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In Heaven there are Lemon Cupcakes..
Though we are only 10 weeks into the new year, 2011 seems like the distant past. So why wait

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Seattle's Top 5 Things to Eat Right Now

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In Heaven there are Lemon Cupcakes..
Though we are only 10 weeks into the new year, 2011 seems like the distant past. So why wait until 2013 is knocking to mention the best things we've eaten this year?

Here are five local items you need to try immediately:

The #2 -Caramelized Onions @ Uneeda Burger 4302 Fremont Ave N

If you've spent your life struggling to achieve a mouth-gasm, consider Uneeda Burger your Babeland. Any one of their fine burgers may be the one to bring you to bliss, but the #2 with sweet caramelized onions, tart blue cheese and delicate watercress is one of the most well thought out, all around delectable edibles ever. Even though their all-natural Painted Hills beef is divine, go ahead and sub the Whidbey Island Crescent Harbor 100% Wagyu (Kobe) grass-fed beef, because you my friend are living for the moment!

Sweet Potato Gnocchi-Tulio 1100 5th Ave

Found on their Antipasti e Insalate menu Tulio's take on this traditional dish-- served with Sage butter and mascarpone-- are pillowy, tender, little bites of heaven. Go ahead and order two. After all, you only live once.

Smoked Trout Pate - Cure 1641 Nagle Place

Light, flavorful and served with house made picked shallots and perfectly toasted crostini, this meal of an appetizer makes an impression. It's one of those dishes that will embed itself in your sense memory and prod you into second or third visits.

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The Vietnamese Sandwich-Lucky's Pho 3414 Fremont Ave N

There are Vietnamese style sandwiches all over this town and their Pho may have its detractors, but Lucky's "California" version (aka with avocado) is consistently delicious. In order for this sandwich to work, the bread has to be perfectly crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle, the pulled pork tender and flavorful, the Hoison sweet and tangy, and the veggies (radishes, cukes, carrots, jalapenos and the aforementioned avocado) very fresh. Lucky's hit the mark on all counts.

Lemon Mascarpone- Cupcake Royale 1111 E Pike St

Some people prefer death by chocolate-- I'll take mine in a fluffy, velvety cake made uber-lemony with zest and topped with Italian mascarpone cream cheese, thanks.

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