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Any recommendations to check out before dinner Lark at 5:30 pm on this Saturday

He's going tomorrow (the 23rd).

about 7 hours ago
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Chik-fil-A

Of course. I am free to not consume Chik Fil A fast food, but I am not free to state the reason. This is sort of the "don't ask, don't tell" of consumer decisions.

Tell me, if you found out that the owner of your local hardware store was a registered sex offender who preyed on children with Asperger's Syndrome, and who used the profits from the store to attempt to repeal laws against his behavior, would you still patronize that store? And, if not, would it be hypocritical and lazy for you to mention the reason why, unless you also knew for an absolute fact that no other items you consume had registered sex offenders in their business ownership?

Once again, there is nothing hypocritical, morally superior, or lazy for an individual to decide where to buy things, based on whatever available information is important to that person. I am free not to eat those chicken sandwiches, and I am free to explain why I don't. You are free to eat them three times a day, I don't care.

Any recommendations to check out before dinner Lark at 5:30 pm on this Saturday

As babette feasts notes, it is possible that it will increase the volume of traffic on southbound I-5 through the downtown core. So you may see some extra-slow traffic as you approach downtown through the north end of the city. But such slow-downs in that direction happen a lot now anyway, just allow a little extra time, and hopefully it won't be all that bad.

Sometimes when these road closures get a lot of advance publicity, the number of people who decide to avoid the roads and stay home ends up offsetting the added volume from the closures, and the traffic stays close to normal.

Aug 20, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Chik-fil-A

I make no claim to moral superiority. I am simply stating my preference not to help fund efforts to defeat basic human rights. Dan Cathy can believe anything he wants to, and he can spend his money however he wants to, and likewise I can eat anybody's sandwiches I want to.

Your argument that it is somehow mandatory for me to eat at Chik-Fil-A when I don't wish to do so, and that I am "lazy and hypocritical" for not doing so, is mildly humorous.

Chik-fil-A

It is not about what values they espouse, it is about how they spend the profits they are making from their customers. Quoting from Wikipedia:

"Chick-fil-A has donated over $5 million, via WinShape, to groups that oppose same-sex marriage. Of this, more than $3 million was donated primarily to Christian organizations whose agendas included positions that some consider to be anti-gay, with the money donated between 2003 and 2009. A total of $1.9 million was donated in 2010 to groups such as the Marriage & Family Foundation, Exodus International and the Family Research Council. That year, the FRC, which received $1,000 was listed as an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. WinShape has also contributed to Christian groups including Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Exodus International, the latter noted for supporting ex-gay conversion therapy. In response, students at several colleges and universities worked to ban or remove the company's restaurants from their campuses."

I don't think Heaven Sent or Ezell's has plowed millions into fighting basic civil rights for gay people (but if you know "for an abolute fact" that they have, "I'd love to see your proof."

If you don't mind seeing the money that you spend being used to fight social progress and equal rights, then have at it, but many of us prefer to dine elsewhere.

Looking for Scotch

There are no more state stores. Most liquor sales in Washington now take place in big retail outlets, like Costco and the major grocery and drug store chains, where the selection is awful. Some of the state stores became private liquor stores, and quite a few of them quickly went out of business, because they could not compete.

Perhaps someone else can suggest a decent option in the downtown core. If you can make it across Lake Union, there's a fairly good store right off the freeway in Wallingford called Wine World:

http://wineworldspirits.com/

Aug 18, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Looking for Scotch

gourmet wife, this thread is three years old, and now with the privatization of liquor sales, everything has changed.

Your best selection and pricing will be found at one of the "superstores" like Total Wine & More, and you can look over selection and pricing on the Internet before you go to the store:

http://www.totalwine.com/

Aug 18, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Couple of L.A. foodies need help

+ 1

Great Northwest shellfish, inventive small plates, and a very good Northwest interior and location.

Aug 17, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Seafood lunch

No.

Aug 17, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Celebrating an 80th birthday, restaurant recs?

I enthusiastically second Nell's. I can't think of a better venue given your criteria.

Aug 13, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Ballard/Fremont/Phinney/Greenwood Searching for Not So Darn Sweet Thai Food

You are quite lucky if you haven't been to places worse than Oak Harbor.

Aug 13, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Ballard/Fremont/Phinney/Greenwood Searching for Not So Darn Sweet Thai Food

If you are going as far afield as Renton, may I suggest a visit to Noodle Boat in Issaquah:

http://www.noodleboat.com/

I don't claim to have eaten my way through their entire menu, but I can't recall anything we've had with that "sugar water" quality you describe (and I know exactly what you mean). Noodle Boat does make soups (three different kinds, if I remember correctly).

The place is low key and basic, there's lots of free off-street parking, it is quite reasonably priced, and it is consistently well-reviewed.

Aug 11, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Friends Relocating to Seattle: Best restaurant to send them to?

Yes, Canlis was a venue for Top Chef (I recall the contestants were challenged to recreate the 1950's era house salad).

The suggestion strikes me as perfect. Canlis is a historic Seattle restaurant with an outstanding view, and arguably our only semi-formal "fine dining" experience. A perfect Seattle gift.

Day Long Snacking

Samish Bay is closed for oysters until September 30, because of the presence of a contaminant called vibrio parahaemolyticus, which has made people sick. Taylor is still up and running, selling oysters harvested at their other farm locations ( http://www.taylorshellfishfarms.com/o... ).

Aug 09, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Breakfast near Hyatt at olive 8

Have a great visit, and give us your impressions of wherever you end up going, when convenient.

Aug 08, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

One Night in Seattle??

Copperleaf is a very nice option.

But if you don't mind the brief drive (or an easy ride aboard our light rail transit system that connects the airport to downtown), then all sorts of options open up.

Since your preferences and budget are wide open, I'd suggest you do some reading of the already existing threads for visitor advice, to help narrow down what sounds appealing, and then we can help guide you to a final choice.

Aug 06, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

One Night in Seattle??

If you can't make it into the city that night and must remain near the airport, then go to Copperleaf at the Cedarbrook Lodge:

http://www.cedarbrooklodge.com/eat.php

Aug 06, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Doing the touristy thing - Walk about, lunch at Pike Place Market and more........!

All of the PPM fish sellers (and there really aren't that many) are in the most immediately accessible parts of the market, right along the bend in Pike Place. If you did not get down to the lower arcade levels, or up to Post Alley/First Avenue, no worries, you did not miss any of the fish sellers.

Aug 04, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Head-on Boiled Shrimp Junkie Needs Help (FQ/ CBD)

OP is seeking boiled, not BBQ.

Aug 04, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Breakfast near Hyatt at olive 8

Right, but the OP will have a Monday breakfast to fill, and even on the weekend without the minor "happy hour" discounts, TP is a good place to begin the day, and can easily be combined with a visit to the attractions at Seattle Center.

Aug 04, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Breakfast near Hyatt at olive 8

Blueacre does a nice weekend brunch: http://blueacreseafood.com/Menus.html

Or hop aboard the monorail and have "Breakfast Happy Hour" at Toulouse Petit: http://toulousepetit.com/

On the weekends, you can enjoy a very nice breakfast or brunch in the Pike Place Market at Cafe Campagne: http://cafecampagne.com/menu

And I agree with Brunhilde that Lola is a solid breakfast option.

Aug 04, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Craft Cocktails in NO?

Thanks! That is reassuring news.

Aug 01, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Craft Cocktails in NO?

Hmm. I hope that he'll resurface. Thanks for letting me know you've been on the hunt (no pun intended) without success.

Aug 01, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Craft Cocktails in NO?

My understanding of the term is more like this:

"Craft cocktails are handcrafted, original, “food-friendly” recipes that use fresh ingredients and quality sprits and are pleasing to the eye and palate. Today’s craft cocktails are usually attributed to a particular mixologist or establishment. While a craft recipe may gain global notoriety, it is unlikely that we would see it reach Cosmopolitan or margarita status, simply because of its complexity to recreate."

Source: http://www.thefinancialist.com/king-o...

