Bourbon Bash at Daniel’s Broiler

The 2nd annual Bourbon Bash was held at Daniel’s Broiler in Bellevue, WA the weekend of March 16th.  What makes this event a real treat is the hard to find and relatively new bourbon/whiskeys can be found here.  With your admission fee, a glass and tasting/reference booklet is provided, and then you will be on your way to tasting away.

If you are not a bourbon afficiando, the Bourbon Bash is a great opportunity to learn about how bourbon is made and try a variety to determine what your style might be.  There are bourbons made of rye, wheat, barley, corn or a combination, and more.  Bourbon Whiskey can be made in any state but it is generally known for in Kentucky.  Most bourbon is aged for more than four years, but at two years it can be called “Straight Bourbon” and the oldest bourbons being aged in oak up to 30 years.  To learn more about the history of bourbon, check out a few sites like  Or

At the Bourbon Bash, there were over 40 (actually 80) different bourbons to taste.  My favorites, and some of these I actually own, were Pappy Van Winkle (20 year, 23 year), Black Maple Hill 16 yr Bourbon, Booker’s True Barrel Bourbon, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Buffalo Trace Creme  (this was brought out as a special taste), E.H. Taylor “Tornado Survivor” Bourbon, Elijah Craig 20 Year Bourbon, Jefferson’s 18 Year Reserve Bourbon, 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon, Old Pogue Master’s Select Bourbon, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, and a “young” one, Burnside Bourbon (Portland), as well as Lexington Bourbon Whiskey.  You won’t get to all of those presented but it’s good to try something you aren’t familiar with or that might be hard to find.  Maybe you’ll get to the others on your next time around?

If you want more information on next year’s event, join Schwartz Brothers mailing list and you will be updated of upcoming wine dinners, events, and notable happenings at all the Schwartz Brothers restaurants.


IMG_4697 IMG_4705

November Eats

Imperial Garden Seafood Restaurant   –  East Valley Hwy. in Kent, WA off 180th and Hwy 167.  Dim Sum –  Baked Pork Buns, Ribs in black bean sauce,  Sticky Rice in lotus leaf wrappers, Shrimp spring rolls,  Shrimp in steamed rice noodle, and hot tea.  We have stopped here a number of times as we enjoy Dim Sum.  Lunch entree’s run $3-4 a piece .  If you’re in the mood for Dim Sum and can’t get to Seattle or Issaquah, this is a nice option.  Our rating…2-1/2 out of 5.  Reviews tend to be mixed per Yelp, citysearch, and others…

Palomino –  in Washington…located in Seattle and Bellevue.  This visit was to Bellevue as it was recommended for its lunch specials.  Combination specials are a hit here…allows for a mix/match of soup, salad, sandwich or pasta.  The two choices are served in bowls on a rectangular platter.   The presentation was key!  I can recommend the chop chop salad, tomato basil soup, and Rigatoni  Bolognese. Check out the menu      The hostess was top notch and service was nice.  The person removing dishware from the table could have waited a bit longer.

The Triple Door Happy Hour –  Located on Union Street in downtown Seattle, happy hour is offered from 4-6 pm seven days a week.  On Fridays, live music is featured at 5:30 pm.  The happy hour menu serves up bites inspired from China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.  We enjoyed the pot stickers, duck sliders, and both the shiitake and prawn satay.  The Triple Door is next door to Wild Ginger.  We originally had said we were going to Wild Ginger for their happy hour but were sent to The Triple Door…the two venues share the same kitchen and are related.   The lounge is called the Musicquarium as there is a large freshwater aquarium that separates the lounge and main stage.  If you have not been to the Triple Door for a show, do so!

Daniel’s Broiler, Bellevue – Dining at Daniel’s Broiler is one of the real treats in the Puget Sound area.  Great service, excellent food options and high quality beverages served.  On this evening in the vintage room, the following was savored:  Scallops wrapped in bacon (I would have preferred the bacon to be cooked more, as it was hard to chew), Sirloin tips, Ahi Tuna, Five Star Cellars Stellar and a limited edition 12 year old Kentucky whiskey…Pappy Vanwinkle…so good!

UPDATE 3/10/11 – ooohhh…got the last of the Pappy Vanwinkle.  So worth it!  This visit…celebrating an anniversary found us ordering the crab legs, filet steak strips, steakhouse slider with fries, artichoke hearts, and an apple tart.

The Old Spaghetti Factory –  Believe me, I am all for the extraordinary scallop, pate, sushi, etc… but I have to admit that when it comes to comfort food, I love The Old Spaghetti Factory.  My favorite?  A combination of mizithra cheese and white clam sauce, blue cheese dressing on the salad, and a Bloody Mary to go with (if lunch..and at the Lynnwood location).  It is so satisfying to me, that I had to make mention of it.  🙂