Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Top Pot is Muy Yum

Today after school I went to Top Pot in downtown Bellevue (locations in Seattle) and it was muy yum (get it?)!

On decor of restaurant, I give it a 3. It was very plain and the colors were dark and depressing like red, black, and gray. There were wood tables and an entire wall filled with old books. You can't actually read the books so it is sort of weird. There is an open kitchen but the wall is so high that you can't actually see into the kitchen. They played music that I have never heard before. My mom said that it is called "trans" music. It made me tired. It is a huge space with lots of seating options.

On friendliness of staff towards kids, I give it a 4. All of the staff members smiled and they were all wearing cool hats like fedoras and berets. I don't know if that was a coincidence or part of the uniform. They also used cool modern expressions, like "no prob." They seemed happy to work there, but it is a doughnut shop, so who wouldn't be?

On service speed, I give it a 4. The lady took out the doughnut with tongs and placed it on a plate. She gave it to me right away.

On taste of food, I give it a 5!!!! I ordered a Raspberry Bismark. I don't know why it is called that. Was it invented in North Dakota? It is a powdered doughnut with raspberry filling. The powder was really powdery and got everywhere as I ate the doughnut. By the end, it was on the chair, on the table, on the floor, in my hair, and all over my face. The napkin smeared it and made it worse. The doughnut itself was very fluffy and moist. Inside, there was A LOT of filling that tasted like sweet and thick jelly. When I took a bite, the jelly inside tried to plop on my plate. The texture of the dense jelly and the light doughnut made every bite pure heaven. Check out the inside...

On appearance of food, I give it a 3. It was a pretty average looking doughnut. It looked really white because of the powdered sugar. It looked like it was bleeding because of the jelly coming out of the hole where they squirted it in. The doughnut was served a boring Ikea plate which is weird because they sold adorable Top Pot plates. Why don't they serve the doughnuts on their own plates?

On price, I give it a 2. The prices range from .99 to $2.49. They prices are above average but then again the doughnuts are designer doughnuts. This is not the grocery store!

The final score is 21/30. Top Pot makes great doughuts, but the store has more of an adult vibe. It didn't seem very kiddy. The other people there were all adults and they were all drinking coffee. All of the doughnuts are handmade in small batches, so that makes them special. They had lots of different kinds of doughnuts with cool names like Feather Boa (coconut on top), Valley Girl Lemon, and Chocolate Sand Castle. The doughnut didn't make my tummy hurt like they do sometimes from other places. They did make me feel tired and lazy, or maybe that was the trans music! I consider Top Pot doughnuts to be more of a hangout spot for grown ups. If your parents want to go to a place to hangout, tell them to go here. At least they have doughnuts!

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Kids, Pack Your Lunch

Today I reviewed The Bellevue School District school lunch. To all of you kids who buy lunch, you will be way happier if you pack it!

On decor of restaurant/cafeteria, I give it a 1. This is maybe the most boring place I have ever seen. They should get some kind of boring award or something like that. We eat in our what they like to call "multi purpose room" which is technically a lunch room, a gym, and the assembly room. It's kind of weird because you are trying to eat lunch while there are huge basketball hoops over your head. We are sitting on folding, not real wooden benches that are stuffed in our closet after lunch is over. Who knows what could be in that closet? Spiders, dust, and everything that you don't want to be eating on.

On friendliness of staff/lunch room monitors towards kids, I give it a 2. Nobody talks to you except the lady who takes all of your lunch money to put into your account and stands there when you punch in your lunch number. I looked for her lunch lady mole, but sadly, she doesn't have one. No hair net either. The monitors are adult volunteers who think they are so powerful because they can say whether or not we can go to bathroom.

On service speed, I give it a 4. You serve yourself.

On taste of "food", I give it a 1. When you walk into the room it smells like rotten fish and you immediately know that walking in there was a big mistake. It is repulsive. When you walk in the room on fish stick day, puking is actually a possibility. Today the daily special was hot dogs and push pops. If you didn't want that, kids can always choose a chicken burger or a burrito. The burrito is typically the best choice. There is also a salad bar and they make you choose a vegetable. Ketchup doesn't count here! I went for the daily special. The hot dogs were soaked in some kind of liquid and they felt like you were eating rubber. Seriously, if you dropped it on the floor it would literally bounce! Gross! When you eat it you don't exactly know what you are eating. Are they really hot dogs? No one knows what they are, only the cook. She is like 80 years old and probably can't see what she is cooking. The watermelon was somewhat, kind of normal. It was not very cold but it tasted like normal watermelon. The ice cream was normal and actually OK but it was very melty. Overall, it was not a good experience. Only a school cafeteria can make fattening junk food taste bad. It is a gift!

On appearance of food, I give it a 2. Everything is served on a foam tray that has some kind of engraving on the second little space that says "milk." As if I would put my milk in the space just because it says so! The choices for drinks are milk and chocolate milk. The trays are so easily breakable that if you put too much on your tray it will break in half! Trust me, it happens at least once a year. My meal looked a tiny bit normal but the hot dogs looked gross and greasy. The watermelon looked mushy and the push pop looked... normal. Even though it looked normal, it looked miserable at the same time.

On price, I give it an unknown. I don't exactly know how much it costs because they take it off of your account every time you buy lunch. Sorry readers. I do know that if you run out of money in your account they will let you eat anyways.

For a horrible total score of 10/30! We get about 15 minutes to eat small portions. What is this, jail? After we are done eating it is recess. If you buy school lunch, go straight outside and play after you eat so you can get rid of all of the yuck. The district wants to make the school food healthy, but the only thing they succeed at is making it gross. Food in jail has to be better. This is why if you are a kid, and you go to school in the Bellevue school district, do yourself a favor and pack your lunch.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

High Five To Five Guys

Today I went to Five Guys burgers in the Overlake Plaza in Redmond and I am so elated that I did!!!

