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Good source for huckleberries in Seattle?

I trust Foraged and Found (Ballard Farmer's Market among others), but there have been a lot of problems with pickers causing lots of enviro damage in our national forests--ripping up whole bushes, for example--so I wouldn't buy them from anyone else unless you know and trust them. Huckleberries and blueberries are very common in our mountains in late August and early September, so if you're a hiker, you can pick your own. (With the weather this year, maybe they'll be early?)

Here's a good guide to the vaccinium found wild locally. It can be very difficult to tell the difference between a Huckleberry and the blueberries that grow there--in fact most people including myself regularly confuse them--but they all taste good so it doesn't matter.
http://arcadianabe.blogspot.com/2013/...

And there are tons more places to find them, but here are some: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/seasonal...

Jul 01, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Best of the farmer's markets - Seattle area

Schuh Farms has the best berries IMO. I get them at Phinney. They grow Rainier Strawberries, which are to die for (and have a short season). And, they have tayberries (again, short season).

I also like Alvarez for price/variety/quality of veggies. And the roasted peanuts.

I like Wilson Fish the best for salmon and other fresh fish.

Jun 22, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

I know The Crab Pot is awful, but . . .

It sounds like you've gotten some good answers, especially if the idea of the Vietnamese/Cajun boil sounds good (I might have to check that out sometime--I didn't even know about these places!). My thoughts--if you're local, you can do this at home. And if you're a tourist, and you can see the Crab Pot style is not really a thing here, then I'd ask, do you really need it? It is kind of like me going to, say, the Gulf Coast and really wanting to eat cedar planked salmon. Maybe there's some not so great place that does cedar planked salmon there, but why not eat at local (non chain) places that do great local seafood in the style of the region?

Jun 19, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

seeking szechuan spicy goodness

We got to La bu La and holy cow, the swimmingng fire fish was very heavy on the peppercorns! I never think there is enough but this tipped the scale the other way; it was a bit unbalanced. Still, I applaud the effort. The potatoes were extra spicy, too. I like the space, though parking is an issue. Underground was full, there is little street parking in that area, but we got the last spot in the Auto Zone lot (which is sure to be developed).

Jun 18, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Sourdough Bread (SEA)

I was on the waiting list for the Sea Wolf classes but didn't get in. I need to try that bread.

Jun 11, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

seeking szechuan spicy goodness

Thanks for the report. How do the Tender Fish Morsels differ from Swimming Fire Fish?

Jun 11, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Un Bien = un Paseo Part 3

Somewhat related...it's not trying to be Paseo but has anyone been to Bongo's? If not, check it out. The shrimp sandwich (which was my staple at Paseo) is different, in that they do it in a spicy chile-garlic sauce, but it's quite good. I thought this place was going to go out of business in about 10 minutes due to its funky location, but it's thriving.

Jun 10, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Anacortes,Wa. restaurants ?

Not a restaurant (though you can sit there) but you won't find a better crab sandwich than at Skagit's Own Fish Co. If they have cooked spot prawns, get some of those. They have little things of cocktail sauce to buy, too. They run out of crab toward the end of each day, so go for lunch.

Jun 03, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Late lunch in Pioneer Square

I like Radici. No, it's not like Il Corvo or Il Terrazzo (the latter actually did not impress me the one time I went for lunch), but there were three of us at lunch recently, and we all had very good and nicely presented dishes. I was happy to find a straight-up spaghetti with marinara--I don't see that on menus much.

Jun 01, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

RIP Bleachers

I didn't know the park was going to include that land too! That is exciting for me--I live nearby and never went to Bleachers. Sorry shuffleboard lovers. For neighborhood dives, there's still Ed's Kort House, which never seems that busy, and the Baranof.

Jun 01, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Quick trip report

We visited for the first time Sat-Tuesday over Memorial Day weekend. I did most of my research here and found this forum so useful. You guys give great advice. Most of these spots have been written about ad naseum so I won't give a play-by-play. I would not change a thing about our itinerary. I wanted a mix of casual and nicer, bigger meals and not so big, and it worked out well. We also popped in for a drink or just poked our heads in some other places I'd read about (Napoleon House, Court of 2 Sisters, etc) but none of them were placed I'd tell anyone they had to do.

Sat dinner: Galatoire's. What a transition, walking in off of Bourbon Street into Galatoire's. We went at 6:30 and were seated immediately. I didn't see a line at any point. Our waiter was very helpful and made pointed suggestions, which we took. Stuffed eggplant, crawfish etouffee, souffled potatoes, black bottom pecan pie, cocktails, all very good. The restaurant was just as fun and lively as everyone says.

Sun lunch: We were planning on the High Hat, after a walking tour of the Garden District, but they were closed for the holiday weekend. So we headed to Magazine Street, pulled up the Yelp app, and ended up at Basin Seafood. It hit the spot--I had a shrimp remoulade sandwich with a fried green tomato, and my husband had the catfish sandwich, and both were great.

Sun dinner: Bacchanal. The hipster video on their website almost put me off to this place, but we went and had a lot of fun. Good music, good food, good wine, and just a good spot. Nice to get out of the FQ. I'm sure there were other tourists there but it had more of a locals feel than any other place we went. We went on the early side (got there about 5:45) and got the last table at the time; there was some turnover, but there were quite a few people standing in back ready to pounce on your table when we left a couple of hours later. Also, we got a ride back to the FQ from Scott Roberts, who regaled us with many stories. http://blog.nola.com/mikescott/2009/0...

Mon lunch: Mr. B's. Salads, bbq shrimp, wood-grilled redfish, lemon icebox pie. The shrimp were very good though it didn't rock my world like I thought it would, but my husband was wowed by the redfish and the $1.50 martinis. Lots of tourists in t shirts and shorts here.

Mon dinner: Cochon. Corn custard with crab, rabbit and dumplings, crawfish pie, char grilled oysters. They were out of the shrimp which I'd really been looking forward to. Everything was delicious, though they could use more servers/bussers. It was mobbed, on a Monday night. Water glasses went empty until we asked, wine orders took a while. But the food was so good, it was okay. They were also very nice about not just bringing the dishes as they were done, the way a lot of small plates places do--I wanted the (small plates) custard and crawfish when my husband had his large plate (rabbit) and this was no problem. This was an easy walk from the FQ.

Tuesday lunch: Commander's Palace. Wonderful experience. So reasonably priced! 2 course lunch for $18! Husband got the 3 course with quail and the .25 martinis. What a fun wine list--you can get a glass or half glass of anything. I knew from this board to request the garden room and that is where we were seated. The only odd thing was the single rose on the menu. It was so funky (yeasty bouquet, tar finish) that I asked if it was okay. They said it was but did offer to replace it.

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Prices everywhere were so reasonable--that was such a treat. We stayed in the FQ and walked to many of these spots. I wouldn't go in May again (I hadn't realized it would be THAT hot yet, and I shivered through every single meal due to the cranked A/C) and I probably wouldn't stay in the FQ again (I wasn't prepared for how crushingly, overwhelmingly touristy it would be). The restaurants were definitely the highlight of the trip.

May 27, 2015
christy319 in New Orleans

Frying Fish

Thanks for the report.

Please help a sad girl find some Mexican food in Seattle

Has anyone checked out this Mexican grocery/deli at 78th and Aurora? It's near my house but I haven't been in, but I read about it in Eater today, and it gets rave reviews on Yelp. I'm not much of a meat eater, so it might not be my thing, but it sounds like it could be good.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/mendozas-mexi...

ETA: They have a Facebook page with daily specials (in Spanish): https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mendoz...

May 20, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

San Juan Islands Restaurants

I just saw that too! I didn't know anything about the place.

May 16, 2015
christy319 in Pacific Northwest

Savory Snack - no wheat

Frittata squares. I also love the deviled egg idea (especially if you make them pretty, with different toppings, like bacon crumbles, pickled red onion, a little asparagus tip...)--everyone loves deviled eggs.

May 14, 2015
christy319 in Home Cooking
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Finally. Good fried chicken!

I just wanted to give a shout out to Duck Island Ale House. I'd been intrigued by their "pressure fried chicken" sign every time I went by on the E (it's on Aurora) and the rave reviews on Yelp. Good chicken, maybe not the most amazing ever, or worth driving far for, but good if you are in the area. (It's better than the chicken at Brunswich and Hunt, which has gotten raves). Very good beer selection, super friendly service and a nice group of regulars who let us in on their reindeer games. It's a lot cleaner and nicer than you'd expect for a pub on Aurora. They also have "Korean style" wings that my husband loved, though it didn't really remind me of the Korean fried chicken that I've had at Chicky Pub (RIP). Very reasonably priced, too--2 meals, 3 good beers, 30-something bucks.

May 12, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Galatoire's - lunch or dinner?

*bump*
How are lines, generally, Saturday nights at Galatoire's? We land at 5 on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, and I thought that would be a nice way to kick off the weekend. But we'll be hungry, so waiting hours won't work for me. I could also go anytime through that Tuesday night (we aren't there on a Friday, so no Friday lunch). It's only a block from our hotel (Hotel Mazarin). Thanks.

May 12, 2015
christy319 in New Orleans

Breakfast with a View

Depending on what time you land, I think I-90 would be better. 405 traffic can be nasty, although I don't know specifically that northbound in the am is that bad. This might be a better question for the Trip Advisor forum.

The waterfront breakfast is hard. If you do go I-90, that makes Kirkland out of the way, but that's all I can think of too. Bellevue doesn't have a waterfront business area--it's all homes and parks. I wonder if going to West Seattle, to Alki, would be better. The Alki Cafe is across the street from the beach. But by no means is that on your way, and I've never eaten there.

There's always the Salish Lodge, which is on the way and pretty dramatically placed, though it's upscale.

May 11, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Authentic Chinese, any region

Redsaffron, you haven't been to the Eastside much, I'm guessing. While "ethnically diverse" wouldn't be the right way to characterize the Eastside, because migration is really from just a couple of places, the Eastside is now 30% foreign born, largely from China and India (I think this is what apardoe was getting at, rather than true diversity with many different ethnic groups). And that's just foreign born, it doesn't count any second generation of any group. Go to Bellevue Square, any Eastside park, downtown Bellevue restaurants. It has changed phenomenally in the past 10 years.

Although I'm not sure why apardoe is telling me to "accept" this--i didn't argue it anywhere.

May 08, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

seeking szechuan spicy goodness

Here's something on the new La Bu La. I think the Chinese restaurant scene in Bellevue has gotten competitive enough that the former Bamboo Garden is really trying to stand out. Their FB page had a lot of photos and it's a very sleek and modern space, not like any other Chinese place around (that I've been to anyway). A real bar, with a real bartender, and happy hour too.

http://seattle.eater.com/2015/5/4/854...

seeking szechuan spicy goodness

We checked out O'Yeah Asian last night.
The good: They didn't dumb down the spice, on the fish anyway. Lots of Szechuan peppercorns in the Boiled Fish in Chile Paste. Nice staff.

The okay: The food was pretty good, but not as good as the Szechuan places in Bellevue. We got our standbys: fish in boiled chile paste (aka fish in water, swimming fire fish), shredded potato with chile pepper, ma po tofu, pea vines (but they gave us a choy) and I ordered "special pickle dish" which I thought would be, you know, pickles, but it turned out to be glass noodles, picked/fermented cabbage, and either pork or chicken. Without going into nitpicky detail, nothing was as good as Bamboo Garden/La Bu La, even on one of their not so good nights. Sigh. So we keep going to Belleuve.

They had 3 different versions of the boiled fish dish, but no one could explain in English what the differences were. I am still curious to know.

Sourdough Bread (SEA)

Oh, thanks for the tip!

Apr 30, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

seeking szechuan spicy goodness

I saw that too. I am gratified to see that they have a photo of Swimming Fire Fish on the main page and call it their signature dish, and that they seem to have adopted "home of the swimming fire fish" as their motto. I hope that next time I go for it they don't have their substitute chef and it's back to normal.

On the way to Whistler a few weeks ago I had a killer "Boiled fish in chile paste" (Swimming Fire Fish by another name) broth at Alvin Garden, a Hunan place in Burnaby. It was divine. But I missed the wood ear mushrooms and sprouts I get at Bamboo Garden-it was just fish and celery.

Apr 24, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Authentic Chinese, any region

Bellevue, Boo. I get it, but boo. My kingdom for good Szechuan/Hunan in the NW quadrant of the city.

I know, I know, it's not the right market for it.

Apr 23, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

lynnwood to anacortes, where to stop for lunch?

I've only been to Taqueria La Bamba in Mt Vernon once, but it was delicious. They had prawn ceviche tostadas, which is my favorite thing to get but not every Mexican place has it. It's tucked back and not obvious from the road. It serves a Mexican clientele and when they brought out the complimentary salsas, the kid looked back and forth at us a few times then said, "sorry, these are spicy." Lol.

But I would highly, highly recommend going and getting a crab sandwich, or a lobster roll, at Skagit's Own Fish Market.

Apr 21, 2015
christy319 in Pacific Northwest

Gravity Bar clones?

Does Sunlight Cafe on Roosevelt still exist? I used to love those salads with lemon tahini dressing, sprouts and sunflower seeds. Boy do I eat differently now.

Apr 21, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Sourdough Bread (SEA)

That's what's different about the bread I posted about. It's a loaf, but it's so dense and heavy. Though really, it's not the shape I'm hung up on. It's the denseness and tang.

Apr 20, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Walk-In Happy Hour for a group of 20?

Quality Athletics is huge and has some good stuff, but it probably wouldn't work right before a game, unless you called ahead.

Apr 17, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Walk-In Happy Hour for a group of 20?

Altstadt. I've done work groups here and they've been very accomodating, holding tables and allowing separate tabs (I called to arrange this). It is fun and cool but not a dive at all. It's a big space with BIG tables, which is why I think walk ins would be fine.

Pike Place Brewery is another spot we've gone for work, and some people like it but I prefer Altstadt.

ETA: Just saw you said cocktails. Don't remember if they have these or if its all beer.

Apr 17, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Cheng Biao Yang Opens Country Dough in Pike Place This Summer

Oh, very cool, thanks.

Apr 13, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle