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Friends visiting Seattle, where do I take them?

I think we'll do Szechuan Seven Star, Maneki, and Elliott's for happy hour oysters before the Mariners game. That seems like a good compromise. Damn, that's going to be a good weekend :)

Mar 28, 2009
dickli in Greater Seattle

Friends visiting Seattle, where do I take them?

Ahh Chinese is a good idea actually. yeah I think Seven Stars Szechuan is going to be on the list. What about Japanese? I was debating between Shiro and Maneki.

I wasn't terribly impressed by Chinook when I ate there recently, never tried Rays though. The online menu looks good, albeit a bit pricey. I've never understood why American seafood restaurants charge so much and Chinese ones charge so little.

Mar 27, 2009
dickli in Greater Seattle

Friends visiting Seattle, where do I take them?

Couple of college buddies visiting me for 3 nights, trying to figure out where to take them. Thursday night, Friday during the day (Mariners game at night), and Saturday. They're from Boston and Chicago so they're not exactly starved for good food. I was thinking something Seattley without being too kitschy. Maybe Japanese (Maneki?) and/or general American seafood? Any thoughts?

Mar 26, 2009
dickli in Greater Seattle

Looking for translations of Chinese sauces (from English)

Hi, new here so go easy. I've been reading the boards and I think there's some people out there who can help me.

I'm a 1.5 generation Chinese-American (chic term for those born in China but having grown up in the U.S.). As a kid my parents obviously made Chinese food for me and I became familiar with many Chinese ingredients but only by their Chinese names. Unfortunately, similar to many people like me, my ability to read and write Chinese has deteriorated as I've become older, though I can still speak it.

Now, I'm encountering an amusing problem. When I go shopping for Chinese ingredients, I see their names in English and I don't recognize them because I only know them in Chinese. Moreover, if they're also labeled in Chinese I often have difficulty reading them. Sometimes I can identify what it is by sight but sometimes I can't. Is there anyone who can help me identify what exactly these sauces are? If you could use pinyin to spell out what's in these bottles and jars I'd really appreciate it.

1) Duck sauce
2) Plum sauce
3) Hoisin sauce
4) Chinese BBQ sauce
5) Broad bean sauce/paste

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks a lot!

May 03, 2008
dickli in General Topics