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Staying at Silver Cloud Inn University district

A nice walk up through Ravennna and Cowen Parks will put you at the very door of Salvatore. Old school strong technique. Love the special fish.

2 days ago
mrnelso in Greater Seattle
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Where to buy coffee beans?

Sorry. For a few bucks, though, an Ethiopian grocery will sell you a tiny amount of coffee and you can roast a batch or two in a hot-air popper. Just put it in, turn it on (outside), and maybe stir it with a stick or wooden spoon til it spins on its own, then just marvel as it roasts. The first flurry of crackles ("first crack") is a good place to stop. Cool quickly in a metal colander... Wait a few days (hah), drink.

Jul 25, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Where to buy coffee beans?

Green Coffee Buying club.
Beans run $3-$10/lb total, including appropriate shipping and handling fees. It is so fun and easy to get beans in the mail this way. OK, so the "club" is a little clubby and getting the procedures sorted out can frustrate, but I've been a fan for several years and this remains my preferred method.
Ethiopian grocery stores all over town often sell green coffee at $10/lb or so. Seattle Coffee works offers green beans occasionally/erratically and not so cheap.
Now I'm looking for a roaster. Hot air poppers are excellent for even roasting, but they burn-out or catch fire or both and that gets old. Pan roasting is only ok, as it is hard to do evenly.

Jul 22, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

One Night in Seattle Before a Cruise

Show, eh? Though entirely dependent on the particularities of the group, Argosy cruise line runs a short boat ride on Puget Sound to a Blake Island salmon dinner, cooked in a native style and served with noisy dances with big wooden clacking masks. It suffers the usual deeply-worn-tourist-trap condition of the ilk, but the history and culture lessons leave a guest better informed than most locals about historic NW tribes.

Jul 15, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Bourbon and Bones BBQ

All this great BBQ must be putting me in a fog. My go-to for years has been RR Mike's double meat with spares and brisket. Ours is definitely a more-is-better deal and we are afforded a fortuitous rotation. It's all good. Man, oh man, it's all good. I need a fix of RR hush-puppies and collards right-quick. I am slipping into a delirium involving a giant taste-off.

Jul 15, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

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

Last time I looked, great chefs of Seattle were lined up to lead the making of great meals at Fare Start. Green Leaf has a branch in the Labor Temple at 1st and Cedar (2800 1st).

Jul 11, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

BROCCOLI Rabe or RAPINI

Uwajimaya features a variety of brassicas - gai lan, for instance, and mustards and kales

Jul 11, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Bourbon and Bones BBQ

It might be worth a loop for Rainin' Ribs brisket and a slab of Bourbon & Bones ribs. To Go. The spice and smoke and bark and tooth. Reheated today - yikes that's good.

Jul 08, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Seattle - Malaysian

Last night we finally made it to Malaysian night at Perche No. and the $33 menu was:
Bak Ku Teh - pork rib in darkly spiced clear broth (the last of chef David's >>amazing<< special tea-spice broth);
Hokkien Mee - thick noodle, shrimp, calamari, chicken, and dark soy. We mopped all that up, to be sure.
Kari Arnab - Rabbit, flavorfully sauced with Galanga, lemon grass coconut milk, turmeric, chili...
Nasi Kelapa - rice, coconut milk, pandan leaf
Kai Lan - sauteed Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce
Apam Balik - Malay crepe with toasted peanuts and sugar

Jun 30, 2014
mrnelso in Pacific Northwest

Big John's PFI - Seattle

Those beautiful frozen Merguez are from Uli's at Pike Place Market. Here, it's grilled Merguez, TJ ww HotDog bun, and a bit of Mama Lil's Peppalilli (also at PFI). Uli's will actually grill-you-up-one right now in the Market, with peppers and onions and beer. Once a month, we re-stock with little 2-sausage packets of assorted sausages, except for Merguez it's 12 (take 12, they're small).

Jun 26, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Bourbon and Bones BBQ

good list - for me B&B and RR are battling for first, but I can't tell how much of that is just because Rainin' Ribs is 12 miles round-trip and Bourbon & Bones is 12 blocks round-trip. Smoky chicken, mustard sauce, ribs.

Jun 24, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Gift certificate recs for young newlyweds in Covington?

Saffron Deli on Gilman (just steps away from Noodle Boat) will surprise you. Eclectic but thoughtful and tasty food. The vietnamese crepe is outstanding, but really, whatever Jessie says...

Jun 19, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Molly Moon's #6 in the WORLD

also Ici in Berkeley

Jun 15, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

What are the must-have desserts in the Seattle area?

ouch

Jun 12, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

What are the must-have desserts in the Seattle area?

Irwin's on N 40th or 65/Latona cooks! Bakes even. Seasonal fruit pies with yards of sweet flaky golden crust. A'la mode is gilding the lily - black coffee does it. Plan to take your sweet time and get to know the place. Blueberry muffin and any scone are Class-A.
Not exactly dessert, but caramelized Hush Puppies at Rainin' Ribs do crown the meal sweetly.
Ice cream is everywhere. Last evening it was lemon-marshmallow at Full Tilt.
Sticky-rice of the day at Kedai Makan.
Sương sa dừa trái ~ Coconut/lime gelatin served on the shell at Tamarind Tree.
A box from Cafe Besalu will make you legend at the brunch, and, oh yes, twice-baked almond croissants from Bakery Nouveau will put you in a coma any time of day.

Jun 10, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Dot's closing

I expect the talent Miles nurtured will bloom for us all, in time.

Jun 10, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Getting Off Bolt Bus; Have Two Hours to Kill

U-way Malatang is self-serve hot-pot (trippy) at 9th & Jackson (the link is at 5th). The ID is full of great food. Two hours is a good amount of time to have if you plan your mission tightly. Go from Bolt directly to your restaurant, eat, and come back knowing the train schedule.

Jun 10, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Dot's closing

right now, i want anything they will make for me, lunch and dinner

Jun 10, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

538.com Burrito Bracket: Rancho Bravo

Oh, but wait - he said West Texas, which is a whole nother scene, burrito-wise.

Jun 10, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

One night in Seattle and it's my Birthday

In the block or two south just across Denny past the Center grounds is Bambino's at 401 Cedar for great pizza, all of it, really, and a knockout tap-list - ask them if they'll still make Gaius Plinius (they do still bring it when we ask for it - and it makes us feel like mafia to get what nobody else has). You can throw a shoe from the door there up Cedar to Tillicum Place at 5th & Denny, to see statue of Chief Seattle. Toulouse Petit at 601 Queen Anne North is a happy hour monster (many posts here) all day. The 5 Point Cafe at 415 Cedar corner is legend (meatloaf, hashbrowns, fries) you get the whole Pike Place Public Market - oh, but first, corned beef hash at the Mecca 526 Queen Anne Ave. This is a dream trip you are having, and so excellently situated - have fun. When we go to events at Seattle Center we often stop at 100 Mercer for provisions at Metropolitan Market, as there is rarely better chow at public festivals than at Met Market's outstanding deli (prime rib sammie, extra horse). Ride a bus up the Queen Anne counter-balance (google the story) to see from Kerry Park (find unsigned Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, Morris Graves, Victor Steinbrueck, Charles Stokes and Margaret Tompkins in Marshall Park) see Parsons Gardens, across the street. Slip on down and around the hill to the Ballard Locks and fish-ladder. Go through Fremont and around Lake Union (find story) and see Saint Mark's cathedral (stories) and the Volunteer Park water tower. Climb the tower and look in the windows of the space needle. Oh, Space Needle = go here for stories, not food, though you will eat expensively, conceivably even well, and surely spinning memorably, which may even be worth it. The Tillikum Village salmon dinner is a fun tourist trap event with quite good local cultural interpretation (chief Seattle again). See the mask show. Another in that vein is Ivar's Salmon House on Lake Union. Near there is UW and its attendant youth scenes. Check out the sky space at the UW Henry gallery. And we never even got to Fremont, Ponti, Art of the Table, the zoo, the Arboretum, Full Tilt, Uway Malatang, Paseo, FuMan Dumpling house, Seven Stars Pepper, the whole of the Chinatown/International District, Pioneer Square, and the settlement memorial at Alki. whew...

Jun 10, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle
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The Five Point

My Beth's was bright in the sense of having lots of random lights screaming from odd planes and angles, but even all that attempted illumination could not overcome the ravaging dinginess of the place. The very air was dingy. A chronosynclastic infundibulim leading from Edward Hopperesque realism down rabbit-holes of dark metaphor.

Jun 10, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Dot's closing

Say it ain't so.
Miles brought together a lovely place, great talent, and some of the finest meals in memory and I will miss them all forever.

Jun 06, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Pioneer Square - Great Experience

If it's too hot for a hot sandwich, get the prosciutto and fig confit with goat cheese

Jun 06, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Chefs Table

Art of the Table is worth a look.

Jun 03, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

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

Add Irwin's Bakery at 40th/Bagley & 65th/Latona. Oh that apple pie with coffee. For starters...

Jun 03, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Search for Everyday-Drinking Pale Ales

Surely a Cthulu beer IS a diet beer...

May 31, 2014
mrnelso in Beer
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Smokehouse/BBQ joints that sell party-sized sides?

All of that, to be sure, but whatever you do, get hushpuppies. And Brunswick stew. And brisket. And ribs.

May 23, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

First time visit to Seattle- what to do, where to eat, and cask beer?

And Maritime Pacific.

May 23, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Smokehouse/BBQ joints that sell party-sized sides?

catfish corner in tacoma?

May 22, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Guy's weekend in Seattle?

From 3rd Ave the 131 shoots straight down to Georgetown in 17 minutes.

May 20, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle