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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

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Art Restaurant and Lounge – Four Seasons Seattle

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

One of my favorite places for great Pacific Northwest cuisine and signature cocktails is Art Restaurant located at the Four Seasons Hotel.  If you remember Cascadia restaurant, the owner is now the executive chef at the hotel.  Chef Kerry Sear brings a modern and innovative cuisine to the flourishing restaurant scene in Downtown Seattle.  Art is really two restaurants in one – a sophisticated lounge and formal dining room.  The two spaces are separated by a partition of frosted glass, and share dazzling views of the Elliott Bay and the Olympic mountains.  The impressive array of food that I had is meted in fashionable “tasting tray” portions, which you can enjoy with your favorite glass of vino. 

The first tasting tray we had was the Market.  It was a seafood-themed tray with four contrasting dishes.  I had the king crab with lemon strips and it was a perfect accent ingredient of bright and lemony taste to the crab.  It was a great combination as seafood pairs beautifully with preserved lemons.  The yellow eyed snapper with the carrot and cumin relish gave a nice creamy taste to the tender and mild tasting snapper.  I loved the salmon with jalapeno black plum preserves….Great contrasting ingredients of sweet and spiciness.  The pan-seared trout and onion pickle with zinfandel tasted great as well. 

Seafood Tray  - Art Restaurant Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

Seafood Tray - Art Restaurant Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

The second tasting tray was the Chocolate.  It was a dessert-themed tray with four contrasting dishes.  I delved into the molton chocolate cake with blood orange sauce….moist and tasty!  I loved the bittersweet chocolate(64%) caramel tart with fleur de sel sprinkled on top.  A perfect balance of salty and sweet.  The delicate floral notes of of Fleur de Sel draws out the rich smoky tones in the caramel sauce.  I love anything white chocolate and the white chocolate with brandied cherry ice cream was sublime.  Lastly, who doesn’t like milk chocolate almond mousse cake with candied almonds…sinfully smooth and great texture! 

Dessert Tray - Art Restaurant Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

Dessert Tray - Art Restaurant Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

The lounge area is very sleek and modern and best of all it serves great cocktails.  I would say this is one of my favorite chic bars next to W Hotel in downtown seattle that is.  I like their categories on their drink menu from Market Fresh which uses fresh ingredients from Pike Place Market, Carefree for light spring cocktails, reMix which are classics with a twist, and (Con) Artist which does not include alcohol.  Also, just recently they concocted a drink to celebrate Four Seasons 50th anniversary with the Gold 61 cocktail. This one is absolutely sublime.  The cosmopolitan glass had Hennessy vsop, cointreau, douglas fir eau de vie (colorless fruit brandy), douglas fir sorbet, lemon garnished with gold sugar that is dusted on the rim, and an edible 10k gold leaf.  The drink looks golden and adds a nice to touch their golden themed anniversary.  Anyone who likes exotic cocktails such as this should definitely try it.  They also serve breakfast and lunch daily and would be an excellent stopping point to start off your day before heading to the museum or art gallery across the street.  Also, they valet for free for people dining at their establishment.  If you are familiar with the downtown seattle area, Art is across from the SAM Gallery.  Overall, I immensely enjoyed dining at the Art restaurant in the Four Seasons. Enjoy everyone!

Art Restaurant website:  http://www.artrestaurantseattle.com/

Address:  99 Union Street Seattle 98101

Hours:  Breakfast daily 6:30am-11am, Lunch daily 11am-2pm, Dinner daily 5pm-10pm, Lounge daily 11am-midnight

Contact:  206 749-7070

Cafe Campagne

Posted in brunch, French with tags , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2009 by belltowngirl

The first time I went to Campagne was during senior prom while the rest of my friends were either at Palisades or Ponti.  I wanted to be in more intimate and chef-inspired restaurant and it was definitely what I had in mind.  Then, not even realizing it they had a bistro-like restaurant right below called Cafe Campagne.  Located in the Pike Place neighborhood, it serves Southern French comfort food with seasonal Northwest ingredients.  I went there for brunch and all their Oeufs and speciality dishes looked great.  I had their Oeufs en Meurette($15) which in French means eggs in red wine sauce.  This spectacular dish had two poached eggs served on garlic croutons with bacon, pearl onions, and champignons(mushrooms) in a red wine and foie gras sauce served with pommes frites.  The big garlic croutons dipped in red wine sauce was juicy and with a perfect crunch on the ends.  This is my favorite dish and it’s indescribably that good.  When I was in Paris years ago every dish I tried whether it be at a restaurant or shopping at a gourmet grocery store, words can’t describe how good it is… you just have to try it.  If you like dipping your frites or french fries in a sauce, I definitely recommend the garlic aioli.  It’s rich and creamy and the garlic is not too overpowering.  They serve this dish during brunch on weekends, but they also serve during lunch on weekdays as well.

