Paella

Proscuitto Arugula Salad with a Poached Egg
Hunger 
You will definitely appease your hunger at Hunger. I had the craziest craving for Paella, and I finally found it at Hunger (via Yelp). Oh man! the seafood Paella was overwhelming with freshness and flavor. Each bite was joyful and gives you hints of Spain. As you could see by the pictures, Hunger uses high quality components to make their awesome dishes. The prosciutto arugula salad with a poached egg was also a good dish to compliment the Paella. The cooking here is progressive and Hunger does a good job articulating modern spanish food. Can’t wait to check out their new space.
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    Seafood Paella

    Proscuitto Arugla Salad

    Proscuitto Arugula Salad with a Poached Egg

    Hunger 

    You will definitely appease your hunger at Hunger. I had the craziest craving for Paella, and I finally found it at Hunger (via Yelp). Oh man! the seafood Paella was overwhelming with freshness and flavor. Each bite was joyful and gives you hints of Spain. As you could see by the pictures, Hunger uses high quality components to make their awesome dishes. The prosciutto arugula salad with a poached egg was also a good dish to compliment the Paella. The cooking here is progressive and Hunger does a good job articulating modern spanish food. Can’t wait to check out their new space.

    Hunger on Urbanspoon

  5. Deep Fried Shrimp Stuffed Crab Legs (fave)

1st course, no introduction needed

Birds nest with Quail Eggs, Fish Cake, and Vegetables

Lobster over Chow Mein

Peking Duck

Fried Quail

Wedding Party and the Entertainment! Gotta love Vietnamese Music

My attempts at a toast, but the Henny got me. 

My Cousin Anna’s Wedding (at Jumbo Seafood)
I love my family and my trip last year to Vietnam has made me appreciate more and love the tradition, culture, history, and celebrations. Vietnamese weddings are a bash! A 10 course meal, celebrating with the family, dressing up, drinks, Vietnamese music, seeing kids grown up, catching up, and my poor attempts to speak Vietnamese.
I had the pleasure of attending my cousin Anna’s wedding as she married Nick (cousin in law). It was an awesome time and you could feel the happiness as you walked into the room. I totally love the 10 course meal as it started strong with the Jelly fish (not pictured) and Deep fried stuff shrimp but later tapered a little with the Peking duck. In all it was an awesome time and the value of family time is priceless.
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    Deep Fried Shrimp Stuffed Crab Legs (fave)

    1st course, no introduction needed

    Birds nest with Quail Eggs, Fish Cake, and Vegetables

    Lobster over Chow Mein

    Peking Duck

    Fried Quail

    Wedding Party and the Entertainment! Gotta love Vietnamese Music

    My attempts at a toast, but the Henny got me. 

    My Cousin Anna’s Wedding (at Jumbo Seafood)

    I love my family and my trip last year to Vietnam has made me appreciate more and love the tradition, culture, history, and celebrations. Vietnamese weddings are a bash! A 10 course meal, celebrating with the family, dressing up, drinks, Vietnamese music, seeing kids grown up, catching up, and my poor attempts to speak Vietnamese.

    I had the pleasure of attending my cousin Anna’s wedding as she married Nick (cousin in law). It was an awesome time and you could feel the happiness as you walked into the room. I totally love the 10 course meal as it started strong with the Jelly fish (not pictured) and Deep fried stuff shrimp but later tapered a little with the Peking duck. In all it was an awesome time and the value of family time is priceless.

