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Some ideas for St. Paddy’s day…

Hi all! This may be my last post for awhile as there’s a Sounders game tomorrow night, I fly out to Austin/San Antonio, Friday morning, back Sunday night, then off to Australia Monday after work!!! I will most likely have time to blog about all the delicious food I will have eaten in Texas on Sunday as I’m running around doing laundry and packing. But in case I don’t, I’ll be back on the 28th of March! I’m sure I’ll try some interesting new food in Australia and have stories to tell when I get back.

In honor of St. Patrick’s day, I found this article on Yahoo of green food to celebrate our favorite Irish holiday with: 11 green foods for St. Patrick’s Day

I am intrigued by this “Frozen grasshopper on a stick”:

Mmm.. Chocolate, Ice cream and mint. What else do you need in life?

My friend Brenna came over for dinner the other night and we had the most amazing thing. On Sunday, she had gone to the West Seattle Farmers’ market and walked out with a loaf of fresh, organic, whole grain wheat bread and some delicious cheese from the Mt. Townsend Creamery. She bought the Tommette. It was glorious and creamy. We added some organic apples and our dinner was set! I had bought some red wine as well, but that was quickly forgotten as bread and apples were being cut. Apparently this means bread, cheese and apples are more important to me than wine… Which I guess is true, SOMETIMES. Apparently Mt. Townsend Creamery comes to the Ballard Farmers’ market. I’ve been meaning to check that out. Definitely on my “to-do” list when I get back from Australia!

Hope I get the chance to blog before I leave, but if not, g’day Mates!


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Au revoir Eastlake Red Robin

I went to the Eastlake Red Robin one last time yesterday with my cousin who is visiting from Korea. I wanted to show him a delicious burger and fries, and also introduce him to a bit of UW. Red Robin has always been a college staple – it was where I went for my going away dinner before I went to Paris for a semester, I celebrated my 21st and 25th birthday there, as well as other friends birthdays, sorority dinners, and it was the perfect place for a summer date on the patio, even if your date was a d-bag. But I digress. Even though 3/5 times the service was terrible, I continued to go back. Something about the gorgeous view of UW as well as the kooky, high bird painted on the wall was addicting.

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You cannot tell me this bird is not on SOMETHING

You can read about the restaurant closing and a quick blurb about the history here. Red Robin began as a Sam’s Tavern (because really, UW could never have enough bars/taverns) in the 1940s. The owner Sam was a member of a barber shop quartet and loved to sing “when a red robin goes bob bob bobbin’ along…” Hence where “Red Robin” comes from. In 1973 Red Robin expanded to more than just a tavern, introducing the Red Robin Gourmet Cheeseburger, the Red Robin Bacon Cheeseburger and the Royal Red Robin Burger™, which is crowned with fresh fried egg. And the magic is made. You can read further into their history here.

I’m really disappointed the company doesn’t do SOMETHING to keep their original store open. Maybe this is what happens when a company goes public. Remind me if I ever own a cafe, to not get large and go public. No offense to everyone, but I don’t want the public to dictate whether I stay open or not! Unless my food is just THAT terrible. It’s a shame though, when we went yesterday the restaurant was crowded and there was a constant wait for tables. It was so delicious though, and the server was great. It was a good memory to go out on!

As always, I ordered a basket of fries to munch on while we waited for our burgers, it was definitely a good call as we had to wait awhile for our burgers.

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The wait was worth it

I went with the turkey burger and added jalapenos, mushrooms, red onion, and minus the mayo. I usually get the 5 Alarm burger with turkey no mayo and salsa. And of course, I had to do ranch with the fries. I don’t think there’s any other way to go. Ketchup and honey mustard are good.. But ranch is FTW! I’m really glad I made it in before it closed. I overheard a gentleman speaking to the manager about what they were going to do with it after, and he was interested in turning it into a bar. I hope it stays a bar/restaurant. It has the most gorgeous view and is in a great location. Besides Red Robin, Ivars and Aqua Verde, there’s not much else on the Lake Union/Washington connection! Hopefully whatever it turns into, it will continue to have the same enthusiasm and fun as Red Robin. Thanks for all the memories, Dirty Bird!

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You will be missed!

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Cupcake Camp!

On April 10, Seattle is holding its very own Cupcake Camp! Everyone is invited to bring cupcakes to share, or just show up to eat everyone else’s delicious cupcakes! *I’ll probably go with the latter since I’m pretty sure Funfetti Cupcakes wouldn’t really be allowed…* The event is benefiting Hope Heart Institute. Who wouldn’t want to eat some cupcakes to help cardiovascular research and education? Looks like there will be some well-known local cupcake bakeries there such as Trophy and New York Cupcake.

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Mmm, Trophy's Mint Chocolate Chip cupcake

I hope Cupcake Royale or Yellow Leaf shows up! I’ve yet to have Yellow Leaf but I hear it’s bomb! My roommate just told me Cupcake Royale was giving out free Irish Whiskey Maple cupcakes out this morning before 10. She then followed that with “But who would want a cupcake that early?” “Umm.. THIS girl.” I know someone else has gotta agree with me, Crystal? Yes?

