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A New Orleans native visits Seattle for the first time

Go sit in the bar at Matt's in the Market, or the sister bar to it 'lloyd Martin down in the sanitary market bldg. across from main Pike place market arcade!
Then walk down to Il Bistro for a cocktail, then on down to Zigzag for a nightcap - that should be a great food crawl.

Or, head up to Capitol Hill and sit at the bar at Quinn's; bone marrow, wild boar sloppy joe's. Probably something with nettles on the menu right now. Many, many great places for dessert or a nightcap and people watching from that pike/pine spot... stroll in any direction for a good time!

2 days ago
gingershelley in Greater Seattle

Anything amazing in Gretna?

I am headed there in a few weeks to visit some friends who are new residents, and we have a few places mapped out across the city to hit - much thanks to you locals:).

We are all from SEA, WA. and I have been to NOLA 2x, and they just landed there to live. That said, none of us has eaten in Gretna, but they got a cool rental house there, and I have heard whiffs and steam that there is amazing food in that area. Any advice as to where to eat locally?

They are starting a business in the area, and are very occupied with that so time and energy to look into this is short, but appetites and delicious tastes run high on the important quotient when relaxing at night. Local flavors most preferred;southern and soul food, Cajun high and lo brow all appreciated... just not looking for mexican, pho or anything touristy-mainstream unless you would send your mom from Massachusetts there, since it is the best in the 'hood:)

Thanks for any help!

Apr 05, 2014
gingershelley in New Orleans

Best Value-to-Price Ratio in Seattle?

Second the Lil' Zip Royale at Zippy's; just the right size burger for me, and less than $3.00. @ happy hour, even better!

Mar 30, 2014
gingershelley in Greater Seattle

What's for Dinner #270 - The Hunkering Down Edition [through January 27, 2014]

'what she said' :)

corn pudding; must make some of that soon....

Jan 26, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #270 - The Hunkering Down Edition [through January 27, 2014]

That should be an exciting change Steve; I have fond memories of Naples; met a beautiful 16 yr. old Neapolitan girl on the train from Rome to Florence, and she invited me down for a stay... ended up at her place with her folks out of town, 10 or so teens from all over Italy in town for a political rally/rock concert in an old factory, cooking for everyone out of her parents pantry, and having a quick affair with the lead singer of the rock band for a long weekend, and racing around Naples on his motorbike putting up illegal concert posters in the middle of the night.... ah, youth! Had some great pizza of course too:)

Jan 26, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking
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SEA lunch - w/o parking nightmare

Oh; I usually am only on SEA metro, so didn't know that. Lame! Metro still gives paper transfers - if you have an Orca it shows up on that instead.

Jan 16, 2014
gingershelley in Greater Seattle

SEA lunch - w/o parking nightmare

She could get a transfer when paying fare when getting on; good for 2 hours (often marked 3+ hours IME)... so could go DT, have lunch, and go back on the transfer for $2.25 total cost.

Jan 14, 2014
gingershelley in Greater Seattle

What's for Dinner #266 - The Arctic Polar Vortex Edition [through January 10, 2014]

Thanks MC :). Lookin' like 2014 will be a tasty and interesting year for us all.

Jan 08, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #266 - The Arctic Polar Vortex Edition [through January 10, 2014]

Sounds like 2014 will be interesting for you and Deb.... :)

Jan 08, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #266 - The Arctic Polar Vortex Edition [through January 10, 2014]

Hi All! So sorry to not have posted for nearly a week+ - egads! How time flies as we flew through the hollydaze....

Cali trip was awesome. Had hoped to post a couple of fun meals I helped make for the gathered tribe in SouthPas, but my relatives have been a bit remiss in sending on all the photos they took of the food I made. Ah well, good, and good times and good memories.

We were 16 around my sister's table - including 4 under 6 (at about 1.5 year intervals), and 3 tween/teens, and the rest adults, so it was a raucous time!

Highlight was Christmas dinner - sorry this is so late to mention - of modified Bon Appetit apple/mushroom/hard cider pork loin dinner which turned out amazing. Will make a separate thread soon on the recipe, as I changed a bunch of stuff, and had several issues with the recipe, tho also thought it very worthy in principle. The pan dripping/ wild mushroom/ hard cider gravy was TDF -and everyone remarked on it.

