Happy hour every hour @ Japonessa!!

1400 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

 

Happy hour galore!!

Who doesn't like an all day happy hour!!! I most certainly do. And that too at this place.  I've only been here a few times for their regular menu but happy hour visits? I lost count!

They have happy hour from 12 pm- 8 pm in the bar. And 10 pm to close. All day on Sundays! How can you say no that?? I most certainly can't. 

My goto happy hour items 

Short ribs - delish 

Oyster shooters 

Agedashi tofu - always so flaky. 

Hama Hama 

Dragon scallops - wrapped with bacon!

Yakitori - pretty good 

Chef choice sashimi set -$15 gets you some belly cuts! 

Specialty rolls

* ***Diablo Say- Tres Diablos

Spicy tuna topped with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, tobiko and strawberry habañero sauce! Mind blowlingly spicy!! And flavorful!

Get it you dare!

***Last Samurai- Spicy yellowtail, cucumber, topped with albacore, chili powder and ponzu sauce! 

***Rockstar! - Delish scallops, tobiko, avocado, tempura'd, topped with seared spicy crab, spicy chili allioli and tobiko. Unless you are allergic to any of the ingredients above, you should love this. You will love this. You must love this!!! 

There are a ton more on their extensive menu but these are some of my favorites. I have also enjoyed their happy hour bubbles/ champagne and hot sake! They do have a full bar I've never tried anything except sake and champagne here. Plus, nothing can really top cheering to every single tiny cup of sake you drink with friends. That's where all the fun is!

Over all- this is, has been and will be one of my top happy hour sushi places to go! Emphasis on happy hour of course. Plus, who can resists their outdoor seating! You get to eat, sip AND people watch all the hustle and bustle of the super touristy fun downtown area!

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Sake and short ribs happy hour on Sunday!! Fun fun! 

Chilli & Liming @Manao

1222 E Pine St, Suite C, Seattle, WA 98122

 

Oh the Chillis and lime!! 

Manao is all thing Cap hill and cool. I walked by this place few weeks ago and I was excited to try. It's bright, clean, crisp with menus written on the board. It's like all the cool spots in Portland! You come in, you order, get your food and eat! 

So far I've tried,

Larb salad

Pad kee mao

Som tom

Pork belly with crispy basil 

And their 24 oz Thai ice coffee in a mason jar!!! yumm! All the dishes are around $10- $12. 

Larb gai - I'm a sucker for thai salads. Almost all the thai salads and I eat them quite often. I got it with chicken!This one needed more spice! They don't do stars level but they have spices. The day I went though, they didn't have thai chillis. Either that or I didn't see it! But to be fair, I was doing a take out.

Som tom aka papaya salad came with sticky rice. Very blend tasting. Either that or I'm used to a lot more flavors ( fish sauce, lime juice extra)

Pad kee mao was probably the biggest portion I've received from this place. Nice and burnt! Everything else is pretty small. Tasty but small!

Pork belly with crispy basil- this is what I had today and probably my favorite dish from here! I'm glad I tried it. Pork was on the crispier side but that basil and all. It's so tastyyy! I've been here several times now for both food and their giant ice coffee/thai tea. But pork belly definitely will be my repeat order next time! Overall, it's a cute spot, new, shiny and tasty. I still have to try other items on their menu but given their easy location and parking, I'll have no trouble returning!

Brunching with The Butcher and the baker-

6412 Latona Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Winner winner chicken fritter!! No seriously, try it!

Brunch is like Sundays. Makes you feel happy, relax and giddy! You need an ultimate relaxing meal with all things light and tasty. In my case, all things egg, benny and coffee. Butcher gave me all of that an then some!

Cute little places are my thing. Cute little places with great food- now those are my addiction! Thanks Butcher! And the Baker for this :)

What I had-

***French pressed coffee - hmmmm!

***The ultimate benny - prosciutto, roasted potatoes and fresh fruit on toasted baguette with their hollandaise sauce. Oh so tasty. Eggs were perfectly poached just the way I like it. Prosciutto was perfect. And the plate looks as good as it tasted.

*** Winner winner chicken fritter --who doesn't like fried chicken and bourbon biscuits for breakfast? I most certainly do. You need that salty fix. That bacon cheddar biscuit! Sausage gravy! And the eggs. Yumm yummm!

*** Bailey's French Toast- you always need one sweet dish for brunch. I usually go for waffles or French toast. And what do you know! They have one with bailey cream. Sweet, dense and tasty!

***Sicilian frittata - my friend ordered this and I got to taste a bite. I was so full to eat at this point but from what I remember, it was nice. If it was a choice between this and the benny, I'm definitely going for the benny! It was perfection. 

