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  • Swoon at Local Restaurants This Valentine’s Day 01.26.17

    From Seattle to the Eastside, local restaurants and talented chefs are giving guests reason to enjoy Valentine’s Day, Feb 14, with a full week of thoughtfully prepared menus, cocktails and classes, chocolate gift ideas and more.

     

     

    A Menu for Two Hearts at The Herbfarm

     

     

    While intoxicatingly romantic every night, Valentine’s 2017 brings it all to an amorous crescendo at The Herbfarm. Champagne, roses and the restaurants annual aphrodisiac affair is set to Cupid’s divine beat. Guests will lose also themselves to the strains of “My Funny Valentine.”

    The Herbfarm is a celebration of food and wines of the Pacific Northwest. The thematic nine-course dinner with matched wines takes the shape of A Menu for Two Hearts Feb 10-12, Feb 14, and Feb 17-19, priced from $225-$285 per person. Call the reservation line at 425.485.5300 or online at theherbfarm.com. The Herbfarm is located at 14590 N.E. 145th Street, Woodinville.

     

    Heat Up Valentine’s Weekend at Miller’s Guild

     

     

    Chef Jason Wilson has created a five-course Valentines menu of wood-grilled craft cooking at this popular downtown Seattle restaurant, Miller’s Guild. Priced at $95 per person and including a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, enjoy Feb. 10-14, all weekend long (Friday through Tuesday).

     

    The five-course menu includes an amuse of Ahi Tuna Crudo with Taylor Shellfish Oyster Chowder and Dry Aged Beef Carpaccio; a Dungeness Crab Salad with Celery Root, Black Truffle, Green Apple and Blood Orange; Grilled Wild Sea Bass, with Asparagus, Saffron and Chorizo; and Grilled Dry Aged Beef Tenderloin, with Red Wine Wild Mushroom Sauce, Kale Pesto and Ash Roasted Potato. Finish with a dessert of the Chocolate Olive Oil, Salted Caramel, Cherry Root Beer Sundae.

     

    See the special menu online. The classic Miller’s Guild menu is also available. To reserve, visit millersguild.com or call 206.443.3663. Millers Guild is located downtown at 612 Stewart Street, Seattle.

     

    Pair Beautiful Backdrops + Seafood at Ray’s

     

     

    Treat your loved one to a beautiful meal at Seattle’s iconic seafood restaurant for a Valentine’s celebration starting Feb. 10 going all the way through Feb. 14. With waterfront views of Puget Sound and the majestic snow-capped Olympic Mountains as your backdrop, it’s the perfect setting for romance.

     

    Ray’s Boathouse will offer a three-course menu with many decadent options for each course (all for $60; last seating at 10 p.m. on Valentine’s Day). Options include starters of Grilled Romaine with Ceviche of Oregon Bay shrimp and scallops, Tempura Oysters with wakame salad; entrees such as a Petite Filet with Alaskan Spot Prawns, Confit of Duck Legs, and Herbed Risotto; and desserts such as Double Chocolate Panna Cotta, Chocolate Mousse with raspberry cream and brandy brittle, and more. The Boathouse’s regular menu is also available throughout.

     

    Ray’s Cafe, along with its regular lunch and dinner menu, will offer elegant surf and turf options and drink specials! The café’s last seating on Valentine’s Day is 9 p.m.

     

    Love oysters? Feb. 10-12 don’t miss a very limited, tantalizing treat: six Olympia oysters with a glass of Schramsberg sparkling wine for $29. These native bivalves, which take five years to mature, were first introduced in 1983 at Ray’s by oyster aficionado Jon Rowley. They’re back at the Boathouse for this special weekend while supplies last!

     

    Boathouse reservations can be made at 206.789.3770 or rays.com. Cafe reservations can be made at 206.782.0094 or rays.com. Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe is located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle.

     

    Feel at Home with Four-Course Prix-Fixe at Tilth

     

     

    Situated in a craftsman house converted to restaurant, Tilth is a standard-bearing restaurant for New American cuisine prepared with certified-organic or wild ingredients, offering a four-course Valentine’s dinner with optional wine pairings (available Feb. 10 – 11 and Tues., Feb. 14).

     

    Choose from such first course options as Shugoku Oysters with blood orange pearl and cucumber; a salad of Red Beets Tartare or Skagit River Ranch Beef Tongue. Move into Sylvia’s Spot Prawn, Parsnip Soup or Beet Risotto; and savor third-course entrees such as Seared Weathervane Scallop, Smoked Heirloom Bean Cassoulet, or Leek Ash-Crusted Venison (additional $10). Desserts include Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake or Cashew Cheesecake with orange and cranberry to round out a fabulous meal.

     

    The prix-fixe menu is $85; optional wine pairings $50. Additional menu options are available Feb 10-11, however Tuesday Feb. 14 will exclusively serve the prix-fixe menu. Reservations can be made by visiting tilthrestaurant.com or by calling 206.633.0801. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th Street, Seattle.

     

    Italian + Vegetarian Prix-Fixe Menus at Agrodolce

     

     

    Adopt the language of love for a night with Agrodolce’s Southern Italian and Sicilian fare in a special three-course menu or four-course vegetarian menu Feb. 10-12 and Feb. 14.

     

    The sharable menu starts with Grilled Octopus Tentacle, celery root, grilled endive, spicy pine nut and currant salsa verde. The second course includes Pugliese Style Burrata; followed by Aspen Hollow Lamb with roasted grapes, oil cured olives and rosemary balsamic glaze; concluded with Chocolate Polenta Cake.

     

    Vegetarians sip on Celery Root, Carrot and Poached Beet Soup; then move onto House Milled Durum Spaghetti with mushrooms and black truffle. The third course brings Zucchini and Ricotta Lasagnetta or Grilled Chicories; followed by the ever-popular Chocolate Polenta Cake.

     

    The full menus can be viewed online and vegan and gluten-free options are available with prior notice. Priced at $75 per person; $35 optional wine pairing. To reserve, visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 North 35th Street, Seattle.

     

    Tempting Menu + Cocktails Casco Antiguo

     

     

    Everything’s more seductive with a velvety Latin accent, and this Pioneer Square temptress brings a special menu and an aphrodisiacal cocktail worth a visit!

     

    Casco Antiguo a la carte specials include the Elote ($8), sweet corn on cob grilled with chili citrus butter, crema and queso fresco; Coliflor ($9), grilled cauliflower steak with spicy brown butter, chipotle crema and pepitas; the Enchilada de Camarones ($11), two enchiladas stuffed with wild Mexican prawns, tomato & kale topped w/ a creamy guajillo sauce, crema and avocado; and for dessert, Lupita’s Hot Chocolate with red velvet short bread cookies ($8).

     

    Ready to sip? The Damiana cocktail includes a liquor made from the Damiana herb which grows in the deserts of Mexico and has been considered an aphrodisiac for centuries. Or try the “drink for two” consisting of two cocktails topped with a baby bottle of cava tableside. For some quick spicy fun, don’t miss heart-shaped chili and strawberry tequila Jell-O shots.

     

    The special menu runs Feb. 10 – 11 and Feb. 14 from 4-10 p.m., alongside Casco Antiguo’s regular menu.

     

    Casco Antiguo is located at 115 Occidentail Avenue South, Seattle. Online at cascoantiguoseattle.com or call 206.538.0400.

     

    Indulgent Cuisine + Pairings at RN74

     

     

    Downtown Seattle dining at Michael Mina’s RN74 brings a gorgeous tasting menu for two, with the option of carefully paired still or sparkling wines—all imported, to round out this delicious affair on Feb. 14 only.

     

    Start with Smoked Local Oysters with apple granite and arugula; move into Maine Lobster Ravioli with the option of shaved black truffle (fee); a confit of Arctic Char with artichoke heart, cured trout roe and vanilla; Crown Roast of Duck with the option of seared foie gras (fee) and complete dinner with the Chocolate Bar Dessert with burnt honey and chai ice cream and leave feeling like the luckiest person in the world!

     

    This tasting menu is $105 per person, with bubbles pairings for an additional $55 or $75 for grande wine pairings. View the full menu online. Reservations can be made by visiting michaelmina.net or by calling 206.456.7474. RN74 is located downtown at 1433 4th Avenue and Pike Street, Seattle.

     

    Couples Cocktail Class + Valentine’s Dinner at Young American Ale House

     

     

    Couples eager to impress with Valentine’s cocktails can take the Couples Mixology Class on Feb 11, 1-3 pm at Young American Ale House. Taught by the craft bartenders, the class will showcase whiskey, aged rum and anejo tequila, inviting guests to taste and create cocktails along the way. Class is $75 per person and includes cocktail ingredients, instruction, snacks and recipes to recreate at home.

     

    The latest addition to Maria Hines Restaurants features certified organic American classics with a twist Feb 10-12 and Feb 14. The three-course menu features Rabbit Turnover or Butter Poached Prawns; a second course of Slow Roasted Grass Fed Beef Cheek or Pan Seared Potato Gnocchi. Conclude dinner by indulging in Chocolate Mouse Cake or Crème Brulee with Makers Mark Whiskey.

