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Day Long Snacking Report

Wow, what a day. Sounds like the only thing that stood out in a good way was the first pastry. Too bad, but hopefully you had fun!

Aug 15, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Summer veggie dish for a crowd?

+1 on the green beans. I do garlicky green beans - lightly steam green beans and toss with melted garlic butter/olive oil. Crowd pleaser. Pesto sounds like a winner, too.

Aug 15, 2014
akq in Home Cooking

Ballard/Fremont/Phinney/Greenwood Searching for Not So Darn Sweet Thai Food

I'll have to try them again and report back. My memory was that several noodle dishes, a stir-fry (probably cashew chicken) and a red curry were all extremely sweet.

Aug 14, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Ballard/Fremont/Phinney/Greenwood Searching for Not So Darn Sweet Thai Food

Thai Siam is very close to home & they are very nice, but I've always struck out there with the level of sweetness. We did have the Tom Kha and it was quite good, so I agree there, but what else do you recommend there? Would love to give it another try.

Aug 12, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Katsu Burger closed yesterday

SAD! We were just talking about going there last week but didn't...missed out! The nori fries and delicious katsu will be missed.

Aug 12, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Thnking about a rice cooker -- is induction worth it?

worth it. Love my zoji. when I used to eat rice all the time, I'd put the rice & water in the cooker before work and set the timer so I'd have perfect rice at dinner time. Awesome. I like the texture of brown rice better when it soaks all day and/or when you use the GABA setting.

The benefit of induction is even cooking. The old rice cookers heat at the bottom which can burn or dry out the bottom layer. That severely limits the time you can use the old cookers to keep the rice warm. But with the induction zojis you can use the keep warm function for several days (I don't do it, but for a day it's been just fine) without burning the bottom.

Aug 08, 2014
akq in Cookware

Seattle Biscuit Bender

Morsel? Sampled the Spanish Fly & fast break this Sat. @ Ballard location. Both were awesome! If the wait hadn't been so long we would have split a third.

Jul 20, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

One Day in Victoria (Cruise Docked)

We were just in Victoria and really enjoyed halibut & chips. The best was from red fish blue fish on the dock in front of the Empress. Be prepared for a wait.

Jul 10, 2014
akq in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Good food in Pioneer Square for a group

For Dim Sum with cocktails, consider O'Asian. It's in an office tower downtown (5th & Columbia) with free parking on the weekends. They serve decent dim sum, and have a bar. They have a couple of private rooms, larger tables and a lounge area they sometimes use for larger parties.

Jul 09, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

5 Days in Seattle in July/August

There are some decent/good waterfront choices at the north end. I've had good meals at Six Seven, which is in the Edgewater, and I've heard good things about the restaurant in the Marriott as well. I used to love the Waterfront Seafood Grill, but haven't been there since they re-branded as Aqua. Anthony's can be good but not particularly inventive.

Jul 09, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

2 Day trip in Seattle (July 11-12)

I'll probably get flamed for this, but I love the happy hour at the capital grill and my three favs there are the tenderloin sandwiches, fried calamari and the mini lobster rolls. Lobster rolls aren't easy to come by here, unfortunately.

Jul 09, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Solo eats in Ballard?

So many to choose from! It really depends what you're looking for...if you like Thai, check out Pestle Rock. For a yummy bite outside, try the Shilshole location of Paseo. Stop in for a pizza at Delancy. Cafe Munir, suggested by Kaleokahu, is also a fav.

Jul 09, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Bakery near Safeco?

Don't forget a Seattle classic: Borracchini's. http://nowcake.com/

Jul 09, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

1st time in Seattle, need (mostly restaurant) suggestions that are in walking/easy public transit distance from our hotel

You're staying in the heart of downtown, which gives you easy access to downtown, capitol hill, south lake union (SLU), pioneer square, the international district, belltown and queen anne by either walking or taking short transit rides. So you can understand how large a request you sent out. Slightly farther afield would include Ballard, Fremont, Wallingford, the University District, West Seattle, georgetown, Columbia City, all of which would be about 20-30 mins by bus (different buses) or light rail.

On Bainbridge, I highly recommend Mora ice cream and Hitchcock (and their adjacent deli). Both are walking distance from the ferry terminal in the cute town of Winslow.

Jul 09, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Brunch/Lunch in North Seattle for Large Group

They have two areas that are separated from the main dining room, but not totally shut off in another room. Seemed to work fine but depends on what you're after.

Jul 02, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Cabbage Preparations That Kids Like

Thinly slice the cabbage and make sure it's dry, then slowly cook in some butter or bacon grease until it gets soft and a little browned. S&P to taste. Very sweet and yummy.

Or maybe try a Mexican slaw? Basically pico de gallo with cabbage cut for coleslaw (with or without tomatoes). Let it sit for a while and it gets really good.

Jul 02, 2014
akq in Home Cooking
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Brunch/Lunch in North Seattle for Large Group

What exactly are you looking for? I've been to a baby shower lunch at Tutta Bella in Wallingford that was nice.

Jul 02, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Walking distance from the Fairmont Olympic hotel.....

Walk up Pine to Melrose Market. Lots of nice options. If you like red sauce Italian, Machiavelli is a fav. Also consider lunch at Mamnoon.

Jun 29, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Vancouver Hound's first real trip to Seattle -- help an elf out?

I love the Ba Bar and in fact just had lunch there today. Recommended, but it's not the most comfortable spot - tables are a little close together and the seats are a bit hard for my taste.

Jun 26, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Best sashimi restaurant recommendation

I really like Kappo Tamura. Their fish is high quality and they are so welcoming! Excellent experience every time. Superior quality w/out attitude.

Jun 25, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Help for first ever Beef Wellington for Father's Day

Looks awesome!

Jun 20, 2014
akq in Home Cooking

Bugs in my Daikon

I planted some daikon from seed and they are growing pretty well, but as I've harvested a couple of them, they have deep pockets where bugs have burrowed in and it looks like the radish has grown around them. These are what I'd call a potato bug, but per google, I think they are commonly called "rolly polly bugs" or similar and are usually thought to only eat rotting plant matter, but these are young, healthy, not rotting daikon!

Any ideas why this is happening and any suggestions for combating it? The bugs are in the radish underground, so not easy to get out until you harvest.

Jun 20, 2014
akq in Gardening
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Gift certificate recs for young newlyweds in Covington?

I've never been, but have heard good things about Paolo's Italian restaurant in Kent (closer to Covington than Seattle). The folks I know who live in Kent/Lake Tapps love it.

Jun 18, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Unsticking stuck dishes

I'd immerse in a tub of warm dish soapy water and see if you can ease them apart.

Jun 17, 2014
akq in Not About Food

Molly Moon's #6 in the WORLD

Agreed. I tried OSFY about a month ago and didn't feel it stood up to Peaks at all. Peaks will be missed.

Jun 17, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

3 days in Seattle, first time, need help to please foodie husband!

Altura is excellent and I'd recommend it. Canlis is a classic and a totally different old school experience, from what I understand.

I'd skip Cuoco - I've had a good meal there, but it was extremely overpriced and nothing super special. I don't recommend Lola - I used to work a few blocks from there and it was an easy "group lunch" sort of place where everyone is "fine" with the food, but nothing is great. I like Le Pichet's food and wine, but have had disappointingly snooty service there off and on.

Jun 16, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

3 days in Seattle, first time, need help to please foodie husband!

They are about a mile away from each other. The waterfront one will have better views and I'd personally rather stay there. I don't like the nightlife vibe in Pioneer Square, although during the week it's pretty tame. The waterfront Marriott is going to be an easy walk to Pike Market in the morning and all of Belltown for food & drink.

Jun 16, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle
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Chippy's

Meh. ES named it Chippy's and half the entrees are fish & chips. Here is how ES describes it "Chippy’s Fish & Drink is an old-school chip shop in Ballard serving classic fish & chips alongside a bevy of old-school seaside specialties like Shrimp Louie and Dungeness Crab Rolls."

My expectations are that if you're charging me $19 for halibut & chips, it should be a lot better than the halibut & chips at Ivars (it was not). My expectation in Seattle is that if you're serving beer, you're not charging exorbitant prices for 12 oz glasses (they do). It seems to me that the resto is just too small and they have to make up for it by overcharging for everything. If the halibut & chips were great, I'd pay $19 in a heartbeat. But they weren't.

Glad to hear the other things on the menu are good. Maybe I'll be back to try them, but I'm not in any great rush given the disappointment on my first visit when we tried their signature fish & chips dishes.

Jun 16, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Rice cooker on a timer

Ditto what others have said. When I used to eat rice everyday, I LOVED setting my Zojirushi in the morning to be ready 20 mins after I'd get home. I also sometimes use it overnight for oats in the morning. YUM. Get the Zojirushi with induction heating and micom (neuro fuzzy logic, so it knows when the rice is done). It's worth the extra $$ imo.

Jun 13, 2014
akq in Cookware
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Chippy's

Thanks for the reco! We'll try it out.

Jun 13, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle