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Cooking class at our home

Becky Selengut. She's a lot of fun and very inventive. http://www.cornucopiacuisine.com

Jan 26, 2010
patriciajane in Greater Seattle

What to eat at Joule?

You're not going to go wrong with anything on their menu. Even the sourdough bread is fantastic. The spicy beef soup will be fantastic, as will the agnolotti. But I would sample a variety of dishes. Ask your server and tell them the types of food you usually like.

I've always been the most impressed by the dishes that I wouldn't usually order. The oxtail is rich and nicely spiced. Be at least a little adventurous in at least one dish. You won't regret it.

The zucchini basil pancake is the one item on the menu I most want to try because I don't like zucchini and the the last time I had zucchini at Joule it was amazing.

Basically, I don't think you'll go wrong with anything.

Jan 16, 2010
patriciajane in Greater Seattle

Buying truffles in Seattle (the tuber, not chocolate)

In general, Foraged and Found has black truffles this time of year. But get to Ballard or U-District farmers market early.

Jan 11, 2010
patriciajane in Greater Seattle

Seattle Trip Jan 20th Homework... I need advice and opinions

Ok, a few comments.

First, don't call it Pikes Place Market to locals. It is Pike Place Market (no S). Some people get really touchy about that. :-)

There are some good food tours that are around. Savor Seattle does a good one with some good food and some good history.

For oysters, you can go to the Brooklyn. It is downtown (not too far from Pike Place) and from 4-6 every day their happy hour is quite nice. I believe the oysters are like $10/dozen at happy hour price. It might have gone up to $12, but still, not bad at all. You can also do their assorted oyster sampler which would be a lot more expensive, but would give you the variety.

I also like Frank's Oyster House for oysters. It is more University District, but quite good and I believe their happy hour is good as well.

There are good brew pubs in Seattle. If Jolly Roger is open by then (they are undergoing renovations currently) they would be a good choice. They are in Ballard. Easily accessible by bus.

Nice restaurants: Poppy is always a favorite. I liked Cantinetta, also Tidbit Bistro, any of the Ethan Stowell restaurants, or any of the Tom Douglas restaurants. They will be very much "Seattle". Tilth is all organic and very nice, but can be a bit loud. Though they are good for Sunday brunches.

If you're a brunch person, Portage Bay Cafe is excellent. There is almost always a long wait, but if you call when you're on your way, they will put your name down. They don't take reservations though.

Unfortunately, Paseo (the best sandwich place) is likely closed when you're here. They shut down for a winter break during the month of January, though I've seen reports that they will reopen either January 20th or January 30th. If it is the former, then you can make it. Go for lunch, so they aren't out of things, and get the cuban roast (if you like pork) or the prawn sandwich.

Salumi is excellent, but get in line around 10:30. Or just call in a to-go order and most times you can bypass the line, go pay, and take the food with you. Their mozzarella is excellent.

Coffee is a very personal thing. I'd suggest trying several places. Vivace always gets good marks, but I also like Fuel, Aster, Trabant. The latter two places have the Clover machine that Starbucks purchased. Clovers make a very good cup of straight coffee, not espresso. But you can really taste the flavors of the coffee when you have it out of a Clover.

Dec 31, 2009
patriciajane in Greater Seattle

Dig the Pig

They are a little further down now. Across from Clover (the kids's store). Same side of the street though.

Oct 20, 2009
patriciajane in Greater Seattle

Dig the Pig

They were at Ballard last weekend. They are there every weekend. I don't think they have missed a weekend in over a year (I'm there every weekend and usually buy from them) If you haven't been there in a while though they might look different. They have a big refrigerator case now.

Oct 19, 2009
patriciajane in Greater Seattle

Dig the Pig

I would seriously consider special ordering what you want from Sea Breeze. Or for even more of a treat, go to the U-District Farmers market and go get some mangalitsa. The Mangalitsa (from Wolly Pigs) is definitely porkier, but the flavor is unlike most anything you'll ever find.

Oct 18, 2009
patriciajane in Greater Seattle

Looking for the ultimate eating in Seattle

Joule is a unique combination of flavors and cuisine styles. Can you find it in NY? Possibly. But it is excellent. They do use many local ingredients quite often.

Spring Hill is very seasonal and local. So while I'm sure you could find equal quality in NY, you can be sure that your meal at Spring Hill will be very local and seasonal to the PNW.

