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47 Kitchen and Food Hacks That Will Change Your Life

We crumple up plastic wrap and fill the top of the ice cream container. It keeps the air at a minimum and you don't have to do all that cutting down the container.

May 17, 2015
ljohaines in Features

Good Fish Tacos in Ventura/Oxnard CA area?

I really appreciate this reply, thanks!

Jan 11, 2015
ljohaines in Los Angeles Area

Good Fish Tacos in Ventura/Oxnard CA area?

Any place in Ventura? thanks.

Jan 08, 2015
ljohaines in Los Angeles Area

Good Fish Tacos in Ventura/Oxnard CA area?

Thank you! I shall try them and let you know what the outcome was.

Good Fish Tacos in Ventura/Oxnard CA area?

Hello all you wonderful chowhounds who tell us newcomers where to eat well. We went to a place called Spencers Fish Tacos in Ventura and let me tell you the "Giant Fish Taco" was a real bust! It was flat, tasteless, full of cabbage with about 2 tablespoons of fish in a regular sized flour tortilla and cost $6! We are looking for someplace where we can get a fresh delicious fish taco in this area. Any help is very appreciated, thanks.

Jan 03, 2015
ljohaines in Los Angeles Area

Best Restaurants on Kitsap Penninsula

Hi there,
You might look at "what's good in kitsap" on chowhound

at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/452478

May 26, 2013
ljohaines in Pacific Northwest

Langley

I am a new resident of this lovely seaside village and being a foodie have been exploring the culinary offerings here. One of my favorites is the tiny PS Suisse Bakery that not only serves up gourmet fare for lunch, ie, sauerbraten, but fresh breads, to-die-for pastries and the best chocolate confections this side of the Alps.
The owner Peter is a chef extraordinaire; his plates are a delight to behold and flavors divine. If you get the chance to visit this hard to find gem, you will not be disappointed.

Mar 28, 2013
ljohaines in Pacific Northwest

Tasty Gem in Port Townsend

I and a friend recently lunched at the Fountain Cafe in Port Townsend on a Tuesday afternoon (First choice was Sweet Lorette's which was closed that day.) Lucky for us!
The Fountain cafe is run by Carrianne Wilson, a delightful woman who has created a cozy place to enjoy on a winter afternoon. The food was thoughtfully prepared and presented. Everything was fresh and flavorful and satisfying. We had clam chowder that was delicious and a composed curried chicken salad on fresh greens, with cut veggies artfully arranged on the plate; the bread was freshly made and the whole experience was lovely.
I highly recommend you you try out this establishment.

Nov 23, 2012
ljohaines in Pacific Northwest

What's good in Kitsap?

Heads Up Kids! The new name of the restaurant at the hotel is Inlet Grille. I just spent an hour at their opening, and tasted the Brie & Mushroom Burger...The Best! Now listen up...the lounge is very nice and has its own snack/bar menu. What is so exciting is that they also have a fine dining area that will be great not only for anniversaries and birthdays, but Date Night. The menu and ambiance is upscale, the service is friendly and you will love the menu: Appetizers that include Dungeness Crab and Artichoke Dip, and Spicy Honey Wings; Soups/Salads: Smoked Salmon Bisque and down-right old fashioned/new age Iceberg Wedge BLT; Entrees: Choice Beef including Filet, Tenderloin or New York with choice of toppings or Proscuitto and Red Pepper Penne. These dishes are just a portion of what is offered. And you know from Hop Jack's that everything is fresh and prepared perfectly. Oh yes, as I mentioned before, the delicious breakfasts that you have been enjoying at Hop Jacks has moved to the hotel. So come on down Kitsap and check out our new "Hot Spot" You won't be sorry!

Nov 03, 2012
ljohaines in Pacific Northwest

What's NEW in Kitsap?

They also have a great Bloody Mary and Lemondrop martini. IMO.

Oct 28, 2012
ljohaines in Pacific Northwest

What's NEW in Kitsap?

Update regarding Hop Jacks - The owners are now the new managers at the restaurant/lounge at the 'old' Silverdale Beach Hotel. Not yet sure of the new name, but the restaurant plans to be open by Nov. 1st, with all new menu. Weekend Breakfast that used to be at Hop Jacks will be moved to the hotel instead. Some of your favorite people from Hop Jacks will be working at both places. Looking forward to trying our our latest offering in Silverdale. Hope you will all come out to check it out and give our local guys a lot of support.

