Monday, July 30, 2012

Skillet Diner

Working at Boeing Field during the work week does not allow me the opportunity to try the food trucks that frequent the downtown area during lunch hour. I had seen numerous mention of the Skillet Street Food Truck due to their recent cookbook release, their infamous bacon spread, and of course, their food truck. Learning about Skillet Diner made our dinner choice a no-brainer.

We arrived on the early side for dinner time, so we were seated right away. I would not recommend sitting at the counter if you are vertically challenged like myself. The seats are set far away from the counter, forcing you to sit on the edge of your seat to reach the floor and the counter. Furthermore, without a foot rest, the circulation in the back of my thighs were getting cut off. Needless to say, we asked for a two-top after we placed our food order, which irked the hostess.

Onto the food....Aaron opted for the Friday night special: bbq spare ribs served on a bed of whiskey baked beans. The richness of the ribs and beans were contrasted by the cool and crisp coleslaw. The ribs were succulent, tender, and flavorful. The jalapeno cornbread had a great kick to them and made moist from the addition of goat cheese. I ordered the fried chicken dinner and upgraded for a cornmeal waffle. The fried chicken was crisp, moist, and well seasoned. The waffle was surprisingly a disappointment - it was dense and dull., but I loved the mustard tossed potatoes and greens.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Macrina Bakery

I somehow came across Macrina Bakery last winter and started subscribing to their monthly newsletter. After being in Seattle for a couple of weeks, I was thrilled to learn of its close proximity to our apartment and to the Costco that we frequent. Before running our Sunday errands, we enjoyed a seasonal brunch at Macrina. The weekend brunch menu varies from week to week. For our first visit, Aaron ordered a bagel sandwich with smoked salmon, cream cheese, and scrambled eggs. I ordered the market special with heirloom tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Our ticket somehow got lost after placing our order, so when the staff realized this oversight, they compensated us with a pastry filled with raspberry jam. 

When Aaron went home to Buffalo the following weekend, I returned to Macrina for a solo brunch. I again ordered the market special, but on that specific day, it was a fried egg in between two delicious slices of their artisan break. 

I have since returned to Macrina after work to pick up a loaf of rye bread. It was wonderfully flavorful, tender on the inside, and hearty and crusty on the exterior. It was a great bread for a patty melt dinner one night when I decided to caramelize a Walla Walla onion.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Cherry hand pie

While Chicago may have suffered from a horrible cherry season this year, cherries are bountiful here in the Pacific Northwest. I've been buying cherries from the West Seattle Farmers' Market every week since I arrived. I've learned about varieties beyond bing and rainier. I have fallen in love with the Techlovan and Van varieties. They are related to bing cherries, but they are plumper, sweeter, and juicier. If that wasn't enough, they are also a lot more flavorful too. It's been difficult controlling myself from eating a whole pound in one sitting, so I managed to save a few to make a cherry hand pie one night.