Hot Cakes.. MmMmm.. Hot. Cakes.

I have a love-hate relationship with sweets.. There are times I crave it.. other times the sugar rush is overwhelming and I stay away. I had heard about this place through Colossus and he suggested we try this place out since it was so popular..

Naturally I was more than happy to oblige.. My 4 month preggo belly was craving something sweet and since the fam and I would be in the area to help fundraise for a friend at a nearby bar, we decided to stop in.

Let the sugary review begin!

Ambiance: Quaint and cute. Bench style seating on the larger tables, with bar seating against the wall and some smaller 2-seater tables. Lots of merch to be found and the smell inside is intoxicating! Lots of the young prof/hipster crowd so the volume of the place was slightly on the louder side.

Staff: Quick and attentive. You order when you walk in so you have to figure out what you are getting before you seat yourself. They can get pretty busy so the servers seem slightly rushed, but still VERY helpful with their customers.

Selection: I’ve never seen chocolate/vanilla, desserts, coffee, liquers and sweet treats done in so many different ways before. They took the grilled cheese and turned it into grill chocolate sammie. YUM! Not to mention the sauce that accompanied the sammie was like liquid gold. A grilled chocolate sammie, a nutella hot cake, lemon tart and a double chocolate shake were all on my order (I swear I was sharing!) and all of it was fantastic! The ice cream that came with the hot cake – Delish!

Price: a little on the pricy side for being mostly desserts, but definitely nice as a treat every now and then πŸ™‚ Would definitely suggest trying a hot cake and then coming back to try other concoctions that they have on their specials board.

Overall: I would come back. Fun place to go on a date or good place to visit with a bunch of friends during the summer. Be prepared to stand in line on peak hours.. Do take a hot cake home if you don’t feel like eating it there.

Get Your Hot Cakes!

San Fernando Roasted Chicken

Tucked away on a small corner just south of the Seattle Goodwill is this seemingly small restaurant cooking up batches and batches of Peruvian Chicken..

At the urging of our fearless leader, the GIS Team and I trekked out to this spot to check it out.. We were told that the chicken was amazing and the portions were very generous. I’m always up to try something new, so heeeey why not..

Ambiance: Its a good size shop that isn’t into fancy trimmings and extra fetter. Plenty of tables abound and seating wasn’t too hard to come by when we came in..

Staff: So-So. They saw us and quickly came by to check on us.. be sure to ask questions about anything and everything on the menu. We asked for a few more minutes and they came back in about 10.. Took our orders and we sat.. I should have timed it.. but I do feel like we waited for quite some time, which was odd considering there wasn’t anyone in the restaurant at the time. The server didn’t really come to check on us but we did see her peek her head out to see if we were still there… We eventually got our food and started to grub. We did have to ask our server to refill our waters quite a few times..

Selection:Β  Good selection of food! Lots to try and many of the homey-soul filling basics are there. Mmm those plantains..

Price: Fair. You do certainly get what you pay for.. With the price we paid, we all happily left with some leftovers. Though I will say that their “desserts” were a tad overpriced.. We thought they were made in house but when the server showed up with these prepackaged items we were slightly dumbfounded… Again – be sure to ask questions!

Overall: If I had a lazy lunch time I’d certainly go back.. The food had wondrous flavor and the portions were a good size.

Hood-Famous.

Yuss. Just YES. I happen to be looking at my instagram at the right moment and I saw a post from Geo and Chera and their “Food and Sh*t” account that their cheesecake was up for purchase on their online store. Oh you wouldn’t believe how fast I went to that site and bought one! I was out beat last time and I wanted to make sure that I would get one this time around.. Only 6 were available and I got one! Booyah!

Ube has an unusual flavor (not in a bad way) and I could best describe it as having something like a whip cream flavor. Its tasty and I suggest people give it a shot. Find a Bubble tea spot, or a filipino bakery that sells ube bread.. mmm! Tasty!

This cheesecake is certainly made with lots of love. Delicately creamy, full of flavor (but not overbearing) and beautifully presented, it certainly does well in this cheesecake form.

Can’t wait until they sell more of these! Hopefully they can start selling them in stores!

Food and Sh*t

Brown soda bread – yum!

 

I am absolutely terrified of rising yeast and bread makers! I always feel like I will fail at making a yeast rising bread so I tend to skirt away from making them.. I’m sure it is pretty easy and takes some getting used.. so with practice I am sure I can do it.. I’m probably too much of a chicken to try right now… Though a recipe for “friendship bread” is slowly making me warm up to the idea… (I had a slice of this friendship bread from Beth’s Cafe.. Yeah that one place with the 12-egg omelet and I have been hooked ever since! )

I am also a lover of soda bread. The dense texture.. the nutty flavor.. How could one go wrong? Slather some of that Kerry Irish butter on there and you are golden! mmmm..

Some wonderful friends were hosting a game night that fell near St. Patricks day so they were making some awesome homemade brisket and cabbage… so, to contribute to the theme, I decided to make some Brown Soda Bread.. Maaan that was the best smell ever in that kitchen!

I’ve made this bread quite a few times already and it hasn’t failed me once! Thought I would share in case anyone wanted to try their luck with a no-rise bread recipe πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

Ingredients

2 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups (8 1/4 ounces) whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Instructions

1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, wheat germ, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda together in large bowl. Combine buttermilk and 2 tablespoons melted butter in 2-cup liquid measuring cup.

2. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir with rubber spatula until dough just comes together. Turn out dough onto lightly floured counter and knead until cohesive mass forms, about 8 turns. Pat dough into 7-inch round and transfer to prepared sheet. Using sharp serrated knife, make ΒΌ-inch-deep cross about 5 inches long on top of loaf. Bake until skewer inserted in center comes out clean and loaf registers 195 degrees, 45 to 50 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through baking.

3. Remove bread from oven. Brush with remaining 1 tablespoon melted butter. Transfer loaf to wire rack and let cool for at least 1 hour. Serve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GIS Team Happy Hour and Dinner

We’d been putting it off for some time now, with the holidays and everyone out on vacation.. But now that the new year is here, we all had more time and we’re able to settle on a date. Its an annual thing we do at work with our team.. Our boss takes us out every holiday as a treat for the year πŸ™‚

First stop, Taphouse in Bellevue. I got there first because I wanted to beat the traffic and get a table before the rush. Plenty tables when I got there, but by the time the team showed up, all the tables were pretty much taken. I was starting to get the stink eye but thankfully everyone made it.. A few appies and 2 rounds later, we are ready to head to our dinner spot..

Little Sheep Hot Pot!

All you can eat, broth, meat and veggie trimmings! We had quite a bit on our table, the pics don’t do it justice as the lady brought more of what we ordered to the table. WE did finish it all, which was pretty suprising. Lol! Maybe the waste fee was our motivator to clear the table.. hahah – i always wondered if they really did charge that fee on anyone..

Anyways, we had a great time.. lots of food, great laughs, and great company. Always a pleasure hanging for the holidays with these folks πŸ™‚