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chile verde

I think you'll probably have to make your own. I haven't been able to find a decent chili verde, chili rojo, or chili Colorado in town, even with the (slightly) improved Mexican food scene. Fortunately, not hard to make a la casa.

Quintessential Seattle ingredients for visiting home cook

For "north of Columbia city", here are places I'd recommend provisioning:

Columbia City Bakery: Breads and sweets are both outstanding here. May be the best bread in Seattle.

Mutual Fish: A ready supply of high quality seafood, including salmon, Dungeoness crab, and oysters. Ask at the counter about what's best or recently in season, the Mutual folks love to talk about their products.

Big John's PFI: One of Seattle's hidden gems for imports of many kinds, also one of the best cheese counters in town. Go here for dried pasta, tinned tomatoes, cheese, sweets, olive oil, and all of the things you didn't realize you needed until you saw them on the shelves.

Uwajimaya: Big asian grocery. Go here for meats, fish, produce, and browse the Asian imports for fun and inspiration.

Pike Market: Bring a few empty bags, your pocket book, and build a meal as you explore. You can find some of the best produce in town here, and the seafood is as good as Mutual or Uwajimaya (and typically much more appealingly displayed).

Columbia City Farmers Market: We should be into apple season by October (though hard to tell with the weird summer), and some of the states best apples (and you NEED to try our apples) will show up at the farmers markets. You'll also be able to find lots of other local, seasonal produce here, along with local meats, fish and other goodies.

Aug 31, 2015
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Seattle... Amazon Prime Fresh...?

I don't know how much this helps, but you can get pretty close to the U-District Trader Joe's on the 66 bus.

Aug 27, 2015
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Neighborhood restaurants, take-out, shops, or markets to recommend in Columbia City?

Since I am apparently too lazy to use the internet today... where will Super Six be going in?

Aug 25, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

I had some a couple weeks ago. It was good, but unless you're grabbing for a drink on the go, I can't see any reason not to get some fresh melon and blenderize it yourself.

Aug 25, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

Here in Seattle, they have a (smallish) selection of hard liquor.

Aug 25, 2015
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Neighborhood restaurants, take-out, shops, or markets to recommend in Columbia City?

Folks have covered most of the bases. I'll throw these into the hopper:

Columbia City Farmers Market, every Wednesday, ending October 14th

Flying Squirrel Pizza (Good traditional pizza)

Bar del Corso (Great pizza and bar, more artisanal than Flying Squirrel)

Big Chickie (delicious Peruvian roast chicken)

Toshio's Teriyaki (an upstanding member of Seattle's Teriyaki fetish)

If you want Chinese, Thai, Japanese, SE Asian, etc... for the most part, skip the Columbia City area, and drive the extra 5 minutes to the International District (The "ID"). One exception to this is Viengthong, a Thai/Laotian place just north of Rainier Ave on Martin Luther King.

(Edit: Oh! Speaking of the ID. If you want some fine shopping for meats and produce, check out Uwajimaya in the ID. It's a giant Japanese supermarket, but they have some of the best produce, fish and meat in town. Also a ton of fun browsing.)

(2nd edit: Of course, don't deprive yourself of a visit to the Pike Market. Especially Delaurenti's.)

Solo dining within walking distance of Alaskan and Wall

Wow... total brainfart. Yes, not Westward, but Edgewater. Westward is a hotel in a totally different city that apparently decided to jump the brain-queue.

Aug 19, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

No, but I also just picked some up. Don't think I'd seen them before.

Aug 18, 2015
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Solo dining within walking distance of Alaskan and Wall

Assuming you're staying at the Westward, the Six Seven (the in-house restaurant) isn't bad. Within 8 blocks, you can find Black Bottle, which has nice wine and small plates. Also, Local 360 which is also good-but-not-great locavore. Also worth looking into CJ's Eatery, a simple but tasty diner style Breakfast and Lunch (but not dinner) place.

Aug 16, 2015
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Kudos to Seatown & Etta's!

I want to make a kudos post for the service at these two Tom Douglas restaurants. I had made an appoint at Seatown for myself and my visiting parents, at 7pm. Do to tiredness, I called and asked to move the appointment to 6pm, and was graciously accommodated by the hostess. Upon arrival, my parents felt that the restaurant was too warm to enjoy. The hostess promptly walked us down to Etta's and negotiated with her opposite number there to have us seated in their air conditioned bar. Bravo to both, and thanks.

At Etta's, we had the Halibut, the Fish & Chips, and the house-made pasta with buttered Dungeness crab. All three dishes were delicious.

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

Ouch. ;)

Aug 08, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

How pronounced is the Cilantro?

Aug 07, 2015
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Rockridge Orchards & Cidery--A Beer Oasis in Enumclaw

+1 on the Rocksalmic vinegars.

Aug 06, 2015
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Any one know of someone who can spitfire a whole lamb in Seattle?

You might start by inquiring with Jacks Barbecue. They do a lot of catering, and if they can't do it, they'll probably know who can.

Aug 05, 2015
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Rockridge Orchards & Cidery--A Beer Oasis in Enumclaw

Rockridge is one of my favorites for apples & cider, and they make a killer set of vinegars as well. I'll have to check out their home base.

Aug 05, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

NAY for Pizza Greco-Roman. I cooked up the first of the two pizza's that come in a box according to package directions, and it was an atrocity against all pizza kind. Floppy, soggy and mushy, with partially melted cheese. I couple minutes under the broiler solved that last, but I was still left with a soggy crust with mushy toppings that tasted predominantly of salt.

The second pizza I cooked in my big toaster oven, 25 degrees (F) hotter than instructed, for 20% longer. This firmed up the crust, but still left the toppings an undesirable, mushy, salty mess.

Would never purchase again.

Aug 04, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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10th anniversay - not Canlis or Herb Farm

Staple and Fancy also offers a lovely tasting menu.

Jul 05, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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