We came a little earlier than the lunch time so they didn't have any sandwiches ready. But I wouldn't mind trying a few of them. Great food, good spot with attentive staff ( Thanks Ana!!). I know I'll be going back pretty soon. What are you waiting for?? :)

Getting cozy in Sun Liquor

514 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

Favorite  place that gets it right every single time.

Sun liquor - unlike the other location which is all dim lit and cute, this place is a much brighter and bigger bar  with well stocked bar and kicked ass bartenders. It's quaint. No fancy décor, loud speaker system, cushy fancy  chairs. Translation- all you pay for is a really good well made drinks!!! And a really good conversation with your bar tenders.

Walking in this place makes you feel like you are going into someone's house. Crowd is always low key and mellow. No loud bachelorettes will be parading here anytime soon. It isn't a see or be seen types of place. It also isn't a place to go pick a girl! it's a place with classic/classy cocktails and really good ambiance. A lot louder than the other location but still! 

The drinks however are the best!!! They have the best bitters, whiskey, rum and everything in between. I often just tell the bartender what I'm in the mood for and he usually whips up something amazing for me. This is also the place that introduced me to the whiskey sours! I love their whiskey sours! And the mai tai!! So pretty and tasty. This is a bar that you come for drinks! There won't be any jager bombs or fireballs shots throwing down here anytime soon. You come for something a lot better than typical vodka something! Their drinks are masterpieces. Each handcrafted, made with great effort and taste oh so amazing!

 Love/

Whiskey sours

Hemingway's daiquiri 

Manhattans 

There are two locations but this one is almost a little away from my house. I live at the bottom of the hill by the lake for the other location, which I love!! This one is about 3 minutes drive? I often cab it up here in my high heels :D . I can try more than one and half drink! They are quite delicious :) And lets face it! The bartender did introduce me to my first whiskey sours ever here. I got to watch him create two magical sours for me. And I loves them both. Why wouldn't I come back for more? You know you would!!

Pasta night @Vespolina!!

Aragona turned Vespolina-- and I liked it very much!!

Same decor with beautiful lamps all around. Great view from the bar and the patio! That expansive counter top where you can watch all the hustle and bustle of the kitchen! All there! It's like Aragona but with much better food! You got my attention!!

Drinks- we had the capri sun and Aperol fizz. Both were bubbly! I like the Aperol fizz better.

Food!

Sautéed calamari served chill. I like it. It's mellow and good.

Salami rosa with figs jam- much lighter in color for salami! And way less saltier. I liked this one a lot!

Rabbit liver mousse- didn't get to taste this one but it looked quite amazing. 

Pasta

**Fonduta Ravioli -stuffed with cheese and served with caramelized with broccoli + pint nuts. I love the texture of the ravioli. It's al dente! Not crazy about the broccoli and the smell of it. 

** lamb meat balls with samolina gnocchi- meatballs were tasty! The samolina cake aka their version of gnocchi wasn't ready. It wasn't set yet and too soft to serve. 

** Tagliatelle with pomodoro! This was my favorite. You can really taste the fresh pasta through the light creamy tomato sauce. I like!

** Cavitelli with zucchini, ricotta and basil- least favorite dish mainly for the sauce. I think they cooked zucchini to the eggplant texture. It was rather slimy.The sauce was bitter! I do like the cavitelli though. 

I also saw that they have tagliatelle with ragu/bolognese for lunch! Sounds delish!

We sip, nibble and ate our food with the next view. It was fun. By the time dessert menu came, I had no room! But I got to taste everyone else's dessert!

Panna cotta with huckleberries - it needs to be set longer! It wasn't ready to be served. ( I make a lot of Panna cotta at home) Im sure it would taste different if it was set.

Bonet - dark chocolate pudding with olive oil gelato and amaretti crumbs. Yum!

Carrie's torrone gelato terrine- this was the best one! Soft hazelnut nougat with vanilla gelato, peaches and crisp rice wafer. So tasty!!

Overall, I liked this place! I like this a whole lot better than Aragona. I'm glad they are back to their pastas! They make them fresh and so well. Why change it! Next visit here definitely be for lunch so I can try different sauces! You got my vote Vespolina!

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Tagliatelle  in pomodoro! So good!

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Lamb meatballs with samolina gnocchi. 

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Rabbit liver mousse 

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Sautéed calamari!

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Salami rosa!

Meat cravings done right @ Afrikando Banadir

All about the meat!

I've passed by this place about a dozen plus times and never made it in till yesterday. What a pleasant surprise! First of all, the parking is hard to find. They have their own lot but it is almost always full. I find going down a few blocks to park and walk is a much better option.

