My search of Deliciousness

Lola

While I was checking my Instagram feed, my fellow friend from Food Finery (http://www.foodfinery.blogspot.com), recommended I should go to Lola’s. So, off we went the next day for breakfast.

It was very crowded. I guess lots of people were having a nice breakfast before the day’s Seahawks game against the Cowboys later that day. We saw a lot of blue/green and 12th player fan shirts! :) The wait was not bad at all. Service was fast and attentive.   

To start, we ordered the Morning Glory mimosas AND the made to order donuts.

Hot breakfast donuts just out of the fryer. They are brought to your table in a brown bag and shaken so they get all covered in cinnamon sugar. It also comes with two dipping sauces: vanilla mascarpone & blueberry jam. Phenomenal! Just my kind of starter for breakfast! 

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We also ordered the stack of golden brown pancakes. It comes with pork-maple sausages, vanilla mascarpone and maple syrup. We always prefer bacon over sausages, but these are home made and they have maple syrup! They were very good. The pork paired well with the maple syrup; it gave a nice touch a sweetness. I really like butter on my pancakes, but now I LOVE vanilla mascarpone on my pancakes! We ended up using the vanilla mascarpone that came with the donuts to use on the pancakes. 

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Highly recommended, we are definitely going back! 

RN74

We were on our way to Seattle’s Public Library to retake pictures and passed by the RN74 restaurant. 

My +1 suggested we stop and make reservations just in case. It was an excellent idea because when we came back there was a two hour wait! 

It has an elegant dimly light atmosphere. Good for special occasions and romantic dates. It has boards, train station like boards, where it changes during the course of the day/night with different bottle of wines. 

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We ordered the bacon cheddar popcorn as an appetizer. :) We devoured it! What can’t you love about it?! …bacon fat…cheddar…popcorn. Like my +1 said, we can’t shouldn’t try this at home! 

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After the eating all the popcorn, they brought us a basket of warm truffle house made rolls with a honey & ricotta spread. Wow! 

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I ordered the steak frites au poivre with garlic fries. These fries were so addictive! The steak was delicious as well. 

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Dessert, my favorite part!

  • O. M. G. These beignets…so light and fluffy. But the dipping sauce of salted caramel with butterscotch pudding was out of this world! I’m drooling just remembering that moment.  

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Serious Pie

We arrived at Seattle, late @ night and we were starving. Ok, maybe it was only me that was starving. We walked around to get to know the area and found that Serious Pie was very close. It was packed and various couples and groups were waiting to be seated. We waited about 20 to 25 minutes to be seated.    

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While we waited we took pictures and looked over the menu. We ordered two pizzas. :) 

  • Pour moi: buffalo mozzarella, red sauce, fresh basil
  • Pour lui:  soft cooked free range eggs*, smoked prosciutto, pecorino sardo, arugula

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My favorite part was the dessert! No shocker there. :P It was chocolate budino with murray river salt and olive oil. The chocolate was so smooth and creamy. It was excellent. It brought back good memories of Tapas 24 in Barcelona. 

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Overall the service and attention was very good. The place quite small, I think there were about 8 long tables. The pizzas were very good and dessert delicious.  

Oddfellows Cafe & Bar

When we were planning our trip to Seattle I had over 65 places we had to go. I don’t quite remember how I stumbled upon Oddfellows, but I’m so happy I did, and that it was one of the first places we went to. 

It has such a nice vibe. Started off with the guy who greeted us at the door, added us to the list and saw my +1’s rolleiflex and suggested we take pictures of their patio. 

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Since there was a high probability of rain, their lovely patio area and the outside tables, were not in use. 

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To start off, we ordered mimosas which looked like margaritas minus the salt. No complaints! :) 

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I ordered their brioche french toast. Check it out! It’s a thick brioche, crunchy on the outside, moist in the inside. Perfection, it was delicious! 