Oct 28, 2012
ljohaines in Pacific Northwest

What's NEW in Kitsap?

Oh, so sad about your experience at HopJacks Jimisi.
Haven't tried Arena - will you report on it when/if you go?
Had an excellent lunch Saturday in Port Orchard at the Bay Street Bistro.
Long Island Clam Chowder; light broth laced with wine and garnished with a delicious fresh baby clam-Grilled romaine half with seasoned vinegarette and large shaves of parm-pork sliders; thin slices of roasted pork loin on homemade multigrain bun, topped with carmelized sweet onions and chipotely mayo. The cafe is cozy and friendly service. Would recommend the Sat. farmers market lunch to anyone who doesn't mind hunting for a parking spot that day of the week!

Jun 11, 2012
ljohaines in Pacific Northwest

What's NEW in Kitsap?

Thanks for the Sabaidee reco. Will bring more friends to it. Quite good and off street parking.
Went last week to the Tea House in Port Gamble which turns into a Bistro By Night.
They presented a 3 course meal for $38. Great value. The chef did retro gourmet fare:
Dungeness crab salad with avocado and grapefruit along with homemade bread; coffee roasted rack of lamb (popsicles) on a bed of roasted spring veggies; flourless chocolate cake with fresh raspberries, raspberry sauce and fresh whipped cream. Love these little finds!

May 21, 2012
ljohaines in Pacific Northwest

What's NEW in Kitsap?

We went this week and really enjoyed the food and the service. Parking was small/tight but off street and free so not really a complaint there. Enjoyed the boneless stuffed chicken wings (server said that grandpa was in the back deboning as we spoke). The heat level on the curries were a bit warmer than normal. We all thought our dishes were delicious but a tad too hot for the star level we asked for. Note to self-ask for one star less than normal. Ambiance was also better than we expected. I would recommend it to anyone who likes Pho, Thai and Lao food. Thanks for letting us know about it slabbit!

Apr 20, 2012
ljohaines in Pacific Northwest

What's NEW in Kitsap?

We went to Anthonys in Bremerton, even though it was crowded, service was good and menu was as always, no "Easter" specials which appealed to us. May not be your destination spot, but consistantly fresh and the view was/is the best part.
Thanks

Apr 16, 2012
ljohaines in Pacific Northwest

What's NEW in Kitsap?

Thanks for the recommendations! Would never had though of Agate Pass, will certainly put it on our list.

Mar 29, 2012
ljohaines in Pacific Northwest

Where Do You Eat in Gig Harbor?

Brix 25 on Pioneer is a suggestion. They have a website I'm sure you could 'google' it.
Let us know what you think if you go.
Thanks.

Mar 24, 2012
ljohaines in Greater Seattle

Am I in the "Greater Seattle" area or PNW?

That is a great question! I've been wondering the same thing. It seems they are either/or.
mMaybe just trying to split so each won't be so large?

Mar 24, 2012
ljohaines in Site Talk

What's NEW in Kitsap?

Do you have any recommendations for Easter dining out? Most of the things I've seen are overpriced brunches. We prepare it at home mostly, but a few of us were looking to go out.

Mar 24, 2012
ljohaines in Pacific Northwest

What's NEW in Kitsap?

Can you tell us where Sabaidee is located? Thanks.

Mar 20, 2012
ljohaines in Pacific Northwest

What's NEW in Kitsap?

Thanks for the update on BB&G, haven't been in awhile. Glad they are still doing well, it is a great place to dine outdoors in Summer.
Back to Hop Jack's - I think their food is consistantly good, the french dip made with prime rib and real au ju was delicious. I hope you give this place a try. It's my new fav place in Kitsap. I don't think it is just 'another sports bar and grill'....but if that's not your thing.
Please do let us know that places here that you DO like, we all love sharing ideas of good places.

Mar 18, 2012
ljohaines in Pacific Northwest

What's NEW in Kitsap?

