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Bramling Cross

Our local restaurateur Ethan Stowell has another new addition in Ballard called Bramling Cross.

A pub-style eatery, Bramling Cross is right on the busy Ballard Ave.

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Libation menu was extensive, and love that they have cocktails made with beers.


Being a non-beer drinker, I am always looking for ways to stretch out of my comfort zone; and the reason I do not like beer is mostly due to its bitterness — what better way to give beer a go when it is mixed with something else?

I had this beer cocktail called Rayne West, made with Aperol, lemon, Angostura bitter and Rainier beer, and found it much more palatable than beer alone.

Slight lemony, and with all the beer characters intact, but muted and no bitterness, it was tasty.

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Fun Food at University District Farmers Market

It was finally the time of the year when we Washingtonian saw abundant fresh vibrant produce in the many farmers’ markets in different neighborhoods.

A deliberate trip to University District Farmers Market to purchase apple cider from Rockridge Orchards.

There were many different food offering at this large farmers market — Veraci pizza, empanadas, Thai to name a few.

We were very happy to try some funky waffles on a stick from My Sweet Lil Cakes.


I loved the groove and the funk that whole food truck was exuding.

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Pike Place Market Good Eats Part I

A whirlwind shopping and eating trip at Pike Place Market for about an hour and fifteen minutes before the crowd swarmed in on a quiet Friday morning.


It was always plenty of fun to go but parking could really be a hassle; Friday morning proved to be not so bad.

We started off with breakfast at The Crumpet Shop.


The store was filled with people and they were certainly speedy as the line moved quickly.

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Garlic and Sapphire, Crumble and Flake

Garlic and Sapphire by Ruth Reichl

This book was absolutely eye-opening and an extremely fun book to read, especially for food nuts!

It told the experiences of the author, Ruth Reichl, when she was the restaurant critic for New York Times.

I would have never guessed that multiple disguises, with different personalities would be involved in writing about restaurants!

The author wrote in details of her encounters with people around her, the services and attitudes she received as these alter egos.

All the work to make sure she had a full spectrum and clear understanding of each restaurant she was writing about — and what a contrast to the tweeting and instantaneity of today’s society!

Ruth went to each restaurant at least 5 times before she wrote a review, and made sure she was not recognized in some of those visits — inevitably the New York Times critic would be treated far superior with better table and services, bigger and fresher portions of food and larger berries on desserts.

It was fascinating to read about those encounters when she dressed up as an old lady, or someone who did not seem to be rich, or a blonde.

It gave me to jolt of a reminder that how quickly we tended to judge people in general — is it right or is it wrong?  something to ponder on.

Personally as a food blogger writing about my restaurant experiences, this was a bible.

Particularly the inclusion of the actual reviews that Ruth wrote.

They opened my eyes to how descriptive writing could be; and to experience as if I was sitting in the restaurant having that exact same meal the author was writing about.

The power of descriptive writing — something I am slowly learning — and does not come natural to me especially all my experience are in technical scientific reporting.

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