Archive for Organic

Barolo – Downtown Seattle

Posted in Fine Dining, Italian, Wine with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2010 by belltowngirl

I’ve been meaning try this Italian restaurant right below the Metropolitan Tower bordering Belltown and I am soo glad I finally did.  When you walk inside Barolo Ristorante, it has a sleek and seductive look with large Italian glass chandeliers and flickering melted wax candles that adorns this place.  Barolo has a large list of over 300 wines ranging from Barbaresco to Barolo Italian reds and a good selection of domestic reds.  I decided on the Allegrini La Grola red wine and it was an excellent choice by the staff.  A great full bodied and fruity wine to compliment my pasta dishes coming ahead.  As for the appetizers I tend try a couple, but with heavy pasta dishes coming up I limited it to either Foie Gras or Carpaccio.  I love Foie Gras so go figure!  I probably said this before, but I am so glad I don’t live in California or Chicago.   The Fegato Grasso e Fagioli $16 (Foie Gras with cannellini beans, thyme, and candied wild black cherries) was delectable.  Typically, foie gras is paired with fruit and the cherries added a nice tart and slightly fruity taste. The foie gras was seared perfectly…lightly crispt on the outside.

Foie Gras with cannellini beans, candied wild black cherries - Barolo

Foie Gras with cannellini beans, candied wild black cherries - Barolo

Now for the pasta dishes, the truffle-leek sauce ingredient caught my eye so I tried the Tortelloni alla Piemontese  $19 (Fresh homemade pasta filled with porcini mushrooms with truffle-leek sauce)….My FAVorite!  Excellent aroma and a great earthy taste!

Fresh homemade pasta, porcini mushrooms, truffle-leek sauce - Barolo

Fresh homemade pasta, porcini mushrooms, truffle-leek sauce - Barolo

Lastly, I tried the Gnocchi in Tegamino con Mozzarella Fresca $16 (House-made Gnocchi with fresh mozzarella, fresh tomato sauce, and Copper River Salmon)…the texture of the gnocchi was soo tender, smooth, and full of flavor.

Housemade Gnocchi, Copper River king salmon - Barolo

Housemade Gnocchi, Copper River king salmon - Barolo

Barolo - Westlake

Barolo - Westlake

I will definitely be back to try their other dishes especially their baby Octopus, wine reduction, and garbanzo beans…and the Tuna Tartare, ginger glaze with organic copper mountain honey, and french sea salt!  I highly recommend reserving a booth for dinner as the seats are very cozy and spacious.  Overall, I highly recommend Barolo for a perfect ambiance and great homemade organic pasta dishes!

Barolo Ristorante website:  http://www.baroloseattle.com/

Address: 1940 Westlake Avenue Seattle, WA  98101 (Below the Metropolitan Towers)

Hours:  Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm, Dinner Sun-Thurs 4:30pm-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 4:30pm-11pm, Happy Hour Everyday 3-6pm and again on 10pm-midnite

Contact:  206 770-9000

Portage Bay Cafe

Posted in breakfast with tags , , , , , , , on December 30, 2009 by belltowngirl

One of my favorite places for a healthy and fulfilling breakfast is a cafe in Ballard called the Portage Bay.  They officially opened the summer of 2009.  Most of their food is supplied from local organic farms such as Bluebird Farms organic grains, Full Circle organic farm, and Great Harvest organic bakery.  Portage Bay’s unique breakfast menu has a wide range of organic pancakes, omelettes and scrambles, and many different types of eggs benedict.  I chose the Classic Benedict($12) and it was very tasty.  An english muffin, poached eggs, homemade hollandaise,grilled black forest ham with a side of organic local herb-roasted red potatoes. The grilled ham added a nice smokey flavor to the benedict.  

The Classic Benedict - Portage Bay Cafe

The Classic Benedict - Portage Bay Cafe

  
I love a classic benedict but next time I should definitely try their Southwest Benedict that has slices of cheddar-black bean-jalapeno cornbread, poached eggs, house-smoked tomato, sauteed spinach, and roasted red pepper coulis.  The cornbread would be an interesting twist to the eggs benedict.  Their apple juice was very tasty…All their juices are fresh squeezed which is a major plus.  I like apple juice a lot and I am used to having Tree Top apple juice everyday, but fresh squeezed tops it off.  Not also is most of their food sourced organically, they also have many additional healthy options such as gluten free pancakes to Isernio’s “chicken” basil sausage.  I can’t wait to come back again and try their Wild Berry Compote French toast…slices of graham-cracker crusted challah French toast, vanilla custard, wild berry compote, and whipped cream($12).  Also, the Prosciutto Omelette sounds great…organic baby spinach, prosciutto, topped with mushroom, Rogue creamery smoky bleu cheese, and organic sun-dried tomato cream sauce($13).  Portage Bay Cafe is located at the far end of NW Market St in Ballard.  If you get the chance to go for a leisurely walk, be sure to check out the Ballard Locks and Golden Gardens..it’s only a couple minutes away.  Overall, Portage Bay Cafe happens to be one of my favorites for all around healthy, organic, and tasty breakfast places in the Seattle area. 

