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Seattle Scene. eat. v10

Seattle Scene. eat.v10

This is Seattle Scene. eat. v10. Last one of the year for 2014. Myself and guest blogger {Savanna} try a new Seattle hot spot for our reoccurring feature – the Seattle Scene. At the firm that we work at, we are part of a team that researches/markets Hospitality {restaurants, hotels, spas}. Our assignment is to try out new restaurants and see what the current and future design trends are, especially in the Seattle market {see last blog post – Seattle Scene. eat v9}. We are looking from a designer’s point of view, but the food is a nice bonus. Yesterday, my favorite day Friday Eve, we went to a special place Lark. We discovered that Lark is the new Black.

Lark

Lark 2.0 opened it’s doors in early December of 2014. It is located in the Central Agency Building of Capitol Hill. Last night, Savanna and I visited the space to wine and dine and we absolutely loved it.  Our senses were stimulated in every way. We saw a modern, rustic space with the tall ceilings, large big windows, and dozen of Edison lights that made the space sparkle. From the outside, the space glowed and from the inside the sparkle experience was amazing.  We touched the rich textures of the dark plush mohair upholstered tufted booths paired with rich rustic wood.  When you enter Lark you immediately see the open kitchen which connects the dining experience to the chef’s cooking experience and diners can hear the kitchen at work. We also heard familiar bands from the Seattle music scene which included The Head and the Heart, Fleet Foxes, and Band of Horses.  Lastly, smell and taste – hands down we both agreed that our meal at Lark was the best meal we had in 2014.  Lark is special to us because our firm (Gensler) designed it.  We are very proud of this space.  Lead Designer Robert Cippollone designed the space to reflect the characteristics of Lark’s original space with the warm wood and subtle textures and colors. We absolutely loved our Lark experience. I would describe it as “romantical” and a perfect date spot. The top floor has a more casual vibe with communal tables and the metal topped bar. It’s an ideal place for a intimate private party.  We LOVE it. Here is a glimpse…

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We had a very late dinner and took pictures at the end of the night. Trust me the place was busy and packed.  Did I mention the food was to die for? We met head Chef John Sundstrom. He was nice to come visit us during our meal.  Chef Sundstrom has been recognized as one of the best chefs of Seattle and in 2007 won the James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Northwest.   We had wine and amazing food…

Durigutti Malbec, AR 2012
Burrata with Treviso, Billy’s honey, rosemary, olive oil croutons
Pleasant View foie gras terrine, pear vanilla comopote, brioche
Agnolotti with smoked ricotta, rosemary, dates and brown butter
Veal sweetbreak fricasse, farro grits cake, goat cheese, pickled peppers

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and more…

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until next year…xoxo

 

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Seattle Scene. eat.v9

Seattle Scene. eat.v9

This is Seattle Scene. eat. v9. Hello again. The duo is back. Myself and guest blogger {Savanna} try a new Seattle hot spot for our reoccurring feature – the Seattle Scene. At the firm that we work at, we are part of a team that researches/markets Hospitality {restaurants, hotels, spas}. Our assignment is to try out new restaurants and see what the current and future design trends are, especially in the Seattle market {see last blog post – Seattle Scene. eat v8}. We are looking from a designer’s point of view, but the food is a nice bonus. Yesterday we ventured to Broadway and dined at Corretto – Trattoria and Bar.

Corretto

Corretto opened its doors mid April of this year. The popular Foodie Source site Eater recommended this restaurant to us via it’s Eater Hot Map. Owner Travis Rosenthal launched the new trendy Italian restaurant in the Spring in Seattle’s East Broadway area. Executive Chef Laura Licona joins his team and adds her twist on Italian comfort food to the mix. Corretto translates to “corrected coffee” where Corretto bar pairs espresso with Italian grappa, amari, and other Italian liquors. Here is a glimpse…

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A stylish cafe by day and an Italian restaurant by night; the vibe of the Corretto is eclectic chic. Many antique finds decorate the space, which is a trend we see in a lot of Seattle’s restaurants. A handsome Gentleman’s navy blue is seen throughout the space and paired with the Modern Vintage graphic black and white wallpaper.

What did we eat?

