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Fresh Morels- where to buy??

Hi!

Looking for suggestions for where to purchase fresh morels in Seattle during the week. We saw some at PCC but they weren't as fresh as we'd like so any tips on where else to look would be much appreciated.

Thanks!!

May 26, 2014
misspickypants in Greater Seattle

First time visit to Seattle- what to do, where to eat, and cask beer?

Hello Seattle Chowhounds!

We've been enjoying your lovely city the past few days and wanted to thank you for all your tips.

After arriving on Saturday we walked through the Folklife Festival over to the Taylor Shellfish in Queen Anne. There we indulged in all 6 varieties of delicious oysters. The Olympia oysters were small but packed a flavorful punch and were our favorites.

From there we headed over to Capitol Hill to walk around and explore the neighborhood. The Melrose Market is a beautiful space and the Butter Home Store upstairs was charming. At Calf and The Kid the cheesemongers shared their favorite local cheese and we picked some up for the BBQ we're attending this evening.

The bartender at Bar Ferd'nand mixed up a delicious Manhattan for me and my friend had a very nice pinot noir from Willamette Valley that happened to be the happy hour red. While catching up with my pal the bartender told us about Sun Liquor Bar and Distillery, Il Corvo and Local 360.

After lingering over our drinks and catching up we walked around checking out the shops and about a half hour before our dinner reservations we stopped by Sun Liquors for one of their tasty cocktails. We tried the Southside, a refreshing drink made with Sun hedge trimmer gin, fresh mint, lemon juice and ginger beer. The bartender there shared that all the cocktails on the menu are the staff's favorites.

Then we walked over to Mamnoon to meet more friends for a very satisfying meal. I loved everything, my only critique would be for the dolmeh dish. It was extremely flavorful, but the dish consisted of 4 very tiny, very thin stuffed grape leaves, each the size of a small woman's pinky finger. It was so good and I wished it was a bit more substantial.

The muhumarra was awesome as was the fatteh hummus (green chick peas rule!). The octopus with the squid ink hummus and the fried cauliflower were the table's favorites. We shared several more plates and ate every bite. The warm orange blossom water after the meal and before the desserts were a unique and pleasant touch. I'd have to say our first dinner in Seattle was a homerun.

Sunday we were up early and hit Senor Moose in Ballard for breakfast before heading over to the Ballard Market. Was happy to see asparagus and morels! I'm going to post a question on where else we can find morels after this post. Our purchases from the market included asparagus and Jonboy salt caramels.

After walking through the neighborhood and reading lots of plaques relating the history of the cool buildings, and browsing neat shops (Monster Art & Clothing was our favorite), we went to Freemont.

Along the way we visited the troll (cool but in a creepy sort of way) and stopped at Trader Joe's to pick up some local beers. Then it was time to walk the Freemont Market. Perused all the stalls then walked around Freemont, stoping in shops and at the Lenin statute.

As we left Freemont we stopped by Jolly Roger and Hales for one cask conditioned ale at each. Both had IPAs on tap, while both were tasty we preferred the Maritime IPA at Jolly Roger.

Later on we dined at How to Cook a Wolf. The design of the room was warm and inviting, and the shared plates were all done quite well. My favorite was the Campanelle with asparagus cream and mint. The Bucatini with peas and black pepper and the spaghetti with anchovy and chili sounded simple but were both bold (in a good way) dishes. The soft cooked egg with crab was 4 halves of 2 eggs so as a party of 3 we each got a half and the victor of the rousing rock-paper-scissor challenge enjoyed the 4th half. I highly recommend the Salumi Board and my least favorite of the night was the chickpea fritters (not that it was bad, it just didn't seem as inspired and tasty as the other dishes). Too full after this meal to even contemplate dessert.

Today, being a beautiful sunny day, was spent in West Seattle. We grabbed breakfast on the patio at Luna Park Cafe then walked along the beach. A quick stop at Bakery Noveau for assorted croissants for dessert tonight. I'm looking forward to sampling them all.

Thanks again for your suggestions and will update again in a few days!!

May 26, 2014
misspickypants in Greater Seattle

First time visit to Seattle- what to do, where to eat, and cask beer?

We'll just miss the start of the Queen Anne Farmer's Market, which is a bummer as we love farmer's markets.

Will check out the Seattle Public Library, I love the downtown Boston Public Library and libraries in general.

Freemont Market sounds awesome, totally checking that out, thank you! Had no idea what the troll was but now must go and see. Just like I had to see the cadillac ranch and the meteor crater.

