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What food find still haunts you - that you had once and haven't found since?

Hi equinoise!

The restaurant you mentioned sounds an awful lot like my favourite Italian place in that area called Cafe Veloce.

Were there vespa and posters everywhere and it had a nice ambiance? If so, the good news is that it's still there! If not, the good news is that there is a great hidden gem in Kirkland for you to try! ^_^ I love their Dungeoness Scallopini and the Crab Ravioli.

Hope this helps!!!

Need a tgiving "greens" dish that isn't the traditional creamed whatever...

I don't know if this is "greens" enough for you because it is a fennel dish, but I wanted to put it out there anyway as it is a GREAT vegetarian option. I pretty much swear by it.

<a href= "http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Fennel-i..."> Fennel in Honey and Wine </a>. Enjoy!

Nov 20, 2011
starshinesMonet in Home Cooking

Best Chinese food in Seattle area (Chinatown/ID up to Everett)

You know, I am a BIG fan of soupy noodles and/or juk, but I just cannot get into Mike's. Which is odd, because it has been recommended to me several times by multiple people and I LOVE their Portland counterpart - Kenny's Noodle House (really fantastic you tiao & fish/pumpkin congee/juk).

I used to like KC Kitchen's congee as my go-to, but they changed the home-made flavor and I don't care for it much anymore (plus, it really IS cheaper just to make a huge batch of it myself... ).

Authentic Chinese Food in PDX

What are some of your favourites?

The only place that I've ever seen make a Shangdong dish was Spiced in Washington and they made the very simple (but deicious) brisket in onion pancake dish, which is basically just street food. I am truly surprised no one has founded a great Chinese street food food cart in Portland or Seattle yet. There is a WHOLE enterprise waiting to happen there that I think is on the rise.

5 days in Portland for burntout restaurant folk

Actually, rochowski, I can't eat either now. After having tried Bamboo in Portland and Burgers N’ Brew in Sacramento, I realize I cannot eat burgers anywhere else because I’ve been far too spoiled.

However, I do have to defend In N’ Out for one point that you made though. While Burgerville has better ethics, for those of us from California who [still] LOVE In N’ Out there is no comparison. When I moved to the Pacific NW, I found that I was suddenly bombarded by people who wanted to introduce me to “the NW’s version of In N’ Out.” None of which were at all close to the real thing. Some were good, some were better – none were close. There’s just something about In N’ Out that sucks Californian’s in, at least for awhile anyway. But everyone has different tastes, so perhaps Burgerville brings something to the table for you that I miss when eating it. (I recognize that this was sarigan’s argument and not yours, I’m just backing my point up).

I must say, however, that while I don’t think Burgerville lives up to this pedestal you’ve placed them on, I am a BIG fan of their business practices. It’s great that they have such a fan base in Portland, because I always want those restaurants with great ethics/business practices to succeed and in that respect they will always win my heart over In N’ Out.

But unfortunately, the taste never did. And I've had multiple opportunities to weigh my options, but they just don't bring anything to the table for me. I am glad that you are such an enthusiastic fan of theirs, but while the meat might be free range, it just doesn't taste good to me (which is odd, considering free-range also usually stands for "tastes awesome").

Now, Bamboo manages to utilize these same ethical business practices, while giving me a product I can't get enough of. But as JillO pointed out, restaurant vs. fast food = Better.

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Burgerville
8218 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97220

Authentic Chinese Food in PDX

Thank you for that tip! I am from Dongying (Shangdong) and my first reaction was excitement at the prospect of finding a restaurant that caters to my hometown. Oh well...

5 days in Portland for burntout restaurant folk

So, mulvaneyp - where's the follow up? I want to know where you went and how it was! Let us know, please!

5 days in Portland for burntout restaurant folk

That's because it's amazing! I DO wish more restaurants would catch on to the cool-ness of drinking vinegars that Pok Pok has established! The world need more drinking vinegars!

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Pok Pok
3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

5 days in Portland for burntout restaurant folk

After a number of bad experiences I have decided that I actually DO NOT like Burgerville. If you want a really good burger, get the one at Castagne or Bamboo sushi's kobe beef burger. Seriously, it's as good as Burgers n' Brew (in Sacramento - I used to live there).

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Burgerville
8218 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97220

Authentic Chinese Food in PDX

Pleen,

I have yet to try either Hunan Pearl or Good Taste, but my favorite place if I'm craving Chinese is Kenny's Noodle house, because it's very basic. I am particularly keen on their ginger/scallion noodles (a little on the salty side though) and especially of the fish and pumkin congee/jook. Their beef broth is good as well, but a bit too salty for me. They also make their you tiao fresh so it comes out hot whenever I order it. Most of this stuff, I can make myself but I really do like their congee, so once in awhile I spoil myself when I'm in the area for food shopping. I'm curious to hear what you think/thought of them.

Other than that, I don't really know of anywhere in Portland and haven't had many places recommended to me, so I usually just make a trek up to Vancouver (I usually live in Seattle area, Portland is for family) or eat at one of my neighborhood places in Seattle.

Question for the board: Is Hunan Pearl actually Hunan cuisine? I haven't had it since I left China, so I would be curious to try it based on that alone.

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Hunan Pearl Restaurants
15160 Bangy Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

New Yorker coming to Portland

Hi Clash!

Personally, I've read through a number of these threads and have not found enough diversity for my liking. As already mentioned I would try Toro Bravo, ClarkLewis and PokPok, however I would like to include a few I haven't seen here yet.

Navarre - incredible menues are created here, my last visit the theme was Brittany-inspired cuisine, but the owner/chef changes this semi-regularly. I describe this as french tapas with some influence of Basque, but i have heard some claim it is spanish as well. Either way the food here always makes me feel inspired to create after indulging.

For more casual settings:

Biwa - more of a noodle house with some innovative cusine and house made shochu

Ken's Artisan's Pizza - get there @ 5pm unless you like waiting for a table.

Bamboo sushi - great sushi/sashimi selection, great saki selection - incredible Kobe beef burger <3

Jade Teahouse - (Sellwood) Try the vietnamese wedding cake - you won't be disappointed! The stew and hum bao here are excellent also.

Kenny's noodle house - VERY CASUAL but authentic Chinese.
BEST congee and scallion/ginger noodles in the city (possibly the whole Pacific NW - definitely in the city) and the ONLY place i would order you tiao (chinese donuts).

Alma's or Pix for dessert

That's all I can think of for the moment, but i am sure more will come to me soon! Enjoy your visit to Portland foodies!

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Biwa
215 SE 9th Ave Ste 102, Portland, OR 97214

Toro Bravo
120 NE Russell St Ste A, Portland, OR 97212

Jade Teahouse
7912 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Best goose in paris

Merci beaucoup, Souphie! Your answer was very helpful - I learned many new things and I will try Coq Saint Honoré and l'Encrier. I have heard good things about both, and I will try to report back my thoughts in June!

Apr 01, 2011
starshinesMonet in France

Best goose in paris

Thank you everyone! This was actually very helpful! I will check out your recommendations or come back for Christmas sometime! ^_^

Apr 01, 2011
starshinesMonet in France

Are There No Good, Inexpensive Places In Paris?

My vote would be for L'Affriole in the 7th. It is more modern cuisine, but their dinner is 32-35E/person for a 3-course meal. Lunch might be too steep for you @ 29E a person, but dinner it quite reasonable and the cuisine is lovely.

Apr 01, 2011
starshinesMonet in France

Are There No Good, Inexpensive Places In Paris?

Mr .Talbott,

Where would you recommend for eating goose in Paris (or Giverny /Rouen)? To tie it into this thread, is there an inexpensive restaurant that serves goose [particularly well]?

Thank you!

Monet

Mar 30, 2011
starshinesMonet in France

Best goose in paris

Allo Chowhounds!

Boyfriend and I are on our way to Paris in May and I need a recommendation for where to find the tasty goose served in Paris. I am also willing to buy it from a shop if you have any recommendation for that.

Thank you!

Monet

Mar 30, 2011
starshinesMonet in France

Sichuan in Seattle

Andrew - You are the first person I've seen on Chow who knew that the 'beef roll' was from Shangdong (my home province) - WELL DONE! :) They do an excellent job of them too - almost as good as my mothers! (Please don't read this, mama!)

My favourite dish is their twice-cooked fish (#92), but it has a different name there. I think it is chili-fried fish or something like that. I also love their Mao-braised pork, but my husband likes their ox-tail best though (Jiangsu-Shanghai boy).

My family and I are also big fans of their lamb dishes, particularly

If you could only eat in five Seattle restaurants for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

I didn't think of that! Did you mean within Seattle proper or anywhere? Otherwise I have some MAJOR revisions.

p.S> I LOVE SItka and Spruce!

5 days in Portland for burntout restaurant folk

I like Burgerville, but it is not even CLOSE to In N Out. Sorry, it just isn't.

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Burgerville
429 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97233

5 days in Portland for burntout restaurant folk

Where is your restaurant? I'm originally from Sac and visit often. I've love to eat at your restaurant - I think Sacramento is HUGELY lacking in the farm-to-table restaurant area.

My votes for must have Portland food:

1. Navarre ($$$ - worth it)

2. Pok-Pok - I frequently dream about their drinking vinegars, fish sauce wings and the khao soi kai.

3. Pix - must dessert right?

4. Since someone already mentioned the food carts and Ken's, I would suggest Bamboo (sushi) next to Ken's Pizza - they have the most INCREDIBLE Kobe beef burger I have ever had. I know, who goes to a sushi restaurant for a burger, right? But seriously, there are only 3 places I would go for a burger in the world:
A. Burgers n Brew
B. Bamboo
C. Cafe Castagne (also good food there)

5. Jade Teahouse (Sellwood) - This place was a real surprise, but they serve some pretty fantastic food here. I like their Hum Bao, Beef stew and their electric green Vietnamese wedding cake. Bonus - they also make wonderful macaroons (as good as Pix, but half the price!).