     

    The full three-course menu can be viewed online and is priced at $50; optional wine pairing $25; optional beer pairing $20. Visit mariahinesrestaurants.com or call 206.706.2977 for Valentine’s reservations or to book the Couples Mixology Class. Young American Ale House is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle

     

    Seasonal Sushi + Specialty Cocktail at Shiro’s Sushi

     

     

    Fresh, vibrant sushi and omakase-style dining in Belltown make Shiro’s the ultimate in hospitality this Valentine’s Day.

     

    Impress your date by ordering the Kan-Buri (Cold Season Yellowtail). This is the very best season for Kan-Buri and the taste is heavenly: rich. tender and satisfying. This fish earns its name simply because of its premium landing spot in the winter – Noto Peninsula. Caught midway along their journey, the wild fish’s fat has built up perfectly (before losing weight from swimming onward).

     

    From Feb 7-14, sip the Peach Obsession (Valentine’s Special Cocktail) comprised of champagne, peach puree and a garnish of fresh raspberries. It’s the perfect way to impress on date night!

     

    Shiro’s Sushi is located at 4201 2nd Avenue, Seattle. Call 206.443.9844 or visit shiros.com for more.

     

    Five-Course Innovation at Eden Hill

     

     

    Queen Anne’s stylish avante-garde, New American restaurant has a prix-fixe five-course, Valentine’s menu exclusively planned for guests on Feb. 14.

     

    The first three courses at Eden Hill include sea urchin and red shrimp toast; kumato (specialty tomato) tartare; and a sumptuous third course of veal tortellini. The fourth, main course is a wild boar rack rolled in berber, fermented pomme fondant, wild blueberry vinegar, and Stilton bleu. The decadence continues with the fifth course, an Oregon hazelnut Paris-brest, foie gras praline, lemon thyme, and dark chocolate syrup. Also enjoy the charming mignardises-candied flower bouquet.

     

    The full menu can be viewed online. $115 per person; wine parings additional. Dining room reservations and bar reservations available by calling 206.708.6836 or online at edenhillrestaurant.com. Eden Hill is located on Queen Anne at 2209 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle.

     

    Vegetarian Specialties at Cafe Flora

     

     

     

    Cafe Flora is offering a delicious four-course Valentine’s Day menu that’s not only masterfully vegetarian, it’s also available as vegan and gluten-free.

     

    Dinner starts with a Scallion Pancake, flavorful with ginger and sesame eggplant, peanut sauce, and rice wine vinaigrette; a salad course of Pomelo and Blood Orange Segments with bitter greens, pine nuts, ricotta cheese and a pomegranate reduction; and a third course of Chickpea Socca Fritters, asparagus and haricot vert, roasted purple carrot, spiced tomato sauce, sour cherry and green mango chutney with a citrus and maple dressing. An indulgent choice of desserts rounds out this experience: Pistachio Cake with Raspberry Mousse, with chocolate glaze and macarons, or Huckleberry Cheesecake with candied pine nuts and a Meyer lemon compote.

     

    The Valentine’s Day menu is available Tuesday, February 14, starting at 5 p.m. The four-course menu is $75 per person. Reservations are required for all parties by calling 206.325.9100. Visit cafeflora.com. Cafe Flora is located at 2901 E. Madison Street, Seattle.

     

    First Date or Long-Time Love at Altstadt

     

     

    A lively, lovely Valentine’s date happens at Pioneer Square’s favorite spot for German beer and cuisine, Altstadt. Festivities begin Feb. 10 and continue through Feb. 14, starting with a delicious collaboration with Intrigue Chocolates.

     

    Sample a German beer and chocolate flight ($12) including four chocolates and four beers. Included is Intrigue’s brandy and cherry truffle, created exclusively for Altstadt. Try the Valentine’s cocktail made with cocoa bean brandy, Kirschwasser, and nutmeg ($12). Also, because Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without a chocolate gift, take home an Intrigue chocolate bar ($15) as a great gift idea, available for sale in the restaurant. Chef Megan Coombes has taken Valentine’s Day to heart with a savory Beef Heart Stew with Spätzle ($14), available only on Feb 14.

     

    Reserve online at www.altstadtseattle.com or call 206.602.6442. Altstadt Bierhalle & Brathaus is located at 209 1st Avenue South, Seattle.

     

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  • Romantic Valentine’s Dinners, Cocktails, Gifts + More! 02.10.16

    Indulge in a weekend of decadent celebrations this Valentine’s weekend. From brunch, couples classes and multi-course dinners, to sommelier wine pairings, specialty cocktails, rich desserts, complimentary roses, and unique gift ideas, there is enough to keep you and your loved one spoiled all weekend, starting February 11.

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    February 12-15: Finding your “umami” + Valentine cocktail
    Along with it’s broad range of locally and globally sourced fish from the Japanese fish markets, diners can also experience Valentine’s Day in a glass with Shiro’s specialty cocktail of champagne, pomegranate juice and raspberries, garnished with mint leaves, gold flecks and a special heart surprise. Shiro’s specialty cocktail is available February 12-15 along with its regular menu and omakase.

    For reservations in the dining room, visit shiros.com or call 206.443.9844. Open-ended Omakase served at the sushi bar.

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    February 13: Mix it up with your Valentine
    Golden Beetle is offering a fun and interactive date option for you and your Valentine. Learn to create your favorite cocktail during the Couples Mixology Class on Saturday, February 13. The craft cocktail class will showcase whiskey, aged rum and anejo tequila while couples taste and create cocktails along the way. The class is 2-4 pm, $75 per person and includes cocktail ingredients, instruction, snacks and recipes for all three drinks so you can recreate them at home.

    Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle. For information and reservations visit online or call 206.706.2977.

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    Gift Giving Made Easy
    Having trouble picking out the perfect gift? Ethnic Seattle has the one to end your search. The site that promotes ethnic and immigrant owned businesses in Seattle has done the shopping for you by procuring three different Valentine’s packages that are easy to purchase online (or available for pick-up). 

    Columbia City Sexy & Sweet: $100
    Salted Sea dinner for two ($70) – experience one of Seattle’s newest restaurants, serving modern American seafood and raw bar.
    Wow Chocolates box – 9 piece box of locally handmade and hand painted artisan bonbons made with Venezuelan dark chocolate, exotic tropical fruits and spices.

    An Evening in Japantown: $125
    Momo shopping experience ($50) – pick something up from this highly curated boutique that blends Asian and European influences, including eclectic home accents, unique clothing and more.
    Maneki Japanese Restaurant dinner for two ($50) – traditional Japanese cuisines served at this historic, 100 year old restaurant.
    Fuji Bakery sweets – box of 9 macaroons baked with love daily.

    Chinatown-ID Pamper & Dine: $150
    Imperial Foot Massage for two – hot tea foot bath with 45 min. foot massage and 15 min. acupuncture massage.
    House of Hong dinner for two – one of Chinatown’s longstanding Chinese and dim sum restaurants.
    New Century Tea Gallery Rose Tea and Blossom Flower Tea sets – romantic Valentines flowers in a different way with a ¼ lb. bag of rose tea and 10 bulb blossom flower tea.
    Almond Butter Cookies from Huong Binh Restaurant – one of the city’s most respected and authentic Vietnamese restaurants.

    Visit EthnicSeattle.com for more information and to place orders.

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    February 14: Kick-start your Valentine’s Day
    Start Valentine’s Day off with a three-course brunch at Maria Hines’ restaurant Agrodolce. Begin your meal with Provolone Picante Gougeres with spicy pepper aioli and Poached Pears with Spiced Apple Medley and Greek Yogurt. Move onto Maria Hines’ benedict interpretation with Root Vegetable Cake Benedict and crispy speck; or Wild Mushroom Omelet with Lacinato Kale, Chili Flake and Bechamel. Indulge in the final course of a Mini Waffle with freeze dried strawberry, mini chocolate chips and Chantilly or French Toast Bites.

    As always, Agrodolce offers Bottomless Mimosas at brunch. Agrodolce’s three-course brunch prix-fixe is available only on February 14 for $25 per person. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N. 35th Street, Seattle. For reservations visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707.

    The main event – Dinner on Valentine’s Weekend
    You don’t want to wait until the last minute to make your dinner plans. Save yourself the stress and make a reservation at one of these local favorites to guarantee a delicious and romantic Valentine’s Weekend.

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    Ray’s Boathouse & Café
    Treat your special someone to a beautiful three-course dinner at Ray’s Boathouse Valentine’s Day weekend. With waterfront views of Puget Sound and the majestic snow capped Olympic Mountains as your backdrop it’s the perfect setting for romance.

    Dinner will be served with a glass of San Martino Prosecco Extra Dry for $58. The three-course dinner menu will be available February 11-14.

