Sweets, goodies, treats, dessert – They don’t hit this blog too often. I happen to have a HUGE sweet tooth and simply cannot be left home alone with any of the aforementioned items. So, it’s very rare that I bake. That’s why I LOVE when an excuse comes along to actually make said treats (a birthday, Valentine’s day, The Bachelor finale). I made this batch of Blondies for my co-workers’ birthday. These ladies like sweets, but sweets that aren’t too sweet, and one doesn’t care too much for chocolate – Blondies fit the bill perfectly!
If you’ve never had a blondie, you’re in for a treat! Chewy and buttery, they’re great straight out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. I like the center pieces, because they’re extra gooey. But the outer pieces are great too, with their crispy edges. If you’re feeling adventuresome, feel free to add in some chocolate chips (white chocolate and butterscotch are great too!) and/or some nuts. This is a choose your own adventure type of dessert!
Speaking of adventures, we had a great time exploring Seattle with our friends Kim and Shawn last weekend. Sammie the Labradoodle even got to come along and spend some time with her puppy buddy, Hogan. We spent a couple of happy hours enjoying cocktails at The Golf Club at Newcastle. This club is open to the public, has amazing 360 views of the Seattle skyline, and there’s even a bagpiper who plays at sunset (May-September). Their Queen Mary is not to be missed – A BIG bloody mary garnished with cherry peppers, cocktail onion, asparagus, and blue cheese stuffed olives.
We also went to the Parlor Live Comedy Club and saw David Alan Grier. Remember him? From In Living Color? This was my first comedy show, and it didn’t disappoint. Super funny and he is one mean beatboxer! I’m just glad that I wasn’t pulled up on stage. Any of you who know me know that that would be my worst nightmare come true! I’m SUPER shy and just may have had a small heart attack. Luckily we weren’t too close to the stage…
On our final day we went to Pike Place Market (of course!). Pike Place is a mandatory visit when in Seattle. Right on the waterfront – It’s two stories of fresh produce, local seafood, and knick knacks. Our friends who live in the area were able to tell me about some special spots that I hadn’t been to before. First, we stopped at the Cherry Street Coffee House. A neat little neighborhood café with great big window booths overlooking the street, aromatic lattes and breakfast sandwiches that can’t be beat! The regulars ordered up a ham, egg and cheese on a cinnamon raisin bagel – Who knew?! Yummy combo.
At the market, we strolled past all of the produce stands, marveled at the blooming peonies and grabbed a few goodies from the Asian market for cooking drunken noodles that night (stay tuned for that recipe!). If you’ve never been, definitely check out the flying fish – If you’re ordering seafood, it’s likely to find it’s way to you airborne. Also, search for the golden pig and get in a photo op.
We also went for a quick visit to the gum wall – Located underneath the market, this brick alleyway is completely covered in colorful chewing gum. It’s said to be a popular spot for wedding photographs – I just wanted to get out of there. The gross-out factor was a bit much for me to handle… However, I have never seen so many selfie sticks in my life.
After my appetite returned, we made a stop at Mee Sum Pastry. Founded in 1983, this small, family-owned business is located just across the street from the market. Truly authentic, the hom bow are not to be missed. Huge, super flavorful stuffed buns. We went for the BBQ pork and chicken. There are vegetarian options as well as a “Ham Mayonnaise” option… I skipped that one. You’ll recognize this place by the huge line that forms outside.
How about you? Do you have any favorite spots in Seattle that are not to be missed? We will definitely be back, and I’m always up for suggestions!
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour 7½ ounces
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1½ cups packed light brown sugar 10½ ounces
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
- 2 large eggs
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- Adjust oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray a 13- by 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray or grease with butter.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together. Set aside.
- In a second medium bowl, whisk the melted butter and brown sugar together until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until just combined.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a rubber spatula.
- Bake until the top is shiny and cracked and feels firm to the touch, for 22 to 25 minutes.
- Place the pan on a rack and let cool completely (about an hour). Cut into 1 1/2- by 2-inch bars.
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