Monday, January 2, 2017

My top 5 favorite things I ate in 2016!

Happy new year fellow foodies!

What a delicious year it has been! Last year, I had some pretty tasty treats, sweet and savory. Here are my top 5 delicious items:

  • Kimchi croquette for Tous Les Jours Bakery (Bellevue, WA). Tour Les Jours, inside Bellevue's H-Mart supermarket, is an Asian-influenced bakery with a collection of sweet and savory treats. Their unique kimchi croquette contains tradition kimchi filling and super crispy potato exterior. I wanted to eat two, but stopped myself. I regret that decision.

  • Pumpkin spice doughnut from General Porpoise Doughnuts (Seattle, WA) General Porpoise is a dedicated doughnut shop from well-know restauranter, Renee Erickson. Their homemade yeast doughnuts are filled with local and seasonal ingredients, like pumpkin or nectarine jam. Enjoy 'em with a cup of artistan coffee in a lovely and cozy shop. 

  • Breakfast paella at Medina Cafe (Vancouver, BC) Medina cafe is a super popular and hip brunch spot in downtown Vancouver, BC. Their breakfast paella, made with orzo, has spicy chorizo, charred tomato salsa, and a runny egg to top it off. Craving something a sweet treat? Try their homemade liege waffles with berry compote. My tip: get their early! The restaurant fills up in a heartbeat!

  • Sea bass with smoked farro at 99 Park (Bellevue, WA)  Sea bass is my favorite fish because it has a light and tender texture. Plus since sea bass is a fatty-fish, it is naturally full of flavor.  This entree was paired with smoked farro (grain) and crunchy hazelnuts, oh yum!

  • Vietnamese coffee Popsicle at Stateside (Seattle, WA)  Coffee and chocolate are a popular combination in Seattle and the popsicle at Stateside does not disappoint. The coffee flavor was soft and the chocolate was 'just enough.' FYI: you have to order them because they popsicle is not on the regular menu. 
I can't wait to taste even more treats this coming year! What was your favorite thing you ate last year?? 

Happy cooking!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sweet Week Seattle: My reviews!

Greetings fellow food lovers!

Last week, was Seattle's Sweet Week. What is Sweet Week? Local participating restaurants and bakeries offer a delightful $5 treat for your delight!! Now, how sweet is that??!

Of course, I had to jump at the chance to enjoy some tasty (not to mention, cheap!) treats. Here are my reviews:

Trove's Honey Moon Parfait.

Trove Seattle: Honey Moon Parfait: Graham cracker cookie, marshmallow filling, burnt honey frozen custard, and magic shell.
I love the crispy graham cracker with the slighty bitter and sweet custard. The marshmallow filling was not super sweet and, yes, I ate the entire jar. (And kept it! Trove lets you keep the fun jar as a goodie to take home.)

Hello Robin's Open Faced Ice Cream Sammie.

Hello Robin: Open faced Ice-cream sandwich with Hello Robin's signature chocolate chip cookie,  homemade fudge sauce, vanilla whipped cream, and rainbow sprinkles. 
I am a true cookie monster and Hello Robin does not disappoint! The super moist cookie was extra tasty with the whipped cream and creamy vanilla ice-cream. Plus, the rainbow sprinkles made me feel like a kid again. 

Cafe Trophy's macaroons.

Cafe Trophy: A trio of macaroons: Lavender latte, elderflower, and rose.
Cafe Trophy, formerly Trophy Cupcakes, are offering, not only more sweet options but also savory options as well. A true French macaroon lover, I am delighted they are offering a wide selection of flavors. All of 'em were super light and paired lovely with my Americano. 

Hot Cakes: Chocolate and Stout Sundae.

Hot Cakes: Chocolate and Stout Sundae: House made Pike XXXX Stout caramel sauce, dark chocolate crumble, barley crumble, Pike XXXX stout, and Bluebird vanilla ice cream. 
I love the bitter and sweet flavors in this sweet treat! The barley crumble gave a nice crisp and texture to the super creamy vanilla ice cream. The brownies were full of chocolate flavor, but overly sweet. This by far, was my favorite treat during sweet week!

I hoped everyone got a treat last week!
Happy Baking,

Monday, September 12, 2016

Sweet Week Seattle: Check it out from Sept. 12-18th!

Greetings fellow foodies, readers, and bloggers,

Chocolopolis specializes in artisan chocolate.
Photo credit: Seattle Sweet Week

Sweet Week  is back, Seattle! What exactly is Sweet Week? A week dedicated to all things luscious, candy-coated, and sugared!

