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Honeymoon in PNW - Vegetarians Seeking Meals / Lodging

I can't believe I forgot about Poppy. The vegetarian thali is great.

about 18 hours ago
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Honeymoon in PNW - Vegetarians Seeking Meals / Lodging

Rainier is 2 hours away and amazing--really, really amazing--but you won't find amazing food options. You can do it as a day trip, though, and if food is a priority that's probably your best bet. (You probably can't gather mushrooms in the park, but should be able to on national forest lands adjacent). Stay in Seattle and day trip. Seattle's less than an hour from the mountains so it's easy to just go on a day hike or picnic--the Snoqualmie Pass area is closest, but you do need to hike away from the interstate. Denny Creek is an easy trail if you just want nice woods, and if you only want to drive 45 minutes it would be the ticket. I'd make the case that you should just do the longer drive to Rainier, though. But when is this trip? Our mountains have snow on the ground Nov through Mid-July.

In general, the only mountain area where you might find decent veg food is the Methow Valley, but at 3.5 hours from Seattle, it's a bit far for your trip.
http://mazama.org/
http://winthropwashington.com/

Leavenworth might have something decent. Lake Wenatchee, near Leavenworth, is a big mushroom hunting area.

There's much written online on Seattle and veg food...here's one:
http://www.seattlemet.com/eat-and-dri...

Sutra would be the "nicest" place.

2 days ago
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Dinner near water-taxi?

Look at menus for Lecosho, Matt's in the Market, Bar Sajor (this is not a favorite of mine but I'm in the minority)...these are a 5-8 minute walk from the water taxi dock downtown. There aren't amazing choices right around the dock. You'll get a good meal at BOKA in Hotel 1000 which is very close, but if you're willing to walk a bit you can do better. The Library Bistro in the Alexis Hotel has a good happy hour that you can make dinner out of and it's also close, but again, not the very best option. The immediate area has a lot of place open for lunch for office workers, and then you get into Pioneer Square which has sports bars and clubs, but not "well appointed food."

Aug 22, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Downtown Seafood

Matt's in the Market. Perfect for what you what. Great space and food. I find a lot of the downtown seafood options disappointing (ie Elliots, Brooklyn, Blueacre, Steelhead...none are terrible, but none wow me) but Matt's is consistently good. They don't bill themselves as a seafood restaurant but like any good Seattle restaurant there's always seafood options, but check the menu and see what you think.

At the airport, there is decent enough stuff (Anthony's, Dish D'lish which is better for breakfast and lunch) but I wouldn't purposely go to the airport hungry just to eat there. But if you don't have time to eat before catching your plane, Anthony's will be fine.

Aug 22, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Seafood lunch

Matt's in the Market.

I haven't been to Market Grill in ages but always loved them back when I used to go, so hopefully Booklegger's suggestions means they are still great. But it isn't a restaurant like A&O--it's just a counter.

Aug 15, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Chik-fil-A

Are they really supposed to produce stellar fast food? How so? I've only eaten there once, in a moment of desperation in the Philadelphia aiport, but it was bad generic fast food. The only thing I saw online about quality was about not using chicken given antibiotics, but there's nothing to indicate that the chicken isn't the typical inhumane factory farmed stuff, and in fact there's a Philadelphia Mag article lambasting them for supporting factory farming.

Aug 13, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle
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Ballard/Fremont/Phinney/Greenwood Searching for Not So Darn Sweet Thai Food

I was going to recommend my favorites but then I realized you are looking for the opposite of what I look for. I'm so tired of the standard menu with the standard flavors...so many Thai places seem the exact same to me. So I look for places that have more interesting menus, which might mean they don't have the 2 standard soups you find everywhere.

But, besides Pestle Rock, which I agree is fantastic, you might check out Savatdee and Mai Thaiku. Savatdee might have Tom Kha/Tom Yum on their regular menu (they have a great Lao menu too).

I'm surprised to hear people recommend Thai Siam. It's been a while but I don't remember it being good. Maybe I'll have to try it again.

Aug 11, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Fresh Pickles?

I use this one from egullet, though I add lots of coriander seed a la The Pickle Guys.
http://forums.egullet.org/topic/89890...

Jul 31, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Taylor Shellfish at Pioneer Square

I went today for lunch and for the price, I wasn't actually blown away. The mussels were good but I didn't love the baked (miso/mushroom) or fried oysters, but that may be partially my fault as I often don't love cooked oyster preparations (I was with coworkers and we shared). One of the things I don't love about the menu is that everything is fairly small--all of the cooked oysters come with 4 or 5. It felt more like small plates rather than something that is an actual meal, and generally for a work lunch I want a meal. They are going to start making po'boys next week, which will be good, as the whole sandwich should make a real lunch. I'll have to come back for HH, too, and just get raw oysters.

