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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

Address our concerns, please

i suspect it means their code is sloppy and that too many ? or ! marks can confuse/bork it when it loads. basically it means shitty site design/code work, probably.

Make ahead appetizer

caprese salad on skewers (mozzarella ball, basil leaf, cherry tomato, drizzle with EVOO and balsamic)

salmon mousse in cucumber cups

a fruit option of some kind; skewers, salad, what have you, maybe with a yogurt dip

pita, hummus, baba ganoush, some olives and maybe plain dolmas (i'd do storebought)

brown rice, quinoa, turkey salad (also includes almonds, celery, and dried cranberries in an EVOO/herb/citrus dressing)

cream cheese pinwheels

cheese plate: i like sliced rustic bread, EVOO/balsamic to dunk, a nice cheese, and some nuts and dried fruit (maybe also offer a fruit pate/jam for those who prefer? you can even play and include fresh apple if you can slice right before serving)

DIY thai lettuce wraps (miang kum; can omit dried shrimp if need be and sub in tofu chunks)

mini bagels with lox, cream cheese, red onions and capers

chips and guac and a cranberry salsa

mini tomatoes stuffed with goat cheese (herbed, plain, or a mix)

Dec 03, 2014
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

do it! i'd play! maybe a "what cuisine do you wish you knew more about, had more exposure to, or would most like to try customary/homecooked/traditional versions of" thread...?

Nov 24, 2014
chartreauxx in General Topics

where to eat on Narita-to-Haneda transfer?

2.5 if you take the direct bus narita-haneda, which is the simplest and quickest option. be aware also that if you have luggage, you will need to obtain it from baggage claim in narita, carry it around with you (or store in train lockers if you can find any), and then reach haneda early enough to check your luggage. the airline does not automatically move your baggage between airports.

Nov 21, 2014
chartreauxx in Japan

Be Honest, You Love These 8 Americanized Asian Foods

the last entry is titled orange chicken, has a picture of orange chicken, but the blurb says "sesame chicken". editing! FTW!

Nov 20, 2014
chartreauxx in Features

A Walrus and the Carpenter sanity check

it will be dark/getting dark by 3:40 by early-mid december. it may also be cold, and is HIGHLY likely to rain on you, possibly with wind too (just given the time of year). by cold i mean it's unlikely to be warmer than 45-50 degrees if you're lucky, more likely low 40s or high 30s.

just something to factor in :-) also as kaleo said, the route is pretty unpleasant. i'd encourage you to think about taking the bus; a bus to fremont is easily had close to pike place market. not sure about pioneer square as i spend less time there.

for perspective: it is now 3:17 pm, raining lightly, 54 degrees here in my neighborhood, and it will only be getting colder and getting darker earlier over the next couple weeks. not to deter you, even though it's kind of an ooky walk in the best of circumstances, but i think you should cab or bus.

Nov 20, 2014
chartreauxx in Greater Seattle

Name of Chewy Tofu in Japan?

what's "aga"dashi tofu? i'm only familiar with "age"dashi - "age" meaning "fried".

Nov 18, 2014
chartreauxx in Japan

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

tempura is NOT sushi, not even a little bit.

Nov 17, 2014
chartreauxx in General Topics

I have seven butternut squash. I had ten. I used three, and used several more in the past few weeks... need more ideas.

mashed. soup. roasted spears to serve like sweet potato fries. you can roast and cube and use as part of stuffing for stuffed peppers. use in cookies a la pumpkin cookies. as pasta sauce (great with sage and sausage).

Nov 14, 2014
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

What to do with lots of raw tuna other than sushi.

torches are inexpensive, actually, and a lot of fun. especially for desserts, or caramelizing fruit for salad.

Nov 10, 2014
chartreauxx in Home Cooking

housewarming gift?rude

i would be appreciative, if slightly baffled.

Fish & Chips - What kind of fish do you like?

salmon is a pretty common option for F&C here in seattle. i always considered it a waste of perfectly good salmon, but that's my personal palate speaking :)

Nov 10, 2014
chartreauxx in General Topics

What method for cooking meat will keep it tasty after 5-6 days?

2-4 times as long, so should be ideal for your purposes. prep, portion, seal; freeze if desired, but not necessary if it will be refrigerated.

Nov 09, 2014
chartreauxx in General Topics

Food jokes - list

yknow, with the pull that restaurant has i understand the desire, but your wife is right - some things come but once in a blue moon.

Nov 08, 2014
chartreauxx in Not About Food

Buffalo Chicken Wings

on the east side, i like the wings at monsoon east. the pumphouse in bellevue also does a nice job. should you come west, i recommend the wings at chan in the market (also available on happy hour menu).

Nov 08, 2014
chartreauxx in Greater Seattle

Food jokes - list

with a spoon, no less!

Nov 07, 2014
chartreauxx in Not About Food

Food jokes - list

i heard he got fired for hitting someone in the eye.

Nov 07, 2014
chartreauxx in Not About Food

Name of Chewy Tofu in Japan?

are you sure it was tofu, not savory mochi? when i cook koyadofu i find it to be soft and spongy, rather than "chewy" like tapioca bubbles.

Nov 07, 2014
chartreauxx in Japan