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Ballard Pizza Company – Seattle, WA

Ethan Stowell just doesn’t stop…and I couldn’t be happier about that!  So far each restaurant he’s opened has had it’s own personality.  His latest – Ballard Pizza Company – serves up huge slices of pizza for lunch and dinner everyday and is even open until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays…that could be trouble:)  Along with pizza there are fresh pastas each day and a selection of salads.

I ordered a slice of the mushroom pizza as well as a mixed green salad.  The pizza was very good and I was pleased to see that the bottom of the slice was nice and crispy, not soggy.  Perfect!  The salad was good however my only complaint is that it was over dressed…so much so that I couldn’t eat half of it and normally the salad is my favorite part.  Next time I’ll just have to order the dressing on the side.

I look forward to going back – maybe for dinner next time – and trying a new slice!

On a nice sunny weekend day there’s nothing better than visiting the farmers market.  We are lucky to have so many close to our house.  Both the Fremont and Ballard farmers markets are on Sunday and are fairly close to each other so it’s actually easy to hit both.  Ballard caterers more to the produce and food items whereas Fremont has more vintage home wares, food trucks and prepackaged foods such as jams, cookies, etc.

Be sure to check out Hot Cakes – Molten Chocolate Cakery.  Need I say more?  These take and bake molten cakes come in personal sized mason jars that couldn’t be cuter!  Talk about a great hostess gift, birthday treat, and/or dessert for a dinner party!

You can’t go wrong with any and all of the produce.  There’s nothing better than local organic fruits and veggies.  And the eggs!  They just make me want my own chickens even more.  Someday:)

Deluxe Foods makes awesome apple butter which is great on hot biscuits or even in your oatmeal in the morning.  They also make the most interesting syrups.  The one we bought is Earl Grey which you can add to soda to make your own flavored soda.  Sounds amazing to me…can’t wait to try it!

I highly recommend going on an empty stomach which might be hard at the same time because there are temptations every turn you make but the food stalls pump out the most amazing food which should be taken advantage of for lunch.  There’s everything from gourmet quesadillas to homemade sausages to crepes.

Go to your local farmers market and support your local farms!

*We actually found these at the Fremont Farmers Market on our bike ride home:)  So good!

the Walrus and the Carpenter – Seattle, WA

There’s a reason this restaurant has been named one of Bon Appétit’s Best New Restaurants in America in 2011.  The food is so well executed and different and the atmosphere couldn’t be more charming.  They offer a number of small plates broken down into a few categories: oysters, pantry, garden, fish & shellfish, meat, cheese, and sweets.  The menu constantly changes giving you another reason to continually go back.  The only drawback is that reservations aren’t taken and considering how small the space is you’re usually waiting an hour to get in…however…there IS Staple and Fancy next door and Dutch Bikes which both are excellent places to grab a drink beforehand.

Oysters: sammish sweets (my favorite!!!), barron point and blue pool)fried brussels sprouts, chives, sea saltsmoked trout, pickled onion, lentils, walnuts, créme fraichesalmon tartare, sauerkraut, celery leaf, carawaymaple bread pudding, espresso butter sauce, whipped cream

I can honestly say it’s one of the BEST desserts I’ve ever had in my entire life!

Staple & Fancy – Seattle, WA

If you haven’t yet been to Ethan Stowell’s newest restaurant Staple & Fancy, you’re missing out.  Located in the newly renovated (1 year old to be exact) Kolstrand building in Ballard, this urban yet inviting restaurant showcases exactly what Stowell is great at…refined Italian comfort food.  His use of not so common ingredients is what sets him apart from the rest.  That and his winning execution of simple, unfussy food.

My fiancé and I rode our bikes to the Kolstrand building on this fine Seattle summer night to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of the building.  Because we were on the earlier side we were able to snag two outside counter seats and indulged in a delicious dinner with a bottle of tasty Washington wine.

*If you go with a group I highly suggest doing the Chef’s menu.  It’s an incredible deal considering how much food you get and you’re served dishes that aren’t on the regular menu.  Be adventuresome and go hungry!

Hamachi on avocado puree with cucumber and chilies

Spaghetti with garlic, chilies, anchovies and cuttlefish

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