Honourable mentions: Biwa (home-style Japanese and shochu master), Kenny's Noodle House (congee/Chinese), ClarkLewis (be prepared to spend $200-400 on dinner), Toro Bravo (tapas - so yummy).

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Biwa
215 SE 9th Ave Ste 102, Portland, OR 97214

Toro Bravo
120 NE Russell St Ste A, Portland, OR 97212

Noodle House
13600 SW Pacific Hwy, Portland, OR 97223

Jade Teahouse
7912 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202

If you could only eat in five Seattle restaurants for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

Oh there are so many places on this list I haven't been to yet that I HAVE to try!

OK, so my five 'must have' Seattle restaurants would be:

1. Spiced - I actually dread the day I cannot have this food anymore. It will like a loss in the family.

2. Monsoon - The food is essential to my idea of good food and some of the most talented bartenders in the state reside at Monsoon's Eastside location.

3. Shiki is absolutely on this list, because not only do they have some amazing sushi but what really shines for me are the home-style dishes, such as sakura braised sardines (very seasonal) and chawan-mushi. Which is funny, because so few people mention them in their reviews.

4. Before they closed, Crement may have made this list. I only went once and it made a real impression. Unfortunately it closed very soon after I went, so I never had another opportunity. Eating their country French was like a day at home though, and I've always felt sorry I didn't have more than one experience there. I still dream about the cassoulet and potage we had that night.

So, apparently I have only been to three places that I feel I could not live without. I will keep thinking about it...

Savory Chocolate Recipes

My office is having a chocolate themed potluck, so I've been looking for some savory chocolate recipes myself. Here are a few of my more innovative favourites:

http://www.gourmet.com/restaurants/20...
This article is fantastic, but more for ideas than the recipes themselves. It suggests adding cocoa to roasted cauliflower and mentions a dish that "married cocoa with sweet parsnip purée and earthy black truffle" which sounds just INCREDIBLE.

And these just looked yummy.
http://www.ifood.tv/recipe/beef_short...

http://www.food.com/recipe/aztec-sout...
Aztec South American Chocolate and Chilli Glazed Pork Strips

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/recipe?id=9...
Chicken Mole pot pie!

http://www.cacaoweb.net/savory.html

http://www.greenandblacks.com/us/reci...
I was surprised by the sheer amount of recipes included online, as well as the efficiency of the website.

Feb 05, 2011
starshinesMonet in Home Cooking

Best Chinese food in Seattle area (Chinatown/ID up to Everett)

I think I have been to this place! If it's the one I'm thinking about it really is worth the drive! It has the spiciest dishes I've found and their hot pot is wonderful! Incidently, it is also the ONLY place I will order mapo tofu. Which is saing a lot, because I HATE Americanized Chinese food.

Best Chinese food in Seattle area (Chinatown/ID up to Everett)

Nice list! I agree with you about Din Tai Fung - I've had the real thing and this is good, but it isn't the same. The pork is leaner (for Seattl-ite health reasons), which is fine, but it affects the authentic flavour and juiciness of the xiao long bao.

Do you know if Mike's noodle House is as good as its Portland cousin? We love Kenny's, but have yet to brave Mike's because we can always make our own congee.

Sichuan in Seattle

Are you white? Did you ask them to make it spicier? Ask them next time - if you are white they will give you lao wei range of spicy, but if you specify you like things REALLY spicy they will make it that way.

Sichuan in Seattle

Go for Spiced. Best sichuan or Chinese in the entire state - period. I eat at A LOT of Chinese restaurant, including home cooking, including Sichuanese home cooking -- Spiced is the best.

My favourite is the #92 (it's twice cooked fish with red chili pepper and sichuanese peppercorns, but they have another name for it), beef rolls (a favourite of my native province, Shangdong), Mao style pork - beautiful take on braised pork belly elsewhere and their green beans - amazing ya zai, I think they make their own, but I'm not certain.

Truthfully, I don't think you can order poorly here, but those are my favourites. This is the ONLY place I will take friends or relatives, including my mother-in-law (a chef, VERY PICKY) when they visit. Try it - you will NOT be disappointed.

Mole emergency

Hi everyone!
My office is having a "chocolate-theme" potluck next week, and I thought it would be fun to have roasted pork mole enchiladas. Do you think pork belly would be best for this task? Or should I try for the 'fall-apart tender' shoulder variety?

Please help!

Feb 03, 2011
starshinesMonet in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner XXIX [old]

Oh that sounds heavenly! PLEASE tell me you posted the recipe for this somewhere! If not, will you please???

Feb 03, 2011
starshinesMonet in Home Cooking

Most complicated and impossible recipe you know

How did that turn out? Can you recommend a good recipe? I was thinking of making roasted pork mole enchiladas, any suggestions??

Feb 03, 2011
starshinesMonet in Home Cooking

What does your Thanksgiving menu look like?

We were snowed in as well, so we just used what was on hand - but it actually turned out GREAT! We ended up concocting a kind of pears braised in sherry butter in melted spiced chocolate reduction for dessert - it was terrific!

Feb 03, 2011
starshinesMonet in Home Cooking