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I'm sorry...I think I jumped the dining shark

The Commis comparison is interesting. I had eaten there a year and a half ago and I felt very different about the experience that time...like I was invigorated and there were so many new taste experiences to be had and discover...part of me wonders if it was the subconcious (or not) sense of good "value" too, because as far as tasting menus are concerned it was significantly less cost than AC. I think there was also some mild distraction too with people sitting around us "pornifying" the food or even worse, the person who was dutifully taking notes like she was in an organic chemistry lab. They weren't doing anything wrong and I wasn't offended at the time (or now even) but in retrospect that does have an effect on my dining experience too. This thread feels like therapy but is also really interesting to me to read! I appreciate everyone's input and point of view.

Oct 15, 2013
kayowinter in San Francisco Bay Area

I'm sorry...I think I jumped the dining shark

thanks everyone, it's good to know I'm not alone both from a burnout standpoint and even from an AC experience standpoint. I did compensate by eating cheesy enchiladas at La Penca Azul in alameda (my hometown favorite) and a lot of sushi at Angelfish (my other hometown favorite) the subsequent nights. Both of which were deeply satisfying. I think I will just take a break from the high end tasting menus and see if I reset after awhile. I'm sure DH will appreciate this on our bank account.

Oct 15, 2013
kayowinter in San Francisco Bay Area
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I'm sorry...I think I jumped the dining shark

Maybe it was the day, maybe I was tired of eating out after being on vacation for 10 days already (*sob I know*) but I had the tasting menu at atelier crenn last week and I felt...sad at the end. The food wasn't bad. The service was lovely. The chef was charming and kind of like an approachable rock star. But nearly every course of the 14 courses felt hollow. They described everything very nicely and I would put a salty/fatty/sweet something in my mouth and have no idea what I was actually supposed to be eating. For the most part. There were a couple of dishes that I felt like I understood - the "onion soup" part. This isn't my first tasting menu experience. I've eaten at Per Se in new york, french laundry a long time ago, gary danko... but this is the first time I felt this way. Not sure if it was me or the restaurant. It wasn't that I was hungry at the end, far from it, but I was far from sated emotionally. I'm wondering if it was me so this might be the last time in a long while that I drop that amount of money on that kind of experience. Has anyone else felt that way? perhaps this belongs in general topics instead, but I put it here if anyone feels the same about the restaurant as it depresses me to think it was me instead. All of the reviews I found here and the michelin star indicate it may be me but perhaps I am not alone?

Oct 14, 2013
kayowinter in San Francisco Bay Area

Seatac to vancouver need one lunch rec, have a 2 year old in tow

So we went to blueacre and it was perfect and delicious. Even found parking on the street right in front. Shared crabcake app with DH, had smoked salmon hash - a bit salty and heavy for me after the crabcake but glad I ordered it. Just wished I could have eaten more! Hubby got the salmon with smoked almonds, cherries and brown butter and that was even better. Would have gotten that myself but it seemed a shame to not try more. Chowpup...well he isn't so much a chow pup for now, still working on it, but they were so kind and made a nice little scrambled egg and cheese dish for him that he loved. Most surprising, or maybe not because it was Seattle, but the simple cup of coffee I had was one of the best I have had in a long time. I couldn't even say exactly what made it so good, the waitress just shrugged and said, "hey it's seattle!" I guess so! All in all, a perfect fit for what I was looking for. Thanks everyone who helped out!

Oct 14, 2013
kayowinter in Greater Seattle
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Seatac to vancouver need one lunch rec, have a 2 year old in tow

I think it will be Blueacre - after looking at the menu I can't stop thinking about dungeness crab and wild salmon at those prices. Boston's parking is really stinky so I think we can manage. Will report back! thanks everyone!!!

Sep 18, 2013
kayowinter in Greater Seattle

Seatac to vancouver need one lunch rec, have a 2 year old in tow

probably not more than 15 minutes (less preferred) off our track. I know this probably seriously limits us but I don't want to get too distracted which would be easy and then get stuck at the border for 2 hours on top of it!

Sep 18, 2013
kayowinter in Greater Seattle

Seatac to vancouver need one lunch rec, have a 2 year old in tow

Thanks for these recs! I will definitely look into the aussie pie co those can be delicious!...another one I found that another poster had recommended in a different thread is Blueacre...any thoughts good bad or otherwise on that one? It's north just of I-5 and not too too far away it seems, at least by Google maps.

