The Adventures of a Calamari Queen

Filipina Foodie

Farmer’s Market!

Visiting our Local Farmer’s Market is one of my favorite things to do in the summer! Fresh produce, fun activities, live music and yummy food is my idea of a fun weekend. Last Saturday the hubs and I checked out Issaquah’s Framer’s market, dogs are not allowed so our fatty Riley stayed home. My favorite parts were the berry and flower sections. They’re so fresh, yet so cheap! We ended up  buying some berries, although they have the same price with our local grocery, the quality was superior. I bought potatoes, pappardelle pasta, honey that I will send to my mom in the PI (through balikbayan box) The Hubs and I enjoyed some tacos and crepes too, both of them were Okay and nothing special. Hope you all had a great week!

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YUM!

YUM!

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pretty!

so pretty!

all kinds of mushrooms!

all kinds of mushrooms!

different kinds of pappardelle pasta! I end up buying the garlic chive kind!

different kinds of pappardelle pasta! I end up buying the garlic chive kind!

enjoying some tacos

enjoying some tacos

carne asada tacos

carne asada tacos

enjoying his crepes!

enjoying his crepes!

Riley wasn't very happy that we left him,so I had to cuddle with him when we got home!

Riley wasn’t very happy that we left him,so I had to cuddle with him when we got home!

Our Garden lately!

Our Garden is doing really well lately, with the nice summer we are having here the plants and flowers are loving it. My favorite is my hydrangea plants. The white and purple are really blooming well and I’m really enjoying picking fresh flowers every week. Flowers are kinda expensive when I buy them in our local farmer’s market. I’ve been using my herbs in my cooking and eating the lettuces too,admittedly I’ve thrown some because it’s just too much and we can’t eat them all.I’m looking forward to harvesting our tomatoes in the coming weeks.

basil and parsley

basil and parsley

Green beans(we've already eaten them this week)

Green beans(we’ve already eaten them this week)

Riley checking our cherry tomato

Riley checking our cherry tomato

swiss chard

swiss chard

pineapple mint

pineapple mint

another cherry tomato

another cherry tomato

purple hydrangeas in our front yard

purple hydrangeas in our front yard

so pretty!

so pretty!

i love it!

I love it!

my own little farmer's market!

my own little farmer’s market!

more flowers

more flowers

Gianfranco Ristorante Italiano!

Hello everyone! It was my sister in law Julia’s birthday last week, and yesterday (Sunday) we had a late birthday dinner with the rest of the family. We ate at this Italian restaurant called Gianfranco Ristorante Italiano. Although it’s a small resto (kinda cramped), the ambiance was nice and most importantly the food was great! It’s one of the best italian restaurants we’ve been to in a long time. The portions were HUGE too! I had Braised short ribs and I had the left overs for dinner tonight and I still didn’t finish the leftovers! Anyways, the Hubs and I will be coming back again soon to this lovely italian place! After dinner we went back to my In law’s to have ice cream and just hangout celebrating Julia’s birthday! Happy Birthday Julia, we love you:)

calamari affogati(sauteed in tomato,garlic,hot peppers,white wine)

calamari affogati(sauteed in tomato,garlic,hot peppers,white wine)

My In Laws,they're the best!

My In Laws,they’re the best!

MIL and SIL!love this pic of them:)

MIL and SIL!love this pic of them:)

Hubs and DIL whose being silly!lol

Hubs and DIL whose being silly!lol

me and my huge dinner!

me and my huge dinner!

braised short ribs with creamy polenta and veggies

braised short ribs with creamy polenta and veggies

crab ravioli in pesto sauce (Hubs order)

crab ravioli in pesto sauce (Hubs order)

Linguini alle Vongole (Fresh clams sautéed with garlic, olive oil, and white wine)

Linguini alle Vongole
(Fresh clams sautéed with garlic, olive oil, and white wine) My DIL’s order,he REALLY loved this dish!

In laws and their food!they had lots of left overs!

In laws and their food!they had lots of left overs!

MILs lasagna!

MILs lasagna!

Rigatoni Inferno (the best sauce ever!) Julia's order!

Rigatoni Inferno (the best sauce ever!) Julia’s order!

the sweetest javanese  baby Lexy!

the sweetest Havanese baby Lexy!

sundae bar

sundae bar

Banana split!

Banana split!

The Birthday girl!

The Birthday girl!

A Birthday tradition!Rosco song!

A Birthday tradition!Rosco song!

bday cards and gifts time!

bday cards and gift time!

 

 

Morton’s Steakhouse!

We had dinner at Morton’s Steakhouse in Seattle earlier and it was YUM! We’ve been to this steakhouse before so Hubs and I knew what to expect already. It’s a basement type restaurant and it’s pretty cozy (i like the ambiance of the place).I think this steakhouse has been here in Seattle for the last 20+ years and you can tell that by looking at the wall frames around the resto, it’s kinda cool to see the “opening day of Seatac airport” in one of the pictures I noticed in the place. Anyways, the food was great! Hubs really liked the Filet mignon Oscar style he ordered. I normally order the filet when we’re in a steakhouse but I wanted to have something different tonight. I checked their menu online yesterday (I was that excited!) and found out they have braised short ribs, so I knew what I would be getting. Let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint! My goodness the ribs were super flavorful  and melt in your mouth tender! I will go back to this place for the short ribs alone.We also had seared tuna and lobster bisque (we will not order this again, it was kinda bland) for appetizers and mac and cheese to share (we didn’t finish all the food though…always good for leftovers). Hubby liked his drink but it was way overpriced (i think). It was an expensive dinner but we really had a good experience and will most likely go back in the coming months.

Cadillac margarita

Cadillac margarita

lobster bisque

lobster bisque

seared spicy ahí tuna

seared spicy ahí tuna

My lovey!

My lovey!

center-cut filet mignon (oscar style)

center-cut filet mignon (oscar style)

Bacon & Onion Mac and cheese!

Bacon & Onion Mac and cheese!

Braised Beef short ribs with pappardelle

Braised Beef short ribs with pappardelle

can't wait to dig in!

can’t wait to dig in!

thank God for our yummy dinner:)

so full:)

We decided to walk around Seattle after dinner, because we need it! We were so full and it was a nice summer evening and we wanted to use our new camera that we got this week. It’s a Nikon D3300 and so far we are loving our new gadget.  Hubs is still teaching me the basic things about DSLR cameras. My iPad is acting up so the new cam is really handy right now.

Hello there new gadget!

Hello there new gadget!

Pike place

Pike place

Hello!

Summertime!

long line at SB and hubs is not very happy about it!

long line at SB and hubs is not very happy about it!

His and hers coffee:)

His and hers coffee:)

my fave subject!lol

my fave subject!lol

meeeeeee

meeeeeee

streets of seattle

lots of one way streets in  seattle

on our way home,we saw the super moon tonight. And this is my attempt to capture it but I failed big time!lol

on our way home,we saw the super moon tonight. And this is my attempt to capture it but I failed big time! (inside the car + flash = bad pics) lol

Hope you had a good weekend friends!

 

 

Food we’ve been eating lately!

Hello everyone! It’s been a nice summer here in the PNW and we are spending more time outside (mostly in my garden and patio), soaking up the sunshine! Just wanted to share what we’ve been eating and cooking here!

Roast Chicken and green beans (with lots of cheese)

Roast Chicken and green beans (with lots of cheese)

chicken picatta

chicken picatta

oysters!!

oysters,poke,meatballs

cheesy spaghetti and chicken wings

cheesy spaghetti and chicken wings

grilled chicken,asparagus,salad

grilled chicken,asparagus,salad

vegetable fried rice with siracha

vegetable fried rice with sriracha

takeout fave:crispy garlic chicken,pad thai

takeout fave:crispy garlic chicken,pad thai

grilled mackerel,veggies,left overs

grilled mackerel,veggies,left overs

mexican takeout:beef taquitos and nachos

mexican takeout:beef taquitos and nachos

grilled calamari and sauteed calamari,roast beets

grilled calamari and sauteed calamari,roast beets

roast chicken,green beans

roast chicken,green beans

Greek take out

Greek take out

steak,shitake mushrooms,broccoli

steak,shitake mushrooms,broccoli

Happy Birthday Riley!

Riley our mini schnauzer turns 4 today! We had a simple celebration yesterday with my In Laws. We ate pizza and cupcakes. Riley loved all the attention and gifts he got from everybody. While writing this post,the birthday boy is just sun bathing in the yard. He really think he’s a little human being! The funniest and  most adorable dog in the world!

MOD pizza! was really good pizza:)

MOD pizza! was really good pizza:)

family!

family!

excited to see his gifts

excited to see his gifts

Yummy cupcakes for the birthday boy!

Yummy cupcakes for the birthday boy!

The Puss turns 4!

The Puss turns 4!

We love you Puss!

We love you Puss!

Grocery Haul!

It’s been a while since I posted my grocery haul, with my sisters visit last week I didn’t shop at all because we ended up eating out most of the time. I also decided to join Smith Brother’s Farm Milk delivery (they’re a local company). I noticed a lot of our neighbors have this service so I wanted to check it out. This is our second week of delivery and though it’s pricey compared to our local grocery, I think it’s worth the price for me and the milk taste “fresher” in my opinion. So far I’m liking the idea of our milk delivered and I don’t have to get it from our grocery store and who knows how long it’s been in their refrigerator. I only shopped once this week because I still have a lot of meat in our freezer, so I bought mostly produce this time. Happy shopping and savings friends!

Fred Meyer: $21.55

Fred Meyer: $21.55

Smith Brother's milk delivery: $10.86

Smith Brother’s milk delivery: $10.86

Sister’s Visit to Seattle (part 2!)

More pictures of our fun activities while sis and her friends were here last week!

While sis did the EMP,Hubs and I did the SAM.

While sis did the EMP,Hubs and I did the SAM.

Hubs

Hubs

Richard and I at the porcelain room (Seattle Art Museum!)

Richard and I at the porcelain room (Seattle Art Museum!)

This is my favorite exhibit in SAM

This is my favorite exhibit in SAM

outside SAM

outside SAM

Seattle Great Wheel at Pier 54

Seattle Great Wheel at Pier 54

We did the Argosy cruise and this is our view!

We did the Argosy cruise and this was our view!

I love Seattle

I love Seattle

friends

sis and friends

silly kids

silly kids

Seattle

Seattle

backyard dinner

backyard dinner

we're grilling pork and tuna belly

we’re grilling pork and tuna belly

pork belly get in my belly!

pork belly get in my belly!

tuna belly!

tuna belly!

i LOVE this pic of Riley staring at the smores my sis is eating

i LOVE this pic of Riley staring at the smore my sis is eating

Freemont Troll

Fremont Troll

We had sushi and ramen after!

We had sushi and ramen after!

coffee time at The Lodge

coffee time at The Lodge

dinner at Earl's (Bellevue)

dinner at Earl’s (Bellevue)

yummy steak

yummy steak

another filipino breakfast! dried fish and eggs

another filipino breakfast! dried fish and eggs

meatballs and spaghetti,guacamole and chips for our last dinner with them

meatballs and spaghetti,guacamole and chips for our last dinner with them

 

 

Sister’s Visit in Seattle!

My sister joined the Seattle Rock n Roll last weekend (she’s from New York). Two of her friends joined her because they’ve never been to Seattle. It was so much fun doing the touristy things with them and spending time with family and friends. We miss them already ,but hopefully we’ll see them again later this year!

enjoying the view of Seattle in Alki Beach

enjoying the view of Seattle in Alki Beach

with my Lovey!

with my Lovey!

dinner at Duke's! we enjoyed the sunset while having dinner here.

dinner at Duke’s! we enjoyed the sunset while having dinner here. This is my crab cake dinner:)

hanging out after dinner!

hanging out after dinner!

We filipinos like to eat our breakfast!

We filipinos like to eat our breakfast!

We are proud of you!

We are proud of you!

outside Century Link field

outside Century Link field

enjoying Piroshky at Pike Place market

enjoying Piroshky at Pike Place market

John Howie steak dinner

John Howie steak dinner

day of the race! early morning to avoid traffic in Seattle!

day of the race! early morning to avoid traffic in Seattle!

Ready for the Rock n Roll Seattle!

Ready for the Rock n Roll Seattle!

Pier 54 after the race!

Pier 54 after the race!

Our Garden!

It’s been a busy couple of days here because my sister and two of her friends visited us (sis joined the Rock and Roll Seattle marathon last Saturday) and we showed them around Seattle and we had a great time. I will post more of her visit this week. I wanted to show the new developments in my garden and goodness it’s thriving very well. I’ve been using a lot of my herbs in my cooking and I’m looking forward to eating a lot of salad this week too. My favorite harvest this morning was the strawberries, I plan to make the home made version of Starbuck’s strawberry creme drink. My hydrangea plant is growing like crazy too and I’ve been enjoying having fresh flowers all over the house. I love being in my yard this time of year:)

My hydrangeas

My hydrangeas

fresh flowers in our dining table

fresh flowers for our dining table

everyday dining table with fresh hydrangea

everyday dining table with fresh hydrangea

so sweet!

so sweet!

lettuces galore!

lettuce galore!

parsley and basil

parsley and basil and chives peaking!

i added fresh herbs when we had meatballs and spag last night

my tomatoes are doing well too.

my tomatoes are doing well too.

 

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