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Frolik, the New Restaurant in the Red Lion Hotel

Guest Blogger Marisa Ingram visits Frolik, the new restaurant and bar in town.

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One word comes immediately to mind when I think of new restaurant and bar Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails – FUN. Just opened at the Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue, Frolik’s name alone will give you a hint of what to expect. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as to-go options, the real party takes place between 4-10pm every night when Frolik hosts “happy evening.” Not just one “happy hour,” but 5 hours – every night of the week. To add to the engaging environment they have an enormous outdoor deck (Seattle’s largest) with seating, a fireplace table, shuffleboard, and ping pong. And the glorious views of the Seattle skyline will remind you that you haven’t, in fact, been whisked away on holiday.

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The fun continues on the inside with Xbox consoles as well as board games. I very much look forward to cozying up with a board game, some friends, and one of Frolik’s craft cocktails. I tasted several and my favorite, a “Rosemary Runamok,” was slightly sweet, but still light and refreshing. The cocktail list is quite long and you may also choose from a list of local beer and wine.

With award winning Chef Shailu Salian at the helm, the real highlight of Frolik is the food. Chef Salian has created some lovely bites . Sourcing from many local food purveyors including Salumi salami, Beecher’s Cheese and Taylor Shellfish Farms – Frolik makes an effort to offer local foods on its menu. Of the many bites I sampled, tops for me were “Grape, Goat Cheese, Pistachio Bon Bons,” and “Caprese Skewers.” I also sampled a luscious tiramisu – one of the best I’ve tried.

Frolik is located at 1415 Fifth Ave, Seattle WA. (206) 971 8000

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About Marisa:

Marisa has been an indispensable part of the Foodportunity team for the last two years.
She has a lifelong passion for home baking and a growing interest in all things fresh, local, organic, and seasonal. Though a native Washingtonian, a love for history took her to Charleston, SC where she obtained her degree in English from the College of Charleston. She works in human resources by day, but would love to give it all up for a life of travel.

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Summer in Seattle, Food and Wine Events and Bastille Day

Time to get your calendars out. Summer in Seattle is jam-packed with things to do and there is something for everyone.
For a guide with all the places to eat in Seattle, check out my book ” The Food Lovers’s Guide to Seattle” So much to do, so little time.

What kind of lover are you?

For the farm-to-table food lover…
There is Outstanding in the Field.

For the tea lover…
Starbucks is opening a retail tea store in Seattle this fall.

For the Pike Place Market lover…
Sunset Supper is the place to be on August 17th.

For the bonfire lover…
Tom Douglas serves food around the fire. These casual gatherings held in Victor Steinbruek park bring together locals and tourists to eat grilled salmon grilled by Tom himself for $15 a plate. All proceeds go to Seattle Parks Department in an effort to help make this city’s parks remain beautiful and used by the community. There will be 4 dinners total, and the first one started on June 30th, from 5-7 pm. For more information, visit

For the seafood lover…
If you haven’t been to Boka lately, then you definitely should go. Chef Peter Birk, formerly at Ray’s Boathouse is the new Chef at the restaurant and his food is top notch with a focus on fresh seasonal seafood. For a great deal, catch the happy hour daily from 2:30 – 6:00 pm & 9:30 pm

For the bacon, poutine and comfort food lover, don’t miss Skillet’s book launch. There will be awesome food and bacon jam!

For the cupcake lover…

Cupcake Royale just opened a new shop on Pine with Bakeshop-
inspired ice cream.

For the romance lover… Don’t miss the chance to party like the French. Celebrate Bastille Day in Seattle.

Every year there is a street party in the alley behind Cafe Campagne.The festivities include burlesque dancers, lots of wine, street food and an oyster-shucking station. You can also catch a beautiful view with some French music at Maximilien or squeeze into Le Pichet for live music and celebrations. I know from years of experience that the best way to party like the French is to make it to all three.

Madison Valley is throwing their first “Bastille Bash” on July 14, to celebrate Bastille Day with a lively, family-oriented street fair. The festivities will include French inspired food and wine tastings, sidewalk sales, kids activities, live French music and more. The event will take place along East Madison Street from 27th to 29th Avenues, with nearly 30 restaurants, bakeries, retailers and fitness studios participating. There will be food from Cafe Flora, Harvest Vine, Luc, Voila Bistro and so many more. Small plates will be available for $2-$6.
Event proceeds benefit the Children’s Response Center, a nonprofit that provides legal services and counseling to children of abuse and trauma in King County.

There is an all day celebration starting at Bastille Restaurant and Bar with drink specials and more.

Every year Seattle Center has a big event with everything French.

For the wine lover…
Mondavi Winemaker Dinner
Dine al fresco on Saturday, August 4th with the wine pioneering Mondavi’s as Marc and his family bring their legendary Napa bottling selection to Tulalip Resort Casino.

Picnic and Barrel Auction on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 4:00pm, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville

Check out the Winemaker Dinner Series, or the 25th Anniversary Wine Gala on Saturday, August 18th.

What are you doing this summer?


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Crumble & Flake is now Open

Just when you think Capitol Hill couldn’t get any more walkable (or charming to say the least), a new patisserie
graces the neighborhood.
Neil Robertson, Seattle’s famous Pastry Chef, formerly at Canlis and Mistral Kitchen opened Crumble & Flake yesterday. Tiny and modern, the magical pastry shop on the corner of Olive Way sweetened opening day with colorful French Macarons, cream puffs (filled to order) in two sizes, croissants, cookies, double brownies, cinnamon rolls, and the list goes on.

Crumble & Flake is located at 1500 E Olive Way. More information at Crumble & Flake

I loved the Cheweo (I can’t resist two cookies sandwiched in cream) and my assistant Marisa Ingram was raving over the Capirinha Macaron.


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