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Downtown Seattle

There is no 'R' in August.

Aug 21, 2015
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Neighborhood restaurants, take-out, shops, or markets to recommend in Columbia City?

Cafe Mawadda 4433 S Graham St (~@Rainier) has shish kabob and falafel but not like the usual buddy and Rami can fix you up.
Big Chickie and I have not yet met, but is right across Rainier and promising.
Hummingbird Saloon has beautiful small plates to go with their beautiful cocktails and next door is pinball and ice cream and beer ??? but it works and the ice cream is great. Lemon marshmallow is the summer sugar bomb and mango chili still shines.

Aug 20, 2015
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Good Deli Rye

me my mo morky -
porky

Aug 18, 2015
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Good Deli Rye

Take a friend and you can get two comas there for sure with just one Reuben. Those guys are so generous that I end up fighting so hard against the slump of that mountain of meat the rye hasn't got a snowball's chance of holding together. It winds op as a sort of gooey bready marbling in the beef. The flavor is still great but texture suffers. Last week I was in for corned beef and lamented I could not take a Reuben to my sick wife because it really can't travel and Manuel said: No problem, I'll package the parts separately and you can finish it at home. Big box clerks can't even think this way. We are so lucky still to have these.

Aug 18, 2015
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Lunch in Pioneer Square

Bakeman's is the real downtown lunch deal. Fast competent cheap. Roasts his own turkey every day. Be ready: "dark on rye with mayo and cran". Do not mess around be ready. I ate there every few weeks for twenty years. The food is OK enough and more in patches and downtown lunch culture is so thick you can feel it in the air.

Aug 18, 2015
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Anyone know where to get LYE locally?

Calcium Hydroxide ("Cal" / slaked lime) is sold as a powder at Mexican groceries for loosening the tough skins of field corn to slough-off to make hominy for use fresh or dried to prepare masa.

Sodium hydroxide (Lye) is used for pretzel making.

Jul 03, 2015
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Food itinerary?

Stumbled into the best halibut of my life on Salvatore's Specials board. The staff is priceless.

Jul 03, 2015
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Good BBQ in Seattle?

that was short

May 28, 2015
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Roux? Matt's Truck

The light of my life and I just returned from Roux, where it was perfection pace by pace. Attentive service appeared the instant it was needed and the kitchen didn't miss a beat. I am now a convert to fried oysters - I never knew... Every dish got that kind of attention and was skillfully seasoned presented and served. Oh the flavors. Little bells on my tongue. Thank you all.

May 17, 2015
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

best decaf coffee?

Back in the day Torrefazzione had a great decaf roasted bean.

Apr 27, 2015
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

"Peeled wheat" -- now what?

I cooked it in my Zojirushi with 1 (english) cup peeled wheat to 2.5 c water on the normal rice setting. Fun finger-food in slabs on ribs. Lovely.

Feb 27, 2015
mrnelso in Home Cooking

Munchery

Oh yeah. Chicken vindaloo was tender and spicy and reheated excellently, as did and was the creamy scenty corn side.

Feb 06, 2015
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

The (partial) Story of The Green Village in Seattle

It's been several years since I left downtown work but Green Village was a refuge. If you are lucky, it's pouring down rain and 34 degrees outside. Did I mention dark? Dark, too. At Green Village is a steaming bowl of garlic spicy szechuany garlic noodle garlic soup. Thank you for the great warm-ups and your loveliness.

Feb 02, 2015
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

I need a really good, thick wiener

The ladies at George's will grill you up about anything in the store I imagine. They makes a bunch of tasty sausages.
Bavarian Meats, in the Pike Place Market is worth a look.

Jan 30, 2015
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Ethiopian source for Ethiopian coffee beans?

www.greencoffeebuyingclub.com and a wok and a stove-hood and 7 minutes later you have coffee. Practice, practice, practice.

Jan 09, 2015
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Ideal internal temp for rack of pork???

Having learned to love ribs in Texas, Alabama, the Carolinas, and Chicago, decent ribs in Seattle have been a thirty year disappointment and suddenly BOOM. Rainin' Ribs, Bourbon and bones - at last. I figured it could not get any better than this and then I roasted Costco's seasoned offering. It's a dead-heat and I am cooking some more right now. No sauce.

