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

Thursday, January 25, 2007

All Purpose Pizza

I tried a newish pizza place with some of my neighbors last night. We had a great time at All Purpose Pizza, which offers sourdough crust pizzas with both traditional toppings (pepperoni, mushrooms, etc.) and frou-frou toppings (prosciutto, spinach, arugula, etc.). I loved the crust! The crust is somewhat thin, but not the kind of super-thin like all the trendy pizzerias. It has this fantastic yeasty taste... I don't know if that's because of the sourdough or what, but it was great.

Check out the menu -- we had the Fire Starter (DELICIOUS! Jalapenos, pepperoni, sausage, mushroom, red pepper flakes, and red onion - yum!) and the Hula Hoop (prosciutto and pineapple). Both were really tasty!!

All Purpose Pizza

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

I vote for Bellevue

Mediterranean Kitchen in Queen Anne was fairly good. I had their shish-chicken (I apologize I do not remember the rest of the name), but it was grilled chicken marinated with lemon topped with a delicious "Mediterranean sauce" - yah I can't remember the name either, what a looser! -
Over rice. I liked the simplicity of the rice. In my dish balanced perfectly all the flavors from the sauce and the chicken.

The main dish comes with salad (Delicious vinaigrette!!! And they sell it to take home) and a VERY good lentil soup.

Service I think needs a lot, the same with the venue decoration and the background music, unless you are into elevator music.

Although food was good and company great, I think I still keep Mediterranean Kitchen in Bellevue my favorite Mediterranean restaurant. The ambiance is way nicer, servers are very good (and cute), a larger menu and the food in better in my opinion. It seems like it is that side of the family who has grandma's recipe book :)

Oh! Shish Tawook!!! that is the name of the dish

Mediterranean Kitchen - Yum, Yum, Yum!

I heart Mediterranean cuisine! I had a delicious salmon with a nut topping and a delicious yogurt sauce. The dressing on the salmon was divine!! I would definitely order this again... I had heard that the portions at this place were humongous, but my salmon was nicely portioned. Or else I just eat a lot.

My only gripes: 1) The rice was a teensy bit bland -- it's really hard not to compare it to the rice at Kabul since the food is similar... and Kabul has such delicious, flavorful rice that the rice at the MedKit was a little disappointing. 2) The salad was just a plain garden variety salad. The lettuce was a bit wilty and there were only like 2 pieces of cucumber and tomato. Since I don't eat lettuce, I didn't get much out of the salad. But I have to give major props to the dressing, which was SUPER tasty. Not too vinegar-y and not too sweet or heavy. Delish!

Following the MedKit, we journeyed to Fremont to stop at Simply Desserts. Every night that ends at Simply Desserts ends well. I had the Chocolate Truffle cake, which was heaven on a plate. As I pointed out that night, the difference between cake from Simply Desserts and cake from other bakeries is that the cake portion is actually delicious in its own right -- at most other places (i.e., Cupcake Royale), the cake is really secondary to the frosting!! At Simply Desserts, they could serve me just a plain ol' piece of cake with zero frosting and I would be totally sated. That cake was totally worth the 2,000 calories I'm sure it contained. I loved that we all ordered something different, so I could sample all kinds of cakes I've never had before. Every single one was totally delicious and worth ordering again!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Adieu Cafe Bouchee!

Cafe Bouchee in Fremont is closing this month!!! BOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO! They were the best crepes in the city (at least that I've tried). Much sadness about this news...

First meeting of 2007!

Ok ladies, it is finally here... The first meeting of 2007!!! Who's excited??? I AM! Good company and delicious food, who can pass on that?

Well I am honored to be the member who choose the venue for our first meeting of the year. That is why I am choosing one of my favorite, yet pretty unknown restaurants in Seattle, Mediterranean Kitchen. I have only been to their location in Bellevue, but the person on the phone told me that since it is family owned they guaranteed me same great service and delicious recipes.

So here are the details:

Date: January 20th
Time: 7:30
Place : Mediterranean Kitchen Queen Anne
Dress code: Casual
Address: 366 Roy St Seattle, WA 98109
Parking: Street parking can be scarce on event nights, but two-hour validation is offered in a lot immediately south of the restaurant.

Remember to bring cash for easy check out :)