Aug 19, 2009
patriciajane in Greater Seattle

2 days in Seattle

In season at the end of August you'll find the following:

Blueberries, blackberries, peaches, nectarines, apricots, corn, peppers, some mushrooms, potatoes, tomatoes, rhubarb might still be available, apples will be just coming into season.

I would suggest a few things.

1. Baguette Box is on Cap Hill. They use a lot of local and seasonal ingredients.
2. Happy Hour at Tidbit Bistro. Excellent Italian and Spanish Tapas and they use seasonal produce and local meats.
3. Salmon. Really anywhere you go in Seattle should have the good (AKA not farmed) stuff. It is salmon season still, so have as much as you can. Be warned though ,that once you have salmon in Seattle, you probably won't be able to eat it anywhere else.
4. Quinn's is a great local spot. A little bit higher end, but they have a lot of very interesting things on the menu and their burgers are fantastic.
5. There's a nice farmers market on Sundays, so head there and get some fresh produce. http://www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org/...
6. Via Tribunali for Pizza
7. Cafe Presse

For Pike Place, get a crumpet at the Crumpet Shop and then go to Beecher's for cheese. They have mac and cheese you can get to eat there or take out. It isn't a light meal, but it is good. If you like spicy, get the mariachi mac and cheese.

Patricia
http://www.cooklocal.com

Aug 14, 2009
patriciajane in Pacific Northwest

September Seattle searching for seasonal, regional specialties

There are a variety of Farmers Markets of course. The Ballard and University District are probably the easiest and best. http://www.fremontmarket.com/ballard/... (Ballard) and http://www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org/... (University District).

Here's the contact info for Taylor Shellfish. I would suggest talking to them. Oyster Bill is at both of those farmers markets and he's a great resource. http://www.taylorshellfishfarms.com/c...

A few other ideas.
Tilth is a local organic restaurant. They source the majority of their food locally (and organically of course) and you'll find very seasonal menus there. Spring Hill also serves a very seasonal menu.

For the ultimate splurge, there's the Herbfarm, where they grow a lot of their own food including pigs and chickens and of course, lots of herbs.

Many restaurants in Seattle will offer seasonal specialties. If there is a type of cuisine you are interested in, let us know.

You can go to the Fisherman's Terminal and quite often buy right off the boat, but you'll be buying from some of the same vendors as at the Farmers Markets. But going right up to the boat does have a certain thrill. There are lots of spots for oysters (including buying them at the farmers markets... Oyster Bill will show you how to shuck them if you'd like). In September/October time frame Seattle will be quite flush with oysters.

Hope this helps.
-Patricia
http://www.cooklocal.com

Aug 13, 2009
patriciajane in Pacific Northwest

Ground Beef Woes :(

Go to a farmers market. You'll get grass fed beef, which has a vastly different flavor than the supermarket swill and you won't pay too much more for it. I get ground beef at the farmers markets for between $5 and $7 per pound and it is just wonderful.

Check with your local farmers market and see if they have a meat vendor. Most do these days.

Aug 13, 2009
patriciajane in Pacific Northwest

Buying / finding elderflower

Yes, the elderflower season is pretty much over. Elderberries will be showing up soon. You might find some around, but they will be very scarce with all this heat we've had.

Jul 23, 2009
patriciajane in Pacific Northwest

Foodie Walking Tour Seattle

I enjoyed it when I went on it. There is a decent amount of walking but not overwhelming and you get tastes of a lot of really good food along the way. Do you have specific questions?

Jul 18, 2009
patriciajane in Pacific Northwest

Fresh made mozzarella in SEA?

I can't speak to how it compares to Italian delis on the east coast, but your best bet by far is the Seattle farmers markets. Sea Breeze Farm makes a great mozzarella, as does Samish Bay Cheese. River Valley Ranch is another one that is tasty, and if you can get goat milk mozzarella from Port Madison, it is the best stuff on earth.

You can find these vendors at many of the local farmers markets. Port Madison is at the U-Dist and Ballard, Sea Breeze is U-Dist, Ballard, Wallingford (and maybe Madrona, I can't remember for sure), River Valley Ranch is at Ballard and possibly Madrona.

Jul 11, 2009
patriciajane in Pacific Northwest

Homemade Ice Cream?

