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El Cabrito

My ID here at gmail...

Apr 19, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Do any Sichuan restaurants use whole, good-quality peppercorns here?

World Spice, and to an only slightly lesser extent, Penzy's, are very reputable spicers. World Spice works mostly from bulk, so if you want to try a very small amount of their product for quality, they can probably accommodate you.

Apr 16, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

El Cabrito

Concur on San Fernando... one of my 3 regular chicken take-aways (along with Toshio's teriyaki, and Ezell's fried) in the Rainier Valley area.

(Also, Equinoise, we're clearly in the same general neighborhood... interested in teaming up to try some of the less visible ethnic places in the valley / Columbia City?)

Apr 16, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Do any Sichuan restaurants use whole, good-quality peppercorns here?

Basteagow,

Have you tried the Szechuan peppercorns at either World Spice or Penzy's? I bought a jar at World Spice about a year ago, and found it to be both well sorted and potent, with the caveat that I'm not an aficionado, so probably have lower resolution standards.

Apr 16, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

cutting avocados??

Good thought not keeping them too close together.

Apr 11, 2014
Booklegger451 in General Topics

cutting avocados??

I'm making a poke and avocado salad this weekend... I'll guac a couple of avocados, and stick a pit back in one bowl. It'd be cool if it works!

Apr 09, 2014
Booklegger451 in General Topics

dark days for pizza

Stellar, especially, makes me sad. It was the first decent pizza I found when I first moved to Seattle, and I was a regular there for many months.

That said, I have recently had excellent pie at Proletariat in White Center that was delightfully traditional, very well prepared, even better the next day, and not hatefully priced. Not even really similar to Stellar, but might help fill the big round hole their closing will leave.

Apr 09, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle
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Seattle's Best Sandwiches

Thanks O-Jane! I seem to have a problem keeping the various Vietnamese supermarkets straight in my head. Graham & MLK is just the other side of Columbia City from me.

Apr 04, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

CSA 2.0, the New Generation of Produce Boxes

I know a couple of the Chow Locally folks, and have been watching their operation grow and mature. They run a great business, and really have their chow together! Definitely early adopters on a new CSA model.

Apr 02, 2014
Booklegger451 in Features

Seattle's Best Sandwiches

That's right by Tamarind Tree, right?

Apr 02, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

downtown Seattle

Boat Street is a favorite of mine, but I've heard a couple of folks who were disappointed there recently. I'd recommend going at least for a drink, and their pickle plate (a spiced, vinagered selection of fruits and veggies that totally and deliciously turns the pickle plate concept upside down).

I used to work next door, and would always end the week there with a glass (or two) of wine, some pate and the pickle plate. I've had many excellent meals there, but not in the last few months, so I can't comment on whether they've had a genuine downhill slide.

Mar 28, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Been in Seattle 2 years now, my unique grocery/meat/produce etc finds, what am I missing?

Based on what you've listed, we're probably in / around the same neighborhood here in the scenic Rainier Valley. I did want to check that you know about the Columbia City Farmers Market (Hard to miss if you ever go into Columbia City on Wednesdays during market season, but you never know).

You might also take a browse through Borracchini's Bakery for Italian goodies. I'm not wild about their sweets and cakes, but they have a bunch of good Italian groceries, deli, and prepared foods.

Mar 27, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

3 days in Seattle

Charles,

Unlikely but not impossible that you'll find seafood influenced pasta at Il Corvo. Worth going for a non-seafood meal, though... they are fantastic.

For fine dining with seafood, you might also consider the tasting menu at Canlis. Canlis is the local fine dining allstar, offering an old-school fine dining experience. Their spring tasting menu has several seafood elements.

Mar 27, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

3 days in Seattle

Charles,

Seafood here is (in my opinion) going to break down into three or four broad categories, and I'm not sure if you are more interested in one or others:

Grilled Seafood: Unfancy: Grilled Salmon sandwich at Market Grill in the market. Fancy: Matts at the Market, BlueAcre, or SeaStar.

Shellfish / oysters: Unfancy: Taylor Shellfish. Fancy: Walrus & Carpenter.

Sushi: This is WIDELY open to debate. Worth searching for the many discussion threads on this board,

The possible fourth category may just be a subset of "Shellfish". I can't think of a good quantification for it, but it would include Crawfish King, 7 Star Pepper Szechuan, and various other idiosyncratic and often Asian seafood places. Perhaps other hounds can help me out on this line of thought...

Mar 26, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Best Lasagna in Seattle?

I've been craving lasagna lately... anyone care to share advice on where in town I should go looking?

Mar 24, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Seattle beginner cooking classes

You might hop over to the Home Cooking board, and ask after online courses as well for basic cooking. I think you'll be hard pressed to find truly entry level courses in Seattle that are focused on basic techniques rather than "here are two or three easy recipes".

If possible, you'll want to find 3 classes to start:

* A basic techniques class to introduce you to the basics of roasting, grilling, sauteing, braising, etc... techniques which work well on a variety of foods.

* A shopping / ingredients class that will help you stock your pantry with staples, identify fresh and ripe produce, and select the right cuts of meat, types of fish, etc, to meet your budget and needs.

* A knife skills course to help you handle one of the most important and intimidating tools in your kitchen.

I took a quick pass through what Google could turn up in Seattle, and found several knife skills courses, but nothing to fill the other two items at a general, entry level. You might take a look at the America's Test Kitchen online cooking school for some starter classes, it's inexpensive and well put together.

Mar 21, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Hamachi

Not too much "Oy"... Amberjack sashimi is delicious, just a bit harder to find. Mutual sometimes has it, and can probably source it as a request even if they're not carrying it regularly at the moment.

Mar 11, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Is Geoduck Safe? Available in Seattle?

Looks like all of the Puget Sound geoduck is safe. You can Google the Seattle Times article from Jan. 7th for more info.

I'd recommend going to Taylor Shellfish for the best in the city. Either at their Melrose Market location (http://taylormelrose.com/) or at their Pioneer Square location, if it has opened when you visit.

Mar 10, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Seattle's Best Sandwiches

Ok, so we have:

Paseo: Cuban Roast
Tat's: Tatstrami
Salumi: One of (oxtail | meatball | porchetta)
Jamil's: Shrimp Po'boy
El Quetzal: Pambazo
Rainshadow: Polyglot dip

Does Delicatus have a sandwich that makes the cut?

Is there a BBQ pork or brisket sandwich we should include?

What about Uli's sausages, or the market fish sandwich?

Is there a Bahn Mi that stands proud above it's brethren?

Mar 06, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Seattle's Best Sandwiches

I dunno, you guys think they can stand up to Armandino Batali's best from Salumi? It'd be a real knock down, drag out fight.

Mar 05, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Seattle's Best Sandwiches

FYI... try their Morty mortadella sandwich. Out of this world good! For porchetta, I would definitely walk the extra 5 minutes to Salumi, which makes maybe the best porchetta I've ever had.

Mar 04, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Any Seattle 'Hoods Where Lack of Parking Keeps You Away?

For me, Ballard is the most painful. Pestle Rock is one of my favorite restaurants in town, but every time I go, I find it taking me longer and longer to find a space that is an ever increasing distance away.

Feb 28, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Aragona

Tom,

Always glad you're willing to kiss and tell! Thanks for the great review!

Feb 03, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Lake City Way: Three Recommendations

I just wanted to throw my 2-cents in here, too... Falafel Salam is my favorite falafel in town. Also try their Shawarma Wings (Schwings).

Jan 31, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Food, Beer, Wine - Seattle Favs

Yoshi,

Any clue if those breweries resell anywhere over here on the west side of the lake?

Jan 30, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Food, Beer, Wine - Seattle Favs

Woodinville is FULL of small, local wine and spirit producers. It is very worth taking a day, and going tasting, if you want to get familiar with the local wine scene.

My favorite (though less on the small side) is DeLille Cellars.

More info here: http://woodinvillewinecountry.com/

Jan 29, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle
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Ideas for toppings bar for chili?

Lot's of great suggestions here... I wanted to re-recommend a couple:

Tater Tots: These are super easy, and make a nice mix-in, playing a role similar to rice or pasta.

Crispy chow mein noodles: I thought these were my secret chili trick, but I saw someone else mention them below... seriously, one of the best things on chili!

One I haven't seen mention: Fried Durkee onions, to sprinkle on top... so bad, and so good!

Jan 27, 2014
Booklegger451 in General Topics

are pistachios on pizza "traditional"?

This needs to find it's way to Seattle. Yum!

Jan 25, 2014
Booklegger451 in General Topics

are pistachios on pizza "traditional"?

Mortadella sandwiched between two pieces of pizza bianca?

Jan 21, 2014
Booklegger451 in General Topics

8 days to fall in love with Seattle (with a day in Portland & Vancouver)

"Salumi" is the Batali place, down here in Pioneer Square:

http://www.salumicuredmeats.com/

Jan 10, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle