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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!

about 4 hours ago
mlbartender in Greater Seattle
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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 :)

The "remarkable value" special lunch spot

Pierre Gagnaire (2*) is known for their high value lunches. They have two menus below the 10k point and one slightly above it. Although French-based, each of Pierre Gagnaire's restaurants utilizes the local ingredients and techniques so you'll definitely be getting a unique Japanese flair with your meal.

You can just email them requesting for a reservation as they have English speaking staff. Much simpler compared to others on this site as they would talk about their reservation experiences for other restaurants.

http://www.anaintercontinental-tokyo....

Feb 20, 2015
mlbartender in Japan

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

Just to be clear, when I have rolls in quotations, I'm obviously referring to American style makizushi (i.e. California Rolls, Spicy Tuna Roll) as a lot of people refer to them as just that.

Feb 20, 2015
mlbartender in General Topics

If you're not Catholic and in SoCal trying to find something worthwhile hearing others talk about what they have to give up during Lent

Or if you're a devout Catholic in which the referring promotion is originally intended for.

Feb 19, 2015
mlbartender in Chains

If you're not Catholic and in SoCal trying to find something worthwhile hearing others talk about what they have to give up during Lent

Feb 19, 2015
mlbartender in Chains

Sushi Gen at the sushi bar: The Non $15 Sashimi Platter review (Part 1)

Thanks for letting me know of that. It will certainly be less of a pain and be a great way to share my blog, with the main intent of informing others about amazing food, of course :)

Be sure to get there at least 30 minutes early before opening as a long line will build up if you get a chance to go.

Feb 19, 2015
mlbartender in Los Angeles Area

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

Okonomi desu. It was at around $100 before the last three pics (Ika Somen with Uni to the Tuna trio) with drinks from what I remembered though I can't guarantee.

Feb 19, 2015
mlbartender in Los Angeles Area

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

Of course, Bar Dining not only incorporates other cuisines but it's becoming a more popular alternative in this generation edging out the table with the white cloth. Even with that being said, I would still argue that Sushi versus other cuisines at the bar is the most optimal first date choice for the following reasons:

1. Even more so for this current generation, people are more open to Sushi wanting more authentic & traditional preparations unlike places that serve "rolls", even more so with "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" and other food related media released out there exposing many people to authentic preparations of sushi.

2. Unlike other cuisines, not only can the itamae (sushi chef) converse with you and your date throughout the meal in order to avoid that awkward period where neither of you can think of anything to talk about, there will be another different piece of sushi freshly made at intervals of between 2-10 minutes so there will almost always be something to talk about whether it will be like an initial "ooooh" and a following "whadya think of that?"

3. Although there are exceptions to reason #1 as there are people still not open to trying sushi, let alone its traditional forms (I actually had heard someone ignorantly say to his date in front of sushi chef "next time let's get some real sushi" at one of the most authentic sushi restaurants in Southern California, Ikko), it can serve as an indicator whether or not you two would be compatible in the long run. As what Anthony Bourdain would say on his shows/books whenever he used to take his dates to Sushi Yasuda in NYC, "If she didn't eat the Uni, the relationship was essentially over at that point".

Agree or disagree? Feel free to chime your opinion or if you would like to add more points.

Feb 19, 2015
mlbartender in General Topics

SF Trip 2015

I was definitely considering dining at Perbacco for my last trip but didn't have the time. Do you follow SF Bay Area's PBS affiliate, KQED and its show "Check Please: Bay Area"? They have all the episodes on their YouTube channel and here's a clip of Perbacco review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ru9NC...

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

Continuing from the first part, here are the rest of the pics and review!

Feb 19, 2015
mlbartender in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Gen at the sushi bar: The Non $15 Sashimi Platter review (Part 1)

I had written about and took the photos on my blog for the following almost two years ago (http://themetropolitanlounge.blogspot...). Be that as it may, even from my recent visit a couple months ago, I can safely say that the food quality and offerings haven't changed.

