A dining club for hip, young Seattleites meets once a month for dinner and drinks. High jinks ensue.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

new lunch menu at 94th Stewart!!!

Hi guys - Our friend A. told us about the new lunch menu the chef from 94th Stewart was preparing to roll out this week...and of course he had to go to try it. Wendy, Robert and I were there last Tuesday - and I should give credit to all the snow and inhuman cold for that- and the menu looks really good... now, I didn't get to try R's or W's dishes because I was too busy enjoying mine... Seattle spaghetti. What is it? Crab meat balls breaded and deep-fried on top of a delicious tangy-buttery tomato sauce on top of spaghetti. Is that an incredible idea, or what? And it was as incredible as it sounds. The service as always was wonderful, they even brought us glasses with hot water to warm up our hands when we came in.

I think everyone should go and check the new menu. As you know I have diet restrictions, which stopped me from ordering the chicken grilled romaine salad... Sounds delicious, bacon drippings are part of the warm dressing. Ah! Simply mouthwatering!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Maltby Cafe - Sunday

OMG! Cinnamon rolls are divine and the salads overly ample. Try the half-Cobb Salad for $7.95 and you won't leave the restaurant hungry. Top that off with a cinnamon roll to share $4.95 and you have the perfect reason to celebrate gluttony!

Kabul - Saturday

I enjoyed Kabul. I found eating authentic (or nearly so) Afghani foods helped my appreciation of the novel, The Kite Runner.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Coco la ti da - A Possible Dining Club Choice?

Here's an Seattle P-I article about Coco la ti da, the new Capitol Hill dessert lounge by Sue McCown. She's the genius pastry chef behind the amazing desserts at Earth & Ocean. I'll never forget the gingerbread/eggnog parfait I had several years ago at a Christmas dinner at E&O!!! Superb! I can't wait to try it. Here are some pictures from the web site -- gorgeous, aren't they?

And here are descriptions of a few of the yummy desserts:

  • Coco la ti da: This is our namesake cake, made of triple chocolate shortbread, devil's food cake, creamy coconut, and coconut-chocolate ganache covered with a chocolate crackling glaze.
  • Cherries and Cola: A filling of preserved Bing cherries and white chocolate ganache infused with Vanilla Cola turn this divine chocolate cake into the life of the party.
  • Peanut Gallery: It's like a peanut-butter cookie turned into a celebration, with creamy peanut butter ganache spread between layers of chocolate cake.
  • Tomboy: The distinctive flavor of this gingery genoise cake comes from dark stout beer, molasses, and a kick of nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamom. Of course, it's topped with a sweet cream cheese frosting.

This just might be HEAVEN!!! Maybe this will be my new dining club choice... I know I would not be disappointed with cake for dinner.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Kabul on Saturday

We have reservations at 7 p.m. I can't wait. Mmmm, kabobs........

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Serious Pie!

Last night, Dan and I went to Serious Pie, Tom Douglas's latest venture (just behind the Dahlia Lounge). We were planning to go to the cajun place on 1st, but it's only open for dinner on the weekends. I can't say our diversion was a disappointment!!

Now, as you all know, I very, very RARELY eat pizza. About the only time I request that we eat pizza is when I go home to the Bay Area and I make a point of going to Zachary's in Berkeley. (Bear with me, this is only a slight digression.) Zachary's is the bomb because it is a deep dish, with a thick crust. The outer crust at the edge is like three inches high and crisp, but the crust in the middle is soft and chewy and topped with tomatoes, sauce, cheese and whatever toppings you pick (they're famous for their spinach and mushroom pie). It is heaven on earth!!! I am usually full after one piece because they're huge, but then I force myself to eat a second and some times third piece because I know I won't be back for awhile.

Serious Pie on the other hand makes its pizzas with delicious, gourmet-ish toppings and a super thin crust. So thin in fact that it's almost like you're not eating anything but air, which is how I justified consuming essentially a whole "cherry bomb pepper and fennel sausage" pizza on my own last night. Yum-mo!

Prices at Serious Pie, by the way, were fairly reasonable - about $14 or so for an 11" pizza, which could be consumed by one, or split between two people if they also order an appetizer to share or if they're both anorexic.

After dinner, we went to Nordstrom. Dan bought shoes (he brought me for moral support and encouragement when he handed the plastic over) and we browed the half-yearly sale. He made me try on this beautiful pink and black Diane von Furstenberg dress that was so complicated it required higher level math and two sales girls to explain how to put the thing on. The result was--well, let's just say that it's definitely the kind of dress I'd rather wear on a night when I haven't just consumed an entire pizza.

A fun evening all in all. I highly recommend Serious Pie. I don't know that it quite reaches the mark set by Zachary's, but the pizza was still damn good and since it's such a different style of pizza it's probably not fair to compare the two.