    Begin your romantic dinner with starters including Scallop Ceviche, Dungeness Crab & Clam Chowder. Options abound with entrée choices like a Double R Ranch Filet Oscar with whipped potatoes, asparagus and sauce béarnaise, as well as King Salmon in Sake Kasu with black lentils, lobster-green papaya salad and avocado mousse. Don’t forget to save room for some of Ray’s delicious desserts, including Chocolate Decadence, Espresso-Hazelnut Tart or Olympic Mountain Ice Cream or Sorbet.

    Ray’s regular dinner menu will also be available during Valentine’s Weekend. On Sunday, February 14 each couple dining in the Boathouse will receive a red rose compliments of Ray’s. Reservations are strongly encouraged in the dining room February 11-14. The Boathouse bar will be open each night with seating on a first come basis. For full menu and hours click here.

    Aside from the three-course dinner option, Ray’s Café will also have three special menu items available from February 11-14. These special items include: Filet & Half Lobster, a six ounce filet and half Maine lobster served with beef demi & hollandaise, whipped potatoes, and broccolini; herb roasted King Salmon, with Truffle risotto, fried oysters, and wakame salad; and Chocolate Decandence, a heavenly dessert served with Chantilly cream and maraschino cherry-lavender.

    The Cafe will be open from 11:30am-9pm over Valentine’s weekend and reservations are strongly recommended. For Boathouse reservations, call 206.789.3770 or visit opentable.com/rays-boathouse. For Café reservations, call 206.782.0094 or visit opentable.com/rays-cafe-reservations.

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    Bell + Whete Gastropub + Events
    Bell + Whete Gastropub + Events is celebrating Valentine’s weekend with a gorgeous, four-course menu by new Executive Chef Jenny Izaguirre. From February 12-14 guest can enjoy four courses for $45, with an optional beverage for $25.

    Start with Truffled Cannellini Bean Soup with herbed beetroot, followed by a second course of Tricolore Salad with grapes, pecorino and white balsamic. The main course offers a choice of either Herbed Porchetta with sweet potato and lobster hash or a vegetarian option of Farroto with ratatouille and leeks. End your meal with a rich Brioche Bread Pudding with white chocolate and preserved kumquat.

    For reservations call 206.538.0180.

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    Local 360 Café & Bar
    Local 360 Café & Bar is celebrating Valentine’s Day all weekend with a decadent three-course menu, locally-sourced within 360 miles of Seattle. Add a local wine flight of four pours for $20 or two 375ml bottles of wine including L’Ecole Chardonnay and L’Ecole Syrah for $42.

    In addition to their special three-course menu Local 360 will also offer Rack of Lamb for two as their Chefs Cut along with a few original sides from February 12-14.

    Three-course menu begins with an amuse of Sunchoke Cappuccino, Bacon & Carrot Beignet, then a Cold Smoked Black Cod with crème fraiche, beet and turnip, variations of egg and puffed grain. Main course brings Oregon Bison Loin with foie gras and black trumpet gratin, rutabaga and porcini. To finish the evening, enjoy their Pear “Tart Tatin” with buttermilk flan and single malt caramel.

    Local 360 Café & Bar is offering its special Valentine’s Day menu February 12-14, 4 p.m. to close. The three-course menu is $55 per person alongside their regular menu options. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 206.441.9360 or visiting Local360.org.

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    Eden Hill
    Chef Maximillian Petty debuts his first Valentine’s menu in Seattle by featuring indulgent ingredients such as bone marrow butter, foie gras and duck heart tartare in a five-course Valentine’s menu, offered February 12-14.

    Eden Hill treats diners with Fermented Beet Pavlova with house goat cheese mousse, black sturgeon caviar; and Parker House Rolls with bone marrow butter before the first course even begins. Then indulge in Fermented Cauliflower Soup, ras el hanout, apple, filbert, parsley root followed by a second-course of Rabbit Porchetta, sunchoke espuma, mustard caviar, sherry, saskatoon, foie gras. The third-course tempts dinners with Duck Heart Tartare, caper, tomato petal, green olive, fermented and roasted red chili, citron confit tapioca chip, marbled quail egg. Diners will continue their culinary journey with Wagyu Beef Shortrib, parsnip, goldenraisin, almond, chanterelle, chili, dark chocolate mole coloradito, black garlic. Yellow Beet Root, mandarin, roasted white chocolate, yeast sponge cake, caramelized honey completes the fifth-course.

    Eden Hill’s Valentine’s Day menu is $100 per person with optional $60 wine pairing. The full menu is available online. For reservations visit Edenhillrestaurant.com or call 206.708.6836.

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    Italians know the language of love, which is interpreted at Maria Hines’ Southern Italian and Sicilian inspired restaurant, Agrodolce. Classic southern Italian cuisine receives the touch of a James Beard Award-winning chef in a four-course dinner on Valentine’s Day.

    For a starter, enjoy St. Jude’s Albacore Crudo with bronte pistachio, preserved kumquat and Sicilian olive oil. Continue with house milled pasta for a second course: Emmer Mafalde, Black Nile Barley Spaghetti or Chestnut Cavatelli. Mains feature Pan Seared Sablefish with olive oil braised sunchoke, fennel, almond gremolata; Braised Wild Boar with flageolet beans, heirloom goathorn pepper, theo cocoa nib; or Couscous Stuffed Quail with citrus confit, medjool date and wild pine nut. Dessert tempts with Lavender Limoncello Sorbetto with candied citrus and toasted hazelnut, or Fraga Farms Goat Cheese Mousse with vanilla poached fig.

    The Valentine’s Day four-course menu is $65 per person with an optional $40 wine pairing. The full menu is accessible online. For reservations visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707.

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    Golden Beetle
    The many countries that surround the Mediterranean take center stage at Maria Hines’ Golden Beetle. With a new, refreshed interior and wood-fronting exterior, Golden Beetle is ready to graciously host on Valentine’s Day.

    Diners can start with Beet Carpaccio with goat cheese, toasted hazelnut and orange supreme. Second course options tempt with a seasonal favorite of Crispy Harissa Marinated Cauliflower with preserved lemon, castelvetrano, cucumber puree or Cod Fritters with pickled blueberry pepper, romesco aioli and arugula. The main course features Butter Poached Gulf Shrimp with fennel, blood orange, rainbow chard; and Pan Seared Spic Crusted Lamb Loin with currant, wilted spinach, purple potato gratin. For the sweet tooth, end dinner with Theo’s Chocolate Mousse Parfait or Kabocha Squash Panna Cotta.

    Golden Beetle’s four-course menu is $60 per person with optional wine pairing for $30. Three options under each course, the full menu can be viewed online. For more information or reservations, visit golden-beetle.com or call 206.706.2977. 

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    Tilth
    Chef Maria Hines’ first restaurant, Tilth, delivers a memorable dining experience any night of the year, but this Valentine’s Day, guests will feel the romance with candlelight and a beautiful four-course prix-fixe menu on Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14.

    Shugoku Oysters are dressed up with cucumber, apple, and yuzu “mignonette” or select the Skagit River Ranch Beef Tongue, treated with house pickles, apple mustard and shishito. A Slow Cooked Duck Egg with duck confit, pickled crosnes, and orange present a tempting second course, followed by Seared Weathervane Scallop with baby shiitake, smoked leek and watercress, or choose the Porcini Ash-crusted Venison with swiss chard, anson mills corn polenta and Saskatoon berry. The finale comes with Yarmuth Farms Goat Cheese Parfait or Cashew Cheesecake.

    The four-course prix-fixe menu comes with three options under each course for $80, additional $40 with wine pairing, or additional $60 with sommelier pairing. View the full menu and make reservations by calling Tilth at 206.633.0801 or online at Tilthrestaurant.com.

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    Cafe Flora
    Cafe Flora has created another swoon-worthy Valentine’s menu filled with indulgent options all while remaining seasonal, local, and vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free friendly.

    The first course begins with Spiced King Oyster Mushrooms with Okinawa purple potato,
    roasted turnip with bitter greens, cilantro sauce and candied kumquat. Second course offers Green Papaya & Rainbow Carrot Ribbons with tat soi, ripe papaya, spiced cashew-macadamia nut brittle, grapefruit and serrano dressing. For the main enjoy mouth-watering Meyer Lemon & Butternut Squash Risotto Cake with grilled asparagus, Belgian endive, roasted beet sauce and pistachio pistou. Top it off with choice of Citrus Cake with Passion Fruit Mousse or Pistachio Chocolate Tart with fresh raspberries. The full menu is available vegan and gluten free.

    Cafe Flora’s deliciously colorful Valentine’s Day menu is available Sunday, February 14, starting at 5 p.m. The four-course menu is $70 per person. Reservations are required for parties of all sizes. Call 206.325.9100 to make reservations.

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  • Celebrate Your Valentine with Weekend-Long Special Menus, Cocktails and Events 02.06.15



    There is no shortage of decadent choices this Valentine’s Day. Options range from four-course menus, sommelier wine pairings, Theo Chocolate desserts, complimentary cookies, a couple’s cooking class, and more! With so many options, don’t limit your swooning to just Valentine’s Day, instead, impress and spoil your loved one (and yourself) all weekend long.



