Almost wedding time. Super stoked! Back in April, my friend talented photographer Miguel Marino took these amazing engagement photos of us at the pier, on the ferry and at Bainbridge Island. The setting was great and the colors turned up for our quintessential Seattle rainy day. If you love these photos you gotta check the rest of our set on Miguel’s site.
If y’all need a photographer, hit up him and drop my name.
I have been a Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fan since the “Town” and “Otherside”. “The Heist” is in heavy rotation and it makes me even more proud that they’re from Seattle. I was lucky enough to be invited by my friends Will Lemke & Vanessa Ressler of Six Strawberries to do photography for their ice pops at the secret video premier of “Can’t Hold Us.”
The event consisted of the annual pizza party, the premier of the epic “Can’t Hold Us” video, Q&A session with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and the team, dessert, and a grand finale of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performing “Thrift Shop”, “Same Love”, and “Can’t Hold Us”. The party was pretty filthy and one of the best times I’ve had as a photo taker.
All the fans at the event were treated to Six Strawberries ice pops for dessert. It was a hit and many of them came back for seconds. If you haven’t had a Six Strawberries artisan ice pop, you’ll need to get on that! They’re the real deal coming in creative choices like strawberry rhubarb pie, blueberry lemonade, chai, and many more. Each bar is packed with so much flavor it can get addicting. I’m a big follower and they’re making sunny days in Seattle even better.
Cuban Bowl - Snout Co
Kim chi meatball over rice patty (I love asian food) from Marination Mobile
Gumbo and Jambalaya from Jemil’s
Harvest Vine Proscuitto
Salmon Crostini from Spur Gastropub
Platted L to R clockwise - Chicken sausage with bacon jam Skillet, Crusted Tuna, Chicken Liver Mouse RN 74, Steak Tartar Blind Pig Bistro, and Tapioca Dumplings Monsoon
Top Chef Masters Thierry from Luc doing work!
Cocktail curators from Ba Bar
Ticket Winner… Alicia Pearce and friend. Evidence that you can win with reading the blog!
Swag with Swag bag
As I mentioned before… Hands down Seattle Weekly’s Voracious is one of my favorite food events of the year! The tasting awards brought together some of the area’s top restaurants, food trucks, and cocktail curators for a huge foodie celebration. Can’t beat an open bar and all the tasty tastings you can consume. Not to forget, lots of socializing and that Seattle folks came very nicely fitted. Plus partying in the Paramount… why not!
Where else are you going to get all these all-star food participation under one roof!
Chef John Roberts
English pea boisson (truffle creme)
Pan roasted ling cod
Spring lamb loin
Lemon meyer pie
The Edgewater is Seattle’s historic pier hotel that once hosted Rock and Rolls’ elite, The Beatles. (There is a famous picture of them fishing out of their room). Recently, the Edgewater took care of one of my heroes, travel food extraordinaire, Anthony Bourdain (Layover Seattle). Lucky for us, the foodhipster206 team received an extension of that hospitality with a generous invite to the Spring Blogger dinner at their signature viewtastic (indoor & outdoor) seafood restaurant, Six Seven.
The tasting highlighted some of Chef John Roberts’ freshest spring menu creations. The experience began with a showcase of the season’s fresh starters; a delectably smooth English pea boisson, flavorful and spicy scallop ceviche, and the visually stunning beet carpaccio that would make you forget the beef. The main dishes for the night were the pan roasted ling cod and spring lamb loin. Both were splendid and well executed with a wine pairing. Wrapping up the tasting course was a lemon meyer pie that could satisfy any sweet tooth.
It’s always a pleasure to have dinner at Six Seven and enjoy the company of their team and the Seattle food blogging community. It was a fun event to partake in and thank you to the Edgewater for an awesome night!
pics from last year’s event
Hands down one of my favorite food events of the year! Seattle Weekly’s Voracious Tasting brings together some of the area’s top restaurants, food trucks, and cocktail curators for a huge celebration. It’s an open bar and all the tastings you can consume. This year’s all-star participants include IL Corvo, Blind Pig Bistro, Spur Gastropub, Harvest Vine, Taste, Marination Mobile, and others.
I’m stoked for the event and best of all, I can hook you up with a pair of General Admission tickets ($90 value). There are the 3 easy ways to enter and I’ll randomly draw the winner Thursday, March 28. You can enter once in each of my social channels (max 3 entries per person). Less people enter, the better chance you’ll have to win.
Event on Thursday, April 4, Paramount Theater at 7pm, Presented by the Washington State Beef Commission
Roasted local carrots and fennel with yogurt
Braised pork shoulder
Roasted mad hatcher chicken
Dinner party peeps
This third restaurant installment from Renee Erickson is another winner for Seattle. The Whale Wins is a picturesque open setting that promotes a wonderful dinner party experience. The menu advocates a meal that is to be shared with your friends for optimal enjoyment. Sharing is caring, right? The food is a compilation of seasonal vegetables and fresh local protein, wood fired and executed with Southern European and English influences.
