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College visit...first time in Seattle!

there are some awesome happy hours in downtown seattle. for sushi/japanese/latino fusion, try japonessa. happy hour prices are ridiculously good, and the food is delicious. if you sit in the bar, only 2 hours/day aren't happy hour.

le pichet turns out fabulous french food, and almost always can offer a vegetarian/pescatarian option. arrive before noon if you want a slice of their famous quiche. strongly recommended. chan in the market serves fabulous if slightly pricey korean. a cheaper option with a more homestyle menu is cafe goldinblack in lower queen anne. steelhead diner serves a great gumbo, clam chowder, and mac 'n cheese, though i find the rest of their menu slightly overpriced.

for eats on the go, try piroshky piroshky or pear delicatessen in the market. 3 girls bakery and pike place chowder co. are also good. lowell's is ok though overpriced food - but the view can't be beat. if you go there, order clam chowder and get a window table.

in belltown, check out lost pelican, list, belltown pizza, the innkeeper, and tavolata. i suggest the gnocchi alla romana at tavolata for the non-meat-eater, the sausage rigatoni for the omnivore ($8/each for a full portion on happy hour). the crawfish pasta at lost pelican is a standout, and they do a great shrimp 'n grits. i also recommend oysters rockefeller and the wings. at list, i would not miss the calamari or the truffle gnocchi - grilled caesar salad is also really good, and don't forget to ask for bread since it's macrina loaf that comes with a yummy herbed dipping oil. belltown pizza serves by the slice or pie and it's good eating. the innkeeper's green chili is amazing, and don't skip the bean dip (it's really, really good). innkeeper also serves a "grilled cheese" dish you and your daughter might enjoy. if the weather is good, ask to sit on the back patio.

i can't help much once you leave seattle, but feel free to PM me at chartreauxx at gmail dot com if you'd like to chat about options in seattle proper. be aware that some places (i.e., list, innkeeper) are 21+ only and i don't know how old your daughter is, so some might be better suited to your solo night.

about 19 hours ago
chartreauxx in Greater Seattle

What are some of your favorite limited-ingredient dishes?

i make a spring pasta with farfalle, goat cheese, peas or spinach or another delicate seasonal green of choice, and a protein of choice (i usually use chicken or shrimp).

cook protein with seasoning of choice. cook pasta - add peas for last couple minutes if peas or similar veg. reserve 2 cups pasta water. drain pasta, return to cook pot. add protein, goat cheese, and if using spinach/other wilty green add greens. i start with a half cup of the water, stirring. add more pasta water as needed until desired consistency of sauce achieved. if need be, cover and let sit (or turn on low heat) to ensure veg appropriately cooked.

Mar 28, 2015
chartreauxx in General Topics

College visit...first time in Seattle!

where are you staying? UPS isn't in seattle, it's in tacoma, and that's about a 40 minute drive each way without traffic.

Cooking cheap and healthy with gifted food

grilled cheese sandwich in pita bread or jalapeno bread
cheese, veggie, greens and avocado sandwich (pita or jalapeno)
baked potato topped with cheese+veggies+butter/sour cream (if have)
strawberry-banana smoothie with yogurt
baked apples or applesauce---> pork chops and applesauce
homestyle breakfast potatoes and cheesy scrambled eggs with fruit on the side

Chik-fil-A

as a little girl, el pollo loco was one of my *favorite* treats! i think my mom mostly took us there when she was pressed for time (she cooked most things, including granola etc, from scratch) after swim lessons or gymnastics class, but boy did my brothers and i adore it. i have such fond memories of it from childhood, i'd almost be scared to try it as an adult! :-)

Food and Sociology Research Paper Topics

just had another thought: the increasing trend in the united states to criminalize/outlaw/restrict distributing food the needy/homeless

Mar 23, 2015
chartreauxx in General Topics

Should You Tip on Takeout?

google "differential wage". it's still a minimum number, sure, but it's not standard "minimum wage", which itself is not even a "living wage".

