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The Coterie Room – Seattle, WA

In the former Restaurant Zoe space, The Coterie Room is a breath of fresh air.  I love everything about it.  From the white subway tiled open kitchen to the distressed wood floors and lone yet stunning chandelier, everything is perfectly balanced here including the food.  Chef Brian McCracken (a fellow Seattle Prep alum alongside my husband) has outdone himself yet again!  A nominee by Food & Wine for ‘People’s Best New Chef’ he’s proving that he’s deserving of the attention.

Our meal was outstanding from start to finish.  I would order everything I had again in a heartbeat.  My fish was a special of the night so chances are it won’t be on the menu next time but it was outstanding.  I am now a huge fan of Turbot…a fish I didn’t know much about before this dinner.  And my husband’s duck leg confit was seriously the best duck confit I’ve ever had…absolutely amazing!!!

The only thing I wish I had done differently is order the “six pack of beer for the kitchen crew” for a mere $10…totally worth it.  Having worked in a kitchen myself I can tell you the first thing you do once your shift is done and the kitchen is clean is crack open a cold one by the walk in and dish about the night’s events.  It’s the perfect cap to the evening…and then you wake up the next morning and it’s a brand new day.  Next time!

Endive Salad dressed in a tarragon mustard vinaigrette with candied walnuts and aged gouda (I held the gouda although I’m sure it’s great)

Poutine – braised pork shoulder gravy, fried Beecher’s cheese curds and tender herbs

Market Fish of the Day – Turbot over a parsnip puree and roasted brussels sprouts

Duck Leg Confit – crispy pan seared duck leg with buttered farro, arugula and a mission fig conserve

Chocolate Caramel Tort – covered in an orange ganache with candied hazelnuts

Brilliant!

The Dubh Linn Gate – Whistler, BC

Hands down one of the best aprés-ski places in Whistler Village!  Since the addition of the newly remodeled outdoor area, there’s plenty of heated and covered space that allows you to enjoy the outdoors even when it’s cold and snowing outside.

With 20 draught beers on tap and a sizable wine and scotch list, this place has got everyone covered.  My husband’s favorite beer is the Kilkenny Cream and one of my favorites is the Caesar…a Bloody Mary made with Clamato.  It might sound a little scary to some but I promise you it’s SO good!

The nachos are as delicious and glutinous as they look:)  Perfect for a group especially after a long day of skiing.  Other items on the menu that look great to me that I have yet to try are the Fish & Chips, the Guinness Burger, and the Baked Crab & Artichoke Dip.

And if you’re lucky you’ll be there to catch some live Irish music!

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