Gift Giving Ideas 12.10.13
Thoughtful gift giving is sometimes a challenge, but in a city like Seattle, you always have a ton of options for the culinary lover on your list. This year, we have two special ones for you! A beautiful gift set from Shanik restaurant that includes a signed cookbook from Meeru Dhalwala and a Masala Dhaba spice set to tackle any Indian cooking in the kitchen. The second is a very special offering from Maria Hines Restaurants – a progressive dinner at all three of her restaurants with transportation provided! If you’re looking for a gift for the fitness buff on your list, then Pure Barre has the answer – and the multiple locations to make redeeming the gift easy!
As if these gifts couldn’t get any better, they also make great gifts to give to the most deserving, hardest working person you know – YOU! Spoil yourself for a long, hard worked year and indulge in gift giving for all!
Shanik’s Indian Gift Set
This holiday season give the home cook on your list something they can really use! As recommended in Seattle magazine and The Seattle Times, chef-owner Meeru Dhalwala of Shanik (and Vij’s and Rangoli in Vancouver, B.C.) is packaging two useful kitchen tools in one easy to give gift. The two-in-one gift profiles delicious home-cooked Indian cuisine in the form of Meeru’s award-winning cookbook and a Masala Dhaba spice set. “Vij’s at Home: Relax, Honey: The Warmth and Ease of Indian Cooking” has received several accolades including the 2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award., Featuring vegetarian, seafood, poultry and meat dishes, “Vij’s at Home” provides stunning photographs and clear instructions for creating flavorful meals in less than 45 minutes.
The Masala Dhaba spice set is a perfect partner to the “Vij’s at Home” cookbook. A staple in every Indian kitchen, the traditional spice set includes spices that are hand-sifted, roasted and ground in-house at Shanik restaurant. It includes spices used in the “Vij’s at Home” cookbook: Garam Masala, ground red cayenne pepper, roasted cumin seed, roasted ground cumin seed, dried fenugreek leaves and ground coriander.
The cookbook and Masala Dhaba are packaged together for the holiday season for $85, also sold separately. It is available at Shanik’s Market, just next door from the restaurant (online soon at ShanikRestaurant.com). Shanik is located at 500 Terry Avenue North Seattle, WA 98109.
Progressive Dinner Gift from Chef Maria Hines
James Beard Award-winner Maria Hines is sharing the gift of culinary indulgence with a Progressive Dinner at all three of her restaurants: Tilth, Agrodolce and Golden Beetle. Enjoy a unique and relaxing three-course journey starting at Golden Beetle with craft cocktails and Eastern Mediterranean appetizers of your choice. From there, embark to Maria’s first restaurant for New American cuisine at Tilth, and enjoy 2 glasses of wine and 4 small plates. Finish the memorable night Italian-style at Agrodolce with desserts, a cheese plate and digestifs. The Progressive Dinner can be booked for self-indulgence or as a gift. Transportation is provided between restaurants. The Progressive Dinner is priced at $300 and includes tax, gratuity and transportation; expires Dec. 30, 2015.
Progressive Dinner gift certificates can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Tilth at 206.633.0801. Visit MariaHinesRestaurants.com.
Start Your New Year’s Resolution Early at Pure Barre
Get a head start on your New Year’s resolution by taking advantage of Pure Barre’s special December offer, perfect for those wanting to start barre classes or who can’t get enough! From Dec.10-31, Pure Barre is offering 10 classes for $150, a 25 percent discount off their regular package price. This holiday offer can be used at all locations including Bellevue, Queen Anne, University District and soon-to-open Capitol Hill. To purchase, stop by any Pure Barre location. Limit four offers per person and can be used by the purchaser.
The Pure Barre technique employs elements of ballet, Pilates and weights for a full body workout. After just a few classes, you’ll experience increased muscle tone, flexibility and weight loss. Classes are held every day, from morning to evening. Visit purebarre.com for class schedules and locations.
Enjoy gift giving this holiday season and remember to take time out for yourself, too!
Golden Beetle Opens for Lunch Today 12.09.13
Maria Hines’ tribute to Eastern Mediterranean cuisine answers the call of hungry lunch-goers by opening for lunch today, Monday, Dec. 9.
That’s right! Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Golden Beetle serves up some of its favorite and new items just for lunchtime. You won’t find boring turkey sandwiches or cobb salads here, but rather a Pork and Lamb Gyro, Salmon Cake Salad, Fire & Honey Chicken Salad, and Lamb and Chickpea Stew. Sounds delicious, right? Small plates of Pita chips with dip and Sauteed Kale are also be available for lighter fare or as sides.
See the full menu here and pop in for a business or leisure lunch any weekday, beginning today!
What better way to celebrate the end of prohibition than imbibing! This Thursday, Golden Beetle will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the end of prohibition with classic cocktails and an evening dedicated to the food of 1933. The Prohibition pop-up will take full form with staff dressed in early 1930s attire, 1930s music and inspired décor. Guests are encouraged to dress up, too!
The four-course menu takes inspiration from regional food from 1933.
1st course Southeast
Baked Oysters with Bread Crumbs, Cranberry and fresh Thyme
Sweet Potato Tarts with Brown Sugar and Allspice
2nd course Northeast
Baked Beans, Tomato, Molasses, Ham
Waldorf Salad, Apples, Grapes and Iceberg Lettuce
3rd course Midwest
Skirt Steak, Baked Potato Salad and Kale
Hominy Stew with Fried Apples, Corn Pudding and Mustard Greens
4th course Southwest + Northwest
Pumpkin Pudding, Pumpkin Seeds, Nutmeg, Sugar Pie Pumpkins
Baked Pears, Ginger, Roasted Carrots, Clove
You can’t have a Prohibition Pop-Up without cocktails! Golden Beetle is whipping up a special cocktail list that will take you back through the ages, with a Golden Beetle touch!
Golden Beetle Bathtub Gin, Lemon, Lillet, Honey Syrup and Cardamom, Bubbles
Rum, Brandy, Lemon, Golden Beetle Orange Bitters and Golden Beetle Lemon-Peppercorn Bitters
Brandy, Lime, Angostura, topped with Sparkling
New York Cocktail
Whisky, Lemon, Grenadine, Campari
San Francisco Cocktail
Vodka, Sweet and Dry Vermouth, Slo Gin, Orange Bitters and Cherry
The four-course menu is $50 a person or $55 with punch. Immerse yourself in the 1930s and celebrate your right to imbibe! Visit golden-beetle.com for more information.
Miller’s Guild is ramping up for its public opening in mid-December by offering a series of soft opening dinners on December 7 and 11-13. Chef Jason Wilson has designed a four-course menu that encourages guests to indulge in a bolstered lineup of wood-fired cooking for $75, prior to opening to the general public.
Reservations are required during the four soft opening dates; walk-ins will not be accepted. Diners can reserve their spot by signing up at MillersGuild.com; a member of the Miller’s Guild team will finalize the reservation with a credit card.
The four-course menu promises a blowout feast of wood-fired meats, seafood, vegetables and more, prepared on the restaurant’s nine-foot-long, custom-made, wood-fired grill.
Soft Opening Sample Menu:
Dungeness Crab & Basil Toast with Lemon & Jowl
Charred Radicchio, Pancetta, Creamy Parmesan and Braised White Beans
Salads and Such
Grilled Apples & Pears, Ancient Grains, Frisee
Roasted Beets with Horseradish Cream & Mint
Crispy Pig Face with Chicories, Pickles & Mustards
Main Courses From The Grill
Painted Hills Flat Iron with Wild Mushrooms
Rolled Lamb Breast & Belly, Escarole, Lardons, Lemon Garlic Caper
Grilled Yakima Valley Quail with Pickled Chanterelles
Cheddar Cheese Farro
Wild Mushrooms with Kale & Brown Butter
Grill Roasted Mashed Potatoes with Gruyere Cheese
The $75 menu is exclusive of alcohol, tax and gratuity. For additional purchase, Miller’s Guild will offer in-house, cask-finished spirits and exceptional handmade wines from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, including six wines on draught, custom-made for Miller’s Guild.
About Miller’s Guild
Chef Jason Wilson will fire up his custom-made, wood-fired Infierno Grill at the opening of Miller’s Guild in December. The restaurant’s space, within the historic Vance Hotel (Hotel Max), has been stripped to its 1926 bones to reveal not only the history of the building but more importantly the back-to-basics intentions of its James Beard Award-winning chef. Miller’s Guild will open serving dinner only, but will eventually serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. It is located at 612 Stewart Street in downtown Seattle. Learn more at 206.443.3663, www.MillersGuild.com, Facebook.com/MillersGuild and Twitter @MillersGuild.