Mar 22, 2015
chartreauxx in Features

Food and Sociology Research Paper Topics

pick a food and trace its history. i just read a really interesting piece on how cereal became the typical normal american breakfast - fascinating. i used to spend hours looking up the history behind certain foods just for fun. sometimes you find that foods have origins far different than you might think.

food movements and their significance as fashion/status symbols (veganism, paleo, locavore, organic, juicing, gluten-free, soy-free, non-gmo, raw food, so on)

food stigma/glamorization: how/why some foods are perceived as being "poor people food", "foreign/ethnic/weird food", "bad/evil food" or "unhealthy food", while others are "rich people food", "[home country]/normal food", "good/virtuous food" or "healthy food"

food taboos

food as medicine

anything involving food aid programs (domestic or foreign - SNAP, WIC, school lunch programs, WFP, UN food aid, oxfam food aid, etc)

analyze the current starbucks' "race together" campaign

Ski trip lunch/snack ideas

fellow mountain junkie i see.

Mar 18, 2015
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

Ski trip lunch/snack ideas

what kind of grocery store will you have access to at your destination? is this a larger resort town that might have something like wegman's, whole foods, ethnic markets etc, or are you looking at a more limited selection of ingredients? what kind of cooking equipment does the condo have? are we talking fully rigged kitchen, or "there's a stove and a couple pots and pans and a half-melted spatula"? does the condo have a fridge (you stated no refrigeration - does that just mean while out on the hill, or is that a 100% thing)? are you planning to store lunches in lockers, or carry on your person while skiing? if returning to the lodge to eat, will you have microwaves? assuming each person will be carrying lunch on his/her person and therefore needs portable non-smashable non-leaking items...

anzac biscuits (australian/new zealand cookies developed by army wives in ww1 to send to husbands on deployment) keep beautifully and are very cheap and easy to make. there are many recipes online, just google for "anzac biscuit". gingerbread also keeps well, as do oatmeal, pb, or snickerdoodle cookies (not as well as anzac though). for savory baking, consider making a cheese/herb scone or shortbread.

for backpacking, i make trail mix with honey nut chex, honey nut cheerios, salted roasted almonds, dried cranberries, cashews, honey roasted peanuts, and (for cooler trips) white chocolate chips. the sweet-salty-crunchy-soft-chewy thing is always a hit with my trail buddies and i like it because you get an immediate carb hit from the sugar, but also a longer-lasting boost from the protein in the nuts. you don't need large quantities to feel satisfied, but the cereal lightens it up a bit so 1) you stretch your budget and 2) you don't get quite the gut-punch i find all-nut/fruit trail mix can give. other trail favorites are fruit snacks or fruit leather, pringles (can keeps them from getting smashed), clif bars, powdered drink mixes, apples, candy bars, etc.

one lunch i pack for a trail treat day 1 is (everything) bagel sandwiches. visit any fast food or cafeteria spot, and grab a handful of ketchup, mustard, and mayo packets. slice the bagels and put in meat and cheese of choice. wrap in foil (helps keep the shape when being mashed into a pack). slice up tomato, onion, peppers, whatever veg you want; place the slices into ziploc baggies (can also be reinforced in foil). at lunchtime, just assemble and eat. you can also purchase shelf-stable hummus in single-serve pouches, which can be used to dunk pita and/or veggies (baby carrots) slopeside.

enjoy it! hope your snow situation is better than ours out here...

Mar 18, 2015
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

Bought too much deli roast beef. How should I use it up tonight?

stuffed veggies (tomatoes, cabbage, onions, bell peppers, whatever) with rice, dried fruit, and nuts (pecans or almonds are my faves)

fried rice

a riff on ssam

bibimbap

casserole with rice or noodles

"pizzas" - can do with english muffins, toasted bread, whatever's to hand

rice salad served warm or cold

"steak" salad

beef pinwheels filled with whatever you like

serve in a similar fashion to shaved charcuterie meats (crusty bread, butter, mustard, cornichon, pickled onions, maybe some toasted nuts and/or dried fruit, could include a cheese on menu if desired)

