Made a short trip to Seattle this weekend.
Thursday night: greeted at the airport with a box of Fran's. Smoked salt caramel was interesting--tasted saltier, not discernably smoky.
Friday was Salumi lunch. We got there a little before 11, and were the first people in. Got the lamb prosciutto with fresh mozzarella again, as good as I remember from the last time. Boyfriend got the meatball sandwich--meatballs tasted beefier than before. We also split a cauliflower side dish with bread crumbs and capers that was pretty tasty.
After lunch we visited Amore Chocolates in Bellevue. New items on display there were rum truffles (very subtle, rum only discernable on the second bite for me) and cookies and cream truffle (basically white chocolate on the outside, dark chocolate inside, for an oreo-like flavor combination). They also had chocolate covered oreos, which I didn't try. Seriously dark truffle, peanut butter cups, and rice krispie caramel were all great as usual.
Friday night we went to Brasa. We'd been there once before in November, and I'd gotten ill in the middle of the meal (not related to the food at Brasa, just wretched bad luck), so this was sort of unfinished business. Had the suckling pig with chorizo, potato, and clams. Pig was wonderfully tender, loved the chorizo. The clams didn't seem to add much to the dish, but it was pretty easy to ignore them. Boyfriend had sturgeon with a sweet potato cake. The sturgeon had a sort of odd texture--kind of thick and chewy, even though some of the flesh on the inside was quite tender. Don't know enough about sturgeon to know whether that's the normal texture or if it had been oddly cooked. Surprisingly, what blew us away was the cheese course we had as our appetizer. We had a Brie, a goat cheese, and Taleggio, and each of them were outstanding. We ordered the Valrhona chocolate cake and the Spanish doughnuts for dessert. Cake was uninspired and blah. This seems to be a hazard with chocolate desserts--restaurants seem to feel compelled to have one on the menu, and I think the pastry chefs get bored with them or resentful about them, and the end result is pretty blah. On the other hand, the Spanish doughnuts were pretty good--nice cinnamony taste.
Saturday lunch we took some friends to Hosoonyi in Edmonds. One of the friends is a really adventurous eater, so we knew he'd be excited by some of the more exotic items on the menu. He ordered black cod soup, which came with little unidentifiable bits of something that we guessed were cod intestines (which are on the menu in another dish). I had the same problem with this dish as I did with the spicy halibut soup ordered at a different time--the broth was just too spicy for me to enjoy. We also got the seafood crepe, barbecued pork, and a squid stir fry that was exactly the right level of heat for me.
We went to see a movie in Capitol Hill, and afterwards went for hot chocolate at Dilettante. Fairly mild hot chocolate, but I liked the idea of adding chocolate chips to the concoction.
For dinner we went to Raga in Kirkland. I warmed up with some mild dal soup. We got the lamb methi and cashew-cream chicken. They were both fairly rich, and at the upper level of my spice tolerance (we ordered "medium") so I ended up eating a lot of rice with them. Fortunately, the rice was good. I liked the setting--the fireplace made it feel very cozy on a cold winter's night.
On Sunday afternoon, we went to Persimmon Cafe. I'd been reading about their soups and sandwiches, but we were handed their brunch menus. There was corned beef hash on the menu so I had to order it. Boyfriend got a gruyere/jambon omelet. It took a while to get our order, and the waitress brought out a plate of fruit crepes on the house because she said the kitchen had screwed up our order and it would be a few more minutes. Crepes were good, not mind-blowing. Then finally our orders were served. One bite and I knew I'd finally found a corned beef hash that meets my demanding specifications. Really good corned beef, in chunks (not that pulled-pork-consistency), big hunks of potato, fried up nicely. Boyfriend's omelet was great too--cheese and ham were delicious. It was a great way to end this trip.