Antipasti – Bruschetta Cannellini {white bean pate, balsamic tomato salsa, crisped leeks, grilled crostini}
Primi /Pasta – Gnocchi Al Pesto {fresh gnocchi and our waiter substituted our sauce}
Secondi/Entree – Agnello {three lamb chops, farro, pickled fennel, arugula, toasted almonds, basil oil}
Dessert – Limoncello Cheesecake {amaretti brown butter crust, seasonal berries}

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until next time…..xoxo

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Seattle Scene.eat.v8

This is Seattle Scene. eat. v8. Hello again.  The duo is back, myself {Stephanie} and my friend {Savanna} continue to share our experience of the Seattle restaurant scene. We are at our 8th edition now {see original blog post – Seattle scene. eat v1}. Our assignment is to try out new restaurants and see what the current and future design trends are in the Seattle market. We are looking from a designer’s point of view, but the food is a nice bonus. We thought we would mix it up a bit and revisit an oldie, but goodie.  We are calling this Seattle Scene.eat.v8 – Throwback Thursday edition. I actually have been to REVEL many times and love the food and space. This was {Savanna’s} first time. Here is a glimpse of our REVEL experience.

REVEL

REVEL

REVEL opened it’s doors in 2010.  Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi are the culinary geniuses behind the Korean/French food fusion.  They also own Joule – a sister restaurant in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. When you walk into Revel, it’s like walking into a secret food society. The interior of the space is so unexpected.  I love when the exterior and interior don’t exactly talk to each other and create an element of surprise for the diner. The space has walls in shades of gray and pop artwork are expressed throughout the space.  Wood banquettes surround the long interior space and the long butcher-block table connects the chefs to the guests and acts as the focal point of the space. REVEL creates an ultra-cool vibe, with the music (90’s rap that night), seeing the chef’s in action, and the effortlessly modern interior, and the food is absolutely amazing.  That night we ordered the potato+ leek, gruyère – truffle dumplings, Parsnip & yam, tamarind yogurt, mint-pear chutney pancake, Short rib, sambal daikon, mustard green rice bowl and the ‘Tofu Plate‘ as dessert, which basically was Crème fraiche panna cotta, pickled rhubarb, burnt honey. Everything was amazing.  REVEL is such a gem and the diner experiences a unique food adventure.

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We hope you enjoyed the Seattle Scene.eat.v8 – Throwback Edition. To see a glimpse of our experience at the Chef’s bar, we have put together a quick little video for you. Enjoy (with sound). Until next time….{Stephanie} + Guest {Savanna}.

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Seattle Scene. eat. v7

This is Seattle Scene. eat. v7. Hello again.  The duo is back, myself {Stephanie} and my friend {Savanna}. Our research of the Seattle scene continues {see original blog post – Seattle scene. eat v1}. Our assignment is to try out new restaurants and see what the current and future design trends are in the Seattle market. We are looking from a designer’s point of view, but the food is a nice bonus.

Red Cow

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Famous Seattle Chef, Ethan Stowell debuted his newest restaurant Red Cow last week. Madrona, a quaint and charming neighborhood in Seattle, is the new Black and has become the talk of the town. {Savanna} and I managed to get a reservation opening weekend.  Stowell’s concept for Red Cow is Parisian-style Brassiere featuring Steak Frites.  They style of Red Cow is minimal, yet with expressions of exposed concrete walls, black bentwood chairs, dark leather banquettes and zinc topped tables and Stowell’s signature open kitchen.

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One of the first few tables to arrive at 5pm.
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20 mins later, the Restaurant filled up.
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We started with French bubbles.
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We decided to share the Baby Beet Salad, Braised Short Ribs, and Braised Kale with bacon and shallots.

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Until Next time. xoxo

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Seattle Scene.eat v6

Hello again. We are back for our now 6th installment of Seattle Scene. eat. Myself {Stephanie} and guest blogger {Savanna} try a new Seattle hot spot for our reoccurring feature – the Seattle Scene. At the firm that we both work at, we are part of a team that researches/markets Hospitality {restaurants, hotels, spas}. Our assignment is to try out new restaurants and see what the current and future design trends are in the Seattle market {see last blog post – Seattle Scene. eat v5}. We are looking from a designer’s point of view, but the food is a nice bonus. We decided to mix it up a bit and do brunch. Last Saturday we ventured to Georgetown, Seattle’s industrial district and experienced Brass Tacks. 

Brass Tacks

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Brass Tacks opened it’s doors in early 2013. The name was inspired by the brass tacks that are visible throughout the space.  Located in the heart of Georgetown, the oldest neighborhood in Seattle, Brass Tacks is surrounded by railways and sprawling warehouses amongst its industrial charm. What once was a former big and tall shop called Fusion Apparel is now a gastropub on the corner of 13th and Airport Way. The bar/restaurant shares a space with Ground Control but has an entirely different menu and diners have the option of ordering from both menus. Head Chef Chris Opsata focuses on seasonal and sustainable locally inspired cuisine paired with classic cocktails.

The Lowdown: The design of the space embodies the classic and authentic look and feel of Seattle with its raw and rustic feel. Edison light bulbs twinkle the space and accents of wood and chalkboard add to the classic Seattle charm. The restaurant has classic details of bar games that you often see in Seattle – shuffle board, foosball, a piano, and other drinking games.  Reclaimed wood, chalkboards, industrial are themes we have been seeing in Seattle. What is next? We can’t wait to see what the new “chalkboard” etc may be. We went to Brass Tacks on Saturday hoping for Brunch, but discovered that Brunch is only served on Sunday. Even though brunch was not offered, we still ordered “brunch-like” food – Chicken and Waffles and Lattes that were amazing. Here is a glimpse of Brass Tacks…

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PS. pursehooks…check.

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Seattle Scene. eat. v5

This is Seattle Scene. eat. v5. Hello again.  The duo is back, myself {Stephanie} and my friend {Savanna}. Our research of the Seattle scene continues {see original blog post – Seattle Sceene. eat v1}. Our assignment is to try out new restaurants and see what the current and future design trends are in the Seattle market. We are looking from a designer’s point of view, but the food is a nice bonus.

Bar Sajor

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Bar SajorPronounce {Sigh-YOUR}. The restaurant located on the corner of Occidental and Jackson opened it’s doors Spring 2013. Matt Dillon, chef/owner named his restaurant “Sajor”, which was his mother’s maiden name. Dillon, one of the top Seattle Chefs also owns Sitka & Spruce, Bar Ferd’nand, and The Corson Building. He has been named Food & Wine’s 10 best Chefs in 2007 and James Beard best Chef in 2012.  Last Friday we retreated to Seattle’s Pioneer Square and dined at Sajor where we felt we were dining in another city…

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Seattle Scene. Bar Sajor

Seattle Scene. Bar Sajor

There is something about white interior that we absolutely adore. White interior in combination with rustic wood; it makes you feel like you are not in Seattle and taken away to Europe. We loved the variety of seating and seeing the dining space of the second floor.  A big attraction is the open kitchen where you can see the meals cooked by wood flame. There is a balance of the rustic with the natural wood and the decor of glass containers filled with fruit and vegetables and a glitzy quality with the subtle touches of glamour. Local Seattle company, Codor Design designed the wall installations.

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Matt Dillon knows the formula how people like to dine: casual, communal, seasonal and with a romantic touch.  The dining space sits 40-50 guests that is both romantic and informal. The large windows brighten the space during the day, while at night the space is illuminated with soft lighting for intimate dining. It’s beautiful.

What did we eat?….

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Seattle Scene. Bar Sajor

We started with a cheese plate {not pictured} followed by a beet salad with prosciutto, and  by Black Cod with Asian pear for our main course. We love to share plates, that’s how we roll. Delicious.

Lastly, we forgot to check for purse hooks. We hope Matt Dillon didn’t disappoint. Until next time…xoxo SADV

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Seattle Scene. eat. v4

Hello again. We are back for our 4th installment of Seattle Scene. eat. v4. Myself {Stephanie} and guest blogger {Savanna} try a new Seattle hot spot for our reoccuring feature – the Seattle Scene. At the firm that we both work at, we are part of a team that researches/markets Hospitality {restaurants, hotels, spas}. Our assignment is to try out new restaurants and see what the current and future design trends are in the Seattle market {see last blog post – Seattle Scene. eat v3}. We are looking from a designer’s point of view, but the food is a nice bonus. Last Saturday we ventured to Ballard and experienced Barnacle.

Barnacle

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Renee Erikson, a local Seattle chef opened her 4th restaurant Barnacle last month.  Erickson is the chef and co-owner of The Whale Wins, The Walrus and the Carpenter, and Boat Street Cafe. On top of that she also owns a food truck the Narwal.  The much anticipated Barnacle opened it’s doors in September and is located next to the Walrus and the Carpenter. Barnacle is an adjacent bar with that is no larger than 800 square feet. Within this small space you will find, a bar with a dozen stools, one booth, a standing bar, and no kitchen.  Cozy.  {Savanna} and I managed to get seats in the middle of the bar and we were able to take it in and see everything.

