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8.23.2012

Essex

I MADE IT! By which I mean, I managed to not go into labor before, in the middle of, or in the days immediately following the opening of Essex. VICTORY.


I imagine that I will very soon start cursing the fact that I am still pregnant, but for now, I feel like I should be given a medal, or a cocktail. Since neither is a viable option, I made myself a pan of flapjacks and ate a quarter of it in one sitting.



I haven’t written a lot about Essex here, not because it has felt like any less of a big deal than Delancey, but because the first half of this year, which was when the project began to move forward, ate me alive. There were a couple of months when, in my own head, I had to pretend (la la la) that Essex wasn’t actually happening. But last Wednesday, with great help from a lot of people, it happened. Essex is now open! Every Wednesday to Sunday! Starting at 4:30 pm! I’m so proud of it, proud of Brandon for dreaming it up, proud of our staff for working so hard, proud that we actually did it and that I didn’t have the baby while hunched over the computer in the office, formatting the cocktail menu.

In the early days of Delancey, I was too busy making salads and mistakes and popsicles to reach for my camera and take pictures. I have pictures of Delancey under construction, pictures of Delancey just before opening, and pictures from months after opening, but I have almost none of its first weeks. So this weekend, I sneaked into Essex in the few quiet, golden moments between set-up and opening time, and I snapped some.


Essex sits directly next door to Delancey, in the former home of Bella Umbrella. Even before we learned that the umbrella shop was moving out, we had talked about someday opening a bar there. Maybe it could work hand-in-hand with Delancey, we thought, and be a place for people to hang out before or after dinner. As we began to think about what we would want our bar to feel like, and what we would want to drink there, and what we would want to eat there, the idea grew. Since this is our neighborhood, we wanted it to feel like a neighborhood place, but with exceptional cocktails. Even more, we wanted to sort of geek out with it, to make a lot of the cocktail ingredients in-house - and not just bitters, but liqueurs, fernet, vermouths, and sodas. That thinking then quickly extended itself to the food. If we’re going to serve pretzels, let’s say, we should make them ourselves, we decided. And we should serve them with Brandon’s homemade mustard. And while we’re at it, hey, maybe you could eat a whole meal at Essex!  Maybe we could serve open-face toasts with clothbound aged cheddar and house-pickled peppers. And maybe that lacquered and smoked pork shoulder that Brandon has been tinkering with since May. And maybe spot prawns caught nearby, with a pot of chile-spiked mayo. And oh, oh, OH, our own version of a Thin Mint! We could play around, we realized, and really make stuff - stuff that didn’t necessarily fit at Delancey.


We decided to call it Essex because, in Manhattan, Essex and Delancey Streets intersect, and the Essex and Delancey subway stops share a station. Our Essex and our Delancey share a staff, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a hallway, and an overstuffed office that gives me heart palpitations. Like Delancey, Essex was designed by Katie Caradec (my cousin!) and Pantea Tehrani, of tbD.


And to really keep it all in the family, Brandon named our first liqueur, made from three different kinds of citrus and aged for four months in rye barrels, after my dad. It’s called Burg’s Extra-Special Orange. Burg will have been gone for ten years, ten years, this December, but if he were still around, I think he would have claimed this bar stool as his designated seat. Maybe we should have a plaque made for it. Maybe someday.

British Flapjacks
Adapted from my recipe in Bon Appétit, March 2010

Because I really did eat a quarter of the pan in one sitting, and it would be mean not to share some with you.

1 stick (113 grams) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
½ cup (100 grams) packed light brown sugar
¼ cup (60 ml) golden syrup*
2 1/3 cups (210 grams) quick-cooking oats (not instant or old-fashioned)
Pinch of fine salt
Crunchy salt, such as Maldon or fleur de sel, for finishing

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter an 8-inch square metal baking pan. Combine the butter, brown sugar, and golden syrup in a heavy medium saucepan.  Stir regularly over medium-low heat until the butter melts, the sugar dissolves, and the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Add the oats and fine salt, and stir to evenly coated. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, and press it out in even layer. Bake until the top is golden (the edges will be darker), about 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer the pan to a rack, and allow to cool for 5 minutes.  Then cut into 4 squares, and cut each square into 4 triangles. (The mixture will still be soft and a little crumbly; just do the best you can.) Allow to finish cooling completely in the pan. (The flapjacks will firm up as they cool.) Before serving, top with crunchy salt to taste.