    Grand Jumbo Chinese Restaurant on Urbanspoon

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Rover’s (Seattle Restaurant Week)
This is definitely one of Seattle’s finest spots! Rover’s provide’s an exquisite experience with a clean french modern cuisine. Typically it’s a tasting menu….But luckily Seattle Restaurant week offers the opportunity to dine at a fraction of the cost (for us non-ballers). So why not!
The wild chicken (fowl) w/lentils and celery puree, and smoked trout quail egg appetizer were absolutely amazing. Fresh, harmonized, and leaves you wanting more. We also had the halibut and the dunk confit which were solid dishes. Your dessert options are pretty money. The tapioca brulee was my go to. I just love crystalized sugar.
This is the best $28 dollars ever spent for Restaurant Week. As long as Rover’s participants in Restaurant Week, I will always continue to make reservations. However, when I need to celebrate, the Rover’s experience will be highly considered.
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    Rover’s (Seattle Restaurant Week)

    This is definitely one of Seattle’s finest spots! Rover’s provide’s an exquisite experience with a clean french modern cuisine. Typically it’s a tasting menu….But luckily Seattle Restaurant week offers the opportunity to dine at a fraction of the cost (for us non-ballers). So why not!

    The wild chicken (fowl) w/lentils and celery puree, and smoked trout quail egg appetizer were absolutely amazing. Fresh, harmonized, and leaves you wanting more. We also had the halibut and the dunk confit which were solid dishes. Your dessert options are pretty money. The tapioca brulee was my go to. I just love crystalized sugar.

    This is the best $28 dollars ever spent for Restaurant Week. As long as Rover’s participants in Restaurant Week, I will always continue to make reservations. However, when I need to celebrate, the Rover’s experience will be highly considered.

    Rover's on Urbanspoon

  7. Taylor Shellfish Farms
Awww shucks… Taylor Shellfish Farms is definitely legit. They are the local supplier for joints like Tom Douglas, the Coterie Room and such.
Come dine in for oysters (hell yeah Kushi and Kumamoto). You can also take home some geoduck and mussels. Prices are pretty reasonable with a small shucking fee. 
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    Taylor Shellfish Farms

    Awww shucks… Taylor Shellfish Farms is definitely legit. They are the local supplier for joints like Tom Douglas, the Coterie Room and such.

    Come dine in for oysters (hell yeah Kushi and Kumamoto). You can also take home some geoduck and mussels. Prices are pretty reasonable with a small shucking fee. 

    Taylor Shellfish Farms on Urbanspoon

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Clams and chorizo
Carmelized sea scallops  
Duo pork (pork chop and pork belly)
Fancy chocolate truffle thing

Book Bindery (GF’s Bday)
Book Bindery is a beautiful experience that is set in an exquisite modern industrial library setting with classic finishes, while overlooking the waterfront. Perfect for a good time. Food was clean, infused with flavor, high quality, and harmonized. 
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    imageClams and chorizo

    imageCarmelized sea scallops  

    imageDuo pork (pork chop and pork belly)

    imageFancy chocolate truffle thing

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    Book Bindery (GF’s Bday)

    Book Bindery is a beautiful experience that is set in an exquisite modern industrial library setting with classic finishes, while overlooking the waterfront. Perfect for a good time. Food was clean, infused with flavor, high quality, and harmonized. 

    Book Bindery on Urbanspoon

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Foie Gras
Waygu 
Sea Bass
Truffle Fries
Creme Brulee
Macarons
Canlis (birthday dinner)
Thank you GF!  I had the most fine, classy, exquisite dinning experience ever in my life. We enjoyed the fois gais, waygu steak, sea bass, truffle fries, crume brulee, and parting macarons. If you know Canlis, it is Seattle’s most finest dining experience with many accolades such as James Beard, Food & Wine, and other foodster recognitions. FYI for fellas, your blazer most remain on at all times.
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    Foie Gras

    Waygu 

    Sea Bass

    Truffle Fries

    Creme Brulee

    Macarons

    Canlis (birthday dinner)

    Thank you GF!  I had the most fine, classy, exquisite dinning experience ever in my life. We enjoyed the fois gais, waygu steak, sea bass, truffle fries, crume brulee, and parting macarons. If you know Canlis, it is Seattle’s most finest dining experience with many accolades such as James Beard, Food & Wine, and other foodster recognitions. FYI for fellas, your blazer most remain on at all times.

    Canlis on Urbanspoon