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Your favorite chowish discoveries of 2013.

All these items are sold at the University District farmers market, and other places:

Mair-taki farm. Cucumber kimchi fresh pickles. So very good. No longer in season. I will be craving them until the summer.

"Keep it Real" grain-free granola. I gave these for holiday gifts and everyone loves it.
http://www.keepitrealfoodcompany.com/...

Rockridge Ochards rocksalmic vinegar. Apple vinegar aged in french oak barrels. This season's batch is even better than last year's. They also have a "pear-salmic" vinegar.

+1 for Rachel's ginger beer.
Another poster mentioned Pinky's Kitchen. Their freshly-made potato chips are really good.

Dec 23, 2013
val ann c in Greater Seattle

Great Take Out for Group in Green Lake

+1 Mr Gyros.

I really like the Thai food at Krittika Noodles. http://krittikas.com/

May 17, 2013
val ann c in Greater Seattle

Gluten Free Seattle

Hi. This question has been asked and answered several times this year. Try searching this board, or scan the list of discussions.

Here's a good GF resource list for Seattle area: http://www.sensitiveinseattle.com/res...

May 17, 2013
val ann c in Greater Seattle
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budget gluten-free dining?

I'm GF, and I like:
- St Dames
- Portage Bay Cafe (long waits during peak times)
- Razzi's on Greenwood Ave. has a lunch special. Their GF food is really expensive, but the GF breads/pizza are good.
- I like the soups and juices at Chaco Canyon.

Here is a list of coffee shops that serve d.floured GF baked goods. Soooo good. http://www.dfloured.com/find-us/

You can get more detailed advice if you temporarily join some of the GF meetup.com groups and read their discussion boards and comments in past meetups. I like "Sensitive in Seattle". http://www.meetup.com/SensitiveInSeat...

Many Seattle restaurants offer GF options. If you don't need a separate kitchen, you should do fine at most places.

May 14, 2013
val ann c in Greater Seattle

Nut allergies in Seattle

Given that this is a severe allergy, you might post your query on the "Sensitive in Seattle" site.
http://www.sensitiveinseattle.com/

May 12, 2013
val ann c in Greater Seattle

Best lox (SEA)?

Loki makes a VERY nice lox. http://www.lokifish.com/

Apr 25, 2013
val ann c in Greater Seattle

Another BBQ Disappointment-long

I ate an early dinner at Bitterroot a couple of months ago. The pulled pork was good. I complained to the waiter about the cole slaw. The cabbage was fresh off the shredder. It had not had time to relax and marinate in the dressing. It was a pile of crunchy raw cabbage. The waiter just shrugged. I thought the prices were ok, considering the location.
I didn't like it enough to return. Maybe if they had acknowledged the slaw problem....

Apr 03, 2013
val ann c in Greater Seattle

Beef ribs around Seattle?

Try calling Gabriel's Fire. I think he makes beef ribs on occasion.

Jan 01, 2013
val ann c in Greater Seattle

All-beef salami in Seattle

Olsen Farms makes a summer sausage that they sell year round. I believe it is all beef.
They are at the farmers markets in Ballard and University Dist.
http://www.olsenfarms.com/

Dec 21, 2012
val ann c in Greater Seattle

Grocery Store Soup - Who Has the Best?

Marketime Foods in Fremont has really good soup. Daily soups are posted on their web site.
http://www.kensmarkets.com/

Dec 21, 2012
val ann c in Greater Seattle

Business trip to Seattle need recs

Revel.
Korean and French flavors. Very fresh. The kitchen counter bar is spacious. It can be a bit noisy during peak times.

Steelhead Diner would be a bit more relaxing than Revel. It has small kitchen counter bar and a very nice cocktail bar. It gets mixed reviews on this board, but I've been many times over the past three years, and I always love my meal. And very good friendly service.

Oct 27, 2012
val ann c in Greater Seattle

Tacoma spot with decent food, TV viewable from dining area

This suggestion is a bit off the wall... Infinite Soups has more than a dozen really good homemade soups everyday. They have no seating. But their customers are welcome bring their soup and sit in Malarkey's Pool & Brew. It's right next door. It looks like a dive from the outside, but it's spacious, with lots of daylight, and nice people. My husband and I sat in a booth, ordered cokes from the bar and hung out for a bit.

Last time I ate three cups of soup - a chicken chile verde, a pumpkin curry, and a potato cheddar. So good!
http://infinitesoups.com/

Oct 25, 2012
val ann c in Greater Seattle

Anyone been to St. Dames in Columbia City?

Had dinner there last weekend. Very pleased with all aspects -- food, beverage selection, service, space. The chef is really on her game. I'm sure you know it's all vegetarian. For people with food allergies, they are very accommodating.

Jul 03, 2012
val ann c in Greater Seattle

Can you describe your cooking style in three words?

Local, simple, easy.

Jun 18, 2012
val ann c in Not About Food

best wedding cakes in greater seattle?

Dolce Lou. The cakes happen to be gluten-free, but really really good taste and texture. You can try a slice of cake at one of her farmers market booths. http://dolcelou.com/

Jun 14, 2012
val ann c in Greater Seattle

Brewin around? or other coffee shops Bitter lake?

+1 Neptune.
Makeda. Cute neighborhood coffee shop - on a side street. Good coffees from Seven Roasters. http://www.makedacoffee.com/
If you're staying at Bitter Lake, you'll want to explore the Greenwood neighborhood. If driving Greenwood Ave is too congested, 3rd Ave is usually faster. Or take the #5 bus.

Jun 09, 2012
val ann c in Greater Seattle

Brewin around? or other coffee shops Bitter lake?

I like the Bridge Coffeehouse. They serve Stumptown. You would probably have to drive there. It's on a church property on Haller Lake. A serene spot. Lots of parking.
http://bridgecoffee.blogspot.com/

Jun 07, 2012
val ann c in Greater Seattle

Best Korean or authentic Chinese (any region) in Shoreline? Dinner out tonight!

About six weeks ago, we had lunch at the new place that replaced Kaya. I don't remember exactly what I had... something usual like bibimbap or tofu stew. That day I thought the food was mediocre.
However it was only one visit, and all restaurants have off days. I'd like to hear opinions from other diners.

May 28, 2012
val ann c in Greater Seattle

Best Korean or authentic Chinese (any region) in Shoreline? Dinner out tonight!

Lately we've been going to Sura in Lynnwood, 19226 Hwy 99. It's not exceptional. But the food is quite good in a traditional way, and the service is friendly. I always like my meal there.

Haven't been to Haeman Galbi for several months. My last few meals were lackluster and the place is really shabby. (I don't mind shabby if the food is really good.) Perhaps it has improved.

Kaya has changed ownership. It has a new name. We tried it a few weeks ago and didn't like it enough to go back.

If you want REALLY good food, meet at Revel in Fremont. they do Korean flavors. It's not traditional, it's fusion. They use really good ingredients. Also you will get a much nicer atmosphere for your meeting, and can stroll around Fremont after dinner.

May 22, 2012
val ann c in Greater Seattle

Grocery Store Soup - Who Has the Best?

I like "Got Soup". He sells frozen quarts at many of the farmers markets. They will deliver a certain quantity to your house.
He has about 20 different kinds in inventory.
I've enjoyed the following:
* Caramelized Onion and Apple Braised Cabbage-Vegan $11
* Coconut Curry with Chicken and Brown Rice $12
* Corn and Shitake-Vegan $11
* Moroccan Lentil-Vegan $11
* Red Curry Squash and Basil-Vegan $11
* Smoked Tomato Bisque-Vegan $11
* Wild Mushroom-Vegan $11

http://gotsoupseattle.com/

May 20, 2012
val ann c in Greater Seattle

Help with 4 days 3 nights in Aug

Revel. Yes. They have the grill going on the patio.

Will you be here on a Monday evening? Go to "Taco Night" at Sitka and Spruce. The regular Sitka staff has the night off and chef Alvaro serves simple traditional food. So so good. http://www.sitkaandspruce.com/mondays...

Senor Moose gets lots of raves on this board. I don't like it so much. Lunched there recently to give it another try. The freshly fried chips were very nice. Good guacamole. On the waiter's recommendation, I ordered chilequilles with chicken. Not good. Shredded chicken breast-meat was oily and the oil tasted stale and some of the chicken was dried out - like it had been sauteed and stored. The other ingredients may have been ok, but that oily chicken ruined It. That was my second disappointing meal at Moose and I don't plan to return.

May 19, 2012
val ann c in Greater Seattle

Best hotel to stay at for a Ballard Crawl?

What are your needs for a hotel? Do you need lots of comfort and service? Or are you willing to rough it? Do you want a conventional hotel? B&B?

If you want to stay in Ballard, near all the restaurants and bars, I would search http://www.airbnb.com/ and http://www.vrbo.com/ I've used vrbo for rentals elsewhere in WA. Never used airbnb.

Have fun. If you're in Ballard on a Sunday, don't miss the Farmers Market.

May 06, 2012
val ann c in Greater Seattle

Murray's Cheese Shop @ QFC

Do they cut it to order??? I can't stand pre-wrapped cheese.

May 02, 2012
val ann c in Greater Seattle

Central American Food in Seattle?

Good pupusas and other fare at Tiko Riko. 10410 Greenwood Ave N at Holman Rd.

I liked Mojito. It's Caribbean. I think they have a Costa Rican dish. http://www.mojito1.com/

Apr 27, 2012
val ann c in Greater Seattle

restaurant near the marriott courtyard lake union

2 miles one way, give or take. But you can take a bus most of the way.

Apr 25, 2012
val ann c in Greater Seattle

restaurant near the marriott courtyard lake union

It's a long walk or short taxi ride to the Fremont neighborhood.
Try Revel for really good Korean-French flavors.
Or Book Bindery.

Also, he might want to rent a bicycle. There are so many good places within a short bike ride.

Apr 25, 2012
val ann c in Greater Seattle

What to eat for a first-timer to Seattle?

+1 Dot's Deli. Housemade mortadella. Everything there is good. I love the soups.

Apr 15, 2012
val ann c in Greater Seattle

What to eat for a first-timer to Seattle?

On occasional Mondays, look for taco night at Sitka & Spruce. Taco Night is run by Chef Alvaro Candela-Najera, a friend of Sitka. We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit. I had my best dish YTD -- a simple heavenly taco with potato, poblanos, and cream. Very traditional food, lovingly prepared.

I haven't been to Joule. I love the food at Revel (same owners as Joule). Especially to sit at the bar, which is a very wide butcher block that faces the open kitchen. In warm weather, they grill meats and veggies on the patio.

Consider visiting one of Seattle's best neighborhood farmers markets. For regional products, these markets are more vibrant than Pike Place. There are food vendors and many ways to nosh. Ballard Farmer's Market on Sunday -- market is in a street lined with cafes and shops. Also, University District farmers market on Saturdays.

Apr 15, 2012
val ann c in Greater Seattle

What to eat for a first-timer to Seattle?

>> Ray's Boathouse: just skip it. ... food is bland and tasteless.
>> A kind of geriatric crowd as well.

Whoa. Isn't this a bit harsh? We had lunch at Ray's in January. The food was nicely prepared, fresh, and tasty. Lots of variety in the preparations. Very comfortable place, great service.
The dining crowd was diverse. I was the only geriatric in the place.

I do agree that the OP should probably skip Ray's in favor of the other more happening places. But if you're looking to relax by the water and enjoy some good food, Ray's is perfect.

Apr 15, 2012
val ann c in Greater Seattle

What to eat for a first-timer to Seattle?

+1 Full Tilt for ice cream. For ice cream quality and interesting flavors, I prefer Full Tilt. In addition the dairy ice cream, they have wonderful coconut-based vegan ice cream.
Molly Moon is good, and they have some interesting sundae combinations. Bluebird Creamery is worth a stop.
But for ice cream fabulousity, go to Full Tilt.

Apr 13, 2012
val ann c in Greater Seattle