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3 days in Seattle

Mar 26, 2014
Lauren in Greater Seattle

3 days in Seattle

Just an FYI, Murray is no longer at Il Bistro. I don't think he's landed anywhere yet.

Mar 25, 2014
Lauren in Greater Seattle

Bacon-Country Cafe

I'll bet it was Daily's Bacon. That's the bacon they use at the Maltby Cafe and it is great.

Mar 19, 2014
Lauren in Greater Seattle

SEA lunch - w/o parking nightmare

They have a smoked pork plate that I absolutely crave.

Jan 14, 2014
Lauren in Greater Seattle

Foie Gras in Seattle?

My brother, up visiting from Los Angeles, ordered it at Loulay last night.

Dec 27, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle

Who Uses Better Meat, Inc., the "Stealth Butcher"?

We buy from them weekly. Everything from untrimmed brisket to rib roasts for my holiday dinner. I'm lucky because we live pretty close to there and my husband works from home and can run up at lunch and pick up our order.

Dec 16, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle

Roux? Matt's Truck

I had dinner there last night. It was packed and we ended up eating at the bar, rather than waiting for a table or booth. There were three of us and we shared the pig ears, the gizzards, a crepinette which was a substitute for the tete de cochon (they were out of it), the rabbit saddle, the flat iron steak, the gator and pork bolognese, the brussels sprouts and the collard greens. For dessert we had the salted caramel soft ice cream. All were good but the standouts were the gizzards, the pig ears and the ice cream.

Dec 12, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle

A Night Before Christmas, in Seattle...

I've heard the Wheel is lit up for the holidays but I haven't seen it yet.

Dec 04, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle

A Night Before Christmas, in Seattle...

I second the recommendation of Matt's. The Market has some fun lighted decorations and all of them can be seen from Matt's, although best seen after dark.

The carousel is up at Westlake Park. RN74 is right across the street so that might be a fun place to go as well.

Dec 03, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle

A few nice places that serve bread and butter with the meal - no charge.

I had dinner at Betty last night and thought about this thread. They brought out a lovely plate of bread and olive oil. And there it sat, never touched. We finally asked them to take it away. I doubt they served it to another table and the thought of the waste bothered me. Perhaps a happy medium would be to ask people if they would like complementary bread?

Oct 28, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle

A few nice places that serve bread and butter with the meal - no charge.

I have no problem paying for bread and butter. I'd rather have that then it brought to the table, unrequested and then adding to the food waste that is already so prevalent.

Oct 24, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle
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Seattle:Dim Sum and Ramen

I understood what you meant by the plastic wrap. My experience is that most places are buying already prepared items for at least some of their selection. So the fact that the har gow isn't made in house doesn't bother me.

Oct 16, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle

Seattle:Dim Sum and Ramen

Since it's a couple of blocks from my house, I go there two or three times a month. The quality of the har gow varies for sure but I've never had it served with the plastic wrap left on. An anomaly I'm sure.

Oct 15, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle

Seattle:Dim Sum and Ramen

Bamboo Village in Wallingford serves decent dim sum all day.

Oct 11, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle

One night in Seattle & one near Redmond

Thanks for the recap.

Oct 01, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle

Stoneburner - new restaurant in Ballard by Jason Stoneburner

I had a fantastic meal here a week or so ago. One dish, the bed sheet pasta wrapped around a blend of roasted cauliflower and ricotta cheese, was one of the best things I've eaten all year.

Aug 27, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle

Wherever does Peppa Lilli hide?

Have you tried Picnic? They carry a lot of local foodstuffs. http://www.picnicseattle.com/

Aug 15, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle

waterfront, waterview?

Cutter's is a great suggestion for that kind of dining. Thanks for reminding me!

Our dinner at Ponti was decent. The halibut and cod were both over cooked but still tasty. The sable fish was one of the best preps I've had; lightly smoked with an asian spice rub. The wine list was good. The desserts were all eaten and the cheese plate was good. I'd go back.

Jul 24, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle
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Seattle doughnuts?

I think you're right - no raised, just cake.

Remember how dense they used to be? Dense, dry and flavorless is how I remember them. Now they are much lighter, have a softer crumb and decent flavor. I think I tried a lemon cardamom or something like that, as well as a chocolate one.

I don't want to oversell you on them, just make a course correction on my initial postings about them. Keep in mind they are walking distance from my house and I've been there once in the past year or so!

Jul 23, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle

waterfront, waterview?

My family is in town visiting. Last time I took them to Ray's. They are not as... let's call it discerning, as I am and they actually commented that the food was disappointing. I don't think I can go to Ray's any more.

This time we're giving Ponti a try.

Jul 23, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle
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Local-food Seattle Gift Baskets?

I'll bet if you call Picnic, they could put something together for you.
http://www.picnicseattle.com/

Jul 22, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle

Seattle doughnuts?

I agree. When Mighty O first opened, their doughnuts were inedible, imo. They've definitely changed their recipe and are quite tasty now.

That said, I still prefer the maple old fashioned at Top Pot.

Jul 22, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle

food wars seattle- fult tilt v. molly moon

I've never been to Full Tilt but, even with that being the case, I vote for it over Molly Moon. I've never liked the ice cream at MM and don't understand the love for the place.

Jul 19, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle

Pink Door...or other recommendations for a bday dinner

I haven't been there for the show although I hear it's fun. If it were me, I'd want to be outside these days because the weather is so fantastic. The Pink Door has a great deck, maybe you could be outside for part of the night and then move inside for the show? The food is decent. Not high quality but not horrible either.

Jul 19, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle

Light-filled Rooms

The atrium at the Book Bindery. The left side (or outside) at Bastille.

Jul 17, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle

Source for affordable grass-fed beef?

I order mine from Blue Valley Meats. They deliver to a lot of locations in the Seattle area.
http://shop.bluevalleymeats.com/main.sc

Jul 11, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle

Entertaining 30 clients- Searching for a magical experience for them!

What about booking the entire restaurant for the night? I'm thinking of The Corson Building or Matt's in the Market or something like that?

Jun 25, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle
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Inexpensive group dinner in Queen Anne

A group of 8 of us are going to Buckley's before tonight's SIFF film.

May 17, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle
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Zaccagni's

Are you calling Wonder Freeze a completely unremarkable hot-dog stand?????

You clearly never tried their hand dipped kielbasa corn dog. RIP Wonder Freeze!

(That meatball calzone sounds great.)

May 17, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle

Best Thai in Seattle

We went to Mai Thaiku last week. Three of us shared:
Mieng Kahm, which was good but I thought the bai cha plu was bitter.
Green mango salad with prawns, also good but the mango was more ripe than green
Khao soi, our favorite dish by far. The curry had a nice, building spice.
Pork Belly in thai five spice. This was our least favorite dish. It tasted bland so it might have been better if we had eaten it before the khoa soi.

Pestle Rock is next on my list.

May 14, 2013
Lauren in Greater Seattle