    Ray’s Boathouse and Café
    One of the most romantic dining locations in Seattle is preparing two special menus this Valentine’s Day. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are picturesque destinations for Valentine’s dinners and their menus offer the freshest seafood selections. Ray’s Boathouse is offering an a la carte Valentine’s menu February 12-15 featuring:

    Starters:
    Lobster Salad, $15
    Ahi and Foi Gras, $14
    Tempura Fried Oysters, $11

    Main Course:
    Filet Mignon and Dungeness Crab Cake, $49
    Wild Alaskan King, $45
    Barley Risotto, $28

    Dessert:
    Dark Chocolate Champagne Cake, $8
    Passion Fruit Cake, $8

    Don’t have a date? Head to Ray’s Café with family, friends, and other singles where they’ll be serving special menu items and festive cocktails. Enjoy the classic Grilled King Salmon and Prawns for $38 or the mouth-watering Grilled Filet of Beef with Smoked Salmon Skewer and Dungeness Crab Cake for $46. Sip on seductive cocktails such as Between the Sheets crafted with Courvoisier, orange liqueur, Bacardi rum and lemon juice, or Big Love with Big Gin, fresh lemon and cranberry juices, and rosemary. Regular menu available.

    Reserve now for views of Shilshole Bay. For Boathouse reservations, call 206.789.3770 or click. For Café reservations, call 206.782.0094 or click. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are located just outside Ballard at 6049 Seaview Avenue Northwest, Seattle.



    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge
    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge is known for its modern take on Old-World, Norman-inspired dishes. This Valentine’s Day celebrate with a decadent four-course menu.

    Starters:
    Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna
    Lacto Preserved Vegetable Salad

    Second Course:
    Kuri Squash Vichyssoise with Oregon Black Truffles

    Main Course:
    Wagyu Beef Zabuton with charred onion, potato pave and lemon thyme jus

    Dessert:
    Chocolate Mousse with brown butter, nougat and banana

    The special four-course menu is available February 13-14 and is $55 per person. For reservations call 206.538.0180, or visit BellandWhete.com. Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge is located in Belltown at 200 Bell Street, Seattle.



    Local 360 Cafe & Bar
    Local 360 Cafe & Bar is celebrating Valentine’s Day all weekend with a three-course menu comprised of farm fresh, local ingredients.

    Starters:
    South Sound Oyster and Sunchoke Chowder
    Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad (gluten free, vegan)
    Chicken Mousseline

    Main Course:
    Oregon Rabbit Confit (gluten free)
    RR Ranch Beef Short Ribs (gluten free)
    Butternut Squash and Salsify Terrine (gluten free, vegan)

    Dessert:
    Baked Apple Napoleon (vegan)
    Hazelnut Torte (gluten free, vegan)
    Chocolate Soufflé Brownie (vegan)

    Local 360 Cafe & Bar is offering its special Valentine’s Day menu February 13-15, 4 p.m. to close. The three-course menu is $40 per person. Regular menu available. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 206.441.9360 or visiting Local360.org; mention tasting menu in reservation. Local 360 Cafe & Bar is located in Belltown at 2234 1st Avenue, Seattle.



    Shanik
    This Valentine’s Day treat your special someone to fine Indian food from Shanik restaurant in South Lake Union. Meeru Dhawala is cooking some of her favorite dishes from the world-renown Vij’s restaurant in Vancouver, Canada. Her four-course menu is full of savory spices and authentic flavor, with many vegetarian and meat options to choose from as well as optional wine pairings to enhance the Indian flavors and spices.

    First Course:
    Amuse Bouche featuring Beet Bites with creamy chutney and fennel-candied walnuts
    Wine Pairing: Rive Della Chiesa, Prosecco Brut NV

    Second Course:
    Jackfruit in Black Cardamom and Cumin Curry
    Samosas with Lamb and Beef
    Marinated and Grilled Kale
    Wine Pairing: Domain Les Cantates Jacquere 2013 or Quivira Dry Creek Zinfandel 2011

    Main Course:
    Beef Short Ribs
    Grilled Lamb Popsicles
    Grilled Winter Squash and Eggplant
    Saag Paneer with Punjabi Daal
    Wine Pairing: La Caña Albarina 2013 or Balboa Estate Syrah 2011

    Dessert:
    Gulab Jamun
    Indian Custard

    Meeru’s four-course menu is $50 and optional wine flight is $30 (three glass pairing). Call 206.486.6884 or click here to make reservations. Shanik is located in South Lake Union at 500 Terry Avenue North, Seattle.



    Agrodolce
    Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Italian-coastal cuisine and enjoy a four-course meal from James Beard award-winning Chef Maria Hines at her Sicilian trattoria, Agrodolce, in Fremont.

    Starters:
    Oysters on the Half Shell
    Pork Rillette
    Burrata Pugliese

    Second Course:
    Semolina Mafalde
    Red Wheat Spaghetti
    Ricotta Cavatelli

    Third Course:
    Poached Spot Prawn
    Grilled Top Sirloin
    Seared King Oyster Mushroom

    Dessert:
    Theo Chocolate Budino
    Pear and Marino Olive Oil Gelato
    Cheese Plate with vanilla poached figs, marcona almonds and crostini

    The Valentine’s Day four-course menu is $65 per person with an optional $45 wine pairing. For reservations call 206.547.9707 or visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N. 35th Street, Seattle.



    Golden Beetle
    Maria Hines’ Golden Beetle recently received a refreshed look just in time to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The new, Mediterranean-inspired details create the perfect ambiance for a romantic dinner for two.

    First Course:
    Celeriac Soup
    Spiced Roasted Cauliflower
    Optional Wine Pairing: Lampo Borgoluce Brut Prosecco, Italy 2013

    Second Course:
    Rabbit Samosas
    Kataffi Wrapped Prawns
    Crispy Halloumi

    Third Course:
    Beef Cheek Tagine
    Fennel Crusted St. Jude’s Albacore Tuna
    Chickpea and Lemon Stew

    Dessert:
    Kabocha Squash Panna Cotta
    Chocolate Truffle Torte

    Golden Beetle’s four-course menu is $55 per person with an optional wine pairing for $25 per person. Many of Golden Beetle’s dishes contain nuts, gluten and dairy; when making reservations please inform them of any serious allergies. For reservations call 206.706.2977 or visit golden-beetle.com. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle.



    Tilth
    Cozy up in Wallingford’s favorite neighborhood restaurant, Tilth, this Valentine’s Day and enjoy a beautiful prixe fixe menu at the restaurant that earned Maria Hines her James Beard Award.

    Starters:
    Pacific Oysters
    Sunchoke Soup
    Rabbit Rillette

    Second Course:
    Taylor Shellfish Clams
    Coffee Roasted Celery Root Salad
    Grilled Broken Arrow Ranch Quail

    Main Course:
    Smoked Heirloom Bean Cassoulet (vegetarian)
    Seared Alaskan Black Cod
    Juniper Ash Crusted Venison

    Desert:
    Olive Oil Cake and Beet Textures
    Sticky Toffee Pudding
    Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake

    The prix fixe menu is $80 per person with an optional wine pairing of $50 or an optional sommelier pairing of $70. Reservations can be made by calling Tilth at 206.633.0801 or online at tilthrestaurant.com. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th Street, Seattle.



    Volterra
    Volterra’s special Valentine’s Day offerings speak to both romantic couples and singles, from a special four-course menu to Love Me and Love Me Not beverages. The Tuscan-inspired cuisine features the best local and imported ingredients from Italy, house-made pasta and charcuterie, and many gluten-free options for all to enjoy. The restaurant’s owners, Chef Don Curtiss and Michelle Quisenberry, were married in Volterra, Italy, just prior to opening Volterra restaurant, so they know how to pour on meaningful romance this Valentine’s Day.

    First Course:
    Amuse
    Bra Tenero Cheese
    Apricot Chutney

    Second Course:
    Beef Carpaccio
    Wild Mushroom Tart
    Seared Ahi Tuna

    Third Course:
    Wild Boar Ragu
    Roasted Beet and Potato Gnocchi

    Main Course:
    Dungeness Crab Cakes
    Beef Tenderloin
    Wild Boar Tenderloin
    Eggplant Lasagna

    Dessert:
    Ruby Slippers

    Volterra is making Valentine’s fun for both couples and singles alike with their creative cocktails for the evening. Sip on the sweet Love Me cocktail crafted with fresh clementine, Glass Gridiron vodka, pomegranate, lemon, Prosecco, mint and garnished with an Italian Baci “kiss,” or throw back the Love Me Not: one shot of whiskey served with a skull and cross bones trinket ring! The Love Me and Love Me Not are $14 each.

    The prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu will be offered February 14, $70 per person. Cocktail specials available all weekend. To make reservations call 206.789.5100 or click here. View the Valentine’s Day menu online. Volterra Ballard is located at 5411 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle.



