Is Summer Over?...

Lavender-Ginger Creme Brulee
Roasted Plums, Strawberry Sorbet, Vanilla Jus and Black Pepper Tuile
I can not believe that summer is quickly coming to an end. Shit, that sucks! And it seems that we just started getting all the nice nice summer ingredients; plump, juicy and tasty just waiting to be popped into our mouths. Ripe and ready berries and tomatoes just picked and still warm begging to be eaten. In the Northwest though, we are somewhat a bit "behind the scene" from that of our SOCAL counterparts. Hell, we are seeing heirloom tomatoes when we are still wondering whether or not to bring an umbrella. That is to say we have not even begun to think about taking off our sweaters! Still, I love Seattle and all that the NW has to offer. We had implemented a couple new dessert dishes a few weeks ago, and I am almost embarrassed to say that I am just now getting it up on the site.
I think we will be changing the menu again very soon...which is a total bummer only in the fact that it indicates that the summer is almost over! Don't get me wrong, I love the fall and the savory, slow foods that it bears upon us, but the summer is so long-awaited and longed for, and we end up having to endure so much cold, rain, cloudy, chilly weather, that when summer finally builds it's momentum, we just would like to enjoy it a bit longer than 5 minutes. Really though, the summer does last a longer than that, and we do typically see warm weather well into the end of September and into October, it just seems that way this year. Anyway, here are some sweet tastes based on the season...which is about to end. Oh...almost forgot, we added another dish which we didn't get a shot yet, which is a playful childhood favorite~ two tasty ice cream sandwiches~
Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream with Chocolate-Macadamia Nut Cookie
and a Caramel-Citrus-Toffee Ice Cream with a flourless, dense Milk Chocolate Sponge
all embellished with a strawberry salad, citrus-vanilla syrup and little crisp nuances

Bing Cherry-Almond Clafoutis

Macerated Peach Orchard Peaches, Lemon Verbena Ice Cream, Pistachio Florentine
Peach Coulis, Chocolate "Pop Rocks"

"Tastes of Rhubarb & Lemon"...
Poppy Seed Sponge, Poached Rhubarb, Lemon Curd, Rhubarb Sorbet, Citrus-Mint Sablee

and served with a chilled Rhubarb-Vanilla "Consomme" on the side



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