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Basic Barbecue Sauce

Apr 12, 2015
akq in Recipes

Basic Barbecue Sauce

Apr 12, 2015
akq in Recipes

Basic Barbecue Sauce

Apr 12, 2015
akq in Recipes

Foodland vs Safeway in Honolulu

LOL!

Mar 09, 2015
akq in Hawaii

Foodland vs Safeway in Honolulu

Foodland and stock up on poke!!!

Mar 01, 2015
akq in Hawaii

Looking for Spanish recipes to try

Tortilla espanola. Yum.

Feb 20, 2015
akq in Home Cooking
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Chicago/Midwest style thin crust pizza?

Try Zayda Buddies in Ballard.
http://zaydabuddyspizza.com/pizza/

Feb 20, 2015
akq in Greater Seattle

Tray Kitchen

We didn't like the KFC (too sweet) but enjoyed all the other dishes we tried. Most of their produce comes from their farm.

Feb 14, 2015
akq in Greater Seattle

Solo Business Travel to Seattle - Looking for Seafood

It's a huge national chain. The one on lake union is nice, but the one on 4th is not as good, imo.

Jan 09, 2015
akq in Greater Seattle

Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Seattle, thoughts?

Mkt is great. Skip red cow. Staple & fancy is hit and miss. Love the rigatoni at tavolata but usually just make it at home.

Jan 05, 2015
akq in Greater Seattle

Lunch Recommendations in Phinney Ridge or Greenlake?

The tri-tip sandwich is awesome.

Dec 05, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle
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Casino Suggestion

Muckleshoot is also nice with good slots and food. Tulalip is also a good choice. I don't care for Snoqualmie casino - very claustrophobic.

Dec 05, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Birthday Dinner 2014

I might catch the ferry over to Hitchcock for chef's tasting menu & follow up with Mora ice cream. Nothing new, but out of the ordinary & so tasty. :)

Also recently had a very nice dinner (in a windstrom) at Cassis on Alki. I am told they rotate their menu monthly, so that might be fun.

Nov 30, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Ballard Traffic--Can the Restos Survive?

I've had to go to north Magnolia and then back to Ballard twice during rush hour since the closure and luckily it was no big deal. Went south to the next off-ramp (Dravus), and got back onto 15th toward Ballard. I had to wait through two lights to take the left turn onto W. Dravus but that took less than 2 minutes.

How are others finding it?

Nov 18, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Buffalo Chicken Wings

I really liked the wings at Tanaka San (don't be put off by the weird description like fish sauce caramel).

For buffalo wings, I like my wings very crispy. My favs are wingmasters in Ballard and BWW (there's now one at Westlake center).

Nov 08, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Your most delicious and uncanny ways to eat Spam?

Noooo! I just picked up two cans of the teri spam...and one chorizo spam and one bacon spam. I love teri sauce on spam musubi and was hoping the teri spam would just be pre-infused with teri goodness. :)

Nov 03, 2014
akq in General Topics

Your most delicious and uncanny ways to eat Spam?

I usually just buy the bottled stuff, but it's a combo of sake, mirin, soy sauce, kombu, and katsuobushi. Cold noodle dipping sauce.

Nov 03, 2014
akq in General Topics

When is the last time you went on a picnic?

Same here. I love taking some food with us to the beach - it tastes so much better when you're hungry after playing in the water.

And we love taking picnics to outdoor concerts all summer long. They are usually during the week and so we often just pick up some assorted salads, cheese and crackers or chips and dip, fried chicken and drinks and head to the concert. It's fabulous.

Oct 29, 2014
akq in General Topics

Your most delicious and uncanny ways to eat Spam?

Spam and egg sandwich on white bread with mayo, lettuce, tomato and white onion. Spam must be fried crispy on the outside, the yolk should be runny and there should be more onion than you'd think. IMO, the best "professional" version can be found at the lunch counter of the Liliha Bakery in Hawaii.

Spam (or cheap Carl Buddig luncheon meat) is my favorite for my family's version of cold peanut sauce noodles. I use cold spaghetti noodles, with thin matchsticks of assorted veggies adn green onion on a bed of nappa cabbage, tossed with a peanut sauce (peanut butter, shoyu, hot sauce, sugar and hot water to thin) and chilled.

I also love spam in cold somen salad similar to above, but with somen dressing. Also excellent when charsiu is added to the mix.