    Cafe Flora
    Cafe Flora keeps your romantic date night healthy yet hearty and filling, with a four-course menu of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

    First Course:
    Breaded Fried Artichoke with lemon-herbed marrow bean pate, romesco sauce, micro greens (gluten free, vegan)

    Second Course:
    Pommelo and Cara Cara Orange Salad with seared fennel, watercress, pomegranate, fresh beets, spiced orange blossom vinaigrette (gluten free, vegan)

    Main Course:
    Wild Mushroom Ravioli with truffle scented cauliflower, toasted pine nuts, roasted leek sauce, asparagus (gluten free, vegan options available)

    Dessert:
    Valentine’s Pavlova with mango curd, passion fruit, whipped cream, raspberry coulis, fresh tropical fruit compote, vanilla bean meringue (gluten free)
    Theo Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake (gluten free and vegan options available)

    Cafe Flora’s deliciously colorful Valentine’s Day menu is available February 14, 5-10 p.m. The four-course menu is $65 per person. Reservations are required for parties of all sizes. Call 206.325.9100 or visit cafeflora.com to make reservations. Cafe Flora is located at 2901 E. Madison St., Seattle.



    Fonté Café
    Fonté Café is celebrating Valentine’s Day all weekend, February 14-15. Start your morning with a cup of freshly roasted Fonté coffee and brunch. Indulge in the Chocolate Mousse Parfait with fresh raspberries or the Housemade White Chocolate Strawberry Trifle. Both desserts are $7 and only offered Valentine’s Day weekend.

    In addition to these delicious goodies, Fonté is sharing the love with customers – everyone that comes in and orders two coffee beverages will receive a complimentary heart-shaped cookie (while they last). Call 206.777.6193 or click to make reservations. Fonté Café is located at 1321 1st Ave, Seattle.



    Blue Ribbon Cooking
    Blue Ribbon Cooking is offering a romantic, couple’s cooking class with wine! Spend Valentine’s Day with your loved one while brushing up on your cooking skills and preparing an extravagant five-course meal.

    Appetizers:
    Fresh Puget Sound Oysters
    Cambazola Tarts with caramelized Walla Walla onions and spiced apple chutney

    First Course:
    Cognac Poached Fig Salad with marinated goat cheese and hazelnut lace

    Second Course:
    Dungeness Crab Ravioli

    Mid-Course Palate Cleanser:
    Lavender Sorbet with Rose Champagne

    Main Course:
    Flaming Filet Mignon with truffles Yukon gold potato puree and Brussel sprouts

    Dessert:
    Vanilla Bean Poached Pears with Cabernet chocolate sauce and caramel ice cream

    Drink:
    Blue Ribbon Rudesheimer Koffees brandied coffee with whipped cream and chocolate shavings

    Blue Ribbon’s Valentine’s Day class 6:30 p.m., February 14. Click here to register. Class is $155 per person; must register for 2 guests. Call 206.328.2442 or visit blueribboncooking.com for more information. Blue Ribbon is located at 2501 Fairview Avenue E., Seattle.

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  • Express Your Love with Food this Valentine’s Day 02.05.14

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    Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time to celebrate all the love in your life. Whether you want to impress that special someone or experience an extraordinary evening with friends, we’ve got you covered! Indulge in mouth-watering three or four course dinner menus from Cafe Flora, LloydMartin, Tilth and Agrodolce or try the ten-course tasting menu at Crush. If you have a sweet tooth, immerse yourself in chocolate at Blue Ribbon’s truffle-making workshop. For those intrigued by the culinary flavors of cultures around the world, enjoy your evening with the Eastern Mediterranean dishes at Golden Beetle or modern Indian cuisine at Shanik.

     

    Where will you spend your Valentine’s Day this year? See our recommendations below and reserve now before they sell out!

     

    Sustainable Romance at Cafe Flora

    Cafe Flora’s decadent Valentine’s menu provides the perfect escape for a cozy, romantic meal, with a sustainable flair. Their locally sourced vegetarian, vegan and gluten free menu satisfies with delicious flavors and the freshest ingredients. Enjoy signature cocktails and local wine, beer and cider alongside your four-course dinner which includes Savory Potato Empanadas, Yellow Beet & Blood Orange Salad with Avocado Green Goddess Dressing, Saffron Kissed Paella Cakes and Passion Fruit Roulade or Theo Dark Chocolate Mousse. View the full menu online.

     

    $65 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and run 5-10 p.m.

     

    Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 E. Madison St. Seattle, WA 98112. Call 206.325.9100 to book your reservation.

     

    Blue Ribbon Cooking
    Valentine’s Day Cooking for Two
    Enjoy a date night out and learn to cook with your special someone. Enjoy appetizers, Northwest wine and beer, an instructional cooking class and finish off the night with a four-course sit-down dinner for two on Lake Union including fresh Puget Sound Oysters with Champagne Cream Sauce, Cognac Poached Fig Salad, Lobster Tail with Macadamia Nut Butter, Filet Mignon, Cabernet-Vanilla Bean Poached Pears and more. Includes wine with dinner and a packet of take-home recipes.

     

    $155 per person, must register for two guests; 6:30 p.m.

     

    Dessert Wine Tasting + Chocolate Truffle Workshop
    Get elbows deep in chocolate with your date as you create delicious handmade truffles! After, you’ll adventure together into a dessert wine tasting, pairing different chocolate grades with a variety of dessert wines including Late Harvest Wines, Red & White Ports, Muscats & Rieslings, Champagne & Sparkling Wines. Each couple will take home a box of one dozen handmade truffles created in class.

     

    $85 per person; 8:30-10:30 p.m.

     

    Blue Ribbon is located at 2501 Fairview Ave. E. Seattle, WA 98102. They operate venues in Lake Union, Capitol Hill, Fremont, University District and Tacoma, as well as provide offsite catering at locations throughout the region. Contact Blue Ribbon to book your class at 206.328.2442 or blueribboncooking.com.

     

    Indulge at LloydMartin

    Chef Sam Crannell’s special menus have become loved by the neighborhood and destination diners. Valentine’s Day is no exception with a three-course plus shared dessert tasting menu. Chef Sam creates dishes based on what his purveyors bring to his restaurant each and every day and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Guests can expect indulgent and themed dishes with Gougeres, Squab, Lobster, Filet Mignon, Foie Gras, and Oysters.

     

    Included in the $180 per couple price is a $60 beverage credit that guests can put towards a wine flight, bottle of wine or cocktails. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will also be available.

     

    LloydMartin is located at 1525 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle 98109. Call 206.420.7603 or visit lloydmartinseattle.com for reservations for one of the two dinner seatings.

     

    Tilth Celebrates Valentine’s Weekend

    Tilth gives reason for a weekend-long romance with a special prix-fixe dinner on Friday, Feb. 14 and a special prix-fixe brunch on Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 15-16). Guests can choose a four-course prix-fixe dinner including Savory Apple Soup, Ricotta Gnudi with chili butter, St. Jude’s Albacore Tuna A La Plancha, and Dark Chocolate Sorbet with shaved chocolate and holmquist hazelnut. With options under each course, the full menu can be viewed at tilthrestaurant.com/events.

     

    Dinner is $85 per person with optional wine pairings.

     

    Couples can wake up the next morning and head to Tilth for a special three-course Valentine’s weekend brunch menu for $25. Start the morning-after with a French Omelet, Cheddar Biscuits and Smoked Pulled Chicken Gravy, Whipped Yogurt with pear and honey comb or Stuffed French Toast with sultana and freeze dried grape. Guests will have options under each of the three courses. The special brunch menu will be available Feb. 15-16 only, in addition to the regular brunch menu.

     

    $25 per person, additional $10 with cava or mimosa with coffee. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th St, Seattle 98103. Call 206.633.0801 or visit tilthrestaurant.com for reservations.

     

    Valentine Amore at Agrodolce

    James Beard Award-winning chef Maria Hines has put together a four-course menu that will make your Valentine swoon! Start dinner with house made focaccia and build your next four courses with options such as Celery Root Soup with vanilla, fig and red wine; Chestnut Mafaldine with pancetta, wild mushrooms and Treviso; Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast with medjool date, orange confit and couscous; and Steamed Chocolate Cake with Café Coretto syrup, chantilly and mint. The full menu can be viewed at agrodolcerestaurant.net/events.

     

    Price is $70; optional wine pairing priced at $40.

     

    Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N 35th Street, Seattle 98103. Call 206.547.9707  or visit agrodolcerestaurant.net for reservations.

     

    Taste the Mediterranean this Valentine’s Day

    Enjoy the flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean with a four-course menu with optional wine pairings at Golden Beetle. Guests will enjoy a romantic evening while feasting on Sunchoke Soup with spiced sunflower seed and cilantro; Sylver Fishing Co Spot Prawns with Kattafi, red onion and pear; Grilled Skirt Steak with celery root, freekeh and Aleppo; and Sour Cherry Crepe Cake with mascarpone and mint.

     

    Options for each course; $50 per person; $25 for optional wine pairing.

     

    Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market St. Seattle 98107. Call 206.706.2977 or visit golden-beetle.com for reservations.

