Monthly Archives: July 2010

Name that deep-fried food

Deep fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich

A few weeks ago at the Ballard Seafood Fest, my friend Nicole and I encountered this deep-fried treat, which has absolutely nothing to do with the ocean so I was a little mystified about why it was at a seafood festival. But hey–elephant ears are everywhere and nobody makes a fuss.

I’ve seen all kinds of deep-fried foods, but this was the first time I had even heard of this particular item. It certainly wouldn’t have occurred to me to drop one of these in a Fry Daddy. At first it sounded totally disgusting, and then I was intrigued. Nicole and I agreed to split half of one.

So what did we have?

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Ah, Leo, at last we meet

I’ve heard much about Molly Moon’s big blue ice cream truck named Leo, but I had never seen it in person until a few weeks ago.

I had diligently been following the truck on Twitter for awhile, but wherever I was, Leo always seemed to be at the opposite end of town. Or worse yet, I would find out that I had just missed him.

One day at work, I saw that Leo was going to be in Belltown. My office was many blocks away in Pioneer Square, and I had an afternoon booked solid with meetings, but I was determined to finally track down the truck.

And I did.

Molly Moon ice cream truck

But what to order?

Molly Moon ice cream menu

I went with the “Parker’s Praline” ice cream sandwich–soft praline cookies with vanilla ice cream.

Molly Moon ice cream sandwich
Molly Moon ice cream sandwich unwrapped

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The savory side of Washington, D.C.

During a short trip to the nation’s capital last month, I had four dining experiences that represented very distinct cultures and approaches to food.

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Join the jubilee in White Center this weekend

About a year ago my son had his very first corn dog at the White Center Jubilee Days. My husband and I didn’t know how it was going to go, and we watched anxiously as our toddler considered this new way to eat food–on a stick. Then he took a big bite and proceeded to eat the entire thing.

Jubilee Days is a great opportunity to experience new things and a neighborhood many Seattlelites may not even know exists–White Center. It’s a gritty area with a tough past and present but also tenacious residents who are working to make White Center a place they can be proud to call home.

The festival will be in full force this weekend, with events including a pancake breakfast, car show and shine, street fair, carnival and parade.

After you check out these activities, you can sample the wares of the Jubilee Days food vendors or head to one of these fine White Center food establishments:
Proletariat Pizza, Full Tilt Ice Cream, Taqueria La Fondita #2 taco truck and the Salvadorean Bakery. Better yet–try them all since they are within walking distance of each other.

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D.C. Cupcakes? I’d rather watch D.C. Cab.

After I wrote the previous post about the proliferation of cupcake shops in Washington, D.C., I saw a commercial on TV for a new show called “DC Cupcakes.” It’s a reality show all about sisters Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis and their shop, Georgetown Cupcake.

After watching the first two episodes, I don’t think I’ll be back for more. Instead of building a show around compelling characters, the show’s producers try to make Sophie and Katherine interesting–when they really aren’t. As a result, everything–from the sisters’ cardboard narration to the “wacky” supporting cast including their mom and surly baker–seems very forced.

I’d rather watch 30 minutes of pure video footage of cupcakes, or the so-awful-it’s-fabulous movie, “D.C. Cab.” My favorite exchange in this intro is when Mr. T. the cab driver throws out a prostitute attempting to, ahem, service a client in the backseat of his cab. She insists, “I need the bread!” To which Mr. T. responds, “Then get a job at a bakery.”

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