Home just bf NYE; off to the usual crazy action of many ski/hike friends up at Mt. Baker cabins, with 24 guests for a few days; give or take depending on day - alas - the snow was not cooperating, so much time was spent in the 'cookhouse'-party building, sharing and making food, playing games, and taking hikes as we could figure out with the lame wet slush. Thank GOD for REI hiking boots, many friends with high-tech spring snowshoes on-task to get us somewhere fun, and group picnics.

We managed one day hike, with 14 of us, carrying various packs, etc that had chilled vodka, hot homemade dill-tomato soup, roasted beet salad with yogurt, homemade dolmades (made by drunken people at midnight after too much booze and the wood-fired sauna on-site) with lot's of currants and lemon, cold grilled lamb, dates with bacon and roasted pistachio's. Baklava appeared out of someone's pack. Good times!

Back to earth this week.... freezer cleaning; must clear room for 2014 projects!

There have been bowls of avgolemno (clear out that chicken stock so you can use the new bones!), Chicken Tikka Massala from a test run for a cookbook recipe test a few months ago - I find I have 3 different batches in 2 servs. each. Running through them to remember differences and how they froze or not.... more notes for finishing the book.

Tonight, leftover Beef Bourgignon from Julia, with a couple tweeks (I like it less winey-tasting); a bit of baguette, some cheese, small simple salad.

Glad to clean out the coolerator, reconnect with you all at the 'table', and get ready for space for 2014 new food adventures!

Missed you!

P.S. resolution for 2014: get attached to more on-the-fly way to connect to my 'communities' I find important' - as in, get a real Smartphone with unlimited data!". That will keep me in the loop.

Apologies for not staying in touch during all the happiness, dramas, super-vortex, and sadness last couple weeks. I missed you all.

Jan 07, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #266 - The Arctic Polar Vortex Edition [through January 10, 2014]

LW - we women can stand un-ashamed of liking a show that might be perhaps less than perfection in plot, etc. if it features a man-candy - just as men do. Part of that ol' liberation thing many worked for in 60's/70's we are still working to get all bennie's from.

One of the current bennie's - is no need t apologize if you just watch the show for the dude. It's been done on the other side of the aisle before:)

Jan 07, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #266 - The Arctic Polar Vortex Edition [through January 10, 2014]

LOVE Sawyer, LW - again, as often, I applaud you as a woman of taste....

Jan 07, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #266 - The Arctic Polar Vortex Edition [through January 10, 2014]

Does that imply a look into a vacation property, or a move Steve?

Veal and red sound great about now:)

Jan 07, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #266 - The Arctic Polar Vortex Edition [through January 10, 2014]

report your final result Zackly - sounds intriguing!

Jan 07, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #266 - The Arctic Polar Vortex Edition [through January 10, 2014]

A nice burger/salad combo would be good... or, how about meatballs/kofte style? Kind of meat 'ovals' mushed around a skewer and grilled (broiler probably, where you are:)

Jan 07, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #266 - The Arctic Polar Vortex Edition [through January 10, 2014]

Sorry about the winter of losses (I sure know that one here too - seems to be a weird wave...). Man your place sounds good.

I must find some good Sichuan around here. Sadly, SEA does Vietnamese like nobodies business, decent Korean, Great sushi, Izakaya, etc., ramen, hand shaved-noodles and more - but our Chinese options are NOT GREAT.... sigh.

Jan 07, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #266 - The Arctic Polar Vortex Edition [through January 10, 2014]

boyzoma. Deep sadness for your loss. I am sure Rusty is romping in a meadow in puppy-heaven off leash as I type this:)

Jan 07, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #266 - The Arctic Polar Vortex Edition [through January 10, 2014]

What patscj said! nicely done!

Jan 07, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #266 - The Arctic Polar Vortex Edition [through January 10, 2014]

Now that's a way to roll in the NY for keeping love alive with good eats to fuel the evening:). Jazz and dim lights to gild the lily. Well done.

Jan 07, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #266 - The Arctic Polar Vortex Edition [through January 10, 2014]

I like the more-flavorful thigh action you got going on for your 'bastard schnitzel'. To each his own on dipping/topping. The man basically turned it into chix parm:)

Jan 07, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #266 - The Arctic Polar Vortex Edition [through January 10, 2014]

Yes to this; fans and commercial dehumidifyer is what you want to keep any moldy action at bay:)

Jan 07, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #266 - The Arctic Polar Vortex Edition [through January 10, 2014]

Yikes galore GG! I used to work in water/fire restoration in marketing/sales - so saw SOOOOO many flooded houses with burst pipes. My sympathies, and hope for a reasonably quick fix with the squeeze of work on the vendors.

Jan 07, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #266 - The Arctic Polar Vortex Edition [through January 10, 2014]

That soup sounds amazing! Interesting and different - and it's a Moro recipe which makes me 'heart' it:). Will try....

Jan 07, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #262 Sing Nowel! Edition (through 24 December 2013)

Cooking here last few days was mainly a private chef event I did for a client's dinner party Friday; Roasted ducks with a fig and port sauce, 'JF's' potatoes' - aka potatoe's daphiniose (NO cheese!), a chicory/fennel/arugula salad with walnut oil/citrus dressing, and a hazelnut merangue layered with a frozen raspberry mousse for dessert.

She just warmed it up and served with her own roasted brussel sprouts on the side.

11 hour shift yesterday chef-assisting at this huge holiday party yesterday - home by 9pm, and voila - Christmas is on!

Packing and cleaning today, and the only cooking will be trying to clean out the fridge - probably chili or chicken thighs tonight.
Then fly off to South Pasadena tomorrow morning. Dad, Step-mom, her son and his wife and their 4 kids (ages 1-6!) all are flying in as well. To my sisters big comfy Craftsman for a bursting-at-the-seams family week!

Tomorrow is also my birthday - the big 50 - aaaccck! Requested lasagna and ceasar salad for dinner (something my very busy sister can manage, or pick up from a gourmet take-out easily). After all 15 of us have dinner, most of us are going out to the chinese foot massage place for some much-deserved pampering after a day spent with the not-so-friendly skies.

I am sure I will be doing some cooking and kid-wrangling while there, and also enjoying my sisters HS n college age kids - all of whom are absurdly talented at music, drama and sports... there is bound to be much music and singing to catch us all up on their latest. My niece and nephew both write music, play piano, guitar and the Uke, and have angel's voices so it is a pleasure to listen to them perform.

Will check in from hopefully-warm SoCal!

Dec 22, 2013
gingershelley in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #262 Sing Nowel! Edition (through 24 December 2013)

Sounds excellent weezie! We do tamales for Christmas Eve at my sister's in South Pas, but we get ours at this small mexican market that has a line down the block - most people are local Spanish speaking neighborhood people, and they are just picking up masa to make their own tamales at home (we buy several dozen ready to re-heat over steam at home). It's a great scene. I'll take a picture Christmas Eve when we go there to pick em' up on our way home from the Getty:)

Dec 22, 2013
gingershelley in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #262 Sing Nowel! Edition (through 24 December 2013)

Yum - I'll be right over for dinner.... my plane stops in SFO to change for LAX - do you think they will mind if I just leave for a while to eat a burger with you?

Dec 22, 2013
gingershelley in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #262 Sing Nowel! Edition (through 24 December 2013)

MWTT, that was my resolution for 2013, and it SURE helped reduce my freezer wastage! Well worth getting in the habit.

I bought freezer tape, and two kinds of markers and put them in a drawer very convenient to the drawer of containers, and that helped alot too;)

Dec 22, 2013
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What's for Dinner #262 Sing Nowel! Edition (through 24 December 2013)

Happy travels and have a fun Christmas Julie! Sounds like it will be a great trip:)

Dec 22, 2013
gingershelley in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #262 Sing Nowel! Edition (through 24 December 2013)

Plus 1 Weezie; tho I still would rather cook with my kitchen 'power tools', for someone else and watch them work the power tools having to do with fix-it and construction... it takes me twice as long as someone who does it alot.

Dec 22, 2013
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What's for Dinner #262 Sing Nowel! Edition (through 24 December 2013)

I am SO lucky - I have an old-school locally owned hardware store exactly 1 mile from my house that carries everything you would need, and in each dept. is a couple of guys who worked in that field; i.e., plumbing is staffed by an ex-plumber, electrical by a retired electrician.... they answer all my questions, tell me what I need to fix stuff, and we flirt back and forth. Being a 'girly' single homeowner, they have kept my house from falling down around me for 10+ years now. God bless all my 'boyfriends' (most of whom are old enough to be my dad) at McClendon's Hardware!

Dec 22, 2013
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