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Amandine’s Macarons

Don’t expect the classic typical flavors we usually think of when we think of macarons. At Amandine Bakeshop, they don’t bake plain chocolate, vanilla or strawberry but instead opt for really original unique flavor combination. Imagine: Strawberry Lavender Verbana, Matcha with Shaved Dark Chocolate, Orange blossom Thyme, Roasted Mixed Nuts and Praline Macaron, …

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The consistency of Amandine’s macaron is really the way I like it. I don’t know if it is supposed to be like this but I like a macaron not when it is chewy all over but when it is soft inside and crispy outside with the right amount of creamy filling.

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So today I went back to the little bakeshop on Capitol Hill (on the 11th avenue between Pike and Union). I was there with a friend and we enjoyed the outdoor seating (4 chairs to be accurate) on this sunny first day of fall.

It was lunch time but whatever… Here is what my lunch looked like today: a very balanced and healthy combination of… a latte and two huge macarons!

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I have to go back to taste the other pastries.  The croissants and madeleines looked delicious though.

The Brownie Macaron is really different. It has a strong and delicious chocolate flavor but I don’t really like the chewy texture but… my daughter loves it!

I brought back a box for my gourmands at home.

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Amandine 1424 11th Avenue 

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Lunch Break Cooking Class at Book Larder

If you are looking for a pleasant way to spend lunch time, Lunch Break Cooking Class at Book Larder is the answer.

Book Larder is a cookbook store located in Fremont that also offers a variety of events like cooking classes, signings and demos, author talks, all about food and cooking.

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In May, I went with a friend, for their Lunch Break Cooking class. In front of 10 people, a chef demonstrated 3 recipes from a cook book. That day, it was the famous and inspiring Jerusalem cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi. I already had the book and was happy to be able to test knew recipes from it.

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First, we had a baby spinach salad with almonds, dates and pita, then turkey and zucchini meatballs with yogurt sumac sauce and finally a semolina coconut cake. Everything was delicious and I made these recipes for guests at home and they loved them!

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If you want to buy the book, you can get it at 10% off that day.

Check out tomorrow’s Lunch Break! The menu will once again be inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi but this time, the cookbook  will be Plenty. I would love to go again but unfortunately I am not available that day!

If you are interested, find details and register here: Lunch Break Cooking Class June 6

Book Larder 4252 Fremont Ave. North

 

 

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Kehinde Wiley – A New Republic

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The appropriation of the grand portrait

Following the tradition of European painters portraits, Kehinde Wiley looks for models with a lot of personality on the streets for casting. Then the model and the artist chose a traditional history portrait that would serve at a base for the new contemporary art. Pose, background, attitude, and clothes are chosen and the results are amazing.

Some portraits and profiles

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Religious subjects

Introduction of black men in religious portraits

This part was my favorite: An Economy of Grace

Through a street casting, the artist chose his models and ordered Givenchy couture gowns inspired by nineteenth century.

Don’t miss the film that follows the entire process.

Seattle Art Museum1300 first ave – Feb 11 – May 8 2016

Kehinde Wiley, A New Republic