Jul 31, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

MSP Hound visiting end of June - Rec's needed - San Juan Islands

Unless you hire Outer Island Expeditions or Leap Frog Water Taxi services. They'll make getting between Lummi and Orcas a lot easier. I believe they'll pull right up to the beach at Willows.

Jul 31, 2014
christy319 in Pacific Northwest

Des Moines Update

I feel a little sheepish admitting that we didn't go anywhere. My husband was dubious we'd have time before our first event and so I bought some Sun Liquor Gin on the plane (yay for Alaska Airlines for having liquor from small Seattle distilleries!) then ran down to the hotel's free happy hour thing they do for tonic and lime, and mixed the cocktail in my room. Then the event turned out to have an open bar (I thought it was going to be dry) so we didn't go out after. But we will be back soon so I do have more opportunities...

Jul 30, 2014
christy319 in Great Plains

Des Moines Update

I'll tell my husband about that place, we'll be back for another wedding soon. It would be nice for him to get a good version. I have no complaints about ambiance. But it was filthy. REALLY filthy. And I say that as someone that generally thinks a not so clean place is a sign of an authentic restaurant (this mostly applies to ethnic places). And the servers/cooks...I don't know if they were stoned or what, but they couldn't remember anything. There were five of us and we kept having to ask for other things we'd ordered, even though they'd written them down, and we'd just get this blank look, then they'd go over than dunk the fries in the oil or get the drink. But how can they forget to bring people their drinks and fries when the ordered the combo, until they'd finished the main thing? The onion rings were not special. It seemed like Sysco all the way.

Jul 29, 2014
christy319 in Great Plains

Des Moines Update

My husband never ate Tasty Tacos growing up and didn't really know about them. But I wish we'd gone there rather than GeorgeTCK because that was terrible. My husband was horrified to see them take a preformed, prebattered tenderloin out of the fridge and flop it on the grill--apparently they used to make it in front of him. I won't go into all the other ways it was terrible but wow, there was no effort whatsoever with anything (know it's supposed to be a dive and you might expect some sticky counters and attitude from servers, but they took this WAY too far). But after we went to Bauder's for ice cream sodas (and actually I got an egg salad too because my GTCK was so bad) and that was great. And the Des Moines Farmers Market was great, too, although the actual farmers seemed pretty lonely--it was the prepared foods that had the lines.

Jul 29, 2014
christy319 in Great Plains

Des Moines Update

Surprisingly, I haven't heard about Tasty Tacos...I know about Taco Pizza, and my relatives in eastern Iowa love what they call "walking tacos" which I find baffling on a number of levels (like, you can walk with a regular taco).

Jul 24, 2014
christy319 in Great Plains

Alaskan Cruise Stopping in Juneau & Skagway

Oh, right! I had a terrific lox bagel at the Silverbow. It's just a bagel bakery/deli but great for that.

Jul 24, 2014
christy319 in Pacific Northwest

MSP Hound visiting end of June - Rec's needed - San Juan Islands

I just saw this in the Times:
http://seattletimes.com/html/travel/2...

Jul 24, 2014
christy319 in Pacific Northwest

Taylor Shellfish at Pioneer Square

We tried to go for lunch yesterday, and were greeted with a sign that said "we're all shucked out!". Their inaugural HH on Tuesday must have been much busier than anticipated. So we ended up at London Plane, where I convinced myself that I need to stop trying Matt Dillon's places. I just don't like his food. At all. Though I love that he's opening popular spots in Pioneer Square--every little bit helps that area.

Jul 24, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Des Moines Update

We're in town for a wedding and all of our meals are accounted for, between rehearsal dinner/wedding/husband reliving childhood favorite's ie George the chili king. But thanks.

Jul 23, 2014
christy319 in Great Plains

Des Moines Update

Thanks, I'll look at websites for all of these spots.

jhojati, it didn't necessarily have to be a craft cocktail bar, but someplace I could get a gin and tonic and not have to choose between only Tanqueray and Bombay Sapphire. I'm not sure if Iowa laws allow for local distilleries but if so, the kind of place that would have locally made liquor. Or a classic, old school spot is great, or a restaurant with a bar area--Lucca sounds nice. I'll look at the websites of the spots you mentioned--that's really just what I was hoping for, a list of places that make "better" cocktails.

I'll skip the breweries as beer is my drink of last resort, and anyway I live in Seattle and can't throw a rock without hitting a brewery. :)

Jul 22, 2014
christy319 in Great Plains

Des Moines Update

Can anyone recommend a good cocktail bar downtown? We're staying at the Embassy Suites so something within a mile or so?

