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Bite of Seattle 2013 & Olympic Sculpture Park, plus some Chihuly

This weekend is the bite of Seattle. Naturally this means I’m quite excited and had to partake in the festivities. Twice. Once on Friday and once on Saturday. I highly recommend going to the Bite of Seattle, or any other “bite” type activity you have in your area, as it’s a great way to enjoy a variety of foods from the area at a reasonable price. In my case I went to “the alley“, which is the event’s largest fundraiser, donating the money to Food Lifeline, a local charity. The menu is different on all 3 days, so I posted a link to it above (“the alley” link) but I’ll explain as I show you the food below. But first, the Space Needle. You can also see the fountain spraying water below the Space Needle, which is a fun attraction especially for children as they try to run away before they get wet.

needle and fountain


friday food

From the yellow rice, clockwise, and then the middle:

Far-Eats: Tender chicken morsels simmered in an aromatic sauce with herbs & spices then slowly baked with basmati rice until flavors blend
Dahlia Lounge: Ginger pork salad with blueberries, mint and chilies
O’Asian Kitchen and Lounge: Baked Barbecue Pork Pastry
Purple Cafe: Summer Quinoa Salad
Din Tai Fung: Veggie & pork wonton with spicy sauce
Yippie-Pie-Yay: Peach-Bourbon Hand Pie
Belltown Pub: Chicken & Seafood Gumbo

I really liked everything, except for the Belltown Pub’s gumbo. However, if you like extremely smoky flavors, you might have liked it. My favorite was the Dahlia Lounge’s ginger pork – it was amazing. Another favorite was the wonton from Din Tai Fung. Fortunately, the wonton was served on both days that I visited.


saturday foods

From the bun, clockwise:

Local 360: Root beer glazed pork belly
Palace Kitchen: Slow cooked brisket, blueberry BBQ, sweet corn pudding & blueberry pickles
O’Asian Kitchen and Lounge: Baked Barbecue Pork Pastry
PinkaBella Cupcakes: Root beer float cupcake
Din Tai Fung: Veggie & pork wonton with spicy sauce
Shanik: Roasted spiced eggplant, squash & tomatoes with crispy wheat flatbread
Salty’s on Alki: Fresh Oregon BayShrimp Cocktail with marinated local vegetable slaw finished with a house-made cocktail

The brisket was amazing, (and of course blueberries are my favorite food) and the shrimp cocktail and spiced veggies on flatbread were respectively fresh and nicely seasoned. The root beer float cupcake was delicious, though very heavy on the frosting, to the point that it fell over in my corn. But it was still good!

After we left the bite we walked around the area, and ended up at the Olympic sculpture park where there were a few interesting pieces that I hadn’t seen before, and a few I think I just haven’t taken a close look at before. We also wandered by a new Chihuly piece which was visible from the walkway. They reminded me of Dr. Suess flowers.

Metal tree!

metal tree!

Eyeball chair! As demonstrated by lady with stroller.

eyeball chair

The infamous naked fountain, though the other figure is obscured by water.


I’m told that this sculpture is fashioned after an old-timey eraser with a brush on the end. I thought it was some kind of sea creature…

eraser art

Temporary art installation:

the roofroofing

And the flowers.

dr suess

fun times in suessland

Post and photos by: Melissa

Orlando Adventure Day One: 4 Rivers and French macarons

I went to Orlando over Veteran’s Day weekend to visit a friend and we went out to eat a couple of times and to Disneyworld, among other things. I’ll tell you about a couple of them below. 🙂

I think I’ll split these posts up  a bit to keep it to a readable level.

On Friday, after I arrived, we went to 4 Rivers Smokehouse and had some delicious piles of meat, accompanied by bread.

I opted for the Brisket Sandwich and my two sides, BBQ beans and bread pudding.

We also took a look at the Sweet Shop in the back of 4 Rivers, and it turns out that they carry a dorito and mountain dew cupcake, but none of us wanted to try it that badly. That’s the green/orange one on the top tier below, surrounded by much more normal options.

