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Handbag ruined after food spills on it - What should restaurant do?

While your premise may be probable, you have no direct proof, and thus, the restaurant owes you nothing. They may choose to compensate you some amount as a courtesy gesture.

May 04, 2011
karen2006 in Not About Food

Wedding help for grad student in Bay Area

We got married in Golden Gate Park's Shakespeare Garden in October. It was a bit cold but still lovely. A friend of ours also got married in GGP but in the Rose Garden. Both are fairly affordable options. Their prices are on the SF parks website.

Depending on the number of guests you are expecting, renting out a restaurant might be a good option since they may not charge any rental fee and only expect you to spend a certain amount.

What does your Thanksgiving menu look like?

Wow, it's great to see everyone's menus! Here's mine for 5 people:

Chestnut soup
Turkey with gravy
Mashed potatoes
Dinner rolls
Apple, sage, chestnut and sausage stuffing
Tart cherry cranberry sauce
Canned cranberry sauce (for nostalgia reasons)
ATC's green bean casserole
Roasted cauliflower with lemon and parsley
Pumpkin flan

I might have too much food....oh well...

Nov 21, 2010
karen2006 in Home Cooking

Judy Fu Snappy Dragon

I didn't care for the food (but this was many years ago). I thought the dumpling wrapper was too doughy.

Nov 16, 2010
karen2006 in Greater Seattle

ISO wedding location with a coast view

I would have to agree with aching. Rental costs alone at some places are more than $8k!

Jun 09, 2010
karen2006 in Los Angeles Area

Where to find a selection of loose tea? Real tea, not the fruity ones

I love Lupicia tea! All the teas I've had from them have been wonderful. They are a Japanese tea company but have a wide offering of teas from other areas. They have stores here on the west coast, not sure about the Boston area though. They also have free shipping for orders over $35

Jun 06, 2010
karen2006 in Greater Boston Area

Share tasting menu?

I echo the response of one of the other ahead and ask. While I think it is odd to only order one TM to share where the other person orders nothing, I have dined on several occasions where my dining companion ordered a tasting menu and I ordered a few courses for myself. Sometimes restaurants have TM with different courses; On one occasion, I recall ordering a 5 course TM and my husband ordered a 7 or 8 course TM...the restaurant figured out when things came out and it worked out really well. I also see nothing wrong with sharing bites.

Apr 27, 2010
karen2006 in Not About Food

Dinner near Westin downtown Seattle

Other possibilities in the area are Barolo (I haven't been in a while but it was good the last time I dined there) and Mistral Kitchen (a short trolley ride down Westlake)

1940 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Mistral Kitchen
2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Apr 25, 2010
karen2006 in Greater Seattle

need help figuring out what this fruit is:

is it synsepalum dulcificum?

Apr 01, 2010
karen2006 in General Topics

Good places for Panzanella (Bread Salad) in Seattle?

Over the summer we had a really tasty one from Lark.

Feb 04, 2010
karen2006 in Greater Seattle

Invitation extended on Tuesday for dinner on Saturday...

It seems rude of him not to be frank about what's going on and to keep you hanging on way past what is reasonable...I would not feel bad about making alternative plans.

Oct 24, 2009
karen2006 in Not About Food

Cheesecake Factory--What to order?

Was just at the CF for a friend's birthday. Tried the wasabi crusted ahi tuna. The fish itself was pretty decent but the sauce was weird (did not go at all w/ the fish. it looks like the same sauce from the Ruhlman video...possible they use the same awful sauce for all their fish dishes regardless if it goes well or not) and the wasabi crust was kinda soggy. I think I'll stick to their salads. I also like their shrimp and bacon club but it's often very greasy.

Oct 23, 2009
karen2006 in Chains

How much should I be expecting?

As a host, I would rather have a guest be very specific about what they are allergic to. For example, I hosted a dinner party a while back when one of my guests said she didn't eat onions (not sure if it was an allergy or not). But I didn't know if that excluded everything from the onion family, like leeks, chives...In the end, I made hers without onion and the meal did not have any other onion-y vegetables...but it would have been less stressful for me to know what exactly I could or could not use.

Oct 18, 2009
karen2006 in Not About Food

Do you season with salt as you cook or just at the end?

I think it depends on what you're cooking. For example, if you're trying to brown something, such as mushrooms, it's good not to salt until the end because that would draw out too much water and the mushrooms would not brown. Other than that though, I would salt in the cooking process.

Oct 18, 2009
karen2006 in Home Cooking

any experiance with croissant making?

I also used JC's recipe and it worked really well.

Oct 17, 2009
karen2006 in Home Cooking

What are you making right now?

Soup...faki (Greek Lentil soup), spanakopita; this week...flatbread with caramelized onions (from a huge batch I made earlier), gruyere, anchovies or olives, maybe another soup...also making spaghetti sauce

Oct 11, 2009
karen2006 in Home Cooking

Help Rank High-End Restaurants in Seattle

Lola: 7 (only had appetizers not sure about dinner but heard brunch is good)
Flying Fish: 6 (heard they have a good happy hour)
Etta's: 5 (as someone else said, better forlunch and brunch)
Lampreia: 9
Elliotts: 5 (good happy hour)
Cafe Juanita: 7(some dishes were really good but others..way too salty)
Spur: 7+ (more drinks and snacks..not really dinner)
Quinn: 7+ (high end bar food)
How to Cook a Wolf: never been
Crush: 9
Art of the Table: never been
Elemental: never been
Barolo: 7 (also great happy hour)
La Spiga: 7-
Cafe Flora: 6
Brasa: 7
Union: 9-
Spinasse: never been
The Corson Building: never been
Harvest Vine - 8+
Dahlia Lounge: 5+ (food was not amazing; dessert and espresso was great)
Rover's - 8+
Lark: 8+ (Haven't been in a while but going in two weeks..can report back)
Canlis: never been

Waterfront: 9+ (excellent seafood)
La Gourmand: never been

Oct 02, 2009
karen2006 in Greater Seattle

Take Out in Vancouver

Thanks for the post! We'll be in Vancouver in a few weeks; can't wait to try!

Padron peppers in Seattle

Oh nice! I'll have to check out the Pike's or cap hill market on sunday. Thanks everyone!

Aug 10, 2009
karen2006 in Pacific Northwest

Padron peppers in Seattle


Craving flame roasted padron peppers and was wondering if there's a market in Seattle that carries them? Thanks!


Aug 09, 2009
karen2006 in Pacific Northwest

Seattle/Portland - Itinerary Critique

Instead of the Dahlia bakery for breakfast, perhaps Macrina Bakery?

Jul 07, 2009
karen2006 in Pacific Northwest

Tea egg recipe using beef broth

My mom's version uses chicken bouillon and anise. Will have to try this

Jul 07, 2009
karen2006 in Home Cooking

SF Cheap Wedding

My husband and I got married in Shakespeare garden in GGP in Oct. Lots of things were still in bloom. The cost was around $600 a few years ago(the price can be found on the parks website I believe). We then rented out a french bistro for cocktails and a 4 course dinner plus cake was the dessert for approx. $4500 for 70 people. There was of course additional cost such as photographer, flowers, etc. But for 40 people, I think you should be able to stay within budget

How to kill a crab?

I pretty much to the same (to the crab, not to my friends) but I use a chopstick...seems to work well.

Mar 02, 2009
karen2006 in General Topics

Grass fed beef in SEA

I meant at a restaurant. Thanks! I'll take a look at the links you provided above.

Feb 04, 2009
karen2006 in Pacific Northwest

Grass fed beef in SEA

Hi -
Where does one go to get a steak from grass fed beef in SEA? Thanks!

Feb 04, 2009
karen2006 in Pacific Northwest

Seattle Bakery???

I have to agree with RouxBabe, Simply Desserts has some delicious cakes!

Jan 19, 2009
karen2006 in Pacific Northwest

Crab Pot in SEA worth going?

It's very gimmicky....I don't remember the food being very good (but I've only been there once). IMO, not worth the drive from Vancouver.

Jan 09, 2009
karen2006 in Pacific Northwest

Fu Man Dumpling House SEA review from me

None taken! I grew up in the bay area and was sorely disappointed by the chinese options when I first moved up here. Now when I truly can't stand it we make the trip up to BC.

Dec 17, 2008
karen2006 in Pacific Northwest

Fu Man Dumpling House SEA review from me

I will have to try it when I get back from Shanghai. Maybe I'll a better perspective on what the difference are.

Paris isn't too shabby either...although I"m not sure where to find good chinese dumplings. Stick to the duck and macaroons!

Dec 17, 2008
karen2006 in Pacific Northwest