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Queen Anne Beerhall | A Slice of Europe in Seattle

Queen Anne Beerhall | A Slice of Europe in Seattle

There’s something special about walking into a beer hall in Europe: the sights, the sounds, the smells. It’s a unique experience you can usually only find overseas. With that said, Queen Anne Beerhall offers a slice of Europe right here in Seattle. Queen Anne Beerhall (203 W. Thomas St.) is a huge space, occupying more than 7,000 square feet in Lower Queen Anne. With communal tables (including the rumble of conversation), a large selection of beers, and sausage cooking on the grill, Queen Anne Beerhall truly feels like a European beer hall. Not to mention, they have live European music on the schedule (much like beer halls overseas). From German IPAs, to Pilsner Urquell served from a tap from the brewery in the Czech Republic, to local craft brews, there is a constantly rotating selection of 25 draft beers and more than 50 bottles at Queen Anne Beerhall. You can choose from a half liter or full liter (served in a real beer stein) when you order your brew...

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Easy, Fresh Homemade Salsa Recipe

Easy, Fresh Homemade Salsa Recipe

Tomatoes, peppers, and onion, oh my! There’s nothing more rewarding than growing your own plants from seed, and then turning them into something delicious. That’s exactly what we did recently with this easy, fresh homemade salsa recipe. Looking for something to do with the excess produce we grew on our mini-plot at First Light Farm in Carnation, I found this easy, fresh homemade salsa recipe on AllRecipes.com. Not exactly knowing what I was doing (which shows just how easy this is), I turned our homegrown vegetables into what Tove called the “freshest salsa I’ve ever had.” Here’s how you can make your own easy, fresh homemade salsa: 3 cups chopped tomatoes 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper 1 cup onion, diced 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 4 teaspoons chopped fresh jalapeno pepper (including seeds) 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper Chop everything up, throw it in a bowl, and mix it up. Done and done. In just...

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Westward | A Unique Dining Experience in Seattle

Westward | A Unique Dining Experience in Seattle

With a stunning view of Seattle, fun outdoor seating, a buzzing atmosphere, and tasty food, Westward is one of the top new restaurants in the United States — not just the Emerald City. That’s not just me saying that, either — Bon Appetit recently named Westward one of the best new restaurants in America. GQ did, too. If it’s not GQ and Bon Appetit boasting about Westward, it’s the New York Times, USA Today, and even us — the Seattle Bloggers. Everyone is raving about Westward. There’s good reason Westward is receiving so much hype. It all starts with the atmosphere. Located on the north shore of Lake Union (2501 N. Northlake Way), Westward is a  has an incredible view of the Seattle skyline. You’re not trapped inside to enjoy the view, either. Westward has an outdoor bar, Adirondack chairs sitting on a beach (full service seating), and large community tables on an outdoor patio. On a sunny day in Seattle, Westward is alive with activity. Inside the restaurant, you’ll find marine-themed...

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Marination Ma Kai in West Seattle

Marination Ma Kai in West Seattle

There’s arguably no better escape from Seattle than Hawaii. There’s a reason it’s called “paradise,” and you can get there in less than six hours from the Emerald City. If a trip isn’t in your near future, you can still experience a piece of the Hawaiian islands locally at Marination Ma Kai in West Seattle. Serving Hawaiian-Korean fusion fare, Marination Ma Kai (1660 Harbor Ave. SW) is a hot spot, especially in the summer. Not only do they serve up tasty food, but the restaurant also offers stunning views. Located on the waterfront (ma kai means “along, near, by the sea”) near the north end of Seacrest Park, Marination Ma Kai looks directly onto Elliott Bay and the Seattle skyline. To help showcase the view, the restaurant has a large outdoor patio. NOTE: Marination Ma Kai is the “brick-and-mortar” space for the popular Marination food truck in Seattle. If you’re not heading to West Seattle anytime soon, there’s also a spin-off called Marination Station on Capitol Hill (1412 Harvard Ave.)....

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Agua Verde Cafe | Fish Tacos in Seattle

Agua Verde Cafe | Fish Tacos in Seattle

There is only one place in Seattle you can rent a kayak and fill your belly on Mexican food and drinks all in one location. That’s Agua Verde Cafe & Paddle Club. Located on Portage Bay near the University of Washington, it’s the prime spot for spring and summer fun! Tove and I have kayaked and eaten at Agua Verde Cafe & Paddle Club (1303 N.E. Boat St.) a few times, but I just want to focus on the cafe in this post. If you’re looking for more information on renting kayaks at Agua Verde — click here. I first heard about Agua Verde Cafe from my mom. She told me they serve the best fish tacos in Seattle. Since the tacos were so highly recommended and delicious, that’s all I’ve ever eaten there. In the past, one of our servers told us the catfish (‘Bagre’ on the menu) tacos are the best. For us, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Tove and I have tried the catfish (bagre), fried cod (bacalao), smoked salmon...

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May Kitchen + Bar | Best Thai Food in Seattle

May Kitchen + Bar | Best Thai Food in Seattle

While it’s not technically located within the Seattle city limits, May Kitchen + Bar is worthy of the title best Thai food in Seattle. It’s totally worth the drive and ferry ride to Vashon Island. Just to clarify — I’m not joking — the best Thai food in Seattle is served on Vashon Island. This small restaurant is  named after founder, owner, and chef May Chaleoy. Not only is she the nicest  lady, she’s also one heck of a cook.  Tim and  I haven’t spent much time on Vashon Island, but that will be changing now that we’ve discovered May Kitchen + Bar. Vashon Island is not very far from Seattle and it’s very charming.  From the Fauntleroy ferry dock (located in West Seattle, near Lincoln Park), the ride to the island is just 20 minutes. Ferry departures vary throughout the year, so make sure you check the schedule online. Our friend Kaarin, who met us for dinner, lives in Tacoma and took the ferry to Vashon Island from Point Defiance (the schedule is here). You...

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