Portage Bay Cafe - Ballard

Portage Bay Cafe - Ballard

Portage Bay Cafe website:  http://www.portagebaycafe.com/Portage_Bay_Cafe/Seattle_Breakfast,_Brunch,_Lunch_%26_Catering__Portage_Bay_Cafe.html

Address:  2821 NW Market, Seattle, WA  98107  (Ballard location)

Hours:  Mon-Fri 7:30am – 11am (Breakfast), Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm (Lunch), Sat-Sun 7:30am-2:30pm (Brunch)

Contact:  206 783-1547

Run of the River Inn – Leavenworth, WA

Posted in breakfast, Resorts and Lodges with tags , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2009 by belltowngirl

One of my favorite weekend getaways that is worth relaxing and having great food is a town in Washington called Leavenworth.  It’s a quaint and beautiful place to step back in time to the Bavarian Alps and enjoy great German cuisine and beer!  I love the vibrant and spirited town of Leavenworth, but once in awhile it’s really nice to have great home cooked food served at your doorstep.

One of those special places I have come to enjoy so much is Run of the River Inn, a relaxing mountain inn on the banks of the Icicle River.  I went to Run of the River for the weekend in June of 2009.  The inn has a timeless, rustic, and luxurious mountain lodge feel to it.  Run of the River is surrounded by a bird refuge and I often see the blue heron or kingfisher flying to the birdhouse of the lodge.  I have been to a couple of the different suites that they offer..but my ultimate FAVorite place is the Ravenswood Lodge($425 per night; 2 night minimum).  A spacious chalet style luxury retreat complete with a river rock fireplace, all timber furniture locally made, jetted tub, full kitchen….I can go on and on about every single detail and imagination that was put into this place, but I’d rather save it as a suprise if you ever visit which I definitely think you will…

What I like the most is that you actually get to meet and chat with the innkeepers, Monty and Karen Turner.  They are the most genuine and heartwarming innkeepers you’ll ever meet.  They happen to bring the breakfast to your door and tell you all the details that goes into every food and most of all they are willing to guide you in any way to make your experience worthwhile.  The first morning I had a classic Denver scramble with onions, Canadian bacon, sweet bell peppers, topped with fresh parsley and cherry tomatoes.  The blueberry pecan pancakes were tasty and they used local blueberries.  If you have a sweet tooth they also added diced local apples that were cooked slightly with ginger muesli and topped with fresh strawberries.

Denver scramble with blueberry pecan pancakes - Run of the River

Denver scramble with blueberry pecan pancakes - Run of the River

The second morning we had the Sourdough bread bowls with jambalaya rice, chorizo sausage, bell peppers, fresh parsley, and cherry tomatoes.  In the iron pan was the tasty and warm D’Anjou pear crisp with almonds and fresh ground cloves.  My FAVorite drink I always long for is the juice which is a blend of fresh, local apples- a local cider blend from Woodring Orchards in Cashmere, fresh strawberries, walnuts, and a touch of bran.  The yogurt is something unique that I’ve never tasted before… blueberry, banana organic yogurt from Stoneyfield’s topped with a different variety of nuts and a cinnamon walnut breakfast cake.  Very fulfilling, tasty and the perfect way to start your day especially if you are going on a long bike ride or a hike up the mountains ;)

Sourdough bread bowls with D'Anjou pear crisp - Run of the River

Sourdough bread bowls with D'Anjou pear crisp - Run of the River

Ravenswood Lodge - Run of the River

Ravenswood Lodge - Run of the River

Ravenswood Lodge at Run of the River

Ravenswood Lodge Run of the River - Leavenworth

There are two ways to get to Leavenworth…either Hwy 2 or I-90 E.  Both have excellent views of the scenic Cascade range, but I’d suggest taking I-90E over Hwy2 because of the one lane roads.  Run of the River Inn is great for couples in need of a romantic retreat for the weekend ;)  Overall, my experience at the Run of the River Inn is the best weekend getaway overlooking the spectacular view of the Enchantments and refuge and also not to be forgotten….great healthy food at its best!

Run of the River website:  http://runoftheriver.com/index.htm

Address:  9308 E Leavenworth Road, Leavenworth, WA  98826

Contact:  509 548-7171

Thrive

Posted in Organic, Raw food with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2009 by belltowngirl

I have always been interested in trying raw food and recently stumbled upon a new restaurant in Seattle.  Thrive is a new Raw restaurant that opened in December 2008 by owner and chef Monika Kinsman. They have an interesting selection on their menu ranging from smoothies to warm grain bowls.  I love their unique tasting smoothies…never heard of these type of ingredients blended before.  One of my favorites is the Celestial Sea($7).  It has fresh coconut water blended with coconut meat, agave,  cacao, mint, and Vitamineral Green.  Apparently, Vitamineral Green is a superfood product that is loaded with 100% organic nutrients (land vegetables, wildcrafted vegetables, algaes, etc.)  When I first tried it…lets just say that it is an acquired taste, but after three sips you can really taste the coconut and the fresh nutrients along with it – Very refreshing and different.  I like the fact that they offer free samples of their blended smoothies and other blended drinks.  As for food I tried the Awaken($7.50) which is a warm grain bowl.  It was a pretty big serving for a half size bowl.  Very tasty and unique…Bhutanese rice, Quinoa, toasted nori, scallions, seasonal veggies, avocado, and sesame-ginger sauce.  The tangy sauce blended perfectly with the rice and Quinoa.  You can choose between Quinoa or Bhutanese rice – I chose half of each.  If you happen to get this be sure to mix up the rice with the rest of the veggies so that the sauce syncs in. 

Celestial Sea smoothie and Awaken grain bowl

Celestial Sea smoothie and Awaken grain bowl

Next on my list is the Coconutty smoothie($6) and the Pastadoro dish($12).  Thrive restaurant is located in the Ravenna neighborhood across from Whole Foods.  I honestly feel great afterwards – I don’t feel stuffed or tired.  I highly recommend Thrive for great tasting raw food with unique ingredients.  Thank you Monika!

Thrive restaurant

Thrive restaurant

Thrive restaurant

Thrive restaurant

Thrive website:  http://www.generationthrive.com/

Address:  1026 NE 65th St, #A-102, Seattle, WA  98115 (Cross st. is Roosevelt Way NE)

Hours:  Mon – Sat 7am – 9pm, Sunday 11am – 9pm

Contact:  206 525-0300

The Elliott Bay Cafe

Posted in Organic, Salads, Sandwiches with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2009 by belltowngirl

As a Seattleite, I don’t normally go to touristy places as much anymore, but happen to notice the Elliott Bay Cafe’s renovation early this year.  The cafe connects to the popular tourist spot in Pioneer Square, Elliott Bay Bookstore.  As you walk downstairs to the renovated cafe, it’s clean, spacious, interesting art on the walls and most all the menu is great!  The whole cafe space and menu were completely remodeled by Tamara Murphy of Seattle’s Brasa restaurant.  The Elliott Bay Cafe is one of my top favorites for great sandwiches and salads.  They also serve breakfast all day too.  As for sandwiches they all have a very unique taste to it.  If you like vinagrette-like salads and tangy sandwiches read on.. A couple of my favs are the Roast Beef sandwich($7.95) which uses Zoe’s meats that are thinly sliced with creamy white cheddar and horseradish aioli on potato bread.  I love aioli and goes well with the meat.  As for the Grilled Cheese($6.95) it stepped up a notch….yum!  The ingredients are herbed goat’s cheese, tomato jam, Italian fontina, cheddar, and Mama’s lil peppers on a semolina rosemary bread.  The goat cheese and melted cheese tasted great along with the hot peppers and fresh bread from Macrina’s.

Italian sandwich, quinoa, and Local Pears salad- Elliott Bay Cafe

Italian sandwich, quinoa, and Local Pears salad- Elliott Bay Cafe

Lastly, the Italian sandwich($7.95) seems to be the addicting one that I always come back for.  The sandwich has salami from Zoe’s meats,  pepperoni, provolone, mortadello, shredded lettuce, pepperoncinis, coppa(similar to prosciutto), and extra olive oil on a baguette.  The sandwich was very tangy and the meat tasted great with peppers.  You get to choose between two sides:  leafy green or Quinoa salad.  Quinoa is a small seed that has a nutty flavor to it and is high in protein and calcium.  Also, they have a small, but great selection of salad dishes.  The Argentinian steak salad($9.75) is amazing..!  The chimichurri steak, red onion, cojita cheese, avocado, grapefruit, jalapeno, lime, and fried tortilla strips were indescribable…the burst of the tangy lime, grapefruit, onions along with the steak were soo tasty!  Last but not least can’t forget the simple and tasty Local Pears salad($7.50)….they use local pears, drizzled white truffle oil, arugula, reggiano, and pinenuts.  It  looks simple, but both the white truffle oil and fresh pears with a light crunch of pinenuts made it refreshing, savory, and robust.  Overall, I always enjoy Elliott Bay Cafe for their unique and fresh tasting sandwiches and tangy salads.

Local Pears salad - Elliott Bay Cafe

Local Pears salad - Elliott Bay Cafe

Elliott Bay Cafe

Elliott Bay Cafe

Elliott Bay Cafe website: http://www.elliottbaycafe.com/

Address:  101 S. Main Street, Seattle WA  98104 ( Cross st. is 1st ave)

Hours:  Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sunday 10am-6pm

Contact:  206 682-6664
101 S. Main Street, Seattle WA 98104