Snowmen Cookies

You know how sometimes you have an idea and it seems really great until you try it and then it doesn’t quite work out? But you’re really stubborn so you waste all this time to force it to somehow work anyway?

This is what happened with these cookies. I spent most of the weekend baking all the holiday cookies I’ll be giving out to extended family. One of the cookies I always make are snowball cookies, also known as Russian tea cakes. They are so easy to make, don’t require any eggs, can be baked ahead of time, look like snow and melt in your mouth. But rather than make just regular snowballs, I got the idea in my head to make snowmen shaped ones.

Slater’s 50/50

One of the restaurants I was set on trying out before the end of the year was Slater’s 50/50, a burger chain famous for their heavily bacon-themed menu.  They are especially known for their 50/50 burger patty which is 50% ground beef and 50% ground bacon.

We had sampled Slater’s 50/50 burger at various tasting events this year, and it was definitely the most popular vendor at all the tasting events we went to. So with all the talk of Armageddon, it seemed like a good time to speed things up on a visit before the end of the year and Slater’s is even offering an Armageddon burger until the end of December.

The restaurant bar features a huge selection of beers.

I immediately was entranced by the bacon salt on the table of condiments. It did indeed taste like finely ground salty bacon.

The burger menu provides quite a few options. In addition to pre-designed burgers, they also have a build-it-yourself option, a popular trend for burger joints this year.

Appetizer Combination

You can choose different appetizers to make your own combination plate. Since we couldn’t decide on just one, this was perfect. We chose three: sweet potato fries with pumpkin sauce, house fries with bacon infused ketchup and fried mac and cheese balls.

I’ve never seen a pumpkin dipping sauce offered with fries and the sweet spiced sauce went well with the sweet fries. I was pleasantly surprised with the regular fries too. I haven’t liked many, and I don’t usually like thick ones, but these were just crispy enough on the outside and packed a lot of potato in each fry. I was a little disappointed with the ketchup. While there were bits of bacon mixed in, I couldn’t actually taste the bacon in the ketchup itself. The mac and cheese balls were pretty much your standard fare, but still good. Creamy mac and cheese shaped into a ball and deep fried.

Maple Bacon Milkshake

I’ve heard really great things about the bacon milkshake here, so we had to try it. I personally found the shake to be too sweet with too much maple syrup. Having the bacon chunks inside actually wasn’t weird. In fact, I quite enjoyed munching on them coated with milkshake, but I would have actually liked to see a less sweet version of the milkshake so that the bacon flavor could come through a little more. This shake was packed with bacon bits though. I hope no one ever shows me the nutrition fact chart on it.

Okay, I know I said I was finished with the giveaways for this holiday season, but I got this last minute opportunity to host a giveaway for a 12-month subscription to Food & Wine Magazine, and since most of my readers enjoy food, I thought this would be a great giveaway opportunity.

Picture from Food & Wine Magazine website

One lucky winner will receive a year subscription to Food & Wine magazine courtesy of Bravo and Top Chef. Do you follow Top Chef? I started watching the Top Chef series two seasons ago. Last season, I liked the eventual winner, Paul, almost immediately, and was so happy to see him win.

This season, I’ve especially enjoyed watching Top Chef Seattle since I’ve been to Seattle before and it’s cool to see them go to spots I’ve been to and it also has given me a list of ideas of where to go on my next trip to Seattle.

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched tonight’s episode, I will be discussing it for the next few paragraphs.

So before tonight’s episode, I would say that while I didn’t have a clear favorite, I was leaning towards Chef Kristen, but I didn’t think she stood out enough or had enough experience to win the whole thing. Still, I marvel at how skinny she is and I enjoy her work ethic. Of course, tonight was the episode that she really showed her abilities, but I want to state for the record that I liked her even before she started winning!