     

    Shanik Tempts with Dine-in and Take-out Options

    Spice up Valentine’s Day with Shanik’s modern Indian cuisine, available in the restaurant or for take-out from the Shanik Market.

     

    Shanik invites dine-in guests to start the evening with a Mangalore cocktail ($10), a cardamom, cinnamon liqueur with a subtle hint of hot cayenne, crafted just for Valentine’s Day with orange, lemon, fresh ginger and prosecco. Guests can test their adventurous side with the Roasted, Ground Cricket Paranta with spicy tomato chutney. Other guest favorites include the Vegetable Koftes in creamy tomato curry, Grilled Venison Medallions on tamarind and date puree, and the ever-popular Spice Encrusted Lamb Popsicles.

     

    Intimate dining at home doesn’t have to mean hours in the kitchen. The Shanik Market, next door to the restaurant, provides options for take-out that requires only simple preparation at home. Valentine cooks can create their own menu with such items as Punjabi Lamb Curry, Chicken with Kalonji Spice, Saag and Paneer, Yellow Lentil Curry, Cumin Scented Rice and even Naan, Chapatti and Tamarind-Date Chutney. Available in the freezer (20 minute boil-in-a-bag preparation) and refrigerator (5 minute reheat), complete your Valentine dinner with a bottle of wine from the Shanik Market. Full Market menu available: shanikrestaurant.com/market.

     

    Shanik and Shanik Market are located at 500 Terry Avenue North, Seattle 98109. Call 206.486.6884 or visit shanikrestaurant.com for reservations.

     

    Spoil Your Valentine at Crush

    Founded on the love of a husband and wife, Crush’s chef Jason Wilson presents a ten-course tasting menu that will make your Valentine’s Day memorable. Courses include “Chips and Dip” Chicharones, Harissa Crisps, Duck Tongues and Sweetbread Croutons, Creme Fraiche, Mustards, Yogurt, Bacon; Roasted Cauliflower, Monterey Squid, Black Truffle Soup, Purple Cabbage, Mint and Dill; Beet Cured Hawaiian Mero Sea Bass, Black Garlic, Coriander-Mint Churi, Ash roasted Sunchoke; Montana Wagyu Beef Eye of Rib, Parsley Vinaigrette Carrot in Chamomile Butter, Black Trumpet Bone Marrow Puree; and Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse, Basil Poached Strawberries, Pistachio Chantilly.

     

    Menu is $125 per person; $25 foie gras supplement; optional $75 wine pairing.

     

    Crush is located at 2319 East Madison Street, Seattle 98122. Call 206.30.CRUSH(27874) or visit chefjasonwilson.com for reservations.

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  • LOVE IT OR HATE IT – VALENTINE’S DAY IS NEAR 01.31.13



    Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Whether you’re planning a night out with that special someone, a girls night out or a gathering with friends, we’ve got culinary delights, palate pleasers and tempting tastes for you! Read on for Valentine’s Day menus inspired by cultures from around the world, including your own backyard.

    HUNGER

    Hunger has put their heart into a special five-course Valentine’s menu filled with rich winter flavors and decadent treats like beef tartare, oysters and chocolate. Guests will receive a sweet treat delivered with their bill and a rose for the special lady, or gent! The menu is available for $150 per couple, with additional wine pairings available for $25 per person. Hunger is located at 3601 Fremont Avenue North, Seattle. Reservations can be made at 206.402.4854 and online at HungerSeattle.com.

    First Course

    Fennel-Citrus Salad brioche crouton, picholine olive, sea salt

    Second Course

    Beef Tartare shallots, capers, herbs

    White Bean & Truffle Soup herbs, fried leeks

    Baked Oysters harissa butter, bread crumbs

    Third Course

    Celery Root and Mascarpone Ravioli brown butter, root chips

    Inetermezzo

    Raspberry sorbet, cava

    Fourth Course

    Grilled Lamb Leg radish salad, curry stew, black radish, marguez sausage, pickled radish

    Seared Tuna Moroccan cucumber salad, smoked scallop, roe remoulade, zarzuela stew, saffron aioli

    Eggplant Curry herbs, vegetable terrine, roasted piquillo coulis, mushroom roulade with goat cheese, basil cream

    Fifth Course

    Decadent Chocolate Sampler milk chocolate roll cake with condensed milk ice cream, dark chocolate truffle pops, white chocolate raspberry panna cotta

    CAFE FLORA

    Cafe Flora’s decadent four-course Valentine’s menu provides a perfect escape for a cozy and romantic meal, with a sustainable flair. Their local vegetarian and vegan menu also offers gluten free dishes that satisfy. $50 per person, reservations required and run 5-10 p.m. Add wine pairings for $20 per person or enjoy signature cocktails, bubbly and local beer and cider. Cafe Flora is located at 2901 East Madison Street, Seattle. Call 206.325.9100 to reserve or visit online at CafeFlora.com.

    First Course

    Sumac Grilled Mango white bean pate, fried pappadam, cilantro mint pistou (vegan and gluten free)

    Second Course

    Spiced Pequin Peppers roasted zaatar root vegetables, citrus tahini sauce, chermoula eggplant, and petite Persian cucumber, radish and preserved meyer lemon salad (vegan and gluten free)

    Third Course

    Passion Fruit Salad baby arugula, endive, fresh pear, toasted macadamia nut, pomegranate seeds, champagne vinaigrette (vegan and gluten free)

    Fourth Course

    Citrus Dew Drop citrus syrup soaked Clementine cake, Bavarian cream, meyer lemon confit, white chocolate feuilletine (nut free, available gluten free)

    Princess Praline chocolate fudge graham, praline mousse, smoked chocolate toffee sauce (vegan and gluten free)

    AGRODOLCE

    Maria Hines is celebrating Valentine’s Day at her newest restaurant, Agrodolce. Open since late December, the Southern Italian trattoria located in Fremont is creating a four-course menu featuring house milled, handmade pastas and other favorites. Guests can select one dish under each course for $65. Wine pairing recommendations are an additional $30. Agrodolce is located at 709 North 35th Street, Seattle. Call 206.547.9707 or book online at AgrodolceRestaurant.net for reservations.

    Starter

    Housemade Focaccia, extra virgin olive oil, fleur de sel

    First Course

    Wild Arugula Salad with blood orange, ricotta salata, crouton

    Arancini with skagit river ranch beef carnaroli rice, parsley pesto pugliese style

    Burrata served with baby beet, citrus honey gastrique, mint

    Wine: Terredora, falanghina itpomia, campania, it

    Second Course

    Hand Cut Tagliarini with pistachio, wild fennel seed, pecorino

    Bucatini and uni cream, cauliflower, pine nut

    Spaghetti with skagit river ranch sugo, hot pepper, red wine

    Wine: tenuta delle terre nere, etna bianco, sicily, it

    Wine: colosi, nero d’avola, sicilia, it

    Third Course

    Ricotta Ravioli and black truffle butter, marjoram, arugula

    St. Jude’s Albacore Tuna, meyer lemon, artichoke, caper

    Grilled Anderson Ranch Lamb, grilled treviso, onion marmalade, celeriac

    Wine: masi, modello rosso, venezia, it sella & mosca, “terre rare”, sardegna, it

    Dessert

    Chocolate Budino, Italian chestnut, whipped cream, mint

    Rice Pudding Fritters, citrus honey, powdered sugar, vanilla bean

    Limoncello Sorbetto, candied lemon, fennel, almond

    Wine: individual pairings with each dessert

    TILTH

    Seattle’s first certified organic restaurant and the one that earned Maria Hines her James Beard Award presents a special four-course Valentine’s menu on February 14. Guests can indulge with a selection under each course for $85 and vegetarian options are plentiful; wine pairings are additional $40. Tilth is located at 1411 North 45th Street, Seattle. Call TIlth at 206.633.0801 or book online at TilthRestaurant.com for reservations.

    First Course

    Juniper Coffee Beet Salad, blue cheese, watercress, fennel

    Spot Prawn Consommé, savoy cabbage, sherry vinaigrette, szechuan pepper

    Grilled Beef Heart Tartlet, puff pastry, crème fraiche, charcroute

    Second Course

    Ricotta Gnudi, pecorino, purple cauliflower, white truffle

    Steamed Penn Cove Mussel, braised cardoon, celeriac mousse, slivered celery

    Pan Seared Alaskan Sablefish, kabocha squash, charred green onion, cilantro

    Third Course

    Snoqualmie Valley Lamb Cannelloni, flageolet bean, cippolini onion, black garlic

    Smoked Heirloom Bean Cassoulet, foraged mushroom, brioche, oven dried tomato

    Skagit River Ranch Pork Belly, jerzy boy apple, brussels sprouts, cider vinegar

    Fourth Course

    Trampetti Olive Oil Cake, fennel ice cream, blood orange, olive brittle

    Dark Chocolate Sorbet, shaved chocolate, holmquist hazelnut

    Bourbon Pecan Pie, woodford reserve, chantilly, caramel

    GOLDEN BEETLE

    Discover the place for Mediterranean cuisine celebrating robust flavors and spices served with a sustainable conscience. Valentine’s Day at Golden Beetle brings unrivaled Mediterranean dishes with a four-course menu for $50 and optional wine pairing for $25. Known for its craft cocktails, diners can expect a special Valentine’s Day spirited cocktail. Golden Beetle is located in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood at 1744 NW Market Street. Call 206.706.2977 or visit Golden-Beetle.com for reservations.

