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What is up with all the lousy coffee?

OK, yes, PNW has some of the greatest coffee roasters and purveyors in the world. And that said, I regularly get served cappuccinos that look like cafe au lait, the burnt foam off the top of the pitcher, overextracted bitter brew, shots with no crema, shots in 12oz paper cups or 8 oz cold ceramic ones.

The thing that puzzles me is why the crap places have lines and customers. This makes coffee the low hanging fruit of the restaurant world.

Feb 09, 2012
likbez in Pacific Northwest

Little Canadian Quail

I think they can also be roasted successfully. The usual strategy is to use a lot of fat to avoid drying them out, i.e. baste like crazy, wrap with bacon, butter under the skin.

A personal fav is tarragon butter under the skin, roasted, served on roasted veg.

Feb 09, 2012
likbez in Pacific Northwest

Portland Restuarants

Search, be specific, use the FAQ. There are far too many generic requests of this sort.

Oct 13, 2009
likbez in Metro Portland

Most Overrated Restaurant in Seattle

Tom -- your review is quite thoughtful, even though I have not had the dish. I wonder if some of the let down comes from accepting the marketing hype? The sources you list are all commercial and heavily influenced by savvy restaurateurs. Food and Wine and the James Beard Foundation give out awards based on membership dues, commercial prominence, and advertising potential. Small newspapers, such as the Seattle Weekly, are concerned with potential advertising. My editor at a similar large metro weekly would regularly assign reviews of establishments that he was trying to get to buy ads. The business has a role in creating and selling the hype.

Sep 17, 2009
likbez in Greater Seattle

Looking for high gluten flour

Any supermarket or healthfood store that carries typical brands like Bob's Red Mill or Arrowhead Mills will have it. If your local does not carry it, take the time to tell them and they will order.

Aug 31, 2009
likbez in Pacific Northwest