TMA Mondays: Patios and Mimosas


It feels like summer is finally here and the Prized Copper River salmon is back in Seattle! To kick off the season, Alaska Airlines held a cooking competition with the ceremonial first fish. Chefs John Sundstrom (Lark) , David Yeo (Wild Ginger) , and Stuart Lane (Spinasse) went head to head with Chef's Sundstrom's dish voted the crowd favorite. You can expect to start seeing copper river salmon on restaurant menus and at the grocery store. Go make yourself a fancy dinner.

Vestal has reopened with its revamped menu, that more catered to the Amazon lunch crowd. For now they'll be serving food only on weekdays. Go check them out and see if the new menu is more your style.

In sad news, after closing, then reopening, it seems Dot's Butcher and Deli has closed again. According to owner Miles James, it's due to just not enough business.

Do you constantly struggle between the decision to get Ramen or Pho? Some Seattle chefs want to take the struggle out of that decision making. A few different restaurants have been experimenting with a Ramen-pho, Phomen, call it want you will. Kaarage Setsuna, Phorale and Ba Bar are just some of the restaurants trying to combine the light beef of pho with the umami of ramen.

Also if all this sunshine is making you want to be outside and relax, blow off some steam check out this post by Kayak featuring Seattle blogger's, including yours truly,  favorite ways to blow off steam in the city. 


Our Pick of the Week

Marination Mai Kai, West Seattle - It's finally patio season and Marination Mai Kai should be your first brunch stop. They serve Hawaiian cuisine with staples like loco moco and spam musubi all for a pretty great price. Plus, you get awesome views of the sound. What more could you need?

Lemons - When life gives you lemons, make lemonade cookies. Try this recipe from Cooking classy for chewy lemonade sugar cookies.


New Sh*t in Town

Steepologie, Belltown - Steepologie opened in Belltown last month, and they offer quality loose-leaf tea. You can get tea hot/chilled to-go, buy some tea to make at home, or order online. 

Floret, SeaTac - Café Flora is opening a spin-off in Seatac airport and it's called Floret. You can expect Floret to serve fresh, locally sourced meals and maintain the quality and deliciousness that Café Flora is known for. Menu items will include Café Flora favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as grab-and-go meals for folks on the go. Look out for them this September.

Molly Moon's, Columbia City - Molly Moon's will be opening its 8th location in Columbia City next month. Keep an eye out for that.


Seattle, What's Happening?

Evening Farmers Market, 05/31 - 09/27 - Pike Place evening farmers market is back for the summer. Starting Wednesday the 31st, evenings at pike place will include kids activities, live music and more.

Fundraiser for Lamar Whitfield at Marine Hardware, 05/30 - Marine Hardware is hosting an evening of fundraising for Lamar Whitfield, a local delivery driver who was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of Lymphoma. Whitfield has been undergoing chemotherapy and unable to work since his diagnosis, and the Ethan Stowell Restaurant community wanted to help out. Whitfield’s employer, Elliott Bay Distributing, will also be involved in the evening—which will be a fun night of tacos and margaritas for a good cause. Stoup Brewing is also jumping in for the cause with their great Pilsner available for just $4 a pint. A YouCaring page has also been set up for Whitfield’s expenses. 

Negroni Week, 06/05 - 06/11 - This year, Campari has teamed up with Imbibe to bring the 5th installation o Negroni week. During Negroni week, retailers, bars and restaurants around the world will be mixing Negronis and selling Negroni-related items while donating a portion of the proceeds from each sale to a charity of their choice. In addition Campari with donate $10,000 to the top fundraising US establishment's charity. Find a restaurant participating in your area and get to ordering.