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Redmond WA

On the Eastside: Nasai Teriyaki. Not our usual go to for this Japanese staple but our local source was closed the day we needed a teriyaki fix so we gave...

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Quarantine: Chicken Tagine with saffron rice. This dish was from an online cooking course from The London Chef in Victoria BC so, unfortunately, there is no recipe. Unfortunate because it...

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Quarantine: Tacos like your abuela makes. First time with this recipe for tacos al pastor and the tortilla were homemade by my oldest daughter! I’m not biased but the tortilla...

Leavenworth WA

Quick cup before the pass: Farmer Joe’s Espresso Stand. Very near Smallwood’s Harvest and Silvara Winery so it’s a very convenient stop before you start the drive back home. Very...

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Quarantine: Socially distanced Thanksgiving. Had to wait for everyone to complete quarantine to celebrate this year so we waited till Sunday to celebrate. Turkey was brined in buttermilk which made...

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Quarantine: Cranberry Cider Braised Beef Stew on Polenta. Half Baked Harvest recipe once again. The key ingredient…polenta and the other…the “sauce” but the real show stopper…it’s basically all done in...

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Quarantine: Fish Taco in a Bowl. A deconstructed fish (petrale sole) taco served on a bed of rice, avocado and black beans with in house made taco seasoning. Very tasty...

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Quarantine: Creamy Wild Rice Chicken Soup with Roasted Mushrooms. Getting a bit boring but this is another Half Baked Harvest recipe. It’s a must visit site if you like both...

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Quarantine: Salisbury steak. This is a modification from a Pioneer Woman recipe just taking the steak portion and plating it on egg noodle pasta vs a side of mashed potatoes...

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Quarantine: Honeycrisp apple and kale salad. Another excellent Half Baked Harvest recipe worth a try while we continue to spend time at home. Even if you don’t really like kale….I’m...

Seattle

In the hood: Pleasant Beach Donuts. Seem to be sold out when we usually think of visiting but this day we arrived in the late afternoon and there was still...

Seattle

An old favorite: Pagliacci. Needed a change so why not back to the future? A Seattle original with locations all around but it’s been a few years since we’ve experienced...

Mount Vernon

Coffee stop: Ristretto Coffee Lounge and Wine Bar. Nice relaxing spot for a cup of coffee or espresso on a wet, cold day. In addition to java they also have baked...

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Quarantine: Ultimate Fall Salad. Need a nice change from meat and potatoes or pasta then give this a try. The mixture of textures and flavors from the farro, to the...

Seattle

Small Plates on 55th: Ebb & Co. First noticed this new place a few months ago and finally got a chance to experience their offerings. I wish I hadn’t taken...

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Quarantine: German Sausage. Weisswurst and weiner with blaukraut and potato salad rounding out the plate. And of course no German dish is complete without bread….a classic rye in this case....