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Chinese

I agree! Im here now and doing my research. I have found the BEST fusion sushi, off strip!

Apr 27, 2012
Shanab in Las Vegas

Am I in the "Greater Seattle" area or PNW?

What is the coverage difference on the boards, geographically speaking? PNW vs. Pacific Northwest.Thank you!

Mar 24, 2012
Shanab in Site Talk

Where Do You Eat in Gig Harbor?

Aside from grabbing a burger now and then at the Blazing Onion, we can't seem to locate fabulous eats, please recommend your finds in Gig Harbor!

Mar 24, 2012
Shanab in Greater Seattle

High Tea

Thank you! We are looking for an "afternoon tea" type fare but at 1pm, with out without cream. =) Thank you for the replies!

Apr 30, 2010
Shanab in Greater Seattle

High Tea

Looking for a great place where 6 women can experince a fabulous high tea; great teas and lovely food! We live in Kitsap, willing to travel to Sea, Bellevue, Tacoma areas.

Thank you in advance.

Apr 23, 2010
Shanab in Greater Seattle

What's good in Kitsap?

Ask for Joe the owner to do your butchering if you have had issues in the past! Dont give up.

Feb 19, 2010
Shanab in Pacific Northwest

What's good in Kitsap?

[quote]"...by the way, the original owner of El Sombreros is married to Jenny-the co-owner of China West, he is now cooking Mexican food there (his brother owns the main El Sombrero down the hill), started in February! Yep, Chinese and Mexican all in one-we havent had it there, cant wrap our heads around it, haha!"[/quote] Update, no longer cooking Mexican at China West in Port Orchard. Also, we no longer go to China West, they charge $2-3 for sides of sauces and you can hear Jinny yelling/complaining all the way from the kitchen when you order sides, poor customer service for elevated prices in this poor economy is not acceptable, PERIOD!

Feb 19, 2010
Shanab in Pacific Northwest

What's good in Kitsap?

Kate's Jersey Subs! Still love them...and every sammy you have there can be made into a vegan by substituting Boca burger. Im always satisfied with any of the hot sandwiches, and if you want something different or made to special order, they are willing to please!

Feb 19, 2010
Shanab in Pacific Northwest

What's good in Kitsap?

Kois We no longer go to Kois. Service is slow, failed 3 to-go orders, missing items each time, great on crediting, but the food just isnt worth it. 1-2 waiters at all times, pretty slow service. Food after several tries is now oily, pure and simple. Meats are over deepfried, phad thai is garlic ketchup. Not good, sad to see the changes.

I've heard the Pho' is good, I havent tried it.

Feb 19, 2010
Shanab in Pacific Northwest

New favorite bakery, W. Seattle

I read on the blog from the website yesterday, they are having an open house Wednesday Dec. 2, from 6-8pm, http://bakerynouveau.com/blog/?cat=1. I love reading the blog! Definitely going to the open house and placing a holiday order.

Dec 01, 2009
Shanab in Greater Seattle

New favorite bakery, W. Seattle

Bakery Nouveau

http://www.bakerynouveau.com/welcome/

We have a new favorite. For comparison sake, I will tell you that Ballard Besalou has been our 1st favorite for so long, while still up there, this is our new found gem!

Yummy VERY thick yeasty crusted Sicilian style pizza, other thin pizzas (spicy pork, specialties, pepperoni, meatball, vegetarian, etc.). For dessert Hubby had a chocolate croissant, and not your typical boring filled croissant, this was to die for-doubly baked. I have never liked Stollen, but now I'm a fan and cannot wait to place a special order for the holidays!

Not much inside seating, 5 tables seating only 4-but pretty generous for bakery, and if you dont mind sharing a table. 3 Outside tables seating 2.

Menu Items we seen; Crusty, yeasty, chewy breads, various prepared foods; sandwiches, quiche, lots of thin and thick crusted pizzas, already made and waiting for you to select a slice (not greasy, these are specialty), chocolates, other various baked goods and coffee.

Be warned, a "tall" coffee or chai is only a 12oz. Lines exist but go fast, sufficient and friendly staff. You can see into the large and ver clean kitchen. A little spendy, but worth the price. Lots of goodies, please give them a try! I cant wait to go back, and we take the W. Seattle Alki ferry from Port Orchard.

Check it out!

1 Croissant, 1 Stollen, 3 very large pizza squares, 1 coffee, 1 chai latte = $31

Happy Holidays!

Nov 29, 2009
Shanab in Greater Seattle

Japanese Spicy Curry & Pork, where is it? SEA

Yum, thank you lulu and terrier, lulu is that one hot??

Sep 06, 2009
Shanab in Greater Seattle

Chicago Style Pizza - Seattle or surrounding for today??

Craving Chicago style pizza, would like to go get one this evening, anywhere in the area? Nice Chicago crust, cheese on bottom....yummm! Thank you in advance.

Sep 06, 2009
Shanab in Greater Seattle

What's good in Kitsap?

Went back to KOI's. This time we had Mongolian Beef, Almond Chicken, Phad Thai, Pork Fried Rice, prawns, 1 pop...total $42.96. I sent back the Phad Thai, it left much to be desired...when I seen the saucy bright orange/red dish coming, I just new it wasnt going to be good..., too soft, too much chilli powder and tomato sauce, tasted a lot like goulash, the kind my Mom would make when we were low on funds, the kind with corn in it. I knew I would be ok sending it back, the Owner told me if you dont like it, let me know, so I did. The almond chicken was traditional to me, (Portions dont leave much for left overs, if any) one breast split in half, lightly tempura'd with light brown gravy and half almonds. The Mongolian beef was great, traditional, but not so much meat, and not spicy...the taste was perfect, aside from the lack of heat. The Pork Fried Rice was great, not something I usually go for, but it was good-lots of bean sprouts, peas, other veggies, meat, egg and made with jasmine rice, which may make it a little more oily, but not over kill. Again, prawns were a little over breaded, if they used the same tempura that they use on the chicken would have been so much better, less oily and not as breaded. I may call and suggest this, Definitely worth a try...next time, Vietnamese chow fun, and Hunan Beef, as I seen someone else getting it and it looked like freshly cooked veggies and lovely tender beef, as our Mongolian beef was. I also want to try Muishu pork and pancakes! Let me know if you go, there is so much on the menu I would love to hear what you have to say!

Jun 14, 2009
Shanab in Pacific Northwest

Your Favorite Bakery...

Went to Besalu's! See link under Ballard Bakery http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/623449 ...OH SO FABULOUS!
Went to Trophy, Royale (Royale was too sweet, good cake-get someone to do the frosting right) and Sugar Rush Bakery! Oooo, Strawberry or Raspberry Vanilla Cupcakes were so delish, I can actually leave Sugar Rush and not feel like Im going to OD! ...so in order of cupcakes:

1. Sugar Rush Baking Company, West Seattle (Lost of scrumptious mini's
)2. Trophy Cupcakes in Wallingford, new one open in UW - Fresh and organic ingredients, new flavors all the time. QUALITY
3. Cupcake Royale, West Seattle, kitty corner from Sugar Rush

I will try Le Fournil soon! Who sells cake by the slice in SEA? Black Bird has awesome cake slices on Bainbridge. And I LOVE the Asiago Crusty, Chewy loaf at the Village Baker in Poulsbo, not to be confused with the other two bakeries! In fact the Village Baker has many fab gourmet sandwiches, brie, apple and bacon on homemade bread, and I love the chicken salad on their whole wheat or the Asiago bread...check them out!

Where is Top Pot Donuts???? Yummo!
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Tall Grass should have the bread you are looking for "Yummers"! They're on 24th AV in Ballard, while there, try Besalu's for your morning bite or after dinner dessert!

Sugar Rush Pics enclosed...

Jun 14, 2009
Shanab in Pacific Northwest

Japanese Spicy Curry & Pork, where is it? SEA

I'm in Port Orchard, centrally located a couple hours away from everything. Last year on our trip to Japan we went to Coco's Curry House...Since Ive been back Ive craved spicy curry gravy over pork patty and rice, do we have this anywhere from Olympia to Everett? Very similar to the Hawaiian Curries, but very spicy hot. Someone told me there is a place near Uwajimaya, but the curry isnt spicy hot is what Im told... My Son still in Japan, loves the cheese and curry plate, I wasnt brave enough to try. Please see photo attached. THANK YOU!

**Sorry it wont let me attach photos, here are some links:

http://dcortesi.com/gallery/v/travel/japan/IMGP0929.jpg.html?g2_imageViewsIndex=1

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/yqzMvy...

Jun 14, 2009
Shanab in Greater Seattle

Benny Hannas?

In answer to my own question above! No Thank you! We went for my Son's 20th Birthday...If you like LOTS of onions in everything, (want to smell like fried onion), and butter flavored lard, great! In all fairness for 4 people, we had chopped pcs of lobster in a shell (advertised as lobster TAIL...wasnt a full tail, it was pcs in a tail shell) with steak (tender, seared well and tasty) and rice, yakisoba w/ veggies & chicken (didn't taste, looked ok), steak and rice and steak and rice...(2) crunchy crab rolls which were very good and pineapple for dessert, total $196 + tip! If one says you go for the atmosphere and fun, then I will find someplace else with atmosphere, fun and great food. I felt like we were rushed in and out-I also noticed some Chefs have way more fun at their tables than others. Will not go again.

Jun 14, 2009
Shanab in Chains

Can I buy grain alcohol (aka Everclear) in B.C.?

lol, true, true!

Jun 14, 2009
Shanab in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

[pdx] Fish and Chips

Can we answer this question for Seattle too please, where to find the best batter fried fish in Seattle, not breaded! Thanks

Jun 13, 2009
Shanab in Pacific Northwest

Help me find this amazing bakery in Ballard

Went to Besalu's today and got the following...

(8) Cardamom Pretzels (started w/2 then tasted, so went back to get more for my co-workers!
(1) Ginger Roll
(2) pains au chocolat
(1) Pc Leek and Goat Cheese Quiche
(1) Pc Seasonal Quiche, onion, ham and something else I cant recall...its still in the refer.
(1) For my lunch, caramelized onion and cheese pastry
(1) Hubby's Lunch, ham and swiss pastry
and numerous cookies!

Wish I would have gotten one Brioche pastry but, I didnt, had to save something new for next time!

Ok, we've now tried everything but the pretty cookies..., the ginger biscuit tastes just like you would expect...ginger, with a bit of butter flavor, its definitly a biscuit consistancy. The aftertaste keeps you wanting more, a great spicy, sweet fresh new flavor. The lunch pastries were gourmet; light, crisp, not too rich or buttery, no greasy leftovers on the roof of your mouth, just full flavor, you taste everyting really, just the right amount of each ingredient. Oh my...the cardamom pretzels are very crisp without being overcooked, stale or hollow tasting like simiar that I've had, (I feel embarrassed when thinking about the glazed croissant we had from Safeway yesterday-I will never be able to eat cheap pastry again!) back to the good stuff...they are chewy in the middle, seasoned with just the right amount of cardamom, light sprinkles, not like some of the over powering cardamom cookies Ive had at other bakeries...they are sprinkled lightly with a nice light crunch of whole grain sugar.

It took 2 hours to get over from Port Orchard, took the ferry, that always wastes a good hour-and 2 hours back...when we got home I had my leek and goat cheese quiche, oh to die for, not to heavy, just right...and so nice to have a fresh crisp crust on a quiche. Honestly, we have not been disappointed with anything thus far...if only they had better coffee the latte' would have gone great, it was definitely pretty! Haven't tried the cookies yet, but there are plenty-I think my hubby got one of everything. The one seasonal item I just wished I would have tasted was the strawberry pastry, looked very good, as did the tarts, but as you can see we had already spent about $45 on pastries for two! So worth it.

By the way, one of the gals at the bakery recommended to heat the pretzels up at 350 for just a few minutes, and that the pastries are great for 2-3 days. In everything we ate, there was no greasy aftertaste, just the right amount of everything! I know, thats a repeat statement, but TRUE!

Thank you for helping us find such a jewel, we are always looking for new places to try on the weekend.

**UPDATE**Husband just ate his Snickerdoodle cookie, he said it was the best he's ever had, just "the perfect cookie."

Keep in mind, hours are only until 3pm, we arrived at 2:15 in the afternoon and there were still lots of fresh baked goods, only 1 ginger biscuit and we got it! We also picked up a half of loaf of the walnut bread at Tall Grass next door, but havent tried it just yet...Tall Grass did have German yeast pretzels in a basket on the counter. Thank you again.

Jun 13, 2009
Shanab in Pacific Northwest

Port Orford

I thought this had to be a joke living in Port ORCHARD, WA...haha...but I do see a link to http://www.portorford.org/ a very old place it says, sorry no ideas, please let us know what you find!

Jun 11, 2009
Shanab in Pacific Northwest

Can I buy grain alcohol (aka Everclear) in B.C.?

you can pre-order this in WA state liquor stores, if you say you are pickling herring with it.

Jun 11, 2009
Shanab in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where can I find a whole pig in Seattle?

I agree with Farmer George, not sure how much they mark it up, but they can get it. My family; Uncle and two sons worked there for years. My Uncle makes all the sausages. He is Filipino and goes to Seattle to pick it up, where I paid about $80, some people pay way to much. Call 360-876-3186 and ask for Felix, he can tell you where to pick it up yourself in Seattle and you can save the upcharge. You can get the pig dressed and cooked Hawaiian or PI style, gavy comes with it...yumm, now I want some!

Jun 11, 2009
Shanab in Pacific Northwest

What's good in Kitsap?

New Place in Port Orchard call KOI's...they serve Vietnamese, Chinese and some Thai. My Husband and I went, we had the App Sampler Plate for $11.93; (2) of everything, Prawns, Wings, BBQ Pork, Gyoza (nummy), eggrolls (also nummy) and Im sure Im missing something...all was very good-the prawns slightly bready, but still good.

My husband had General Tao Chicken with Jasmine Rice, the only white rice they offer...yum. I couldnt believe you dont get rice with your entrées! You have to pay extra for the rice because they use Jasmine, they aren't willing to give a free scoop-this time they did because we have never been.

I had the Vegetarian Fried Rice, do delicious and fresh veggies
We split 9 Flavors Beef, also very deliceous. Meats are deepfried then stirfried in sauces, my only negative would be, please fry the meat a bit tender, not extra crispy, it tends to dry out.

Be prepared for a wait, even if going at 5pm on a Friday...not too long, 45 minutes? They do cook everything to order. If you want to try something the Owner will have them cook some for you and if you also are torn between two dishes she may suggest one over the other and if you don't like it she will bring your second choice. Service was very nice, I will be going back to try nearly everything on the menu, its huge. The location of Koi is in where the BAJA restaurant was across from the overpriced "Blondie's" (which does have great food), this is the 3rd restaurant to be in this location, which is large and very nicely decorated with a tropical feel and outside seating. Our bill came to $54 plus tip. Forgot to mention-they make their own sauces, I tried a Gyoza Sauce, General Sauce, Sweet orange sauce, a spice sauce, peanut sauce (a little too much hoisen) and a couple others, all are great aside from the watery very red S&S, but that too is just a quibble! Please try!

For a quick bite of Thai, please go to the Port Orchard Farmers Market, "Vicki" is a true and trained Chef, she has trained in Bangkok, she goes back yearly and continues to cater and make fresh Thai food every Saturday from 9-3 located on the Port Orchard Waterfront. Ask to try the empanadas; chicken, potato and curry. Very yummy. Enjoy!

Jun 11, 2009
Shanab in Pacific Northwest

Brunch Cruise for Fathers Day...which one?

Comments and Opinions of the following are appreciated:
Argosy Fathers Day Brunch or Dinner
http://www.argosycruises.com/themecruises/default.cfm#mysteryjune09
Seattle Tours Fathers Day Brunch
http://www.seattletours.us/tours/tourDetail.cfm?tour_id=6473
Waterways Cruises & Events http://www.zerve.com/Waterways/KPicnic

Curious as to which has the best food and tour! Looking forward to feedback. Thank you.

Jun 11, 2009
Shanab in Pacific Northwest

What's good in Kitsap?

You can special order the Pink Champagne Cupcakes, oooo so good!

Apr 27, 2009
Shanab in Pacific Northwest

What's good in Kitsap?

Whats next to the place?? Do you know the hours?

Apr 27, 2009
Shanab in Pacific Northwest

What's good in Kitsap?

I cook authentic Thai, I also eat it in Federal Way (Emerald Thai-not to be confused with the one down the road by the little store, their brother in law)...nothing around here compares. If I want Phad Thai and dont want to cook it myself I might grab some at Bahn Thai in Silverdale. I was excited to try Sawatdy, the food left me feeling I'd wasted a lot of money, we tried several dishes and really none were over the top. If you havent had authentic great tasting Thai food, I guess you (generally) speaking, dont know what you're missing. Aroydy Thai Cuisines Phad Thai, was full of ketchup and bad fish sauce! The appetizers were great.

Apr 27, 2009
Shanab in Pacific Northwest

What's good in Kitsap?

Tonys on Kitsap Way was the original Fillipe's, its GREAT and still there! The only item I wouldnt recommend is the eggplant parm, too watery...not fried, just baked.

Apr 26, 2009
Shanab in Pacific Northwest

What's good in Kitsap?

I tried the Patio for lunch a couple weeks back, being just down hill from my work it was time.

Order, Cup of Cream of Tomato Soup, Sweet Potato Fries, (2) Tuna Sandwiches.
Total, $38!!!

First of all I noticed a Table Tag that clearly states 2/$14 lunches, pick a starter, a sandwich (comes with good crispy thin cut fries) and pick of dessert.

I was clearly overcharged and still intend to call the manager. Tomato soup were clearly canned tomato's blended to a soft, gritty, water, frothy, consistency, they forgot the cream and seasoning-soup went to garbage can. My admin asst and I both LOVED the plain fries that came with our sandwiched, and didn't care for the very think and watered down (no mayo) smelly brown tuna sandwich.
When I heard they had sweet potato fries from another table I had to order, they are my favorite...They were cut wait to thick, came out as wet (greasy) limp sticks, horrible! Again, went to the garbage can. I will not go back unless they offer a free lunch because I was overcharged the first time, if they do-I will try another sandwich. I did get a fresh "Brisk" ice tea, does anyone NOT KNOW HOW TO MAKE FRESH ICE T anymore???

Apr 26, 2009
Shanab in Pacific Northwest