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Redmond / Kirkland dining

Do you like Indian? Mehfil in Redmond is really really good.

Aug 20, 2011
k_hack in Greater Seattle

Bizzarro Italian Cafe

I love love love their duck ravioli. Seconding the mention of their great wine list... I've never been disappointed! We go regularly and take friends there for birthdays. The lasagna is also phenomenal.

Aug 20, 2011
k_hack in Greater Seattle

Best bets around U district, Ballard, Wallingford & Fremont?

Bizzarro Cafe and Joule are my favorites in Wallingford, though neither is particularly cheap. My boyfriend and I eat at Kate's every week or two-- food is half-priced at Happy Hour, nothing exciting but the burgers are edible and it's a nice place to spend time.

Fremont-- obviously Paseo, but get your sandwich to go and take it to Gasworks or something. Uneeda Burger is nice too.

In the U District, there's a weird little cafe behind the movie theater on University Ave & 50th-- they have BOMB vegan chili, and it's a cozy spot to have long conversations. (Hope this place hasn't closed in the last few years...) Taste of India is my favorite Indian place in town, on 52nd and Roosevelt. Great value, lovely for conversation.

I don't really know Ballard as well as I should, but I've been into La Isla for happy hour dates-- good empanadillas and mojitos at ridiculously low prices.

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Taste of India
5517 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

La Isla
2320 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

Jul 28, 2011
k_hack in Greater Seattle

Best liquor store in Seattle?

Agreed-- the (gigantic) 4th Ave S one has stocked almost anything I've ever had difficulty finding elsewhere.

Jul 28, 2011
k_hack in Greater Seattle

Do you have food goals?

I've picked out a few dozen recipes from some of my favorite cookbooks (including Mark Bittman's Food Matters) and am working my way through the list.

My overall goal is to know at least one fantastic way to use pretty much any ingredient available to me.

Jul 28, 2011
k_hack in General Topics

Dim Sum on eastside

I'll have to try Tea Palace-- sounds good! When we get dim sum on the Eastside, we go to Macky's. It's never done us wrong, though I will admit we go there primarily because it's convenient and there's plenty of parking :)

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Tea Palace Restaurant
2828 Sunset, Renton, WA 98055

Jul 18, 2011
k_hack in Greater Seattle

Your Favorite Weight Loss Tricks and Recipes

Haha, now I see what you're saying. Yep, me too, which is why I have to count that stuff.

Jul 15, 2011
k_hack in General Topics

Your Favorite Weight Loss Tricks and Recipes

I get mine at Trader Joes because it's cheapest there, but I've seen it at other grocery stores, too... I like the taste, the texture's a little softer and it doesn't have the same bite as a pasta with gluten in it. But wheat upsets my stomach, so this is the next best thing.

Jul 15, 2011
k_hack in General Topics

Your Favorite Weight Loss Tricks and Recipes

I try to keep pasta/grains/bread/potatoes to one meal a day, if that-- I calculate my serving size based on the package, which for my brown rice pasta is (I think) 3/4 cup uncooked, and something like 200 calories. As long as I can count it and include it in my calorie budget for the day, and as long as it's not white or wheat pasta, I call it good. Generally don't eat pasta more than once a week though, because I LOVE IT and can easily go overboard if I'm not careful. I eat a 1/2 to 1 cup cooked serving size of quinoa most mornings for breakfast, and often that will be my grain for the day.

Jul 15, 2011
k_hack in General Topics

Foods that unreasonably gross you out...

Shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese, if they've gotten old to the point of stinking, are the most vomitlicious nasty foodstuffs known to mankind. I don't care if they're "still good"-- I can and will dispose of the package immediately.

It's irrational of me, I know, because I love other, intentionally stinky cheeses. Just not mozzarella or cheddar! Ick!

Jul 13, 2011
k_hack in General Topics

Foods that unreasonably gross you out...

My dad would eat sardines and oysters this way-- the memory alone makes me want to hurl!

Jul 13, 2011
k_hack in General Topics

Your Favorite Weight Loss Tricks and Recipes

One of my big things is to try to have a couple servings of vegetables with each meal-- so like for breakfast, I'll put broccoli and sun dried tomatoes in with my quinoa/porridge, lunch will be a huge salad with chicken, dinner is some kind of beany dish with a couple veg sides. I avoid bread.

Jul 13, 2011
k_hack in General Topics

Fav Rare/Obscure Beers On Tap--Where To Find?

Bottlewerks in Wallingford has 5 or 6 interesting beers on tap every day-- they rotate every so often, always good. I've found the staff to be very knowledgeable. Plus, a great selection of lesser-known beers in the fridges. We go there for parties and a treat every now and then.

Jul 12, 2011
k_hack in Greater Seattle

2 Hours at Sea Tac, enough time?

It's tough to get out of the gate and into good eating territory and back in under, say, an hour at SeaTac. Getting through security can be a nightmare. Agreed with BallardFoodie, I wouldn't risk leaving the airport.

Jul 11, 2011
k_hack in Greater Seattle

Rehearsal dinner options around Seattle University?

I've been to lots of parties at Sole Repair-- it would work really well for an small bites + cocktails type event. Never seen it set up for a sit-down dinner, but totally worth looking into.

Jul 09, 2011
k_hack in Greater Seattle

Which cuisine is the most frugal in which to cook/eat by?

When I'm broke, I usually end up eating vaguely Mexican-- I almost always already have cumin and chile peppers, and beans and rice are dirt cheap. Add lime and tomato and you're good to go. I don't typically eat much Asian food, so I don't already have a stocked pantry with seasonings that work with those dishes. Ditto with Indian spices. My other fallback is, I guess, vaguely Italian-- by which I mean I'll boil up cheap pasta and eat it with tomato sauce or butter and cheese, or I'll cook polenta and eat it with beans.

Frugality is about making the most of the resources you already have, so I'd say whichever cuisine uses the spices and herbs in your cupboard would be the cheapest. Buy whatever meat is on super-sale, get grains in bulk, cook your own beans, and cultivate a garden. Every cuisine is going to be expensive if you're holding yourself to the standards of high-quality oils, lots of exotic produce, and grassfed beef/animal protein.

Jul 07, 2011
k_hack in General Topics

Fast food Greek

Cosigning on Santorini's, they were my first thought.

Jul 07, 2011
k_hack in Greater Seattle

Real Mexican food in Seattle or the East side?

The best LA-style Mexican I've found is at La Venadita in Issaquah. Yummy shrimp and the tortas are better than anywhere else I've tried in the Seattle area (no beans on the torta, unfortunately, but still).

Jul 06, 2011
k_hack in Greater Seattle

Food Truck Names?

My two favorites are Where Ya At Matt (New Orleans soul food-- the shrimp and grits are spicy and to die for) and, if taco trucks count, El Asadero on Rainier Ave.

Jul 06, 2011
k_hack in Greater Seattle