*A type of syrup popular in the UK. Available at some supermarkets, specialty foods stores, and British import shops.  (If you live in Ballard, like me, you can find it at Ballard Market.)

Yield: 16 servings, if you have a lot of restraint.

103 Comments:

Blogger sarah roberson said...

This is a place I dream of going to. Absolutely beautiful!

2:10 PM, August 23, 2012  
Anonymous willowallecia said...

congratulations! it looks like an amazing place. would love to hear more about your cocktail menu and your process for making the fernet especially! we have our own little neighborhood bar in wellington, nz which we opened almost three years ago, and now our new cafe (that stocks the house-made sodas my husband started making at the bar) has been open about six months. that 'excited! but scared!' feeling is very familiar. wishing you all the very best for the new venture from new zealand x

2:22 PM, August 23, 2012  
Anonymous Victoria said...

I just love this. It gets me misty eyed. What will I do when you have the baby?

Yikes.

Congratulations to you, Brandon, and all those people who work with you.

2:23 PM, August 23, 2012  
Blogger jen said...

great to see these shots and bravo to you both for making it through! only great things ahead for you! xo

2:28 PM, August 23, 2012  
Blogger kelly said...

absolutely wonderful! essex looks amazing and what energy and love has gone in to making it...i am completely in awe and downright grumpy that i live so many miles away that i can not visit and try all those delights that you describe.

good luck with your next big event! i have a couple of friends who have been overdue too so i am watching out for all the baby news to come any day. flapjack for energy is a fine idea. we have made it forever in our family...but never with the salt topping! i just know i'm going to love it.

best wishes to you molly xx

2:34 PM, August 23, 2012  
Anonymous amy said...

Wowsers. Two restaurants. One baby. One husband. Wowsers.

I just finished reading your book after following your blog for a few years. Loved it. In a next life, when you write another book, I need more savoury recipes!

Bonne chance and bonne courage from a Dutch in Dublin. Amy

2:37 PM, August 23, 2012  
OpenID naivecookcooks said...

Hey Molly! Happy to see you back.Congrats for Eseex!!
I recently started blogging and I admire the way you write.I am ambitious about food and would love to write a book about it some day as you did.
I will be glad if you can give me some tips! I'm in the phase of designing my blog and learning.
naivecookcooks@wordpress.com

2:37 PM, August 23, 2012  
Blogger Margie Larrazabal said...

Molly, my boyfriend and I were at Delancey's during it's third birthday and I felt so honored to have met you! I was that gushing girl in the flowy, orange top who raved about the recipes in your book. We loved the pizza and the chocolate cake. Now that everything seems to be in place, it must be time for your baby to pop out. SO happy and excited for you! How wonderful the anticipation must be.
P.S. Do you happen to have the recipe for the chocolate cake you gave to your customers on Delancey's 3rd birthday?

2:37 PM, August 23, 2012  
Blogger EMH said...

its gorgeous! congratulations!

2:48 PM, August 23, 2012  
Blogger Ryan said...

I was so confused about the flapjacks because I imagined you sitting down to eating only 1/4 of a pancake. A 1/4 of the pan of crunchy oatmeal bars though is makes a lot more sense.

Congratulations on Essex. I am jealous of your neighborhood, ( live on the other side of the state) but proud that mine has grown in a similar manner. Now I have two reasons to go to Ballard next time I'm over there.

2:51 PM, August 23, 2012  
Blogger michele said...

Congratulations on making it thru the opening of Essex! The photos are just beautiful! All the best for the remainder of your pregnancy.

3:03 PM, August 23, 2012  
Blogger EB said...

What a beautiful space! I love your blog and both restaurants look amazing. Now I need to plan a trip :)

3:17 PM, August 23, 2012  
Anonymous Kate said...

Your dad's seat made me cry. I lost my father almost two years ago, and he loved a good bar (though he never drank anything besides single malt scotch, he did woo my mother with Grand Marnier). Congratulations on the birth of this baby!

3:32 PM, August 23, 2012  
Blogger The Reluctant Launderer said...

Congratulations. It looks WONDERFUL. I wish there was a snowball's chance in hell that I might someday visit, but location (London [usually]) and life (soon [EIGHT WEEKS HOLY CRAP], 3 kids under 3...) is elbowing me in the ribs. Speaking of which - you've managed to do all of this while very very pregnant? Goodness me. I'm impressed, envious, and exhausted, in equal measure. I wish you and yours all the best success imaginable with all the fabulous new ventures you're embarking upon.

4:41 PM, August 23, 2012  
Blogger Liza said...

Gosh, I hope someday I can get to Seattle. Congrats on the new "baby" who has been born, and the one yet to come.

5:04 PM, August 23, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheers! x

5:05 PM, August 23, 2012  
Blogger Cheryl Arkison said...

Sweet congratulations all around!
I do imagine that the arrival of your baby is tinged with just a dash of sadness with your Dad not there. Just that in the back of your head and almost blurting out about I wish Dad could meet her kind of sadness. And so I imagine many a moment with you, cocktail in one hand, baby in the other (just one is totally fine) on that stool. Drinking in the smell of baby and the bar.
Congratulations

5:19 PM, August 23, 2012  
Blogger Deborah Flanagan said...

Congratulations Molly. I was visiting Seattle and made a special effort to have dinner at Delancy after reading your blog for years and your book. I met some friends there with their new baby. We loved the restaurant and the pizzas and salad. It was the opening night of Essex but we didn't make it there since we had the baby and stroller.
I took some photos and put them on my blog. http://spiralstyle.blogspot.com/2012/08/about-molly-wizenberg-and-delancy-for.html

The hostess told me I missed you by just a few minutes. Argh!!!

Anyway, continued success and best wishes for a quick delivery and healthy, happy baby.
Cheers

5:46 PM, August 23, 2012  
Blogger jnifferjuniper said...

I have been reading your blog for years, made many recipes, (most notably brown butter cookies) and I have never commented. I am so thrilled to see the success all of your hard work has brought about. I felt compelled to comment after this beautiful,
touching post. Someday I hope to visit Delancey and Essex and toast your family!

6:20 PM, August 23, 2012  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Let me add my huzzahs to the others! A new bar, a new baby, and a new dog all in one year. You guys are amazing - and delightful. I vote for the plaque on one of your stools for Burg and one for Tina. You know she'd be there for the opening if she could.

6:39 PM, August 23, 2012  
Anonymous Danielle said...

Congratulations!!! The Essex sounds like a wonderful place to visit and enjoy a good meal. I hope to someday make a trip out there and have the opportunity to visit. Best of luck with the arrival of your little one!

6:43 PM, August 23, 2012  
Blogger Alex Hershey Meyers said...

Mazel tov! I cannot wait to come visit both Delancey and Essex when I'm next in Seattle. Seems like everything you make -- recipes, restaurants, manuscripts -- is gorgeous and perfect, and I know that baby Orangette (Orangette-ette?) will be no exception.

7:04 PM, August 23, 2012  
Blogger Kelly said...

Congratulations! What wonderful adventures await you all! It looks wonderful and I hope I get out that way to visit and experience it soon. Best wishes for you! xo

7:30 PM, August 23, 2012  
Blogger Molly said...

Thank you, friends. So, so much.

