Intrigue Chocolates. The reviews spoke of a chocolate speakeasy. When you have to go up a staircase next to a sake bar and down a dark hallway and ring an old fashioned bell to get in you can see what the reviewers are saying. The door was actually cracked so we peeked in and were waved in by the Master Chocolatier, Aaron Barthel, himself! We were immediately welcomed by him and Justin (who was wrapping truffles) and asked if we would like to do a truffle tasting. As I was on a budget you know I had to ask if there was a charge. There was not so Sarah and I jumped at the chance to try 6 different flavored, handmade truffles. We were instructed to let each delectable morsel melt rather than chewing them. That way we were able to taste the flavors in each section of our mouth. We tried everything from longpepper, to bay leaf flavored truffles. I ended up purchasing 6 more for the road and Sarah picked up some hot chocolate. If you are in Seattle I highly suggest you check out Intrigue Chocolates! Not only were the truffles some of the best I have ever had, the experience of the one on one truffle tasting, seeing the entire kitchen and all of the spices used, and getting to talk to Aaron about the process, while feeling like we were in a speakeasy for chocolate is one I will remember fondly!
After our visit to the chocolate shop we went to the Trace to meet Dorie and the Doristas. Everyone was so welcoming of both me and Sarah and that was a lovely part of our evening. When that part of the evening wound down we were hungry and ready for dinner. We went to the Lunchbox Laboratory in Seattle. I had read a post from a Seattle native who said this was hipstery and fun. I ended up with Melmac (garlic alfredo mac and cheese), sweet potato fries, and a nutella shake. The shake was actually voted number 1 in Seattle Magazine! Sarah got a giant burger that looked amazing! One of the fun things about the Lunchbox Laboratory was that they encourage you to experiment with different items on the menu. I stayed with what they had already experimented with and was pleased. Once our food arrived our server, Rilke, (from New Mexico) let us continue the experiments with a tray of spices that included cinnamon for the sweet potato fries and bacon salt for the mac and cheese. And now you have another Seattle restaurant to try! Dinner flew by and Sarah I just talked and talked and talked like we had been talking for years. The beauty of this was getting to know Sarah so much better than the snippets we post for the world to see. :) I got to hear how she and her husband met, a bit about their college experience, and a few things about my own hubby! We were both exhausted and fell asleep quickly once we got back to the hotel.