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Non-Alcoholic Beverages

i like san pellegrino limonata (150 kcal/can), and i also adore seltzer. one fun thing to do with water (either plain or sparkling) is to slice up some fresh fruit/veg and let it soak in the water for a couple hours before serving. the fruit/veg (things like berries, kiwi, oranges, cucumber, basil, mint, etc) will infuse the water with a sugar-free, alcohol-free, fresh flavor.

about 6 hours ago
chartreauxx in General Topics
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Type of tea in milk tea? (Wonderful Foods)

i make japanese-style royal milk tea (sans tapioca, but you could easily add...) using darjeeling tea, whole milk, and a blend of sugar and honey. assam tea will make a darker version than darjeeling.

for 1 cup:
0.75 cup water
2 heaping tsp/8g loose tea leaves, or about 2 teabags
1/2 cup milk
sugar and/or honey to taste

1) bring water to boil in a small pot or saucepan.
2) add tea, reduce heat, simmer 1-3 minutes depending how strong you like it. loose tea may be added loose, or in a tea strainer.
3) add milk and slowly bring temperature. DO NOT BOIL! i usually stir gently during this step to ensure even heating and nothing scalding to the bottom of pot.
4) just before the water boils, remove from heat and pour into teacup. (you can pre-warm the cup by filling with hot water, dump water before adding tea). if using loose tea NOT in tea strainer, pour through a strainer/colander to remove leaves.
5) sweeten to taste with sugar and/or honey. i sometimes also top with a splash of cream to both make it richer and cool it a bit.

enjoy!

Feb 25, 2015
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

America's 25 Favorite Home Cooked Dishes

what a bunch of bunk. if making ice cubes counts as "cooking", where is the recipe for PBJ? grilled cheese? ham and swiss or turkey and cheddar sandwich? spaghetti with red sauce (with or without meat)? tacos? chili? burgers? hot dogs? nachos? beef stew? stir fry? fried or scrambled eggs?

for that matter, if ice cubes count, what about toast or a bowl of cereal?

Feb 24, 2015
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

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

the best first date is something that puts your partner at ease, suits his/her tastes, and does not either create a price concern or sense of fiscal obligation. in other words, the best first date is what makes your date feel happy and offers an experience they can enjoy - be that PBJ on the hiking trail, cheeseburgers, coffee, a tasting menu at a french restaurant, or a nice sushi dinner.

i put my partner's interests ahead of my own when i ask someone out. take off your metaphorical fedora and skinny jeans - a lot of people here care more about their partner's personality and happiness than his/her taste in shellfish. if the most important trait you look for in a potential mate is whether or not they like sea urchin.... don't call me up crying when you don't hit your second anniversary.

this is not intended as any kind of personal insult or attack, but i do think there are more important things than someone's opinion on uni. my SO loves lentils, i hate them, but i'd be a fool to boot him based on that.

9 of the Most Underrated Dishes at Japanese Restaurants

i'm going to assume you meant "bowl" not "bowel".

Feb 19, 2015
chartreauxx in Features

The lies chefs tell

usually it's escolar, which can pose a serious health risk to some, especially those with less-than-cast-iron tummies.

Feb 17, 2015
chartreauxx in General Topics
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The lies chefs tell

wagyu is simply a breed of cow. kobe beef refers specifically to wagyu cows raised under certain conditions in kobe, japan.

Feb 16, 2015
chartreauxx in General Topics

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

it is a great service~ order ahead, order in the moment, and you'll learn over time which dishes and chefs you favor. i'm eager to see munchery continue to expand; it's a ton of bang for the buck, and frankly their kids' meals at $5-$6 are plenty of food for me! the grownup portions are large, and it's all easy to prepare, with clear ingredient and nutrition information as well as very clear, simply instructions. plus, as you note, the food is truly good+ restaurant quality.

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

why would i buy from some random person's home kitchen, licensing and practice and delivery method unclear, when i can just order from munchery, plated, or similar? $8 at munchery gets me enough food for two meals, cooked by a professional chef in a professional kitchen, delivery in a timely manner to my door, i can order a week in advance, and the food is delightful. how can OP hope to push prices low enough to compete with this model?

all other issues (like legality) aside.

Health care surcharge...what do you think?

i interpret it as "i've knowingly been paying my employees an abusive wage and not providing health care, but since i'm now legally obligated instead of doing the right thing i intend to ding my customers, not by raising prices but rather by levying a surcharge that i hope will convert them to my point of view."

ick. i don't continue to patronize businesses that do this.

Feb 10, 2015
chartreauxx in Not About Food

McDonald's Lovin' Campaign!

my reason for avoiding chik-fil-a is that they are nasty horrid bigots. so guess it all evens out.

