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Copper River Salmon

So I thought this is a board relating to the Seattle area, not Northwest which would include Tacoma. Thus I am only writing with the Seattle in mind.

Jun 09, 2010
tedfood in Greater Seattle

Copper River Salmon

I was there yesterday and no CR

Jun 08, 2010
tedfood in Greater Seattle

Copper River Salmon

Don't know where all these $8.99 and 6.99 prices come from but Costco does not have CR for that price, only farm raised. QFC's CR are previously frozen and very limited availability may be six or seven fish at a time per the seafood guy and at $9.99

Jun 08, 2010
tedfood in Greater Seattle

JUSTIN NIEDERMEYER?

Yes Justin is at the Willows. Spinasse is a disappointment, the pasta is a pale shadow of what Justin was capable of creating. Overly sauced and not at all the Piedmontese cooking that was the original concept. They should have renamed the restaurant.

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Spinasse
Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

Jun 07, 2010
tedfood in Greater Seattle

Vancouver, BC / Seattle "Can't Miss" Restaurants?

Here are some options that are for restaurants that feature robust, direct and honest cooking and without too much pretensions: After trying others with all the hype I find that these are the most satisfying.
Seattle - Sitka & Spruce, Lark, How to Cook a Wolf, Pho So 1 (for great pho), Fresh Flours (for great coffee and pastry)

Vancouver - Refuel, Campagnolo, Mis Trucos (excellent Tapas), Salt, West (high end great cooking)

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Sitka & Spruce
2238 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Jun 07, 2010
tedfood in Greater Seattle

Asian herb plants

Here is an update on the topic. I have been asking the shopkeepers in the ID about where to get live herb plants and no luck at all. They all say that you have to go to the San Jose area or Orange County to buy them and bring them back.
So I am back to rooting cuttings and planting them.

Jun 06, 2010
tedfood in Greater Seattle

visiting seattle

Earth & Ocean at the W is excellent and sophisticated. Lark on 12h in Capitol Hill has amazing food for sharing and a great wine list as well.
SItka & Spruce just opened on Melrose (Capitol Hill) serving robustly cooked food featuring many foraged ingredients.
IMO Flying Fish is overrated and the cooking is pedestrian.

May 30, 2010
tedfood in Greater Seattle

are ramps (wild leeks) around yet?

I was at Frank's this morning in Pike's Market and they have ramps. A bit old with some yellowing leaves at $2.99 per bunch of 5 or 6 bulbs. Pricey.

May 28, 2010
tedfood in Greater Seattle

are ramps (wild leeks) around yet?

I did get some at Uwa and at the Roosevelt Whole Foods the past two weeks. I think the season may be over since some of the ramps were starting to produce flower buds.
You should call and check before heading in.

May 27, 2010
tedfood in Greater Seattle

Asian herb plants

mrnelso - As I mentioned I have grown the herbs from seeds before. The real challenge is to find the authentic seeds or seedlings for fuller flavor. For example the cilantro found at your typical western markets does not have the same intensity of aroma and flavor as when from the asian markets.
I have taken cuttings from rau ram, bought in the ID, and was successful in propagation so that I even gave some plants to one of the farmers at the U-District Farmer's Market.
Growing shiso from seeds is problematic since they are only reliable for six months from harvesting, even the seeds from Johnny's or Seeds of Change, again less flavorful.
The short duration of hot weather is not really a problem since most of the herbs prefer cooler temperature to slow down the bolting process anyway.

May 27, 2010
tedfood in Greater Seattle

Places that are a must in Vancouver

As far as I know Fuel closed 2009 and reopened as Refuel-more casual offerings and the food is still phenomenal especially the 31? days aged beef for two.
The other outpost by the train station is Campagnolo
My personal favorite is Mis Trucos-tapas in a very casual-living like space. A wonderful homage to Spain via Vancouver.

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Campagnolo
1020 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A, CA

May 25, 2010
tedfood in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Asian herb plants

clearskies0810 - I am looking for live plants, not cut herbs. VIet Wah, An Dong, Uwa have cut ones. I shop there every other week or so and to my recollection no live plants.
Cocktailhour - Thanks for the tip on City People.

May 22, 2010
tedfood in Greater Seattle

Asian herb plants

Does anyone know where I can buy Asian/Vietnamese herb plants like: VIetnamese coriander, Thai basil, ngo gai (a type of VIetnamese cilantro), purple shiso.
I have found shiso and Thai basil at farmers market but the smells and tastes are not as stong as the real asian herbs.
I have grown them from seeds but have been disappointed.
Many thanks,

May 22, 2010
tedfood in Greater Seattle

Woodinville - wine tasting & lunch

Here they are: Betz-outstanding wines from a greta winemaker Bob Betz; Mark Ryan-again robust, complex reds and some whites as well; Matthews; Januik; Baer; Ross Andrew; Bookwalter.

There are a couple of wineries from Walla Walla/Tri-City that have opened tasting rooms in Woodinville also: Isenhower Cellars-WW
Gordon Brothers-Tri-City very affordable and delicious wines in the $25 range.
The others are a bit pricey $30 or more. For me, I love reds, most of these wines are excellent and have aged very well.
As for Dellile Cellars it's a great winery but hard to get into, by reservation only if you know the owners/winemaker etc since they produced a limited amount of wines. They are opened twice a year for their mailing list customer.
I would recommend calling the wineries before visiting. Have fun.

May 21, 2010
tedfood in Greater Seattle

Woodinville - wine tasting & lunch

Spicygal - Not sure what you mean by French or Italian varietal. As far as I know most wines are made with the same varietals all over the world such as Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc, Sangiovese, Malbec, Chardonay, Viognier etc...
Can you be more specific?
There are quite a few excellent wineries in Woodinville that I can recommend. Keep in mind that we are in the "New World" and the concept of "terroir" is also applicable with many of the wineries in the States. Also the "Old World" wineries are moving towards a more "New World" style. That's not saying one style is better than the other.

May 18, 2010
tedfood in Greater Seattle

Greek Grocery in Seattle?

I stopped by Olive You today and they have not reopened yet. A little bit of history-last year there was an arson incident and the shop was damaged by fire thus the closing and remodel. Sorry about the earlier post. Check their website for reopening date

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Olive You
8516 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

May 18, 2010
tedfood in Greater Seattle

Key limes in Seattle or Tacoma?

Uwajimaya.

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Uwajimaya
600 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA

May 16, 2010
tedfood in Greater Seattle

Greek Grocery in Seattle?

Olive You on Greenwood.

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Olive You
8516 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

May 16, 2010
tedfood in Greater Seattle

Alphonso Mangoes

Went to Whole Foods at Roosevelt this afternoon and no Alphonso mangoes only the "champagne" ones. I don't think they know about Indian mangoes. I have not seen them here in Seattle, only in NY for a short period of time and $$$. Very delicious!

May 16, 2010
tedfood in Greater Seattle

Help with narrowing down choices for upcoming Seattle sojourn

Try Fresh Flours on Ballard Ave for excellent croissants and and sandwiches. Their sweet things are much less sugary than Besalu and they serve Stumptown coffee which I think is the best in town.

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Stumptown
1115 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

May 06, 2010
tedfood in Greater Seattle

Cochon 555

I went last year and had a lot of fun. With that being said it really is a"go go once and done" type of event IMO. There is an incredible amount of pig parts all around so be prepared for it. Not much veggies. Some very good cheeses from importers. Excellent wines.
VIP is not worth the cost since you are going to pig out anyway, if you will pardon the pun. But if you want to know all there is to know etc.. go for it.
As you may know-5 pigs (different breeds), five chefs. Make sure you stop at the table to taste the 5 different roast pork all prepared the same and taste the differences.
Have fun.

May 06, 2010
tedfood in Greater Seattle

Authentic Thai food in Metro area

Thank you to all the responses from Chowhounders.
We went to Ruan Thai and Crystal Thai and had wonderful meals at both. Great recommendations.

Authentic Vietnamese food?