That night we also headed to the Wine Bar, which was a fun experience and reaffirmed in my mind that my favorite type of wine is an Italian Moscato. Hope I got that right. I didn’t try any red wines, because that’s not generally what I like.

That night we also walked around Park Avenue (where the wine bar was located) and stopped at Le Macaron.

I picked out 2 delicious macarons (which I didn’t end up eating till Saturday night, but they were still very good.)


After that, we went out to visit Universal CityWalk (not sure about the spacing there) and to Dave & Buster’s. It was my first time there and it was really fun! I won a bunch of tickets on the Wheel of Fortune game (which I thought I didn’t get to keep unless I solved the puzzle but I GOT THEM ALL ANYWAY.)

We also spotted this Doodle Jump game, which I was happy to see because I love playing it on my phone. We ended up leaving with a pint glass and a stick of candy each.

Next, I’ll post everything about day 2 (and may combine day 3, depends on how many pictures I decide to keep in there.)  🙂

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa

road trip day five

We started off from South Sioux City today, leaving behind the lovely Marina Conference Center. It was a little hard to leave behind because it was so comfy, but fortunately we had vouchers for a free breakfast in their restaurant. I snapped a picture of the menu… I had the farmer’s breakfast with bacon and my mom had the banana nut French toast. We were both very full when we finished breakfast. Then we headed off toward Kansas City, Missouri.


We got into town later than we planned and settled into our charming room in the 1812 Bed & Breakfast. I took lots of pictures.













Some of the pictures didn’t turn out due to POOR LIGHTING. After we got settled we headed to dinner at Fiorella’s Jack Stack BBQ for some barbecue. We had the baby back rib, beef and ham plate and it was delicious. Our sides were bread, cheesy corn, a veggie kabob and baked beans.





We headed out to a park but it started raining so we went to the Plaza shopping center downtown which housed a variety of stores including my favorites (free people, anthropologie and urban outfitters). It also included a movie theater, restaurants and many sculptures. I really liked shopping there because everyone was dressed up. Very fun times.


After shopping we came back to the b&b and I hoped to get settled and go to sleep but this night was pretty much the worst so far and extremely frustrating. Through no fault of the place we are staying. *sigh*

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa

Bite of Seattle 2012 (Saturday)

I went to Bite of Seattle today with my mom. I haven’t been there in several years, but today was sunny and I had lots of fun. There were performances on stage:

Initially we looked around…

Then we headed over to the Alley and the wine tasting. The Alley is a $10 donation to food lifeline (per plate) that gets you food from 7 restaurants. We also shared in one wine tasting for the $12 happy hour price, which included 5 tastings and a commemorative glass.

Here is the plate of food:

The food includes (according to Saturday’s Alley menu):

Palace Kitchen: Flat iron steak with tomato salad and blueberry vinaigrette (bottom middle)

Al Boccalino: Bruchetta con la muffoletta (bottom right)

Belltown Pub: Semmelknoedel – German bread dumplings made with rye bread, parsley, onions and garlic (middle)

Salty’s: Mini salmon brat with fennel sauerkraut and Walla Walla onion mustard served in a house made Brioche bun (bottom left)

Fremont Fire Pit: Pulled Pork sliders (top right)

Din Tai Fung: Taiwan’s famous, hand-made, steamed pork dumplings filled with soup (top middle)

Pinkabella Cupcakes: Strawberry mini cupcake (top left)

We got the food from these  food stands:

More to come (ran out of time) on the non-food side of things, and more on the seeing-Seattle side of things!

We also enjoyed some free samples (of many random things like sweeteners, etc.) There was also a free So Delicious brand fudgesicle-type dessert made from coconut milk and free applesauce and peanut butter. We also tried Amy’s organic rice macaroni and cheese, and some Santa Cruz organic lemonade.

I will leave you with PUNK ROCK AEROBICS. Something that reminds me of Seattle.

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa

Slow cooked, pulled beer BBQ chicken

So there have been irregular updates recently because we have been super busy! I will be trying to update as much as possible, but it will not be as often as I want. This post however is about some delicious slow cooked food. The key to this recipe is to let it cook for the whole times. It cooks for 8 hours and it makes it super tender and delicious.

5 to 6 table spoons of garlic powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, red cayenne pepper and ground black pepper.
1/4 cup of BBQ sauce of choice
1.5 lbs of chicken
10 ounces of beer (I used a good beer, made a difference)
Buns for each

Step 1.
Gather seasonings and BBQ sauce and chicken.

Step 2. Put seasonings on chicken and add BBQ sauce. Let marinade for a couple of hours.

Step 3. Measure out beer to put in the slow cooker.

Step 4. Add beer to slow cooker with chicken. Set up on low for eight hours and let cook. Now is time to go do something fun, watch a movie or go do something else. It’s going to be awhile. It should slowly cook and add color.

Step 5. After 8 hours use a fork to break apart the chicken and then cook for another 30 minutes to let the juice soak into the meat.

Step 6. Put chicken on a bun and add a little more BBQ sauce. Serve and enjoy some beer with these.

Honey BBQ, lemon, peanut butter curry

I just want apologize for not finishing sandwich week. I literally made sandwiches for every meal of every day and I got sick of them. I also started school again so I have been super busy with that. Any ways I was looking at different things I had laying around (mostly looking at my spices). I had some chicken so I was going to make curry, bbq chicken sandwiches but this came out instead.

1 lb. of chicken
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 BBQ sauce of choice (I used honey bbq sauce)
4 tablespoons each of curry powder, cumin, red pepper flakes and coriander
8 leaves of basil, chopped into ribbons
Half a sweet onion (love the Walla Walla onions here)
2 tablespoons of smooth peanut butter (yes it makes the dish delicious)

Step 1.
 Cut you chicken into long strips. Sort of like you are making broccoli and beef. More chopped up than the picture below.

Step 2. Add seasonings, bbq sauce and lemon juice and cover chicken for 2 hours to let the chicken absorb all the delicious flavor.

Step 3. After the chicken has gotten delicious, heat up a pan and put it in. Don’t dump any extra sauce from the bottom of the bowl, it will make it too soupy. Start the chicken on medium high heat. After a couple of minutes add the onion in. After cooking for another couple minutes, add the peanut butter and let it melt into the mixture. The peanut butter will thicken up the liquid as well.

Step 4. Add red pepper flakes to add a little heat, you can omit them if you want. They just add a nice little zing in this otherwise mild curry. Then cut up the basil and add it to the curry.

Step 5. Turn down the heat and let the mixture cook for 15 minutes. Serve over rice and enjoy.

Post by: Colin
Photos by: Colin

Bite of Bellingham

I graduated from Western on Saturday! We have been very busy lately with the end of the quarter and packing to move at the end of the month. It’s been harder to spend time on cooking. However, today we went to the Bite of Bellingham downtown on the corner of Holly and Cornwall.

There were a lot of restaurants represented there, including The Table, La Vie en Rose, Mount Bakery, Jeckyl and Hyde, Veg Express, India Grill, Bayou on Bay, food by Haggen, El Agave, Rocket Donuts, Boundary Bay, Man Pies, Pure Bliss, Brandywine Kitchen, QQ Li’s, Silver Reef, the Copper Hog, the Co-Op and Cicchitti’s Pizza. We decided to go places that we hadn’t been to together. Here’s what we had!

1. Bayou on Bay

Sweet BBQ Pork Bun:

Key Lime Bar:

2. Cicchitti’s Pizza

Pepperoni Pizza slice:

3. Jeckyl and Hyde Alehouse

Smoked pull pork slider:

Sausage Chili:

4. La Vie En Rose

Ice cream sandwich:

5. Mount Bakery

Lemon Tart with fresh blueberries:

6. The Table by Bellingham Pasta Co.

Ravioli with brown butter sage:

Bison Pork meatball:

Tickets for food were $1 each and each dish had a different ticket price, ranging from 1-7 tickets. We mainly got small ticket items.

You could also vote for your favorites in different categories like sweets, drinks, etc.

Colin’s top 3

1. Bayou on bay pork bun
2. Bison pork meatball
3. Jeckyl and Hyde pulled pork

Melissa’s top 3

1. Bison pork meatball
2. Ravioli with brown butter sage
3. Sausage chili

We are going to try to start posting 3 times a week, M/W/F. Wish us luck!

Post by: Melissa and Colin
Photos by: Colin and Melissa

Home seasoned spicy chicken wings

Melissa and I love chicken wings. During the past school year we would make many runs during happy hour to our favorite wing spot in Bellingham where they just have great spice. Melissa and I could scarf a plate of 6 down in minutes and love the spicy after burn. So when I suggested we try making our own Melissa happily agreed.
We also made a side of zucchini and carrot fritters to help balance out the spice.

5 to 6 chicken wings (can buy package of 20 for about 5 bucks)

2 serrano chiles
1 teaspoon red cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon hot chile (I used my secret blend)
4 to 5 leaves of pineapple sage
your favorite BBQ sauce

Bread crumb mixture:
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/8 flour
pepper to taste 

Step 1.
Combine chicken with all marinade ingredients. Put in fridge for 3 hours to let the chicken absorb the seasonings and sauce.

I couldn’t resist putting in one picture of pineapple sage. This herb is refreshing in these wings because it adds a nice subtle tangy flavor that mellows out the spice and heat.

Step 2. Cut up serrano peppers. Remove seeds if you want less heat.

Step 3. Add serranos to chicken mixture.

Step 4. Prepare bread mixture in bowl. Roll wings around in mixture. Put oil in a pan and heat up to medium high heat.

Step 5. Pan fry chicken wings until bread crumbs become a dark brown. Flip and do the same on the other side. Remove chicken from skillet and let rest for one minute before adding sauce on top.

Enjoy the wings. They get very messy, but can only be enjoyed with your fingers!

We also plated these with the zucchini and carrot fritters we also made. These were delicious and a great way to balance the spice.


Post by Colin and Melissa
Photos by Colin and Melissa

Seasoned pork spare ribs

Hello all, Melissa is back home do some job training so I felt I should throw up a post that is quick and easy.

As we all know I love BBQing and my favorite food to grill is ribs.


1 lb. pork spare ribs

1/4 cup marinade of choice

4 tablespoons spices (we did half pepper, half cumin)

A little olive oil

A little lemon juice

Step 1. Get yourself some delicious ribs, pork is usually cheaper.

Step 2. Assemble you seasonings. Feel free to mix and match. Marinade the ribs for at least 2 hours before putting them on the grill.

Step 3. Use a fork to put holes in the meet so your seasonings and marinade can soak in.

Step 4. After 2 hours put ribs on the grill on medium high heat. I put the meat face up first so I can add some more marinade and sauce, but a lot of people like to cook the top layer of meat first.

Step 5. After a good 5 to 8 minutes on medium high heat flip the ribs to starting cooking that delicious meat.You want to create a char on the meat to give it a nice crispy, fall off the bone taste. Be sure not to blacken the whole slab though. Keep cooking the meat for 10 minutes, checking every 4 to 5 minutes.

Step 6. Flip the ribs over after you have desired char and turn down to low heat and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes depending on your ribs. When the meat starts to slightly crack, it is nicely cooked. See the wonderful char marks? They will just add taste to the greatness that is these ribs.

Step 7. Prepare sides with the ribs. The ribs need to rest for a little bit, so this is a good time to make a salad and warm up some bread. After the sides are done cut the ribs up and serve.


Post by: Colin

Photos by: Colin and Melissa