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Macallan Kirkland 15 yr. Scotch

Jealous. Our Costcos don't sell liquor. I love Macallan-15

Oct 08, 2009
smalt in Spirits

Uwajimaya in Renton - anyone been?

LOL...yes. A BECU instead of a Chase branch. Sorry...couldn't resist. Food-wise probably pretty much the same.

Sep 15, 2009
smalt in Pacific Northwest

Your mom's weird cooking ... and other stories? (recipes encouraged)

smile. we used to have fried bologna sandwiches with ketchup when i was growing up. or tossed in with tomato sauce & noodles.

Jul 24, 2009
smalt in Home Cooking

Light Rail!

enjoyed your pics, thanks for sharing!

Jul 24, 2009
smalt in Pacific Northwest

Taiwanese White Gourd Juice: Perfect Evocation of Cookies

Hmm...picture on the can looks more like an opo than a wintermelon...Interesting. Will have to look for a can and look closer on my next shopping trip.

Jun 29, 2009
smalt in General Topics

Bitter melon ... Wow that is rough !

Yimster - I use the hairy melon ("dit gwa") in soups, but yes, have had it steamed/stuffed also.

Jun 26, 2009
smalt in Home Cooking

Bitter melon ... Wow that is rough !

Sam: I'll bite - what's the difference between melon & gourd? The picture provided by Cheese Boy is what I've seen labeled "Indian bitter melon" in our stores. Thx for the education.

I personally don't eat this, but my parents used to make stuffed and steamed, with or without black bean sauce. More commonly now, Mom will make a tea of it, boiling chunks of it (with or without ginger slices which will mitigate the bitter flavor for novices) and drink the tea (helps her blood sugar). Also have seen Japanese tea bags of bitter melon with black bean.

And lastly was at a restaurant recently that diced it and mixed it in with vermicelli in a scrambled egg-type dish. It wasn't unbearably bitter like this, but I'd never seen vermicelli in eggs like that before.

Jun 25, 2009
smalt in Home Cooking

Help me find this amazing bakery in Ballard

Not Larsen's in Crown Hill, right?

May 29, 2009
smalt in Pacific Northwest

Looking for carrot cake recipe with less sugar and more sweet carrots, pineapple etc

Just an FYI, I regularly decrease the amount of sugar in recipes without damage, but for your recipe at 1/2 cup, I'd probably leave it. I've also done the crushed pineapple, and I drain off some, but not all of the liquid to keep it moist.

Another thing I've done is to add grated zucchini, which also adds a lot of moisture.

May 28, 2009
smalt in Home Cooking

Interesting Scotch Recommendations

i started out on j&b, then moved to chivas.....can't say i've had a jw red....i have had a jw blue, but don't remember it.....

May 26, 2009
smalt in Spirits

Interesting Scotch Recommendations

as a lagavulin fan, you'll likely be disappointed with the dalmore...it's kind of chocolatey....the beauty of it is that it's one of the less expensive bottles with a satisfying taste that works out great for an "every day" versus an expensive "celebratory" type SM....

May 24, 2009
smalt in Spirits

Interesting Scotch Recommendations

scargod: one of the usually open bottles in my stash is a dalmore cigar malt, but haven't seen any in the state of washington since before christmas. maybe because i turned a lot of my friends on to it. darn! thought they bought them up to make me a christmas gift of them!

May 23, 2009
smalt in Spirits

Interesting Scotch Recommendations

i was just thinkin'....maybe i was drinkin' when i typed that....a talisker no doubt. although i do have an open bottle of macallan-15 sitting next to the talisker....

May 21, 2009
smalt in Spirits

Interesting Scotch Recommendations

apologies, did not mean to infer talisker & lagavulin were alike. reference to talisker was purely anecdotal.....

May 19, 2009
smalt in Spirits

Interesting Scotch Recommendations

had to laugh at "leapfrog"....love the nickname, didn't much care for the taste, but that was when i was first starting out that it wasn't handed to me. was given a bottle of lagavulin as a gift and have to admit i did better with the lagavulin than the "leapfrog".

was out with coworkers and friends just the other night...the single maltin' guys at the table did the "i'll have what she's having" a few times over.....it was a talisker night....

May 14, 2009
smalt in Spirits

Oops, won't do that again

Or if you stash your store bought bread stuff in there, those plastic doohickeys (doohickies?) to keep the bag closed....nothing like melting one of those on the floor of the oven! (Heat 'em back up again and you can pry them off....)

May 08, 2009
smalt in Not About Food

Dinner near the Arctic Club hotel

Juno is right next door. http://www.junorestaurant.com/
And while not PNW food, Piroshki on 3rd, is there too....

May 02, 2009
smalt in Pacific Northwest

Marinating before freezing

HaagenDazs: "water" it down as in thin the marinade with a liquid that wasn't intentionally added to start with, not literally as in H20 water, altering the marinade concentration. Which could be compensated for, with forethought, increasing the intensity of the marinade going into the freezer....

I personally wouldn't do it this way, but that's just me.

Mar 25, 2009
smalt in Home Cooking

Marinating before freezing

i would think thawing it would water your marinade down, too?

Mar 25, 2009
smalt in Home Cooking

Fresh calves liver; where can I buy it?

Not in the same league, but the only place I see calves liver has been West Seattle's Metropolitan Market....

Mar 12, 2009
smalt in Pacific Northwest

loads of graham crackers - don't say cheesecake!

I also did not follow the links, but I've got a recipe called "Chocolate Eclair Cake" that uses graham crackers to layer between a whipped cream/pudding mixture, topped with a chocolate covering....it's been so long since I've made it, I suspect I embellished on it at different times, and with the addition of coconut, would guess it approximates Nanaimo bars....

Mar 02, 2009
smalt in Home Cooking

Crayfish King

725 S Lane (right on the corner of 8th & Lane)

Feb 27, 2009
smalt in Greater Seattle

Monsoon East

Feb 20, 2009
smalt in Pacific Northwest

favorite potato chips

Oooh yeah....I like the salt and crunch of the Beer Chips....doesn't taste really beery, but has a really nice feel to it....

Also like the Kettle Spicy Thai as well as the Kettle Chipotle....

Alas, I've never seen the Terra General Tso's.....

Have just had the Food Should Taste Good jalapeno chips, too, altho these are tortilla, not tater chips.....

Feb 17, 2009
smalt in General Topics

Monsoon East

I was there for lunch yesterday, roughly 1100-1130. Found easy parking on a side street right across the street....Harder to find right on Main Street...

Feb 08, 2009
smalt in Pacific Northwest

Nice lunch by Swedish in Seattle?

Broadway is a short hop away from Swedish, nothing of interest there? I tried to find a link to current restaurants up there and came up empty, sorry....

Jan 24, 2009
smalt in Pacific Northwest

How/Why did you pick your screen name?

yummmm.....geoducks!

Jan 24, 2009
smalt in Site Talk

Record Breaking Cold- What's The Best Food?

Thanks for the tip, I just checked the WSLCB site and they do carry Patron XO.....(we don't get Canton ginger liquer to try.....)...

Also scoped your website, very nice!

Jan 23, 2009
smalt in Home Cooking

Record Breaking Cold- What's The Best Food?

viperlush: have you tried the godiva chocolate liquer in your hot cocoa? :-) and what flavor single malts, if you would be willing to divulge, please?

Jan 23, 2009
smalt in Home Cooking

Crayfish King

Looks like they're getting closer - there are little bottles of presumably hot sauce lined up in the windows, along with a liquor license notice......

Jan 18, 2009
smalt in Greater Seattle