I know, I know: the $15 Sashimi Platter is of amazing value and going from there to paying close to around $100 (or higher) dining at the sushi bar is quite a jump. Even with that being said, I feel that not only is the price worth dining at the bar but also those ordering the sets from their menu are genuinely missing out on the best Sushi Gen has to offer.

If you get a chance, be sure to start out with the Mozuku (a slimy seaweed) in a vinegar-based sauce topped with grated mountain yam. Sorry I forgot to take a pic but it's definitely an ideal starter towards a fabulous and extremely authentic meal at the city where sushi started in America, Los Angeles. As I typically like to stick to tradition when dining at the sushi bar, I had ordered my sushi progressively from lightest to heaviest in terms of flavor.

Feb 19, 2015
mlbartender in Los Angeles Area

My Thanksgiving meal at Aqua by El Gaucho

Yep, as there weren't that many fine dining options for thanksgiving other than Ruth Chris' and El Gaucho, it seemed like the best place for an out of towner, especially with the waterfront and seafood. I dined at Canlis the following day which was totally worth it's price, even though I paid just slightly more as I was more than generous with gratuity due to it being a high caliber dining institution.

Jan 19, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

My Thanksgiving meal at Aqua by El Gaucho

Yeah, really overpriced. And you know what? It was a full house that day. In addition, plenty of whole, large families booked tables that day and I can only fathom of thinking about the cost for a large party like that.

Definitely appreciate the info about frozen crabs. Yeah, although the service was very friendly and attentive, it's certainly for those who totally have money to burn without actually caring much for the food.

Sorry as I gotta ask, why does the corn photo give you nightmares? Just curious.

Jan 19, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

My Thanksgiving meal at Aqua by El Gaucho

As I had made my decision to spend my thanksgiving away from the family in Seattle, I ended up choosing Aqua by El Gaucho for my Thanksgiving dinner as I made reservations since it was one of the few restaurants open on that day along with it being packed on that day.

Located on the beautiful Seattle Waterfront on Alaskan Way next to the Port of Seattle, the restaurant was nested on an ideal location for the extremely wealthy to blow out chunks of cash for simple preparations of Seafood and Steak. Don't get be wrong: although I'm the type of a person that avoids a restaurant if their menu offerings are too safe, I can definitely appreciate and savor the bold flavors of a broiled lobster tail with only melted butter or a medium rare 35 day aged ribeye only seasoned with salt and pepper. But because I'm a person who generally is hesitant against restaurants with simple menu offerings mainly those serving Traditional American cuisine, the moment I walked in and gazed briefly at the clientele, I've immediately realized that these aren't the bunch that have discerning palates (by this point, either you're empathetic towards me or labeled me as a snob). If you log in on Instagram and look at all the pics tagged to the physical location of the restaurant, you'll see that the majority of pics are either selfies or just photos of people, not food.

With that aside, the interior looked very nice and the hostesses were extremely pleasant and polite while offering to take my coat immediately with warm smiles. Seated, I was immediately assisted by my friendly and attentive waiter. After ordering and tasting my first drink of a Knob Creek Manhattan, I've made the realization that this was the best simple preparation of the cocktail I've had as the bartender was extremely skilled. In addition, I've ordered the Barents Sea King Crab Leg. After the immediate bread service, the beautiful King Crab Legs arrived ten minutes in front of me with Lemon Butter and Black Truffle Aioli. In addition to mentioning that the hefty price ($89, freaking wow) included two legs, they came with their shells precut with sheers. After popping open the shell of the first leg, the crab of course was decadent in flavor. The Lemon Butter was too an amazing complement for the dish. However even though it was nice that it provided an acidic zing of a different flavor once after every few bites, the Black Truffle Aioli wasn't really necessary as I prefered the flavor of the rich and not too sour Lemon Butter much more. On the side as the waiter said that the restaurant can do half orders along with not seeing the Lobster Madhed Potatoes on there, I went for the Sweet Yellow Corn with Chipotle Lime Butter. As I've noticed that it was cooked with Bacon/Pancetta as it was really rich, it was a tad too salty albeit still delicious.

I do apologize for the low lighting as it was pretty dim and I didn't want to be so conspicuous when taking the pics with my phone.

Jan 19, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

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

Believe me, I know they will be.

Jan 14, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

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

Yes, the salad is definitely worth trying once at Canlis. Although a great salad, I wouldn't say that it's close to being anything revolutionary. Besides as a great, refreshing palate cleanser (no disrespect to the Canlis family, just saying it's a great way to bridge to the heavier main course), it's there to preserve the nostalgia of when Canlis first opened in light of Franey's modernist cuisine taking the lead.

Jan 13, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

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

That was the first question I've asked to my waitress (who was extremely wonderful, btw if I hadn't said that enough already, lol) after acknowledging that Jason Franey was there managing the kitchen during my visit. Unfortunately, they hadn't decided then and from the recent Yelp reviews of Canlis, they haven't been able to offer their tasting menu as there's no head chef. I hope they'll find one soon and keep continuing towards the more modern direction as Seattle really needs to have restaurants of this caliber and style as the area's growing affluent can't just be having overpriced steak and seafood all the time.

Jan 13, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

Sitka & Spruce: Modern Pacific NW Cuisine and Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar

Hi firecracker, It's been 9 years since I've been back to Washington State, let alone Seattle. I actually was a Huskie at UW for my freshman year but transferred to the UC system as out of state tuition really killed it; been missing this wonderful city since then. Definitely brought flashbacks after seeing all the people wear "The North Face" clothing, even at the departing gate before my flight, lol. Yes, that Seabass was the best dish I had for my Seattle trip with the Brussels Sprouts dish from S&S being second and a great surprise. I hope to return soon :)

Jan 13, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

Capital Hill Restaurants - Low Carb

I second Sitka & Spruce, especially to enjoy some of the finest produce the Pacific NW has to offer. Something that will also surprise your husband: their Brussels Sprouts dish with Borani (Yogurt Sauce) and Chili Vinaigrette, an all vegetarian dish, was my favorite dish at S & S while being my second favorite dish of my recent Seattle trip. I also recommend going to Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar next door for some awesome oysters at very reasonable prices (vs $19 for a half dozen at other restaurants) and also going to The Calf and Kid for some awesome cheeses, including the Briar Rose Creamery Chocolate Goat Cheese Truffles that Bourdain enjoyed during his past visit on one of his shows (The Layover).

Jan 08, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

Sitka & Spruce: Modern Pacific NW Cuisine and Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar

Earlier, I had been initially hesitant of how the dishes at Sitka & Spruce were small and overpriced in addition to being overrated. However, I was very glad that was disproved as I had a wonderful meal with an all-vegetarian dish being my second favorite dish of my Seattle trip (The Sea Bass at Canlis being my most favorite). If you're visiting out of town and want to try one of Seattle's trendy restaurants serving modern Pacific NW cuisine, Sitka & Spruce should be on your list. They even open during lunch if you have other restaurants on your itinerary. The next day, I went to the Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar next door within the Melrose Market in Capital Hill which is a short walk from downtown.

Jan 08, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle

Solo Business Travel to Seattle - Looking for Seafood

Although I sat by myself at a table during my Thanksgiving meal, I went to Aqua by El Gaucho. Although expensive, it serves some of Seattle's finest seafood in an upscale setting and along the beautiful waterfront. In addition to Taylor Oyster bar in Capitol Hill which is a very short walk from downtown, I would recommend having lunch at Sitka & Spruce where you can enjoy modern Pacific Northwestern cuisine utilizing some of the local high quality seafood and produce. It too is very solo-dining friendly as they have a unique counter setup. Afterwards is when I would head over, or before, for a few oysters at Taylor's as they're within the same building, the Melrose Market (or next door).

Jan 08, 2015
mlbartender in Greater Seattle