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For Italian sandwiches in Seattle (Porchetta, Salami, Other Cold Cuts): Salumi > Meat & Bread

Models could be gold diggers that only want to date rich guys. When it come to the sick part, they could also say terrible or inhumane things like "Ugly people shouldn't be outside with the pretty people" or "All fat people should jump off a cliff". Some of them even encourage bulimia or other eating disorders like a positive thing.

Usually when I say these things, I usually get a response saying "You're wrong, that statement is completely untrue and most [insert topic] aren't like that" and say a few exceptions as if one or even a few moments don't fit expectations would completely derail the notion and make it not true at all. I could argue that they're completely blind for not seeing a trend and of course I know these stereotypes aren't true for every single model. But you can't say that no models are like that at all.

about 13 hours ago
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

For Italian sandwiches in Seattle (Porchetta, Salami, Other Cold Cuts): Salumi > Meat & Bread

Hi everyone!

I've just got back from Seattle and will soon add more posts for the places we've been to.

However, I just want to say my opinion for those wanting to know which place to go for if you're in the mood for a Porchetta Sandwich or any other style of Italian sandwich. The two shops that seem to be usually compared are Salumi and Meat & Bread.

Hands down, Salumi was my favorite. Meat & Bread on the other hand? Well this is the following I've posted as my review for Meat & Bread on another popular restaurant review site...

"The Porchetta Sandwich and the Chickpea salad were like models. In that sense, they only looked pretty but were really bland & boring in soul, will take lots of your money and can also make you sick.

The Salsa Verde and the porchetta looked succulent. However, when eating it, it was very bland where the vibrancy just stopped at the looks while it being very greasy. It was very disappointing how the Salsa Verde didn't contribute much flavor as the majority of the flavor was given solely by the mustard provided on the side. The cracklin' didn't provide much as well."

Here is my more in-depth review of Salumi vs. Meat & Bread: http://themetropolitanlounge.blogspot...

about 22 hours ago
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

Recommendations - Three Days in Seattle

With those dietary restrictions, the gluten-free and pescetarian, definitely the trendier mid-range restaurants shouldn't have an issue catering to them, particularly the ones by the restauranteurs Matt Dillon and Renée Erikson. For lunch, I would recommend: Sitka & Spruce (Matt Dillon's flagship restaurant), Taylor Shellfish Bar, and Terra Platta in Capitol Hill. For dinner, I would recommend: The Walrus and The Carpenter (a Renée Erikson restaurant) (Ballard), The Whale Wins (another one of Renées restaurant) (Fremont), Rock Creek Seafood (Fremont).

If you want a seafood restaurant on the waterfront, Elliott's Oyster House has opened again after a near 6+ month closure after finishing the reconstruction of the seawall.

" CANLIS " - Another Year; Another Chef; Another Dining Experience!

My apologies. Really, bigger portions? Usually, each dish on the tasting menu is usually smaller than the ala carte option as the tasting menu has more courses. Or, you meant the items on the ala carte menu having larger portions?

Jul 17, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

" CANLIS " - Another Year; Another Chef; Another Dining Experience!

Hi, Charles.

I remember from another post related to Canlis about them finding a new chef before signing on Brady Williams that you'd wish for someone with Japanese-French (or just Japanese) cooking experience. I guess he has that sort of background.

Otherwise, thanks for the report. I heard from another post how the tasting menu isn't that great. But I understand that you might have had not that much choice in order to entertain your party as you have to order the tasting menu for the entire group.

I will be actually coming up to Canlis for a meal with a friend a couple of days before the Anthony Bourdain show on the 27th. We are definitely going for the a la carte option. I will soon after type up a report of that experience.

Jul 16, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

" CANLIS " - Another Year; Another Chef; Another Dining Experience!

Highly agree. There are those that would be more than happy to drop $500 on a ridiculous Ed Hardy t-shirt. I know I know, the PC response of how people can spend on their money on what they wish. Even with that being said, some of those people would be flabbergasted and prejudiced about you or someone else spending $300 per person on a meal to which they have an extremely hard time contemplating because they haven't yet had a high-end food experience or just completely apathetic to gastronomy, one of life's pleasures. They don't get how not only should the food be way on another league but also you come to dine for a life-changing experience provided by the spectacular service which is definitely worth the price (I keep thinking of people who are close minded to gastronomy saying "too much!" and "I would never spent that kind of money for food" in my head from past experiences as they're the types that wouldn't ever consider eating at a high end place if I hadn't mentioned it).

