Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice cream

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“Ice Cream Makes You Happy”

It’s still cold outside but my cravings for ice cream never stop in the cold. Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream always fulfills my cravings for ice cream.

Not only does Molly Moon’s have great ice cream, but the smell of Molly Moon’s waffle cones that are freshly baked in the shop never fails me lead to walk into the shop. After trying multiple flavors of ice cream at Molly Moon’s, my all time favorites come down to these two flavors.

  • Original Strawberry: It is classic to every ice cream shop. I don’t usually get strawberry flavor ice cream because it tastes too artificial and too sweet. However, you can tell the difference between artificial and handmade ice cream once you try Molly Moon’s original strawberry flavor – the chunks of Washington-grown strawberry of Molly Moon’s make it a lot more special!
  • Stumptown Coffee: This is my all time favorite! I’m a big coffee and ice cream lover and can’t resist not to skip on the combination of good coffee beans and ice cream. The coffee beans add the perfect amount of bitterness and crunches to this smooth, rich cappuccino flavor ice cream. You won’t disappoint!

When I tried Molly Moon’s for the first time, which was about 6 years ago, I wasn’t too impressed with their ice cream because I didn’t think their selections of flavors didn’t stand apart from others – strawberry, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, mint, which were to be found in any other ice cream shops. To be honest, I hadn’t gone back to Molly Moon’s for about a year since my first visit. I gave it another try one day and finally started to understand why people rave about Molly Moon’s ice cream!

Don’t forget to ask for samples and try their seasonal flavors! The seasonal flavors bring so much unique selections, including fruity sorbet! 

  • Why I love Molly Moon’s: Strawberry and stumptown coffee!
  • What I wish it was different: More unique regular flavors. Wish earl grey flavor had much more earl grey in it

 

  • Capitol Hill: 917 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122 (b/t Broadway & Nagle Pl)
  • University District: 2615 NE 46th St, Seattle WA 98105
  • Lower Queen Anne: 321 W Galer St, Seattle WA 98119
  • Wallingford (the Original Shop): ½ 1622 N 45th St, Seattle WA 98103
  • Always flavors: Original Strawberry/Vanilla Bean/Earl Grey/Maple Walnut/’Scout’ Mint/Stumptown Coffee/Honey Lavender/Salted Caramel/Melted Chocolate/Cookie Dough
  • Current seasonal flavors can be found here: http://www.mollymoon.com/
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Enjoy with your loved one 🙂

Brunch in Seattle!

Brunch has been my favorite meal of the day. Brunch makes me start my weekend happier and more pumped, so it is pleasure for me to find and try good places to have brunch. Seattle offers great dining experiences and brunch is one of them. Today, I’ve created a list of my favorite brunch spots in Seattle to share with you guys.

What’s your favorite brunch foods and spots? 🙂

(This list is based on my personal experience and I listed the only restaurants that I’ve been to multiple times)

  1. Portage Bay Cafe

  • Location: 4130 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
  • Phone number(206) 547-8230

Portage Bay Cafe has been my go-to brunch spot for years. Portage Bay Cafe serves traditional brunch dishes such as pancakes, french toasts, oatmeals, scrambled eggs and you name it.

Big portions, fresh fruits breakfast bar, fresh eggs and veggies! What’s not to like? Portage Bay is known for its pancakes and french toasts with the breakfast bar – you get to have a buffet style of fresh fruits like berries, peaches, nuts, syrups and whip cream.

My favorite dish is called ‘Farmers Hash’ (appeared in the photo below) -3 scrambled eggs*, a variety of local, organic, sustainably grown vegetables, roasted onions, fingerling potatoes, fresh herbs. served with house-made toast and your choice of meats – and this is just what brunch should be.

2.  The Fat Hen

  • Location: 1418 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117
  • Phone number(206) 782-5422

I still remember my first visit to The Fat Hen in Ballard… It was a unforgettable, delicious moment! The baked eggs and eggs benedicts with pancetta that were cooked to perfection!

