recent food wanderings

A few eats from the last few weeks:

Ballard Brothers Seafood and Burgers – a great low-brow, but sustainable, wild salmon Cajun burger.

The perennial favorite – Paseo – hard to really describe these cuban sandwiches without using the phrase  “nasty good”.  I always get the shrimp sandwich, Shawn gets the Midnight Cuban pork sandwich – both with amazing carmelized grilled onions on crusty baguettes.

Authentic italian espresso drinks – and most important to me, the very hard to find in the states, authentic Torta de la Nonna from Rome at Stella’s Coffees at the Diller Hotel.  A tart that is not too sweet and not too lemon-y, with pine nuts and almonds on top.  Mmmm….

We won a meal at a silent auction for an incredible Turkish meal at Bistro Turkuaz in Madrona.  Beautiful small plates of baba ghanoush, pancar – beet salad with herbed goat cheese and orange balsamic vinaigrette – and muever –  zucchini fritters.  Along with Shawn’s lamb chops and some of the best baklava I’ve had in Seattle (not too sticky sweet) – all made for a very nice treat.


vashon, paradise cove

A lot of removal in such a short amount of time or effort from Seattle, this Paradise Cove vacation rental on Vashon Island is a favorite retreat spot for me and a group of girlfriends.  A wonderful spot for beach walking or perching in the window seats and taking in the show – which this time was an otter eating a stingray 40 yards from the house, distracted by defending it from another otter, when a bald eagle swoops in and steals the stingray.  Nature!!

el camion

Out running errands in SODO, we came across a second outpost of one of our favorite taco trucks – El Camion.  I would always get a little excited for the added bonus of El Camion when needing to make a Home Depot run in North Seattle.  I am happy to know we have another neighborhood to find these folks.  People talk a lot about their pork tacos, but my favorite is their tamales.  They only cook so many every day and tend to run out, but today I was in luck – roasted veggies, surrounded by creamy white masa, and wrapped in plantain leaves.  Topped with their chipotle sauce made it perfect!  The gorditas and fish tacos are my back up options, and Shawn’s favorite is the fish burrito.  And what is better than foosball while you wait?!

New secret location for El Camion – in Ballard, on 15th, in the Mud Bay parking lot!