Gelatiamo is well known for its delicious homemade gelato. Photo credit: Seattle Sweet Week,

Local Seattle/Eastside restaurants. cafes, and bakeries offer a special dessert treat for only $5. Just head into a participating establishment and ask for the "sweet week treat." Want to see what other dessert-lovin' peeps are enjoying? Use the hashtag #sweetweekseattle, on social media, to find what  delectable and delightful treats Seattle-ites are consuming.

Hello Robin combines Molly Moon ice cream for its sandwiches. Photo credit: Seattle Sweet Week.
Here is the list of participating businesses for Sweet Week: 

Trove creates unique and creative parfaits. Photo credit: Seattle Sweet Week.

High 5 Pie is offering a seasonal apple treat. Photo credit: Seattle Sweet week.

Check out more information, here, for Seattle Sweet Week.

Happy baking,

Monday, September 5, 2016

How to make: celebration sprinkle sugar cookies!

Greetings fellow bloggers, foodies, cooks, and bakers!

What is one of my favorite sweet treats? COOKIES! From classic chocolate chip, to buttery shortbread, to cinnamon-y snickerdoodles, there is a cookie to please and delight anyone and everyone.

I couldn't resist, I had to sneak in a bite! 

Cookies are super easy to make, bake, and transport.  My latest cookie creation is a simple sugar cookie with rainbow sprinkles. Why? Not only is it effortless, the sprinkles 'dress' up a simple cookie to a celebration cookie. (My yogi pals loved 'em!)

Sprinkle sugar cookie recipe:
oven: 375 degrees F
yield: 21 medium size cookies (I used a #40 portion scoop) You can use an ice-cream scoop or a large spoon to portion the cookies, too. 
tools needed: 5 qt standing kitchen mixer, measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowls, spatula , whisk, parchment paper, cookie sheets

  1. Cream 1 cup soften unsalted butter with 1 1/2 cups white sugar for approx. 8-10 minutes or until super fluffy and 'white' color, with the paddle attachment. 
  2. Whisk together 1 egg and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Slowly, add to the creamed butter-sugar mixture while the mixer is on low speed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. 
  3. Sift together 3 cups all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Add to the butter-egg-sugar mixer. Mix on low speed until just combined. Do not over mix. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula to make sure the cookie batter is uniform. 
  4. Using a scoop (or spoons), roll the cookie batter in a medium size ball and roll into a bowl of rainbow sprinkles. Slightly 'flatten' the ball into a small disk. Place on parchment lined cookie sheets. 
  5. Bake for a total of 15 minutes, rotating the the cookies half way. The cookies will have a slight golden tone on the outside edge. 
  6. Eat, share, and enjoy! 
Sprinkle sugar cookies are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee!

 Wrapped up in a decorative goodie bag, the cookies make for a tasty gift to anyone who has need some extra sweetness!

Happy baking,

Thursday, December 10, 2015

My holiday cocktail bar cart: How I style it with the help from Chairish!

Hey fellow readers,

Happy holidays! To me, celebrating the festivities means beautiful décor, super sweet sweets, laughs with family, smiles with friends, and enjoying a holiday-inspired cocktail around a cozy fireplace.  When you hang up a green tree with ordaments, or arrange floral center piece on your dining room table, don't forget to dress up your bar chart with your style and flair.

When Chairish asked me to style a bar chart how I would want it to look, I immediately jumped at the chance! What is Chairish? It is where "deisgn lovers buy and sell." Through their website, or mobile app, people are able to list their gentle used and unique home furnishings for sale to make a profit. From furniture, to pillows, to exciting accessroies for your living space, it is hard not to find something that suites your personal home style!
I love browsing Chairish to find exciting new ideas for my home and kitchen!


Chairish wanted me to style this beautiful gold Hollywood-ish bar cart for my living space. First off, I've a confession: I've never owned a bar cart in my life. There I said it. My dream bar cart is exactly like the one I am decorating: simple, clean, and feminine. My furnishings and art are light and effortless. Thus, I want my alluring  bar cart to hold my favorite liquor (rye whiskeys, rich red wine, and super dry white wine) with ease on the eyes and décor.
The super stylin' god bar cart. I'd love this in my living space!

My first must-have? A  vintage brass wine bottle rack for my favorite local wines.

When I sip on rye whiskeys, I need to have classy glasses. These  have sharp design that brings texture to my bar cart.

Image of Vintage Liquor Decanters - Set of 3Next, I need a crystal ice bucket to chill a bottle of Presco to celebrate happiness and joy.Image of Tiffany & Co. Vintage Crystal Ice BucketSlick decanters make a bar cart posh and polished.
Image of Blush Crystal Stemware - Set of 4

Simple stemware accents perfect with my ice bucket and crystal glasses. My favorite part? The light pink blush bottoms!