I know my opinion can be polarizing and blunt but it's how I feel. Also, I do love shopping for clothes as the debate between foodies and fashionistas is quite common. It's not that I don't get clothes but even if it's not my taste, Ed Hardy seems really gaudy and tasteless.

Jul 16, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

Worms in Cod?!?

Yes, last year, there was a huge story of a guy finding a worm/nematode in a Costco/Kirkland packaged "Fresh Wild Pacific True Cod". The VP of Quality Assurance and Food Safety for Costco/Kirkland says not only are they prone to such parasites, but they're harmless when cooked but a concern (possibly dangerous) when eaten raw, even though they generally do a thorough job of removing them. Here's the link:http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/oddnews/m...

Jul 15, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

10th anniversay - not Canlis or Herb Farm

I've actually never been to Gastropod. I now gotta look it up as it sound really interesting, thanks!

Jul 13, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

10th anniversay - not Canlis or Herb Farm

Hi edub,

If you still want to go to Canlis for your trip, I would also like to add that you can eat at the bar at Canlis, although you'd probably wanna choose a different date other than your 10th anniversary. Although they have a separate bar menu, I hear you can order the full menu but I'd call and double check just to make sure; also ask if they accept walk ins.

Jul 12, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

10th anniversay - not Canlis or Herb Farm

I had to place my reservations 2-3 months ahead for my reservation at the end of July this month for Canlis. With a lot of tourists wanting to come to Seattle for the summer as it's a great time to visit, lots of places is going to be booked.

For lunch, I just want to throw in the recommendation of Sitka & Spruce for lunch. As I had responded to someone else, it's amazing how it's open for lunch as the majority of trendy mid-range restaurants are primarily open for dinner. It's one of Matt Dillon's restaurants as like Renee Erikson for The Walrus and the Carpenter and The Whale Wins. Also, you can swing by Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar next door in the same building (Melrose Market) for a few of some of the PNW best oysters since they're the major purveyor of oysters for most of Seattle's restaurant where you don't have to pay the middleman a premium.

About your question between Whale and Westward, Westward is certainly more Mediterranean influenced (Greek particularly) whereas Whale is more Western European influenced along with that from the local product as well. The other reason why I mention Sitka & Spruce is that the food of Matt Dillon is primarily focused on the PNW ingredients even though there's Middle Eastern/Mediterranean/European/American influence making it a very unique restaurant on its own. I've definitely been to Sitka and Spruce for lunch and it was amazing! I'm also planning to go for dinner as well before the Bourdain show at the end of this month. Here's my blog link of my time at Sitka & Spruce if you're considering lunch over there: http://themetropolitanlounge.blogspot...

Jul 11, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

10th anniversay - not Canlis or Herb Farm

Yes, it definitely had that reputation decades ago since its opening. However, ever since the arrival of Eleven Madison Park trained chef, Jason Franey, there's been a huge revamp of the cuisine utilizing modern gastronomic techniques while keeping some of the stuff like the steaks for those liking the old Canlis items. The shift is going even more of that direction with the new chef, Brady Williams while trying to do his best not to alienate the old clientele.

If you want to try some of Canlis' old menu, that's what their tasting menu is for, albeit with modern preparation. However, if you want to try some of their newer items (which I highly recommend), I would go for their prix-fixe a-la-carte 4 course menu for $100 which I have to say is a great value for a restaurant of its league (great food, attentive service).

Jul 11, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

Adieu, Elysian. Thanks for the Sellout

Lol, what a great analogy!

Jul 09, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

Canlis with a kid?

I've set next to a table with toddlers. They were more than well behaved and are much tolerated at Canlis. Also, they have a kids menu as well just incase if he's not as adventurous but that's not likely since you've mentioned that above. Otherwise, they're more than willing to accommodate a child without a hint of pretentiousness.

If you look up #canlis on Instagram and tap on the link of photos related to the geographical location of Canlis (there should be a marker with "Canlis" above the picture if the poster shared the location of where the photo was taken), you'll see kids eating at Canlis and they're having a great time while looking really dapper and dressed up :)

Jul 09, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

One dinner in Seattle- Sitka and Spruce or...

I'd definitely recommend Sitka & Spruce for the most exposure of the best PNW cuisine Seattle has to offer. Plus, they're open for lunch which is unheard of for a trendy restaurant in Seattle as most are only open for dinner. They have amazing small plates for lunch.

Westward seems fun, especially in terms of location. However, their food and service might not live up to expectations. Also, they don't offer much and don't really open for lunch as the earliest they open is around 3pm on certain days.

Most of Renee Erikson's restaurants (The Whale Wins, The Walrus and the Carpenter) aren't open for lunch.

Taylor Shellfish has some amazing oysters but you can always stop by quickly for a few oysters after Sitka and Spruce as they're in the same building.

Jul 09, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

10th anniversay - not Canlis or Herb Farm

On another note and I of course respect your opinion and wishes, have you dined at Canlis? Yes, it's very formal (jacket required but won't get you kicked out, just having your table placed away from the window). However, out of all the "hoity-toity" restaurants I've dined at, Canlis has the warmest and most attentive service I've ever encountered while without a whiff of condescension. In addition, they memorize your name, from the person who will greet you when you walk into the door through the main waiter who will be serving you, and will address you as Mr./Mrs./Ms. [last name]. Be that as it may, it's not to say that there is no snobbiness at Canlis which I have to say primarily comes from its clientele. Some of the people that dine there come off as the people who think they know food but order the "safest" things on the menu and would rudely openly mock other patrons as I had sat next to a rude group moaning and making fun of me for me overly apologizing to a waiter that I had felt his drink recommendation wasn't satisfactory (felt bad, but he didn't charge me for the drink, BTW).

Sorry, I understand that you don't want to deal with a stuffy atmosphere. It's just that Canlis has provided me the best service of my entire dining experience throughout my life. Because of that, I'm actually planning to go back again. But that's just me. I just wanted to share my experience with you if by the slightest chance you might want to reconsider it. Thanks and I hope you get to choose an awesome place for your 10th anniversary, regardless if it isn't at Canlis.

Jul 09, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

10th anniversay - not Canlis or Herb Farm

The Corson Building, by Matt Dillon of Sitka & Spruce, seems like a fun dinner, especially how it's mid-high end dining done in a communal setting: http://www.thecorsonbuilding.com/menu

Jul 09, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

Food itinerary?

I hope I can throw in a guess in the hat: is the $300 meal at Canlis?

Jun 29, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

Food itinerary?

For seafood, especially at that price range (even though you should bump it up to 40-50 realistically), Taylor Shellfish Bar for some of the best oysters as it comes straight from the purveyor (Taylor Shellfish Farms): http://tayloroysterbars.com/

If you want to try more of the trendier, farm to table restaurants that represent and highlight PNW cooking, I would suggest either one of Matt Dillon's restaurants or Renee Erikson's restaurants. If you go to Matt Dillon's Sitka & Spruce, it's inside the Melrose Market where they do have sandwich shops and other relatively cheaper eats: http://melrosemarketseattle.com/

Matt Dillon: http://www.sitkaandspruce.com/ The main restaurant page lists his other restaurants as I recommend going to The London Plane for breakfast and brunch.

Renee Erikson:
The Walrus and the Carpenter: http://www.thewalrusbar.com/
The Whale Wins: http://www.thewhalewins.com/

Also for a fun place to hang out for midday with great food and views (romantic for dinner as well), Westward: http://westwardseattle.com/

Jun 29, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

Porchetta sandwich and Paseo question

Have any of you guys been to both Salumi and Meat & Bread? Which place would you go for the porchetta sandwich? Also as I've read that if we get there early, there isn't much of a wait, especially on a monday or a tuesday for Salumi.

Also, I imagine this question in addition to my last one has been asked before but is Paseo still worthy for out of towners?

Jun 24, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

So I Finally Went to Canlis (lengthy post)

I wasn't VIP during my visit in November but I did receive the macaroons that they give out and the only mignardises I've received was the bar of chocolate at the end (Peanut Butter flavor). It wasn't "wow" but still delicious. This was during Chef Franey's last days. I didn't specifically request at the time but I did get seated at the "Peter Canlis" table for my first visit, most likely as I was a party of one.

Be that as it may, I'm looking forward to my next visit next month!

Seared foie gras near downtown

Hope I'm not too late: Quinn's pub in Capital Hill (the part that's right next door to downtown). They have lots of awesome foie gras items on their menu, especially for a pub. They have Foie Gras fries with Shaved Foie Gras, a piece of Seared foie gras, and Foie Gras sauce. Of course they have their seared foie gras dish with Caramelized Endive, Cornbread Croutons, Cherry Marmalade, Pedro Ximenez, Walnuts. You can also order a burger and add foie gras to it!

3 days in Seattle - seafood, local foods, Downtown & West Seattle

If you're staying at Pioneer square, I recommend having breakfast at The London Plane, especially if you're interested in farm to table dining. I also recommend some of Matthew Dillon's other restaurants such as Sitka & Spruce for lunch as they're one of the few trendy restaurants that are open for that time period.

As other's have been saying, Rock Creek is also a great spot. They're known for their Oyster Benedict during brunch but also have some of their non brunch dishes during brunch if one wants to try some of their classic seafood fishes.

If you get a chance, I would recommend Canlis for dinner. I know it's pricy but it's definitely meant for a special occasion as it's one of the most fabulous places I've ever dined. The establishment where it's overviewing Lake Union is certainly breathtaking. The food should of course be amazing with the new chef they've hired. Also, the service is phenominal.

For Fremont/Wallingford/Ballard, I'm surprised no one has mentioned Paseo for their Latin/Caribbean inspired sandwiches that is supposedly one of the best places in the city.

Also up in that area is Joule which is very Korean influenced in its New American Cooking. Also, Revel, another Asian-influenced New American restaurant, seems like a great selection fitting your criteria.

May 17, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

But otherwise to directly answer your question: like what Chemicalkinetics was saying, I do feel like more people of our current generation are more open to trying sushi. Also, like Bob says, I am not suggesting that sushi lovers like myself should push for a first date at a sushi restaurant on those that really don't like it.

Feb 23, 2015
mlbartender in General Topics

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

Hi again,
When I was referring to "foodies" in my original comment/question in regards to the sushi bar being the ideal place for a first date for foodies, it's referring to people who are generally open to trying new foods to those that really spend their paychecks and their free time eating and ruminating about food: hardcore foodies. I know some people might throw in exceptions wanting to disprove/disagree with me saying they for example love to dine at a nice bistro but wouldn't dare go to a sushi bar. But generally speaking, food lovers, especially at that high of a level (examples would be food bloggers, members of the Yelp Elite, Bourdain acolytes) should appreciate authentic sushi. As a sushi lover when I was little, I thought I would never like steak as I had not only deemed it boring but I would have had it served to me well done as kids next to me would have been all like "eewww" to anyone who ordered any other temperature below it. However years later, after having a grass fed Ribeye simply seasoned with salt and pepper served medium rare for the first time, I immediately saw the light and understood why people loved steak. Now, I eat steak not only rare but also black and blue. Funny thing is I still have people go "eewww" at me and at times, they can be old as 50.

Of course on a future date, I would ask if she would be open to eating traditional sushi. And if she does have some have some reservations as she's never tried it before but is still willing to try nonetheless, I of course would definitely offer to pay (for the sole reason that she won't feel that she's wasted her money as it would be my idea and would never expect anything more out of it) and to also offer to go somewhere else afterward in case if she didn't like it and didn't eat much.

To me, it's like I am optimistic generally for people to appreciate and enjoy A cuisine like sushi if they try the good stuff of not only high quality but expertly prepared. Because of this, I have a general sense that they might not like certain foods or cuisines because they've had a bad experience in the past. However for just me, if she can't not only appreciate sushi but also not enjoy food in general and only sees it as merely a source of chemical energy (a person with no taste (definitely going to be labeled a snob after this but I'd imagine some of y'all would say the same thing, especially on Chow)), it is very, very unlikely that the relationship would continue, especially for the long run (once again to those reading, this is just for me). I know I'll get flak for this for being in a sense "shallow", but it's also like I generally don't hear people who are really outdoorsy who are into hiking, sports, etc. get flak on the same level for dumping someone who hates anything that's physically intensive and prefers to be on his or her computer all day (you can probably tell by now that I'm quite the "indoors" person).