And willowallecia, here's a link to our cocktail menu (on our Facebook page). Hope that link works; Facebook is sometimes wonky. Essex's website is a work in progress, but eventually we'll have menus posted there, too.

Margie, so glad you liked the chocolate birthday cake. It's a recipe from Brandi Henderson, our pastry chef, but if you want to shoot me an e-mail at contactorangette(at)gmail(dot)com, I'll see if I can get you a copy of it.

Deborah, thank you for that very kind blog post!

7:54 PM, August 23, 2012  
Blogger Jess said...

Love these shots, Molly. Congratulations again to you both. (Glad to hear you're eating up.)

8:02 PM, August 23, 2012  
Anonymous salena said...

You look great! My belly is so huge. I'm due on Saturday but I think my little girl has her own agenda.

Congratulations on Essex!

9:00 PM, August 23, 2012  
Blogger Jill said...

I absolutely love reading about people who are living their lives so fully and following their dreams. It's what more people should do but don't for different reasons. It's truly joyous to read about this endeavour of yours.

I live down in Portland and someday, I will most definitely have to come up for some dinner...

9:01 PM, August 23, 2012  
Anonymous amy h said...

Congratulations! It sounds (and looks) like an amazing place.

10:22 PM, August 23, 2012  
Blogger thinking of the days said...

congratulations on opening Essex from the other side of the pond! I've been reading your blog for years now, and one thing I've learned is that you don't do things by halves.....

What a year for you and Brandon...new baby ,new bar....but please try and have a few days where you do abslutely nothing before this baby arrives.You sure won't get a chance afterwards!

11:32 PM, August 23, 2012  
Anonymous Sarah said...

So happy for you, Molly! The photos are such a fun peek. Happy that baby is biding time (I guess? that seems weird to congratulate you on, oh well).

Cheers, stay well. S

12:01 AM, August 24, 2012  
Anonymous Lena said...

Some day I'll visit Seattle, and then I'll come by and drink and eat at Essex and Delancey and I hope I'll meet you there.
It's so great what you two are doing and I'm happy for you everything is working out so great!

1:15 AM, August 24, 2012  
Blogger helen ethel studio said...

Congratulations. Beautiful. Just beautiful. Especially the homage to your father. I can't wait to visit some day. I'll be sure to order a cocktail made with this extra special liquor. Best of luck to you all in this new venture in life and love!

4:47 AM, August 24, 2012  
Blogger Patrice said...

So absolutely proud of you and Brandon! It's nice that a little of NY (my home) is in Seattle. I didn't realize the connection with the names -- brilliant. Congratulations on all fronts! Hope to visit the "other" Delancey and Essex some time. Now get to nesting - that baby is on its way.

4:53 AM, August 24, 2012  
Blogger Julie said...

How I yearn to live in your neighborhood so I'd have to choose between Essex and Delancey's every night! Cheers to you and your hubby--what a fabulous accomplishment. And hooray for your little bundle of joy--what a good, well-behaved baby who knew not to make an early appearance. Wishing you much rest and a little relaxation during these next few weeks!

5:24 AM, August 24, 2012  
Anonymous SarahB said...

Beautiful!

One of our favorite neighborhood places is a bar attached to a nice restaurant. It's such a lovely combination to have, even better to be a regular there.

Cheers to your opening weeks and to good business and to your baby's arrival soon!

5:37 AM, August 24, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molly- you have a beautiful life. I love reading your blog and seeing all your creative dreams becoming reality.

Here's to a great last few weeks before the baby!

-JMC

5:56 AM, August 24, 2012  
Blogger linda said...

mazel tov!

5:57 AM, August 24, 2012  
Blogger missris said...

Oh Molly congratulations! I'm sure Berg would be bursting with pride.

6:02 AM, August 24, 2012  
Blogger Katie said...

Oh it looks AMAZING! Can't wait to visit Seattle again and check it out! Congrats!

6:18 AM, August 24, 2012  
Anonymous Liz B said...

