Archive | May, 2012

The Food Files – Memorial Day Edition

28 May

New Restaurants

  1. Heaven Sent, the latest fried chicken spot(s) by Ezell Stephens, recently opened a new location in Seattle. Located at 3427 Rainier Ave. S., the restaurant will also share a space with Willie’s Taste of Soul which is best known for their smoked bbq.
  2. The Blue Grouse opened a couple of weeks ago in Georgetown. According to Allison Scheff of Seattle Magazine, owner Diane Lane turned converted her house into the bar where she serves “snacky foods” (think pizza) and will even feature live music once a month.

Food News

According to Eater, there’s a food cart “pod” springing up in Belltown. A real estate deal went south last year leaving a plot of land on 2nd between Vine and Wall empty. So now, rumor on the street is that food carts from around the city might have a new spot to park it and sling their goods.

Upcoming Events

Farmers Market season is upon us! Because I live in South King County-ish, here are a few of my picks in the area:

Renton: Open June – September. 2 locations (Valley Medical Center and Downtown Renton). Tuesday and Sunday, 3pm-7pm.

West Seattle: Open on Sundays year round from 10am – 2pm. Located at The Junction.

Columbia City: Open May – October. Located at South Edmonds St. between 37th Ave s. and the alley at 36th. Wednesdays 3pm-7pm.

For information about other farmers markets in Seattle, see

Ever Had a Dance Party in The Woods?

24 May

Dance party at Grim’s on Floor 3 @danceinthewoods

Rated | Crazy
Revealed | Old school dance party on the Hill
Reminds me of | I Like by Guy

You know it was a good night when you close the place down, the giggles spill out into the street, and the bootleg paparazzi are still trying to capture the Kodak moment. I can’t say that’s what I planned for when I left the house for a dinner party on Friday, but that’s certainly how it went…and I loved (almost) every minute of it.

Mentally preparing to “man up”

Last Friday, just as I was heading into Xscape mode — kick off my shoes and relax my feet – everyone around me was getting their drink on second wind. In my delirium, I hear “no, that salsa place is closed. How about…” admittedly, I closed my eyes real tight as if to avoid the monster under my bed that goes away when I can’t see him. Unfortunately, I’m an adult and it doesn’t work that way. I opened my eyes and knew I had to mentally prepare myself for a night on the town. First thought: “Thank God I wore this today.” Second thought: “So glad I just got my hair done!” If I feel good about the hair and the fit, I can always get my mind right – even if it requires a running start.

Dance Party in The Woods

Girls’ night out

I overheard “Oh yea, you’ll like Grim’s” and I look over at my friend who is wide-eyed and smiley, and I immediately  turned my internal frown upside down. In truth, the hill -Capitol Hill- is far from my go-to guy. Parking nightmares and cover charges give me hives, but Grim’s has a special place in my heart and and inspires me to chock it up. Background story, my first time a Grim’s was for a close friend who held a private going away party on the 2nd floor Butterfly Room. I love him, but some of his female friends are dumb as rocks and I can only take so much. When I ventured upstairs to take a break from the groupies young ladies with high-pitched voices, I found myself in The Woods and didn’t come back down until the party was over! The DJ was dope! So good, I didn’t really care that only 1 of 3 people around me could find the beat. Honestly, it’s the type of place you can has so much fun NO ONE ELSE around you matters. And on this girls’ night, like any other at Grim’s, the 80’s and 90’s music transported me to another place and all I had no choice but to let my feet, arms and dance face take over. It made me forget about the annoying line outside. Forget about how hot it was inside. Forget that I was soooo ready for a nap only 60 minutes ago.

Keep the party goin

You can’t really go wrong with cocktails in a mason jar and Michael Jackson, Adina Howard or DJ Quick playin on the 1’s and 2’s #justsayin. Yes, we had out lil sista circle of dancing ladies, but there were plenty of couples enjoying themselves as well as dudes clearly on a prowl mission guy’s night out. One of the best things about Grim’s is that if you have a mixed group of friends, everyone can have fun here – there’s 1st floor bar with cafeteria style seating for the rhythmically challenged or those with sore feet, the 2nd floor is pretty chill (it’s too snug to be anything else) and the 3rd floor is where the real party is at if you like you shake it fast – or slow I suppose, but that’s just extra IMO. The potential parking madness, line to get in and $5 cover to get up to The Woods is totally worth it, and I’m high maintenance selective.

We had an awesome time, found a spot to dance near the fans, and partied until they turned on the lights. Laughter and snapshots spilled into the streets and we had some fun reunions on the way to the car. Friends from college, random break dancers. All good stuff. Turns out the Capitol Hill isn’t just for hipsters. Who knew?

Break dancers don’t need a dance floor

Henry & Oscar’s: Kickin’ it old school in Belltown

21 May

Henry and Oscar look like cool dudes

Rated | Cool

Revealed | Chill hangout spot in Belltown

Reminds me of | L.O.V.E. by Nat King Cole

Last week me and the man had an impromptu date night when we got free tickets to see “What To Expect When You’re Expecting”. We decided to keep the party going down at Henry and Oscars with their late night happy hour. Street parking was plentiful near 4th and Vine which is always a nice way to kick off a night out. When we arrived, things were a bit quiet with just a few folks at the bar and a group of people over by the fireplace (consider that area mine next time!). Music from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s welcomed us into our seats near the bar as we settled in for some food and drinks. Our server Marisa was super nice and looked super cute in her uniform that echoed the mid-century style present in other elements of the restaurant.

Chicken Parm Sliders…Nom

From the happy hour menu, I selected the Chicken Parmesan Sliders and the man had the House Made Sausage Sliders. Both were quite tasty although we proabably should have ordered some fries or something else on the because sliders are small (duh Leslie). Although I didn’t partake in any adult beverages that night, the next time I visit I will join the “Henry and Oscars Social Club” which comes with a custom engraved martini glass and a free drink! When it was time wrap it up and head out, Marisa brought us the check with two Hershey’s Kisses. What a sweet ending to date night.

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