Sub Zero Ice Cream: Chillingly Good

I am hooked on the show Shark Tank. In a nutshell, it's entrepreneurs pitching their ideas to a panel of highly successful entrepreneurs. They ask for a certain amount of $ in return for a % ownership of their company.
During one episode, the entrepreneurs were a darling couple pitching an ice cream shop called Sub Zero. What distinguishes Sub Zero from, let's say, a Basket Robbins or Cold Stone Creamery? How the ice cream is made!
The process is super cool. Choose a base (milk, cream, milk alternative, etc.) along with syrup and toppings (so many to choose from!) that they throw into a large mixing bowl. And watch as liquid nitrogen is poured into your bowl while the ice cream maker hand mixes and, voila, ice cream is made.
The entrepreneurs mentioned there was already an open location in WA. To my great joy the WA location is in Federal Way, only a 45 minute commute from my place!
My hubby and I went with our 7yo nephew and the experience couldn't have been more fun! Not only fun but also very delicious! I tried two kinds of ice cream - the mint choco chip in a chocolate waffle bowl and a Heath bar, graham cracker, caramel mix in a waffle bowl. Both were creamy, flavorful and had the perfect ice cream texture. The waffle cone was good too, though not as fresh as Molly Moon's.

Take me to the Island with Soul

As 2012 came to a close my dear stepfather had another blessed birthday. I wanted to take him and my mom somewhere special…so we ended up at Island Soul Rum Bar & Caribbean Cuisine. I have to speak frankly, this place is AMAZING! If you have never been to this magical establishment you need to you as soon as you can!

 After Christmas with my family I headed back to Seattle and my mom wanted to join me. We hung out in Seattle for 3 days. Then, Myron, my stepdad, met us in Seattle (Columbia City neighborhood) at the restaurant.

We started by ordering two pleasing appetizers – sweet plantains and Island Soul wings (habanero style). OMG! This was so very delicious I almost wanted to get up and do a happy dance. Instead I did a happy dance on the inside. My parents loved it too. Also Myron and I decided to split a lovely bottle of red wine, which just so happened to be from a winery that I visited in eastern Washington last summer.

The Main Course – let’s go!
At the start of this meal I convinced my parents to order a couple of appetizers and two entrees. That way we didn’t over order or overeat. For our entrees we ordered the Island Soul Caribbean Jerk ribs, with collard greens and macaroni & cheese and the Island Soul curry chicken, with collard greens and smashed yams. Both dishes were epically delicious. The preparation of the meat and the seasoning were perfectly done. The collard greens were made without meat, and packed a powerhouse of flavor. The macaroni & cheese nearly brought tears to my eyes! And the smashed yams were delicious. But oddly enough my mom refused to try them.  Oh! and we had the coconut cornbread muffins. Bomb! – enough said!

Lastly, as we concluded the night Myron ordered a birthday dessert – red velvet cupcakes! I happened to love red velvet cupcakes and enjoyed every second of my cupcake!!!

Awww yes, an incredible meal indeed! Now I recommend that you get to Island Soul Rum Bar & Caribbean Cuisine!! 

Lunchbox Laboratory Offers Greasy Goodness

I recently went to Lunchbox Laboratory twice in one week. Dined in once and got takeout the other time. Verdict: okay burgers, great tots and reasonable prices.
The first time we went for happy hour, but ended up ordering from the regular menu. I got the Tear Jerker burger (ingredient list taken from website): Super-beef patty, pepperjack cheese, lunchbox onions, jalapenos, habanero mayo and Satan’s-tears ketchup with fries. The second time I got the Santa Fe Slammer (from website): Super-beef patty, Colby jack cheese, bacon, lunchbox onions, Anaheim green chilies and Papa’s housemade BBQ with loaded tots: tots, cheese sauce, sour cream and Satan's-tears ketchup.

The burgers left something to be desired. The meat is only available in medium well so the meat tastes too well done and lacks much flavor. For as many loaded ingredients are on the burgers they taste pretty bland. On the other hand, the fries & tots are delicious! However, they are insanely greasy. I also tried the Buff Pops, their take on poppers which I thought were pretty good. Buff pops are cream cheese and jalapeño bits stuffed inside cornbread, then fried. I much prefer the regular jalapeño poppers but they were interesting to try.  

Happy hour is a great deal so perhaps check it out then if you're interested, instead of opting straight for their full-priced menu. There is an impressive milkshae menu, including boozie shakes (shakes with liquor) that we didn't try, but I hear are wonderful.