Partaking in a family style meal, we ordered quite the collection. Our first dish was the local roasted carrots and fennel served with yogurt. I’m a fan of the wood fired vegetables and wished I ordered more. There’s always next time though! The other starter was the Painted Hills bone marrow, which was pretty rich and succulent.
For the main shared dishes we got the trifecta of the roasted trout, braised pork shoulder with winesap apples, and the roasted mad hatcher chicken. I can’t speak for the party, but the main entrées performed very well. The roasted trout had a nice char and a citrus pop for a balanced taste. You can’t go wrong with the braised pork shoulder, and to couple it with apple, it made the perfect combination. The roasted chicken was good, but I definitely rank the trout and pork shoulder heads and shoulders above.
If you get excited like I do for the Boat Street Café and the Walrus and the Carpenter, then the Whale Wins will not disappoint.
Armadillo (spinach, feta, and onions)
Omelet with fig and goat cheese
Soldier eggs with lava crystals and prosciutto wrapped toast
Arabica Lounge is definitely one of Seattle’s most fun and eclectic eating experiences. The coffee is top notch and the Arabica Lounge is creating quite a buzz with their distinctive brunch and pastries. The setting is creatively cool combining mid-modern and rustic vintage furniture with artistry decor. The owner’s passion is to provide a space for enjoyment, relaxation, and socialization along with delectable food.
With all the artistic personality bursting in the space, the innovation has also translated into their dishes. The menu is French inspired with a commitment to quality ingredients and presentation. Arabica Lounge is one of those places where I wanted to order everything on the menu and in the pastry window.
For our meal, we ordered the soldier eggs with prosciutto and the omelet with fig and goat cheese. The soldier eggs dish was visually impressive and whimsical with toy soldiers scaling egg-carton mountains. The presentation was imaginative and Instagram worthy. It was fun dipping the prosciutto wrapped strips of toast into the soft-boiled egg yolk. The deep fig with goat cheese omelet was a stand-out as well. The figs were sweet and nicely contrasted the savory goat cheese in the omelet.
We also sampled from an assortment of pastries inspired by the chef’s worldly influences. My favorites were the cardamom shortbread cookie and the armadillo. The cardamom cookie had a nice light flavor with a bit of a bite. The armadillo was a flakey savory pastry filled with spinach, feta, and onions. Also, the Arabica Lounge provides a good selection of gluten free and vegan options to accommodate all patrons.
During our dining experience, we saw a wide variety of people coming into the Arabica Lounge. From old-time Capitol Hill residents to hipster-cool students, the experience and food appeals to everyone. We had an awesome time and the staff is super friendly and welcoming. Brunch is everyday.
During the evening, Lola is Tom Douglas’ modern take on Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. In the morning, Lola is one of Seattle’s most flavorful, well-executed brunch spots.
At Lola, you can treat yourself to one of its many standout items on the menu. My favorite dish is the Eggs Benedict. The dill gives the hollandaise sauce nice character that compliments well with the perfectly poached eggs and tasty biscuits. It also comes with a side of garlic smashed potatoes that were cooked and seasoned with herbs very nicely. These potatoes could probably be one my favorite side dishes. The other dishes ordered were the omelet and the pancakes with sausage and vanilla mascarpone. My other go-to item at Lola is their made-to-order donuts (not pictured) that come out nice and warm with jam and mascarpone. So good!
I liked Lola so much that I made it #2 on FH206 brunch picks in Seattle. As a side note, you can make reservations for Lola on OpenTable to avoid the wait.
Now you can prepare all of the Dahlia Bakery deliciousness from the comfort of your own home. Tom Douglas generously hosted an open house party to celebrate the release of his new Dahlia Bakery cookbook, Sweetness in Seattle. The event was a chance to check out the book, mingle with Tom D and his crew, and relish in some Dahlia goodies.
On course for the night was a mix of Tom’s most well-known savory and sweet staples. Among my favorites were the fried green tomato bacon biscuit sandwich, Dahlia donuts with mascarpone, and a cookie decorating station. The cookbook is filled with 125 recipes to keep your bakery arsenal well-equipped for the holidays!
This past weekend, we hit the streets to do a style post for the Fall season. I wore my go-to layers as I walked all over the city to go to brunch, get coffee, attend class, and hang out with friends. Menswear is another FH206 outlet that allows me to express my personality and creativity. I have been into fashion since the days of middle school when my mom took me shopping for Unionbay gear at The Bon Marche.
My fashion has no standard blueprint as it has been inspired by hip hop music, urban art, classic American sportswear, Northwest outdoor style, city life, and a little bit of Capitol Hill hipster. I seek to obtain quality pieces that could work well whether you are going to a Gala or to a gastropub. I like to call this harmonizing haberdashery with streetwear.
