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Overwhelmed, need ideas on where to start

If you follow some of sweetpotaters good suggestions for Fremont ( a great neighborhood to visit if you stay there or not), I like to suggest people check into the free Theo's Chocolate tour. Interesting, and LOTS of free samples!

Overwhelmed, need ideas on where to start

You can search advice right here on the Seattle board by neighborhood. I always suggest people create a google map of where they are visiting and 'pin' places to it that sound good to you, and then just have that on your phone to help you navigate anywhere you happen to be.

As for your visit to Chihuly, it might be nice to plan on breakfast or HH at Lower Queen Ann's Toulouse Petit. Well priced, interesting options and a fun atmosphere.

Overwhelmed, need ideas on where to start

For boots, and even better, a wonderful umbrella, try Bella Umbrella in the Pike Place Market. There is no 'S' on the end of Pike :) Common mistake that makes you stand out from the locals.

Jul 29, 2014
gingershelley in Greater Seattle

Staying at Silver Cloud Inn University district

If you want great Thai, hit up Thai Tom on the Ave. It's the place with the line out the door and just a small place with counter seating. Fun to watch the cooks do their thing, and the food is GREAT.

Echo comments on Frank's oyster House esp. at happy hour. Pair, Din Tai Fung Dumplings, Fran's in U Village. Zoka coffee.

Jul 29, 2014
gingershelley in Greater Seattle

Chicago Foodies to Cannon Beach

Go to Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria; great brunch, lunch or dinner. Owned by Ann and Tony Kitchner, who had a famous restaurant on the washington coast for decades called the Shoalwater... great location, original and classic seafood dishes. super view of the shipping traffic at mouth of the Columbia River - excellent wine list and full bar. Don't miss it, or Ecola Seafood.

Participle Placement in Recipes

Being a person who has worked for a living testing recipes, editing for cookbooks, etc.; I will say this is VITAL information.

Any cookbook worth it's salt - no pun intended - would set up a recipe format covering such information layout at the beginning so all recipes use the same participle placement and resulting ingredient weight/volume for accurate reproduction by cookbook users.

There IS a world of difference between 500g leeks, trimmed, and 500g trimmed leeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jun 08, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking

Seattle Trip Recommendations

Better yet, take a ferry ride to Bainbridge for the water views, and view back to Seattle Skyline, and lunch in Winslow at Restaurant Marche for an upscale lunch, or the Harbor Public House for nice locally-sourced pub lunch (the deck is great on a nice day, and the fish and chips are great!).

Jun 08, 2014
gingershelley in Greater Seattle

Wedding Dinner for 16 People

I had my rehearsal dinner at Serafina on Eastlake, and it was about that size; they worked with me on a custom menu, and food was served family style in courses. A very great experience all-around. Family and friends still talk about it - great food and atmosphere; we were seated at a long table they set up for us.

Certainly worth a call to see what they could do for you at your price point.

We had several platters of assorted crostini with toppings like chicken livers, fava bean puree with mint, and classic bruschetta. Then a wonderful salad of roasted beets with a minted vinaigrette over beet greens, arugal and spinach with nuts and goat cheese, then a roasted chicken dish with olives and lemon, soft polenta and roasted asparagus. Dessert was a dark chocolate torte with raspberries, and a cheese platter with nuts, grapes, and figs.

Wine was extra - Dad dealt with that so I don't know the costs of that part.

This was years ago, but I believe we paid $28 per person ++; expect this would be about $10 more in today's dollars. Worth a call!

Jun 01, 2014
gingershelley in Greater Seattle

The best thing you've never had?

Will, put Perigord on your France itinerary, and stay on a Foie production farm; you can see the geese run around, eat a wonderful goose and Foie dinner, and perhaps watch, er, 'production' - did this a few years ago, and LOVED the experience!

This is the one we stayed at. Nice rooms and prices too!
http://www.domainedelarhonie.com/

May 14, 2014
gingershelley in General Topics

Jon Favreau's movie, "Chef"

I am going to a matinee tomorrow to see it LW; looking forward to it! Good reviews mostly, except for 'all the loose ends too tied up' I here.

Sounds like he did his time to get his 'knife chops' and cooking cred b4 making the film. Great cast too. Excited!

Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos

LOVED it!

Seattle Trip Help 5/4-5/7 Food Experiences and restaurant help

Delancey Pizza is great. Chewy and on the quite-charred side; which I happen to like. Essex, their bar next door is very preciously cool - kind of hipster. The Pantry at Delancey just hosted David Leibovitz a couple weeks ago for a book signing lunch, so that says something about quality.

Miller's Guild is top notch for craft cocktails and plates.

May 10, 2014
gingershelley in Greater Seattle

Seattle Trip Help 5/4-5/7 Food Experiences and restaurant help

I get it ACGold..... we West Seattle-ites feel like the Viaduct, 509 and 518 are our own private freeways, which we grudgingly share with folks from Burien, Des Moines, etc. and all the cabs and town cars heading too and from the airport:)

May 10, 2014
gingershelley in Greater Seattle

cheap places to eat in Tukwila?

DO go up the 518 to Burien; great food choices as mentioned, and an actual 'town' with a main street, etc. that can take the mall and subdivision hell out of your trip :)

May 10, 2014
gingershelley in Greater Seattle

cheap places to eat in Tukwila?

Go to Bai Tong in Southcenter; one of the best Thai resto's in greater SEA... in a small mall on Southcenter Parkway.

http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/1/1238230...

May 10, 2014
gingershelley in Greater Seattle

cheap places to eat in Tukwila?

Naan and Curry is really, really, some of the best Indian in greater Seattle. Go!

May 10, 2014
gingershelley in Greater Seattle

What's Up With So Few Tacoma Mentions? No Chow There?

You had me at 'smoked elk hash" for DOA... please share more Tacoma 'finds'!

Thanks!

May 10, 2014
gingershelley in Greater Seattle

What's for Dinner #294 - April Weekend Edition [Through April 29, 2014]

Me too, suzigirl!

Apr 29, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #294 - April Weekend Edition [Through April 29, 2014]

Thanks Roxlet!

Apr 29, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #294 - April Weekend Edition [Through April 29, 2014]

thanks LW! And yes, carrots can go in a container if it's deep, and has slightly sandy soil. Try the multi-colored ones - they are fun!

Seattle Trip Help 5/4-5/7 Food Experiences and restaurant help

AC; to get to West Seattle from airport, you don't take I5, but the 518 and 509.... why travel so far East, just to swing back West? :)

Apr 29, 2014
gingershelley in Greater Seattle

Seattle Trip Help 5/4-5/7 Food Experiences and restaurant help

Actually, yes; West Seattle can be completely on the way from the airport IF you take the alternate route from airport by skipping I5, and instead take the 518 to the 509 (toward the Viaduct), and hop off onto the West Seattle Bridge.

This route is the way all the towncars and cabs take from DT Seattle to the airport. It can be much faster than I5 as well. All of us West Seattleite's keep this 'fast back route' to ourselves....just look it up - easy peasy:).

Apr 29, 2014
gingershelley in Greater Seattle

What's for Dinner #294 - April Weekend Edition [Through April 29, 2014]

U go girl! Sounds like a great meal this side of the Fatherland....

Apr 28, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #294 - April Weekend Edition [Through April 29, 2014]

Don't Beach Boys on the box guarantee us some fine summer weather? More power to us all from such a dinner and soundtrack.

Missed you Steve!

What's for Dinner #294 - April Weekend Edition [Through April 29, 2014]

Jeanne, I SO get how that can be having worked in the restoration market of HO insurance; getting people back into their houses after a loss; it super sucks that you had to stay in a temp. housing place for so long.

Glad your back in your place and finding you way with dinner! Simple but yummy is the best.

Apr 28, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #294 - April Weekend Edition [Through April 29, 2014]

Ah, the cockroach of the herb world... what a fine beverage it makes in the Mojito!

Perhaps it should be renamed ' cockroach with rum and lime" ? :)

Apr 28, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #294 - April Weekend Edition [Through April 29, 2014]

seesta, I am ALL about mayo, mustard(s), horsey, pickles (my homemade of course), tomatoes, etc.

Gilding said Lily is part of the fun!

What's for Dinner #294 - April Weekend Edition [Through April 29, 2014]

Now THIS is the food-porn I have been missing!

Nice job RJBH.... must get your advice on a smoker to put in the backyard....

Apr 28, 2014
gingershelley in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #294 - April Weekend Edition [Through April 29, 2014]

Gini, I am with you. Pass the bibs, the napkins and a giant pile of crawfish.....

What's for Dinner #294 - April Weekend Edition [Through April 29, 2014]

Hi, LW - et all; missed you last few months! Had to take a break from CH as I let it be too much of a time-suck... back on track with work and projects, so thought I would come back to one of my communities I missed:).

Planting just starting here as temps at night over 40 finally... AND, it's going to get into the mid-70's this week, which should help some seeds sprout. Going in are herbs, lettuce, late chard, several kinds of beans & peas, and multi-colored carrots:)

As for cooking, yesterday I made a pan of spanikopita, tarted up with some finely chopped swiss chard stems sauteéd with the onion and garlic that needed to be used up. That was a tasty veg dinner with a cucumber/tomato/yogurt salad.

WFD tonight? I don't even know yet - the days are getting long, I am just home from some meetings and need to take out the recycling for tomorrows pick up. That will let me get a few trips through the garden to the curb to recharge, feel the sunshine, and think about what's in the fridge/freezer to make. Veg-centric me thinks.:)!