What I ate on my PNW vacation… (Part 2; Seattle)

When I vacation, my main goal is to try as many amazing restaurants as possible. Last week I posted about the food I had while in Tacoma and today we’re talking about Seattle. This is good stuff, ya’ll! (If you missed my Tacoma post, you can check it out right here, and you can read about Portland tomorrow)

Seattle-EatsWhat I ate on my PNW vacation… (Part 2; Seattle)

SEATTLE

Piroshki Piroshki

Delicious, delicious, delicious. I have never had a piroskhi so I’m going to assume you haven’t either. It’s a sweet or savory hand pie made with the most insanely flaky crust and a variety of fillings. I tried the beef and cheese (good) and the mushroom, chicken, and rice (mind-blowing). Eat it on a curb while people watching at the Pike Place Fish Market.

Il Corvo

This is the best meal I’ve eaten in my entire life. I didn’t even know food could taste this good. Every day the menu changes and features 3-4 scratch made pastas with the most incredibly well-executed sauces. We ordered two of the three choices on the menu for the day and it was so good that even when I got hungry I didn’t want to eat again because I knew that no food would be as good as these dishes. For only $9 a bowl I feel like I practically stole this meal and I cannot believe how upset I am that this place exists so far away from my home. Go there immediately.

Rachel’s Ginger Beer

Not really a full restaurant but that’s okay. The team at RGB create an array of seasonal, fresh brewed ginger beers that are unlike any soda I’ve ever had. They aren’t too sweet and feature flavors such as white peach and hibiscus. It was an excellent refresher for a hot afternoon and I can’t even imagine how delicious it would be with some booze in it (Gin…I’m lookin’ at you!)

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Eating Arizona: Wolfley’s

I’m not a big fan of bar food.  Even when it’s classy bar food I still struggle to find things on the menu that appeal to me.  Last week my dad took me to Wolfley’s for lunch and I was so disappointed when I started pouring over the menu.  Hamburgers, sandwiches, soups, and wings that I’ve seen a thousand times.  I swear I’ve read the exact menu description in a different restaurant for many of these items.  Finally I settled on Wolf’s Hometown Hero “Beef on Weck” with a side of chili.
Eating Arizona: Wolfley's
The food was served quickly and our waitress was great.  I was busy photographing my chili when my dad started eating and making a lot of “yummy” noises.  I set down my camera, took a bite of my chili, and was blown away.  It was DELICIOUS!  The depth of flavor was impressive and it had a serious bite to it.  When I took a bite of my sandwich I was equally pleased.  I ate until I was stuffed and thoroughly enjoyed every second of the meal.
Eating Arizona: Wolfley's
If I’m going to be eating bar food, this is definitely the kind of bar food I want.  Well made, full of flavor, and served in a great environment.  If I’m in the area again I’ll definitely be back.

The Arizona Taco Festival

This past weekend was both my birthday weekend and my second-t0-last weekend before starting my new job.  I’m trying to be more social and experience more of what Arizona has to offer so when my friend Morgan invited me to the Arizona Taco Festival I simply couldn’t say no.  I love a well-made taco and the weather is FINALLY nice enough that you can spend time outside so I was thrilled to attend this event.
Arizona Taco Festival
(a good friend and good tacos!)
Arizona Taco Festival

We saw some pretty interesting things.  A stripper wearing roller-skates, a couple getting married, a hot chili pepper eating contest, and midget wrestling.  We also ate some truly incredible tacos.  My favorite came from the Four Seasons Scottsdale food truck.  I also really enjoyed both the food and the entertainment from J.licious.  It was a fun day but a bit overpriced, in my opinion.  General admission was $12 and all food and drink cost extra.  Here are some snaps from the day!
Arizona Taco Festival

Arizona Taco Festival
Arizona Taco Festival
Arizona Taco Festival

Now I’m dreaming of ways to reproduce the tacos I tasted.  There is something truly divine about authentic Mexican food!  Fresh tortillas are especially amazing.  Any tips on making killer Mexican food?  I’d love any advice you can throw my way on this subject :)

Eating Arizona: Liberty Market

I’m really thrilled to be featuring this gem in my Eating Arizona series.  My friend Morgan introduced me to Liberty Market a few years ago when I was on break from school and I’ve made it a point to get back as much as possible.  Liberty Market resides in Gilbert, Arizona which is a very unique community in my state.  Something about Gilbert is just so incredibly charming, and this restaurant is no exception.  Placed on a street that is reminiscent of an small town, Liberty Market jumps out at you.  The building has been around for a while–it’s a historical landmark–and has a great story to boot!

Eating Arizona: Liberty Market

I have to admit… I order the same thing almost every time I go.  Occasionally I’ll add a side and twice I’ve experimented with different entrees but nothing comes anywhere close to my go-to menu choice.  The white pizza is the best thing in the world.  Wood-fired pizza is probably my favorite preparation of pizza and while I’m generally not a fan of creamy sauces this Parmesan white sauce comes across as being very delicate.  Unlike many restaurants these days that put bacon on any and everything, the bacon that tops this pizza truly belongs there.  It accentuates the flavors in the sauce and doesn’t feel overpowering in any way.  Factor in the pine nuts and greens that top the pizza and the perfect pieces of chicken scattered around and you’ve got HEAVEN.

Eating Arizona: Liberty Market

While you enjoy the incredible food, you get an opportunity to truly take in the atmosphere of the restaurant.  It’s beautifully decorated and full of interesting details.  I was lunching by myself on the day I took these photos and was thrilled by all of the architectural details that kept my eye busy.

Eating Arizona: Liberty Market

Eating Arizona: Liberty Market

Eating Arizona: Liberty Market

Liberty Market… I’ll see you soon!

Eating Arizona: Liberty Market

xoxo

Blueberry Maple Sausage & Mushroom Breakfast

Breakfast

One of my favorite pass-times is finding odd ingredients and using them in a traditional way.  Maybe that’s kind of a boring use for these ingredients but nothing is better than spicing up a tried and true recipe with something new.  It keeps my taste buds on edge!  This dish came from a lack of my regular ingredients and the desire to use something new in my kitchen.  I’ve been eating it all week and I can’t wait to make more!!

Breakfast

Breakfast

Blueberry, Maple Sausage & Mushroom Breakfast

ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 maple, blueberry pork sausage patty (I found mine at Whole Foods)
  • 1 egg
  • 5 baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup of jalapeno cheese curds (Arizona Cheese Co.)

make some magic:

1) Start by breaking up your sausage patty with your hands.  Throw the pieces into a saute pan set to medium-high heat until slightly browned.

2) Next, throw your sliced mushrooms in and stir so everything is coated evenly with the olive oil.  Brown your mushrooms

3) While your mushrooms are browning, fry or poach your egg.  I’ve made it both ways and can’t endorse one method over the other.  If you don’t like a runny yolk I’m sure this would be equally delicious with scrambled egg in it.  Pick your poison!

4) Throw it all together in a bowl and add your cheese curds.  Break up the yolk and rejoice over your delicious breakfast.

Breakfast

I will admit.  At first I was hesitant to mix the sweetness of the sausage with the spicy kick from the jalapeno cheese curds but it was INCREDIBLE.  The play of the blueberry against that bite from the peppers was unreal.  I’m having dreams about where else I can use this combination.