cheesy rice bowls: whatever you have/like really, but i usually do rice, cooked protein (your beef in this case, though i usually use shrimp or chicken), pat of butter sometimes, veggies (canned frozen fresh whatev, i've even been known to use kimchi), raisins, maybe a splash of soy sauce if you want (this recipe can also take canned beans or edamame); stir up, add cheese on top, nuke till cheese is melty, top with any condiment desired. i jump around from topping with sriracha, to thai sweet chili sauce, to mayonnaise (i skip the butter if using mayo), to ketchup - pretty much anything. i then usually sprinkle with cashews or peanuts, green onion, and cilantro. but it's really just up to you. if you have small ones, they might enjoy picking their own toppings/fillings. and since it's just a microwave, they can even "cook" their own!

Mar 18, 2015
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

Japanese ingredient translation help?

i get more or less the same. the names of some of these items are outside jouyou kanji, so may be pretty specific things.

though i believe the wheat, mackerel and soy bean are listed as "(may) contain traces of wheat, mackerel, and soy beans", almost more as a sidenote/heads up than actual "ingredients". that's my only slight departure here; otherwise chemicalkinetics has it pretty spot-on from my reading.

Mar 17, 2015
chartreauxx in General Topics

Does anyone eat tartar sauce with anything other than fish?

as a woman, my best excuse is always the "oh, goodness, i "had a big breakfast/big {last meal}/am so full/really couldn't eat another bite" routine. course, then you miss out on the fresh fish, meat and fish... and the crickets! which are surprisingly delightful. i also do recommend fresh durian, but i'd skip the silkworms (personally, i did not care for them). but the crickets were delicious.

Mar 14, 2015
chartreauxx in General Topics

I am a terrible cook!

i'm omni but might have some ideas. so dairy and eggs are ok? consider:
1) pesto pasta with fresh mozzarella and toasted pine nuts
2) quesadillas (can offer guacamole, salsa, and sour cream as DIY options - if they'll eat grilled cheese this should be sellable)
3) peanut noodles (can usually sneak in some carrots and edamame under the peanut sauce - pm if you'd like my recipe)
4) potato pancakes with applesauce and sour cream (sounds weird but trust me - just don't use a mix! again pm for recipe)
5) fritatta (add whatever veggies, cheeses and/or seasonings your family likes, plenty of protein from the eggs - my mom usually served with salad and baguette slices for us to butter, which we loved. can also be done as a quiche if you are comfortable with a pie crust recipe.)
6) cream cheese and veggie pinwheels
7) cheese plate (cheese cubes, crackers or bread, fresh or dried fruit, maybe veg if you think anyone'll try it)
8) shakshuka (http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20..., credit seriouseats.com) - not too far off from red sauce pasta, but a little bit different spin. probably would add potatoes, bread or rice or something.
9) vegetarian scrambled eggs and/or omelets with toast and fruit
10) peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, add fresh apple slices and/or raisins inside the sandwich (even better toasted/grilled), best served with a glass of milk
11) pizza: if not comfortable making your own dough/sauce, can purchase fresh pre-made at most supermarkets. add cheese and toppings of choice. roll out, bake, never met a kid who hated pizza.

hope that's helpful!

PS: doesn't sound like you're a horrible cook. sounds like you're working with some pretty tough constraints! good luck :)

Japan in June

akita, huh? that's an unusual destination to say the least. i lived there from 2009-2012. where in akita will you be staying?

Mar 13, 2015
chartreauxx in Japan

Does anyone eat tartar sauce with anything other than fish?

that's the secret, obvs ;-)

Mar 13, 2015
chartreauxx in General Topics

Why delicious Indian food is surprisingly unpopular in the U.S.

as a 28yo woman, i couldn't tell ya.

i will confess to a very regrettable carrot cake decision a couple weeks ago, though.

Why delicious Indian food is surprisingly unpopular in the U.S.

did it involve a girl named mary jane...?

Why delicious Indian food is surprisingly unpopular in the U.S.

rule #1: never read the comments. it brings only sorrow and regret.

