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Shun Bob Kramer Knives - Reviews?

Anyone have these knives and can give me your opinion of them? Thanks ahead of time!

Nov 19, 2012
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Vancouver Hound's first trip to Portland -- help a hungry elf out?

They have seating inside but the outside seating is covered and heating lamps are on. It shouldn't be an issue. Although the lunch menu isn't as extensive as lunch, some of my favs are also on the lunch menu (Ike's wings, Yam tuna, boar collar, khao soi). If time and belly space allow, I would highly recommend it!

Jan 31, 2012
ORtastytravels in Metro Portland

Looking for salads with roasted beets.

My favorite is roasted beets with feta cheese and something with crunch like almonds or walnuts. It's quick, easy and delish!

Jan 30, 2012
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steak in Portland OR

El Gaucho or Ringside have my favorite steaks in Portland.

Editted to add: costco sometimes sells el gaucho gc for good prices

Jan 30, 2012
ORtastytravels in Metro Portland

Vancouver Hound's first trip to Portland -- help a hungry elf out?

There's a few bars in the area so it's nice. And yes, they'll take down your cell# and call you when your table is ready! I love that!!

Jan 29, 2012
ORtastytravels in Metro Portland

Kaua'i Report, November 2010

Thanks for the hook up cuz!! I will add it to my list of places to hit up if I travel north!!

Another place on Kauai that had a similar marinated fried chicken (but not sure if they still make it) is Hanamaulu Cafe. Their fried chicken and fried shrimp were winners!!

Jan 29, 2012
ORtastytravels in Hawaii

Vancouver Hound's first trip to Portland -- help a hungry elf out?

Andina and Toro Bravo are some of favs to dine at with friends since you can order small (or large) plates and share!!

Paley's Place is another excellent choice!!

Jan 28, 2012
ORtastytravels in Metro Portland

Kaua'i Report, November 2010

LOL! Now you're just bringing back the memories!! *sigh* I miss Lawai Family Restaurant! Noodles and their yummy fried chicken!!!

Jan 28, 2012
ORtastytravels in Hawaii

Kaua'i Report, November 2010

kaleokahu, Brick Oven changed owners a few years ago and since then I've also noticed quality is not what it used to be (yet the prices have risen). They've expanded to Wailua and I hear soon will be expanding to Oahu. I grew up in Kalaheo so Brick oven has a special place in my heart.

Jan 28, 2012
ORtastytravels in Hawaii

Am I the only one worried about the safety of sea salt?

small h,
Hand harvested pa‘akai cannot be sold. It can be gifted to you by those that still make it in the ancient way. Other types of "Hawaiian salt" can be bought but is manufactured.

Jan 28, 2012
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Am I the only one worried about the safety of sea salt?

Here's a video showing how it's harvested...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gawS3s...

Jan 28, 2012
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Am I the only one worried about the safety of sea salt?

No, this Hawaiian salt is white flakes but can be made red by adding alaea. Here's an article about the salt I get from the island of Kauai's Salt Pond. I love the lore involved too!

http://www.hanahou.com/pages/magazine...

Note that any other "Hawaiian Salt" that is bought from the stores are not authentic. It is manufactured salt. Authentic Hawaiian Salt that is hand harvested cannot be sold...EVER.

Jan 28, 2012
ORtastytravels in General Topics

Am I the only one worried about the safety of sea salt?

Thanks for the book recommendation! I will have to check it out!

Jan 28, 2012
ORtastytravels in General Topics

Am I the only one worried about the safety of sea salt?

LIke any food products you consume, if you're that worried, make an effort to know where your food is coming from. I use Hawaiian salt that is made the old fashion way.

Jan 28, 2012
ORtastytravels in General Topics

Should I convert from Crockpot to Le Creuset?

I think the purchase would depend on your purpose. I would agree with escondido123 in saying it's not an either/or. I have both but they serve different purposes. I think if you normally cook with a crockpot, you'd have to ask yourself if you're willing to sacrific the convenience for more tending to with the LC (since with LC, you'd be cooking on the stove or oven). Good luck with your decision!

Jan 28, 2012
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Japanese Cooking

Hey Slimpup,
If you're still interested in Japanese cooking, february's cookbook of the month is a Japanese one. This will be my first time participating in COTM. Come join!
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/829118

Jan 28, 2012
ORtastytravels in Home Cooking

Looking for Kauai recs - traveling with a fairly adventurous 2.5 year old

You'll be able to find a farmer's market almost any day of the week on Kauai. If you're staying in Poipu, the one in Koloa/Poipu has a great selection.

Lots of great recommendations for restaurants and "hole in the wall" places already mentioned. But don't forgot to stop for shave ice. My favorite is JoJo's Anuenue Shave Ice (it's NOT the one on the main road in Waimea). Be sure to get the vanilla mac ice cream on the bottom. Well worth the trip!!

http://www.yelp.com/biz/original-jo-j...

Jan 28, 2012
ORtastytravels in Hawaii

February COTM is Japanese Month

Gobo root (burdock) is usually refrigerated. In asian markets, look in the produce section.

Jan 28, 2012
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February COTM is Japanese Month

I also found the link to be working.

Jan 28, 2012
ORtastytravels in Home Cooking

February COTM is Japanese Month

I've never participated in COTM but I'm excited about this one! Should be fun!!

Jan 28, 2012
ORtastytravels in Home Cooking

Suggestions for slightly sweet red wine?

Like others have suggested, if you're looking for a "sweeter" red wine, I would suggest a Lambrusco or Zinfandel.

If you can find this wine, I think you may enjoy it. I found it as Safeway and Albertson's in Oregon. It's a red blend, on the sweet side (so much that you hardly notice the alcohol).
2010 Apothic Winemaker's Blend

Jan 26, 2012
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Best wine you've had under $15

One wine I just tried that impressed me was a 2010 Domaines Astruc Vin de Pays d'Oc dA Viognier I picked up at Whole Foods in Oregon for $9.99. it's a French bottling and was an excellent value. Will have to pick up more.

Jan 26, 2012
ORtastytravels in Wine

Best wine you've had under $15

Hooray! Another Sokol Blosser fan!

Jan 26, 2012
ORtastytravels in Wine

What's For Dinner? #125 [Old]

I will jot down a recipe and post it soon.

Jan 26, 2012
ORtastytravels in Home Cooking

Dining in Paris - overcoming language barriers

I was in Paris in the spring and speak zero French...I mean it....Zero. I found that having a cheat sheet of menu translations helped. Also in all the restaurants I was in, most waitstaff spoke English. If not, they would get someone to help you that did. Sometimes instead of having them explain all the selections on the menu (if there was no english translation), I asked them what they would recommend. It worked out well for me. I wouldn't stress to much about the language. I would have someone write down the phase for any specific food needs in advance and show them to the waitstaff or learn to say them yourself. Good luck and have a great time!! It's an amazing city!

Jan 25, 2012
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Best wine you've had under $15

I know this thread is old but I just found it and love the suggestions! More wine to try! Woo hoo! My vote off the top of my head for an everyday drinker is Sokol Blosser's Evolution (white blend) and Meditrina (red blend). Both are priced at $15ish and are great bottles! They're an Oregon winery but check it out if you can!

Jan 25, 2012
ORtastytravels in Wine

Favorite wines at Costco? (Looking for recs for wedding)

I should also add that if you're considering the Safeway route, try stopping into Whole Foods (if it's not too far away). They maybe able to give you a good deal also. I know our WF in Oregon has an excellent selection of wines at decent prices. I recently found a French Viognier (white) that I liked and it was only $9.99 a bottle!!

Jan 25, 2012
ORtastytravels in Wine

Favorite wines at Costco? (Looking for recs for wedding)

For a white, I would do a chard or riesling (usually a hit with non-wine drinkers). Looking at your list, the La Crema Chard is decent. For reds, a cab or pinot noir maybe a more neutral choice.

If going the Costco route though, I recommend buying a few bottles that catch your eye and in your price range, inviting friends over and have a blind tasting. See what was popular with the group and decide. Good luck! I also agree that Costco selections vary from store to store and state to state.

Jan 25, 2012
ORtastytravels in Wine

What's For Dinner? #125 [Old]

I made tom yum noodle soup last (thai spicy and sour soup). It was delicious!!

Jan 25, 2012
ORtastytravels in Home Cooking

New Soup Thread for 2012...

I'm making tom yum soup tonight (Thai hot and sour soup). Adding additional veggies and rice noodles to make it a meal.

Jan 24, 2012
ORtastytravels in Home Cooking