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Monday, June 7, 2010

I'm lazy. And for that I apologize.

Hello, dear reader. It's me, I'm back. I'm sorry I have gone so long without posting. I took a long vacation and I was daunted by the thought of writing a post that covered all the amazing things I consumed during that I just put it off, and put it off and put it get the idea. And then I realized, I don't have to write about that. So here we are. Starting fresh.

I had a weekend full of delicious things and I am excited to share with you. Many of you know that my husband and I, with the help of our trusty partners in crime Sara and Jay, have been working our way through Seattle Metropolitan Magazine's Top 10 Restaurants list. This week we ventured out to Crush. It was our fourth pick from the list and we were not disappointed. Crush is located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in a house that has been redesigned to accommodate a restaurant. The atmosphere seems a bit confused - but the food makes up for it. The menu offers a good variety of options and each item we tried was met with "Ohmygodthisisdelicious!" or "mmmmm...". The portions were not large, but the food was so flavorful and rich that we didn't need much. I had a geoduck ceviche to start and then some hand made tagliatelle with morels and duck confit for my main course. Both dishes were inventive and well made - but the pasta was the stand out in my opinion. I ate every last bite of it. We all swooned over Sara's perfectly cooked scallops in a sauce that had a hint of curry, and both boys ordered the short ribs which we all agreed were outstanding.

The only miss of the evening was on the dessert list. We had one order of the Blue Cheese Cheesecake and we all decided there is a reason most people use cream cheese for this dessert......the blue cheese was overpowering and we just didn't care for it. I'm sure if you loved blue cheese and it's your favorite thing on earth this dessert might be for you, we just weren't feeling it. We also had an order of a Valrhona chocolate cake with salted caramel sauce and huckleberries and this dessert was a home run. The cake was warm, the salty caramel sauce was perfect and the huckleberries were a surprisingly ideal addition, they added just the right tartness to balance it out.

The service at Crush was outstanding. And the wine list was fantastic. But, I'll end with this final note - the bill was shockingly high. While I do recommend this restaurant, I would suggest it as a special occasion place. Thanks to my sweet husband for treating me to such a wonderful meal.

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