Slate Coffee Roasters Ballard + Chef Brandt Bishop

Slate Coffee Roasters, Ballard

Slate Coffee Roasters, Ballard

This was my first time visiting Slate Coffee and I adore it... Slate is an intimate little coffee bar that's bright and cheery, nestled in Ballard across from Brimmer & Heeltap. I met up with Chef Brandt Bishop, currently at the world-renowned Canon, to talk shop, about the Seattle food scene and his next adventure. (I wish I could spill the beans on that, but please stay tuned for his announcement because it's super exciting!)

I highly recommend Slate Coffee because it's not only creamy, delicious coffee, but the atmosphere invites you to have conversations with the baristas and those around you. You'll see people reading books instead of having their heads down in the computer... It's a lovely change of pace!  

 

Chef Brandt Bishop, Seattle

Chef Brandt Bishop, currently at Canon through the end of march

Chef Brandt Bishop, currently at Canon through the end of march

I am also going to keep my eye on Chef Bishop because he's an up-and-coming talent (moving up quickly!) to be recognized in Seattle. Formerly with Aragona and The Book Bindery, you can still catch him at Canon through the end of March until he begins his new chapter in April. At Canon, try the Pork Belly Bun (amazing!!!), Flatbread with Cauliflower, Sunchoke, Confit Onion, Manchego and Roasted Garlic Puree, and the St. Helens Ranch Petite Tender. Brandt really wants to push the boundaries of creativity in the kitchen with the Seattle food scene and wants to connect with the community in big ways so there will be more news on this as our ideas progress. 

Thank you Chef Bishop for recommending Slate and we'll have more on you in the near future!

There's Nothing Like Lunch on the Puget Sound: Six Seven is So Lovely!

One of the most wonderful things about living in Seattle is that we're surrounded by beautiful water including the magnificent Puget Sound. So when you get the opportunity to have lunch in one of our many restaurants with a view it's a special moment.

This week I got to do just that at Six Seven on the downtown Seattle waterfront when meeting with some incredibly talented people: My good friend Randy Lane, who is also a part of Rob and Donna Dughi's episode as well as Sumi Hahn Almquist. Sumi really needs no introduction because she's so well known! She has an amazing history in the culinary world including being an author, former food critic in Seattle as well as for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, and is the former owner of The Book Bindery along with her husband Mike.

The lunch was delicious and I highly recommend the Bento Box (with your choice of salad, soup and sandwich), as well as the "Mom's Chicken Salad" and "Two Clam Chowder." Delicious!

Thank you Randy and Sumi for the great conversation and lovely experience.

Sitting on the Puget Sound, Two Clam Chowder, Mom's Chicken Salad and Bento Box

For more on Six Seven, you can find them on Facebook here.

Meet the Moon in Seattle's Leschi Neighborhood... Love, Adore, Amazing

Moroccan Spiced Cauliflower with Lemon Yogurt, Pickled Golden Raising, Almonds, Cilantro and Golden Raisin Gastrique

Moroccan Spiced Cauliflower with Lemon Yogurt, Pickled Golden Raising, Almonds, Cilantro and Golden Raisin Gastrique

Welcome to the neighborhood Meet the Moon.... We have been waiting for something unique, cozy and brilliant along the Lake Washington waterfront over on this end! It is our pleasure to highlight this lovely new restaurant from the Heavy Restaurant Group (Purple, Barrio, Lot No 3, The Commons), along with Chef Omar Salazar-Cruz, who comes from Purple, and whom we'd like to call an up-and-coming Chef who needs more attention! 

Meet the Moon is open for breakfast through dinner. We went there for dinner and had the Moroccan Spiced Cauliflower along with the Tacos de Omar, which are Chef's choice for the day... These were brilliant! If you go there for dinner, you may want to go early because they sell out of the tacos regularly. 

Please enjoy some photos as well as the Yelp review from our friend Andrea to see what diners have to say! (Also... After posting her review, Andrea received a nice email from the Heavy Restaurant Group thanking her. Talk about great customer service...)

Meet the Moon on Yelp

Thank you Chef Omar Salazar-Cruz for saying "Hello!"

To find more on Meet the Moon, visit their website here.

Order: AweSom Curries by Som Kesa Available to Order!

AweSom Curries by Som Kesa

Due to overwhelming demand, it is with great excitement that Foodie Empire Honoree Som Kesa would like to announce the availability of her authentic Thai cooking, beginning with Chicken Green Curry and Chicken Panang Curry. Som recently made care packages for her son Jasper, who was in town for the holidays. To ensure he would be sent back to New York a with a loving touch of home, Som created vacuum-sealed meals for him and posted the photos in the Seattle Foodies Facebook Group.

The care packets generated so much excitement, she will now sell them for others! Here are the details:

Week of 1/24/2016: Chicken Green Curry and Chicken Panang Curry

Som has developed a full menu (see below) and will be offering two options weekly. We are taking orders now for this week (week of January 24, 2016) for Som's Chicken Green Curry and Chicken Panang Curry, made fresh to order. 