What else do I need, besides the bar basics from Chairish? I'd want  the strong appearance modern books; The feminine tone of fresh lilies and daisies; The spirit of slick Asian fan; The warm friendly  tone of a gifted glass vase.

 Chairish has unique, individual, and expressive décor for you home, bar, your next night out, and art collection. Not only can you shop 24/7 in your pajamas, you can find refreshing ways to uplift your home. Check out Chairish's selection of bar carts, so you can decorate your own! 

I know I will be spending more time shopping Chairish during these chilly winter months!

Happy cooking (and shopping)!

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Hello readers and foodies,

I am always on the look out for new food and snack to fill stock my pantry and fridge. (Who isn't??!)  When I was politely asked to review Brazi Bites , I jumped at the chance. I need a new warm snack because the chilly  weather is hitting Seattle and the Eastside!

Brazi Bites comes in 4 flavors: Original, garlic asiago, jalapeno pepper jack, and nitrate-free bacon. Look for 'em in your grocer's freezer.

What exactly is a Brazi Bites? Simply put: A heavenly, delightful, and appetizing petite cheese bread ball.

The product is packaged frozen ( be sure to look for it in the frozen section at your local grocery store), making  it is easy to load your freezer with multiple packages of your favorite flavor: Original, garlic asiago, nitrate-free bacon, or jalapeno pepper jack. Cooking these delicious babies up is easy-peasy, pop 'em on a parchment paper-line sheet tray, and in the oven they go! Hot, fresh, and cheesey bread straight from your oven? Yes, you can!

They require zero prep, perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Heat your oven to 400 degree F and bake for 20 minutes.

Even better news for us, Pacific Northwest food fanatics and cooks: Brazi Bites will be at Eastside/Seattle Costco stores by this weekend (Nov.14-15th)!
Don't have a Costco membership and want to still try out Brazi Bites, Seattle and Bellevue peeps? Find 'em here!

Set them out for any holiday or special celebration.

My favorite thing about  food is the story, background and memories from it. Not only does Brazi Bites have an alluring story, they will be on ABC's Shark Tank on Tuesday Nov. 20th.  Shark Tank is a refreshing reality show that helps self made millionaires invest in today's hottest new products and businesses.

Brazi bites make a simple sider into a FABOLOUS slider!

My favorite ways to eat Brazi bites? There are too many to count! I like to eat 'em plain while watching the Seahawks, make mini pulled pork sliders for a filling appetizer, dip 'em in my tomato basil soup after a killer yoga session, or set a bunch out with homemade dips during any holiday gathering.  What couldn't you do with these little balls of goodness???!

Brazi bites are delicious solo or even better with any meal of the day.

Of course, Brazi bites won't hit your waistline or diet hard: they are naturally gluten free, soy free, sugar free, and a NON-GMO product. A perfect food for us Pacific Northwesten-ers.

That is it, folks: pick up a bag for a new gluten-free snack to add to your dinners, celebrations, or family gatherings. Buy 'em at your local Costco, or any grocery store, in the frozen section. Be sure to snack on them while watching Shark Tank next Tuesday Nov. 20th.

Happy cooking,

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

How foodies eat out: my top 5 secrets!

I love food, new food, new restaurants, new wines, and new desserts. Don't get me wrong, I truly enjoy my old food favorites, but exploring a new place or entree always excites my palette and foodie adventures.

Eating and dining out can get, well, pricey. How does one-lover-of-food enjoy the many tasteful delights my city offers, yet still maintain a healthy and manageable budget? There are some tricks and trades I love sharing with people:


1) Check out lunch: Lunch, especially at fancy-schamcy restaurants, are less expensive and slightly less portions versus dinner. The lunch option are almost identical to dinner. Why not?

2) Happy hour: Price breaks on booze, small plates, and appetizers? How could you go wrong? But, be sure to set your schedule: either go super early, or super late. Happy hours at popular eateries will get packed up.

3) Go local: Something about a small mom-and-pop shop that makes wholesome, well-tasted food, at a decent price makes my heart melt. Not only is the food delicious and decent portioned, it will not break your bank.

4) Go for apps: Appetizers are a great way to try small bites at a new restaurant. Order 3, 4 or 5 and share your best foodie friend, skip the entree all together. It is one of my favorite ways to eat out!

5) Check out local foodie events: Free food, or small priced, events are a great way to see what the community is eating, savorying, and trending with food. The bonus? You get to meet other local foodies who enjoy food just as much, if not more, than you.

There are many cheap, yet rich and satisfying eats, in your neighborhood and city. Don't be afraid to go out and try something new, divine, and lucious!

Happy cooking,