TMA Mondays: Feels Like Summer

TMA'ed while listening to In2 by WSTRN

They say April Shower's bring May Flowers, but thankfully Seattle didn’t get that memo. The forecast for a rainy weekend was the best April's fool joke, and I think I speak for all Seattleites when I say we are ready to hang up our raincoats until further notice. The warm weather makes it truly feel like baseball season and that means grubbing on stadium food. Luckily for us, Safeco is upping their game this summer with a new menu line up. The Washington Ferries aren't ones to stay in the pit and will be getting a food makeover as well. But nothing feels more like summer than topping off a hot day with some ice cream. If you live on the east side, you no longer have to cross the new 520 bridge to get a fix of Molly Moons.


Our Pick of the Week

Homegrown Sustainable, Capitol Hill - This sandwich shop is like Panera but on a whole other level. It is also located in Fremont, Westlake, Bellevue and even Sammamish so I'm not sure why this past Friday was the first time I had eaten there. The sandwich was filling and I felt healthier just by eating there.

Pineapple - April and May are peak months for Hawaiian Pineapples. Nothing tastes like summer more than grilled pineapples on burgers. I've never tried marinating them before grilling, but this marinade recipe from Skinny Taste is definitely something I'll be trying asap.


New Sh*t in Town

Tarsan i Jane, Fremont - No this isn't a new spin-off of the Disney Classic Tarzan, but the restaurant that will be replacing Tray Kitchen. The Northwest dim-sum spot, will now be home to Spanish cuisine that focuses on specific regions of Spain and will have an attached cooking school. You can expect it to officially open in May, but it will have some soft openings during this month.

Raccolto, West Seattle - Brian Clevenger, chef owner of Vendemmia, is pretty busy this year. This summer he is planning to open a modern, airy restaurant that serves affordable fresh pasta with vegetables that Clevenger will pick up from the market. Halal foodies will love this menu because not only is it heavy on the veggies, majority of the protein options will be seafood.

Same Same Noodle Bar, White Center - Brian O'Connar, well known for leading the culinary experience at Skillet, is bringing us not 1 but 2 restaurants this year. Same Same Noodle bar will most likely be the first to open this summer. As the name suggests, it will be serving noodles. The difference, these noodles are influenced by the cuisines of Japan, China, Thailand, Italy and the PNW. The other restaurant is called Bok a Bok, which will serve Korean fried chicken.


Seattle, What's Happening?

Mkt Spring Dinner 4/4 - It's not too late to call the restaurant at 206.812.1580 and save a spot for one of the two seatings where Mkt will be offering a four course meal featuring produce from the University Farmer's market and a whole lamb. Yes you read that right, lamb for days.

National Grilled Cheese Week, 4/11-4/15 - Slab Sandwiches + Pie is extending National Grilled Cheese Day on April 12th to the entire week with a special grilled cheese every day.  The lineup has everything from fried onion rings to kimchi to smoked avocado to Nutella and cream cheese.

Green Lake Food Walk, 4/30 - I know this is basically a month away, but tickets will be sold out fast considering how many people have expressed interest on Facebook. Can you think of a better way to spend a day outside where you walk from booth to booth sampling dozens of restaurants around Green Lake Park? I didn't think so, get your tickets STAT.


Sources: Seattle Eater, Seattle Met, The Stranger, Facebook