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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.

about 11 hours ago
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle
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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

Paseo Closed

Clues to how Paseo was managed:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7JW...

Nov 11, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Fried chicken

+1 on the Dookie Chase suggestion.

Nov 10, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Spur Gastropub - Must Try

Nov 06, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

It's been a few years, what do you think

Spinasse (Italian), Walrus & Carpenter for shellfish (and other good small plates), Blueacre for seafood. Metropolitan Grill for steaks. You already have French covered at Le Pichet. I don't consider much of our Asian as a can't miss. An eclectic pair of others would include Canlis & Poppy.

We are enjoying a major bubble of good restaurants, so I could go on and on, but those are some of the places that I regularly return to.

Nov 05, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

It's been a few years, what do you think

Night 1. Le Pichet has been extremely consistent. If you enjoyed it before, you will enjoy it again.

Night 2. HTCAW is good, but not great, IMO. I would swap that one out, but there are so many options we'd need some information about your likes and dislikes in order to recommend alternatives for any of your picks.

Night 3. Serious Pie has good pizza with a great crust. But there are almost always lines, and it is a noisy crowded space with communal tables, AND at the end of the day, it is merely pizza. I think a booth at Quinn's is a better experience: good varied small plates, an excellent burger, and a strong selection of beer and liquor in a vibrant neighborhood.

Enjoy your visit!

Nov 05, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Good decaf coffee

Blue Star has a very good mail order option:

http://www.bluestarcoffeeroasters.com...

Nov 02, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Need Three Suggestions First Time Visit

RE: #1

Buffa's on Esplanade has a very informal and lively jazz brunch. The menu is decidedly non-fancy: http://www.buffasbar.com/menu/

A somewhat more upscale jazz brunch, but still with eggs, french toast, etc. can be had at Atchafalaya: http://www.atchafalayarestaurant.com/...

Oct 20, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

SF Foodies Visiting in 2 weeks

A restaurant chain would use a proofreader for the content on their site.

But...whatever. Enjoy your visit.

Oct 15, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Large Dinner Group this Friday (10/17) - Recommednations for the in Quarter

Bourbon House handles groups nicely and has solid food and drink.

http://www.bourbonhouse.com/

Oct 14, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014 [old]

NAY to chicken piccata (refrigerated section). Not new at TJ's, but my first time trying their attempt after making it myself for decades. It fails in two ways.

The chicken breasts are supposed to be pounded thin, and to a uniform thickness of about 1/4 inch. TJ's version doesn't seem to be pounded at all, the thickness is not uniform, which results in overdone edges compared to the more moist center.

Second problem is the sauce, which should be simple and bright: lemon, white wine, capers, a little seasoning. There is a caper flavor here, but no actual whole capers, and the sauce misses on the bright flavors and has a "gluggy" overly-thick consistency.

I had high hopes. It is a simple dish that should be perfect for this sort of pre-made quick meal treatment, but TJ misses the mark on the very few basic rules of what makes this dish work.

Oct 07, 2014
Gizmo56 in Chains
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Need help for Seattle Thanksgiving itinerary

Even if there is only one plate, I agree that for Turkey Day the buffet is better. Many of us don't care as much for certain dishes as we do for others, and it is nice to be able to set up one's Thanksgiving plate as one chooses.

I again enthusiastically second the Ray's suggestion. I think a visitor would find spending the holiday looking out across Shilshole Bay a very memorable way to spend an out-of-town Thanksgiving, and I'd urge the OP to explore a reservation as soon as possible.

http://www.rays.com/boathouse/

Sep 29, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Need help for Seattle Thanksgiving itinerary

+1 for this suggestion. Bear in mind that the sun will be setting at around 4:30 pm at that time of year, so best plan the holiday meal for the mid-afternoon to enjoy the wonderful water view at Ray's.

Sep 29, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

SF Foodies Visiting in 2 weeks

I agree with all of your observations, HH. The writer of the content for their website would never have made it out of the elementary school I attended.

Sep 28, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

SF Foodies Visiting in 2 weeks

For brunch, consider Atchafalya, which features a DIY Bloody Mary bar.

http://www.atchafalayarestaurant.com/

Sep 28, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Does Bubba Gumps Have the best Turtle Soup in New Orleans?

Oops, thanks for the correction.

Sep 26, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Does Bubba Gumps Have the best Turtle Soup in New Orleans?

Spitfire is relatively new, I think they opened less than 2 years ago, maybe early 2013. I've enjoyed having an afternoon espresso there a couple of times.

I too didn't know anything about "The Saint." But I found out it is in the Lower Garden District. More info here: http://www.thesaintneworleans.com/

Sep 26, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Big Chickie Report

Yelp has very recent reviews for the Lynnwood location and shows that they open daily at 11 am, but are closed on Mondays.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/san-fernando-...

Sep 26, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle
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Coffee shop etiquette: lines and limited tables

If one person happens to have a backpack (or a companion), that can hold a table while that person waits in line, that person is putting others (who do not have an object or person to hold the table during the wait) at a disadvantage.

On the other hand, if everyone would wait to stake out a table until after they had paid the cashier, none of the patrons would be exercising an advantage, and everyone could take their turn based on the order of their arrival (which would dictate the order of their payment and the order in which they could obtain the next open table, all of which would match: first come/first served).

This implied normative strategy leans toward courtesy, fairness, equal treatment, and manners, regardless whether the house rules bother to police such conduct.

Courtesy and manners are of course observed to varying degrees by different people, as you rightly point out, and as this contentious thread proves. But I do think it is possible to think through the question of what conduct demonstrates the best "etiquette" in consideration of others, whether that conduct is being universally observed, or whether it is commonly ignored. It is a question of what one "ought" to do, over what one can get away with, when not forbidden by the house rules. I'm with Kaleo.

Sep 25, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

We need 2 great dinners (and a breakfast)! Downtown/Belltown

No, the OP did not specify days of the week, so that's why I thought it was important to mention the fact that there is no breakfast service five days out of the week.

I was not trying to make a distinction between breakfast and brunch related to the time of day, but "brunch" does imply a different sort of menu selection.

Sep 22, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

We need 2 great dinners (and a breakfast)! Downtown/Belltown

Cafe Campagne does not serve breakfast on weekdays, except in summer (ending on Labor Day). They do have a year-round weekend brunch service.

Sep 22, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle