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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:

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:

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.

fountain

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

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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


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.

Ingredients:

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.

Enjoy!

Post by: Colin

Photos by: Colin and Melissa


Bacon cheeseburgers and garlic cheese fries

Thick-cut bacon is AMAZING. And the basis of this meal.

Colin, who had a pound of 80-20 fat ratio ground beef in his freezer, decided burgers were the perfect way to work with what he already had. He also had buns, onion, garlic, two types of cheese, and potatoes.

We, of course, had to GET BACON.

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef (burgers)
Hamburger buns (burgers)
Onion (burgers)
Bacon strips (burgers)
Cheddar cheese (burgers)
(Other toppings, like avocado, tomato, lettuce, etc.)


6 medium potatoes (fries)
6 cloves of garlic (fries)
1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese (fries)
Oil for frying in electric skillet (if you want – fries)
Salt and pepper (fries)

Recipe:

1. Thaw the meat! (SO IMPORTANT, we never remember to thaw it ahead of time.)

2. Form the meat into patties. (We made 4.)

3. Heat up the oil in the electric skillet.

4. Cut up the potatoes (to desired fry-size/shape.)

5. Salt and pepper the fries and mix to distribute seasoning; add garlic.

6. Cut up the onions into rings and cut cheese slices for burgers.

7. Mince the garlic and grate your cheese.

8. Get your other burger-toppings ready.

9. Fry the fries and melt the mozzarella cheese on top in the microwave (though we did it later in a grill pan.)

10. Take all your burger-materials out to the grilling area.

11. Grill bugers, onions and bacon. (We chose the cast-iron skillet for the bacon)

12. Put together your burgers and serve with fries.

13. Enjoy! Try eating outside if it’s nice enough. ^_^
These go great with the peach iced tea.

Post by: Melissa Rook
Photos by: Melissa Rook and Colin Diltz


Grilled Pepperoni Pizzas

I had pizza three days in a row over the last weekend. And let me tell you, it was totally worth it. I’ve never endeavored into making pizza from scratch before, so I’m glad Colin was so enthusiastic about trying something new!

Ingredients:

2.5 cups of flour
1/2  Tablespoon sugar
1.2 Tablespoon salt
1 Teaspoon yeast
.875 cup water
1.5 Cups pizza sauce
1/4 cup chopped garlic
1/2 cup chopped onions
2/3 pound grated mozzarella cheese (or less…)
Pepperoni (or your preference of meat)
Spices for sauce: red pepper flakes, pepper,  dried cilantro, ground cayenne pepper
Your choice of toppings (we used garlic, pepperoni, mozzarella, mushrooms, you can add peppers, etc.) 


Recipe:

1. Mix the flour, salt, sugar and yeast together in a large bowl.

2. Add the water and oil and stir until dough forms a ball.

3. Wet your hand with water and work the dough into a smooth ball (IF DOUGH BECOMES STICKY, FLOUR HANDS AND BALL INSTEAD)

4. Let dough sit for about 15 minutes.

5. Place dough on floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes. Dough should be soft and no longer sticky.

6. Section off dough into 5 balls, roughly the same size.

7. Coat the dough balls in olive oil and place in tray. Let sit at room temp. for 30 minutes.

8. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge for 3 hours. Remove dough 90 minutes prior to when you want to cook.

9. Roll out dough with rolling pin to desired size/shape.

10. Sautee your veggies and prepare your cheese, etc.

11. Combine spices in sauce and mix.

12. Place dough on grill on medium heat till it is cooked on one side. Turn the heat down low before flipping.

13. Flip dough and cover in sauce, veggies, cheese, and other toppings.

14. Enjoy your pizzas! Repeat steps for additional grilled pizzas.

Post by: Melissa Rook
Photos by: Melissa Rook and Colin Diltz


Greek yogurt chicken

This food is a grilling type of food, but for some reason it reminds me more of the fall. If the weather was nicer I’m sure we’d do more outdoor cooking, but we get by.

This chicken can be cooked on the grill or inside, in a pan. If you wanted to, I’m sure you could even bake it. Enjoy! You could even grill the whole chicken breast if that’s more your style.

We also made some side dishes to go along with our meal. We chose to go with zuchinni and cinnamon-pineapple. It was so good.

Ingredients: 

1/2 pound chicken breast (cut up)
2 Tablespoons cumin
2 containers of plain greek yogurt
3-5 cloves of garlic, minced

For the Pineapple:

Cinnamon
Pineapple chunks 

Recipe:

1. Put the yogurt in the bowl.

2. Take the chicken and either cut it up or don’t, depending on your preference, then stick it in a bowl.

3. Mince the garlic.

4. Add cumin to the bowl.

5. Add the minced garlic.

6. Coat chicken in all ingredients.

7. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.

8. Leave in fridge for 6-12 hours.

9. Remove bowl from fridge.

10. Either skewer chunks of chicken for grilling, stick in a pan for frying, or place whole chicken breasts on grill. Scrape most of the excess yogurt off.

11. Cook thoroughly. If you want to, during this time you can also grill the zuchinni and pineapple dusted with cinammon.

12. Done! You can work through this recipe the same way with the pineapple and the zuchinni, which you cook in a pan with a little bit of oil.

Photos by: Colin Diltz and Melissa Rook
Post by: Melissa Rook


Seasoned Summer Steak Frites

Summer provides so many great opportunities for grilling. Even if the morning is cloudy it often clears up right around dinnertime.

This is a quick and easy meal for a summer day. 🙂

The steaks were seasoned with a dry-rub consisting of black pepper, red pepper flakes, cumin and smoked paprika.

Then, we stuck them on the grill.

Grill marks!

After they were cooked we plated them and finished them off with store-bought fries. Yum!

What do you like to eat with your steak? How do you season it?

Post by: Melissa Rook
Photos by: Colin Diltz