Last Minute Valentine’s Day Dining Ideas

Happy Valentine’s Day! Check out what is going on around the Sound on this fabulous day of LOVE!

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Did Valentine’s Day sneak up on you this year? Forget to make reservations at your hunny’s favorite spot? Check out one of these restaurant’s to indulge with your significant other!

Bastille- If you’re in the Ballard neighborhood tonight, Bastille is offer his and her punch for $10 a glass (his:Stockade, hers:Sainte Marie), and various Parisian style entrees that are sure to please the pallet; including a platter of a dozen Hama Hama oysters on the half shell with caviar and Washington Ver Jus Mignonette, yum!

Cafe Flora- This vegetarian Madison Park cafe is celebrating it’s 20th Valentine’s Day, and offering a prix-fixe menu themed dishes such as the “savory embrace” (a bok choy and cheese filled pastry) and “layers of love” (a macadamia nut crusted filo stuffed with shiitake mushrooms, asparagus and a butternut squash sauce). Dinner runs $45 a person, from 5:00-10:00pm.

Spinasse- This lovely Capitol Hill restaurant is offering two amazing prix fixe menus at one of the “best 7 restaurants that define Seattle Now” according to Seattle Magazine. Dinner specials are sure to make diners feel as if they’re dining at a cafe right in the heart of Rome at this authentic Italian hot spot. Dinner is $70 per person with a $40 wine pairing option.

Restaurant Bea- Cozy Madrona candlelit dinging experience for two, with chef Jim McCarthy serving up a three course meal off of their comfort food menu, and offering three choices for each course. Dinner is $50 per person, with an optional cocktail or wine pairing for $22 per person.

Hunger-Indulge in a 5 course menu including beef tartare, oysters, and a special rose will be delivered for your significant other when you’re bellies are nice and full of love. $150 per couple, with an optional $25 wine pairing.

Bon Appetite!

Seattle Weekly Names Bottlehouse as #6 Wine Bar in Seattle

Where are the top wine bars in Seattle, and what qualities does one find in the classiest of wine bars? Seattle Weekly has put together a top 10 list of the best of the best; hot spots  around the sound that are definitely not pretentious, stuffy, or boring by any means. Guess which Madrona haunt was name #6? That’s right; our favored Bottlehouse has made the cut due to it’s comfortable, drink a nice glass or two in your own living room kind of appeal. The wine poured from downstairs neighbor Wilridge winery are a regular’s delight, and the rotating list is sure to have something to please every palate.

Seattle Weekly mentioned the deck seating as a lovely feature, weather permitting, and the perks of having the retail shop connected if you taste something you really need to take home with you are leverage enough to land Bottlehouse in the number 6 slot. Check out the other sleek wine spots on the list at seattleweekly.com.

Shanik Opening For Dinner Tonight

Shanik location in South Lake Union

The long awaited sister to Vancouver’s Vij’s Restaurant’s opening is finally in hind sight; Meeru Dhalwala and Oguz Istif will be opening Shanik Restaurant in South Lake Union for dinner tonight after a stressful, yet successful friends and family dinner this past weekend. Shanik serves up original, non-traditional Indian cuisine based on recipes created by Meeru herself.

The restaurant will feature nearly 40% vegetarian dishes, using locally sourced and seasonal produce, sustainable seafood, and medication-free meats. According to the Restaurant’s twitter, Shanik will have a take out window open at lunch time, and dine in Dinner options only to begin with. Shanik is located at 500 Terry Ave North,  if you stop by to check it out tonight, please drop us a review!

Bottlehouse Now Open Sundays

Photo Courtesy of Bottlehouse

It used to be the norm for quite some time, and then they pulled the shades on Sundays; now the young owners of Madrona’s favored wine bar Bottlehouse have graciously opened their doors 6 days a week, (closed Mondays).

They’re now uncorking the bottles from noon-9pm Sundays, and offering an all-day happy hour with specials including $4 drafts, $4 Imbue vermouth-on-tap, and $6 sake Bloody Marys and mimosas, as well a rotating cheese board, and small bites menu. If you’re looking for a fun date night, or something to do with the girls this Sunday, you can now add Bottlehouse back to the list of eateries open in the neighborhood.

Top 10 Places For a Cold Brew Around the Sound

Do you find yourself getting bored of hanging out at the same neighborhood bar, just around the corner form your apartment? Try something different next time your in the mood for a change of scenery, and check out one of the local favorites around the city of Seattle. Seattle Weekly has compiled an extensive list of fun and funky places to order a brew and watch a Sounders game, or play a round of shuffleboard or pool with your friends. Check out the list below, and please offer your suggestions: any additional watering holes that MUST be on this list?

Canterbury Ale & Eats – This Capitol Hill dive is a place where you can truly eat, drink and be merry. The exterior resembles a medieval castle with a full suit of armor to greet you at the door. Once inside diners have endless options of pub grub and a full bar, with shuffleboard, pool tables, a number of large flat screen TVs playing whatever games are on that night of the week, and a jukebox full of all the classics.

Al’s Tavern- This Wallingford favorite is easy to miss on NE 45th Street, but those who have been in a time or two since it’s opening 7 decades ago will tell you they come back for the old school charm, and cheap good eats. Al’s is a cash only dive, with cheap burgers pints and stiffs, and prices haven’t changed much since it’s opening long ago. Al’s has a jukebox and pool tables for entertaining.

Targy’s Tavern- Who knows if the rumors ring true, but Targy’s is said to be one of the first bars in town to have opened after Prohibition went out the window. Located on Queen Anne Hill, Targy’s is away from the busy ave, but neighborhood locals will flock here for a relaxing brew or a stiff drink, and hit the dart boards or catch a game with the guys. They have a very happy happy hour from 4-7 Monday-Saturday, and all day Sunday, $2.50 bottles, and $3.50 drafts.

Twilight Exit- Can you really say anything bad about a great Central District bar that cures it’s own bacon? Twilight has a great beer selection, and happy hour with $1.50 PBRS til 8pm, and you’ll find an array of games in the back area from Ms. Pac Man to Buck Hunter, and shuffleboard. When the weather pick up again, there is ping pong out back

Hattie’s Hat- While wandering down the main strip of Ballard Ave, you’ve likely passed Hattie’s, and it’s pretty much stayed the same since they served the first brew back in 1904. They no longer open at 6am to cater to the graveyard dockworkers, but they do have two nice happy hours from 3-7 and 10-midnight, and brunch on the weekends.

 

Free Rainbow Cake at Cupcake Royale Today!

In appreciation of the approval of Referendum 74 this week after elections in Washington State, Cupcake Royale on Capitol Hill is inviting the community to come out and celebrate, and dive into a free piece of what they’re claiming is the world’s largest rainbow cake (shaped in the state of Washington with Rainbow sprinkles on top!).

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The cake will be cut at 3:00PM this afternoon and slices will be served until it’s gone. If you miss the freebies, but still want to celebrate, all Cupcake Royale locations are serving “Gaybies” mini rainbow cupcakes, and Obamacakes now through Sunday. See you on the Hill!

Healthy Salad Shop Comes to Seattle’s Madison Valley

There is a new healthy dining shop in Madison Valley on 2711 E Madison St, (next to Sugarlump) and they’re dishing up hearty salads and homemade soups throughout the week. Seattle Salads opened two weeks ago, and owner Desirae has said she is dedicated to bringing “healthy fast food” to the community, and is offering deliveries on Tuesdays and Fridays via their online ordering system.

There hours are going to be Monday-Friday 11am-6pm, Saturdays 11am-5pm, and Sundays 11am-3pm. For more information about their menu, or delivery services, visit Seattle Salads website, or pop in at the shop for a happy healthy lunch.

Chef’s Table at Restaurant Bea

Restaurant BeaWe are big fans of Restaurant Bea and have written about the Madrona restaurant many times, but we are not the only one that enjoys the Seattle restaurant.  Seattle Weekly, Seattle Times, typical restaurant websites such as Yelp, and even other local blogs have all given Madrona’s Restaurant Bea  a thumbs up.  All of the sources agree that you should try Restaurant Bea, but we would take it one step further and say: you should not only dine at Restaurant Bea but also reserve the Chef’s Table.

The Chef’s Table is literally in the kitchen at Restaurant Bea.  The round table seats 2 to 4 people and allows you to experience the inner-workings of the restaurant while enjoying a 5-course meal that is selected for you by the chef.  Watch the chef prepare your meal while the bartender, just a few steps away, suggests a wine that would best compliment the next course.  A fun and different experience at a Madrona restaurant that you are not able to enjoy at other Seattle restaurants.

Take our advice, call well in advance and reserve the “Chef’s Table” at Restaurant Bea.

Restaurant Bea1423 34th Avenue - (206) 812-2901

It’s Halloween; Don a Scary Costume, Save at These Local Restaurants/Bars

With Halloween right around the corner, Seattle restaurants are taking advantage of the festive scary scenery, and rewarding  cladly dressed Seattleites with specials on food and drink around town, from now until October 31st. Check out the list of establishments who actually prefer if you’re dining in Zombie attire than suit and tie this week.

Boka will be offering happy hour prices on all food and drink items to all diners dressed in Zombie attire this Saturday October 27th! Zombie diners are also encouraged to head over to the Thrill the World dance off in Occidental Park to break the record for biggest “Thriller” performance.

Belltown Pub will be hosting a Dracula PJ party with Halloween food and drink available, and no cover charge from 9-close on October 27th.

Linda’s Tavern is having a 50′s themed Halloween mixer on October 31st, with guest DJ King Dude. Party begins from 8pm-close, with free entry. Costumes strongly suggested.

Cupcake Royale Place your order of 12 or more cupcakes on or before October 30th for your big Halloween party, and receive a free pint of Cupcake Royale ice cream.

Cafe Flora will host a pumpkin decorating event on Saturday from 10am-2pm in Washington Park, perfect for your little ones. Pumpkin bread, pancakes and spiced cider will be on hand to snack on during the festivities. Costumes are welcome!

Elysian 2012 Pumpkin Beer Festival This Weekend

In honor of the upcoming Halloween holiday, the folks over at Capitol Hill’s own Elysian Brewing Company are hosting a Pumpkin Ale Festival this weekend, taps open at 7pm tomorrow evening.

There will be over 60 variations of Pumpkin beers, with 13 from Elysian, and an actual pumpkin will be tapped each day, filled with a secret Elysian brew. There will be food carts on site to fill hungry bellies, pumpkin carving contests, and costumes are certainly encouraged. The event will actually be held at the Elysian Sodo location, so come on down and enjoy the fall drinks. For more information, visit the Elysian Brewery site.