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Mr Taster is leaving Los Angeles!

A little dated but this might help:
http://www.oregonlive.com/dining/inde...

Feb 14, 2015
FoodDee in Los Angeles Area

Mr Taster is leaving Los Angeles!

I haven't seen any mention of food at the Benson in quite awhile and friends who have stayed there have found it to have gone downhill. It hard to compare LA, where I lived for many years, to Portland mainly because you aren't going to find the diversity in a city that is about 1/8th the size and about 80% Caucasian. That said, there are a lot of good places if you don't try to compare or look to replicate something from home. Grayelf who lives in Vancouver visits Portland regularly and does extensive reviews on the restaurants there. While I don't always agree, she explores a wide range of places and looks for out of the way Mom & Pop type places. Portland's food scene is evolving and yes, the prices are lower than in LA or even Seattle.

Feb 14, 2015
FoodDee in Los Angeles Area

Good food, but not loud

Le Zinc has closed.

Feb 04, 2015
FoodDee in Greater Seattle

Costco cash back reward with an expired membership card.

No, they will give you cash at the membership desk. I've done that many times.

Feb 03, 2015
FoodDee in Chains

Costco cash back reward with an expired membership card.

I always go to the membership desk and cash it.

Feb 03, 2015
FoodDee in Chains

Costco cash back reward with an expired membership card.

I suppose they could always renew the membership, cash the check, and then cancel the membership for a full refund if necessary.

Feb 03, 2015
FoodDee in Chains

Your disappointing purchases from Costco

Costco's website states:
If you are not completely satisfied with your Costco purchase, simply return the product to any Costco warehouse. Please include the product packaging if you have it, although we do not require it for a return to be processed. We also prefer that you provide your original receipt, but if it is not available, we will do our best to process your return without it.

Jan 31, 2015
FoodDee in Chains
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I need a really good, thick wiener

There was a butcher stand besides Don & Joe's that may have been in the space you are referring to. B&B Ranch took over that space.

Jan 28, 2015
FoodDee in Greater Seattle

Costco or BJ's membership?

My son just filled a prescription at Costco that wasn't covered by his insurance. They got it down to $12 - Walgreens had charged him $150. More than paid for his membership and worth driving out of his way!

Jan 26, 2015
FoodDee in Chains

Costco cash back reward with an expired membership card.

The Costco site states the following:
A member must be an active, paid Executive Member when the Reward is earned and issued to receive the Reward. The period of calculation runs through the date approximately 3 months prior to the member's renewal date. Executive Members who downgrade to Gold Star or Business status or cancel their membership at renewal and receive a refund of their membership fee may not receive a Reward based on purchases during approximately the last 3 months of their last full year of Executive Membership.

Jan 26, 2015
FoodDee in Chains

Costco cash back reward with an expired membership card.

Not sure what you mean by a coupon - I've always gone to the membership desk and gotten cash for it.

Late Report on PDX Trip over New Year's Eve Week

We've been for lunch at Pok Pok around 1:30 midweek and walked right in - not sure if you can count on that though.

Seattle-Portland lunch recs

My son-in-law recently flew the Burbank Portland route. While the times are limited he did have a flight arriving at PDX at about 11:30 am. Glancing at Alaska's nonstop fares in March, it appears that the price difference roundtrip between Burbank - PDX and Burbank - SEA is about $40.

Jan 22, 2015
FoodDee in Greater Seattle

Best current foie gras dishes?

Looks like you may be able to get it in California after all:

http://sf.eater.com/2015/1/7/7510059/...

Jan 07, 2015
FoodDee in Metro Portland

Best current foie gras dishes?

Unfortunately, I think Levant's seared foie was only during the holidays, though since the menu is updated regularly checking is a good idea.

Jan 06, 2015
FoodDee in Metro Portland
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Ringside Steak House on Burnside, Portland?

The website shows HH starting at 9:30 and a real bargain, everything is under $5 - alas, I didn't see the onion rings on the HH menu.

Jan 05, 2015
FoodDee in Metro Portland

Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Seattle, thoughts?

I tend to prefer the ones that are different - Mkt, Red Cow, anchovies & Olives. Do like the fancy menu at Staple & Fancy. Have only been to one of the neighborhood Italians, but don't find that I'm willing to drive from the Eastside for them. Would choose something like Spinasse instead.

Dec 29, 2014
FoodDee in Greater Seattle

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
FoodDee in Chains

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
FoodDee in Greater Seattle

Buffalo Chicken Wings

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

Nov 06, 2014
FoodDee in Greater Seattle

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
FoodDee in Greater Seattle

Jason Franey to Leave Canlis as Owners Launch National Chef Search

I saw something about California.

Oct 28, 2014
FoodDee in Greater Seattle

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
FoodDee in Chains