Molly, I've followed your blog for 4 years now. Your book was the first Cookbook I bought for myself, and I truly consider you a friend, as weird as that may sound. Essex sounds amazing! I hope to come to Seattle one day! xx

6:50 AM, August 24, 2012  
Blogger Gemma said...

Congratulations! It is beautiful Molly, I only wish we could meet you there this evening for a drink and a chat. Hopefully one day...

6:53 AM, August 24, 2012  
Blogger Anna Maria said...

Congratulations! It looks amazing and I hope to visit one day. I'm relieved it is not named after my least favourite county in England, a bit like New Jersey in terms of esthetic sensibilities; although I like Jamie Oliver a lot and he is from Essex, so I suppose it is not all bad;-)

7:03 AM, August 24, 2012  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

Congratulations!

7:10 AM, August 24, 2012  
Blogger Heather M. said...

Congratulations! I hope when I someday visit Seattle I'll enjoy meals in both of your lovely restaurants.

Now, onto baby.

7:35 AM, August 24, 2012  
Anonymous Stacy said...

Congratulations! This is so wonderful. And the space is just lovely. Good work on keeping that baby in awhile longer.

I just moved from Michigan to California, which brings me much, much closer to Delancy, and now Essex, too. I must make a trip, eventually. ; )

Cheers to you!

8:40 AM, August 24, 2012  
Anonymous Sharyn Dimmick said...

Beautiful photos. Congratulations for making it through the Essex launch without, you know, having your water break on the hardwood floor, or something.

9:46 AM, August 24, 2012  
Blogger vbdb said...

Perfection, as expected - both Essex and this post. Can't wait to get back there.

9:55 AM, August 24, 2012  
Blogger Maggie Shafer said...

Now that Essex is up and running, it might be time to dance around in your kitchen, holding your belly with one hand and a flap jack with the other, to this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nK65QEMTPC8

Congratulations!

10:07 AM, August 24, 2012  
Anonymous Shut Up& Cook said...

Absolutely can't wait to check it out...congrats to you...and thanks to baby for being so patient as to let you open it up on schedule!

11:02 AM, August 24, 2012  
Blogger Anne said...

Such a beautiful place! I love that you wanted to make everything yourself.
The style of this entry makes me so impatient for your new book. In the meantime, I'll re-read your first book.

11:21 AM, August 24, 2012  
Anonymous meg said...

When we move to the west coast, I'm making a pilgrimage. It looks too good. Congrats!

12:27 PM, August 24, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As one of the lucky ones who live in the neighborhood, just a quick thanks for sharing such a lovely place with us.

Congrats on the opening and good wishes for the future arrival!

1:05 PM, August 24, 2012  
Blogger Charlene Price said...

Wow, it looks gorgeous! I'd love to eat there if I lived in the same country.

Also, thank you for putting the measurements in your recipe in grams as well as cups - most British people can't cope with cups. And by most, I mean me.

1:05 PM, August 24, 2012  
Blogger Alice said...

Congrats on the opening of Essex!!!

I was at Delancy earlier this summer with my boyfriend and some friends. Absolutely blown away by the food and completely tickled that I was actually in a store that was opened by the two of you!!!

I can't wait to visit Seattle again and visit Essex this next time!

3:50 PM, August 24, 2012  
Anonymous Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

I get all goosebumpy thinking about the immense satisfaction you both must feel at getting this place open at last.

You have more going on in your life than I can begin to get my head around. Take it easy, won't you?

4:18 PM, August 24, 2012  
Blogger Victoria said...

You amaze me, both of you, what you can achieve with the love of the right person - anything is possible. Not saying you weren't so much anyway separate from each other, but you can't put a price on the value of a partner who can be along on the same ride!

6:45 PM, August 24, 2012  
OpenID maizeeater said...

Molly, congratulations! Essex looks beautiful. I loved reading how the whole idea developed. And congratulations also on not going into labor yet and on eating a quarter pan of flapjacks :) The recipe sounds delicious. I had heard of flapjacks before, but never really knew what they were (being neither British nor American). Wish you and Brandon all the best with Essex and with your pregnancy.

7:57 PM, August 24, 2012  
Anonymous Julie said...

Essex is beautiful! And like the second born child with hardly a photo taken as opposed to the first born, Delancy, of which there are whole albums of say one wash in the tub. This is how it's happened with my two anyway.
Congratulations many times over!

7:34 AM, August 25, 2012  
Blogger Carrie said...

I just peeked into the bar yesterday on my way out of Honore. It really is a beauty-- my husband and I will check it out this weekend when we'll be sans kiddos!

Good luck with labor and delivery-- it will be everything you imagine and then some. ; )

8:00 AM, August 25, 2012  
Anonymous Marissa | Pinch and Swirl said...

Your writing knocks me out as usual. Loved your mention of Burg - I feel like I knew him. Congrats on Essex, it makes me question moving from Seattle to Bend. Excited to hear about that little one who's on the brink...:)

11:36 AM, August 25, 2012  
OpenID girlseeksplace said...

I am definitely going to check out Essex and Delancey next time I'm in Seattle. Congratulations on the opening!

1:41 PM, August 25, 2012  
Anonymous Diane, A Broad said...

Congratulations! I love the concept of next-door restaurant-bar configurations. There's a lot of that going on here in Paris, and it's the perfect thing for meeting friends for a quick drink then extending that drink to dinner late into the night.

3:28 PM, August 25, 2012  
Anonymous Kristy said...

Essex is truly beautiful! I couldn't have been more excited last weekend to get together with some of my best (old and new) girlfriends to bask in the rich flavors of your cocktails, pretzels, pickles and cheeses. Everything was incredible. I feel like I am always at the Pantry and never up at Delancey -- I will have to remedy that and treat myself to Delancey and Essex more often in the coming months. Your hard work and intense year has really given birth to some incredible things. (And yes, that last sentence was intended, of course).

4:09 PM, August 25, 2012  
Anonymous erinn said...

Looks beautiful. I would love to get there, just need to get myself to the west coast. It looks warm and inviting. Best of luck!

And, good luck with the impending birth. After four babies, there is nothing better than the first few weeks with the baby. They are perfect in every way, and not to sound too cheesy, you just want to eat them up.

5:48 AM, August 26, 2012  
Blogger Aunt Laura said...

Wish I wasn't on the other coast so I could go to Essex and Delancey. They both sound (and look) fantastic! Congratulations and have fun with your new baby soon.

6:56 AM, August 26, 2012  
Blogger Sara said...

this is a great 'grids' (wallpaper and tin ceiling) and griddle (flapjacks) post. congratulations. You, and yours, are 'the bomb.'
Now, bombs away, with the lovely birth of your first child. blessings to your family.

10:52 AM, August 26, 2012  
Blogger Anne Calista said...

It looks gorgeous! Congratulations, and good luck with labor :)

6:47 PM, August 26, 2012  
Anonymous Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said...

Molly,

Congrats on the opening of Essex. It looks absolutely cozy :)

11:19 PM, August 26, 2012  
Anonymous Nina Barretta said...

Congratulations!!! So happy for you, Brandon and baby! So exciting!!!

2:03 AM, August 27, 2012  
Blogger tori said...

What a thrill. Another firm incentive to jump the pond and come on over to Seattle. It looks spectacular.

2:25 AM, August 27, 2012  
Blogger Treesap-Covered Lady, the Humanist said...

Zonkers, it looks so amazing! Congrats on the new bar, the-baby-who-stayed-put, and all the other wonderful things abound. I really love the wallpaper and the varied wood grain on the benches--your cousin did a truly fabulous job.

8:06 AM, August 27, 2012  
OpenID curlygirlpress said...

Happy impending motherhood, if you're still waiting! My baby boy is 4 weeks old tomorrow, and was almost a (totally nerve-wracking why isn't he here yet)week late, so I feel for you if you're in the same place. I also wish you total success with breastfeeding, should you go that route, sleep, and of course your other baby Essex. He's a charmer already. = )

8:22 AM, August 27, 2012  
Anonymous Bre said...

Oh, this is just beautiful. I love your aesthetic. I have followed your blog for a while now and am so, so impressed with everything you've accomplished! It's inspiring, and I hope that if I ever make it up to Seattle I can come visit. :)

12:28 PM, August 27, 2012  
Anonymous Sailu @ Indian Food said...

Congratulations, Molly. A second restaurant? WOW! Love the interiors.
All the very best!

11:17 AM, August 28, 2012  
Anonymous Carrie said...

I was so excited to go to Essex on opening night, and it was fantastic. Delicious (really, really delicious) drinks and food, and a great atmosphere.

8:30 AM, August 29, 2012  
Blogger Beth said...

Congrats! I can't wait to not be pregnant and come check out Essex! And the flapjacks sound amazing, I will have to try those now. :)

3:43 PM, August 29, 2012  
Blogger Julie said...

Congrats! It looks lovely! I actually just booked our vacation to Portland and Seattle (taking the train to Seattle from Portland) so we'll be visiting in September :)

12:22 PM, August 30, 2012  
Anonymous Julia said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful space. Sounds like a wonderful place to visit someday.

12:20 AM, August 31, 2012  
Blogger Bridgette Meinhold said...

Looking forward to coming out and checking out the intersection of Delancey and Essex. Congrats to you both.

8:05 AM, August 31, 2012  
Anonymous wandering educators said...

Molly! congratulations on Essex - yet another reason for us to come to Seattle. And by now, hope you're holding a healthy baby in your arms, as you've so lovingly shared this essex baby with us, lovingly held in OUR arms. :)

8:20 AM, August 31, 2012  
Anonymous Meg said...

I'm headed over tonight for my birthday, and very excited to have a new place for a great cocktail so close to my house!
We appreciated your warning letter in the window of Delancy, but are so thankful Essex is open tonight!

4:41 PM, September 02, 2012  
Anonymous Katie said...

Molly, you may have already seen this, but if not - congratulations on the Tasting Table nod to Essex! One of four mentioned in Seattle :)

10:33 AM, September 04, 2012  
Blogger Jane said...

I got goosebumps reading the line that Brandon named a cocktail after your father. It's brillant, touching and just friggin' awesome. I love it! I wish I wasn't in another country (Canada) or else I'd bolt over to Essex right away.

8:10 AM, September 05, 2012  
Anonymous Katie L. said...

Oh! this is so exciting! Congratulations! One of my cousins is getting married in April in Seattle, I will be finding a sitter (hopefully my parents will go to the wedding too;) ) so the husby and I can go on a date. We'll start at Delancy and finish at Essex. I may be a nerd and bring my copy of A Homemade Life and shamefully ask you to sign if you should happen to be there. I hope essex is everything you hope it to be and more.

9:39 AM, September 05, 2012  
Blogger Nikki said...

Congratulations on Essex. The bar looks beautiful!

7:59 AM, September 06, 2012  
Blogger Michelle said...

Having just eaten a third of tray, I think your quarter shows great restraint.

The flaky salt makes it.

8:40 PM, September 06, 2012  
Blogger sbethcoffey said...

Molly, congratulations on your new place and on still being pregnant. The space looks beautiful and what you wrote about the food is making my mouth water. I want to make a plaque for your dad's bar stool!

5:42 AM, September 07, 2012  
Blogger Momma said...

Hi Molly, Do you mind being pinned on Pinterest?

8:26 AM, September 08, 2012  
Anonymous Mary @ Fit and Fed said...

I don't know why big projects like moves (and bar openings, apparently) seem to cluster right before baby comes but they predictably do. Part of getting everything in order I suppose. Congratulations on Essex and best of luck with your birth and new baby!

3:38 PM, September 08, 2012  
Blogger Colleen said...

