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What’s On My Phone Wednesdays: Lamb, Beets, Full Tilt Ice Cream, and Lots of Chocolate

While celebrating my friend Mike’s birthday at Vessel, I ordered the Lamb French Dip sandwich. Tender, braised lamb is cut paper thin and topped with pickled shallots. And the au jus! I could drink that alone. My friend Katy enviously eyed my meal but is allergic to wheat. The good folks at Vessel kindly created a deconstructed sandwich for Katy with no bread, apple butter and horseradish condiments on the side, and a bigger side salad. It was an elegant solution and much appreciated.

Lamb French Dip Sandiwch at Vessel in Seattle

During a visit to Kingston, Washington, I had dinner at the Main Street Alehouse, which was offering the “Heart Beet Salad” that night. I love hearts of palm and beets so I ordered the salad despite its ridiculous name (or perhaps because of it?)

Main Street Alehouse Menu

Unfortunately, a blanket of bland shredded mozzarella obliterated all of the salad’s ingredients, including a nicely balanced honey mustard dressing.

Main Street Alehouse salad with hearts of palm, beets, romaine, shredded mozzarella and honey mustard dressing

If you see me doing a happy dance in the aisle of my local Red Apple grocery store, it’s because I just discovered that it now carries Full Tilt Ice Cream. I used to live within walking distance of the original Full Tilt, and I have missed its friendly vibe and ice cream flavors inspired by the incredibly diverse community in the White Center neighborhood. While I haven’t had much ice cream lately since I’ve been on a raw, vegan and gluten-free cleanse, it’s nice to know that once again, Full Tilt is nearby.

Full Tilt Ice Cream available at Red Apple grocery store

Another favorite sweet snack of mine—Pocky—can now be bought in bulk at Costco. Pocky is a thin biscuit stick dipped in chocolate. Beyond owners of Asian grocery stores, who is buying (and consuming) this much Pocky?!

Asian snack Pocky, a thin biscuit stick dipped in chocolate

 

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Do not eat this! Costco carne asada bake

Carne asada bake at Costco

I wholeheartedly agree with this assessment of Coscto’s carne asada bake from Alex Hochman at the SF Weekly.

And don’t eat any of this other stuff either.

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Random food photos

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I take a lot of food photos with my phone, but I never realized how many until tonight. I needed to clear space on my memory card and discovered I had 5 months of food photos stored. So I’m finally putting them on the blog where they belong.

The top photo was taken at Uwajimaya, my favorite supermarket in Seattle. I couldn’t believe the name of this beverage. Who wants to drink sweat? What’s odder is that I showed photo to my friend Sarah, and she was like, “Oh yeah, Pocari Sweat. That stuff is good.”

Another pic taken at Uwajimaya. Even Japanese oven mitts and dish towels are cute!
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What, pray tell, is a “microroast?” Coffee fetishism in Seattle knows no bounds.
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Part of me thinks it’s really cool that Costco sells Dick’s milkshake mix. The other part of me wonders why someone would personally ever need to make that many milkshakes.
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Ezell’s fried chicken is a special treat that I allow myself to eat about once every three years. It’s always good.
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I would like to go on a tour of Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream. Until then, I’ll just have to catch shots like this.
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This spinach pizza was a late night desperation dinner. We didn’t have any food in the house except for a Boboli pizza crust, some spinach that was two seconds away from going bad and mozzarella cheese of questionable age. It turned out to be a pretty tasty pizza! Carmelized onion can right many wrongs.
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Every grill romaine lettuce for a salad? I tried it for the first time this summer, and it brought a completely different flavor to the romaine. To let that shine through, I kept the salad pretty simple. I just added some artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes, some parmesan cheese and a squeeze of lemon.
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I think the recipes for all of these dishes came from Real Simple magazine. Pesto, chickpeas and radishes was something I would have never thought to put together myself. And tossing couscous in brown butter was a revelation!
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If I had to eat the beet salad at Fonte Coffee & Wine Bar every day for the rest of my life, I think I might be okay with that.
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Does Whole Foods really have the best bacon in Seattle?
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Geraldine’s Counter has pretty food. But on this visit, everything was woefully underseasoned. It’s amazing what salt–or lack of it–can do to a dish.
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Every time I see this pinball game at Full Tilt Ice Cream in White Center, I think of Lindsay Lohan.
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Jones-ing for United Way

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As many Americans did this weekend, I celebrated our nation’s birthday by doing what else–grilling with friends and family. At one barbecue I attended, I was surprised and delighted to find United Way-branded Jones Soda in the cooler. The bottles feature Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora and are helping to raise awareness about United Way’s Climb for the Community. (I work for United Way and my team produced the labels for the soda.)

Buy a 24-pack of the limited-edition Jones Soda at Costco and other fine retailers, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit United Way of King County. You get three flavors: orange and cream, green apple and cream soda. It’s a tasty way to do something good for the community.

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