9 of the Most Underrated Dishes at Japanese Restaurants

thanks for having a sense of humor - i've absolutely made similarly weird typos and i always wonder what goes through people's minds when they read it. :-)

Mar 10, 2015
chartreauxx in Features

Help me build a dinner menu to host a friend/former colleague

though i am personally allergic to chocolate (eczema reaction), i have always had success making truffles. they are pretty easy to make, can easily be infused with any kind of liquid flavor, and can be rolled in almost anything (nuts, cocoa, etc). if you want to go the extra step, temper some chocolate and dunk the truffles in that. easy to make 1-2 days before, hold well in an airtight container, and a light indulgence with a post-meal cup of coffee.

Mar 07, 2015
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

Help me build a dinner menu to host a friend/former colleague

what's a "vocabulary"? isn't that some kind of archaic usage referencing someone who had sufficient knowledge of the english language that they could use it properly? ;-)

Mar 06, 2015
chartreauxx in Home Cooking
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What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

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Mar 05, 2015
chartreauxx in Features

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

i think you mean "ado" meaning "fuss", not "adieu", which is simply (old) french for "goodbye", derived from the same origin as the spanish "adios", both meaning "go with god" as a form of farewell upon parting.

as for what do i think about your post? i think you're a snob. "too cheap"? i can get lunch for 2 for under $15 (including tip) at the pho place up the street, or two (gourmet, hand-made-in-house) $8 pasta meals if I walk four blocks the other direction. i can also buy a huge foot-long sandwich loaded with cheese and house roasted meat on my block - for $9, and it's big enough that my 6'6" boyfriend and i (both athletes) can share it and both be full. for $10-$15/pp including tip, we can stuff ourselves on dim sum, korean food, or chinese-style noodles. for that matter, we can walk out of the awesome sushi place (20 minute walk) for $12-$18/pp with tip during happy hour - which is all but 2 hours of the day in the bar. "too cheap"? maybe you should start scouting around a bit more. smacks more of ignorance than anything. if you think $20 for two people's meals is "too cheap", you live in a different world than i do. or else you just don't do your homework.

i'm not the biggest fan of fast food, but at least i'm not so classist as to dismiss a restaurant based on price point. sheesh.

Mar 05, 2015
chartreauxx in Features

Help me build a dinner menu to host a friend/former colleague

romanesco with salt, pepper, olive oil and capers, roasted at 350F for 20 minutes (stir at the halfway mark) is also a great veggie side, with plenty of nice acid to complement the richness of short rib and mashers.

Mar 05, 2015
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

Is Five Guys Really the Best Fast-Food Chain?

as a waitress in wyoming once told my father when he inquired about a menu item, "them what likes it, thinks it's good". :-)

Mar 04, 2015
chartreauxx in Features
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Is Five Guys Really the Best Fast-Food Chain?

no judgment! just an attempt at humor :) after all, we *are* talking about our preferred fast foods. hardly a space for judging, no? i have to giggle at myself for some of the stuff i enjoy... like wendy's nuggets with sweet/sour sauce, or a DQ strawberry cheesecake blizzard! and obviously, a butterburger from culver's ;-)

Mar 03, 2015
chartreauxx in Features

Is Five Guys Really the Best Fast-Food Chain?

well, since i was eating at culver's, not culivers, perhaps we had wildly different experiences. i also never had discussions with my cheese curds, so...

Mar 03, 2015
chartreauxx in Features

Is Five Guys Really the Best Fast-Food Chain?

the culver's i went to in st paul always used fresh oil. perhaps it varies from location to location?

that said, i never had any kind of discussion with my cheese curds, good or elsewise, so perhaps you got a different experience than i did? ;-)

Mar 03, 2015
chartreauxx in Features

Is Five Guys Really the Best Fast-Food Chain?

hate to say this, but i love culver's! i live in the pacNW, so no culver's here... when i lived in iowa and minnesota, they were readily available. a butterburger, vanilla shake (i'm allergic to chocolate so most of the concretes were out) and cheese curds were a decadent treat. not a frequent one, but by gosh delicious.

Mar 03, 2015
chartreauxx in Features