Oct 29, 2014
akq in General Topics

Guest Calling the Shots

It's not clear what your specific objection is (this behavior could be inappropriate for a variety of reasons), but that should drive the solution.

If the problem is waste or added expense (i.e. if this employee didn't order these items, no one would), either take it up with the employee, limit the choices or do a set menu, even one with several but not unlimited options.

If the problem is shots (this would be my objection), institute a no shots rule, exclude hard alcohol altogether and only provide beer & wine or exclude alcohol entirely.

If the problem is that he makes other uncomfortable by "forcing" them to share food when they don't want to or pressuring people into doing shots, take it up with the employee or limit choices on the menu.

If the problem is that he's stealing your thunder by acting as if he's paying when he's not - let it go. Everyone knows who's paying.

chili

+1 on avoiding Mike's.

Oct 12, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

chili

Slim's Last Chance has great chili.

Oct 11, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Restaurants with Seattle or pacific northwestern feel?

It depends where the visitors are from and what they like. The last time my East Coast family was in town, we went to Joule because it's delicious and different.

Ray's Café is a favorite of mine for the tremendous view and good seafood. I like the food, but it's not nearly as spectacular as the view.

For oysters, I really like the Walrus & Carpenter, but I rarely go because of the line/wait. In downtown, I like Blueacre for oyster happy hour.

Oct 06, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Really bad food from a restaurant.... What would you do?

+1 on the "post your honest reviews and then forget about it" responses. If it was just one dish that was bad, they might have made a mistake or be responsive to suggestions, but this sounds systemic. They are just not into making Indian food up to your standards, which is their prerogative. As you point out, they probably already know their food is crap. Chalk it up to experience and never order from them again.

Oct 06, 2014
akq in Not About Food

Ballard Traffic--Can the Restos Survive?

I am hoping the impact on Ballad traffic will be less than you predict, but I really have no idea what the real impact will be. Hopefully it will be a relative non-event like the I-90 closure when people seemed to all make alternate arrangements. The closure was a surprise to me - I got a notice in the mail last week. Hopefully others in the area have gotten the word as well and will make it work. Although it might be nice to be able to get a parking spot in downtown Ballard for once! :)

Oct 06, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Coffee shop etiquette: lines and limited tables

Non seq. Even if cops don't ticket jaywalking it's still against the law.

Sheesh. I've never said the law is the only standard of civility. What I have said is that in a private business, as long as they are within the law, the house gets to make the rules, not the patrons. If you as a patron don't feel that it's right to take a seat before paying, even if allowed by the house rules, don't do it. But you don't get to impose your "rule" on others.

Oct 06, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Coffee shop etiquette: lines and limited tables

Ahh, yes. The old, "they started it," golden rule twist! Love it! Perfect example of doing your part to bring more civility to the world!

Oct 03, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Coffee shop etiquette: lines and limited tables

Let me help *your* reading comprehension...my name is *akq*. My standard is that within the bounds of the law, the proprietor, and not some random patron (or even a gang of random patrons) gets to decide what is and is not allowed in the establishment. The proprietor may make good choices, or bad choices, or in between. Regardless, it's her house and she gets to make the rules, and if you don't like them, you can vote with your feet (and pocketbook) but you don't get to impose different rules on the establishment just because you feel like it.

Oct 03, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Coffee shop etiquette: lines and limited tables

HO, salty, eh? :) Thanks for the lesson.

Oct 03, 2014
akq in Greater Seattle

Roe vs. Beast?

With lots of heavy rain and traffic from Seattle, we barely made it for our 9pm rezzies at Roe, but were glad we did. Opted for the full beverage service and enjoyed it quite a bit. Some lovely wine (and a lambic) pairings, plus a cardamaro apertif and a nice boubon after dinner. We loved the first (hamachi, truffle anf foie gras crudo, and tuna sashimi with smoked grapes) and third couses (seabass and fatty cold smoked salmon), but were split on the second course. My king crab was overpowered by a mushroom broth, but SO loved his shrimp and scallop dish (i felt the shrimp was undercooked). I liked both the cheese dessert and SO's peach melba, but he was so-so on his dessert. Service was good, but a little confusing as different people seemed to help randomly (no one every introduced the team) and it was stuffy/warm. Otherwise, we really enjoyed it. At $300, we'd go back, but not for a while.

Sep 27, 2014
akq in Metro Portland