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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.

about 4 hours ago
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
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