Girl Scout Cookie Your Heart Out

Girl Scout ice cream

Recipe: Girl Scout Cookies + Ice Cream

After-Taste: It’s the most wonderful time of the yeeeeear! Girl Scout Cookie time!! I’m personally a fan of Samoas and Tagalongs – but you know what makes these cookies taste exponentially better? Adding ice cream! I had this genius idea enter my mind and I went straight to the store to buy Tillamook Vanilla Ice Cream. It’s hard for me to pass the cute girls and say “no” to buying their cookies. I have to, otherwise I will buy every box and become obese. But this one time I went straight to them and demanded a box of Samoas. I had a dessert to consume, people! I went home and chopped each cookie into 8ths and scattered them over my scoops of ice cream. It. Was. BRILLIANT. I don’t know why I’d never thought of that before! Each bite was a perfect blend of creamy vanilla and a crunch of caramel-toasted coconut cookies (drizzled with chocolate). I do not have a sweet tooth usually – give me steamed cabbage over ice cream any day. But this one night, I was so happy my sweet tooth made an appearance. It is a deliciously brilliant dessert – Scout’s Honor.

Link: Girl Scout Cookies

Katniss Your Heart Out

Bow and arrow

Activity: Archery

Location: Issaquah

After-Aim: First of all, I feel reeeeeally stupid admitting this, but I thought bow and arrows were still just wooden. I had no idea they were as advanced as they are now. A bow with gears? What?? My friend Jeff has this high-tech bow and I decided to channel my inner Katniss Everdeen and give it a whirl. Let me tell you, it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done! Jeff had it on the easiest setting and I still couldn’t pull it back. Jeff had to help me and it was sure a sight to see. I attempted to aim and was worried I was going to somehow shoot it back at myself in the face. Yes, my mind was reeling a bit… But I let go and I HIT THE TARGET!! I was satisfied with one shot so I wanted to see my friend Kristin try. Kristin works out a bit and lifts weights and such, so I was sure she was going to be able to pull it back no problem. She struggled just as much as I did! To be honest, that made me feel a little better and less like a pansy. So all you people who can shoot a bow and arrow without struggling and squirming like I did? Props to you!

Cinebarre Your Heart Out

Cinebarre

Theater: Cinebarre

Location: Mountlake Terrace

After-Taste: The best way to watch a movie is with a beer and dinner served in front of you. Cinebarre is a great place to go see a movie if you don’t want to be surrounded by loud children. And seeing as we were going to The Lego Movie – going to a 21+ theater is key. Tyler and his roommate Corey and I went to see Lego Movie and I just have to say: it may be one of the greatest movies I’ve ever seen! So creative, aesthetically pleasing, surprisingly hilarious, and over-all a feel-good movie. I highly recommend it – the story line was captivating as well! I had a smile on my face the entire time. :) And I promise it wasn’t because of the beer! Yeah, having a beer to drink while you’re watching a movie was definitely nice. The food is…..decent. But it’s worth the money since the experience is so fun. The menu is full of creative cinema names. (I got the chicken fingers = Goldfingers.) Chicken club burger = Fight Club. Italian Pizza = Italian Job. Very punny! Plus, Cinebarre just got their liquor license so now they have a full bar and aren’t limited to beer and wine. Movie + food + alcohol + no kids (don’t get me wrong, I love kids!) = fantastic movie-going experience!

Link: Cinebarre

Shred the Gnar Your Heart Out

Baker

Mountain: Mt. Baker

Location: Bellingham, WA

After-Stay: 20+ friends in 2 cabins for the weekend? My kind of weekend!! I’d never been to Mt. Baker, so I was really excited to cruise the slopes with a bunch of my fave friends! First of all, the drive to Baker from Seattle is super easy – it was a fun 2-hour road trip with some crazies (complete with Disney song karaoke). Once we got to the ‘main’ cabin, our friends were about 6 drinks in, playing card games and board games, and everyone was amped up for the morning to get on the mountain. Half of us went to the other cabin which was…..interesting. It was a large and quaint house, but there were little touches that made it feel kind of like we were potentially in a horror movie. I’ll give you one example: you know those moniker signs that cabins have with last names or “Welcome to the Beach House”? This house had a wooden sign outside the front door, but all it said was, “AT GRAHAM’S YOU GET WHAT’S COMING TO YOU!” Ummmmm, it creeped us out a little bit, to say the least. Anyway, we got over it quickly with the help of a few beers and then we all passed out. Saturday morning we were up and at ’em so we could start our snowy day! The mountain was fantastic – a ton of lifts and the lines were never longer than a few minutes. I was boarding with a few friends that were all at the same skill level (level Awesome), so we had a super fun crew traversing the mountain. We ended up all the way over to the second peak. Did you know Baker had two peaks to ski on? I certainly didn’t. By the afternoon, we decided that it was time to head back to the lodge for a beer (we skipped lunch because we were having so much fun!). Looking at the map, we realized that we had to do about 4-5 runs to make it back. We were on a mission. Slight problem – one of the runs was a cross-country trail. Seeing as I was the only snowboarder in my group, I recommended we find a different way. Unfortunately, the skiers were determined and I began the trip on the cat-track. I was gliding for a solid 30 seconds until I came to a complete stop. Then began my 10 minute walk with board in hand. Womp wooooomp. I finally made it to the skiers and was definitely ready for the lodge. So to the lodge we went! We all posted up and had a couple beers – it was the perfect day.

That night everyone came to our cabin for a large potluck. We all brought some food and feasted on spaghetti and meatballs. The whole evening, some of us were cooking, some of us were playing drinking games, there were board games, and even a group of people doing riddles. At one point, I looked at my friend Pat and I commented on how we’re all playing games and having a great time with each other – and he replied, “This is what happens when we don’t have cell service!” It’s true – no one could be glued to their phone and it was AWESOME. At one point, the whole group of us worked on one riddle that took a good 30 minutes of questioning to figure out. But I just remember feeling so happy and like I was a kid again surrounded by my closest friends. Just pure fun. Hope this becomes an annual tradition!

Riddle: Four Prisoners with Hats

Link: Mt. Baker

Doner Your Heart Out

Gyro Sandwich

Restaurant: The Berliner Doner Kebab

Location: South Lake Union

After-Taste: The Berliner, I’d like to welcome you to my list: “Mo’s Favorite Sandwiches Ever”. This is a huge deal, you guys. Before I met this sandwich, I only had two sandwiches on my list. Now I have three. Don’t get me wrong, there are a bunch of sandwiches that I really, really love. But to make my Favorites list, they’ve got to be out of this world. The kind of sandwich where I say, “Oh My God” after every single bite. The kind of sandwich that I tell all of my friends to go immediately try…Hell, I’ll even tell the strangers I walk past on my route back to head straight to the Berliner. My picture doesn’t do it justice, but, it’s huge. Enjoy this delicacy for lunch AND for dinner! I ordered The Berliner with lamb and beef on flatbread. It comes decorated with garlic yogurt sauce, cucumber, tomato, onion, pickled red cabbage, and cilantro. Oh man, the sauce is to die for. And the bread is so fresh and soft. And knowing that you’re only paying a little over $7 for this baby? Happiness to my taste-buds and my wallet! It’s great because you can choose so many different options – meats, breads, sauces, and veggies. The Berliner is a very small place and super popular (rightfully so), so I’d recommend getting a Doner and then post up in Denny Park to enjoy the scenery. I can’t wait to eat this heavenly sandwich again.

Mo’s Favorite Sandwiches:
1. Rajun Cajun – Other Coast Cafe
2. Caribbean Roast – Paseo
3. The Berliner – The Berliner Doner Kebab

Wine and Dine Your Heart Out

Crab Rockefeller

Restaurant: Chandler’s Crabhouse

Location: South Lake Union

After-Taste: Chandler’s Crabhouse is THE place to go for a fun date night on the water! The service is fantastic, the food is equally fantastic, and you can’t beat the view of Lake Union right across your dinner plate. My view of the water (and my dinner date) was pretty unbeatable. I had spent my lunch break at the Pacific Science Center browsing the food exhibit, Photography of Modernist Cuisine, so I was hungry and in the mood for quality food. I demanded that we order the Crab Rockefeller. The only time I’m high-maintenance is when it comes to food…and this appetizer is no joking matter. Shall we look at the lineup of this dish’s components? Dungeness crab legs, creamed spinach, BACON, hollandaise sauce, and lemon juice. There we have it ladies and gentlemen – the world’s perfect appetizer. Now here’s what you need to do – take a roll (they serve rolls complimentary), tear it in half, scoop up a portion of the appetizer and gently lay it on the roll and dig in. Use the bread to soak up any sauce that’s leftover. If you aren’t finished with a happy stomach and a clean plate, I will be severely disappointed. As for the main dish, I went with the filet mignon (how can I not?) and Tyler got the special: swordfish. Bold decision – I like it. The steak was perfectly cooked (medium-rare) and the potatoes were a delicious sidekick. With a place like Chandler’s – you expect an all-around amazing experience. They deliver on this expectation. Now go and get a Crab Rockefeller. It will rock your socks off.

Link: Chandler’s Crabhouse