Oh, well I am a Nevada transplant so that probably explains it. In the hot desert, we loved our cold beer, ha! Anyway I have been in the gorgeous NW now about 12 years and do enjoy some of the micro brews, but still not a fan of the warmer stuff.
Thanks for your advice. And I do hope you give Hop Jacks a chance, the food isnt gourmet but is well prepared and I will be happy to have them around for awhile.

Mar 14, 2012
ljohaines in Pacific Northwest

What's NEW in Kitsap?

I, for one love ice cold beer! Sorry you are having a bad day....thought this was a fun thing.
Was just trying to give out some good advice. Have you not tried the place yet? Or if you have, what is your feedback on it.

Mar 13, 2012
ljohaines in Pacific Northwest

What's NEW in Kitsap?

PS-their happy hour starts at 2 pm and the beer on tap is the coldest in town!

Mar 12, 2012
ljohaines in Pacific Northwest

What's NEW in Kitsap?

We new have a new place which is noteworthy; Hop Jack's in Silverdale on Bucklin Hill Road where the old Sandpiper used to be. This is a brand new building with view of Dye's Inlet and lots of windows so that even in winter, you get lots of light. The food is great and the staff is friendly and very efficient. It has been crowded since it first opened about a month ago, so parking has been a challenge, but there is a very large empty parking lot across the street if you don't mind waiting for traffic to stop to cross over.
I've had their prime rib french dip, hamburger, wings, bbq chicken quesadilla and "Kyles Damn Good Sandwich". All have been prepared with care and presented well, plus the quantities are not skimpy. Have not tried their signature martinis yet, but they are presented in a two-piece glass that has been frozen so you get an ice cold drink to the very last sip. I recommend Hop Jacks to anyone who loves a great bar and grill.

Mar 05, 2012
ljohaines in Pacific Northwest

What's good in Kitsap?

Had to take my car in for maintenance over on Auto Center in Bremerton about noon today.
Asked where nearest coffee shop/cafe was, and told that there was one up at West Hills Auto Center. Started walking up that way and low and behold, ran into an outside hot dog tent called Hot Stuff, right in front of Minder Meats. They offer a BBQ 1/4 pounder, Spicy Cajun sausage or Polish Dog with over 15 condiments. My lunch cost $6 and included chips and a drink. Pretty good value and the proprietors were friendly and business is fairly new. I hope you all get a chance to give them some business.

Jul 12, 2011
ljohaines in Pacific Northwest

What's good in Kitsap?

The new coffee shop in Silverdale ( Forza) is a nice addition. It mimic's the Global Bean a bit, but still not your average coffee shop. Nice selection, plus pannini's for lunch and wine and beer after 5 p.m.
Also, for those of you who used to love the Breezy Hill Bistro's dinners...they are back open once a month, the 3rd Friday with special meals at $50 a person. Well worth it!

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Forza
5275 Olympic Dr NW Ste 101, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Breezy Hill Bistro
3611 NW Bucklin Hill Rd, Silverdale, WA 98383

Nov 06, 2010
ljohaines in Pacific Northwest

What's good in Kitsap?

I'm sorry no one has answered you on this. I don't live in GH so not sure what's still open or not. We did like Brix 25 (I think it is called) and the Green Turtle (?) when we used to dine there. Let us all know what you have found.

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Green Turtle
2905 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Brix 25
7707 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Jul 12, 2010
ljohaines in Pacific Northwest

What's good in Kitsap?

The new Hales Brewery in Silverdale is our new favorite. The decor is relaxed and not overdone. The outside patio has umbrellas and plants, the inside patio the same, and the lounge is very cozy including couches and a fireplace. The restaurant has comfy booths. Food is good and the selection of beers is decent. My server "Jason" was a very sweet and friendly person and had his act together. I didn't have to wait long for my order, though the place was fairly busy. I tried a trio of samples: the Roslyn (a guest brew) was smooth, but would have been better had it been served colder. Hales Kolslch German Ale was a light lager with just a hint of hops, and the favorite was their El Jefe Weizen; a Bavarian style lager that was quite filling and satisfying. Hope you all get over to check them out. I think they are a great addition to Kitsap.

Jul 12, 2010
ljohaines in Pacific Northwest

What's good in Kitsap?

So sorry to report that the Patio is closing...Just when we get a good one in Bremerton, we can't/won't support them.
Very sad.

Jul 10, 2010
ljohaines in Pacific Northwest