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Jan 03, 2014
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THINGS THAT MAKE ME SMILE

A couple of weeks ago Marilyn surprised me by taking me to see the Nutcracker and after that we went to have dinner at Art Restaurant at The Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle. It was an amazing experience because it was my first time seeing the  Nutcracker (what an amazing ballet spectacle!). It was a beautiful performance from the dancers to the orchestra to the background scenery and lighting. After that we left and headed to Art Restaurant. We were greeted by a very polite host. We told him we were early for our dinner reservation and he offered to seat us, but we really wanted to try their happy hour and we were glad we did!!

This was the view from our table! The Great Seattle wheel!

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For happy hour we had a few drinks to start off.  We started off with a Manhattan, The Lusty Lady ( ruby red vodka, cranberry, prosecco),  a Rosy-Rita ($7 HH – tequila, cointreau, roasted pepper purée… it surprised me… it was delicious! ) and a Cranberry Cooler (vanilla vodka, cranberry juice, orange soda).



Foodwise we had a mini beef burger w/ Beecher’s cheese ($5) and the dungeness crab cake bites with wasabi aioli ($6 HH- it was amazing!!), and braised beef short rib soft tacos.




After  our  first round of food and drinks we went to the dining room using an Amazon Local deal.  The $60 deal specifically included: “Three-Course Prix Fixe Dinner with Select Wines for Two,” so we knew that we’d have to choose from a pre-set menu.

To start, we were given a paper bag of organic blue tortilla chips with tomatilla sauce (delicious!!) and a cute little basket of warm bread (French, rosemary, etc.) with olive oil for dipping. The rosemary bread was amazing along with the olive oil!!!

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We choose the chardonnay and it was really nice and merlot for the second choice was pleasant as well.

For our first course we had the Whidbey Island manila clam chowder and beef carpaccio.  The clam chowder was delicious! I am not a big fan but I must say that this was probably the best I’ve had!  The beef carpaccio was quite nice!


For the main course, we had the miso glazed steelhead trout and the herb roasted game hen.  The trout was flavorful and moist and came with green beans. I can’t say the same about the game hen… It was a little dry and flavorless!


For dessert we had merengue pie and warm chocolate cake. Both deserts were good, nothing exceptional!!

Overall, the food was good-very good  but the service was outstanding. I think (Ludmilla) I enjoyed the happy hour more than the dinner. I would come back for their happy hour and their clam chowder.

Happy Friday!

Beijos e Tchau!

Ludmilla and Marilyn

Ludmilla Ramos and Marilyn Chudda
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Brazi Bites Jalapeño Popovers
Ingredients:

1 bag Brazi Bites, defrosted

4 ea. Jalapeños

2 oz. shredded mozzarella

1 oz. cream cheese

1 T. Green onions, diced

Directions:

Cut the ends off of the jalapeños and slice down the middle.

Clean out seeds and place flat side down onto a sheet pan.

Brush lightly with oil and broil in oven until skin blisters. 
Peel the skin off of the jalapeños and small dice.

In a medium bowl mix diced jalapeños, mozzarella, cream cheese and green onions until combined.

Place Brazi Bites onto an oiled sheet pan. With your finger, press down into the Brazi Bite to create a small indentation in the top.

Place 1/2 tsp. Of the jalapeño mix in the indentation.

Place in a 400F oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.

Serve warm.
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