Empire Ice Cream does make their own. They only use a few ingredients, and everything they buy is local. Even the sugar (from Idaho). For their flavorings, if they can't get it at the farmers market, they won't use it.

Jun 18, 2009
patriciajane in Pacific Northwest

Looking for an "Only In Seattle" type place

Try Paseo. They have Cuban sandwiches and their sandwiches have been nationally rated. Order the #2, don't unwrap the whole thing when you get it, just unwrap as you eat (it is that messy). Go to the Ballard location (on Shilshole) and get your sandwiches and go down to the beach. Just bring plenty of napkins.

If you don't like or want pork, get the prawn sandwich. I recommend going for lunch or an early dinner as they usually under order on the bread and tend to run out on occasion, especially on weekends. But if you go for lunch or during the week you'll probably be fine even for a later dinner to watch the sunset. Their dinners are excellent too (basically the same meat as the sandwiches with rice and amazing beans. The onions are fantastic and the garlic bread is basically dipped in butter and garlic.

This is the sandwich that will leave you wanting it for a year after you get home.

Oh, and they are cash only. The Fremont location has a couple small tables, the Ballard location has a couple benches.

May 27, 2009
patriciajane in Pacific Northwest

Honeymooning foodies

For farmers markets, you can't go wrong with the Ballard Farmers Market on Sundays or the University District Farmers Market on Saturdays. (Seattle). If you're in Seattle Mid-week, check out the Wallingford Farmers Market on Wednesday from 3-7 and then walk over to Joule (also in Wallingford) for excellent food. The owners are Korean and Tunisian (I am only reasonably certain about Seif's nationality) and their food is full of flavor and great combinations. When you look at the menu, the prices will seem a bit expensive, but we ate there last Wednesday and for one entree, one heavy appetizer, two glasses of wine and one dessert it was $53. Not bad considering we had wine and dessert. If you're here on a weekend, they are doing a great Urban BBQ series every Sunday with small plates, all under $10.

Tilth (also in Wallingford) is higher end, but is certified organic and their chef, Maria Hines, just won a Beard Award for her cooking. The food is excellent, and it is mostly small plates, so you can definitely order a few things and share.

Agua Verde, in the University District, does a lot of local produce. Portage Bay Cafe, with two locations (University District and South Lake Union) does organic/local/sustainable and their brunches are amazing. Be prepared for a wait at the University District location, but if the weather is nice, just hang out outside. The food is truly worth it and you will absolutely not leave hungry. Their motto is "eat like you give a d@mn". It is true, they really care about their food.

Seattle is a great place for farm to table. We have lots of information on farmers markets on our website as well, but really, just go experience them. In the summer, you can hit a farmers market in Seattle every day of the week except Mondays. Pike Place Market is open every day, and while they do have a lot of local farmers, they aren't quite the farmers market that some of the others are.

Enjoy your honeymoon!

Patricia
http://www.cooklocal.com

May 23, 2009
patriciajane in Pacific Northwest

Pink Food Stand @ Shilshole?

A bit more info... Paseo is a Cuban sandwich joint that is very popular. Their sandwiches can't be beat and their meal combos are great too. Try the garlic bread.

But definitely... go there.

Apr 23, 2009
patriciajane in Pacific Northwest

Exceptional Regional Cheese Available in Seattle?

Get yourself to a weekend farmers market. Ballard probably has the most cheese vendors, but the University District market is close. You'll find the small, artisan cheese vendors all over there.

Apr 06, 2009
patriciajane in Pacific Northwest

Seattle - CSA's and Wine clubs

I can wholeheartedly recommend the Growing Washington CSA. Unfortunately, they aren't currently running. They will start up in June and run through October and then they will also have a winter CSA this year. I had maybe three bad items all of last summer and that was before they started making sure that the berries and salad mix weren't pre-packed in hot weather. Once they did that, I didn't have any bad items.

Pricing wise, I found them to be just a tad cheaper than if I bought the items on my own at the farmers markets. But the difference was very small.

Positives for them:
Everything is local. Absolutely local.
Web ordering, where you can pick your produce.
Smart management. If it's warm, they won't pack your berries in your box. They will give them to you fresh when you pick the box up.So no moldy or liquidy berries.
Multiple pickup locations (www.growingwashington.com/foodbox).
Two different box sizes.