We are planning our second trip to Seattle at the end of September. We are definitely having dinner at Delancey's! I'll never forget when I emailed you 6 years ago asking for a restaurant recommendation and you sent me a 2 page email filled w/awesome places. I'll never forget your kindness :) So excited to hear about Essex. We are hoping to have a drink there after pizza! Congrats on your soon to arrive baby :)

10:11 AM, September 09, 2012  
Blogger Cara said...

My husband and I drove the many miles tonight for Delancey pizza, only to see a sign...
CLOSED -- OWNERS ARE HAVING A BABY!

Sad we missed you but SO SO happy the big day is here! xoxo

10:21 PM, September 09, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molly, I've been a long-time reader and in the last six months I've been dating someone who lives in Seattle. I somehow didn't put blogland in my real life and it only just occurred to me about a week ago that the Delancey that I walk by when we take our nightly walks was YOUR Delancey! Omigod! And, we tried to stop by this happening bar last week but were told that it was a private party. Was that Essex? Possibly? You'll probably see me stalking the spaces when I'm in town. Congratulations on both your new babies!

4:06 PM, September 11, 2012  
Anonymous Jeff @ Cheeseburger said...

Hi Molly! Congrats for Eseex! You've got a wonderful space.

11:58 PM, September 13, 2012  
Anonymous Nathan said...

Thanks for the recipe. My wife had a baby a month ago but we're still eating flapjacks a lot around here.

3:56 PM, September 14, 2012  
Blogger Keen on Food said...

golden syrup..yes, so good, now you have to make a treacle tart with it too. I challenge you to eat half of that in one sitting and not be physically sick! ; )

4:33 AM, September 17, 2012  
Anonymous Dave Nguyen said...

congrats! Can wait to visit!

7:33 PM, September 18, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That wood is beautiful and I love white marble tables. Wish I didn't live all the way on the other side of the country.

1:18 PM, September 30, 2012  
Blogger Christian said...

Relief! I saw a link to this with congratulations and thought you'd named your baby Essex, which would be ... let's just say it would carry some unfortunate connotations for a baby in the UK! Essex is a less-than-salubrious county, and 'Essex Girls' are the British equivalent of those girls from Jersey Shore.
Anyway you didn't, so that's great, and it's a perfectly fine name for an establishment, especially considering your reasons. Phew!

4:10 PM, October 03, 2012  
Anonymous nic b said...

I'm a brit who ordered and read your first book after finding it on US Amazon upon it's launch. In my local pub that stocks only real ale from mainly small breweries, there is a special stool. It belonged to the landlord's father and upon his death we had a plaque made with his name on for it. Nobody sits there. It has pride of place and was also placed nest to his coffin during the funeral service and at the wake (where it was 'baptised' with a half pint of a favourite bitter!). I recently re-read your book as my own father died two months ago. It helped me cry and break the numbness I had been frozen by. Thankyou, June is lovely.

1:15 AM, October 12, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have very nice photos! You're an inspiration for my new blog. :)

11:26 AM, October 19, 2012  
Blogger Bethany said...

You take such beautiful photos!

http://bethsquidly.blogspot.com/

9:04 AM, October 23, 2012  
Blogger Minx said...

Oh Molly, it's been a few years since I've caught up on your blog! I'm slowly catching up now - and it still brings a smile to my face and a growl to my stomach. Now I want flapjacks. NOW. :)
-Lily-

5:25 PM, January 09, 2013  
OpenID katiesplate.com said...

Hi Molly! I've been a reader here ever since my mum gifted your first book to me. At the beginning of September I was visiting friends in Seattle and when someone suggested finishing our night at Essex I was thrilled to go see the place I'd read about here. We all loved our cocktails and the super friendly bartender made us crack up by playing the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air song as he closed up (he had overheard us throwing it around earlier) -- a great vibe, will definitely return when I'm in Seattle! Thanks:)

6:57 PM, September 19, 2013  

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