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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.

1 day ago
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

Seafood recs for an East Coast shellfish fresk

Some 'cooking' is likely more than one even needs for perfect Dungeness, the boil-in-bag meal of crustaceans. While big salted water boils, melt butter for dipping. Done. Dollar-Store pliers work. Cold, it's good with mayo.

Zaccagni's reboot

We went to 2330 2nd last night, and 'Zaccagni's' is now 'Vittles http://seattle.eater.com/archives/201.... When the chef/owner Darlene asked my wife "how's the Poutine" (topped with Darlene's silky braised brisket), my love backhanded "The best we've ever eaten, though every culture makes their own culinary mistakes, and this is Canada's". Melded vegetables over polenta were satisfying and lovely, as were simple sauteed prawns and cocktails. Exploration continues and we look forward to savory surprises from this collaboration with the owner of the excellent Indian Saffron Spice booth across the aisle from Zaccagni's by the Pike Place News stand.

Hazelnuts

Fare Start: http://www.farestart.org/ is a local non-profit that runs the Fare Start restaurant to raise funds to support food-service training programs administered directly to homeless people contacted through local social-service agencies. Every Thursday, they serve a full restaurant of 200 guests a $30 three-course meal. Chefs line up to contribute their gifts to this excellent cause and the results of these contributions are working all around town all day long, every day. It's a good program and they'd most likely be able to present some local chefs with the opportunity to have a blast working with a really bountiful supply of hazelnuts. I'd definitely go that night and take friends. I can see Brad, of Brad's Swingside Cafe making a lovely hazelnut pesto for 200 with those.

Aug 31, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Zaccagni's reboot

Imagine my distress when I passed Zaccagni's counter across from the Pike Place News stand to find them under remodel for a fish taco stand. I hold no grudge against fish taco, and love the one from Fish Basket, but the loss of Zaccagni's left me gasping. When I got home, I googled their phone number and Darlene answered. Wow - dodged a bullet. They've got a Belltown spot now, at 2330 2nd Ave with HH 4-7, 10-close and if I hurry I can get there today...

Best deli for Western European meats / cheeses?

Big John's PFI:1001 6th Ave S - mediterranean/Italian goods and with expertise stashed among the deli cases. Spanish Table:1426 Western Ave. 'Nuff said. Armendino's Salumi:309 3rd Av S cures Italian salumi - the guanciali is the finest fat ever to hit a hot pan. Though mostly Polish and eastern, George's deli 907 Madison is worth a stop for a fresh-grilled Corned beef sandwich and some very mom soups. Then talk meats. Up at the Market, Uli's does sausage every way including hot off the grill with good fresh fries.

Aug 28, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Looking for decent Chef knife & Paring knife

Yes, knives are subjective. Find clues to the subject in how your hand, arm, and eye work with the particular handle, blade, and balance of each knife. My arm loves my $30 Forschner/Victorinox and it leaps into my grip perfectly, but I can barely hold my wife's $200 Shun without keeling and yawing out of control. For safety and performance, keep knives clean, dry, sharp, and steeled.

Aug 24, 2014
mrnelso in Cookware

Chik-fil-A

Whole busloads of protesters will dig that

Aug 21, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Friends Relocating to Seattle: Best restaurant to send them to?

Ponti Seafood (mostly cooked, I believe) Grill has veranda seats overlooking the canal by the Fremont bridge near Fishermen's Terminal and the Locks. It's fun when the bridge goes up, the grill is on fire and all of it is fabulous and one of the Seattlest places I can think of. Get introduced with a Happy Hour Caeser.

Aug 15, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Celebrating an 80th birthday, restaurant recs?

Westward?

Aug 13, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

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

Thank you, Laurella, I did not know that and surely appreciate the tip. Time for a summertime ferry-ride to Jessie Tamayo's new place, Tamayo's in Oak Harbor. How fine is this? Oh yes.

Aug 13, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Bakery near Safeco?

I don't know if Borrachini's frosting is legal any more, but classic is true enough...

Aug 13, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Chik-fil-A

Oh, and so propitiously proximate to NSCC and several campuses full of hungry or pissed-off students. Yumm.

Aug 12, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

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

And out of nowhere comes Saffron Deli. Who knew?

Aug 12, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Doing the touristy thing - Walk about, lunch at Pike Place Market and more........!

Mutual Fish and Uwajimaya are worth a look and fish markets come and go frequently in the blocks around 12th & Jackson.

Aug 05, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Measuring practical heat conductivity - Cast iron, aluminum, copper

My 5 quart cast-iron surprised me when I preheated it 15 minutes or more on a gas cook-top and pointed my infrared thermometer at a whole lot of random points at a whole lot of random distances. I got readings from 450 (or even less) to 700 (or even more).

Aug 02, 2014
mrnelso in Cookware

Big John's PFI - Seattle

Thank you Stanley. It's a pleasure you call forth imagination of Garlic gulch and the characters of its day. Oberto, Merlino, Borrachini, Italo, Delaurenti... carried the standard of Italy in these parts, with Big John Croce, Armandino (and son, Mario and daughter Gina) Batali, and more. Their contributions live on. Pete Delaurenti(and Mimi) introduced white-bread locals to the culinary delights of the Meditteranean, one tasty slice at a time. We went grocery shopping at the low stalls and Pete's every week and he'd hand slices of hot coppa, sopprasata to delighted families. They made us all richer and I remain grateful and appreciative of the contributions immigrants continue to make to culinary culture as new populations enrich us all. In the day it was Dutch, German, Italian, then Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Lao, Somali, Ethiopian, Mexican, Salvadoran... and the beat goes on. Light-rail summons such possibility of chow.

Munchery

I am taking this a a sign their excellent attention is unavailable for marketing because it is on the chow and looking forward to their advent.

Aug 02, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Munchery

Hilariously, moments after I posted of their promise to email me when they begin service in Fremont/Ballard, I got a splashy email "Welcome to Munchery" that just pitched me down a rabbit hole of random marketing about things that don't work yet.

Aug 02, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Funky Seattle Institutions?

"Old Famous" suggests Tai Tung.

Aug 01, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Munchery

Their message said "not yet, not yet, not yet..." and I am drooling. Their site suggests they are at 12th and Jackson, that they do not yet serve Fremont/Ballard but they'll email me when they do.

Aug 01, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

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.

Jul 28, 2014
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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