Negatives:
Err... not positve there are a lot other than no delivery and the fact that they aren't currently running, but there are a lot of pickup locations. http://www.growingwashington.org/food...

-Patricia
http://www.cooklocal.com

Apr 02, 2009
patriciajane in Pacific Northwest

Anyone used Boistfort Farm CSA? New Roots?

I've heard good things about New Roots, but be aware that a lot of their produce is from CA these days. They are not strictly local.

Mar 30, 2009
patriciajane in Pacific Northwest

Want the best fresh salmon in Seattle?

It's not salmon season in Seattle yet. So what you will buy will be fresh-frozen. It's about the closest you can get this time of year. Mid-May is when salmon season typically starts.

That said, Wilson Fish at the Ballard Farmers Market on Sundays and the Fisherman's Terminal in Ballard will have frozen stuff that was frozen within a VERY short time of catching.

Feb 09, 2009
patriciajane in Pacific Northwest

Grass fed beef in SEA

Do you mean a cooked steak from a restaurant? Or do you want raw/frozen to cook yourself? If you want to cook it yourself, go to the Farmers Markets (University District, Ballard, or West Seattle) and go to Skagit River Ranch, Sea Breeze Farms, or Olsen Farms.

If you want it in a restaurant, Thundering Hooves and Skagit River Ranch supply several different restaurants in the area.

Here is the info for Thundering Hooves. http://www.thunderinghooves.net/where...

Here is the info for Skagit: http://www.skagitriverranch.com/pages...

Feb 04, 2009
patriciajane in Pacific Northwest

Seasonal food lists

I use Seasonal Cornucopia. www.seasonalcornucopia.com. It is run by a Seattle chef and she is very good about keeping it up.

Jan 04, 2009
patriciajane in Pacific Northwest

Fresh Horseradish - SEA

There is also the Ballard Farmers Market and the West Seattle Farmers Market in winter. I haven't seen horseradish in Ballard recently, but I would ask at Rockridge Orchards booth at either Ballard or U-dist as they grow a lot of specialty stuff.

Dec 14, 2008
patriciajane in Pacific Northwest

RE: Smoked Salmon/Seafood???

Go to the Ballard Farmers Market on Sundays and find Wilson's Fish. Smoked salmon and smoked halibut. Amazing.

Dec 09, 2008
patriciajane in Pacific Northwest

FRIED PICKLES?

Unless People's Pub has changed in the past 8 weeks, they fry spears, not slices. Just FYI. Personally, they have the fried pickles that every one else should aspire to. But that's just me.

Dec 01, 2008
patriciajane in Pacific Northwest

Best Seattle farmers market?

Fremont isn't a 'farmers market' as much as it is a European style street fair. Lots of great crafts and a few vegetable/fruit and flower vendors. Several good food booths too!

During the winter, you've pretty much got Ballard and West Seattle on Sundays and University District on Saturdays. All three are fabulous markets. Ballard in particular has a great mix of food and crafts (sweaters, knit hats, jewelry, etc) and is probably nice and close to you in downtown (one bus to get there if that's how you travel).

Personally, we end up at both the U-district on Saturdays and Ballard on Sundays as there are some different vendors at each. I think Ballard is probably the best, simply because it is laid out pretty well and is usually easy to navigate. Although I've enjoyed my times at West Seattle, it has always felt a bit too confined to me, although I'm not sure I have a good reason for this thinking. Just an impression. You really can't go wrong with any of them though.

www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org is the website for most of the markets (though not Ballard) and www.fremontmarket.com has links for the rest of the markets (including Ballard). During the summer, you'll have markets EVERYWHERE and can pick and choose (or go to all of them since they all have their own charm).

Nov 06, 2008
patriciajane in Pacific Northwest

Lunchbox Laboratory

We just ate there at 1pm today. They were hopping (though when did they raise their prices?).

Oct 18, 2008
patriciajane in Pacific Northwest

What will be "in season" in Oct? (Sea / Pdx)

Seasonal Cornucopia (.com) lists A LOT in season for October. Do you want nuts? Fruits? Veggies? Take a look and let us know what you're interested in.

Many of the great restaurants in Seattle (and I'm sure Portland as well) tailor their menus to be seasonal.

Aug 23, 2008
patriciajane in Pacific Northwest