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Latin Grocery Stores in the Seattle Area?

Uwajimaya had ngo gai today (labled kulantro, saw leaf and ngo gai to cover all bases) for about 80 cents in a plastic clamshell container, but I agree that the Vietnamese markets are a more consistent source for it.

In regards to Guadalupe market, I love it and buy lard, tortillas, meats and other grocery items there, but I feel that the produce section is their weak area. Most times I've been there, much of the fruit and veg has been in pretty bad shape, ymmv.

Sep 29, 2008
SeaGal in Pacific Northwest

Latin Grocery Stores in the Seattle Area?

I've purchased culantro or ngo gai (the Vietnamese name) at HT Market on Aurora and also in the ID at at Minh Tam's Market (1040 S Jackson) in the same strip mall as Tamarind Tree. I think they might carry it at Uwajimaya as well, but I can't remember for certain.

Sep 24, 2008
SeaGal in Pacific Northwest

Noodles (SEA)

Good quality, beefy broth with quick, no nonsense service. It looks like it was the bus station cafeteria back in the day, so the seating arrangements are odd and if you sit in the right place, you get to watch all the people waiting for the next Greyhound to pull up. Overall, I don't find the clientele particularly odd. Seems like lots of people who work nearby stopping in for a quick bite. Funny, I always thought it was connected to the ID Pho Bac.

Sep 15, 2008
SeaGal in Pacific Northwest

Phnom Penh closed? (Seattle)

When I was there earlier this summer, the owner said they'd be closed in September for a remodel. Last time I walked by there was a sign in the window stating the same.

Sep 15, 2008
SeaGal in Pacific Northwest

Curry leaves in Seattle?

I saw them at Uwajimaya earlier this afternoon.

Sep 03, 2008
SeaGal in Greater Seattle

First time in Seattle

It's actually How to Cook a Wolf and it should definitely be on the top of your list. Quinn's is excellent and definitely worth a visit--excellent burger and fries among lots of other choices. I wouldn't waste my time with Matador. Canlis is high-end expensive, but they have excellent (in fact inspired) desserts and a killer view, both of which you can sample from the cocktail lounge without breaking the bank.

Jun 16, 2008
SeaGal in Pacific Northwest

Seattle's Delicious Dives

If you're scared of oil, then perhaps Mediterranean food isn't for you. Olive oil is quite commonly used both in the dish and then drizzled over the top before serving. I've enjoyed the panini and several of the spreads with pita at Olive You, but then, I love olive oil!

May 05, 2008
SeaGal in Pacific Northwest

Knife sharpening in Seattle?

Here's Bob Tate's website:
He's a nice guy and he did a great sharpening job for a reasonable price.

May 05, 2008
SeaGal in Pacific Northwest

SEA: "There is no X in Seattle"

In addition to the 3 that allisonw mentioned there are quite a few big chain places in Seattle. Downtown there are Ruth's Chris, Morton's, Cheesecake Factory, Il Fornaio, Gordon Biersch, PF Changs and Outback (not actually downtown, but near Lake Union and other locations in Seattle). Then at Northgate there are Stanford's, Romano's Macaroni Grill, The Ram, California Pizza Kitchen, Red Robin,(several locations around town), Marie Callendar's and Tony Roma's. I'm sure I've missed some and this doesn't even get into the fast food outlet chain category.

Apr 30, 2008
SeaGal in Pacific Northwest

Omakase, Mashiko, Nishino, Shiro's?

Unfortunately I can't respond to Nishino or Shiro's, but I have had a wonderful omakase experience at Kisaku and the price was $45.00 per person (not including drinks, of course) and included such things as ankimo, shad roe and uni. As mentioned above, there were no cooked items, but the quality of all fish was excellent. I also like Shun, but haven't had omakase there.

Apr 18, 2008
SeaGal in Pacific Northwest

Fresh Turmeric SEA?

In addition to Uwajimaya, I've also seen it from time to time at WF on Roosevelt.

Apr 06, 2008
SeaGal in Pacific Northwest

Pre Rendered Lard

Yes, and it freezes well so you can stock up and not have to go down very often. It's really the best deal on lard that I know of.

Apr 02, 2008
SeaGal in Pacific Northwest

SEA: Canning/Jarring Supplies?

Yep, oddly enough, hardware stores are often the best place to find canning supplies. I go to Maple Leaf Ace Hardware at 90th and Roosevelt, which usually has a decent selection of jars, racks, canning pots, labels and other miscellania.

Mar 02, 2008
SeaGal in Greater Seattle

Hot Dish Closed?

They certainly had some service issues. My husband went for breakfast one weekend morning when the Varsity was too packed and he didn't feel like waiting. He should have just stayed at the Varsity! He sat for over an hour waiting for breakfast and the place wasn't even busy, just a few people, waiting, waiting, waiting. The space definitely seems to be a restaurant black hole. I wonder what will surface next?

Jan 07, 2008
SeaGal in Pacific Northwest

Crush, Union or Mistral

Considering that the OP asked this question in Sept 2006, I imagine the venue was selected long ago.

Nov 26, 2007
SeaGal in Pacific Northwest

Seattle, help me spend $150

How about the newly reopened Matt's in the Market? It's got a view, great NW cuisine, and is very Seattle-ish. Not necessarily very romantic, although ymmv.

Jul 11, 2007
SeaGal in Pacific Northwest

Chinese Chicken Salad

Being that the OP is from the Bay Area, she may be referring to a dish that is ubiquitous on Cantonese restaurant menus in that area. IIRC, it usually consists of shredded iceberg lettuce, shredded chicken, crispy fried sai-fun noodles, scallions and cilantro, tossed with a light dressing. The dressing varies, is usually applied very lightly (some versions seem like there's no dressing at all) and is not particularly sweet. It often contains a bit of chinese hot mustard. I have no idea of the origins but it was extremely popular when I lived in the San Jose area.

Jul 06, 2007
SeaGal in Pacific Northwest

Brinnon Shrimpfest.....

It sounds like you'll be group of 8 then, with 4 of you under 10? Not sure where you'll be staying in Seattle, but since your choices are so wide-ranging, I'd say a rental car (mini-van?) would be a wise choice.

Bagel Oasis has good bagels (and bagel sandwiches and breakfast items) and is a great place for kids as it's big, barn-like and kinda noisy. It's located out in a neighborhood, on NE 65th Street, which is way north of downtown, although it is on the bus line. It's right across the street from Leah's, a Jewish bakery/deli, which has delicious babka and other bakery items (although they're closed on Saturday).

Salumi is excellent and not to be missed, but with a group of your size, I recommend ordering take-out (maybe even calling ahead) as it's a very small, crowded space and is only open during lunch hours and almost always has long lines. Send in a couple of adults for sandwiches and/or sliced salumi and then go picnic somewhere with the kids.

La Carta de Oaxaca has really good Oaxacan style Mexican food, but I'd call ahead and see if you can reserve for a large party as it gets busy early for dinner. Or go mid-afternoon (weekdays or Saturday) when it's not so busy. This is also out in a neighborhood (Ballard), so car, bus or taxi would be necessary.

I've been to Joanna's once and enjoyed some good Southern food, but I wouldn't think of it as a kid's place--more like a supper club for adults. I may be wrong on this, as I don't have kids, but I remember it seeming quite adult. Also, not near downtown.

I think Steelhead Diner would be great for a big table with kids--although I'd call ahead to reserve. I'm not wild about everything on the menu, but they have a wide variety and it's right in the Pike Place Market, so is very convenient if you're staying downtown.

If I were a kid, I'd be really happy if you took me to Top Pot--I'd also be happy as an adult. Really good doughnuts with a huge variety.

Perhaps others will pitch in with additional kid-friendly venues??

Apr 30, 2007
SeaGal in Pacific Northwest

I don't like breakfast food.

Lots of good suggestions, but I'm surprised no one has mentioned mac and cheese. It's one of my favorite breakfast foods. Make a big batch on the weekend and you can nuke it for several days. It also freezes well. Another option is cold cuts with cheese and bread. This is a very common breakfast in many European countries.

Apr 19, 2007
SeaGal in General Topics


Not sure if you want to buy a book, but there is an excellent book called Delicious Dips by Diane Morgan. It really takes dips out of the humdrum and up to a higher level. Many of the dips are vegetarian. I've made the Feta dip, shrimp dip with crisp fried wontons, a mixed mushroom spread, homemade onion dip (Lipton's move over) and several others and they've all turned out fabulous. There's a curried cauliflower dip that sounds interesting, but haven't made it yet. There's also a section on dessert dips and on making your own dippers, like bagel chips and wonton crisps.

Here's a link to the book on Amazon:

Apr 17, 2007
SeaGal in Home Cooking

Quintessential Seattle dining experience?

The above sounds good, but for Vietnamese, I would recommend Green Leaf over Tamarind Tree. I find the quality and consistency of the food to be better at Green Leaf. Also, not sure if you have access to good banh mi, but there are numerous Vietnamese delis in the International District (ID), right around 12th and Jackson, which have wonderful sandwiches for around 2.50 each. My favorite is Saigon Deli and a close second is Seattle Deli.

Apr 16, 2007
SeaGal in Pacific Northwest

Serrano Ham Eastside

I don't have other Eastside recommendations, but it sounds like the Porcella price is pretty good. I was at De Laurenti's in Seattle yesterday and their serrano was priced at 24.95 a pound. I'm not sure of the source, however, I imagine it was imported.

Apr 14, 2007
SeaGal in Pacific Northwest

Weekend Trip to Seattle

I have to disagree on Steelhead diner topping Marjorie. My experience with Steelhead has been hit or miss. The food is decent and a few things are really good (the crab cake, the rilletes and the fish and chips), but I think the food at Marjorie is better and more consistent. Steelhead is not a bad choice if you're in the market, but not a destination. In order of preference, I'd pick Union, then Crush, then Marjorie. I've not been to Crow, so can't speak to that. Love the bar at Union with happy hour prices, although it's also nice to sit in the dining room and get the whole dining experience. You might want to consider adding Coupage to your list...a really interesting menu with great flavors.

Mar 25, 2007
SeaGal in Pacific Northwest

Ultimate Resturants 2006 (SEA)

1. Union
2. Salumi
3. Palace Kitchen
4. Green Leaf
5. Malay Satay Hut

Dec 14, 2006
SeaGal in Pacific Northwest