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$15 Minimum Wage=No Tip

in my city (seattle) $15/hr is still pretty rough (i know what rent's like, mine is $2000/mo for a 650 sq ft apartment), so i still tip.

A review: McMenamins Six Arms in Seattle

likewise, i was wondering... shenanigans called.

Jul 18, 2015
chartreauxx in Greater Seattle

Chicken Sashimi

i've eaten it in japan. it was ok; nothing special, the texture didn't suit me. but it was mostly inoffensive. and japan has extremely, EXTREMELY rigorous food safety standards.

Jul 17, 2015
chartreauxx in General Topics

Non-Alcoholic Beverages

people who wish to remain anonymous in AA choose to do so. in other words, feel free to be as open or not about your *own* status as you want to be. just don't "out" anyone else, is the thinking.

Jul 15, 2015
chartreauxx in General Topics

10th anniversay - not Canlis or Herb Farm

i had a wholly disappointing experience at loulay; the food was so-so, but the tables were cramped and way too small for the plates! service was also very slow.

Jul 13, 2015
chartreauxx in Greater Seattle

10th anniversay - not Canlis or Herb Farm

with varying degrees of fanciness: le pichet, rockcreek, lark, cafe juanita, barking frog (a little overpriced but good food, great service, sit on the patio it's simply lovely), shiro's, nishino, joule, japonessa, il bistro, vonn's 1000 spirits, the innkeeper (sit on the patio!), list, tavolata, monsoon, monsoon east, la carta de oaxaca, senor moose, clay oven (woodinville), kwanjai thai (super super casual but the owner is SO sweet and friendly!), pintxo, the masonry, green leaf, mistral, quinn's, spur, the whale wins, kau kau barbecue, phnom penh noodle house, el borracho, and a whole mess of other cheap places you might enjoy. we're kind of poor so we usually eat on the cheap unless we're going out with my folks. another option is doing a bit of a food crawl through the downtown corridor, hitting a variety of my suggestions.

Jul 13, 2015
chartreauxx in Greater Seattle

Baby shower menu help

in summer, i often make a salad with corn, black bean, tomato, green onion, bell peppers and (optional) cilantro. i dress it in olive oil, lemon and/or lime juice, and let people top to taste with (more?) cilantro, cheese (i like to use mexican cheeses like cotija), and sliced or chunked avocado. you can also provide meat topping options (like sliced grilled beef or chicken, or shrimp). this dish is nice in that it can be made in its base form to be vegan and gluten-free, and topped by individual preference all the way up to being an omni dish.

this recipe http://allrecipes.com/recipe/black-be... gives a reasonable notion of where i jump off from. it's a very versatile dish and has lots of room to play around.

Jul 07, 2015
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

Lid with hole: OK TO COOK RICE?

your most basic cheap model rice cookers purposely include a lid vent just like that.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I...

see? should work great.

eta: oops just noticed this is a zombie thread. my bad. how do pots with vented lids handle braaaaiiiiiins?

Jun 15, 2015
chartreauxx in Cookware

Sunday lunch, downtown, with kids

serious pie @ virginia is 100% the high tables/stools.

Jun 14, 2015
chartreauxx in Greater Seattle

Downtown Seattle Restaurants

le pichet, chan, steelhead diner, vonn's, RN74 would be my more upscale recommendations. i do like the pizza at serious pie, but the communal seating can be off-putting in a business context... plus if you're willing to venture to lower queen anne the masonry has better food *and* beer *and* (mostly) soft drinks. i personally find blueacre more bark than bite, and quite a pricey bite at that. if pleasant hole-in-the-walls and/or savvy happy hour deals are in question, i have some ideas about a mile-ish stroll from your hotel, and/or delivery ideas you might enjoy.

Roux? Matt's Truck

have you been to lost pelican? definitely more northwest-fusion-y but i really like some of their food.

and most of the menu at steelhead diner in the market i can take or leave (plus it's overpriced) but their bowl of gumbo is actually (IMO) really good and a filling lunch steal at $8/cup or $10/BIG bowl (just get the bowl as your meal, it's plenty of food) with soft fluffy rice. the clam chowder (while *not* Louisiana) is also good (same price/portions).

Jun 03, 2015
chartreauxx in Greater Seattle

Eggs the way you like them

1) scrambled very softly, with or without cheese/veg added
2) sunny side up
3) poached (runny!)
4) japanese, classic french, *or* spanish omelet
5) raw: whipped into hot rice with soy + eaten with nori, in steak tartare, cracked onto udon for tsukimi etc; for quail eggs, i like them raw in gunkan maki or in oyster shooters
6) egg salad (has to be japanese-style, though, with softer-boiled eggs)
7) quiche or frittata
8) soft- to just-shy-of-medium boiled
9) chawan mushi

i guess i love eggs most ways, if they're cooked on the less-done side or raw - really dislike dry eggs (if blended up) or solid yolks (if fried/poached/boiled). i'm leaving off meringue, custard etc since most people stayed savory.

Jun 03, 2015
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Eggs the way you like them

those look awesome. i like to scramble (in the pan or ahead of time) with a little butter, s&p, milk or cream and - my secret weapon! - i use cooking chopsticks as the utensil to scramble with (instead of a fork or whisk or spoon). i find the chopsticks make it really easy to get the texture described.

Jun 03, 2015
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Chimps are no chumps: Give them an oven, they'll learn to cook

kanzi, a bonobo in iowa, actually really enjoys cooking, eggs especially. (you'll note the article mostly focuses on "simulated" cooking in a separate research organization; kanzi cooks using a pan over heat). a friend used to work at the great ape trust so i got a behind the scenes tour. kanzi'll ask for the items he wants to add to his eggs using his symbol touch pad and fry it up. it's really pretty cool. he does rely on his human companions for most of the knife work though! ;-)

Jun 03, 2015
chartreauxx in Food Media & News

Small bite appetizer help/suggestions - wonton cups, etc?

ceviche or gazpacho in those disposable plastic shot glass, or in disposable chinese spoons, or similar. could also serve ceviche in tostitos scoops or wonton cups. you could add a single shrimp to each gazpacho, and/or include fruit in your ceviche (mark bittman has a nice scallop ceviche including plums, but i think it would take shrimp just as nicely).

homemade fruit salsa, guac, maybe sour cream, chips (covers veggies/vegans)

a chilled fruit soup (watermelon with citrus and salt is really nice, i add mint)

Jun 03, 2015
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

i would be more than a bit irked myself, and was likewise wondering what they'd do if you unwrapped a product, and how they control for home kitchens containing nuts! it seems kind of irrational to me. i get where you're coming from, but i'd guess i'd just try to avoid obvious sins and not worry about the rest? i don't see how a nut-consuming household can pack a truly, 100% nut- or nut-trace-free lunch. best of luck, what a challenge!

May 28, 2015
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

the "may contain" label is actually 1) voluntary, and 2) completely unregulated, so that seems like a silly restriction.

i mean, by that standard, if you ever use peanuts/peanut products/may contain peanut products in your home kitchen, anything that comes out of your house "may contain (traces of) peanuts/nuts"? just my immediate question on reading that restriction...

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

if it thaws in time, great! just noting that my sandwiches, hiking in 70-80ish F weather, were not completely un-frozen by lunch day 1. granted, they were also packed in a backpack surrounded by lots of gear to insulate them, which may play a role. worth experimenting for sure!

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

as a backpacker, i would just mention i use this trick... but the frozen sandwich is for the *second* day, not the first. i just take a cold sandwich from the fridge wrapped in foil for day 1. i'd be surprised if my sandwich defrosted completely by lunchtime the same day i removed it from the freezer (i pack bagels with turkey and cheese, veggies and shelf-stable single pack condiments separate from sandwich, assemble at mealtime; i don't freeze the veg).