Being Vietnamese I find most VN restaurants around the country Westernized just as in Seattle. Too much added sugar and incorrect fresh herbs to accompany specific dishes.
With that said, Viet Huong and Lemongrass are as close as you come to authentic VN food. Even though they also add too much sugar to some dipping sauces so you have to doctor them.
I went to Tamarind Tree twice and found it totally westernized.
Pho So1 in the same shopping center at 12th & Jackson was excellent when the mom was in the kitchen. It is not as good after the kids took over with additional menus items but is adequate for pho. Keeps me from having to make my own which required about 6 hours of cooking and skimming to get a clarity and depth to the broth.

Apr 28, 2010
tedfood in Greater Seattle

Blueacre Seafood

Yes, there are wonderful seafood dishes at restaurants around Seattle like the yellowtail,mackerel and sardines in season at Lark.
Skate wings, tuna at Union.
For incredible scallops - How to cook a Wolf
Salmon, dungeness crab cakes and halibut at Springhill to name a few.

Apr 28, 2010
tedfood in Greater Seattle

Blueacre Seafood

With the access we have for premium ingredients from the surrounding water Seattle deserves a better seafood restaurant.
We looked forward to eating at Blueacre after reading the menu of the great ingredients. What a disappointment! The host was cold and unwelcoming when we came in for our 7:30 reservation and it went down hill from there.
Our waiter butchered the foil on the wine bottle and proceeded to wipe the sediment from the rim with her bare fingers. Totally un-hygenic and uncouth to say the least but we figured Ok the alcohol will kill any germs.
The razor clams came smothered in batter so that we can't tell if we are eating deep fried rubbery something or other.
Next came the calamari, again heavily battered with sauteed vegetables. Taste exactly like "Deep fried squid with vegetables" at a chinese restaurant in the I.D.
The "Lump blue crab cake" followed which was overly salted and metallic tasting, a sure indication of old canned crab meat.
Last came the "Alaskan scallops" tasting of old grease on the griddle.
The potential of a great seafood restaurant in Seattle has been wasted.
Unfortunately Blueacre is just diner food dressed up in fancy clothing.

We have eaten at restaurants all over the US, Europe and Asia and must say this is the worst meal in a high end restaurant that we have ever had!

Needless to say we will not go back.

Apr 28, 2010
tedfood in Greater Seattle

interesting/unconventional/delicious

I would highly recommend The Corson Building for eating at communal tables. They support local farmers and foragers and provide an uncommon dining experience.
IMO Elemental has quite an attitude regarding food and wines. Who needs it? It only food and the food is hardly cutting edge or great.

Lark is excellent and a very relaxing place to dine.
Springhill in West Seattle is very good however a bit noisy so may not fit your bill.
Harvest Vine for great tapas and Spanish food. The only caveat is that there is a change in ownership and the chef/inspiration J. Jiminez is not longer involved.

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Harvest Vine
2701 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

Apr 28, 2010
tedfood in Greater Seattle

Authentic Thai food in Metro area

Chowhounders,

We will be heading back to DC for a couple days next week and need your help to find authentic Thai food in the DC area. We left DC 10 tears ago and remembered the great Thai food there which we can't find in the Northwest.

Our mouth watered at the thought of the hot, spicy and sour taste of Yum Talay and the like.

Thanks,

Mangosteens!

Take a sharp knife and cut a circle around the fruit (with the stem at the top), really circumnavigating around the fruit. Then peel/pry the top half off. Try not to use your finger nails since they will stain badly. The fruit should taste soemwaht custardly with a hint of tartness, if it's really tart that means it's not ripe yet. The inside should look milky, transluscent means it has gone over the top in ripeness and you may want to avoid.

May 14, 2008
tedfood in Pacific Northwest

Espresso- no Starbucks swill

While Peet's is not from Seattle I really like their beans and latte. The other coffee recommendations are good as well. Besalou in Ballard has great coffee and the croissant is delicious due to the butter content.

May 07, 2008
tedfood in Pacific Northwest

Joule or Monsoon?

Since you are from SF you will be disappointed in Monsoon-pseudo Vietnamese food for non-VIetnamese. Bong Su and Slanted Door in SF are much better.
I would opt for Joule-creative cooking with interesting and delicious Korean touches.

May 05, 2008
tedfood in Pacific Northwest