Aug 01, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Craft Cocktails in NO?

Completely agree with everything HH has to say. I find myself assuming that bartenders will routinely make any cocktail with a sugar component too sweet, and therefore it is usually safest when ordering to ask them to dial back the sweetness by half. If a drink is not sweet enough, there are reasonable remedies, but if it arrives too sweet the game is over.

Proper ice is beginning to make a comeback along the west and east coasts, hopefully NOLA will also see a resurgence before long. The difference quality ice makes is huge.

I am a little confused by the OP's reference in the subject line to "craft" cocktails when the post itself mentions Martinis and Sazeracs. I consider both of those drinks to be "classic" (not craft) cocktails, and generally understand the "craft" craze to be all about in-house-invented cocktails that are supposedly "culinary" in nature, thanks to the use of house-devised recipes, fresh ingredients, infused this-and-that, and exotic spirit combinations.

I have had many craft cocktails once, only a couple of them have I ever re-ordered. The classics became so for good reason. Places with a vibrant "program" for craft cocktails may or may not do a good job with the standards. The OP might benefit from searches on this board for particular drink names, if the emphasis is on classics rather than in-house craft.

I will add that the Sazerac Bar has many charms, and I think their Ramos Gin Fizz is stellar. Sadly, I think their take on the Sazerac cocktail is surprisingly ho-hum. But if you can talk to your bartender there (as well as at most places in New Orleans) and give him or her a sense of your own idea of the ideal rendition of any cocktail, there's a puncher's chance you'll end up with a good result from a differently-built cocktail than the mass-market standard issue of the house.

Passing through middle age, I find that I have mastered the making of (the small repertoire of) cocktails I enjoy, to my own taste, at home, so I now longer expect to be wowed when I go out. But a little advance communication with a bartender occasionally leads to a happy surprise.

Enjoy your visit jaun, and please leave us a trip report.

At the risk of going "off topic," it seems a long time since Bill Hunt has posted on this board. He was such a regular voice. I hope that he is well, and wonder whether anyone has any direct info?

Aug 01, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans
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Upscale Lunch Tasting Menu in Seattle

A prix fixe meal with standard appetizer, entree, and dessert is more than "not exactly" a tasting menu meal. It is a completely different experience. The only thing that is different about a fixed price meal and any other three course lunch is the (hopefully high value) fixed price. I love Blueacre, but eating a three course lunch is not a tasting.

babette feasts is right, it will be a surprise if any restaurant in Seattle has one at lunch, and Pamela is right...having already concluded that it will make more sense to look for some place with a variety of small plates and/or apps to try and get a somewhat similar experience to a tasting meal.

Jul 30, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Guys weekend, good place for dinner

I think that by now the OP has come and gone.

Jul 21, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

B'ham fam doing SEA for a day - looking for casual ethnic (probably) dinner

sasha1,

Please let us know where you went, and your impressions of the place...

Jul 20, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

B'ham fam doing SEA for a day - looking for casual ethnic (probably) dinner

The OP mentions La Carta de Oaxaca as a place that is already an old standby. In Ballard, for the stated criteria, I would add Senor Moose.

Corkage fees

This is a truly interesting question.

I have a good friend who is a big wheel in the logistics side of the wine and spirits trade. As a result, he has the ability to collect some very special bottles at very attractive prices. Once I was treated to a meal with him in NYC where he brought along three different older vintages of Penfolds' La Grange, and we had a vertical tasting of one of the world's best wines. As I recall, the corkage rate he was charged was around $50 (per bottle). It struck me as high, but he shrugged it off, given how much cheaper it was in the end than the astronomical sum he would have had to pay for the same bottles off of a list at the standard restaurant mark-up. There are different ways to look at it.

My own practice in any city is to check on the charge first, run my own mental balancing act, and then either move foward, or vote with my feet and select another venue.

But it is a balancing act, involving many factors, and I have a hard time getting too upset with any establishment that has corkage at all vs. the many who don't.

You are teasing us by not first revealing the charge that you felt was beyond the pale. Can't wait for the reveal.

Jul 17, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans