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Chocolati? Check

Chocolati in Wallingford
Jules and Taylor standing inside Chocolati in Wallingford

Last night, driven by impulse and the prospect of a decadent dessert, Jules, Taylor, and I went out to Chocolati in Wallingford. None of us had been before, but we had heard a lot about it, so this was our chance to check it out. Known for their infamous hot chocolates, we each decided to get one. I picked the classic “house” version, Taylor chose a raspberry-chocolate blend, and Jules went for the dark chocolate.

“Oh my God,” basically sums up what it’s like to have your first sip of a Chocolati hot chocolate. And well, every sip thereafter, really. All three cocoas were devastatingly good. Taylor’s raspberry-chocolate was my favorite, reminding me of Seattle Chocolate’s raspberry cream truffles. Jules’ drink (if you could call it that) was so thick we reasoned that if she let it cool, it would harden in her cup. “I think I can chew mine,” she said between gulps. We left dizzy, our throats lined with chocolate, and ready to crash. It was really somethin’ else.

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The West Wing – The Complete Fourth Season

Hiroshi’s on Eastlake

Ryan and I went to Hiroshi’s on Eastlake for the first time tonight. It wasn’t what I expected, but in the good sort of way. I had figured it was just a small teriyaki joint, similiar to what you’d find on the Ave, only to walk into a restaurant warm with color, bustling with people, and live jazz playing. (Yeah, Fridays are “Sushi and Jazz Nights”, who would’ve thought?) Anyway, the place is more cozy than it is small, the food was pretty good, and it just had a lively atmosphere. The service was a tad slow, but given how busy it was, it was pretty reasonable. Food-wise, I really liked the yellow tail and green onion roll. Given it’s proximity and good first impression, we just may have found a new sushi place to frequent.

In other news, I’ve realized how much I usually blog about places I’ve eaten at and have begun wondering if I should aggregate this somewhere other than here. While it’s nice to write a blog post here or there, it’d be nice to either flush out my neglected CitySearch profile or take up writing in Judy’s Book. I haven’t quite decided what I want to do yet though.

Tangent aside, Hiroshi’s = Thumbs up.

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The Kill
A Beautiful Lie

Wednesday Night at Chopstix

David's 23rd Birthday

Last Wednesday was David’s birthday, so we went out and played several mean games of five-on-five Whirlyball and then gathered at Chopstix, the dueling piano bar in Queen Anne. It was my first time there and it made for a fun weeknight. (That, and they had some pretty wicked cheesy waffle fries.) Anyway, Teresa and I want to check out their Trivia Night sometime soon, so let me know if interested.

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The Confessions of St. Augustine
By Saint, Bishop of Hippo Augustine

Purple Dot Cafe

Purple Dot CafeToday we went to the Purple Dot Cafe for dim sum to celebrate Ryan’s birthday (7/24) and it was pretty good. I tend to go to only two places in Intl. District for dim sum: House of Hong and Four Seas (mainly out of familiarity), so it was nice to try somewhere new.

We found out about the place by reading a LiveJournal thread re:dim sum and when I Googled the restaurant it seemed like everyone was writing good things about it. So here’s me joining the bandwagon. I had heard of it and passed it plenty of times but just assumed that it was another trendy Azn bubble tea joint. It wasn’t until I read about it that I learned it served food. Anyway, the food was real good and the wait staff was surprisingly attentive for a place in Chinatown in general. My favorite was the fried shrimp tofu. Between seven of us the total bill came out to $62, so another plus on being inexpensive. Would definitely go there again. Now let’s see if I can get my family to give it a try.

In other news, I’ve noticed when I feel the urge to write a review of something or place, it’s generally either positive or negative, and rarely in between. (Not to say I feel strictly hot and cold on all things, just otherwise I likely won’t be invoked to write). So, I’ve created a new category on my blog called, “me gusta” and its counterpart, “no me gusta“. Kinda like thumbs up. Kinda.

Bonefish Grill

Last night Trevor, Ly, Ryan, and I went out to dinner at the Bonefish Grill on Westlake. I had always been curious about it ever since I moved to Seattle, always passing it but never going in. A few weeks ago Ly and I had agreed to check it out one night and yesterday, as we were heading back from the outlets up north, we all decided to give it a try.

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