Are you psychic? JK, but I also love, love, love cookbooks. My traveling companions, not so much but they will patiently wait as I peruse the Book Larder.

Will be looking into all your suggestions, hope to fit as much as we can during our time there.

May 18, 2014
misspickypants in Greater Seattle

First time visit to Seattle- what to do, where to eat, and cask beer?

Pike Place Market is on our to see list, thanks for the tip to go early, we will do that! And Lowell's for breakfast sounds perfect!

May 18, 2014
misspickypants in Greater Seattle

First time visit to Seattle- what to do, where to eat, and cask beer?

La Medusa looks great, and the Melrose Market, that is exactly the kind of place we love to discover! We'll be eating a few meals there for sure, and the cheese shop, I love cheese shops! Calf and Kid with their focus on locally produced products from farms all over the Pacific Northwest exemplifies the kind of place we want to experience while we are there.

The Evolution Projects sound cool so we will be checking out as many as we can while we are there.

Will look into the sushi spots as we do want to try some NW sushi while there.

And thank you, thank you for the frozen custard info, that is my favorite. If ever in Boston, Abbots Frozen Custard is the best (and I think only) place with real frozen custard in the city. I'm also coming to terms with the fact I will be returning to Boston fatter than when I left. I think I need to eat both the twice baked chocolate croissant and the cherry almond croissant at Bakery Nouveau.

So many great suggestions, especially the fancy joints, I wish we were visiting for a longer time so we could try them all!

Will be sure to provide an update on what we do end up doing and where we eat.

May 18, 2014
misspickypants in Greater Seattle

First time visit to Seattle- what to do, where to eat, and cask beer?

We'll be there NEXT WEEK (sorry, really excited!!)!! Thanks for the recommendations, sandwiches at Paseo, Salumi and Rain Shadow are in or future,

And Sitka & Spruce is right up our alley, we are totally going there, thank you!

May 18, 2014
misspickypants in Greater Seattle

First time visit to Seattle- what to do, where to eat, and cask beer?

Thank you for letting us know about Paseos and Salumi, we're totally checking them out! We do have Vietnamese food and Pho here. And we do have those spring rolls, Elephant Walk is a restaurant here that does it especially well. Would love to see how the NW version compares.

We will have a car or part of the trip and are looking into day trips we could do for the 3 days we'll have the car. We'll re relying on the public transportation the rest of the time. Simulated skydiving, that does sound interesting but I'm not brave enough for that.

May 18, 2014
misspickypants in Greater Seattle

First time visit to Vancouver- what to do, where to eat, and cask beer?

Thanks for letting us know about Darby's too!

May 18, 2014
misspickypants in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

First time visit to Vancouver- what to do, where to eat, and cask beer?

Thank you for the tip on Granville Island, we are so going to the Public Market! Will look into these restaurants!

May 18, 2014
misspickypants in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

First time visit to Vancouver- what to do, where to eat, and cask beer?

Thank you for the clarification on the two markets and information on how best to get there! We are most certainly gong to check this out!

May 18, 2014
misspickypants in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

First time visit to Vancouver- what to do, where to eat, and cask beer?

Thank you for your post! I foresee some brewery visits in our future, as well as a trip to Alibi!

May 18, 2014
misspickypants in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

First time visit to Vancouver- what to do, where to eat, and cask beer?

Thanks for the great information! We will be there during Craft Beer Week, so we'll definitely look into this!

May 18, 2014
misspickypants in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

First time visit to Seattle- what to do, where to eat, and cask beer?

Hi Seattle Chowhounds,

We're coming from Boston to visit your city for the first time for 7 days and are looking for recommendations on what we should do and see, places to eat and best places for craft beer and cask beers.

We prefer places that locally source and are creative. Canlis looks great, as does Lark, Mamnoon, the Whale wins, and Walrus and the Carpenter. Are these good choices so far? Any other places we should be considering? We're always on the lookout for places that have great sandwiches too (Rain Shadow Meats Squared?).

For beer places which would you suggest? We'd definitely like to find as much locally brewed beer as possible, as well as cask conditioned beers, suggestions on best paces to find cask beer would be greatly appreciated.

Have been reading about the typical touristy things to do but are there any must sees or dos, while in Seattle? We love walking around, ferries, markets (farmers, art, flea), would love to hear your thoughts on how we can get the most out of our visit to your city. As locals in Boston we know the off the beaten path things to do that aren't in the guidebooks to tell visitors about, we would welcome hearing the local Seattle perspective on what to do that we won't find in a guidebook or tripadvisor.

Really looking forward to enjoying what your city has to offer.

Thanks!!!

May 16, 2014
misspickypants in Greater Seattle

First time visit to Vancouver- what to do, where to eat, and cask beer?

Hi Vancouver Chowhounds,

We're coming from Boston to visit your city for the first time for 3 days and are looking for recommendations on what we should do and see, places to eat and best places for craft beer and cask beers.

In doing my research I'm thinking lunch at Hawksworth, brunch at Homer Street Cafe and Bar, dinner at Farmers Apprentice and Wildebeest. We prefer places that locally source and are creative. Are these good choices so far? Any other places we should be considering?

For beer places which would you suggest: Alibi Room, St. Augustines,
Tap and Barrel, Craft Beer Market or elsewhere? We'd definitely like to find as much locally brewed beer as possible and casks, suggestions on best paces to find cask beer would be greatly appreciated.

Saw that there are a couple of night markets, is that something we should be checking out? Any other must sees or dos while in Vancouver?

Really looking forward to enjoying what your city has to offer.

Thanks!!!

May 16, 2014
misspickypants in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Masshole seeks happy hours

Up in MA we don't have happy hours so I always forget that they exist. Can anyone suggest some really good ones to check out in DC? (And I'm not really a Masshole. Picky as all get out but not mean or massholey).

Apr 06, 2013
misspickypants in Washington DC & Baltimore

Dinner recs, lunch recs, beer recs and market recs, 4-days, Advice please!

Thanks for the feedback! Will add Eastern Market as a place to check out. And will def find some dolcezza.

Apr 06, 2013
misspickypants in Washington DC & Baltimore

Dinner recs, lunch recs, beer recs and market recs, 4-days, Advice please!

Hi DC chowhounds! I'm coming from Boston for a 4-day visit with my husband next week. It's a mini-vacation for me while he will be working.

We'll be grabbing late dinners and I've made reservations at Zaytina, Table, Birch and Barley, and Fiola. The only one I'm not too sure of is Fiola, any thoughts? Any suggestions to consider instead of these? I'm big on locally sourced foodstuff but not too keen on the meat side of things and the husband appreciates pretty much anything beef or pork (especially the belly).

I'm also looking for places that serve cask conditioned beer and a good selection of craft beers to check out after dinner. RFD and Meridian Pint are on our list, any others we should consider?

Since I'll be on my own during the days it'll be lunch for one. I'm considering Daikaya, Bibiana, Cava Mezze and Union Market, thoughts? Would love to hear suggestions for places walking distance from the mall, but I don't mind taking the metro if there are any not to be missed lunch spots.

And, I love to visit any sort of food market, so as mentioned above, Union Market is on the list. Do I need to be nervous about going there on my own? Yelpers posted that it's a sketchy part of town, and they also indicated it's uber trendy and targeted towards hipsters. If the scariest thing is that I might run into some skinny-pant wearing hipsters, I think I can handle it.

Are there any cool/interesting specialty food stores or other markets worth visiting? Would greatly appreciate any suggestions for places that have locally made items (like cheese, ice cream or chocolate).

A lot of requests, I know, but I'm looking forward your responses! Thanks!!

Mar 31, 2013
misspickypants in Washington DC & Baltimore

Portland: just one night, first time there, one meal, so many choices- help!

Thanks JillO!

As you might image, I'm pretty picky but since I'll only be there for the one night I wanted to get recommendations from locals on where they would go to eat if they could just choose one restaurant. Mr. Pickypants is anything but, he's a very adventurous eater.

So I guess for some parameters I'd say we'd like to go someplace that had delicious food, locally sourced is always a big plus but most importantly would be a quintessential representation of the best of what Portland has to offer (obviously a very subjective thing).

Tabla is a place that looks to be right up my alley, and the Mr. would like all the places you listed, but would likely choose Toro Bravo or aviary.

May 18, 2012
misspickypants in Metro Portland

Portland: just one night, first time there, one meal, so many choices- help!

This will be my first visit to the pacific NW and I'll be in Portland for just one night. Been reading the boards, the blogs, the reviewers and instead of narrowing it down to just a handful of places to pick from I've become paralyzed with all the wonderful choices. So, all knowing chowhounds, if you could have just one dinner, just the one, where would you go? Oh, and this one night is a Monday, so I'm guessing that will eliminate a couple of places right from the start.

Also, my SO loves cask conditioned beer so if you could recommend some places that we should check out before or after dinner, that'd be wicked awesome (yup we are coming in from Boston).

May 16, 2012
misspickypants in Metro Portland