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The Confectional Cheesecake- Pike Place Market

Posted in Bakery, Dessert with tags , , , , , , on April 2, 2011 by belltowngirl

Cheesecake fans rejoice…! If you have not visited the Confectional in the Pike Place Market, it is an absolute must.  This isn’t your typical dense cheesecake with berries on top.  At Confectional it is taken up a notch with light and fluffy mini cheesecakes with exotic flavors.  I have been going there for years and it is consistently perfect in taste and quality.  If you prefer more crust, these cheesecakes would be perfect for you.  They use maria biscuits for their crust which makes it thick and crunchy.  The Confectional has 13 base flavors with new ones coming for every holiday or special occasion. 

I absolutely love all their flavors, but my most favorite ones are the Raspberry White Chocolate….whole raspberries with creamy white chocolate and a thick chocolate crust.  The Mexican chocolate cheesecake has cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and chocolate with a thick chocolate crust.  It has a perfect amount of spiciness where you can still enjoy it.  And one must not forget the Kahlua White Chocolate.  They use sweet kahlua coffee liquor, white chocolate, and a thick chocolate crust….light and fluffy and melts in your mouth!  Also, they do have unique truffles that are filled with cheesecake.  They bake their cheesecake batter, roll it into balls, and dip it in Guittard dark chocolate.  My favorite is the Cookies and Mint Chocolate…..inside is creme de menthe, dark chocolate, crumbled oreo cookies, and is coated in chocolate. 

top left clockwise:  Coconut Cherry Chocolate, Rasberry White, Kahlua White, Mexican Chocolate

top left clockwise: Coconut Cherry Chocolate, Rasberry White, Kahlua White, Mexican Chocolate

The Confectional is located in the Pike Place Market.  If you are familar with the area it is just a couple stores past Le Panier Bakery going south.  One thing I like is that they don’t use hydrogenated oils in any of their ingredients.  Also, if you haven’t tried their thick Colombian hot chocolate, ask for a sample…it is very tasty and great to have alongside with your mini cheesecake.  I would suggest following them on Twitter if you can as they post new flavors.  I missed out on their new flavor in March – Baileys Irish Cream chocolate chunk!  Overall, the Confectional is my favorite place for light and fluffy cheescakes with unique flavors.  Enjoy!

The Confectional website:  http://www.theconfectional.com/

Address:  1530 Pike Place, Seattle 98101

Hours:  10am-6pm daily

Contact:  206 282-4422

Six Seven Restaurant – New Years Eve ’08

Posted in Fine Dining, Wine with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2009 by belltowngirl

At the Edgewater Hotel located on Pier 67, we booked a reservation at their restaurant Six Seven.  As we walked into the entrance, the theme was very New Years Eve with a sparkling Moet Chandon champagne fountain to hip and jazzy music playing  by a band that was suprisingly very good.  Think jazzy remakes of mid 80’s to early 90’s hits and a great singer to boot – It was that good!  We requested a table overlooking the waterfront – very intimate atmosphere with candles and a flickering fireplace next to our table.  We reserved a 4-6 course meal($95 per person) and lets just say that the executive chef kept my palate on edge…

First and foremost, I had to order some drinks;)  I started with a goose and tonic..then, decided to get a bottle of 2004 L’Ecole No.41($74).    They had a great selection of wines from Riojas to a couple of my other local fav Washington wineries – Leonetti and Kiona.  On the menu our first was an Amuse Bouche which is a hors d’oeuvre and served with complimentary Moet Chandon.  A faberge egg ensemble with lobster, leek, caviar, truffle, and champagne.  A great selection from the chef, the caviar blended well with the truffle and lobster – light and creamy.

Faberge Egg - Six Seven restaurant

Faberge Egg - Six Seven restaurant

Now, for the real starter dish we had Carmelized Foie Gras infused with toasted cardamom, fleur de sel, white balsamic, and vanilla poached quince.  I love great Foie Gras and I am so glad I dont live in Chicago or California.  The cardamom is a strong herb and suprisingly it didn’ t overpower the rich and melt in your mouth foie gras.  It was served warm which I love as opposed to some restaurants that serve it cold pate-style.   Typically, foie gras is paired with fruit and the Poached Quince was a perfect match.  Very delicious and not too sweet.

Carmelized Foie Gras - Six Seven restaurant

Carmelized Foie Gras - Six Seven restaurant

Next is one of my favorite dishes – the cheese platter….it’s a breather from all the other rich dishes coming up;)  We had the Gouda XO which is a cheese from Holland and aged a minimum of 26 months.   Loved this – Semi hard texture, very creamy and blended perfectly with the pecans dipped in whiskey. 

Gouda XO - Six Seven restaurant

Gouda XO - Six Seven restaurant

For the Intermezzo, we cleansed our palate with Riesling Sorbet with ingredients of chili, pineapple, and mint.  Thumbs up for the pineapple  sorbet – Very lightly tart and refreshing.

Riesling Sorbet - Six Seven restaurant

Riesling Sorbet - Six Seven restaurant

I debated between to the Strip Loin, Black Bass, and the Muscovy Duck…I like duck so go figure.  The Muscovy duck is the leanest of all duck breeds, yet very tender and flavorful.  The duck was complimented with apricot, foie gras, pistachio, brioche, and grand marnier.  My favorite entree thus far! The duck was very tender and blended well with the apricot, and the light tart mustard and dark sweet sauce. 

Muscovy Duck - Six Seven restaurant

Muscovy Duck - Six Seven restaurant

Lastly, I had the “Assiette au Chocolate” which was an AMAZING dessert…Assiette is french for “Assortment.”  It was a trio of a dim sum ensemble, chocolate pave, and pot du creme.   First, many thanks to the Executive Chef for developing a different twist from your typical “trio of creme brulee” or “truffle” type desserts served in multi-course meals.  OMG – Lets first talk about the dim sum ensemble(middle).  Unexplainably fantastic – rich bits of chocolate in a crisp roll.   On the far right is the chocolate pave that was rich, smooth, and overall tasty.  The far left is the pot du creme and is served in small dessert cup that was filled with a luscious cream of chocolate.  I pretty much cleaned that up!  Overall, the trio of chocolate desserts were very delicious.  I would highly recommend dining at Six Seven Restaurant on NYE or any other occasion as it has a very unique twist in dishes and a spectacular wine list. 

Assiette au Chocolate - Six Seven restaurant

Assiette au Chocolate - Six Seven restaurant

Six Seven Restaurant website:  http://www.edgewaterhotel.com/edgewater_dining.aspx

Tel:  206 269-4575

Hours:  Breakfast: Mon-Fri: 6:30am-11:00am, Sat: 6:30am-11:30am, Sun: 6:30am-10:30am

Sunday Brunch: 10:30am-2:00pm

Lunch: Mon-Fri: 11:00am-2:30pm, Sat: 11:30am-2:30pm (No lunch menu on Sundays when Brunch is served)

Dinner: Sun-Thur: 5:30pm-9:00pm, Fri/Sat: 5:30pm-10:00pm

Happy Hour: Sun-Thurs: 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Trophy Cupcakes – Seattle

Posted in Dessert and Pastries with tags , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2008 by belltowngirl

A couple years ago, I was curious as to what was all the hype with Trophy Cupcakes.  Well, about one year ago…I have added another memorable chapter in my life…THE best cupcakes in Seattle.  Located in Wallingford Center, a variety of cupcakes are on display, party favors galore, and a dainty eating area in the corner.  One bite into this cupcake – omg…the soft and creamy frosting combined with the moist cupcake…perfection.  On certain days they offer different flavors ranging from Chocolate Graham Cracker(Mon and Sat) to Triple Coconut(Tues, Thurs, and Sat).  The cupcakes that are available every day are Red Velvet, Chocolate Vanilla, Vanilla Chocolate, Triple Chocolate, and Vanilla Vanilla($2.99 each).

Quite suprisingly, I have yet to eat a cupcake that I didn’t like at Trophy Cupcakes in Seattle and I have tried mostly every single one – there are at least 20 different flavors.  My cult favs are Red Velvet, Carrot Cake, Cafe Au Lait, and Triple Coconut.  The Red Velvet is made with buttermilk cupcake with hints of cocoa, and topped with yummy cream cheese frosting – A very unique and tasty flavor.  As for the Carrot Cake, don’t get carried away if it sounds too healthy.  The frosting on this Carrot cupcake makes you forget about it – I am serious.  Soft cream cheese frosting with a moist carrot cake with walnuts and little bits of shredded carrot.  Trust me, I never liked carrot cake until I tried this. 

Onwards, the Cafe Au Lait – coffee fans out there….read on.  A moist coffee cupcake topped with Vanilla Buttercream with sprinkles of French Coffee.  The coffee is not overpowering and the vanilla buttercream complements it perfectly.  Now, saving the best for last, the Triple Coconut – OMG.  I’ll do my best to describe this…Not too sweet, but the icing is to die for…generous coconut shavings with coconut buttercream and a moist cupcake.  The icing is perfection at its best!  All in all, the best foods in life are indescribable – imo.  You just need to try out Trophy Cupcakes for yourself…Enjoy!

Trophy Cupcakes box

Trophy Cupcakes box

Red Velvet, Triple Coconut, Carrot Cake, Cafe A Lait

top left clockwise: Red Velvet, Triple Coconut, Cafe Au Lait, Carrot Cake

Trophy Cupcakes website:  http://www.trophycupcakes.com/

Address:  1815 N. 45th Street, Suite 209 Seattle, Wa  98103 (Cross st. is N. 45th St. and Wallingford Ave N.)

Tel:  206 632-7020

Hours:  Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8:30am-8pm, and Sundays 8:30am-5pm.