    First Course

    Spiced Carrot Soup, olive oil, turmeric, crouton

    Wine: Ontanon Vetiver Rosado, Rioja, Spain ‘11

    Winter Citrus Salad, fennel, red onion, pomegranate seeds

    Wine: Funente Seca, Macabeo/Sauvignon Blanc, Spain ‘09

    Leek and Kale Tart, sumac, currents

    Wine: Ontanon Vetiver Rosado, Rioja, Spain ‘11

    Second Course

    Olympia Oysters, mignonette, lemon

    Wine: Sabrego Godello, Valdeorras, Spain ‘10

    Paprika Smoked Cod, white beans, crème fraîche, parsley

    Wine: Ontanon Vetiver, Rioja, Spain ‘09

    Spanakopita, baby spinach, feta, phyllo

    Wine: Mark Wysling Rousanne/Marsanne, Yakima Valley, Washington ‘11

    Third Course

    Seared Lamb Belly, celery root puree, pistachio, brussel sprouts

    Wine: Chateau Galtier L’Obstinee, Saint Chinian, France ‘09

    Yogurt Marinated Chicken, carrot couscous, cabbage slaw, tzatziki

    Wine: Tenuta Delle Terre Nere, Etna Bianco, Italy ‘11
    Stuffed Baby Eggplant, tomato, garlic, pinenuts

    Wine: Cooper Hill Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon ‘10

    Fourth Course

    Crème Fraîche Sorbet, almond cookie, black pepper

    Wine: Sandeman Amontillado

    Chocolate Truffle Torte, framboise, chantilly

    Wine: Broadbent Rainwater Medeira

    Grilled Local Pear, cacao nib, candied walnut, cardamom

    Wine: Domaine des Gatinauds, Pineau des Charentes

    LLOYD MARTIN

    Chef-owner Sam Crannell is inspiring couples this Valentine’s Day to indulge in their senses with his aphrodisiac-inspired Sexy Menu. While the menu will be created with what Sam can source fresh from purveyors, guests will encounter such items as local honey, lobster, avocado, local oysters and other sensual ingredients. The three-course menu will be offered for $75 per person with an optional wine paring for an additional $25. Located on Queen Anne’s counterbalance at 1525 Queen Anne Ave North, Seattle. Make reservations by calling 206.420.7602 or visit LloydMartinSeattle.com.

    IL FORNAIO

    Il Fornaio’s own Seattle Chef Franz Junga is recreating the flavors of one of Italy’s most beloved regions, the “green heart of Italy,” Umbria from Feb. 4-17, including Valentine’s Day. Bring your special someone, group of friends or fly solo to indulge in the robust, flavorful and earthy menu filled with Umbrian specialties and imported ingredients, including black truffles, olive oil, pecorino and handmade pastas. This special menu is available per item or can be enjoyed as a three-course tasting menu for $32.99. Umbrian wine pairings are also available by the half glass ($5-$8), glass ($9-$15), bottle ($39-$59) or enjoy any three half glasses for $14.99. Diners will receive a heart-shaped bottle of Il Fornaio’s signature extra-virgin olive oil as a complimentary gift. Located in Pacific Place in downtown Seattle at 600 Pine Street. Call for reservations at 206.264.0994 or online at IlFornaio.com.

    Zuppa e antipasti

    Zuppa di Porcini con Frascarelli – Porcini mushroom soup with potatoes, celery, onion and garlic; served with housemade frascarelli and Grana Padano and drizzled with Umbrian extra-virgin olive oil (vegetarian; vegan without cheese) $5.99/6.99.

    Wine: Grecante, Arnaldo Caprai, 2011

    Insalata di Finocchi e Pecorino Pepato – Fennel salad with farro, Belgian endive, watercress, celery, carrots and pecorino pepato cheese, with red wine vinaigrette $9.99.

    Wine: Bramito del Cervo Chardonnay, Castello della Sala, 2011

    Crostini con Uova e Tartufo Nero – Toasted focaccia croutons topped with scrambled eggs, black truffles, and Grana Padano $11.99.

    Wine: Bramito del Cervo Chardonnay, Castello della Sala, 2011

    Pasta

    Gnocchi di Bietole e Spinaci – Spinach and beet dumplings with porcini mushroom cream sauce and crispy sage (vegetarian)
$16.79.

    Wine: Grecante, Arnaldo Caprai, 2011

    Cuore di Raviolo con Rancetto – Heart-shaped butternut squash ravioli filled with guinea hen, carrots, celery, and herbs, served in a crispy pancetta sauce with tomato coulis and Grana Padano $17.99.

    Wine: Rosso Montefalco, Copetrone, 2008

    Cannelloni alla Ternana – Fresh pasta filled with pecorino, gruyere and fresh ricotta, Swiss chard, potatoes, pine nuts and onions; baked with béchamel and sliced black truffles (vegetarian) $18.99.

    Wine: Rosso Montefalco, Copetrone, 2008

    Risotto Umbro – Carnaroli rice, Italian sausage, porcini mushrooms, Grana Padano, tomato, marinara, thyme and basil $18.79.

    Wine: Sagrantino di Montefalco, Colpetrone, 2007

    Secondi

    Anatra alla Perugina – Wood-fired rotisserie duck with citrus sauce; served with sautéed spinach and roasted Yukon Gold potatoes $26.99.

    Wine: Rosso Montefalco, Copetrone, 2008

    Salmone Tartufato – Salmon filet sautéed with artichokes and topped with black truffles; served with sliced potato cake $27.99.

    Wine: Bramito del Cervo Chardonnay, Castello della Sala, 2011

    Agnello in Crosta di Pecorino – Roasted rack of lamb in Umbrian pecorino cheese crust; served with roasted Yukon Gold potatoes and sautéed seasonal vegetables $28.99.

    Wine: Sagrantino di Montefalco, Colpetrone, 2007

    Sogliola al Grecchetto – Petrale sole sautéed with Grecchetto wine served with roasted shiitake mushrooms and green olive gremolata $28.99.

    Wine: Grecante, Arnaldo Caprai, 2011

    Dolci

    Semifreddo di Tozzetti – Semi-frozen Vin Santo custard with Umbrian cookies, topped with chocolate sauce and candied orange peel $6.99.

    Where will we see you on Valentine’s Day?

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  • TASTE OF UMBRIA FEB 4-17 01.23.13



    While taking a trip to Italy might be out of reach for some, you can still experience the food, wine and culture right here in Seattle. Il Fornaio recreates the flavors of Italy’s most beloved regions and coming up Feb 4-17, Seattle Chef Franz Junga will present a robust, flavorful and earthy menu from the “green heart of Italy,” Umbria!

    The landlocked, rolling countryside region of Umbria is famous for its olives; cold-pressed to make green, fruity olive oils, including Il Fornaio’s own signature olive oil. Umbria is also noted for its sheep’s milk cheese including tangy pecorino, as well as hearty lentils and grains, porcinis and handmade pasta such as frascarelli. Umbria is home to Valnerina where forty-five percent of Italy’s black truffles are found. Influenced by its northern neighbors, Umbrian dishes also utilize root vegetables and hearty leafy greens, including beets, Swiss chard and black kale.

    Chef Franz Junga has created the menu based on his trips to Italy, his research of the country, its cuisine and culture, as well as more than 17 years cooking authentic Italian dishes. This special menu is available per item or can be enjoyed as a three-course tasting menu for $32.99.

    ZUPPA E ANTIPASTI
    Zuppa di Porcini con Frascarelli – Porcini mushroom soup with potatoes, celery, onion and garlic; served with housemade frascarelli and Grana Padano and drizzled with Umbrian extra-virgin olive oil (vegetarian; vegan without cheese) $5.99/6.99.

    Insalata di Finocchi e Pecorino Pepato – Fennel salad with farro, Belgian endive, watercress, celery, carrots and pecorino pepato cheese, with red wine vinaigrette $9.99.

    Crostini con Uova e Tartufo Nero – Toasted focaccia croutons topped with scrambled eggs, black truffles, and Grana Padano $11.99.

    PASTA

    Gnocchi di Bietole e Spinaci – Spinach and beet dumplings with porcini mushroom cream sauce and crispy sage (vegetarian)
$16.79.

    Cuore di Raviolo con Rancetto – Heart-shaped butternut squash ravioli filled with guinea hen, carrots, celery, and herbs, served in a crispy pancetta sauce with tomato coulis and Grana Padano $17.99.

    Cannelloni alla Ternana – Fresh pasta filled with pecorino, gruyere and fresh ricotta, Swiss chard, potatoes, pine nuts and onions; baked with béchamel and sliced black truffles (vegetarian) $18.99.