Feb 23, 2015
mlbartender in General Topics

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

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Feb 23, 2015
mlbartender in General Topics

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

In addition to learning how to take criticism. I too am mainly glad that this turned out to be a huge discussion, nonetheless.

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

Thanks for your concern. I've realized from this experience that opinions are polarizing and there will be those who will disagree with be, albeit harshly. Because of this, I've learned to know what to expect so that I won't be so shy in general when expressing an opinion.

Feb 23, 2015
mlbartender in General Topics

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

Hi there,

First, I'll be upfront a bit about myself. I am generally very shy and can't think of anything to talk about when it comes to talking to the opposite sex. Because of this and you might think I'm being a bit prejudiced, I feel that I'm being unfairly judged as "weird" as it's just that I'm too nervous to talk about anything. Therefore, you can tell by now that my dating prospects are severely limited.

Be that as it may, I will share my friends' accounts on their first dates to a local, very authentic sushi restaurant as they always would come up to me for restaurant suggestions for dates; ironic, isn't it.

Friend 1: A close friend took his first date to the restaurant. He had told me that the date had expected a place that serves California/Spicy Tuna/ Dynamite rolls. However, he had told me that she was very hesitant and just being polite when eating the very authentic, preseasoned, no soy sauce/ wasabi on the side nigiri sushi. There was no second date.

Friend #2. Before I get into his first date, he was initially very hesitant at first at the beginning of our friendship to try sushi again in general due to a bad experience (bad spicy tuna roll). Because of that, I took him to an authentic izakaya where they not only had sushi but other cooked items. He was very hesitant to try a slice of tuna sashimi, but when he did, he was surprised of how clean it tasted and how much he had enjoyed it. Days later, I took him to the authentic sushi restaurant. He actually wanted to sit at the tables when I had reserved for the sushi bar. After I had told him the reasons why Sushi bar > table such as each piece is given to you as soon as it's made and witnessing the progression (lightest to heaviest in terms of flavor) throughout the meal, he was still hesitant until he experienced it. During our meal together, he was telling me how much better of an experience it was due to the reasons above in addition towards seeing the light of experiencing authentic nigirizushi. As a matter of fact, he was the one who told me that eating at the sushi bar is great for dates as there would be less "dead time" since there will always be something to talk about. To tell you the truth, the only thing he hated was... The uni (btw, I meant that Uni/ Bourdain reference as a funny note, nothing that I would actually consider a deal breaker for the long term dating prospects unless if she didn't enjoy eating authentic sushi overall (key word)).

Long story short, he took plenty of first dates which turned out to successfully produce following dates afterwards; he did skip the Uni fyi. The point is the dates loved too the authentic sushi as they told him they had never experienced anything liked it due to him providing them guidance/ suggestions by doing all the ordering as he adhered to the progression I had taught him.

Friend #3. This friend is actually a very attractive female friend of mine as we were roommates as she gets asked out dates all the time. We actually went out to that same authentic sushi place and like friend number two (he joined in btw as they were closer friends), she was initially hesitant as well. However, her perception of sushi had changed for the better of being more open towards eating sushi in general, especially authentic and traditional versions. Funny fact: as she was laughing, she told me not to stare at her while she's taking her first bite (was very curious of her reaction, not actually being a creep like the future commenters will accuse me of being)

Feb 22, 2015
mlbartender in General Topics

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

Just replying to your question: The OP loves ankimo and mirugai. FYI, he is in his late 20s and has been eating sushi throughout his life, so he knows he's an exception :)

Feb 20, 2015
mlbartender in General Topics

Sushi Gen at the sushi bar: The Non $15 Sashimi Platter review (Part 2)

I understand that there are some other places in the area that have risen up recently such as the places you have in mind and others such as Q Sushi and what the other commenter had mentioned; albeit a few of them. Be that as it may, although you refer to Sushi Gen as "basic bitch" sushi, it's still considered the staple and gateway for more traditional preparations as they've been there since the 80s/90s compared to the many, many other sushi restaurants in the area. All I'm saying is that there is more to the restaurant than the special that everyone's accustomed to.

Have a nice day, sir :)