We wanted to mix it up a bit this round and share our experience of Barnacle via video.  Considering the small space, we found it challenging to take out the nice camera and snap photos. We spontaneously decided to prop the iPhone up on top of a water glass and film our visual point of view…

We definitely enjoyed our experience at Barnacle.  Erickson’s restaurants have the common denominator of light interiors with an open kitchen/bar.  You even feel that you are taken away to a new city; we felt that we were in a new place like San Francisco. The interior design of the space has a casual vibe and an authentic experience. We loved the details of the space and the employees even matched the space. Of course we also looked for purse hooks and of course we found them. It’s very important to girls.

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Until next time…xoxo

{Film by SADV + images via Eater}

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Seattle Scene. eat. v3

This is Seattle Scene. eat. v3. Hello again. The duo is back. Myself and guest blogger {Savanna} try a new Seattle hot spot for our reoccuring feature – the Seattle Scene. At the firm that we work at, we are part of a team that researches/markets Hospitality {restaurants, hotels, spas}. Our assignment is to try out new restaurants and see what the current and future design trends are, especially in the Seattle market {see last blog post – Seattle Scene. eat v2}. We are looking from a designer’s point of view, but the food is a nice bonus. Last Saturday we ventured to Wallingford and dined on Lake Union at Westward.

Westward

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Located 47° 39′ N / 122° 19′ W – the new restaurant Westward opened September 3rd. {Savanna} and I went for a late Saturday night dinner. We’ve been hearing the online buzz about Josh Henderson’s new duo opening – Westward + The Little Gull Grocery {the joint cozy oyster bar}. Josh Henderson, Skillet founder, went all out nautical for the overall vibe of Westward. We walk in and we immediately are like little kids with no attention span, we find ourselves looking at the decor of the space and try to take it all in. The bar (pictured above. photograph by Suzi Pratt) has a diorama feel. Electric Coffin, a local art studio created the design of the bar and also designed the back wall of the oyster bar {not pictured}. It’s definitely an ice breaker/conversation piece, whatever you want to call it. We definitely found ourselves nostalgic of our elementary days where we made dioramas in art class. The barstools were very cozy and fit perfectly with the button-tufted design similar to a captains chair. {Savanna} and I exchanged childhood stories during dinner.

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From the matchbooks to the business cards to the “crew”, the nautical theme is carried throughout. We loved the yacht club vibe. Matthew Parker, designed both spaces, which was inspired by a “Lazy beachy Hamptons feel”. We felt he executed it well. Every where you turn there is something amazing to look at – the attention to nautical detail is perfection. We absolutely adored the whimsical humor – from the artwork of all the famous captains to the oyster bar signage with a Jay-Z twist. Love. This would be an ideal spot for a date. You might not have anything to talk about, but you definitely can talk about the restaurant design.

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What we noticed the most was the variety in the space. At times restaurants can feel crowded, with Westward there was a spacious flow with a varied layout of seating. Structural log supports broke up the space. The restaurant is illuminated with drum nautical fixtures as well as industrial style cage lighting shown above. The space felt comfortable and non-pretentious.

What did we order?

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We ate sailor chic. We started with oysters and our main entree was the Branzino with a squash side. It was wonderful. We loved dining and looking out to the water. It was a nice end of summer night and people were dining outside. Westward has one of the best outdoor patios.

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Seattle Scene. eat. v3

A perfect date spot – twinkly lights by the water – sipping wine on Adirondack chairs – it couldn’t get more “romantical”. We recommend it and we might have noticed a few people on first dates.

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We wanted to say that the “crew” at Westward were so friendly and excited about the space. We love getting their point of view. We met Kristen Guest, our server, she was wonderful and we appreciated her taking the time to tell us about the design of the space. We also met David and Brian who know oysters very well. They gave us the lowdown about the restaurant design and informed us that there was more to come – fire pit, map on ceiling of the oyster bar, and brunch coming soon. It’s all a work in progress.

We loved Westward. It was quite nautical chic. We will definitely spread the word to our friends. Until next time…

SADV

Stephanie {designer + blogger}

BARKER

Savanna {designer + guest blogger}

Ps. Purse cleats? Yes.

{Images by Suzi Pratt + Stephanie de Villa}

 

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