    Risotto Umbro – Carnaroli rice, Italian sausage, porcini mushrooms, Grana Padano, tomato, marinara, thyme and basil $18.79.

    SECONDI

    Anatra alla Perugina – Wood-fired rotisserie duck with citrus sauce; served with sautéed spinach and roasted Yukon Gold potatoes $26.99.

    Salmone Tartufato – Salmon filet sautéed with artichokes and topped with black truffles; served with sliced potato cake $27.99.

    Agnello in Crosta di Pecorino – Roasted rack of lamb in Umbrian pecorino cheese crust; served with roasted Yukon Gold potatoes and sautéed seasonal vegetables $28.99. (pictured above)

    Sogliola al Grecchetto – Petrale sole sautéed with Grecchetto wine served with roasted shiitake mushrooms and green olive gremolata $28.99.

    DOLCI

    Semifreddo di Tozzetti – Semi-frozen Vin Santo custard with Umbrian cookies, topped with chocolate sauce and candied orange peel $6.99.

    If you’re paying attention you’ll also notice that this menu is offered on Valentine’s Day so make your reservation and grab your date for an impressive night out! You’ll also receive a heart-shaped bottle of Il Forniao’s own extra-virgin olive oil for enjoying this menu anytime between Feb 4-17. Learn more about Festa Regionale here.

    We’ll have more exciting announcements about the Umbrian wines that go with this menu, interactive cooking classes (save the date for the Umbria cooking class Feb. 9), upcoming Festa Regionale dates and more!

    Pop into Il Fornaio in Pacific Place, 600 Pine Street in downtown Seattle. Call for dining reservations at (206) 264-0994 and find onlineFacebook and Twitter.

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  • Indulge in Yakima Valley’s Red Wine & Chocolate 02.09.12



    We happen to think that wine goes well with everything. However, it goes even better with all kinds of chocolate! From milk, dark, white, salted to cooked into your favorite dessert or cascading from a chocolate fountain – chocolate and red wine are a match made in heaven. The wineries of Yakima Valley will be pairing every kind of chocolate and showing you how to pair well, too, during their annual Red Wine & Chocolate weekend Feb. 18-19.

    Just 150 miles from Seattle and Portland, the overnight or weekend trip is a perfectly themed Valentine’s Day gift for your special someone or plan the trip together. Wine Yakima Valley is your one and only stop to purchase passes for Red Wine & Chocolate while giving you access to discounts, exclusive pairings, library tastings, tours, and more all weekend long. The $30 Red Wine & Chocolate Premier Passes can be purchased in advance by end of day tomorrow, February 10, or for $35 at wineries during the event weekend.

    Plan your trip with a breeze with the new mobile wine tour app. It’s easy to use and FREE!

    For those event-goers on Twitter, check out the Sip & Click contest while bouncing from winery to winery. Simply snap a pic of your Red Wine & Chocolate experience, tweet it with where you’re at and the hashtag #yakimawine and you will be eligible to win amazing prizes including a gift certificate to Ummelina Spa, an estate tour at Terra Blanca, winemaker for a day at Two Mountain Winery, and a Wilridge Vineyard tour and a Cowiche Canyon hike or mountain bike. All you have to do is Sip and Click!

    In advance of Red Wine & Chocolate, try your own hand at pairing with these helpful tips:

    Let it melt – Taste the chocolate and allow it to melt on your tongue just prior to sipping wine.
    Tannins don’t mix – Avoid wines and chocolates that are overly tannic in nature, which compete with each other and result in a muddled and flat combination.
    Salted combinations – Buttery or sweet whites pair exceptionally well with salted milk chocolate.
    Savory and smooth – Wines with savory notes, such as smoke, wood or meaty qualities, are outstanding when paired with chocolate with a smooth texture and similar savory notes, such as leather, cheese or smoke.
    Bold similarities – Bold, full-bodied wines pair very well with chocolates that are hearty and rustic in texture with a similarly pronounced flavor.
    Two of a kind – Wines or chocolate with similarly distinct notes, such as black pepper, can be mutually enhanced when paired together.
    Beginners luck – The easiest method for a successful pairing is to select chocolates that contain berries, dried fruit or nuts.

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  • Planning your Valentine’s 02.03.12



    Whether you’re coupled up, going solo or carousing with friends, we have dining, drinking and home-cooking ideas for you to spend this Valentine’s Day.

    LIQUID LOVE
    Fall under the spell of Love Potion Number 9 at Tini Bigs! Featured the entire week of Valentine’s, Tini Bigs offers their cocktail expertise for imbibing at the classic bar with a concoction of Woodford Reserve, Chambord, Champagne (of course!), and an orange twist served in a champagne flute. At just $9, make this your pre-dinner stop or sip the night away all week long.

    Sing to your heart’s content at Hula Hula! Seattle’s best tiki karaoke bar invites you to belt out your favorite broken heart tune, lost in love ballad, or really put your heart on the line by serenading your date – we just can’t be responsible for any heckling you might endure!

    DO IT YOURSELF
    Celebrate Valentine’s Day the Argentinean way with Estancia Lucia’s delicious recipes. Grill your favorite seafood, chicken or steak and top it with their vibrant chimichurri sauce, enjoy meaty Arauco Olives for the perfect appetizer with cheese and bread, finish potatoes or vegetables with a drizzle of their Arauco Extra Virgin Olive Oil and for dessert top fresh vanilla ice cream with candied pumpkin for a sweet finish!
    Find recipes and tips at Magic Road international

    LEAVE IT TO THE PROS
    Cafe Flora’s 20th annual Valentine’s dinner menu is a fun and flirty mix of the Seattle vegetarian landmark’s hearty and sustainable fare. Call now for reservations in Cafe Flora’s atrium, where a water feature and plants create a serene and romantic dining room. The prix fixe menu is $45.00 per person; reservations required.
    First Course
    Savory Embrace -Savory bok choy filling in a wonton pastry with a goat cheese crema, black bean chili sauce and candied kumquats. (available vegan & available gluten free)

    Second Course
    Light My Fire Salad – A sweet and spicy blend of fresh cresses, carrot and grilled jicama topped with star fruit and crispy fried leeks in a minted yuzu vinaigrette. (vegan & gluten free)

    Third Course
    Layers of Love – Macadamia nut encrusted filo stuffed with gingered shiitake mushrooms on grilled asparagus planks and a black and white sticky rice cake and a galangal butternut squash sauce. (vegan & available gluten free)

    Fourth Course
    Chocolate Cherry Jubilee – Chocolate pate sucree, cherry cremeux, caramel filling, mini truffles, black cherry Bordeaux reduction (vegan & gluten free)
    OR
    Fluffernutter – Crustless brioche, peanut butter mousse, white chocolate peanut praline, burnt meringue, marshmallow anglaise.



    Make your Valentine’s heart-healthy with sustainable and organic cuisine with award-winning flavor at Tilth! Recently selected as one of the ten most sustainable restaurants in the country, Tilth is offering a four course Valentine’s Day feast with three options under each course for $85 (exclusive of tax and gratuity).
    First Course
    Dakota Beef Hanger Steak Tartare – quail egg, celery root, remoulade
    Taylor Shellfish Oysters – mint jelly, salmon roe, mignonette
    Full Circle Farm Beets – creme fraiche, tarragon, watercress

    Second Course
    Fraga Farms Goat Cheese Tart – caramelized onion, niçoise olive, white anchovy
    Vancouver Island Scallops – parsnip, french breakfast radish, cured olive
    Sylver Fishing Co. Spot Prawns – salsify, grapefruit, coral butter

    Third Course
    Seared Liberty Duck Breast – navel orange, sunchoke, lacinato kale
    Roasted Lamb Loin – grilled leek, romesco, espelette
    Carnaroli Risotto – oregon truffle, pecorino, pine nut

    Fourth Course
    Semolina Cake – fig streusel, pecan, port
    Vanilla Bean Tapioca Pudding – anise shortbread, currant, fresh breeze cream
    Theo Dark Chocolate Terrine – cranberry, almond praline, fluer de sel



    Take your valentine to the mediterranean with Chef Maria Hines’ three-course mediterranean-inspired menu at Golden Beetle. Created with local, organic and wild ingredients, the three course menu for $37 will surely satisfy your valentine (price is per person; three options under each course; exclusive of tax and gratuity).
    First Course
    Baby Spinach Salad – apple, kasseri cheese, sumac vinaigrette
    Grilled Halloumi Cheese – roasted beet, arugula, herb vinaigrette
    Jerusalem Artichoke Soup – white truffle oil

    Main Course
    St. Jude’s Grape Leaf wrapped Albacore Tuna – white bean, fennel, urfa pepper
    Wild Boar Shank Tagine – apricot, couscous, toasted walnut
    Mushroom Ravioli – yogurt sauce, ricotta, pinenuts

    Dessert
    Chocolate Truffle Torte – rose scented pistachio ice cream
    Caramel Pots de Crème – orange flower water, cardamom, sesame cookie
    Black Walnut Baklava – phyllo dough, honey, cinnamon creme fraiche

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