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Traditional Tapas in downtown Seattle

Definitely Pintxo and Aragona. The view from the bar in Aragona is great. IF you should find yourself in Ballard, however, Ocho is your place.

Mar 05, 2014
biankat in Greater Seattle

Easy Cold-Brewed Coffee

correct!

Jan 29, 2014
biankat in Recipes

Easy Cold-Brewed Coffee

Agreed. This size of a press wouldn't really produce a quality concentrate with the given proportions. Rather, I also use 1C coffee:1Q (4C) water in my press. If I want to go bigger, I use 1/2# coffee:4Q (16C or 1G) water.

Jan 29, 2014
biankat in Recipes

A few nice places that serve bread and butter with the meal - no charge.

Jak's Grill - locations in West Seattle, Issy, and Laurelhurst. It's addicting!

Oct 25, 2013
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JUMBO hot dogs

If Chicago dogs are what you're craving, Central Market deli in Shoreline has the fixins to make you one, or take home. We had a book club meeting a couple years back and I was able to purchase all the fixins (poppy buns, sport peppers, neon relish) in bulk from there. They also had the Vienna Beef dogs, but we opted to use the Costco version.

Oct 23, 2013
biankat in Greater Seattle

Gastropod / Epic Ale

Just tried it last week. So great! It was a little slow once it got busy. Their tiny kitchen is one of those propane/induction burner setups. But great flavors of food and ales. The okonomiyaki is a must have. Definitely on our go-back-soon list.

Oct 01, 2013
biankat in Greater Seattle

Seatac to vancouver need one lunch rec, have a 2 year old in tow

It's hard to suggest without knowing how far off your path you are willing to go. Of the 2 you found, Elliot Bay is probably the better one for you. It's very family friendly, and I feel the range of foods would be more pleasing. Copperleaf, while good, tends to turn people off because it's basically located in the sunken middle of the hotel lobby. Beautiful property though.

Sep 16, 2013
biankat in Greater Seattle

Quick West Seattle Cocktail rec?

That's too bad. I live in the area and have been going to Feedback since it opened. We only go for drinks, never food, and only sit at the bar. Maybe that's why we're treated well? I love the servers though.

Shadowland is really hit and miss for me. I would get good service when being waited on by people I already know. But had a couple bad experiences here. I rarely go anymore.

West5 is our goto if we're in the junction and want cocktails. Servers here are great and I love the food when I have it.

Otherwise, for food AND cocktails our main locale is Jak's because we're regulars there, they have amazing food, and the drinks are great.

Off of California our other fave is Locol. Just beer and wines, but the nibbles are really tasty.

I don't care for Ma Ono because they use their bar area for reservations. We don't do reservations so we're always SOL. And Blackboard was a walk-in and walk-out visit. Haven't been back.

Aug 29, 2013
biankat in Greater Seattle

Miami 'hound in Seattle - first time in ~8 years

I think your list looks great so far :)

Aug 01, 2013
biankat in Greater Seattle

Football, Craft Beer & Elevated Pub Fare?

I've not been yet, but I've bookmarked for myself a new place in Belltown called Some Random Bar. When I was perusing their website I noticed there were TVs in the bar, and the menu looks great. Maybe other CHs can chime in?

Aug 01, 2013
biankat in Greater Seattle

Need recommendations for two nights downtown or close by

Agreed with equinoise and mrnelso. Don't do the typical seafood places like Anthony's, Elliot'ts, or heaven forbid, Ivar's. Seek out GREAT restaurants that have fish dishes. Personally I'm a sushi (read: raw) eater, and not necessarily a fish eater. However I had one of the most amazing bites of salmon at Altura. Such a GREAT restaurant.

Aug 01, 2013
biankat in Greater Seattle

Please help a sad girl find some Mexican food in Seattle

OMG, yes, Mama's sucks ass. When I moved from LA I always heard how great it was. NOT. Definintely a fan of La Costa and Taqueria La Estacion. There's a hugely popular taco bus in White Center called Taqueria La Fondita. Even though it's in my area I'e yet to go. No one's ever in the mood to eat from a bus :|

Finally, I've had great food AND drink from a fairly new place in Georgetown called Fonda la Catrina. Maybe give them a try?

Aug 01, 2013
biankat in Greater Seattle
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Unique fast food, burgers, etc.

Katsu is one-of-a-kind and highly recommended. The nori fries are great!

Aug 01, 2013
biankat in Greater Seattle

Dinner: Italian

La Spiga and Tavolata are great choices for a younger vibe that your daughters would enjoy. I'm also partial to Altura, How to Cook a Wolf, Cuoco, The Pink Door, and Cantinetta (there's one in Wallingford and one in old Bellevue). I loved the atmosphere of Spinasse, but the seasonal menu was not my favorite the time I went. Most everything was rabbit :( However AMAZING tajarin.

Jun 28, 2013
biankat in Greater Seattle

Pickled Quail Eggs

Great! I didn't have any raw beet, so used grated cooked beet. Also made my own pickling spice. It's a keeper :)

Apr 16, 2013
biankat in Recipes

Celery and Olive Orzo Salad

tasty! and easily adaptable. i didn't have mint, unfortunately, but can see how it would brighten everything up. i subbed homemade pickled celery, black olives, and minced shallots. i also added toasted pepitas for more crunch, parmegiano reggiano, and spinach. very yum.

Mar 14, 2013
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Crispy Curried New Potatoes

mmmmmmm. cilantro. this recipe sounds great!

Oct 09, 2012
biankat in Recipes

Basic Potato Salad

Absolutely wonderful! I like mine less mayo-heavy so I halved the amount called for with Greek yogurt.

Jul 08, 2012
biankat in Recipes

Any Chili Fries in Seattle?

Loretta's Northwesterner in South Park.

Jul 06, 2012
biankat in Greater Seattle

Tom Douglas restaurants?

I'm a huge TD fan. Our current fave is Cuoco. But love Serious Pie, and Palace Kitchen as well (lavender goat cheese fonduta is bliss). Never been to Etta's, and had an good, not mind-blowing, meal at Dahlia. Apparently his little breakfast sammiches are amazing...but have yet to try. Maybe you can do so for me :)

Jul 06, 2012
biankat in Greater Seattle

Need West Seattle dinner recommendations

I'd suggest Mashiko (sushi), Jak's Grill (steaks +the area's best burger IMO), Pizzeria 22 (Neopolitan pizza), Phoenicia (Mediterranian tapas), Cactus or Mission (Mexican), Fresh Bistro (bit-o-everything).

If you're feeling adventurous, a quick trip down to Loretta's Northwesterner in the South Park neighborhood is always a good time. No nonsense beers and spot-on burgers with a backyard Airstream to bring some vintage ambiance.

Mar 01, 2012
biankat in Greater Seattle

First in Seattle Where to Get Great Food

You've got excellent food choices on your radar. My comment has to do with transportation. If you won't have a car to travel to West Seattle from downtown, I highly recommend the West Seattle Water Taxi. You'll have spectacular views of both sides of the water. Once you get to Seacrest Park on WeSea side you can catch one of several DART shuttles that will take you to the different neighborhoods. Bakery Nouveau is in the West Seattle Junction (Route 773). Have a great visit!

http://kingcounty.gov/transportation/...

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Bakery Nouveau
4737 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Nov 02, 2011
biankat in Greater Seattle

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

Easy and time consuming. I used canned puree, but didn't see the benefit of draining it, so I would skip this step next time. Lovely taste.

Oct 17, 2011
biankat in Recipes

LA Hound Coming on Short Notice -- Help!

W Seattle Farmer's Market is on Sundays, and definintely within a couple blocks walk of Spring Hill - which, incidently, changed up their menu recently; less stuffy than before. As for sweets, if you're going to be in this West Seattle Junction area then you definintely have to check out Bakery Nouveau.

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Spring Hill Restaurant & Bar
4437 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Bakery Nouveau
4737 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Oct 07, 2011
biankat in Greater Seattle

Discontinued at Trader Joe's (started 6/19/2011) [old]

yes! the chimichurri sauce.

Jul 11, 2011
biankat in Chains

Winter Greens Lasagna

I boosted the flavor by pulsing 1/2# mushrooms and 2 cleaned leeks (instead of onions) in my processor, and cooking this down before adding in the garlic, cream, and greens (kale). Meanwhile, I ran boiling water over about 10oz spinach to wilt, then squeezed well and chopped up, adding to the layers as I built them. 2C of dairy (half-and-half) didn't feel nearly enough, so I used 3C. It could have actually used a full 4C because the final dish wasn't creamy. It was moist, but not oozy like I expected. I would consider adding an additional cheeze - fontina/mozz - to boost the ooze factor. And finally, rather than putting the creme fraiche on the bottom, I would reserve all of it for the top. Here's a timely post about how to make your own creme fraiche:http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20....

Feb 15, 2011
biankat in Recipes

Chicago Dog Ingredient Supplier

Hi all - I'm looking for a retailer(s) in the Seattle area that sells sport peppers and neon green relish for homemade Chicago Dogs. Any advice?

Jan 31, 2011
biankat in Greater Seattle