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Full Tilt

Posted in Arcade Games, Dessert and Pastries with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2010 by belltowngirl

Ahhh….one of my fav places to relax and play arcade games and have great artisan ice cream….Full Tilt!  I first heard about it just last year and have been hooked since.  They change their ice cream flavors every week which is a plus in my book, but for the regulars they do have your standard popular ones daily.  They have great varieties from  birthday cake ice cream, Ube (Filipino purple yam), Vegan vanilla, Mexican Chocolate, Mephis King (banana, peanut butter, and chocolate covered bacon) to name a few…I have tried a couple so far and all are great.  For example, the Mango Chile has a light to medium spice with little chunks of mango, and the Birthday Cake ice cream literally has generous chunks of birthday cake that has a slight lemony flavor and sprinkles to it!  Another great thing about Full Tilt is you can reserve it for birthday parties and they can create an ice cream that you designed before the party. 

Birthday Cake ice cream - Full Tilt (Columbia City)

Birthday Cake ice cream - Full Tilt (Columbia City)

Quite honestly, we need more places like Full Tilt that has a gaming ambience to it.  I truly enjoy playing first gen arcade games and most of their games are first gen!  I was a little bummed that they took out Centipede… I loved the DDT bombs and hated the evil spiders!  Nevertheless, they still do have a pretty good list of games such as Q*bert, Ms.Pac-Man, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Joust, Galaga, Star Wars, Pull Position, Road Blaster, and Street Fighter 2.  All are stand up machines except for Q*Bert.  All are in pretty good condition (controllers work, and never had problems with inserting coins). 

Arcade Games - Full Tilt

Arcade Games - Full Tilt

Q*Bert - Full Tilt (Columbia City)

Q*Bert - Full Tilt (Columbia City)

Full Tilt has three locations: West Seattle, Columbia City, and a new one in U-District.  All are great locations…you can head to West seattle, then go for a walk on Alki Beach.  What I typically like better is the Columbia City location.  Given a nice day out, I would highly recommend going straight on Rainier Ave going South, take a left on S. Orcas St. and you will run into Lake Washington Blvd.  There is a great park called Seward Park that is a 2 and 1/2 mile loop, unobstructed views of Mt. Rainier, and a great walking/bicycling path.  Overall, I definitely recommend Full Tilt for great artisan ice cream and arcade games!

Seward Park

Seward Park

Full Tilt website:  http://fulltilticecream.com/

Address:  5041 Rainier Ave S.  Seattle, WA  98118 (Columbia location)

Hours:  Tues-Sunday 2pm-10pm, Open late Fri and Sat, Closed Monday

Contact:  206 226-2740

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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