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A New Orleans native visits Seattle for the first time

Seconding Little Uncle as one of the best Thai restaurants in Seattle, and the best one close to the Sheraton.

For Chinese, Henry's Taiwan (Taiwanese) and Seven Stars Pepper (Szechwan) in the International District are pretty good. Unfortunately, the best Chinese places are mostly in Bellevue, which is across the bridge and well outside of your 15 minute range.

Apr 09, 2014
creepygirl in Greater Seattle

Visit to Vancouver--itinerary feedback

Back from the trip--we didn't get to try as many new places as we wanted, but did hit a few new-to-us places.

Koko Monk--really good festival flavor of curry and coconut hot chocolate. I thought the curry and coconut were subtle but definitely there, and added something positive to the mix.

Baoguette and Cafe Phin. We were staying in the West End and decided to do a Denman Street banh mi crawl. We tried the pork belly banh mi from Cafe Phin and the nem nuong (pork patties) banh mi. Both were quite tasty--good bread, veggies, and meat.

Best meal at an old favorite was probably at Ramen Santouka. The toroniku was amazing, with that sort of melty sensation that I get with really good nigiri.

Feb 13, 2014
creepygirl in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Biang!

Husband and I tried them last week. We were very pleased with the cumin beef noodles, which were exactly at our spice level limits (I'd say we're not lightweights, but also not extreme chileheads). Noodles had a nice texture but were a bit unwieldly to eat because they are so wide. We also had the minced pork sandwich (pork was kind of tart/sour and a good match for the flatbread, which was pretty bland). Didn't try the soup (which is really the only thing I remember well from Shi'An), but based on the other items, I suspect it will be good.

Feb 01, 2014
creepygirl in Greater Seattle

Visit to Vancouver--itinerary feedback

My husband and I are coming up to a visit to Vancouver at the beginning of February, and I'm trying to finalize our itinerary. Any feedback or suggestions would be welcome.

Places we're considering visiting for the Hot Chocolate Festival: Bella Gelateria, Cocoanymph, Thomas Haas, Schokolade, Koko Monk, Bel Cafe, Beaucoup Bakery, French Made Baking.

Old favorites we're thinking about visiting again: HK BBQ Master, Kingyo, Zakkushi, Octopus Garden, Meat & Bread, Peaceful, Crystal Mall food court, Phnom Penh, Santouka Ramen, Damso.

New places we're considering adding: Alvin Garden, Pidgin, Chicha.

We're generally looking for places where we can get different/better food than in Seattle. We prefer Asian food/flavors but are open to really great places that aren't Asian.

Any new places we should be adding to the list? We'll have a car, so distance/location isn't an issue. Thanks in advance.

Jan 28, 2014
creepygirl in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Huarachitos reopened?

They have reopened. No menu on their website yet.

http://huarachitos.com/

Has anyone been there yet? Is it up to their standards at the old place? I'm in North Seattle and want to know if it's still worth the long drive there.

Jan 14, 2014
creepygirl in Greater Seattle

The Cronut has landed - Vancouver, meet the Frissant

The cronuts weren't on their brunch menu inside the restaurant, either. We had to ask our waiter about it (my husband follows them on Facebook, which is how we heard about them.)

Aug 02, 2013
creepygirl in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

The Cronut has landed - Vancouver, meet the Frissant

I took a trip to Vancouver this weekend and had brunch at Secret Location in Gastown.

They have cronuts with two fillings: dark chocolate and white chocolate. Dark chocolate is on the left in the photo; white chocolate is on the right. The stuff on top is aerated chocolate (I think that's what they said).

I haven't had one of the M. Ansel originals, or any other cronut, so I can't make any comparisons.

What I can say is that they were beautifully presented and decadently delicious.

The staff told us that they were trying to have cronuts available every day. They take a while to make and fill so they might not be ready first thing in the morning. I highly recommend trying one if you can.

Jul 31, 2013
creepygirl in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where to find a variety of chocolate bars in Chicago?

Thanks to both of you. I thought Hannah's Bretzel had a better variety of bars, but I ended up buying a ridiculous number of chocolate bars at both places.

Jun 04, 2013
creepygirl in Chicago Area

Where to find a variety of chocolate bars in Chicago?

I'm visiting Chicago from Seattle and am looking for a place that sells a variety of chocolate bars (lots of different chocolate makers, lots of flavor combinations). Something like Meadow in Portland or Fog City News in San Francisco would be ideal. If there isn't something like that in Chicago, a grocery store that has a wide selection of chocolate bars would be great.

My taste in chocolate is pretty eclectic--I've liked higher-end stuff like Amedei and Rogue Chocolatier and cheaper stuff like Chocolove. I like straight up dark or milk chocolate, or chocolate with fruit/nuts/toffee/whatever added.

I'm planning a trip to Vosges already, but would welcome other suggestions. Thanks in advance.

May 19, 2013
creepygirl in Chicago Area

Where to buy a chocolate Kouign Amann in San Francisco on Sunday?

Thanks, all. My husband ended up going to Bi-Rite and getting a Starter Bakery chocolate KA there and it was fabulous! I've also put Belinda Leong's pastries on the list of things to try the next time I take a trip to the Bay Area.

May 14, 2012
creepygirl in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to buy a chocolate Kouign Amann in San Francisco on Sunday?

The chocolate Kouign Amann from Starter Bakery sounds like the dessert of my dreams.

My husband is visiting San Francisco this weekend (we live in Seattle) and is willing to bring me back one, if I can figure out where to get one.

The Starter website has a list of places where the pastries are sold, but I'm not sure which places are open on which days, and how far they are from Forest Hill neighborhood (where my husband will be staying).

Any tips on which places would be closer and/or more likely to have a chocolate Kouign Amann on Sunday would be greatly appreciated.

May 09, 2012
creepygirl in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for an adventurous Saturday lunch and a less-adventurous dinner late Saturday night

Thanks, JillO and syrahgirl!

We had a fabulous lunch at Evoe. We split the lamb meatball sandwich, a beet salad, and a plate of house made pickles, all of which were fantastic. For dinner, we tried a few places without any luck, and ended up having a great dinner at the Observatory. They had a really nice touch with vegetables (some perfectly caramelized brussel sprouts and really good kale.) and my husband fell in love with their peanut butter ganache dessert (shared between four people, which seemed about right--it was really, really rich).

I've got some great ideas for future visits ( Nostrana and Higgins look fantastic), so thanks again!

Dec 12, 2011
creepygirl in Metro Portland

Looking for an adventurous Saturday lunch and a less-adventurous dinner late Saturday night

My husband and I will be visiting Portland (from Seattle) this Saturday and are looking for recommendations for a couple of meals.

Lunch: It's just the two of us, and we're fairly adventurous eaters. On past visits, we've enjoyed meals at Andina, Pambiche, Pok Pok, and Tasty & Sons. We'd be up for a food truck if it's not too cold outside.

Dinner: Relatives will be driving in from Eugene and will arrive sometime between 7 and 9pm. Since we don't know exactly when they'll arrive, we don't think reservations will work. We realize that Saturday night will be busy everywhere, but some guidance on which places might be easier to get into without a reservation would be appreciated.

Also, one relative does not enjoy spicy food (spicy means not only chili heat, but spices like cumin and coriander), so we're looking for something more along the lines of Pacific Northwest cuisine or Italian than Indian or Thai for dinner.

I've been looking up new-to-us restaurants and am not having much luck. It seems like the restaurants I find most interesting aren't open for lunch, and the more traditional places that would suit my relative aren't open late. Any suggestions? We will have a car, so we don't have any concerns about locations.

Dec 05, 2011
creepygirl in Metro Portland

Where is the best brunch? Seattle? Eastside?

Coming in very late to this, but if you're willing to do something a little different, Monsoon East has a fabulous Asian-y brunch. I'm a fan of the nem nuong (shrimp and pork sausage), the egg dishes, and their banana bread.

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Monsoon East
10245 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98004

Oct 29, 2011
creepygirl in Greater Seattle

Seattle Chowhounds in Vancouver--where should we go next? (Also, recommendations for Victoria)

Thanks to everyone who replied. My husband and I had a fabulous time in Victoria/Vancouver.

Here's a rundown of the new-to-us places we visited:

Relish in Victoria: Crispy smoked chicken with rice, napa cabbage slaw and SE Asian dressing, beet and corn salad. This was one of my favorite meals on the trip. The flavor of the chicken was fantastic, and I loved the freshness and sweetness of the corn and beets. The rest of the menu looked fantastic as well, and I really like places with rotating/seasonal menus.

Sooke Harbour House: We went for the 7-course menu. A lot of the food was fantastic, particularly the tomato soup, duck and cherry confit, and the peach desserts. I do wish some of the courses were a little less rich, so that the flavor of the produce could shine through--there was one course with squash where I couldn't discern any squash flavor at all. The pacing of the meal was weird; very quick at the beginning, and very slow at the end. The fish and meat courses were ridiculously large, the size of entrees at a lot of restaurants. Service was well-meaning but really clueless for a restaurant at this price point. Reading what I've written, I sound kind of negative, but overall it was a great meal. We didn't order wine so I can't comment on that.

Kingyo: Pork belly was fabulous, but very filling. We'll definitely go back to try more of the menu.

Kimura Sushi: we were pleased with our sushi and sashimi, and next time we'll give them the 2 days notice for an omakase.

Bella Gelateria: I loved it so much we went there twice. The kulfi (cardamom, saffron, almonds, and pistachios) and the lavender gelato were standouts.

Feastro food truck: We enjoyed chorizo with rice, and the huge crabcake.

Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France: wonderful rich and dark drinking chocolate, and the truffles and chocolate squares were great as well.

Ma Dang Coul Korean: enjoyed the Mandu dumplings in beef broth, and spicy chicken and potato stew. Banchan were pretty standard but well-executed. Someone at a table near us had some fantastic-looking fried chicken, and we'll definitely come back sometime to try that.

Red Persimmon at the Crystal Mall: Taiwanese hamburger was good, but a bit larger than I expected. It was a hunk of pork the size of a large pork chop.

Chao Shou Wang at the Crystal Mall: dry spicy wontons. These were fantastic. The sauce was just the right level of spiciness (making my lips burn for a few minutes), and the crunchy peanuts were a nice touch. I think there might have been some Szechwan peppercorns in there, but I'm not sure. This was our last meal of the trip and a wonderful way to conclude our trip.

Photos of the meals here:
http://tinyurl.com/4xjcqew

We can't wait to go back and try some more new places, and thanks to you all, I have lots of great ideas.

Sep 11, 2011
creepygirl in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Seattle Chowhounds in Vancouver--where should we go next? (Also, recommendations for Victoria)

A few years ago I posted a question asking for recommendations for Vancouver, and got a lot of terrific responses that have steered me and my husband to some great food on multiple visits. Now we're looking for suggestions for places that we've missed for some reason or another. We're especially interested in places that serve different and/or better food than we can get in Seattle.

Here are some of the places we've been, and how we've liked them:

Vij/Rangoli: I know they're not universally loved on this board, but there's nothing remotely close to this (assertive spicing, high quality ingredients) where I live.

Xiao Long Bao at the Crystal Mall: Tasty, but not mind-blowing. The soup within the dumpling is kind of interesting, but the overall taste experience didn't wow us.

Huaxi Noodle specialist at the Crystal Mall: fantastic chewy noodles with pork belly.

Peaceful Restaurant: Really liked the Xi'an white lamb stew.

Guu with Garlic: Had a few small plates there, but it was too noisy for us (lots of people yelling, too loud for us to carry on a conversation at a normal volume) to really enjoy it. We'd be open to trying other izakayas, if there are any that are quieter.

Octopus Garden: we had a lovely meal there, and particularly liked the gindara.

Mondo Gelato: loved the black sesame gelato.

Cocoanymph, Schokolade, and Thomas Haas: I really love good chocolates.

Also, we are going to be in Victoria for a day or two. We'll have dinner at Sooke Harbour House. Any suggestions for good but not gut-busting meals in Victoria would be appreciated as well.

Edited to add: We have a car and are willing to drive fairly far for really good food.

Aug 28, 2011
creepygirl in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Worst Fries in Seattle?

Yeah, Steelhead would be my vote. It was a while ago, but really memorably bad. Like not only were they serving sysco fries, but they had cooked them in some weird way so that any residual potato flavor was gone. It was completely jarring compared to my sandwich, which was excellent. And the fries were ubiquitous on the lunch menu, which did not make me eager to return for lunch.

Mar 15, 2011
creepygirl in Greater Seattle

The New Lunchbox Laboratory

About $50 for two hamburgers, an order of tots, and one beer. The food by itself was about $40.

Mar 09, 2011
creepygirl in Greater Seattle

The New Lunchbox Laboratory

My husband and I went to the new LL for lunch on Saturday. I had the Thai Dork (it was on the paper "Experiments" menu) and husband had a Sweetie (lamb burger). We shared an order of tots.

The Thai Dork was not super peanutty (I think peanut sauce was listed on the menu) but the patty was so good I didn't care. It came with a mildly spicy potato salad that I liked. Lamb burger was good but not as delicious as the Dork.

I agree with what a lot of people have said. It's expensive, (husband and I used to split a 1/2 pound burger at the old location, since that's no longer available we're ordering two burgers, so the cost has doubled for us.), and I miss some of the choices that were available at the other location. On the other hand, the food is still good enough to make us come back from time to time. I'd rather that they survive and be more expensive/limited than for them to fold like so many restaurants I've loved and lost over the years.

Mar 08, 2011
creepygirl in Greater Seattle

Great savory pies at new pie shop, PIE, on Fremont Ave

My husband and I tried a couple of savory pies from them this afternoon--pepper steak and ham and eggs. The crust was tasty and the fillings were quite good as well.

We also got a small maple cream pie, which was outstanding. The maple flavor was subtle and delicious. I hope they make these more often (from their twitter stream it sounds like a new thing they did this weekend.)

Feb 06, 2011
creepygirl in Greater Seattle

[SEA] Aurora Ave?

Great, glad you liked it. In addition to the rice special and the pho, my husband and I like their fried rice noodle dishes and their bun.

Jan 31, 2010
creepygirl in Greater Seattle

[SEA] Aurora Ave?

I've been there probably dozens of times in the last year and a half or so, and there haven't been any scented candles when I've gone.

Jan 31, 2010
creepygirl in Greater Seattle

[SEA] Aurora Ave?

I like Five Seasons Grill just south of OakTree. (9724 Aurora Ave N). They're a nice little Vietnamese place. There's also Twins Gardens across the street from Oaktree. They're more of a pan-Asian kind of place, decent if not exciting food.

Jan 29, 2010
creepygirl in Greater Seattle

SEA: Svedala Bakery

I went to the market this afternoon, and Svedala's stand was empty. There was a sign thanking customers for their business and directing them to their website http://www.svedalabakery.com if you want to order treats from them. It also said that their products could be found at Whole Foods and the Swedish Cultural Center.

Oct 30, 2009
creepygirl in Greater Seattle

The Seattle eat-list for this weekend - thoughts?

Just a logistical note: Paseo is only open Tuesday-Saturday, so lunch on Sunday won't be possible.

Jlunar, sounds like you've done your homework, and you're getting some great advice from the other posters here, so I don't have anything substantive to add. Hope you have a wonderful trip.

Sep 22, 2009
creepygirl in Greater Seattle

Lynnwood-Mountlake Terrace - the annual trek

San Fernando Roasted Chicken at 20815 67th Avenue W in Lynnwood is a nice little Peruvian place with really good roasted chicken. Here is a thread about it: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/596082.

Also Yeh Yeh's in Lynnwood has really good banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches). Here's a thread about them:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/522386

Aug 22, 2009
creepygirl in Greater Seattle

Best Kept Secrets on the Eastside

The crispy garlic chicken is served with rice.

Aug 14, 2009
creepygirl in Greater Seattle

Best Kept Secrets on the Eastside

One place that doesn't seem to get mentioned often is Ginza in Bellevue. They do Japanese small plates and have a huge menu. I especially liked the tea smoked pork belly and the pumpkin fried rice.

Tasty Thai in Factoria does a delicious Mussamun curry, and Zenyai Noodles (in the Bellevue Trader Joe's shopping center) has a cracktastic crispy garlic chicken. Also, Can Am Pizza, in the same shopping center, has really good Indian pizza.

Aug 13, 2009
creepygirl in Greater Seattle

Kid friendly in Seattle near Westin?

I've been to both Dahlia Lounge and PK and agree that Dahlia has the more upscale vibe, and PK is noisier and more casual.

Jul 20, 2009
creepygirl in Pacific Northwest

Homemade Ice Cream?

I visited the Bellevue Square location frequently until they closed (much to my dismay). I thought some of their flavors worked a lot better than others, but the ice cream tasted always tasted astoundingly fresh and pure, if that makes any sense. The dulce du leche with shaved chocolate is incredible. Also liked the sabayon. I haven't found any ice cream in Seattle proper that compares to Mora.

Jun 20, 2009
creepygirl in Pacific Northwest