back to blogging.

after a long hiatus from blogging — but certainly not from cocktails, travel, and food — i’m back. loads of updates coming soon!

if you’re curious about what i’ve been up to for the past year, check out the cocktail book i produced and was the creative director for!

pur-in-spirit_photo by kelly puleiophoto by: kelly puleio

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skool.

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skool has been on my to try list since it opened two years ago. and i finally made it for a late saturday dinner with a few friends (one of whom is a diehard skool fan). the service was exceptional, and the food delicate, flavorful, and interesting. we enjoyed several bottles of red (which our server was happy to let us sample before committing), two dozen washington state oysters, mushroom fries, hamachi crudo, mussels, crab risotto, shrimp and scallop ceviche, and a trio of desserts with two rounds of espresso martinis on the side. not only did the food win me over, but the espresso martinis was on par with my beloved nopa, adding a twist of creaminess all its own. we will definitely be back!

sunday in seattle.

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post terra plata brunch, sunday continued with a visit to pike place market for seafood and donuts, and a late-afternoon affogato at chocolate box, featuring caffe vita espresso and molly moon ice cream. we then moved onto drinks, the evening started with a cocktail at tavern law, followed by a cocktail at barrio, and dinner at quinn’s.

a perfect day of eating and drinking our way around seattle.

 

terra plata, seattle.

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i enjoyed one of my best new brunch experiences of recent at seattle’s terra plata. we sat at the bar, took our time, and splurged! the restaurant’s “earth to plate” concept features produce from their rooftop garden in a sunny and unique corner space. to drink we started with a pomelo and mint mimosa, followed by a bloody mary with house-infused garlic vodka – both original and well executed twists on the classics.

the gf and i shared the bread pudding french toast with bourbon-caramel, pecans and apple to start (this was the splurge part, and it was totally worth getting too full!) my preference is generally for savory food but this was on a level all its own and anybody who stops in for brunch needs to splurge too! in the realm of savory we had chimichurri steak and eggs, and a winter veggie scramble – i’d recommend either.

basically, we enjoyed our brunch so much that we almost went back for dinner the next night. and if we lived in seattle this would easily be one of our go-to spots.

canon, seattle.

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canon has the most epic bar and biggest captain’s list that i’ve seen in a long time, and lacks the pretention of most bars of its caliber. our bartender, brian, was beyond helpful, letting us sample beverages of interest, and recommending other seattle must try eateries. i was won over by the hanky panky, one of their glass aged cocktails served in a flask; gin, sweet vermouth, fernet and orange zest, complex and balanced. the gf opted for “shrouded roulette,” where you tell the bartender what you’re in the mood for and he mixes you up something custom – brian nailed it, twice.

the food also makes canon worth a visit. angosture-bourbon nuts, with cashews, pretzels and caramel corn, are an addictive happy hour companion. the confit salmon with truffle dumplings, leek and mushroom was some of the most well prepared, flavorful, and delicate salmon i’ve ever had – we were seriously blown away.

this is a pretty impressive start to our weekend, and sets the bar high for what else seattle has to offer.