Archive of ‘Cuisine’ category

Crumble & Flake Patisserie

Last year, fellow food-loving friends brought us a sampling of offerings from the tiny Capitol Hill bakery, Crumble & Flake, and since then we have been heading over whenever we can, especially on weekends when pistachio croissants make an appearance.  Admittedly, our taste buds are spoiled from having tasted the most delectably buttery goods in Parisian bakeries, so when we sing the praises of this patisserie, we mean it.  There are little creme puffs with a delightfully light crunch on top, pumped to order with delicious fillings like coconut, banana caramel, and lemon {all good and not too sweet}.  There are also flavor-packed macarons, and if you are a fan of macarons, it is difficult to find anything better.  One ever so slight drawback to such a tiny place is that it is often sold out by noon, so you may wish to call before you go.  And there may be a small line, but like all good things, it is definitely worth the wait.

Crumble & Flake, bakery, patisserie, seattle

Crumble & Flake Patisserie, bakery, Seattle

Crumble & Flake Patisserie, bakery, seattle

Crumble & Flake Patisserie, bakery, Seattle

Crumble & Flake Patisserie, bakery, Seattle

Dining out: Copperleaf

Backtracking a bit here, but I simply must share a few details of a wonderful dinner at Copperleaf over Valentine’s day.  Tucked away in an unassuming neighborhood near SeaTac airport is Cedarbrook Lodge, which unbeknownst to me has been ranked #1 on both Tripadvisor and Expedia of late.  Its restaurant, Copperleaf, boasts a chef who is currently on the shortlist for a 2013 James Beard award and who’s resume includes the world-renowned French Laundry in Napa.  Despite a slightly limited prix fixe menu that evening, our meal was delightful with flavors paired to perfection and artfully presented. My advice is simply this: Go.

Copperleaf, restaurant, Seatac

Copperleaf restaurant, Seattle Tacoma

Copperleaf restaurant, Seattle Tacoma

Dining Out: Tacombi, NYC

Wandering around Nolita and craving a small bite for lunch, we stumbled upon Tacombi, a delightful place that serves tacos from a VW vanagon with fold-up tables and chairs and outdoor lights strung in a way that makes you feel as if you pulled off alongside of the road to enjoy an impromptu lunch in a quaint Mexican town.  So utterly charmed by the surroundings that the delicious tacos and drinks were almost forgotten.  It was an ideal warm retreat from a chilly winter day.

Tacombi, NYC

Tacombi, NYC

Dining out: Crush

In a small unassuming house in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, Crush serves one of the area’s most inventive culinary experiences in a warm inviting setting.  The offerings vary with the seasons, but when indecision strikes the chef’s tasting menu is an excellent way to go.  The “Bacon & Eggs” is an absolute must.   It is out of this world and unlike any other bacon and egg combination I have ever tasted, and as with all the dishes, presentation is superb.  In fact, I could have sworn I recognized a Miró painting in one of the platings … Apologies for the picture quality {lighting challenges}, but you get the idea.

Crush, Seattle

Crush, Seattle

Good Eats: The Coterie Room

A recent favorite restaurant discovery is The Coterie Room, offering new American cuisine with French influences.  It can be difficult to serve good comfort food in a way that pushes the boundaries, lending an air of haute cuisine to dishes that are so very familiar (e.g., mac n’ cheese), but chefs Brian McCracken and Dana Tough do it with aplomb.  First, the space is modern and warm, wrapped by a wall of floor to ceiling casement windows.  I am a sucker for chandeliers and this one is no exception.  Add to that a tiled open kitchen and an old-fashioned bar and the atmosphere is just my speed.  Second, the food was delightful and delicious from start to finish.  If we did not have to rush off, we would have lingered and ordered dessert.  Next time, for sure.

The Coterie Room, Seattle

The Coterie Room

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