May 27, 2015
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

Is it ok to eat many eggs?

and pig skin gel.

May 27, 2015
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Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

to prevent squishage of breads/fruits/veg/whatever, you can re-purpose things like heavy-duty produce containers/clamshells, or heavy-duty (not the clear, flimsy ones) plastic takeout containers (like these: http://www.amazon.com/ChefLand-3-Comp...

gladware also works, and wrapping sandwiches/wraps in foil vs simply saran wrap or ziploc bags can help prevent smushing.

May 27, 2015
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

Brand of sunflower seed butter that tastes most like Skippy PB?

LOL i'm sorry, i had to laugh. my brother went through a phase (luckily, before school!) where he would eat:

1) frosted flakes
2) PBJ on wonderbread
3)pats of straight butter off eggo waffles but not the waffle *or* the butter *without* the waffle

drove my mom bonkers.

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

hardboiled eggs are a trail standby for backpackers. i usually eat them within 1-3 days, but i know many others who will push it further than that. a HB egg straight from the fridge into the lunch bag, especially if there are other cold items like frozen veg, should last multiple days, never mind a few hours. send single serve salt/pepper packets (can be easily grabbed from any fast food joint or convenience store). does he like olives? harder cheeses like cheddar are another backpacking mainstay and keep for days, especially the vacuum packed single squares a la tillamoos; baby bel and laughing cow cheese would keep but the packaging might be too tough for him.

personally, i ate things like turkey and cheese sandwiches throughout school with minimal or no refrigeration and never got ill, but YMMV. it also depends how hot the weather is and where the lunches will be stored.

May 27, 2015
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

pack the frozen box/bottle/gogurt whatever in its own ziploc. may mean you lean toward bottled or metal-pouch juices over the paper cartons, but should keep the overall bag dry. alternatively, my mom would often just pack our whole meal in a gallon ziploc for field trips to prevent sogginess/tearing.

Brand of sunflower seed butter that tastes most like Skippy PB?

i'm guessing you might also get away with mixing in speculoos butter. sometimes as a kid my mom would also put actual fruit (like slices of apple or pear, or banana, etc) inside my pbj in addition to or instead of jam. he might also take to other x butter combos (i liked pb+honey, pb+fruit, pb+mayo, and i've heard and read good things about pb+pickle, pb+bacon, pb+cheddar, etc).

Ideas to use up syrupy marmalade?

mix it into yogurt, swirl it through coffee cake or bread pudding, blend into milkshakes or smoothies, mix with other fruit for a crumble or a buckle, spoon over biscuits or shortcake as a strawberry shortcake riff, put it over angel food cake, make a jam cake, glaze meats/fish with it...mmm. sounds good. time to go hunt for a snack...

May 26, 2015
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

nice pigskin gel

not to mention sounding a *lot* like other weird crash-diet-miracle-fix voo-doo getting kicked around the interwebs...

Brand of sunflower seed butter that tastes most like Skippy PB?

put chocolate in it and call it chocolate butter. :-P

May 26, 2015
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Sriracha: Is it a Hype?

neither did ranch dressing. ranch literally started (in the public sphere) as a house special dressing served to guests of the hidden valley dude ranch in santa barbara, ca.

May 26, 2015
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Sriracha: Is it a Hype?

agreed re: "foreign stuff". sriracha is, in fact though, found in the very chains mentioned. applebee's serves sriracha shrimp and a turkey sandwich with sriracha sauce. taco bell is serving a sriracha quesarito (whatever *that* means), pizza hut offers honey sriracha as a sauce option, jack in the box serves a sriracha burger, denny's has a sriracha chicken sandwich... i'd say sriracha is absolutely in those chain restaurants. so i'm not sure what's going on.

May 26, 2015
chartreauxx in General Topics