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Michou Fresca – Pike Place Market

Posted in Dessert and Pastries, Gourmet Sandwiches with tags , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2010 by belltowngirl

I am always on the lookout for new and tasty gourmet sandwiches and salads in the Seattle area.   Well, last year I discovered Michou Fresca in the Pike Place Market area and I am soo glad I did!   It definitely has a cult following as there are long lines everyday during lunch….and yes, I am one of those cult following as well…lol   Michou Fresca has a huge and excellent selection of unique salads, pastas, and panini-style sandwiches.  It ranges from French, Italian, and Mediterranean-themed food.  I have a couple favorite sandwiches that I really like and today I decided to get the Tuscan Chicken sandwich($5.50)…..grilled chicken, pesto, fresh greens, bacon, smoked gouda, tomatoes, and chipotle mayo…yum!  I love my sandwiches toasted so be sure to request that when you order. 

Tuscan Chicken sandwich - Michou Fresca

Tuscan Chicken sandwich - Michou Fresca

My most FAVorite sandwich though that I always yearn for is the Crispy chicken($5.50) with caramelized tomatoes, provolone, pesto, and greens.  A great balance of sweetness in the tomatoes with the rest of the ingredients in the sandwich.  It’s quite addicting if you like anything caramelized as this brings out the sweet and deep flavors inherent in the food.  There so many interesting soups, salads, and even desserts to choose from and another plus is they seem to add new dishes regularly.  I definitely want to try the Ratatouille and goat cheese baked potato and their Butternut Squash and Carmelized Pear soup next time.  I am a major salad fan and I am quite suprised I haven’t ordered any yet, but the Quinoa eggplant, Yam and Cranberry, and Roasted Cauliflower with Blue Cheese salads sound amazing among others!  Also, other random foods that sounds great are the Corn and Zucchini fritters, Shepards pie, Manicotti, etc.  Their dessert section ranges from a simple, but very tasty Stawberry Shortcake to Zeppoles.  Zeppoles is an Italian dessert that is fried ricotta doughnuts and dusted with sugar and served warm!  There is a small seating area (6 chairs) in the corner overlooking Pike Place Market.  Given a nice day out, I would highly recommend getting to go boxes and head to the Sculpture Park on the waterfront as the park has excellent views of the Olympic Peninsula and the Cascades.  If you are pretty familiar with the Pike Place Market area, Michou Fresca is between the first Starbucks location and my favorite Le Panier Bakery.  Overall, I definitely recommend Michou Fresca for their unique and tasty sandwiches, salads, and desserts!  Enjoy!

Michou Fresca - Pike Place Market area

Michou Fresca - Pike Place Market area

Address:  1904 Pike Place Seattle, WA  98101

Hours:  9am-5pm daily

Contact:  206 448-4758

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.

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.