Seattle has a resourceful amount of options to fit your retail needs. My favorite places are Nordstrom, Filson, Eddie Bauer, Ebbets Vintage, J. Crew, and the Army Surplus Store. Seattle strongly influences the menswear movement and I’m glad to be a representative of that.
Fit #2* - Ebbets Field Seattle Rainiers Varsity Jacket x J. Crew Henley x RRL Slim Fit Selvedge Jeans x Common Project Sneakers
Eggs benedict with goat cheese and artichokes
cornmeal custard cake with bananas
Poached egg over pork hash
Corn pudding with sausage
The Boat Street Café is a charming rustic restaurant that is inspired by the French region of Provençal. The vision of Boat Street Café is to stimulate an exquisite dining experience by both its food and environment.
We went to brunch here a few weeks ago to celebrate my fiancée’s sister’s birthday. The brunch menu is pretty extensive with a good combination of sweet and savory. Also, I like the fact that their French menu is easy to interpret and you’re not left wondering what you just ordered. For my meal, I ordered the eggs benedict with goat cheese and artichokes. The rest of the table ordered the poached egg over pork hash, cornmeal custard cake with bananas, and corn pudding with sausage. The dishes are just the right portions and served with fruit and mix greens salad.
The eggs benedict dish was delicious with the right balance of flavor in the hollandaise sauce. The only downside is that there was no meat in the dish, so for meat lovers, be sure to get a side of bacon or sausage. The pork hash was tasty as well with a smoky flavor to satisfy your savory needs. I didn’t try the other dishes but everyone looked pleased.
The other distinctive aspect about Boat Street Café is their atmosphere with slate tables, wood floors, and bistro lighting. The place looks like a setting for a Kinfolk magazine photo shoot. This space is perfect for socializing, being romantic, and celebrating special occasions. I enjoyed my experience at the Boat Street Cafe and look forward to dinner here sometime soon.
This past weekend Top Chef, Paul Qui, came to town to help celebrate the 2012 Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) Fundraising Gala at the Westin Bellevue. ACRS throws an annual “Culinary Journey” benefit featuring Asians chefs, both local and renowned. The experience takes you through different Asian cultures as each chef constructed a course on the menu with influences from their heritage.
This year’s event headlined one of the hottest chefs in the nation, Paul Qui, to prepare the main course. On Top Chef, Paul showed his humbleness, hard work ethic, and creativity to win over many fans (including myself). Local standout chefs Mark Santiago (Westin), Sam Ung (Phnom Penh), and Helen Noh (Cake Envy) helped round out the rest of the menu.
I really enjoyed Paul’s braised pork belly mushroom adobo. The pork was very succulent and the adobo seasoning complimented the flavor profiles in the mushrooms and rice. Mark Santiago’s crispy ahi tuna ball on a dried pineapple chip topped with caviar was a combination of savory and sweet. Sam Ung’s salad was flavorful and spicy with shrimp that was breaded to perfection. Helen Noh provided a creative spread of her most popular assortment of goodies which included the green tea matcha cupcake, almond cake with chocolate frosting, and a coconut cake pop minus the stick.
On top of the food, I got to learn more about the ACRS organization and the important mission they uphold in the community. During the event an ACRS client shared his experience battling schizophrenia. A Chinese interpreter translated eloquently his struggle on gaining power over his illness with the help of ACRS mental health services. This was a very moving speech and made me value the under-appreciated work that ACRS does in our community.
For the last segment of the blog post I wanted to write a piece on what “Foodportunity” means to me. This piece is in reference to the contest sponsored by Frantic Foodie and the Foodportunity event. Foodportunity is strengthening the community through food and highlighting not only the culinary aspects but the power of bringing people together for an important cause. ACRS is a great example of how the passion for food can be translated into generosity that can help sustain an organization. My vision of Foodportunity is to share through distinctive photography how the ACRS Gala creates philanthropy through food.
Fans savoring the Six Strawberries’ ice pops
Six Strawberries pulling into the spot
Six Strawberries parking
Delivering to the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fans
Six Strawberries team Vanessa and Will
This past Sunday, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis announced a free secret show that night for the first 600 fans at Neumos. Also, Macklemore ordered for his fans in line the best artisan ice pops in Seattle… Six Strawberries.
Six Strawberries ice pops specializes in ingredients that are dairy free and from the Northwest. The innovative selection consists of all flavor profiles such as Chai, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Thai Iced Tea, Blueberry a la mode, and other good stuff. The crew (Vanessa and Will) not only deliver well on taste but also from the trunk of their bicycle carts. Tweet these guys to find out their whereabouts and when you can relish on these artisan ice pops.
Seattle’s own Macklemore & Ryan Lewis just released their first album, “The Heist”. The album made it to #1 on iTunes and they did it being I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T. Their album has some of the most moving, inspiring, and meaningful tracks out there. So take a listen and hopefully you’ll like it as much as I do.