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Recomendations for 3 days in New Orleans

Full disclosure, the following comes to you from a regular visitor, not a resident.

1. Technically in the Irish Channel (which adjoins the Garden District) but an easy stroll away: Atchafalaya: http://www.atchafalayarestaurant.com/

2. Parkway: http://www.parkwaypoorboys.com/

3. I tend to be of the mind that when it gets too creative, it is no longer truly Creole. Commander's Palace comes as close to that definition as any restaurant that comes to mind. Brigtsen's, Emeril's (flagship), Bayona, or Herbsaint would be nice as well.

4. I am going to pass on this one (haven't been to some, like Borgne), but I do think Domenica is very good if you'd like Italian one night, and the Happy Hour pricing is crazy good ( http://domenicarestaurant.com/ ).

5. I am going to pass on this one too. Go Seahawks.

about 7 hours ago
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Drinking on valentines day

The little bar in Il Bistro would be perfect. Cozy, romantic, and strong for both cocktails and wine.

about 8 hours ago
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

New Olrean's Hole-in-the-Walls

It is Dooky Chase, not "Dorky."

http://www.dookychaserestaurant.com/

Enjoy your visit.

Adieu, Elysian. Thanks for the Sellout

Precisely!

Thunderous applause to Kaleo for pointing out the curiously specific and complete irony in this particular corporate sell-out.

1 day ago
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Antoine's, Galatoire's or Arnaud's

Galatoire's, hands down. Visit the other two for drinks and bites.

Settle in at Galatoire's, "bond" with, and trust, your waiter, relax, slow down, and enjoy.

2 days ago
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

My Review of Canlis during Chef Jason Franey's Last Days

With respect to the "growing affluent," as a member of the unwashed proletariat, I shall be the reverse Marie Antoinette and say:

"Let them eat steak."

Sorry. Couldn't resist.

Jan 14, 2015
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Kingfish Cafe closing

The owners appear to have a new location/concept in the works:

http://blogs.seattletimes.com/allyouc...

Jan 14, 2015
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Paseo reopened?

http://blogs.seattletimes.com/allyouc...

Note the comments below the review as well as the review itself.

Jan 12, 2015
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Solo Business Travel to Seattle - Looking for Seafood

I am sorry to know that you had one bad experience at Blueacre. I have eaten there many times and have always had excellent meals and service.

Taylor is great for a casual space to eat shellfish.

Reasons why one might opt for Blueacre instead include its more comprehensive selection of seafood, sides, and desserts, the full service restaurant experience, wine list, and full bar.

Jan 08, 2015
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Solo Business Travel to Seattle - Looking for Seafood

To be clear, the M&S "small regional chain" has locations in D.C., Georgia, New Jersey. Minnesota, Ohio, and on and on (http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/l...). It is owned by the giant restaurant conglomerate Landry's ( http://www.landrysinc.com ), which operates dozens of national and regional chains, as well as casinos and nightclubs. The small and regional days of the M&S brand are long past.

Having said that, and although it would not be my first choice, I agree that the Fourth Avenue M&S location seems to be treated as a kind of "flagship" location by the corporation, and that the fresh sheet selections there remain reliably solid.

Jan 06, 2015
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Solo Business Travel to Seattle - Looking for Seafood

I agree with bighound that Blueacre is a perfect choice.

https://www.blueacreseafood.com/

Jan 06, 2015
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

where to buy, and recommendations on, good locally roasted coffee

A favorite of mine is Blue Star, which is located in Twisp. They do mail orders and their web site will give you locations of their Seattle retailers:

http://www.bluestarcoffeeroasters.com/

Velton's (in Everett) also puts out some great coffee. Once again the website will give you retail locations and mail order options:

http://www.veltonscoffee.com/

I received a Christmas gift of coffee beans ("Molly's Blend") from Ballard Coffee Works (aka Seattle Coffee Works) and although it is only the first product of theirs that I have enjoyed, I am quite impressed:

http://www.seattlecoffeeworks.com/

Safe travels back to NC....

Jan 06, 2015
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Best place for a good quality steak?

Steakhouses are something I only rarely do myself, but every once in a great while it makes a comforting "retro" sort of experience, so I understand and respect mcmullek's husband's craving.

As for the pricing, note that Melrose Grill will serve you an aged 16 oz. Rib Eye for $29, which includes a salad and a side. I personally haven't encountered too many "extraordinary" tasting menus at that price point, and it is an apples-and-oranges set of experiences anyway.

Good luck, mcmullek, let is know where you end up for the birthday dinner.

Jan 05, 2015
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Best place for a good quality steak?

Melrose Grill in Renton puts out nice steaks at fair prices.

http://www.melrosegrill.com/

Jan 04, 2015
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Muffaletta from somewhere other than Central

Cochon Butcher's Muff is not served hot, and it is excellent.

Jan 01, 2015
Gizmo56 in New Orleans
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Higher-end Seattle restaurant with good wine list and service

Yes, it is often overlooked. Just a few minutes up the freeway in the north end of town, if you don't mind a brief excursion and the chance to experience a Seattle neighborhood outside the downtown corridor, Nell's is a very solid and reliable choice.

Dec 11, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Higher-end Seattle restaurant with good wine list and service

http://www.nellsrestaurant.com/

Nell's is not downtown, but is not far away.

Dec 11, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Seeking Mince Pie in Seattle

Nov 25, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

turkey parts

I am doing stock for gravy today using nice fresh turkey "drumlettes" from QFC. My local Safeway has drumsticks, but they were frozen solid.

Nov 25, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Place for after dinner drink.

The bar at Il Bistro (Pike Place Market) is nice and a very cozy place to nest on a damp November night. They have a late night happy hour, and you can get tasty desserts or other bites.

I don't know if they are open and holding regular hours on the holiday, so you ought to call first if you are interested.

http://ilbistro.net/

Nov 25, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Paseo Closed

Yes.

Also, until it becomes known how big Paseo's liabilities are to the IRS and to the WA Department of Labor and Industries, how could they possibly even begin to estimate how much capital it would take to rescue the business from bankruptcy?

It appears that they just pulled a number out of the air and pretended that their arbitrary number was a business plan.

Paseo Closed

Since Paseo is in Chapter 7, I assume that the US Bankruptcy Court's trustee and judge would have to approve the terms of any sale, and that all of the proceeds from the sale would then be divided among the creditors.

However, I have real doubts whether debts to IRS or any debts for adjudicated claims from Labor & Industries can be discharged in bankruptcy.

I really don't know what the Kickstarter thing is aiming to do, or how they arrived at the amount they are trying to raise. Maybe all they want to do is reverse-engineer the recipes and rehire as many of the old staff as possible for what would be (in reality) a different and new business.

Nov 14, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Seahawks Stadium Kegs Watered Down?

Ha! I'd love to see them re-test the suds every game day for the rest of the season.

Nov 13, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Seahawks Stadium Kegs Watered Down?

I don't think there is anything un-truthful about the story, such as it is.

But at this point we have Anheuser-Busch stating in no uncertain terms that the kegs and bottles that go to the stadium are the same as they ship to the rest of the market. KOMO need to show that the rest of the market's product tests differently and (presuming that is so) just where in the supply chain the dilution occurs, and upon who's instruction. The brewers? Stadium management? The Seahawk franchise? The beer vendors? All of the above in a secret conspiracy?

I have other questions too. The percentage of alcohol in the brands and types still varies, and the difference between the actual and advertised percentages is inconsistent from one label to another. If the intent is to try and keep the fans "inebriation per beer" at a lower level, wouldn't the numbers line up (i.e make all the beer, say, 4.0)?

And if A-B is merely brewing a custom product to the customer's specifications, what is the incentive for them to lie about it? Now that the press is digging around, wouldn't it be the smart thing to do to say "like at many other stadiums, we are asked to provide a slight less alcoholic brew than is sold elsewhere."

To me, the reporting provides more questions than answers. I think they should have dug into this a few more steps before going on the air. They have now opened the door for other media outlets, as well as the WSLCB, to develop more facts, and I will be very interested to see where it all leads.

Mahalo, my friend.

Nov 13, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Seahawks Stadium Kegs Watered Down?

"Several pro venues are up front about only selling low test beer. It's the deception that rankles me."

Point taken, and I'm in full agreement that there ought to be full disclosure if indeed they are selling a product that is in any way different from what the buyer should expect. It probably would be a good thing for public safety on the roads if stadiums only sold 3.2% beer (and broadcast that fact).

I just don't think KOMO's investigation into the possible deception is (yet) rigorous and complete. Their reporting seemed premature to me.

Nov 13, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Paseo Closed

A Kickstarter is already underway to take over Paseo:

http://www.komonews.com/seattlerefine...

Nov 13, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Seahawks Stadium Kegs Watered Down?

I saw the original report on KOMO and I too immediately wondered why they did not also sample bottles and kegs of the same beers from taverns and stores. Without those "control samples," as GY puts it, we know the CLink beers test below the manufacturer's stated alcohol content of the brand, but we don't know that the CLink beer is any different from the same beer as sold everywhere else. I also think it would have been a good idea to have the samples tested in multiple labs.

I consider this as more a minor mystery than a scandal. KOMO has not shown any evidence that contradicts the vehement denials of the brewers there are special runs of lower alcohol beer for the stadiums, or that the beers are somehow tampered with later in the supply chain to lower the alcohol.

I don't particularly care if any given beer is 5% or 4.5%, either level will have about the same effect, and it is the flavor and body of the brew that drives my decision, not the ABV. KOMO did not seem to allege that the stadium beer tastes more watery or has a different specific gravity.

However, I have no stake in this controversy. My attitude toward the NFL is the same as Kaleo's. I have never spent $9 on stadium beer in a plastic cup, and I never will.

Nov 13, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Paseo Closed

Sadly, that info is exactly what I expected.

"Cash only" usually means "we keep revenue off the books in order to skim funds and evade taxes," and the Labor & Industries element shows that the lawsuit may have been merely the proverbial tip of an iceberg of abuse toward employees.

Given their fame, and their constant long lines of paying customers, it is a shame to think that they apparently could not settle for making an honest profit from their success, paying their taxes like everybody else, and treating their employees fairly.

Paseo Closed

Greetings Kaleo,

The plot thickens, in a big way:

http://www.kitsapreport.com/paseos-re...

Assuming it is pure satire....

Nov 12, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Cast iron - large spot won't season properly

Nov 12, 2014
Gizmo56 in Cookware