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AQUA BY EL GAUCHO

If you haven't heard, food in Seattle is AHMAZING. Weekend dinners have become quite the constant struggle because of the vast array of delicious restaurant options. I have had a list of superior restaurants that have come highly recommended by others since moving to Seattle and have been doing my best to try them all. AQUA by El Gaucho was definitely on the list, so I was thrilled when Ben suggested it for a sunny summer evening.

AQUA is owned and operated by famed Seattle steak house, El Gaucho, and I knew it was going to be delicious. Let's just say it definitely lived up to my expectations. We enjoyed a wonderful evening on the outdoor patio overlooking the water. If you are looking for waterfront dining in Seattle, AQUA's views of Elliott Bay are unlike any other. We went on a Thursday evening and were treated to a front row seat of the Downtown Sailing Series. We dined on delicious food as 100's of sail boats drifted past us. It was truly so cool.

On to the food and drinks. I knew the food was going to be delicious, but I wasn't expecting the cocktails to be as amazing as they were. I sipped on the Morado Margarita ( a slightly spicy blackberry margarita) and Ben enjoyed a traditional Manhattan. We followed drinks with a round of tasty starters including the Tenderloin Diablo and the Mussels. For our entrees, I had the Filet and ben chose the Halibut. They were accompanied by a multitude of sides but our favorite was the Macaroni and Cheese. Since I ALWAYS leave room for dessert, we capped off the evening with the Bailey's Chocolate Caramel Bread Pudding (it was as yummy as it sounds). The whole meal was beyond delicious!

It's moments like these that make me fall more and more in love with Seattle! You just can't beat dinner on the water with mountains as your backdrop and delicious food in your belly! Thanks AQUA for an evening i'll never forget.

 
 

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VIVO 53

Give a girl pasta and she will be happy. Give a girl pasts and the milkshake of her dreams and she will die of happiness. Just yesterday, my friend Sarah (check out her blog) and I were treated to the best meal I have had in Seattle thus far at Vivo 53 Vivo 53 is actually located in Bellevue and is well worth the 20 minute drive from downtown Seattle. Trust me when I say you will have the best pasta of your entire life.

We started our lunch off with the Vivo Truffle Fettuccine and the Margherita pizza. I am a huge fan of anything with truffles and this pasta was divine. Our waitress suggested that next time we add a little bit of goat cheese, and I am all on board (currently planning my next visit)

The next dish stole the show in my opinion and I am still dreaming about it. We ate carbonara pasta out of a giant wheel of parmesan cheese. Yes, you read the right a wheel of parmesan cheese. They mix the pasta inside the wheel and scrape the sides to give you chunks of parmesan tossed within. YUM.

As if we hadn't eaten enough after our TWO courses of pasta, we had to finish off with dessert. Vivo 53 is well known for their incredible pasta, but if you visit, you cannot leave without ordering a sundae. I can promise you that it will be the most incredible sundae experience you have ever had. Be advised that they are crafted with care and love and take about 10 minutes to prepare. They are 100% worth the wait. We couldn't decide on which to try, so we ended up ordering two. We went with the Candy Esplosione and the Nutella Seduzione. I leaned more towards the candy sundae and Sarah more towards the nutella which worked out perfectly. I have never seen a more beautiful sundae and boy was it delicious.

Dining at Vivo 53 was more than just a wonderful meal, it was an experience. Everything from the cozy decor to the incredible staff make it a definite spot on the list of places to eat in Seattle. Have you given it a try?

 

 
 

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