I will make them the way I make for myself or my family, just like you would find at best food stalls in Thailand.
— Som Kesa
Authentic Thai Curry Packets by Foodie Empire Honoree Som Kesa

Other Details

  • One generous serving per bag, to be served with rice (not included).
  • Curries will last 3-4 days in the fridge.
  • Packets will last in the freezer for at least one month, ready whenever you want!
  • Curries are in industrial vacuum bags.  They are BPA free, microwave and freezer safe.
  • Only the best ingredients are used with no refined sugar or additives. The curry paste is hand-carried from Thailand as is the palm sugar.
  • No fillers like carrots and other unnecessary items you may find in restaurants just to create bulk.
  • Initial discount price of $10 per bag (minimum 5 bags weekly).
  • Curries are crafted in small batch to ensure quality!!!
  • Two options will be provided weekly (and switched up every week!)
  • Minimum 5 bags per order (yes, you can mix and match with the two weekly offerings!)
  • Orders to be picked up at Som's house in Green Lake on Sundays from 10am to 2 pm. (details will be provided when your order is complete) We will try to accommodate your scheduling needs. 
  • The last day to order will be on Friday, with Som shopping and cooking on Saturday for Sunday pick-up in the Green Lake neighborhood.
  • Orders accepted weekly.
  • Order with confidence. Satisfaction guaranteed
  • One free bag with a customer referral with purchase.
  • Free peanut sauce for Foodie Empire members 

Order below for Chicken Panang Curry and/or Chicken Green Curry for the Week of 1/24, 2016 (minimum 5 packets per order, but can mix + match) 

Thank you so much for supporting Som Kesa! I know you'll love her food as I regularly crave her dishes and wish she could be in my kitchen all of the time! Please see Som's full-menu below of items she'll be offering throughout the coming weeks:



Foodie Kitchen Spotlight: Larena Hatley

Foodie Kitchen Spotlight: Larena Hatley

Being in Foodie Empire Honoree Larena Hatley's kitchen is like finding a fun surprise around every corner and in every nook and cranny... It's amazing! From gadgets to spices to artisanal items, it's really fun to explore. As a result, I asked Larena if I could show you what's inside, which she happily said "Yes" to! Here is a little peek.

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Slow Roasted Ribeye With a Torch and Fire via Geoff Kann

Watch Foodie Empire Honoree Geoff Kann cook steaks in the most unique way... Beginning with taking a blow torch to frozen ribeyes.

For more on Geoff, you can find him here. We look forward to showcasing more of his culinary talents including his full episode coming soon!

Spotlight on Seattle Food Photographer and Art Director Denise Sakaki

Spotlight on Seattle Food Photographer and Art Director Denise Sakaki

With a brilliant eye and amazing style who's work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine's Grub Street, 425 Magazine and DList, along with doing creative work for organizations such as Microsoft and the United Nations, it is my pleasure to put the spotlight on Seattle Food Photographer, Art Director and Blogger, Denise Sakaki. Denise was introduced to me by another talented lady, Terri Ann Johnson, and I've loved keeping up with her work since, including her Blog, Wasabi Prime.

Thank you Denise for taking the time to share your world with us! Here are some of her thoughts on being a food photographer, the Seattle food scene, and of course we can't forget her adorable pup, Beeks.

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146-Calorie Chocolate Cake from Jason Pedwell

The headline is true... And we're highlighting this simple recipe because it comes from Jason Pedwell, a lover of food, but of the extremely healthy kind! Jason, who is helping Foodie Empire by running our Instagram account, practices "Keto" which is a low-carb diet. We're more than happy to share some of his creations, which will include a healthy Beef Bourguignon coming soon. 

Thank you Jason for helping Foodie Empire! We hope you enjoy this low-calorie Chocolate Cake recipe.

Keto Chocolate Mug Cake

Post-MasterChef, Seattle's Amanda Saab Continues to be Creative Force

Post-MasterChef, Seattle's Amanda Saab Continues to be Creative Force

It has now been a few months since the finale of MasterChef Season 6, which featured Seattle contestant Amanda Saab; A social worker who began going full-force on mastering brilliant dishes in the kitchen after graduate school as a creative outlet. It is my pleasure to introduce Amanda here in her new chapter, post-MasterChef. Thank you Amanda for sharing your story with us!

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Harvest Crepe Tostada: A Healthy Start to the New Year

It's the new year and like most everyone, I feel the need to kick it off with some healthy eats, especially after the holiday overindulgence! Earlier today while trying to think of what to make, I found myself inspired by Seattle Foodie extraordinaire and Foodie Empire Honoree, Som Kesa (which happens often), who's creations are genius. 

I went shopping for a lot of fresh vegetables the other day and always have avocados on hand, so thought of doing Crepes overflowing with these gorgeous ingredients. I ended up with what I'm calling a "Harvest Crepe Tostada" and sharing the ingredients below. It was incredibly tasty, super fresh and a dish that's so flexible, you can substitute the ingredients for anything you have on hand or are craving.

The "Crepe" inspiration came from Som's "Crepe with Crispy Duck" recipe which of course, is one of the most fantastic things I've ever had the pleasure of eating.

I cooked my Crepes in Coconut Oil (one of my most favorite items) and sprinkled with Parmesan Cheese and Lemon Rind. I then added Avocado, Radish, Tomato, Red Onion, Crunchy Sprouts and Salsa. You can substitute anything and everything here to create the Crepe of your dreams.

Thank you Som for your inspiration and I hope you enjoy!