Dec 27, 2014
mrnelso in Home Cooking

Measuring practical heat conductivity - Cast iron, aluminum, copper

Yes, I was also surprised at the unevenness of my cast iron frying pan (old Diamond, smooth, well seasoned). As you said, it's still good for searing, baking cornbread, etc, but be aware of that wildly uneven temperature (even on gas burner) business.

Dec 15, 2014
mrnelso in Cookware

Farmer's Market LA (Fairfax & 3rd) - What to eat?

Since our hotel was two blocks away from the spendy, tourist-trappy, inconsistent Farmer's Market, we went there two mornings. We looked for simple and direct. Charlie's eggs on toa$t were fine but the bowl of plain grits with a fruit bowl was a real hit. Next day got the grits again ($3.50 for a smallish bowl), but got a fruit bowl from the stand by the gas station. The latter had somewhat more fruit by weight and some bigger clunky chunks on the bottom of the bowl, but the more consistent chop of Charlie's was easier to deal with in the bowl. Bob's crumb doughnut was a good enough sweet cake doughnut, though not more than that. Bob's coffee was two full notches above Charbuck's and just fine. Shortcake's almond croissant was worth doing.

Dec 15, 2014
mrnelso in Los Angeles Area

Heading back to Original Farmer's Market for first time in years...wtf do I buy?

Both good
thank you

Dec 15, 2014
mrnelso in Los Angeles Area

Bishop update 2014

The Looney Bean changed owners and lost a delightful connection to the conservation of bird migration routes, but the coffee is still thoughtfully selected, prepared, and presented. Black sheep not so much but beats charbuck by a nose.

Village Cafe also changed owners, and now the clear choice is Astorga's, right next door. Chilaquiles for sure, but it's all good and get the very nice whole beans. Get the spicy salsa too and the guacamole.

The Jerky place right up 395 has more sorts of Jerky than we ever saw - a pound of assorted jerkies is great road food.

Dec 12, 2014
mrnelso in California

Heading back to Original Farmer's Market for first time in years...wtf do I buy?

I sure would like a cup of really good black coffee somewhere around the Farmer's Market. Suggestions?

Dec 09, 2014
mrnelso in Los Angeles Area

Good decaf coffee

It's been a few years, but I had quite the thing going on with Torrefazione decaf before I came to my senses and joined the green bean buying club and roasting my own correctly caffeinated coffee. I do see decaf there, too, though I try not to look. eeeew.

Nov 03, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

In Praise of Dives, or... Another One Bites the Dust

Sully's Snow Goose is about boxed in with all that new midrise mixed development stuff and it feels like nobody will even notice when it overtakes Sully's.

Oct 30, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Drinking and Eating in Ballard-Fremont area

Pop in to Roux for an order of deep fried chicken gizzards and a Sazarac and a few jalapeno hush-puppies. Up the block for Paseo and Uneeda Burger.

Oct 29, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Sattle for a week from Australia

Random BBQ point:
Rainin' Ribs (15030 NE Bothell Way > via Lake City Way or 145th) is operated by Skyler, a local who learnt his excellent smoking in Australia.

Oct 19, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Coffee shop etiquette: lines and limited tables

Besalu is the worst place in the world to do this. Lingering over French pastries and coffee does not mean watching somebody else's backpack luxuriating in well-seated leisure while I watch the tables turn. And turn they will and you'll get yours.

Sep 25, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Legitimate Poutine

Vittles (by Darlene Boline of Zacaggni's) has a poutine.

Sep 16, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Sweet Jesus: Whole Foods No Longer Getting Brillat-Savarin Due to FDA?!

You are clearly upset, and deserve the opportunity to explain yourself, but saying 'government food-safety regulation sucks' is about as convincing as 'capitalism sucks'. Can we see some data please? I, for one, am impressed by the public health accomplishments of FDA and its local partners in municipal health departments. Because of their work, we have safer food and fewer food-related fatalities. Like all of us, of course, they will sometimes mis-calculate something, but there is process to insure that all relevant corrections are heard. If you have data they need, please share it with us.

Sep 14, 2014
mrnelso in Cheese

Good BBQ in Seattle?

both - they are just 2 long blocks apart, with Pecos on First and Jones on Occidental.

Sep 14, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Zaccagni's

I later learned the tiny booth above has a much larger space below, where the braising is done for presentation above, on heat.

Sep 06, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle