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Quintessential Seattle ingredients for visiting home cook

Thanks, kaleokahu, that's a great list! Rainshadow is already on my list for meats -- anything particular you like/recommend there?

Aug 31, 2015
BernieBrewer in Greater Seattle

Quintessential Seattle ingredients for visiting home cook

Our house is on the north side of Columbia City. We have a car and will likely be all over the place as we're sightseeing and visiting neighborhoods around Seattle.

Aug 30, 2015
BernieBrewer in Greater Seattle

Quintessential Seattle ingredients for visiting home cook

Visiting Seattle the first week of October in an airbnb home with a really nice kitchen. We enjoy cooking, and will probably do several dinners at the house during our visit.

I'd love some recommendations on essential Seattle items/ingredients that we should be sure to use in our at-home meals during the visit (e.g., charcuterie from Salumi). Just a few items of guidance below for our group, but otherwise we're pretty open to anything:

> Really looking forward to Seattle's seafood bounty -- any specific suggestions for items that especially capture Seattle would be welcomed!

> One member of our group is not a fan of any Asian or Indian cuisines, so we won't be making anything that would fall in those categories.

> We're not coffee drinkers (I know, wrong city for that!)

Thanks for your help!

Aug 30, 2015
BernieBrewer in Greater Seattle

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

Thanks, everyone -- this list looks fantastic!

Sad to hear about the fire at Bob's. We'll be in town the first week of October, so I'll keep my fingers crossed that they're back up and running (sounds like that might be a long shot...)

Aug 21, 2015
BernieBrewer in Greater Seattle

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

We'll be spending a week in a rental home in Columbia City (just NW of Rainier Playfield) this October. We'd love to get the local scoop on any cafes, markets, pubs, or other food shops (bakery, butcher, fish, cheese, wine, etc.) to check out while we're in town. We love to cook and have a very nice kitchen at our rental, so we plan to make most of our dinners at the house -- though we'd also be interested in any good take-out options in the neighborhood.

Thanks for your help!

Recommendations for Vacation Cooking Class?

We're up for a pretty wide range of stuff. Mrs. Brewer isn't a fan of seafood or most Asian cuisines, but we're pretty open to everything else. A King Arthur class sounds very interesting -- thanks!

Jun 01, 2015
BernieBrewer in General Topics

Recommendations for Vacation Cooking Class?

Before our son was born, my wife and I took an amazing all-day cooking class with a chef in Umbria, Italy that was one of our all-time vacation highlights(http://www.veliascookingstyle.com/coo...

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We'd love to recapture that kind of incredible experience on our next vacation. Any suggestions for a remarkable one-day cooking class experience in the U.S.?

For purposes of this post, assume no restrictions on geography or expense. A class/session in the U.S. that is confined to a single day (or maybe two, max!) are about the only restrictions.

Thanks!

Jun 01, 2015
BernieBrewer in General Topics

Best candy & bakeries in NE Wisconsin (GB/Manitowoc/Fox Valley)

I know it was called Gilbert's in the 1980s, not sure about before that. Btw, if you tried to hit Bud's, shall I assume you're familiar with Late's?

May 13, 2015
BernieBrewer in Great Lakes

Orange County -- Can't-miss markets, bakeries, butchers, etc.?

Thanks to everyone for your suggestions! I had underestimated the traffic in the OC by a bit, and so we didn't make it around to quite as many places as I'd hoped, but we really enjoyed the following places:

> Downtown Santa Ana Farmer's Market -- FANTASTIC citrus vendor with the sweetest tangerines I've ever had.

> 4th Street Market (Santa Ana) -- After the farmer's market, we headed across the street to enjoy dinner at Stockyard Sandwiches, Wagyu Chuck, and Front Porch Pops.

> Cream Pan -- LOVED the strawberry croissants, and the sugar donuts and white sandwich bread were also a hit with our group.

> Taco Maria -- Made it for "Taco Tuesday" dinner service, and the steak and carnitas tacos were incredible!