Jul 22, 2014
christy319 in Great Plains

MSP Hound visiting end of June - Rec's needed - San Juan Islands

I get wine at Roses--its where I also buy bread, and cheese if I need it. I get oysters, clams, crabs and salmon at Buck Bay Shellfish Farm. The main grocery is good--I'm always surprised at what I find there (mini Vermont Creamery cultured butters, signs advertising whole pigs, a locally made habenero sauce that I now love). There's a natural food store but I haven't been in in ages. I get baked goods and desserts at Roses or Brown Bear Baking.

I don't know why another poster is telling you to stock up elsewhere. We don't even bring much up from Seattle.

Jul 16, 2014
christy319 in Pacific Northwest

Alaskan Cruise Stopping in Juneau & Skagway

It's VERY touristy, but you can get decent crab at Tracy's Crab Shack. I don't think the crab rolls are as good as what I can get at my favorite places down here in WA state, but they were pretty good. I did a lot of research but didn't find anything else in Juneau worth mentioning.

Jul 15, 2014
christy319 in Pacific Northwest

Rain Shadow Meats - first experience not stellar

I love the roast beef/romanesco sandwich (can't remember what they call it). But, it's just a sandwich. I love the place because it's in an area (save Salumi) that doesn't have a ton of great options for sandwiches, there's not the line Salumi has, and so I go for work lunches. But maybe expectations play into this. I wouldn't make a special trip to Pioneer Square to get this sandwich.

Jul 04, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Chippy's

I asked my QA friends about it once and they steered me away, and the menu isn't appealing to me--there's so much fried, and the remainder either just doesn't sound great to me, or it's stuff I could make at home but probably better ie grilled salmon and coleslaw. If it was in my neighborhood I'd try it; maybe there's something I'd like.

Jun 16, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

MSP Hound visiting end of June - Rec's needed - San Juan Islands

Just to weigh in on the between Seattle and Anacortes bit: Stop at Skagit's Own Fish for lunch--especially for crab rolls and other local crab and shrimp dishes. It's not NW at all but the other day they were out of ALL of their crab items so we got the lobster roll--$12.99 and as good as many I've had in Maine. Also read up on Edison and Bow and see if that interests you as a food stop.

We go to Orcas once or twice a year but always get a cabin and usually cook in, so while I can tell you where to buy your oysters, I'm not up on the restaurants anymore. As you can imagine the islands don't have much of an immigrant population so you wouldn't go there expecting ethnic food. There are also no uber fancy places. I have New Leaf and Doe Bay (this used to be a very hippie café but I've heard it's very good vegetarian now, and it's a unique and pretty setting) on my list for our upcoming trip but may not get there before you do. You'll have to post a report so I can read it and piggyback off your picks!

Jun 14, 2014
christy319 in Pacific Northwest

Chippy's

Based on the comments and expectations here, I'm thinking it's unfortunately named. It's not a fish and chips place like Ivar's. They have it, but it's expensive, though I liked the cod quite a lot. The niche it fills is for the casual seafood spot--why we don't have places that serve crab rolls, salmon sandwiches, seafood salads, cocktails and ceviches, etc. and such all over town I've never understood. I've always wanted a place like the Market Grill, but cleaner, nearer to me and serving dinner, and Chippy's scratches that itch (someone will probably say Ballard Bros., but I think they're quite mediocre). The fact that it's got a bar is a plus.

Jun 14, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Molly Moon's #6 in the WORLD

Mora is fantastic.

Bluebird is right by my house and I want to love it, but the service--you'll wait a half hour in line if there are 6 people in front of you, since it's only one person doing the scooping and cashiering--and the weird quirks (they don't have cups. They put ice cream in coffee cups, with the lid with a hole in it, Why. Why???). I do love the waffle cones though.

Has anyone had the ice cream sandwiches made of Parisian style macarons at Parfait? They are delicious. But Parfait also doesn't have good to go bowls. They give you a real bowl, but then put an upside down bowl on top and saran wrap the whole thing. What is wrong with the little ice cream makers in this town that no one can buy normal cups with lids?

Jun 12, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Good wine store in Santa Fe

I'd like to get a gift certificate for a friend in Santa Fe, hopefully one that I can print out online. I see La Casa Sena does that--opinions? I'm not sure what part of town he lives in, unfortunately.

Jun 10, 2014
christy319 in Southwest

No more breakfast at Willows Inn

Oh, I really liked the chestnut thing, but I do like chestnuts--especially chestnut soup and ice cream (not together), which we see in France in season.

Jun 10, 2014
christy319 in Pacific Northwest

Dot's closing

I really liked Dot's, the last incarnation that is, but it was never even close to full when we went. That's actually something I really liked, that when everything else was bound to be booked we could have a very good meal in a casual space where we could walk right in. But I'm not surprised to hear that they weren't doing well. Maybe the classic French dishes just aren't what the neighborhood wanted. I wanted them, but French doesn't seem that popular right now.

Jun 09, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle