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Lip Smackin’ Lake Stevens Cookies: Oven Monkey Bakery

April 8, 2012
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Recently, I had a time-share 6th grade classroom with a college. (She taught 3 days and I taught the other 2 each week) When my month in that classroom was over, the other teacher threw me a going away party.  She brought in cookies for the kids that were from the Oven Monkey Bakery in Lake Stevens.

A taste of the cookies got me hooked right away! She then surprised me with a gift card so I could partake in the goodness for a second time. Yessssss! (Thanks Tanya!)

Though it is a bit of a trek, the wifey and I decided to head up there this morning for an Easter Treat. I know I sinned by not going to church….so don’t start.

This bakery opened in September of last year and is located on the one street in town without houses….or as they like to call it Downtown Lake Stevens. : )

Bright colors of pink and green greet you as you enter. The staff is energetic and gives great explanations about ingredients and where each item in the case ranks on the meter of deliciousness.

We ordered:

2 chocolate chip cookies (I still think are the best I have had yet…)

2 Yes Please cookies (Craisins, almonds, oats and white chocolate)

2 Orange Citrus Blondie Brownies

1 Lemon Curd Cupcake (for the Mrs.)

If you are a calorie counter of a carb nazi, don’t go to this bakery…you will not be a happy camper.  You can taste the quality of product and the time that go into these confections.

If you have an hour or so to spare and would like to partake in the highest yummm factor imaginable, the Oven Monkey Bakery has a treat for you . Enjoy the scenery and the bellypatting satisfaction on your drive home.

I give this bakery 5 out of 5 Bellypats!!!

http://ovenmonkeybakery.com/


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Brick Walls and Bar Food: Vintage Cafe in Everett

April 8, 2012
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The lady and I ended up in downtown Everett today around lunchtime. We drove around near the Comcast Arena area when we spotted a cute little diner/bar called the Vintage Cafe.

As you enter, you are greeted by each member of the staff and welcomed by warm, all-brick walls. Stained glass window accents and Tiffany lamps help bring you back to what feels like the prohibition era.

Sitting down to order, there was a great selection of happy hour (3-6pm) appetizers and drink specials. We gathered that this is where the restaurant makes its money…before and after Silvertip games and events at the arena. There was a fair variety of entrée items on the menu as well; mostly sandwiches and a few breakfast choices. All of the items for meals were below $10…which made my wallet happy : ).

We ordered:

Monte Christo Sandwich w/ fries

Chicken Dip w/ Swiss and Mushrooms w/ fries

Though this place would be considered, in my eyes, the definition of a “hole in the wall”, the food was pretty darn good. The chicken was moist and well prepared. The sandwich was topped with carved, fresh turkey and the fries were flavorful without being greasy. You also get quite the generous portion for what you pay for. I took half of my sandwich home and, for those of you who know me, know that I do not leave food on my plate.

I would highly recommend this little place if you are looking to have a few libations and some hearty bar fare before/after your next hockey game. (Located 3 blocks from Comcast Arena) As for dinner, there are probably better options in the Everett downtown area.

Overall, a positive experience.

I give this establishment 3 1/2 Bellypats.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/vintage-cafe-everett


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