On decor of restaurant, I give it a 3. It looked like a diner with red and white checkered tile and red and white walls. It made me feel like I was in back in the 50's. There was a huge area with no glass where you can watch them make your burgers. It is almost like a huge assembly line, check it out...

There were a lot of peach wood old looking tables and chairs. There were extra chairs everywhere so they will never run out of places to sit. All of the tables rocked and wobbled and it was REALLY stressing me out. I had to move around to three different tables to find one that was not wobbly. They were blasting music and the restaurant was loud so it was also bugging me. Other than that it was pretty cool. They have open bags of free peanuts that you can just take. 

On friendliness of staff towards kids, I give it a 3. The lady didn't really talk to us. She really just minded her own bees wax while I was ordering. She also smiled but it was more like a small smirk or grin so I couldn't even tell if she was happy or not. She should go to a social manners class (if they even have those). 

On service speed, I give it a 4. We waited about 5 minutes or less to get 3 burgers and a large fries.

On taste of food, I give it a 5! It was the best burger that I have ever had in Seattle!!! I got a cheeseburger with grilled onions, ketchup, pickles, tomatoes and lettuce. The patty was juicy and moist. It was the hardest thing ever to take the time to take that picture. The gooey cheese was properly melted on the patty and it all melts in your mouth. The lettuce, tomatoes and pickles were fresh and crisp and the onions were grilled to perfection. All topped off with fresh ketchup and a warm sesame seed bun. It was a piece of heaven! The french fries are fresh cut and made and they don't taste artificial at all. They taste just like a crispy fried potato. They are delicious! The patty is 100% beef and everything is fried in peanut oil. If you are allergic to peanuts than this is not the place for you. Peanut oil, open bags of free peanuts... if you are allergic to peanuts then this place is a death trap.

On appearance of food, I give it a 3. It looked pretty average. The veggies were fresh and bright but I wouldn''t say that the burger was beautifully prepared. It was falling apart everywhere. All of the ingredients were falling out of the bun and it looked sloppy. They don't serve the food on trays but in brown paper bags.

On price, I give it a 4. For three burgers, three waters and a large fries it was $16.06.

For a grand total of 22/30. Even though it was not the best in all categories, it was the best in my burger category. If you ate here every day your heart would stop so it is only for a treat. It is very fattening. Five Guys, if you were here right now I would give you a huge high five.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

5 Guys Is Here!

Happy back to school everyone! Among all of the exciting things that happened to me today, one of my friends told me some HUGE NEWS. There is now a 5 Guys Burgers on the eastside in the Overlake Shopping Center in Redmond!!! I love burgers, and I have heard this place is great. If it is anything like my favorite In-N-Out, the eastside is in for a treat. Review to follow...

Monday, September 5, 2011

Emily's Cupcake Eat Of The Week

Congratulations to New York Cupcakes! You have won the Eating With Emily's Cupcake Eat of The Week! You are the best cupcakes on the eastside! After tasting a lot of cupcakes, yours were by far the best and you also got the highest score in Eating With Emily history! If you are a kid (or a grown up), then New York Cupcakes is the place for you!

I am starting school tomorrow, so follow me on my restaurant adventures throughout the school year. Please let me know if anyone has any suggestions of new places to review. If not, I am on my own and I won't let you down. Happy back to school!

PinkaBoring Cupcakes

Today I went to PinkaBella (PinkaBoring) Cupcakes on the 3rd floor of Bellevue Square mall, and they were very boring.

On decor of restaurant, I give it a 4. It was a pink and brown color scheme and I thought that was very cute. There were about six tiny crystal chandeliers handing from the ceiling. It was very classy and original and it was also cute but there was nothing over the top about it. I have to admit that it did really pop from a distance.

On friendliness of staff towards kids, I give it a 3. The lady was smiling although she didn't say anything to me or interact with me.

On service speed, I give it a 4.  She handed us the cupcake on a napkin right away, but the weird thing was she wouldn't give it to us until my mom was finished paying. It's like she was scared that we were going to steal it or something.

On taste of food, I give it a 3. I got a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting. The other flavors were not kid friendly, like salted caramel, pineapple upside down cake, lemon, and coconut. If I closed my eyes I would think that the cupcake was from Safeway. The frosting tastes very sweet and cheap. The cake tasted dry, generic and boring. Absolutely nothing special. They made me feel like I was at a little kid birthday party. I could make better cupcakes in my own kitchen. Overall it was a pretty bad experience.

On appearance of food, I give it a 3. The cake looks too dark, like almost black. The frosting was piped the way the grocery store does it. There were generic rainbow sprinkles on top of it. It was pretty boring and not special.

On price, I give it a 3. Same as always, $3.00 for a normal $1.50 for a mini.

For a total score of 20/30. My sister got a pineapple upside down cake and there was nothing upside down about it. They also have frosting shots just like New York Cupcakes. The cupcake store is also next to a kid's play area, a Gymboree gym, and a kid's salon were you can get feather extensions. Btw, any respectable kid is going back to school with feather extensions. I would recommend this place to little kids who don't know the difference between a good cupcake and an average cupcake. I wouldn't recommend it to kids like me who do. PinkaBoring, stop being so boring!

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Friday, September 2, 2011

More From Dessert Sensations

Another shout out to Dessert Sensations! They just came out with a new flavor, apple pie! It tastes like apple pie so much that it is unbelievable! It's good but not my favorite. If you go to the store and spot this I recommend trying it out!