• Lloyd Martin is the Best Of . . . 08.13.12

    We’ve known Lloyd Martin is special since we first stepped foot into this Queen Anne restaurant. With a talented chef, interesting and affordable Social Hour (a.k.a. happy hour), and cocktails that don’t disappoint (literally, this bartender is batting 1000 for creating cocktails on a whim that impress), we had our fingers crossed and our hopes high for Seattle Weekly’s Best Of 2012 Awards. “The Champagne of Years” tagline spoke to our fondness of summer swilling American beer so we nabbed our tickets and headed to the event.

    By now you know where we are going with this . . . yes, Lloyd Martin earned its place in the editorial awards as Best New Restaurant. If you’re anything like us and you keep track of all the restaurant openings in the city then you know this award is no easy feat.

    Open since October 2011, we suggest you head into Lloyd Martin. After all, the secret’s out and the line should be forming to experience chef-owner Sam Crannell’s answer to creative and delicious comfort food.

    Read more Lloyd Martin reviews.

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  • Cafe Flora’s spring menu is in full bloom! 04.24.12

    With the sun shining and spring in bloom, there’s no better time to dine at Seattle’s vegetarian hotspot, Cafe Flora. Known for their creative vegetarian and vegan dishes, charming atmosphere, and fresh local produce, Cafe Flora has a new spring menu, offering a tempting lineup of must-try dishes!

    You won’t find meat at this vegetarian gem, but what you will find is unbelievably hearty and healthy seasonal dishes served straight from local farms to your table. Take it from Seattleite Magazine Meatless Monday writer Catherine Giudici who took the words right out of our mouth: “This spot’s spring menu has me sprung!”

    Spring Menu
    Spring Wontons – bock choy filled wontons, fried and served with goat cheese crema, rhubarb chutney and a black bean garlic sauce. (available vegan)
    Strawberry Butter Lettuce Salad – strawberries, peas and grilled spring onions cradled in butter lettuce in a basil black pepper dressing. (vegan)
    Nettle Ravioli – citrus cashew sauce, petite radishes and Jerusalem artichoke salad. (vegan)
    Tuscan Asparagus & Fava Bean Polenta – chive blossom polenta, grilled asparagus, fava bean mousse in an artichoke heart with sweet onion and nicoise olive tapenade, toasted almond gremolata. (vegan and gluten free)
    Spring Morel Risotto – hare covert and snap peas in an herbed pistou topped with Parmesano Reggiano and roasted cherry tomatoes.
    Potato-Crusted Quiche with Grilled Asparagus & Wild Morel Ragout – spring onions, fresh herbs, and goat cheese in classic custard with a thin potato crust. (gluten-free)
    Chocolate Brownie Coup – salted peanut butter balsamic ice cream, hot fudge, chocolate crumble. (vegan, gluten free, soy free)
    Strawberry Rhubarb Galette – hibiscus crème chantilly, honey caramel. (vegan, gluten free, soy free)

    If you’re still thinking a vegetarian restaurant is “only for vegetarians” you’re certainly not alone. Check out Seattle Weekly’s interview with Cafe Flora chef Janine Doran who’s admits she was intimidated at first, but now nearly 19 years later she continues to break the stereotype of typical vegetarian dishes with items such as Cafe Flora’s killer Spring Nettle Ravioli… that will leave you begging for more. Finish the evening with one of their amazing desserts, often vegan and gluten free, and you’ll leave full and happy with half the guilt!

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  • Find an authentic East Coast-style deli here – Goldbergs’! 12.06.11

    Goldbergs’ is as close to an East Coast-style Jewish deli as you’ll find in the Seattle area. GM and chef Khaled Attia spoke with the Seattle Weekly about bringing his years of experience in New York to the 250 seat restaurant, bar and deli counter in Bellevue.

    The authenticity of Goldbergs’ is in full-force this December! In celebration of Hanukkah, the authentic East Coast-style Jewish deli is giving away free potato latke with any dinner entrée after 5 p.m. during the entire month of December! Khaled appeared on New Day Northwest to chat about the promotion and share his recipe for the perfect potato latke. Celebrate Hanukkah all month long and enjoy traditional Jewish fare (and more) at Goldbergs’.

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  • Maria Hines slings drinks for The Seattle Times 11.30.11

    James Beard Award-winning chef Maria Hines recently decided to put down her knife and pans and pick up a cocktail shaker and housemade bitters, but only one night a week. Maria has been bartending on Tuesday nights from 5-6 p.m. during the Golden Beetle happy hour. Maria will continue gabbing with guests and focusing on creating some unique and crowd-pleasing cocktails through the end of the year.

    See today’s The Seattle Times and delve into the Seattle Weekly’s take on her bartending skills.

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