Bluebird Microcreamery – Coconut Mint Chip Ice Cream

The Food

Bluebird Microcreamery - Coconut Mint Chip

Coconut Mint Chip – Made with coconut milk (vegan)
Price: $3.00 for one scoop

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

The Review

Now normally I shy away from anything that has “vegan” attached to it. Not that I have anything against vegans. I just find animal products to be tasty and so far I haven’t found a good substitute. So when I saw Coconut Mint Chip as one of the flavors at Bluebird Creamery I was excited and thought “Hey I like coconut and chocolate together. I wonder what that would taste like with mint?”  Then I saw (vegan) beside it and paused. This was my ice cream treat. Was I going to spoil it with something that lacks the main component in ice cream – the cream part? At this point I was so set on the flavour, I got it anyway.  On first taste I noticed it was icier than regular cream based ice cream but it definitely had a good coconut flavour and quality chocolate bits. The mint flavour was a bit overwhelming at first but mellowed out as I ate it. Would I go vegan again when it came to ice cream? I guess it would depend on how rich and creamy I wanted my ice cream. As far as flavour goes, this was a tasty treat!

Reviewers

M –  Coconut Mint Chip

Bluebird Microcreamery
3515 Fremont Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103
Tel: (206) 588-1079 http://bluebirdseattle.blogspot.com

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Pie – Mac and Cheese w/Peas Pie, Key Lime Pie, Coconut Cream Pie

The Food

Mac and Cheese Pie

Mac and Cheese w/Peas Pie –  Price: $4.95

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Coconut Cream and Key Lime

Key Lime Pie –  Price: $4.95

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Coconut Cream Pie –  Price: $4.95

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The Review

The same weekend that found me in Tacoma also had me exploring the Fremont area of Seattle. I spotted the signage for Pie on my way to the Fremont Sunday Market and I knew this would be my lunch destination. After exploring the wares at the market and successfully avoiding spoiling my lunch plans with tempting food cart food, I arrived at Pie. Their menu spanned all kinds of comfort foods in pie form.  Chicken pot pie, broccoli and cheese pie, peppered steak pie, English meat pie and mac and cheese with peas.  Craving mac and cheese from the day before, my choice was a no brainer. The warm pie was plucked from the warming cabinet and I was soon settled in for lunch. My first impression was that it was too cute to eat. Nicely browned pastry with a browned crumbled top. I cut the pie in half. It was full of cheesy noodles dotted with peas. The crust was flaky and not too over bearing.  The mac and cheese was moist but not runny and had a good full cheese taste.  It was a fabulous lunch on a very cold but sunny day.

They also have sweet pies and I could not leave without buying a couple to go. I picked a couple of our favorites, Key Lime and Coconut Cream to share with B. They survived the trip back to Vancouver and after the first bite of the coconut cream I wished I had bought even more. This was the creamiest, most “coconutiest” coconut cream pie we have ever had. The key lime was also great with a smooth tart finish. Pie is now definitely on our list for future Seattle dessert stops!

Reviewers

M –  Mac and Cheese, Key Lime, Coconut Cream

B – Key Lime, Coconut Cream

Pie
3515 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Tel: 206.436.8590 http://sweetandsavorypie.com/
 

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Mike’s Tavern Chili Parlor – Chili Bowl with Cheese and Chili Dog with Cheese

The Food


Chili Dog with Cheese Hot dog drowned in chili and cheese.
Price: $8.50

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Chili Bowl Meat chili served over beans with cheese and oyster crackers.
Price: $5.25

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The Review

We came to Mike’s Tavern after seeing this place on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. We had high expectations because of this and it did not disappoint. In the small tavern, the owner and servers were  friendly and knew a number of the customers by name. They even made us first timers feel like regulars. We sat at a long communal table in the middle of the place – tight between the booths on one side and the bar on the other  – and ordered a bowl of chili and a chili dog. We anxiously waited for our food while ogling the other customers’ bowls of chili and chili cheese fries while the regulars cheered on the local college football team playing on screens around the bar.

When our food arrived, we were amazed. Each item can be topped with cheese, onions and/or jalapenos for an extra cost. But what a mound full of cheese you get for an extra $0.50! The chili bowl was spicy and flavorful with a good layer of tasty grease on top that was sopped up with the oyster crackers. The hot dog (on top of the beans) could barely be seen under the chili and cheese. The bun was soft and the dog was ok but the rich meaty chili was the star of the show. It made us want to order another bowl of chili.

The whole experience at Mike’s Chili Parlor was great. We wish we had a tavern in our neighbourhood that was half as friendly as Mike’s and with a chili nearly as good! You always know a place is going to be good when they basically serve only one item and serve it well. That is why a place like Mike’s stays in business for generations.

Please note: Because Mike’s Tavern is a bar in Washington State, you must be 21 to eat here.

Reviewers

B –  Chili Dog
M –  Chili Bowl

Mike’s Tavern Chili Parlor
1447 NW Ballard Way, Seattle, WA 98107
Tel: (206) 782-2808
www.mikeschiliparlor.com

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