> Whole Foods (Tustin) -- Holy cow! We have perfectly nice Whole Foods stores here in the Minneapolis area, but the scale of the Whole Foods in Tustin was kind of mind-boggling. I think the meat counter was about 3x the size of our meat department, which includes the prepared/pre-marinated items -- the section for the ready-to-cook meats was entirely separate and at least as big as our entire meat department.

My biggest disappointments are that we didn't make it to Sidecar or Blackmarket Bakery, but we'll just have to save those for next time! :-)

Mar 27, 2015
BernieBrewer in Los Angeles Area

Andrea at Pelican Hill (Newport Beach) -- Worth the fuss??

Maybe "worth the fuss" was a loaded way to ask the question. If I'm OK overpaying for the food to get the terrace view, are we likely to enjoy the evening? :-)

Mar 13, 2015
BernieBrewer in Los Angeles Area

Orange County -- Can't-miss markets, bakeries, butchers, etc.?

Sidecar sounds like it's worth a look. Any other donut shops worth noting in OC?

Mar 12, 2015
BernieBrewer in Los Angeles Area

Andrea at Pelican Hill (Newport Beach) -- Worth the fuss??

Mrs. Brewer adores pasta, and we'd love to mix in a sunset ocean view with dinner during our visit in March.

Andrea at Pelican Hill looks like a score on both fronts. Does it live up to the pomp (and price!), or does it fall short?

Any other recommendations for Chow-ish oceanview dining within a reasonable drive from Irvine? Thanks!

Jan 26, 2015
BernieBrewer in Los Angeles Area

Orange County -- Can't-miss markets, bakeries, butchers, etc.?

Thanks, Mikester. Hope to check out the Beef Palace, SoCo, Dough Exchange, Puerto Madero and Claro's.

Thanks also to JAB and TNT for the Cream Pan recos!

Jan 26, 2015
BernieBrewer in Los Angeles Area

Orange County -- Can't-miss markets, bakeries, butchers, etc.?

Our family will be renting a house in Irvine in March, and we plan to make some fun foodie dinners in the nice kitchen at the house.

Any suggestions for highly recommended or unique markets/farmer's markets, bakeries, seafood markets, butchers, or other specialty food shops (esp. Italian markets) would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Jan 17, 2015
BernieBrewer in Los Angeles Area

ANAHEIM -- Anything Chow-ish near the Convention Center?

Thanks, everyone! The Ranch looks like a good fit for one night, and I might check out the Packing District, too.

I'll be sure to report back :)

Sep 29, 2014
BernieBrewer in Los Angeles Area

ANAHEIM -- Anything Chow-ish near the Convention Center?

Just re-upping my question. Anything within even a 15-minute drive of the Convention Center/Disney that's chow-worthy?

Sep 24, 2014
BernieBrewer in Los Angeles Area

ANAHEIM -- Anything Chow-ish near the Convention Center?

I'll be attending an event at the Anaheim Convention Center in late October, and I'm flying solo. Anything remotely Chow-worthy near that area for someone willing to explore?

An initial scan of the map nearby didn't look promising, but I'm hoping there might be something within even a 10-15 minute cab ride of the Convention Center that would be worth a trip.

Either breakfast or dinner recos would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Sep 04, 2014
BernieBrewer in Los Angeles Area

ORLANDO - Where to get good, local citrus?

Any tips on where to find good local citrus in Orlando area? We may be down to just grapefruit by the time we get there, but I'm hoping for some guidance in sorting the wheat from what I fear may be lots of chaff in tourist-heavy Orlando.

If it's helpful, we'll be in Lake Buena Vista. Thanks!

Feb 02, 2014
BernieBrewer in Florida

ORLANDO AREA - Can't-miss markets, bakeries, butchers, etc.?

Looks good! Any idea whether Fatto in Casa sells fresh pasta? If not, any other suggestions for getting fresh pasta in the area?

Dec 11, 2013
BernieBrewer in Florida

ORLANDO AREA - Can't-miss markets, bakeries, butchers, etc.?

Our extended family will be in Lake Buena Vista in early February for a week, and would like to do some fun cooking on-site at the villa.

Any suggestions for highly recommended markets, bakeries, seafood markets, butchers, or other specialty food shops would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Dec 02, 2013
BernieBrewer in Florida

Late Dinner Near Convention Center/Hyatt Place?

Banger's looks like an EXCELLENT candidate for my criteria. Thanks, slowcooked!

Oct 21, 2013
BernieBrewer in Austin

Late Dinner Near Convention Center/Hyatt Place?

Not crazy late -- maybe between 9:00pm and 10:00pm. Mostly want to be sure that we won't be closing the place down on Sunday or Monday if we come in at 9:30pm.

Oct 21, 2013
BernieBrewer in Austin

Late Dinner Near Convention Center/Hyatt Place?

Actually, one of the receptions we're attending Monday night is at Max's, so that will probably rule it out for "dinner" after we wrap up. Sounds like food at the reception is likely to be good, though!

Oct 17, 2013
BernieBrewer in Austin

Late Dinner Near Convention Center/Hyatt Place?

Hey, Austin Hounds!

Any tips on a late dinner within walking distance of the Hyatt Place Downtown (just west of Convention Center at E. 3rd St/Brazos St.)? I'm at the Convention Center in late October for a business trip that is likely to soak up the entire day, and bleed well into the evening on Sunday and Monday.

Our schedule probably won't work for reservations, and after a long day, my boss and I may be looking for something a bit more casual. Suggestions?

Oct 16, 2013
BernieBrewer in Austin

Suggestions for a blackberry amuse bouche?

We ended up going with "Blackberries Three Ways," and we did it as a dessert amuse:

Blackberry-Lemon-Thyme Muffins (from Bon Appetit);
Blackberry-Lemon-Honey Frozen Yogurt Bites (also from Bon Appetit); and
Blackberry Lemonade (muddled blackberries in Trader Joe's organic lemonade)

It turned out great, and was a fun way to feature the berries. Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! (esp. Dirtywextraolives for the muffin idea)

Jul 11, 2013
BernieBrewer in Home Cooking

Business Dinner in Princeton for 20-30 people?

Any suggestions for where to host a business group dinner for 20-30 people in Princeton? No need to go over the top -- I think the per-head food cost of the last dinner for this group was $60-$70 (not sure about wine/drinks).

All attendees will be from out of town, so thanks in advance for your advice! (We'll be staying at the Marriott at Forrestal, but are willing to drive into the city for dinner.)

Jul 11, 2013
BernieBrewer in New Jersey

Suggestions for a blackberry amuse bouche?

Like the mini-muffin idea!

Sorbet had crossed my mind -- but I worried that the blackberry might be too much flavor for a palette cleanser. Have you ever used it in that way?

May 26, 2013
BernieBrewer in Home Cooking

Suggestions for a blackberry amuse bouche?

Thanks, everyone! I think a crostini-type amuse is likely the way to go. The menu is largely Italian-inspired, but not rigidly so.

The duck confit idea is intriguing, though. A bite of confit on toast might be fun...

May 25, 2013
BernieBrewer in Home Cooking

Suggestions for a blackberry amuse bouche?

We're doing a multi-course dinner for extended family this summer, and we'd love to work some of my MIL's blackberries into an amuse bouche (she'd get a HUGE kick out of it!). Any suggestions?

So far, the best ideas I have are either to make a blackberry-balsamic sauce for a bite of meat, or a blackberry BBQ sauce (potentially as a ravioli filling).

Thanks, 'hounds!

May 24, 2013
BernieBrewer in Home Cooking

Dinner for 20 near Downtown Marriott

Any suggestions of places within reasonable walking distance of the downtown Marriott (next to City Hall) to hold a business dinner for 20? Not really looking to break the bank, but the group does include a number of people who appreciate Chow-worthy food.

Thanks, Philly Chowhounds!

May 16, 2013
BernieBrewer in Philadelphia