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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

A YAY for the Dark Chocolate Covered Marshmallows. they have a nice ratio of chocolate to marshmallow, and both components have a good, distinct flavor. The marshmallow also has a very nice, slightly toothsome texture.

A MEH for the Potato Chips with South African Style seasoning. The chips themselves are delicately crispy, but lack any crunch, and the seasoning (billed as exotic smoked flavor) is mostly smoky barbecue without any sweetness or depth.

Jul 28, 2015
Booklegger451 in Chains

Earthquake Kit Seattle

For 1 person: 1 big bottles of vitamins. 2 12 unit containers of Menu C MRE's. My usual pantry full of canned goods (Maybe 4 dozen cans of fruit/veg/beans/soup). 2x 12 unit flats of 1 liter bottled water, plus one 5 gallon water cooler bottle of water. A couple pounds of dried fruits and sweets. Nothing that requires cooking.

I also have plenty of propane cooking gear, and little propane bottles in my camping supplies,

Jul 24, 2015
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

One dinner in Seattle- Sitka and Spruce or...

Concur... a quick stop by Taylor Shellfish for some Geoduck Sashimi and a few oysters, then on to Sitka & Spruce.

One Day in Belltown

I concur, Salumi probably is worth the hype. I'd suggest, in addition to whatever you have for lunch, buy yourself some of their sliced salami's if they have them out. There will often be little wax baggies of sliced salami's available, a chance to try several of their products, and one of my favorite snacks in town.

Jul 11, 2015
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

10th anniversay - not Canlis or Herb Farm

Staple and Fancy also offers a lovely tasting menu.

Jul 05, 2015
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Food itinerary?

+1 for Geraldines Counter. Best French toast ever, great egg dishes, and fantastic comfort foods. (If you get the French toast, and you should, consider a side of their excellent bacon.)

Jul 02, 2015
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Food itinerary?

Sooo many recommendations for Italian!

Start with lunch at Il Corvo. This is my "must have" Italian here in Seattle.

Then, consider:

La Medusa
Il Terrazzo Carmine
Spinasse
Salumi
Anchovies & Olives
Bar del Corso
Altura
Staple & Fancy

This list could go on and on...

Jun 30, 2015
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Best of the farmer's markets - Seattle area

I like Rockridge for their apples, apple cider, vinegar and hard cider. I find that most of the fresh produce vendors vary between who has the best what at any given time... you really need to take a look at everyone's offerings. I often like what Olsen and Tiny's have.

Jun 21, 2015
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Salumi: how long a line are we talking about?

Oh, and consider taking it to Waterfall Garden Park, if it's not totally full of people: http://www.pioneersquare.org/go/water...

Salumi: how long a line are we talking about?

Worst I've been in was about 25 minutes, usually between 10 and 15. Here's a little quote from their website, for your consideration:

"We also take preorders for cold sandwiches. Orders must be placed via phone before 10 am. Large orders the day before. To pickup your order you may skip the line and go directly to the cashier. We do not take HOT sandwich preorders."

Duckfat caramels in downtown?

No, but I'd certainly like to!

3 days in Seattle - seafood, local foods, Downtown & West Seattle

If you're driving up to see the Fremont Troll, take a look at the Theo Chocolate factory, and consider booking into one of their frequent tours. It's a good look at how chocolate is made, provide copious samples, and their gift shop has some truly fabulous chocolate.

https://theochocolate.com/factory-tour

Thai restaurant that will grill their fish?

How far north is he interested in? There are a bunch of places in the Rainier Valley / Columbia City / Hillman City area that might.

Apr 19, 2015
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Best Sandwich at Tat's?

I like mine Whiz, wit, fried peppers... but steaks aside, their Italian grinder is really good, and they make my favorite BLT in town.

Mar 30, 2015
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Italian food store?

Have you checked out whether Amazon Fresh will deliver to your location? They offer a decent variety from several local stores, including deLaurenti.

Mar 03, 2015
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

La Carta de Oaxaca - good?

Thai recommendations: Little Uncle & Pestle Rock

seeking szechuan spicy goodness

I, too, like their hot beef chow mein, and their ma po tofu.

Feb 21, 2015
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

I need a really good, thick wiener

I know the place you're talking about. Stand facing the Britts Pickle booth, turn right and head for the exit. The butcher is on the left?

Jan 29, 2015
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Eggplant Parmesan?

I've had pretty good eggplant parm at Cafe BenGodi, in Pioneer Square.

Jan 26, 2015
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Beijing Duck Palace?

I've had this a couple of times in Beijing, and haven't had anything comparable in the Seattle area, including at this location. Their duck is indeed not crispy enough, and also lacks some of the succulence of the original article.

(I have had a pretty close version up in Vancouver at a couple of places. Once again, why can't Seattle have Chinese food as terrific as Vancouvers? It's JUST OVER THERE!)

Jan 16, 2015
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

where to buy, and recommendations on, good locally roasted coffee

Kaleo has the scoop on this... so many good roasters, with such a variety of styles, that it becomes largely a matter of individual taste. I'd suggest, if you love coffee, that you set aside a few hours one day to tour the top roasters in town, and taste their individual roasts. I'd add Fonte, Caffe Umbria and Cafe Ladro to Kaleo's list. If that's not your thing... Cafe Vita and Victrola are my favorites.

Jan 06, 2015
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

tourtière?

No guarantees on any of these, but you might try Besalu, Honore, Le Fournil or Le Panier. They may be able to do a special order, if you call in advance.

Dec 23, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

New Yorker looking for quintessential Seattle cheap eats

+1 on Market Grill. Seattle is a city of MANY great sandwiches, and Market Grill absolutely owns the simple fish sandwich. Tasty, tasty, tasty!

New Yorker looking for quintessential Seattle cheap eats

Quintessential cheap eats... hmmm...

For me, that would include Teriyaki chicken: My favorite is Toshio's (http://www.toshiosteriyaki.com/), on Rainier.

Another good bet is Kau Kau BBQ, one of a handful of good Chinese BBQ places. This may be redundant, if you have ready access to Chinatown in NYC.

Dec 09, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Seattle for "Best of 2014"

Il Corvo

http://ilcorvopasta.com/

Great, inventive menu changed daily, delivering my favorite pasta in Seattle.

[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Seattle for "Best of 2014"

That'll make using the heart button to upvote specific restaurants difficult...

Nov 19, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Where to Buy Widest Selection of Fresh Herbs?

Uwajimaya (ID) has the most consistently complete selection of fresh herbs I've run across.

Nov 10, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Ventiane Asian Grocery

Equinoise,

Sour Sausage = Nem Chua (fermented pork), or is it something else?

Oct 22, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Buying WA king salmon this time of year

Have you checked in with Mutual Fish? They usually have a good Salmon selection.

Oct 09, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Awesome Vietnamese in International District (or downtown vicinity)

That's a nice evening right there... Watercress Vietnamese, followed by Full Tilt ice cream and maybe some pool!

Oct 09, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle