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FLL to West Palm

Hi all. I am arriving this evening rather late from Seattle and I am interested in getting something nice to take to my hotel room in West Palm for a late meal. I'm up for anything, except perhaps hotdogs, but hotdogs is all I can find close to my hotel (Marriott on Okeechobee). Any suggestions?

BOS to Newport

Thank you so much for the suggestions! We are headed to Rt 93/24. After reading about Viva Comida I was excited about giving it a try but alas, closed Mondays :). I think I will stop there on my way back to the airport. Evelyn's it is! Thanks again.
Cheers,
cburnis

Jul 07, 2014
cburnsi in Southern New England

BOS to Newport

I'm flying in from Seattle today - landing at BOS around dinner time. We are driving to Newport. Can someone recommend a casual chow-worthy restaurant for dinner on our route?

Jul 07, 2014
cburnsi in Southern New England

Dress Code Questions

I am happy that you had a good trip.

This message is really for liziverson and blankat and for any one else that has similar opinions about dress codes. Yoga pants, even with a blousy top are not work attire (with exceptions for health clubs and yoga studios and possibly day care centers), if people commented the you might consider that they know this too. Jeans are not appropriate at Canlis, even with heels - with the sometimes exception of the bar or the private room.

We are one of the worst dressed cities I have ever experienced. Even Santa Cruz, CA a super casual place dresses better than many Seattleites when going out for a nice dinner. Really, it is not that your jeans and yoga pants don't look good on you or that it isn't a cute outfit - it just is not appropriate for going out to a 'dressy' occassion.

Here's Canlis' dress code. Rest assured they would prefer that you did not wear jeans regardless of how great you look in them or what kind of shoes you have on. Safe bet you are not getting a window seat....

Attire
Serving you is a special occasion and we hope you will consider this when planning your attire for the evening. We are a dressy, fine dining restaurant and we ask that gentlemen wear a suit or sport coat if possible. Many of our window tables require one.

Sorry for the rant :) But really, yoga pants at work...jeans at Canlis. Sheesh.

Marcona Almonds

Like a lot of people I love Marcona Almonds - especially with rosemary and seasalt. Yum! I am in search of the best deal on unflavored Marcona's in the greater Seattle area. I know I can get 17.6 ounces of roasted/salted at Costco for $1 and $17 a pound at PFI.

Has anyone seen a better deal around? Could you keep an eye open for me?

Thanks!
cburnsi

Jun 08, 2014
cburnsi in Greater Seattle

Gunnings Closed?

Sorry, I should have specified….I was at the Hanover location, on Parkway.

Gunnings Closed?

Does anyone know why Gunnings is closed? I am in town for the day and tried to call to get takeout to take back to my airport hotel, no answer. Drove by there a little while ago and it looks good and closed - like maybe longterm. Website isn't working today either.

I noticed that there are very recent (last week) reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor.

Cheers,
cburnsi (Seattle Hound)

Mother's Day 2014

I'm going to agree with everyone so far regarding the daunting crowds anywhere on Mother's Day. That said, I think you could win if you got a reservation (right away) at Palisade.

It's a nice room with a great view. It is right on the water at a marina not far from downtown. Brunch is good, tables are far apart and it never feels crowded or rushed. It is definitely a Mother's Day kind of place :) I think your mom will be pleased.

Plus, they have a nice black SUV and will pick you up and drop you off for free - no cab necessary (although it is a quick ride from downtown in a cab).

Apr 07, 2014
cburnsi in Greater Seattle

Been in Seattle 2 years now, my unique grocery/meat/produce etc finds, what am I missing?

Make your dash on Saturday as they are closed on Sunday.

Lately, they have been featuring local bitters as mrnelso points out. Also, fresh bread and I've been enjoying the new salt section.

Happy hour question

I think this might help you on your visit:
http://seattle.eater.com/archives/201...

Cheers!

Feb 15, 2014
cburnsi in Greater Seattle

8 days to fall in love with Seattle (with a day in Portland & Vancouver)

In Seattle I would consider Joule or Revel. Here's an article that may help.
http://seattle.eater.com/archives/201...

Don't miss Stumptown Coffee and Pok Pok in Portland.

Jan 12, 2014
cburnsi in Greater Seattle

"Science-y" restaurant

I think Book Bindery, Tavern Law or Spur in Seattle would be a good bet for molecular gastronomy.

In Portland, I agree Castagna is the place to go and maybe Lightbar.

Jan 12, 2014
cburnsi in Greater Seattle

Breakfast

I love having someone else prepare my breakfast, weekdays, weekends, all the time. Unfortunately, I have been freezing up when it comes time to decide where to go. I live on Queen Anne and I'm not afraid to travel for food. What are your favorite breakfast stops?

I do Portage Bay, all locations; Toulouse Petite, Tillikum, 5 Spot. I like to go to the Bay Cafe for Pan Fried Oysters (or Halibut) and eggs occasionally and occasionally Oddfellows or Lost Lake.

Dec 13, 2013
cburnsi in Greater Seattle

Seattle's Best Sandwiches

Thread bump:
The Thanksgetting sandwich at the Now Make Me a Sandwich truck needs to be on the list. It is by far the most well balanced sandwich of this kind that I have had; the parts are well executed. The bread, which in this sandwich is hard to get right, is a great choice - chewy, but not too; soft but not too. The aioli could have been a mistake but it matches up really well and adds a welcome subtle boost. A great sandwich.
Sliced turkey, bacon, cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy, and rosemary aioli on a grilled Telera roll.

Near Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf - dinner

I'm in town for the America's Cup and have one night free; Saturday, this week. I'd like to be able to walk to dinner if at all possible and I'll be in a group of maybe 5 people. Originally from Berkeley but for the last decade in Seattle and I am open for any type of good food. We'd like it to be pretty casual and not too spendy.

Are there walkable options anyone can think of short of the touristy places at the wharf; I'd rather not go to Scoma's. I was thinking of Bottle Cap, Capo, l'Osteria, maybe Algegrias? The distances look doable but I can't remember the geography.

what do you think?

Fast food Greek

I haven't been there yet but a friend recommended Niko's in Magnolia.

Sep 04, 2013
cburnsi in Greater Seattle

Mushawi

Has anyone tried this place on lower Queen Annne/Uptown? I'd love to know how it measures to the original Mediterranean Kitchen.
Cheers.

Aug 04, 2013
cburnsi in Greater Seattle

Inexpensive group dinner in Queen Anne

Although not outstanding Racha (thai-ish)and Roti (Indian) can accommodate a group. Also, their is Uptown China.

May 16, 2013
cburnsi in Greater Seattle

Need dinner recs - Ballard, Queen Anne, Fremont area

here here.

Mar 06, 2013
cburnsi in Greater Seattle

Need dinner recs - Ballard, Queen Anne, Fremont area

If you do end up in Ballad save room for a boozy shake at Hot Cakes! Yum.

Mar 06, 2013
cburnsi in Greater Seattle

Is anyone serving an exceptional cheese plate in Seattle these days?

No. But that sounds intriguing. This is on the regular bar menu at $14 and was beautifully laid out when we arrived at 5:30 (not discounted at HH).

A plus is its a beautiful spot to take in the sunset.

Mar 05, 2013
cburnsi in Greater Seattle

Is anyone serving an exceptional cheese plate in Seattle these days?

Good cheese selection (and other treats, too) at ART bar in the Four Seasons. $14 all you can eat cheese bar.

Mar 05, 2013
cburnsi in Greater Seattle

ISO Fresh Curry Leaves

I saw some just yesterday at HT Mart at Oaktree up on Auroroa/100th. I'm not sure how much that helps as it may be a bit out of the way. But, if HT has them you are likely to find them at Viet Wah on Jackson in the ID.

Feb 24, 2013
cburnsi in Greater Seattle

chocolate/cocoa butter transfer sheets

This is great! I am familiar with the Chocolate Man (I used to think about renting a tempering machine from him) but I hadn't heard about the store front. I'll actually be out that way tomorrow and will stop by.

Thank you both for your assistance!

Feb 06, 2013
cburnsi in Greater Seattle

chocolate/cocoa butter transfer sheets

I managed to make enough transfer sheets to get me through the day (although not as nice as printed ones). I guess Home Cake does carry some at $8+ a sheet. I'll order more online tonight - unless someone responds with another option.

But now I'm out of Cocoa Butter (food grade) does anyone have a good source for that?

Feb 06, 2013
cburnsi in Greater Seattle

chocolate/cocoa butter transfer sheets

This morning I find myself short, by a few transfer sheets, for a project I would like to complete today. Does anyone know if someone in town stocks them? I've never specifically looked but I don't recall seeing them either.

I'll check with Home Cake Decorating. Any other ideas?

Feb 06, 2013
cburnsi in Greater Seattle

Best Bread in Seattle?

Oh, I miss Acme! I've been here for 20 years but as soon as I read Acme my mouth watered. The walnut levain was a favorite of mine as well and the still warm sour baguettes munched while wine shopping at Kermit Lynch or walking back to work. I also miss the Cheese Board. :)

There are a few places making good bread here now - but you aren't going to find bread like in the bay area. I think Columbia City is closest and they have a nice sour walnut bread you may like. The sour doughs there and at Bakery Nouveau are the closest to the texture and flavor of bay area breads (I drive across town for either). Tall Grass, Fuji and Macrina although all good are not in the same league (for me). I do like the sour ficelle at Macrina - and I wish I liked more of their product as I live in that neighborhood.

I agree Central Market is going to be your best bet as it isn't too far out of your way. Good luck! Let us know what you find you like.

Sep 16, 2012
cburnsi in Greater Seattle

What are the must-have desserts in the Seattle area?

I second the vote for Mora and I love the boozy shakes at Hot Cakes on Ballard Ave.

Aug 08, 2012
cburnsi in Greater Seattle

New range cooktop/oven...what do you like about yours?

Hi all. I've recently been catching some Dungeness crab out in Elliott Bay; Yay and yum. Unfortunately, while pulling an especially big one out of the pot on my home stove I dropped it back into the pot making a big splash and shorting out the control panel for my oven. I've never been especially fond of my combo oven/cooktop so now I'm thinking I'll buy new.

I have only room for a 30" (as I don't really want to replace my cabinets and counters). I could do seperate pieces or one unit.

Do you like what you have? Either the brand or specific features?

Any advice is appreciated. Thx.

Aug 08, 2012
cburnsi in Cookware

Best of the bunch - Chinese Restaurants in Seattle (NOT north, east, or south)

I am hoping to find a non-Szechuan restaurant recommendation in Seattle. I know. I know. But, I really want to find one IN Seattle. I know it might not be as good as Vancouver or even the east side but I am interested in your recommendations.

We go to Jade Garden for dim sum sometimes. Have you had other meals (non-dimsum) there?

And although not necesarily Chinese, what do you think about Red Lantern?

What about Chiang's on Lake City Way?

Mike's Noodle House or Fu Man Dumplings?

Any place in the ID?

Jul 06, 2012
cburnsi in Greater Seattle