Sep 18, 2013
kayowinter in Greater Seattle

Seatac to vancouver need one lunch rec, have a 2 year old in tow

I'm flying into SeaTac from Boston in 2 weeks with my husband and 2 year old son. The plan is to arrive 11am, grab a rental car and start north to Vancouver with the goal of arriving in Vancouver by dinner time(rationale for this method to getting there is long and boring and not particularly relevent, but currently set in stone)
For us it will feel late for lunch and we will be hungry - is there a place that is worth a stop nearby or on the way north as we make our way to Vancouver? I doubt we would make it for a couple of hours without something real in our bellies. I have found Copperleaf and ElliotBay Brewing as possibilites based on searches on Chowhound, but I can't say they fire my rockets based on what I saw on their websites. Also not sure if copperleaf would be appropriate with our son. He is generally good and we take him out often for dinners but usually only to somewhat noisy places.
If there isn't something really worth it that won't detour us by several hours (like the Pike place market) we will likely end up at elliot bay I think...thoughts? thanks so much for any advice in advance.

Sep 16, 2013
kayowinter in Greater Seattle

Kouign Amann Anyone? A Breton Delice Richer than Croissants!

I had one yesterday at the SE Flour - it's called a "breton butter cake" there.
It's good but not as good in comparison to one I had in SF from Starter bakery last week while I was on vacation.

Aug 20, 2012
kayowinter in Greater Boston Area

What a find! 2nd printing of Old Mr. Boston Guide

I guess that's why I never noticed the products! Didn't even know they were still made, I thought the original factory was closed down many years ago. Thanks!

May 11, 2010
kayowinter in Spirits

What a find! 2nd printing of Old Mr. Boston Guide

Was at Rodney's in Cambridge - they are closing, everything is 50% off and found a 1935 copy of this in excellent condition for only $11! Anyone know about the brand Old Mr. Boston for liquors? there are a bunch of recipes and some ads in the middle of the book for Old Mr. Boston products. Would Brizard Apry be close in theory to the OMB apricot perhaps?

May 10, 2010
kayowinter in Spirits

Bachelorette Party - Sonoma

I think Girl and the Fig would be a lovely al fresco afternoon lunch for 10 ladies. It's in teh same square as EDK mentioned above.

Apr 23, 2010
kayowinter in San Francisco Bay Area

Waffle day - what's your favourite waffle topping?

The one that always brings back warm childhood memories for me is cream cheese, orange marmalade and a little sprinkle of powdered sugar. This was how my dad always ate his waffles and I liked taking a bite of his mixed in w/ my maple and butter. I do this occasionally still but skip the sugar - only needed for nostalgia not taste for me. Swedish Fish - what did you do for IWD?

Apr 02, 2010
kayowinter in General Topics

3 Quick Wine Country Questions...promise they are quick! :-)

There is Ridge Lytton springs in Healdsburg which is the "wine country" (OP didn't specify napa) outpost of ridge (haven't been to the one in santa cruz mountains which is their flagship and most of the cab is grown I think) I could be wrong but it seemed like most of the wines were available for tasting at Lytton springs and were very, very good. Some of the best and most balanced zins available and my guess is the one people say you should go to. Never tried Pine Ridge but I whole heartedly recommend Ridge at Lytton Springs

Apr 02, 2010
kayowinter in San Francisco Bay Area

Visiting from Boston one weekend in may - suggestions needed

just made my reservations for the night we come in - will definitely post a review.
Im thinking super cocina for now, but will talk to DH - he likes to be near the water - any good enough mexican near water to make him happy? (he's less picky than me)

Mar 29, 2010
kayowinter in San Diego

Visiting from Boston one weekend in may - suggestions needed

Those sound great! Cucina Urbana sounds like something we will definitely check out. We live in the South End - lots of great food but fancier than we would like for regular nights out.

Mar 29, 2010
kayowinter in San Diego

Visiting from Boston one weekend in may - suggestions needed

My DH and I are going to be spending the memorial day weekend in SD from Boston. Sat night is taken by an engagement party but late dining friday, break/lunch sat, all day sunday and breakfast monday are open! Staying in La Jolla area, will have a car. I've been to Chino Farms once and plan on going back. Other than that we need help! Moderate pricing (or cheap even) would be key. The thing we miss the most is good mexican food here on the east coast so suggestions for that would be great. Seafood is a pass for us since we can get lobster etc..pretty easily. Thanks for any help!!

Mar 28, 2010
kayowinter in San Diego

Bombay Club

I have to comment, I ate here a couple weeks ago at the lunch buffet and their saag was...weird. Actually pretty gross, not just weird. I think they had pureed broccoli into it which made it develop this very, very bitter medicinal undertone. I usually love saag, but this was just...no. yech. *shivers*

Feb 16, 2010
kayowinter in Greater Boston Area

What are you making right now?

Ruhlman's olive oil duck confit legs with caramelized cranberry chutney and salad. Made up an appetizer of chive ricotta stuffed dates roasted in bacon fat. Smells good so far, not sure how it will turn out.

Nov 01, 2009
kayowinter in Home Cooking

Pancakes or Crackcakes?

growing up Bisquick was my mom's go to for pancakes - Morinaga is nothing like a Bisquick 'cake. The irony is...my mom is japanese!

Nov 01, 2009
kayowinter in General Topics

Pancakes or Crackcakes?

I found a box of this at Hmart in Burlington and decided to try them based on this thread that I had read before. I looked at all the links and I agree - not sure what the deal is with the wet towel and the pan then returning to the stove, I suspect it is the Japanese way of testing if things are the right temp. After a couple of trial runs I figured that with my gas stove on med low flame and 3/4 cup batter in a nonstick pan, flip once then cover the pan with a lid (not smash the face of the pancake like the humor link) yielded a very, very high light and fluffy pancake. Almost unnaturally so. No one has posted what is supposedly in these so on my box there was an english translation of ingredients that were as follows:
wheat flour, sugar, palm oil, wheat starch, salt, corn syrup, baking powder, (corn starch, calcium sulfate, calcium acid sulfate) as emulsifier (soybean origin), sodium caseinate, artificial flavor, riboflavin.
That is verbatim. There are also packets of syrup that amount to glucose/sugar/cornsyrup and caramel coloring that I didn't try.
These are very weird but very delicious and I've decided I don't know what magic/chemicals make them this way but I want more!

Oct 31, 2009
kayowinter in General Topics

After dinner drinks in the South End?

For a group of 6 28 degrees would probably have the best mix of comfort (many large tables geared toward drinks and conversation - they have snacks but I wouldn't call that their forte) and a very cool vibe. I think they make excellent drinks. Everywhere else is really a restaurant with a bar and consequently will mean 6 of you will be standing awkwardly at a very crowded bar - maybe not even together as some of those places can get so crowded. If it was more like two or three people, then I love most of the places MC S JB listed except Stephis (for political reasons, the food/drink is actually ok) Agree with poster below red fez is NOT worthwhile. Stella would be the biggest "scene" I think if that's what you're looking for in SE w/ pretty good cocktails but loud and crowded as mentioned above.

Oct 30, 2009
kayowinter in Greater Boston Area

A classic girly drink?

It is sooo good. i'm going to make one tonight!

Oct 27, 2009
kayowinter in Spirits

Picky eater(s) South End

Stella could also fit the bill, a bit loud inside though

Oct 26, 2009
kayowinter in Greater Boston Area

A classic girly drink?

Ok I guess i'm retarded or read too fast - missed the line in the OP that you've already used this as a sig drink! Sorry, my bad - but good taste!!!

Oct 26, 2009
kayowinter in Spirits

A classic girly drink?

Aviations (with creme de violette) are so very yum! (gin, lemon, maraschino and violette) I've been drinking these lately at home and out - and starting to introduce my friends to them and they are all suprised by how good they are. And they are a lovely light purple shade - can't get much more girly! I first had them minus the violette but found later it really just makes the drink sing IMO.

Oct 26, 2009
kayowinter in Spirits

Grille 23

I third Jolyon! Grille 23 is great! I've never had a bad meal there - esp the dry aged ribeye, med rare yum! S&W on the other hand I was totally underwhelmed by and we had the special little table for two on top of the stairs overlooking everything (anniversary dinner about 3 years ago) Service meh and even worse steak was MEH! The only other S&W I've been to is in ohio and that beat the one here by a mile - surprising but true. I'd never go back to the S&W in boston.

Oct 25, 2009
kayowinter in Greater Boston Area

Grille 23

Nope!

Oct 25, 2009
kayowinter in Greater Boston Area

question about dried/hard mochi

I've never had that brand but my family at new years usually got a large supply of the "hard mochi" type that a local (buddhist) church would make. We tended to freeze them and they lasted a long time that way. Then toast until brown (almost black sometimes- mom liked em that way) and dip in 50-50 mix soy sauce and sugar. Makes me very nostalgic just to think of it as it has been pretty hard for me in Boston to find that type of mochi.

Oct 21, 2009
kayowinter in Home Cooking

Local source for baker's cream?

If you want something more natural to try out go for the High Lawn Jersey Cow heavy cream that I pick up at Russo's in watertown. Compared to other whipping creams this is incredibly dense and even after a couple of days in the fridge whipped doesn't become all weepy and watery at the bottom. The Jersey cream (and milk) has more fat and protein per ml as compared to the usual cows used in larger operations. Besides the fact that it is just a totally phenomenal product as a bonus it is organic and hormone free.

Oct 21, 2009
kayowinter in Greater Boston Area