We came on a sunny September Sunday(shocker!) and decided to take advantage of their outdoor seating. Plus the inside looks quite full. It's definitely a hole in the wall type of place with its charm.The man that was running the place seems to got it all. I believe he's the owner/manager/ server. One person running the whole place, you got to be patient with that. 

Now let's talk food! The menu is small enough and big enough. They have about 4-5 appetizers ranging around $2- $4.99. And about 7 entrees from $10 - $13.99. They all sounded familiar to each other except for the salmon and whole fried tilapia. But you gotta try it anyways! So we did.

** Honey ginger tea- quite tasty and not overly sweet. It was delish!

** Plantains appetizer - yumm! They baked them rather than caramelizing with sugar. 

**Banadir Rice - you have a choice of chicken, beef or goat and a choice of getting it stewed or steak. We got it with the basmatic rice, salad in a stew style! It was quite tasty!! I don't know what they use for the seasoning on the chicken but it was really good and came of more like stir fry than a curry thing. They also gave us the rice on a separate plate. So flavorful!

** Debe - last but not least, the lamb dish! yummmmy. Grilled lamb chops with rice, salad or plantain. We got this with plantains and salad. A whole plate of plantains! Oh so tasty! Lamb was seasoned lightly and grilled. Tasty!

They did tell us the lamb take over twenty minutes to prepare. I didn't mind. It was a hole in the wall place with casual atmosphere. Food was great. Service was laid back and just fine. And I ate enough for days! You can say that I'm now a fan!! :)

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Tastiest chicken dish- Banadir rice with chicken stew. 

 

 

 Tasty bakes plantains! Way better than fried ones.

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Debe- grilled lamb! My absolute fav!

Zapverr - Chiang Mai in Seattle!

Hello new favorite place! Thanks for bringing all my isan/esaan favorites to Seattle!!

Zapverr made me happy! They have all the northern classics plus traditional Thai dishes. The place is set up like a lounge/club type. I like the dark atmosphere with all the bright lights. It's casual yet upscale. 

Ambiance- beautiful 

Service - attentive 

Food- spot on!

It took us about 10 minutes to decide what to order because of the varieties they have on the menu. But once you break it down, it's pretty simple. They have esaan style street food like meat skewers, sausages, nam priks and such. If you've been to Chiang Mai or are familiar with the cuisine, you know can pretty much get these dishes all over Chiang Mai. I've had them on the streets of Chiang Mai and it was a love at first bite. The spice, the freshness, the taste of that little extra lime, peppers, charredness: totally made my tastebuds sing! 

Food

***Grilled pork skewers with chilli lime sauce- delish! Juicy, soft, charred, melts in your mouth. Serve with chilli lime sauce. Tasty!!

*** Esaan sausage : tasty. Serve with fresh peppers, cabbage, lettuce, peanuts and like pieces. You can wrap them(fixins) all in one or enjoy it by itself.

** Kai nok kra na nok--Quail eggs!!!!!!!! Zomg quail eggs grilled in this little pan. This was my Obsession in Thailand!! Mainly because it's like the cheapest street food but with the coolest way to make. You get to see the ladies crack a few dozen quail eggs into this massive pan with little cubes in it. 1 mins later--- viola!! You get a dozen grilled quail eggs for $1! They were magic!!! Now zapverr has it $9 for 6 I believe. Not as cheap or cool as you would in Bangkok or but I still appreciate finding this item on the menu. Totally!

** larb gai - I'm obsessed with Thai salads. This is one of them. We got their larb with chicken. Nice and spicy!

***Nam prik- spicy fish paste with all the fixins and BBQ pork. Great spice kick to eat with drinks. And very local to Chiang Mai.

**Som tom poo pla? They have a whole page of papaya salads for you to choose from. I went with the crab! Yummm.

**Tom kha- house special soup with shrimp. This was good but much smaller for what you pay. And a little too strong for my taste buds. Too much salt/fish sauce maybe. 

**Steamed tilapia - this was good! Could use a little more lime. 

We also had this dish with raw shrimps and chilli sauce on top. Try it if you feel adventurous. I like it!

Overall, I had all the dishes I would have in Thailand. And they were all spot on! I skipped rice and noodles but they all look pretty good. Portions might be on a little smaller side but I had so much left overs as well. Prices are around $12-17 for entrees and $8-14 for appetizers/ salad. It won't be a cheap meal if you want to try them all!!

Good flavors, bold flavors, good service and cute atmosphere. I would suggest more lights on the table so you can read the menu but overall, you got my vote Zapverr!! Can't wait to come back!!

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Esaan sausage with all the fixins!

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Super tasty grilled pork