Anyways, I hope to see you all out at Westlake on April 10th!

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More Olympics and free food!

Yahoo posted this article on Shine today about how to mooch good eats! I noticed they forgot to mention the once a year Ben & Jerry’s has free ice cream day. I believe that’s coming up in April. There’s only one Ben & Jerry’s near me and that’s in Greenlake and I don’t think I have the patience to stand in line for that.

They also posted this article: The Top Ten Most Difficult Recipes to Make. Now, I haven’t actually made any of these, but sourdough bread? Really? And when I worked at the Oceanaire, the paella seemed so easy to make! … When I wasn’t dropping it off the line… but that’s another story. I’m intrigued by the croissants. Maybe after Lent I’ll attempt to make some. Or the Napoleans, which I thought were a dessert but apparently I’m wrong. Mole is an interesting food to me, but I think that’s because I don’t like chocolate in a savory dish. Call me crazy, but I like my chocolate in the form of a candy bar. I never seem to like chocolate cake, until I eat it. Then I love it…. But once it’s out of sight I forget about it! Question of the day – which one of these items would you try to make? Or have you made?

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Red Mill burger and the Grammys

Congrats to Stephen Colbert on winning his first Grammy! I’m so excited for him! Lady GaGa and Beyonce’s performances were pretty awesome, I’m a bit disappointed by the rest of them though. They just weren’t as exciting or as dynamic as I thought they’d be. Pink and Blink 182 had good performances that were more entertaining.

So this past Friday I went to Red Mill Burger with my friends Tanya, Jeff and Eric (look Eric! You’re famous now!). I’ve only been there once before and I don’t remember being that impressed with it, but I think I was trying to be healthy and got a burger or a chicken burger or some thing. This time, I followed the advice of GQ magazine and Oprah and got the Bacon Deluxe with cheese. It was bomb.

Utter deliciousness

We had to stand in line, stalk tables until one opened, and wait about 15 minutes for our food, but it was worth it.

Totally worth not eating junk food during the week

The burger was so good, the crunchy bacon mixed perfectly with the hamburger patty. And they definitely didn’t skimp on the bacon. I got the Red Mill sauce on the side, which was some sort of a thousand island dressing. It was quite tasty putting it on each bite of my burger, and I dipped the onion rings in it as well.

Onion ring goodness

I really enjoyed the onion rings too. And my butterscotch milkshake. Definitely the best meal I’ve had in awhile. I can’t wait to go back there! Maybe I’ll try the verde burger? But I don’t know if I can stray from the bacon… Question of the day – Your favorite addition  to a burger?


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Psych and… no time for dinner

I went to a Young Adults group for my church tonight and didn’t have time to make dinner, minus a wrap with some veggies. I had a Flatout healthy grain wrap with avocado, grape tomatoes, lettuce and a red bell pepper. I also put mustard seed on there. I was reading MSN today and came across this article: I got healthy for my family. As I’m planning for Australia, I can’t help but take some extra precautions before I spend two weeks in a swimsuit on the beach! So now I’m going to try and integrate avocados back in my life! They are one of my top ten foods. Tomorrow night though, I’m going to make Martha Stewart’s chicken with tomatoes and mushrooms.. aka chicken cacciatore. Pretty excited! I’m hoping it turns out well.

I know I’ve been really bad at blogging lately, I need to get back into it! Find the passion again. But for now, I’m watching ‘Psych’ on USA. I don’t know why, but I find John Cena really cute… Not as cute as Shawn Spencer!

Question of the day: Favorite place to grab a burger?

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Study night and fruit salad

Kelly and I had roommate night tonight! Roommate night = dinner + studying/movie. Kelly made home made tomato sauce tonight with veggies. We put it on top of wheat pasta and had some salad.

Tomato sauce.. Gotta love a roommate that cooks for you!

Gotta get your filling of veggies in!

Finished product!

And for dessert, instead of chocolate, ice cream or cookies (thank you detox) we made a fruit salad.

Mmmm fruity goodness

I went to Safeway during lunch today to get my weeks worth of groceries and they were having a sale on almost anything! Blueberries for $2, mangoes for $0.99, peppers for $0.99, but the winner? BEN & JERRY’S FOR $2!!!! I grabbed a pint of Stephen Colbert’s ‘Americone Dream’ to have a little treat after my detox. How could you say no to that?!? My friend asked why I didn’t buy more…

MSN posted this article today: Zowie! Teens guzzle hot sauce, end up in ER

I’m intrigued to know what this “sauce” was. And really, why do boys think this is a good idea? I’ll be honest though, I want to try it. I’m a sucker for hotness. Though I’m not sure if my stomach is ready for another “spicy hangover” as I deemed my Friday after 777 Challenge.

Question of the day – your favorite ice cream flavor?

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