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Another look at their lovely patio, with my +1. :) 

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Trattoria 4 Leoni

This restaurant is located across the Ponte Vecchio in the Piazza della Passera. We arrived around 8:00pm with no reservations but there were seats still available. Our waiter lacked a bit customer service… It definitely did not compare to Giovanni’s treatment the previous night! However, the food, the dessert and wine was excellent!!! 

Starter: Bruschetta all’olio. I’m never going back to breads with butter! This is how bread should be eaten…soaked in olive oil and sea salt. 

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My dish: Fiocchetti di pera. I need to get this recipe and try it out at home! I left nothing on my plate…and I still wanted more!! I never would have thought of putting pears in a pasta dish. 

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My +1’s dish: This was the restaurant daily dish since the Risotto ai cachiori wasn’t available. But it did not disappoint, very good and spicy! I ended up eating his dish as well. :) 

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Dessert: Cenci e vin santo. It was simple and light. A nice ending for our meal.

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Tickets

The desserts deserved their post all on its own. 

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First dessert: Picnic in a Basket. :) The cuteness. What’s not to love. 

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The wild berries were both sweet and tart. 

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Oh, the vanilla bean custard. Not too sweet, so smooth and creamy.  

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The waffle was a mille feuille pastry. We assembled the ingredients all together and separately. Either way was delicious. 

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Second dessert: Fine crepe filled with chantilly and orange zest. 

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Tickets

First and foremost…Reservations! You’ll need to book them 3 months in advance through their website. Once you have them, all you have to do is arrive on time, with an appetite and enjoy! :) 

We were seated at the bar so we had the opportunity to see the chefs prepare the dishes. It was quite interesting how focused they are while they prepare each dish.  

For me, even though I read the menu and the ingredients in each tapa…it was a like a surprise dish each time. It kept you wondering what ingenious way they would prepare it. I think I was gushing and saying “Uuuu’s” and “Aaahhh’s” every time! As each dish arrives, the waiter explains how it was made and how to eat it. 

The manchego cheese airbags. Yum! The “molletes”, steamed brioche. I still dream of it! …and on and on…all of them were delicious. 

It was an unforgettable experience! Definitely we will have to come back again. :)

L'Osteria di Giovanni

I cannot express how much I enjoyed this restaurant…such a delight! I had read stories that said that before opening the restaurant doors the staff would eat dinner together at the center table. Which is exactly how we found them since we arrived 10 minutes before opening time. Nonetheless, we were invited inside. We were guided to our table while they finished their meal and cleaned their table. We were then greeted with a glass of Prosecco and the menus. Afterwards, the waiter arrived with a plate with a piece of slightly toasted bread… He then proceded to pour olive oil over it and added a bit of sea salt. My initial thoughts were “That’s a whole lot of oil!”…little did I know…it was the most exquisite piece of bread drench in olive oil that I have ever had!!! 

We ordered for the appetizer an artichoke mozzarella buffala salad. As expected, it was delicious. We then ordered our main plates which were the ravioli with mushrooms and the spaghetti with meat. Both were excellent. For dessert we ordered the panna cotta with strawberries - it was light and sweet. At the end, they gave us the Vin Santo, a sweet wine, with biscotti’s to dip. I ate it all. :)  

Caffé Gilli
A very elegant restaurant with an old flair feel to it. We stopped here every day for a quick breakfast of coffee and a pastry. It’s very popular with the locals. 
Address: Via Roma 1/R
URL: http://www.gilli.it

Caffé Gilli

A very elegant restaurant with an old flair feel to it. We stopped here every day for a quick breakfast of coffee and a pastry. It’s very popular with the locals. 

'Ino

It’s a small and stylish panini place with an excellent location close to the Uffizi Museum and Ponte Vecchio. It’s great for lunch or a quick snack. 

By far, it’s the best panini place we tried in Florence! Their bread is very delicious and crusty. The first day I had a simple mozzarella pomodoro panini. And for our last day before leaving I had the mozzarella-pomodoro-prioscuitto platter. Both, were simply delicious.