Lunch at Little Uncle, Seattle

lunch at Little Uncle Seattle

Kiyo’s cousins own my favorite restaurant I’ve been to in Seattle: Little Uncle. To be fair, I haven’t been to too many restaurants in Seattle since when I’ve gone, it’s always been to visit friends or Kiyo’s family, which translates to lots of time spent in people’s homes, not out. But, this Thai restaurant is just so freaking delicious that I don’t think many others could compare.

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The original Little Uncle, open for lunch and dinner, is in Capitol Hill. Little Uncle Pioneer Square, the one I’ve been to twice, is the second incarnation of PK and Wiley Frank’s interpretation of Thai cuisine. PK is from Thailand, and after she met Wiley in Seattle they went back to Thailand for a few years. Luckily for the hungry people of Seattle, they came back. They say they cook food that they like to eat.

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The Little Uncle menu is inspired by the indigenous dishes made in the street side stalls and family-run shophouse restaurants of Thailand. The Little Uncle version of pad Thai is by far the best I’ve had in the US. Simple, vegetarian, and gluten-free, it is made with rice noodles, organic eggs, tofu, tamarind, peanuts, garlic chives and bean sprouts. Little paper bags filled with peanuts, chili flakes and sugar come with the dish. I know it sounds weird, but these toppings work so well on the noodles. The sugar is counterintuitive at first, but it makes sense with the salty, bitter and savory elements of the dish.

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Kiyo and I also ordered the poached chicken with garlic and chicken fat rice, winter melon broth, and spicy soy-ginger sauce. This dish was also simple and superb, but the pad Thai was just so delicious that it definitely stole the show. I loved though how all the different elements of this dish worked together, and the chicken fat garlic rice made you never want to go back to plain rice again. The sauce was sticky and sweet, perfect with the salt and fat of the chicken, rice and broth.

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We were stuffed, but they gave us an order of roti stuffed with curried beef, served with spicy cucumber vinegar. These were soft with a crunchy exterior, and full of flavor.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

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This WIAW is jam-packed full of food and physical activity. When I’m physically active, I become ridiculously hungry and also need a large amount of sleep. Here’s what one of my active days recently looked like.

8:00 AM: Breakfast

I had an iced coffee with stevia and a smoothie (nettle leaf iced tea, tart cherry juice, lemon juice, acai powder, green super food powder, ice, chia seeds).

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9:00 AM: Yoga

I taught a Morning Flow yoga class at Yogaloha (if you’d like to come to one of my classes check the October schedule here). It was my first time teaching this class and I loved it!

10:30 AM: More Yoga!

I took the next class, which was CORE Yoga. Since the Morning Flow class was small, I practiced along while I taught; so after this second class my muscles were starting to feel sore and I was starving!

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12 Noon: Snack

I wanted to cook for lunch, so first I quickly peeled and ate an organic carrot to stave off that hangry feeling.

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We’ve eaten so many fresh, local veggies lately thanks to our Ma’o Organic Farms box. I promise to write a full post about it soon! We got a ton of dandelion greens this week, so I chopped up a whole head for lunch.

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I sautéed the greens with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, black pepper and Maui onion salt.

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12:30 PM: Lunch

We had some leftover foccacia bread, so I toasted that up with butter. I scrambled the greens with three eggs with half a cup of cottage cheese. I know that might sound strange, but honestly it just mixes in with the eggs and you can’t even tell the cheese is in there. Kiyo hates cottage cheese and he didn’t even realize I’d fed it to him! Cottage cheese is great to add to your diet because it has probiotics and is super low in fat and sugar, and high in protein. I ate my eggs with mayonnaise and ketchup (yes, both, it is delicious!).

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Lunch at The Golden Pear, Southampton

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This August Maggie and I took the ferry from Connecticut to The Hamptons to visit my friend Danielle. We began one day with a really nice leisurely run in a slight drizzle, past the National Golf Links of America.

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The loop took us to the beach, which was still beautiful on an overcast day.

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After our run we were all pretty hungry, so we showered and headed into town for lunch at The Golden Pear. The salad of the day that came with the sandwiches looked so delicious, with arugula, cheese, beets and strawberries.

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I had half a chicken salad sandwich and a small chili. I was craving something hot on the side since it was a bit cold and rainy. Both were delicious but the sandwich was the standout. The bread was so soft and the chicken salad was really creamy and flavorful. I would definitely love to go back and try more of their offerings! It’s a little on the pricey side (my lunch was $11 before tax which isn’t terrible but if you add a beverage it’d be up there); but it is in The Hamptons, so that’s to be expected.

The Golden Pear

Location: 99 Main St, Southampton, NY 11968 Phone: (631) 283-8900

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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

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I started my day yesterday with a big iced coffee with stevia and almond milk. Lately I’ve been so tired, but I don’t know why; maybe it has to do with being on a new schedule, or perhaps it’s just my body readjusting to the weather in Hawaii.

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About an hour later, after some errands, I made a smoothie with (right to left) nettle leaf tea, tart cherry juice, lemon juice, acai powder and green super food powder (not pictured: ice).

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The smoothie tasted good but it didn’t look pretty, and it actually had the consistency of juice.

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Recently I ordered prickly pear extract with aloe, on Amazon. You take just a drop a couple of times a day. Prickly pear is a cactus that can lower blood glucose by decreasing the absorption of sugar in the stomach and intestine. Some researchers think that it might also decrease cholesterol levels, prevent hangovers, and kill viruses in the body. It also tastes good!

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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

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8:00 AM: Breakfast

Before heading to a doctor’s appointment, I made a quick smoothie with tart cherry juice, apple juice (both organic and not-from-concentrate), nettle-leaf iced tea, acai berry powder, green powder, ice and chia seeds on top. It was really watery, more like juice than a smoothie, but the taste wasn’t bad.

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11:00 AM: Snack

I was hungry again after the doctor, so I swung by Diamond Head Market & Grill for one of their famous blueberry cream-cheese scones. They are HUGE (you can’t tell from this picture) so Kiyo and I split it when I got home. Usually scones are quite dry, but this one was so moist I wouldn’t have dreamt of putting butter or anything else on it, it was perfect just as it was. We also had iced coffees, mine with honey and almond milk.

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1:00 PM: Lunch

Kiyo and I got our first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box from Ma’o Organic Farms this weekend! The arugula was great on sandwiches over the weekend, but we still had a lot of it and it was starting to wilt, so I decided to make it into a purée, similar to pesto. It was super easy: I simply put the arugula, a clove of garlic, olive oil and about two tablespoons of walnuts into the food processor. I spread the purée on a slice of whole-wheat bread, and with cheddar I made us grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. They were so tasty, I have to give myself a pat on the back for the idea.

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3:30 PM: Exercise

I spent the afternoon finishing my book, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It is so well-written, with such developed, interesting characters and unexpected plot twists, I literally couldn’t stop reading it. I started and finished it in just about 24 hours. Then I did half an hour of yoga (at home) and ran 2.5 miles. It was 82 degrees out with 83% humidity, and I was struggling hard, even though I wasn’t even going fast!

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