The baked eggs, which had two fresh cracked eggs, basil and cheese in tomato sauce, was bubbling when it arrived and served with baguette for dipping. When I tasted the baguette dipped in the baked eggs, my day just got better!!

Eggs benedicts with pancetta is my sister’s favorite. When she ripped the benedicts into half, yolk was beautifully oozing with the hollandaise sauce. Pancetta gave the perfect amount of saltiness as well. These two dishes are my recommendations!

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3. Stateside

  • Location: 300 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
  • Phone number(206) 557-7273

Stateside is a Vietnamese cuisine restaurant in Capitol Hill and serves brunch on the weekends. It might not serve the traditional brunch dishes, but will definitely give you an idea that brunch can be creative.

Stateside is not a traditional Vietnamese restaurant but interprets Vietnamese dishes with a twist of French and American cuisines. If you expect to try traditional Vietnamese foods, it might not be the right option for you. However, if you’re those who would like to experience creative and adventurous cuisine, it will please you.

So far, I’ve tried:

  • Hong Kong style charcoal waffle with coconut pandan ice cream and mango compote
  • Eggs Bao’nedict: Egg benedicts made with bao buns instead of english muffins
  • Bun Bo Hue: a traditional Vietnamese spicy noodle soup dish
  • The classic Banh Mi: the meats (chicken pate and pork) amazing! – a downside for me is the small size…

If you’re a sweet-tooth, go for the waffle with ice cream! If you like savory dish, Eggs Bao’nedict and Bun Bo Hue are the good choices!

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4. Morsel

  • Location 1: 4754 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
  • Phone number(206) 268-0154

Biscuit, biscuit, biscuit and biscuit! Morsel makes phenomenal biscuit! The buttermilk biscuits is my favorite, which is buttery, moist and has the crispy outside.

The Spanish Fly, biscuit sandwich, is very savory dish. The slight sweetness of the biscuits, bitterness of arugula and saltiness of prosciutto and fried egg make a perfectly-balanced sandwich.

I usually go to Morsel just to get a buttermilk biscuit and jam, which make a great snack for me. This is a very tiny place but famous, so expect a long line especially on weekend!

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5. King Noodles

  • Location: 615 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104 (b/t S Maynard Ave & S 6th Ave)

I sometimes crave something more soupy for brunch, especially when it rains and gets cold. Congee and Chinese donuts at King Noodles at King Noodles located in International District always fulfill my craving.

Congee is a type of rice porridge and Chinese donut is like a cruller with no filling or sugar.

Congee and Chinese donuts are non-seperable best friends. At King Noodle located, you can make your own congee with toppings you like to add in. I usually add minced pork, enoki mushroom and green onions in mine. (A tip – a thousand egg pork congee is one of the most requested combination)

Soak the Chinese donuts in your congee!

Besides congee, King Noodles is also known for make-your-own noodle soups.

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Cafe Solstice in University District

 

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Do you have your favorite cafe in your neighborhood? What does it look like?

Mine is Cafe Solstice located in University District.

I’m pretty sure that I’d spent the second most time at Cafe Solstice during my undergraduate years at the UW (of course the first place is a library!).

Even though there are tons of other cafes in Seattle that look more chic and serve better coffees and desserts, Cafe Solstice holds the most special place in my heart. I’d got a lot of things done in this place: to study, to hang out, to get coffee and tea, to plan my trips, to write resumes, to skype with my family and to get a piece of cardamom cake.

When I reminisce about my life in Seattle, I miss a cozy neighborhood cafe the most, which is just like Cafe Solstice. This place might not look as hip or fancy as other cafes in Seattle. However, the wooden tables and chairs that look quite old and dusty give me the most comfortable feeling.

My recommendation for drinks from Cafe Solstice is mocha latte! I like my mocha sweet and chocolate-y and the mocha from Solstice fulfills my preference to the perfection. If you are someone like me, don’t miss out on their mocha latte.

  • Location:
4116 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

b/t 42nd St & 41st St
University District

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