Feb 10, 2015
chartreauxx in Chains

Adventures in loving a vegan- help me plan meals

Thanks! I'm not a fan of "forcing" dishes into being vegetarian/vegan, but when I trip on a tasty recipe that just happens to naturally be so, I have no reservations. Another favorite of mine is onigiri, or japanese rice balls. i usually stuff with tuna, shrimp, or salmon, but they take just as well to veggies: you can make them unfilled, mixing in sesame seeds and nori with the rice; you can stuff them with chopped seasoned tofu; you can fill them with chopped, pitted pickled plums (umeboshi), you could use field roast or gardenburger-esque things as crumbled/chopped filling especially with a sauce and some veggies... great picnic food and definitely versatile enough to be vegan-friendly.

Breakfast and Lunch suggestions for a group of women

oops my bad! i hope whatever you decide you all have a lovely event and a great show :-)

Feb 07, 2015
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

Breakfast and Lunch suggestions for a group of women

a build-your-own yogurt parfait bar with yogurt, an assortment of fresh fruit, granola... set out in bowls, with spoons, and small clear cups (plastic should be fine - they sell some pretty plastic ones these days). a savory pastry or baked good like frittata, et voila! everyone can customize to their heart's desire, you have granola, fruit, yogurt, frittata or quiche, each participant can craft their breakfast to their own taste.

Feb 07, 2015
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

Adventures in loving a vegan- help me plan meals

bit late to the party, but for another suggestion to give ideas...

i am not vegetarian OR vegan, but do make an easy, cheap peanut dish that could easily be vegan. i use shrimp or salmon, but nuts, tofu, tempeh, etc would do just as well to sub. i use soba noodles, but any soba/spaghetti/linguine-esque noodle would work.

sauce ingredients:
peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
soy sauce
brown sugar
hot sauce/sriracha/sesame oil (all optional/to taste)

pasta:
long noodles of your choice - soba are especially nice, and high in nutrients

mix-ins (as you like it!):
shelled cooked edamame
julienned or shredded raw carrot
protein of choice (you might want to consider a grilled, baked, or sauteed tofu? or maybe tempeh? though this is optional as PB and edamame already offer protein)

toppings (as you like it!):
crushed or whole peanuts (i vary between honey roasted and dry roasted)
cilantro
green onion
sesame seeds

i put peanut butter and soy sauce (sorry, no precise measurements... :( usually just a glob of PB and what looks "right" for soy sauce). i nuke it in 30-60 second increments until it will stir into a smooth sauce. i then mix in brown sugar and/or sriracha/hot sauce to taste. i microwave frozen edamame (no reason you couldn't boil fresh!), then toss the hot cooked noodles in the sauce, then stir in the edamame and some julienned carrots. i vary between stirring in my cooked protein vs presenting it as a "topping", and i usually top with crushed peanuts, cilantro and sesame seeds. you could also add sesame oil to the sauce if you wanted but i usually don't. it actually looks pretty nice.

for dessert, i like fruit that's been poached or grilled, and think a vegan crumble or buckle could be lovely. sorbet is also vegan; coconut sorbet in particular is very rich. maybe poach or grill pears or apples and serve with a vegan ice cream?

happy wishes to you both!

Good food, but not loud

how adventurous are your dining companions? do you have any more information about price point, cuisine, likes/dislikes?

if decent but overpriced food works and ambience/noise are your priorities (as well as ease of access), the georgian room is a reliable standby. il bistro is quiet and easy to access. lark in capitol hill likewise but it's a nightmare parking in capitol hill. consider monsoon if asian food appeals. racha in queen anne does solid thai food (no great, but solid) and is quiet. do you have any more information about price point, cuisine, likes/dislikes?

Feb 04, 2015
chartreauxx in Greater Seattle

What is my vegan pizza missing?

agree re: v&v board. better suggestion than special diets. my error on that count.

Feb 03, 2015
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

Grain-free desserts

poached pears. creme brulee. panna cotta. peaches 'n cream. flourless chocolate cake. chocolate mousse. chocolat chaude. cheese plate. fresh fruit salad with homemade whipped cream. meringues. frozen sugared grapes. fudge. chocolate-dipped berries. ice cream or sorbet. truffles. grilled stone fruit with maple syrup. homemade peanut butter cups. milkshakes or smoothies. fruit skewers with yogurt or whipped cream dip. just a few thoughts.

Feb 02, 2015
chartreauxx in Special Diets

Drinking on valentines day

try zig zag cafe or suite 410 for cocktails. the market is also rife with bars, so just look it up on yelp. chan runs an excellent happy hour, drinks and small bites; same for matt's, maximilien, il bistro, japonessa, and numerous others in the area. if you fancy a walk, pop north to belltown and visit list or the lost pelican.

Jan 27, 2015
chartreauxx in Greater Seattle

Valentines day

for drinks, it's tough to beat zig zag cafe in that neighborhood. also consider japonessa on union, or (overpriced, but good) oliver's in the mayflower hotel.

Jan 27, 2015
chartreauxx in Greater Seattle

Valentines day

consider rock creek, though i'd put in a strong vote for le pichet if you can snag a reservation. mistral is also excellent in my experience, albeit pricey. quinn's in capitol hill, or lark, would also fit your needs i think. il bistro would be a solid choice for romance, though more classic italian than pan-euro.

Jan 27, 2015
chartreauxx in Greater Seattle

Seattle-Portland lunch recs

in the off season (which it will be), most close between 3 and 5 pm, or do tastings by appointment only.

Jan 22, 2015
chartreauxx in Greater Seattle

Seattle-Portland lunch recs

seattle-willamette valley is a 3.5-5 hour drive (probably 4-5 allowing for traffic), plus another hour of driving from the valley into portland. this means you should allocate 6-7 hours simply for driving. baggage collection (if you check a bag) is another good 30-45 minutes in seatac, and picking up a rental car requires taking a shuttle etc that will total about an hour. if you stopped nowhere, that would put you in portland around 6-7pm per your stated schedule.

personally, i think it's a bad plan. also, this isn't really a "greater seattle" question.

Jan 22, 2015
chartreauxx in Greater Seattle

A restarutant trend that should die in 2015:

nonsense. i've never visited a restaurant that objected to the "i'll have what s/he/they is/are having", nor one that refused to disclose specials upon inquiry. no offense intended, but you do sound a tad whiny. for that matter, any place that declared "you haven't been here enough times to order X" would quickly be stricken from my list of places i'm willing to visit. this seems like an absurd complaint, at least in the region where i live. does this actually happen to you when you politely request specials or off-menu items that you see going by?

Jan 08, 2015
chartreauxx in Not About Food

Asian pears- what's the attraction?

i hate spaghetti squash, so more for everyone else who likes it!

but in my experience asian pears, or nashi in japanese, are sweet, with a flavor like a cross between ripe honeydew melon and a honeycrisp apple. the crunch, tender skin, juiciness, and (when ripe) sweetness are what i like. they excel in a salad; try sliced thin on baby greens/herbs mix with a light dressing (i use olive oil, white balsamic or champagne vinegar, a splash of lemon, some sugar, and finish with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger powders shaken up in a mason jar. sometimes i even add a little raspberry jam or apple cider/juice - weird i know but i swear it's good!), toasted almonds, goat cheese, and possibly dried cranberries. if ripe they're fantastic eaten straight; they also "pear" (sorry...) beautifully with beef (savory; think lettuce wraps, marinades, etc), or on the sweet side oatmeal or yogurt (try adding slivered almonds, honey, cinnamon and milk/milk substitute of choice with chopped asian pear to either medium). I use them with or in kalbi/bulgogi preparations, in japanese curry, in cold noodle dishes, in slaw (dress lightly, but include sesame...), chopped and mixed with maple syrup to top waffles/pancakes/yogurt/oatmeal/cereal, lightly pickled (make sure to add enough sugar and use a mild vinegar!), sliced alongside a gouda, havarti, or similar mild creamy cheese as the fruit element on a cheese plate (i recommend using hazelnuts, almonds, or pecans as the nut element - if possible try to toast the nuts lightly first), and more. i adore asian pears!

Jan 08, 2015
chartreauxx in General Topics

Redmond with my mother

stone house does pretty ok food, but the prices are appalling for what you get imho.

Dec 29, 2014
chartreauxx in Greater Seattle

Previously Read Threads Showing as New

hmmm. also posting does not register immediately, nor give any indication of having processed, see duplicate posting here... and "edit" does nothing. bork. hire better software engineers, please, chow. this is ridiculous. *i* can code better than this, and i'm a total amateur. but at least i never ship software so buggy it can't fulfill its basic functions.

Dec 18, 2014
chartreauxx in Site Talk
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Previously Read Threads Showing as New

apparently this upgrade also broke the "reply" feature. i've made the adjustment in my settings (wtf?!?!?!) but now when i hit "reply" it just bumps me to the top to the "post" window.

sigh.

Dec 18, 2014
chartreauxx in Site Talk

Previously Read Threads Showing as New

this is happening to me too. EVERYTHING shows as new, and EVERY post is expanded!!!!

Dec 18, 2014
chartreauxx in Site Talk

We don't eat meat, they don't eat fish.....

fondue: dip apples and chunks of good bread into a good cheese fondue

quiche: do it with a cheese and a veg (goat cheese + chive, swiss + spinach, feta + red peppers, etc)

mac and cheese

risotto (mushroom, pea, squash, pumpkin, whatever suits you)

stuffed peppers or squash (i use wild rice, toasted pecan, bleu cheese, herbs, etc; i also add sausage but you could skip it)

corn chowder

french onion soup (vegetarian broth)

baked brie en croute