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The Sweet Taste of Independence: Seattle Bakery Pop-Ups

I’m celebrating independence and self-determination this 4th of July weekend by supporting some of my favorite small businesses and entrepreneurs in Seattle.

On Saturday, July 2 from 11am -5pm, Chera Amlag and the Hood Famous Bakeshop crew will hold a dessert pop-up at The Station coffee shop on Beacon Hill.

Chera is a woman after my own heart. She has combined two of my favorite things of all time: cheesecake and ube (a purple yam commonly used in Filipino desserts). Along with its classic ube cheesecake, Hood Famous will offer ube crinkle cookies, ube polvoron, and some new treats, including strawberry calamansi marshmallows and Vietnamese coffee cheesecake.

Chera’s good friend and talented chef, Tarik Abdullah, will host his own sweet pop-up on July 3 from 5pm-9pm at Refresh Frozen Desserts and Espresso on Capitol Hill. The Rose & Blossom pop-up will feature Moroccan-inspired desserts and music by Proh Mic.

Pursue some happiness this weekend by buying local sweet treats!

Hood Famous

Rose & Blossom

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The other Melrose place

My husband and I finally got to visit Melrose Market in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood and check out Rain Shadow Meats, The Calf & Kid and the new Sitka & Spruce.

The butchers at Rain Shadow Meats had an impressive display case that included whole rabbit and house-made duck confit.

Vegetarians, please avert your eyes.
Rain Shadow Meats

I like the simple sign with “Established 2010.” It gives the appearance of longevity, and then you realize 2010 is now.
Rain Shadow Meats sign

According to its website, Rain Shadow Meats will offer classes in meat and butchery. Sign me up! If I’m going to be a carnivore, I should know more about what I’m eating and how to best prepare it.

Across the way from the butcher is The Calf & Kid cheese shop.
The Calf & Kid cheese shop

Since my husband and I could easily (and happily) spend a whole week’s pay on good cheese, we didn’t linger long, but I could tell even after a quick visit that The Calf & Kid is a cheese lover’s dream come true.

The shop sells lovely things to go along with cheese, such as preserved lemons and olive oil crisp bread.

I was very excited to read on the CHS blog that Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop will be opening a location in Melrose Market and will be using meats and cheeses from Rain Shadow Meats and The Calf & Kid. Homegrown is scheduled to open June 22.

I never got to eat at the old Sitka & Spruce, but I’ll make sure I don’t make the same mistake twice. I’m definitely going to have a meal at the new Melrose Market location. The restaurant’s large open kitchen melts into the dining area and makes it feels like you’re at someone’s house.

And the menu is beguiling as ever. Slipperbread with Vermont cultured butter. Lenrimmad style halibut with creme fraiche, honey and fennel. Wood grilled chorizo, pecorino Tuada and boletus edulis. (I definitely had to look up that last thing. Turns out it’s a mushroom.)

Here’s a peek inside the Sitka & Spruce pantry.
Sitka & Spruce pantry

I’m already impressed with Melrose Market and can’t wait to see what’s next.

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“I got some ice cream…”

I went to college in St. Paul, Minnesota and lived through two of the coldest winters ever, which is saying something in that part of America. One record temperature was -75 degrees. So understandably, all of the ice cream shops in St. Paul would be closed during the winter because no one really one more frozen thing.

I always hated this though because I like the act of going somewhere for ice cream. Sure, you can buy it at the store and bring it home. That has its own comfort. But going out for ice cream is one those rare things that makes almost everyone happy.

Nowhere was this more evident than at the recent grand opening of Seattle “ice cream boutique” Molly Moon’s second location in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

The line that snaked down the sidewalk included sleepy college students, Goth couples, pierced punk rockers, parents with babies strapped to their chests and aging hipsters.

Everyone was giddy. No one was complaining about how long the line was. Children were exuberant but well-behaved. Couples were more in love than ever.

This is the power of going out for ice cream.

My friend Sharon and I tried three flavors that day: salted black licorice, strawberry balsamic and pomegranate curry sorbet. I don’t even like black licorice, but I wanted to at least see how Molly Moon’s would approach this flavor. Maybe years of hating the strong anise flavor would suddenly fall away after my first taste of ice cream. It didn’t–but the salt did add an interesting element and made it at least palatable. Sharon loved it.

I preferred the pomegranate curry sorbet. I didn’t know what to expect from this flavor combo and was pleasantly surprised. It was too strong to eat more than a couple of bites on its own (no way would I ever want this in a waffle cone), but I could definitely see myself enjoying this sorbet after say, a great Indian dinner.

Strawberry balsamic is a Molly Moon’s staple, and with good reason. It’s a nice balance of sweet and tangy.

And now, for all of you Eddie Murphy fans who think of this first when you hear the words “ice cream…”

Does Eddie still rock leather suits? And do more people in America now know him from his work in “The Nutty Professor” and “Shrek” than in “Delirious” and “Raw”?

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