Oeufs en Meurette - Cafe Campagne

Oeufs en Meurette with pommes frites - Cafe Campagne

Definitely I would love to veer away from my favorite brunch dish and sooner or later try the house-salmon gravlax, salmon rillettes, and demie baguette with a fennel, red onion, and citrus salad($14)…I am a major fan of good salmon and tangy salads!  The Butter Lettuce and Beet salad($12) sounds tasty too… it has butter lettuce with hazelnut vinaigrette, Roquefort cheese, marinated beets, and toasted hazelnuts..Yum!  Cafe Campagne has a great selections of salads with interesting vinagrettes and baguette sandwiches.   They have a good selection of white wines…Gewurztraminer and Reisling’s from the Alsace region of France.  I highly recommend this place for its unique and great tasting Southern French comfort food at its best!

Cafe Campagne website: http://www.campagnerestaurant.com/cafe_home.html

Address: 1600 Post Alley Seattle, WA 98101

Hours: Brunch Saturday-Sunday 8am-4pm, Lunch Monday-Friday 11am-5pm, Dinner Sunday-Thursday5pm-10pm

Contact: 206 728-2233

Bottega Italiana

Posted in Dessert and Pastries with tags , , , , , on May 28, 2009 by belltowngirl

When you come back from a foreign vacation, there’s always something there that you wish would be almost just as good to find here.  Having been to Italy and most surrounding countries, I have tried many exotic gelato flavors using high quality ingredients from panna nutella to Gianduia (chocolate and hazelnut).  Walking past Bottega Italiana so many times in Pike Place Market and it was a sunny day I decided to give it a try…I tried two bowls:  hazelnut with mixed berry(2 scoops$3.58), and Panna cotta with pistachio, and vanilla(3 scoops($4.79).  I must say it was very tasty…Very rich and creamy and it tasted almost like what it says.  For example, the pistachio was my FAVorite..it tasted just like real pistachio.  The Panna cotta tasted just like the panna cotta that you order for a dessert in multi-course meals…it tastes silky smooth and melts in your mouth.  Bottega Italiana uses all natural ingredients for their gelato..no corn syrups, artificial flavors and colors.  They have year round flavors such as Tiramisu, Caramello, Caffe to seasonal flavors like Ananas(pineapple) to Cocco(coconut).  Heads up..they have ample seating so I would just walk  to Pike Place Market and have it there.  I definitely recommend Bottega Italiana for its genuine taste and fresh ingredients.

Gelato - Bottega Italiana

L to R: Hazelnut/Mixed Berry and Panna Cotta/Pistachio/Vanilla - Bottega Italiana

Bottega Italiana website:  http://www.bottegaitaliana.com/index.htm

Address:  1425 First Ave (cross st is Pike St.)

Hours:  Mon-Thurs 10am-9pm, Fri – Sat 10am-11pm, Sunday 11am – 8pm (Summer Hours)

Contact:  206 343-0200

Le Panier Bakery in Pike Place Market

Posted in Dessert and Pastries with tags , , , , , on December 25, 2008 by belltowngirl

I remember the first time I went to Paris I was immensely in awe of all the fashionable clothing, french cuisine, the Louvre, etc.. While taking a break from shopping at Galeries Lafayette, I remember looking at these little cute round pastries made with with two cookies and a creamy filling inside.  I got a box of 20 and ate them one after another…seriously, it was like an aphrodisiac.  Crisp on the outside and smooth and soft in the middle with an intense, creamy flavor.  They had a variety from praline, pistachio, cherry amaretto, coconut, etc…  And they are about 1.75 in diameter.  After I left Europe I felt I would not find these french sandwiches called macarons in Seattle….well, i did.

A year ago I happen to stumble upon Le Panier in Pike Place Market. I was shockingly amazed…I saw the french style colorful macarons! I bought a box of 4(1.50 each). The cream inside was flavorful and soft in the middle, and fairly crisp on the outside. They dont have the exotic creamy flavors as the macarons in France of course…but it is still very tasty…the daily flavors they have are vanilla, pistachio, chocolate, orange, chocolate, raspberry, and coffee.  My cult favs are pistachio, vanilla, and orange.  Whenever I hit Pike Place Market, I will always stop by here and order macarons.  Then, again I’ve recently been hooked with their Napolean dessert and definitely much more to come…This is just the beginning of me and the topic of desserts on my blog…will keep you posted…

macarons from Le Panier Bakery

macarons from Le Panier Bakery

close up pic of macaroons - Le Panier

close up pic of macarons (strawberry and pistachio) - Le Panier

Le Panier website:  http://www.lepanier.com/

Address:  1902 Pike Place Seattle, Seattle Wa  98101  (Cross st. is Stewart St. and Pike Place)

Tel:  206 441-3669

Hours:  Mon-Sat from 7am-6pm and on Sundays 7am-5pm.

Snow in Seattle!! (Pike Place Market)

Posted in Random Thoughts with tags , , , on December 15, 2008 by belltowngirl
Pike Place Market

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