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Twenty-two years in business and Cafe Flora is still on fire! After receiving the honor of “Best Vegetarian Restaurants in the U.S.” by Travel + Leisure magazine, the Madison Valley restaurant received local recognition from its loyal customers on KING 5′s Best of Western Washington poll. Offering creative vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes, made with fresh, local and organic ingredients, it is no wonder Cafe Flora was voted Best Vegetarian Restaurant in Western Washington!
To recognize the restaurant’s award, Cafe Flora owner Nat Stratton-Clarke was featured on Evening Magazine’s reveal show. Watch the episode below to view the nationally recognized restaurant and the dish that’s been on the menu for nearly all 22 years! Congrats Cafe Flora!
A reminder that Cafe Flora will be open for dinner on Thanksgiving day and serving a special four-course menu for adults and children. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 206.325.9100.
Chef Jason Wilson may be busy with his award-winning restaurant, CRUSH, and opening a new restaurant, Miller’s Guild, next month, but he always takes time out to cook with his son.
Evening Magazine stopped by the Wilson house to chat about wood-fired cooking at the soon-to-open Miller’s Guild — and Ferrin and Jason put on a show of their own by making “Meatballs with a Chance of Pretzels,” inspired by one of their favorite movies “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” Gluten-free pretzels, and even vegetables, add to a delicious recipe that kids can make at home (with supervision). As Jason puts it “There’s really nothing like cooking for those that you are intimately in love with.”
The recipe can be found on the Evening Magazine website.
We mentioned a few weeks ago that Golden Beetle doubled their happy hour menu and added six new craft cocktails, too! Well, it’s time to get even happier – Golden Beetle gives you every excuse to make them THE happy hour destination for the holidays (and beyond!).
In addition to the expanded menu, Golden Beetle is also expanding their hours! Instead of just one hour of happiness, you can now indulge for two, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. everyday in the entire restaurant.
Also, every Sunday-Thursday the happy hour menu is offered all night for guests at the bar. So, belly up to the bar and indulge in craft cocktails and delicious Eastern Mediterranean fare, like the Skagit River Ranch burger with some of the best fries we’ve ever had (above), and the Fire & Honey Chicken Wings (below). We can definitely toast to that!
Vietnamese Dine-in, Take-out & Delivery for Queen Anne & South Lake Union Begins November 20
SEATTLE—Pho Cyclo Café owner and chef Taylor Hoang is expanding her authentic Vietnamese restaurant to a fifth location at 900 Dexter Avenue North. Conveniently located for South Lake Union and Queen Anne residents and workers, the new Pho Cyclo Café will open Nov. 20, offering dine-in and take-out lunch and dinner, as well as online ordering and free lunch delivery.
As with the four current locations, the new Dexter location will specialize in pho, Vietnamese beef noodle soup that is simmered for at least eight hours, as well as authentic banh mi, bun rice noodle dishes, spring rolls and more. The restaurant will be open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with a Vietnamese-inspired dining room similar to the other locations, complete with a vintage “cyclo,” the French word for “rickshaw.”
Unique to the Dexter location and aimed at busy South Lake Union workers, Pho Cyclo Café will offer free lunch delivery for orders of $20 and over, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The restaurant will offer lunch throughout the day and stay open until 10 p.m., offering convenient, quick and affordable dine-in and take-out dinners for Queen Anne families and neighborhood residents.
Marking the company’s 10th anniversary, Hoang originally started Pho Cyclo Café in 2003 out of a desire to eat traditional pho like she made with her mother growing up. Following the Sodo location, she opened Capitol Hill in 2005 catering to the evening crowds with later hours, then downtown Seattle in 2011 for the hungry lunch crowd, and her first Eastside location in Bellevue in 2012. A serial entrepreneur, Hoang has built and expanded the business to five locations in ten years, all before the age of 40.
Pho Cyclo Café offers approachable prices and convenient locations in Seattle and Bellevue. Dine-in and take-out options are available at all locations; online ordering at Sodo and downtown Seattle; free delivery available at the new Dexter location, phone (206) 284-2897. For more information, visit online at phocyclocafe.com, on Facebook facebook.com/pho-cyclo-cafe or Twitter @phocyclocafe.
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