Posts Tagged 'Seattle’s Best Desserts'

A real life Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Okay, not quite…but I did go to the chocolate tour at Theo Chocolate in Fremont.  It was SO much fun!!!

I went with my ex-work friends: Sara, Renita, and Valerie.  The tour is $6 and totally worth it!  You get lots of samples of different flavors and types of chocolate.  They also give you the history of their factory and you learn how chocolate is made.  With a natural love of chocolate, I of course, was fascinated!  Even the dark chocolate they make tasted good – and I’ve always been a milk chocolate kind of girl.

Theo’s is a fair-trade, 100% organic chocolate maker.  They use small community farmers in S. America and Africa.  And Theo’s is one of a minority of chocolate makers in the U.S. that make their own chocolate from start to finish (roasting the cacao beans, grinding, etc. etc.).  Really cool.  They are super creative with a lot of unique and interesting flavors of chocolate bars and confectionals (aka truffle like things).  YUM.

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I highly recommend going on the tour.  Warning: you HAVE to wear the hairnet.  Yes, a totally hot look right now.

Another warning: You may end up spending copious amount of money on chocolate at the end of the tour.  :-)  Happy sweets!

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P.S. Two of Theo’s Chocolates are on Seattle Magazine’s Best Dessert list: Earl Grey Tea Ganache and the Peanut Butter and Jelly ‘truffle’.’  So…another two desserts I can cross off the list!

Another chocolate-y, sugary day

Earlier this week, I met up with my friends (and now ex-coworkers) Deborah and Katie for some yummy lunch and delicious conversation (is that possible?)  We had some amazing savory-style crepes (pronounced “krep” not “craype”) at the cutest little restaurant in Ballard (Anita’s Crepes).  We of course had to follow that up with some tasty cupcakes at Cupcake Royale. 

And what do you know?  Valentine’s Day just happens to be right around the corner…which is the only time of the year Cupcake Royale makes their “Death by Chocolate” cupcake…which just happens to be on Seattle Magazines Best Dessert list.  Naturally, I ordered one ASAP!  But I decided to wait and eat it at home and instead ate their flavor of the month cupcake “caramel with sea salt” YUMM-Y!  It was damn good.  It’s not on the best dessert list, but it should be.

So I manage to wait until Thursday night to eat my Death by Chocolate cupcake.  I had just played a good hour of basketball right before that, so it only made sense to replenish my depleted energy.  Well, it was good…but just “eh” sort of good.  Was a little disappointed, but I managed to “choke” it down…every last crumb. 🙂

Now it’s Friday.  A fairly slow day here at work.  And very brrr outside.  I’ve actually been spending the past couple of hours fiddling with my new Blackberry Pearl phone.  (That deserves another posting all on its own).  With all the hard work I’ve put into today, I decided to eat some more…chocolate. I walk over to Dahlia Bakery and get the “Chocolate Truffle cookie” and the “Chocolate Pecan Butter Crunch” cookie.  I am told they are both on the Best Desserts list. 

I am back to my desk…I  have eaten both cookies already (no judging)…and I come to find out, only the truffle cookie is on the list!  I was duped!  So…I can only cross one cookie off.  Ironically, the non-listed cookie…was actually better (way better) than the listed cookie. Perhaps I should rethink my plan of sticking to the best dessert list.  Nah, I think I’ll go fiddle with my phone some more.  Desserts #13 and 14…CHECK!

Update: Dessert #12 down; construction craze

DESSERT:I have eaten my 12th “Best Dessert” – the Lemon Crunch cookie at Sugar Bakery & Cafe.  On a SLOW day at work this past Monday, I decided to walk to the bakery.  It was about a mile away (I figure it works off all the cookie calories).  I hadn’t been to the bakery before, but I know I’ll be back – it’s SO cute…and all of their desserts (especially the cupcakes) looked amazingly delicious! 

I exhibited some self-control – I got only the cookie on the Best Desserts list.  The cookie was really good – a sugar cookie with a lemony taste.  I loved the big sugar crystals sprinkled on top. 

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CONSTRUCTION: Finally, our townhouse is getting a makeover!!  The reconstruction efforts started in our townhouse community a year ago – but it has taken that long to get to us.  So for the next two months – we’ll be getting new siding and new windows.  Other units will get more depending on if there’s any water damage or rotting wood-but our house doesn’t need much.   (Note: Apparently when the units were built, the construction company was faulty building some of the units – big lawsuit was filed by the HOA – years and years and years of court battles – finally a settlement was reached – and now we are getting the necessary repairs done.)

I’m excited for the new windows (apparently they make a big difference with sound and insulation) but the noise of the construction is LOUD!  I could use those windows now.

Another dessert down

Just a quick update.  On my mission to eat through Seattle’s “Best Desserts”  – I can cross another one off the list.  (Click here to view the post if you don’t know what I’m talking about)

I had the “Yama-Nana Pie” at the Japanese restaurant called Yama (located in Bellevue Galleria).  The pie was basically their version of a banana cream pie , but on an oreo crust and some caramelized banana slices as garnish.  It was really good, but nothing spectacular.  I felt it was something I could recreate fairly easily at home. 

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Latest updates…

Update #1:  I am seriously bored at work – some days there’s a lot to do (which is actually kind of nice) – and then the next day there may be nothing to do.  But thus far, I keep coming in…just waiting for when a project comes my way.  And b/c I am still waiting with no work to do at the present moment…I post random updates on my blog.  Nice.

Update #2:  I just got back from meeting up with Micah for lunch.  He works about 9 blocks away from me. We try and meet up at least once a week for lunch – we like to call it “heat and meet” – since the majority of the time, we just bring leftovers from home (rather than eating out).  We take turns of who has to walk to the other person’s building, but again (see update #1) I’ve been doing more walking recently.

Sorry – back to the update.  I can cross off 2 more “best desserts” off my list.  I took a detour to Dahlia Bakery on my way to Micah’s building.  I picked up a Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookie and a Coconut Cream Pie (relax…it was just a small two-biter…not the exact one described in the magazine, but it will suffice).  I, of course, shared with Micah.  Both were delicious.  The PB cookie was like a Nutter Butter on crack (I say that in a good way)…and the coconut cream pie was light and delish.  Thumbs up.   Sorry, no pics of the desserts – they were gobbled up too quickly.

Update #3:  I played basketball last night…1.5 hours of basketball.  Each Thursday night there is a women’s open gym.  It’s nice, fun, and it’s exercise!  A relaxed, non-competitive environment where we can just play ball with other ladies (sorry – not that fun playing with guys who are most of the time, just ball hogs!)  Anyways, I was exhuasted!  I am SO glad I did some playing yesterday, since the winter basketball season starts in about 2 weeks.  I need the practice! 

Update #4:  I haven’t been so good with book club lately.  I did not read the current pick for my girl’s book club The Road.  Honestly, I heard it was really boring – yet it was named by Entertainment Weekly as one of the top 100 books of the last 20 years.  I probably should read it…but I won’t even be around for book club in January b/c of the Sister’s Getaway trip (i.e. probably won’t read it). But I am almost done with the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.  I have found it to be quite interesting and fascinating.  If you read Freakonomics and liked the concept of taking an idea or a statistic and finding alternative ways of explaining it through research – then you would like Outliers.  One idea talked about in the book is that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery of something.  And this idea holds true for sports, musicians, businesspeople, chess players, etc. etc.  If that little tidbit has intrigued you…then read the book!

Update #5:  This isn’t really an update, more just news to share.  My friend Martha (who I’ve been friends with since my first day of setting foot on the WSU campus) is getting married!  And she not only asked me to be a bridesmaid, but her maid of honor!  I was really surprised and very touched by her request.  I, of course, said yes!  I did tell her I was a little worried about being able to fulfill all the MOH duties because of Micah and I potentially living abroad when she gets married.  But no worries, one of the other bridesmaids will help out, and has such, been promoted to Matron of Honor (sunce she’s married already)!


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