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Higher-end Seattle restaurant with good wine list and service

Interesting about Staple & Fancy - we usually go with a party of 4 and find the portions too big to finish. Maybe they don't upsize enough for larger groups.

Dec 11, 2014
FoodDee in Greater Seattle

Costco party fare?

In the fresh deli and veggie section, if you want to do almost no prep, you can buy ready made guacamole and salsa to go with the chips. Also to go with crackers there are several prepared dips/spreads. They usually have ready made veggie trays. There are also trays with pinwheel sandwiches.

Dec 11, 2014
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Raw bar and Dungeness crab eastside: Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue, Woodinville

A couple other places that have oysters for HH are Anchovies & Olives (oysters of the day $1.00) and Blueacre ( I think theirs are also $1.00 but their website is not current).

Dec 04, 2014
FoodDee in Greater Seattle

Raw bar and Dungeness crab eastside: Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue, Woodinville

I was also disappointed in Matt's but didn't try the raw oysters. Felt the same about Beach House. Even though I live on the Eastside I need to agree with GreenYoshi and suggest a trip into Seattle.

Dec 02, 2014
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Buffalo Chicken Wings

Went to Wingdome today - really disappointed. I actually thought the Tyson frozen ones I've bought were better.

Nov 06, 2014
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Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

I think the clusters were in a container with the packaged candies not in the bakery with the made in house stuff --- but haven't seen them. They were really good.

Nov 03, 2014
FoodDee in Chains

Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

I'd consider Pipelchuma (which I had to look up) and Zhoug to be Middle Eastern.

Jason Franey to Leave Canlis as Owners Launch National Chef Search

and here is where he is going: http://www.eater.com/2014/10/30/71322...

Oct 30, 2014
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Jason Franey to Leave Canlis as Owners Launch National Chef Search

I saw something about California.

Oct 28, 2014
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Staple & Fancy

The Fancy menu is a must to really get a sense of Staple and Fancy. Going with a group of 4 seems to be best to really get a good sampling . There are about 7 starters, 2 pastas, 2 entrees and 2 desserts. We've been many times and it is always different. They readily deal with dietary issues. Not sure I would call it mind blowing but find it to be consistently enjoyable.

One Day in Seattle - the best of the best?

2)Taylor's shellfish also has locations on Capitol Hill and in Pioneer Square. Other shellfish can be found just wandering through the Market.
1) Cafe Campagne in the Market is known for their brunches - don't know about mimosas.
3) Tasting menus aren't really big in Seattle and can't think of one offhand in the Market area- usually you can put your own together with small plates.

Oct 16, 2014
FoodDee in Greater Seattle

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

My membership at Sams had expired and they refused to let me purchase at the 5% markup. They said they weren't sure where you could get a "day pass" to shop there.

Oct 11, 2014
FoodDee in Chains

Declining quality at Costco?

Lasting 7-9 days sounds pretty good to me.

Oct 07, 2014
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Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

You need a membership card to shop there. It has your picture on it - the membership rules say the card must have your picture on it to be valid.

Oct 05, 2014
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Trader Joes OR Costco finger foods

There will be much more of the Hors d'oeuvres type dishes at Costco as the holidays get closer.

Oct 03, 2014
FoodDee in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

Will definitely keep checking - thanks!

Sep 29, 2014
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Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

I've never seen it in the Seattle area either :-(

Sep 29, 2014
FoodDee in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

Apparently the entire grading system is changing this year
http://www.forbes.com/sites/larryolms...

Sep 22, 2014
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Attention all Trader Joe Shoppers!

I really think fldhkybriva meant for you to saute the mushrooms to serve with the steak. Glad you enjoyed the trout but that sounds weird.

Aragona

Not sure if they are running the regular menu or just the Prix fixe at this point. Personally, I found the bar menu more interesting than the one in the dining room and plan to get back there for that before the change over. Also not sure what is happening with the desserts and breads now since their Pastry Chef is gone.

Aug 28, 2014
FoodDee in Greater Seattle

Seattle Spanish Staying Power?

Aragona is doing Spanish through 9/6 though I think only prix fixe in the dining room.

Aug 28, 2014
FoodDee in Greater Seattle

Best deli for Western European meats / cheeses?

Bavarian Meats, Spanish Table and Paris Grocery all in the Market area. Can't think of anything offhand on the Eastside.

Aug 27, 2014
FoodDee in Greater Seattle

Seattle Spanish Staying Power?

Also disappointed. While I really like Spinasse and Artusi I'm not so excited about another Italian restaurant. As to Aragona, I actually liked the bar with all the small plate options better than the main dining room menu.

Aug 26, 2014
FoodDee in Greater Seattle

Attention all Trader Joe Shoppers!

No I don't - just good at looking stuff up.

Aug 25, 2014
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Attention all Trader Joe Shoppers!

There seem to be other discount groceries in the area -
Food 4 less and Smart & Final to name a couple. There is also a Costco if you want to go the membership route.

Aug 25, 2014
FoodDee in Chains

Taramasalata in Seattle

I've bought it at Delaurentis in the Market. PFI stands for Pacific Food Importers. On the Eastside I've gotten it at a small deli in the same shopping center as Spice Route on 148th & 24th in Bellevue.

Aug 25, 2014
FoodDee in Greater Seattle

Attention all Trader Joe Shoppers!

The closest seems to be in Manteca which is south of Stockton.

Aug 25, 2014
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Attention all Trader Joe Shoppers!

Apparently there is a Pak n Save box store chain in the US that was acquired by Safeway, but there have been so many mergers and aquisitions it is hard to sort out.

Aug 25, 2014
FoodDee in Chains

Seafood lunch

Doubt it. Really very different restaurants.

Aug 16, 2014
FoodDee in Greater Seattle

Seafood lunch

I'd say Matt's in the Market is several steps above Matt's in Redmond. Find Matt's in Redmond adequate, but not something I would recommend to someone visiting Seattle or trying to find something to compare to Anchovies & Olives.

Aug 16, 2014
FoodDee in Greater Seattle