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Rain Shadow Meats - first experience not stellar

I've been to Rainshadow on multiple occasions and every time have come away underwhelmed, both with the product on offer in the meat cases and in their prepared foods. I feel like they bank a lot on the fact that they use only humanely raised meats, but don't really deliver on the end result. I also have found the service to be somewhat snotty and unaccomadating (was asking about some dry aging of steaks and specifically looking for a longer than normal dry age and was basically told to go away). Sadly I find that Seattle has a huge lack of high quality butchers compared to other places that i've lived (LA, SF etc).

Jul 07, 2014
Psiweaver in Greater Seattle

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2014

let them know and they will give you your money back (assuming you have the receipt still)

May 07, 2014
Psiweaver in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2014

They also make amazing quesadilla's as you cook them on one side flip them over, put the cheese in and then you get them nice and crispy (put on a bit of salt too!)

May 07, 2014
Psiweaver in Chains

Best Lasagna in Seattle?

I really like Ristorante Machiavelli's chicken liver lasagne (though you'd have to like those). Its super rich and unctuous, and at a very reasonable price (parking can be a pain though). I'm pretty sure they have normal lasagna, but i've never ordered that.

May 07, 2014
Psiweaver in Greater Seattle

NYC Hound's First Visit to Toronto -- Fine dining recommendations

Strongly suggest checking out the 1* Chinese place in Antwerp Lam and Yin. Really solidly executed food.

In de Wulf should be fantastic as well.

Ciel Bleu in Amsterdam is also very fun.

Din Tai Fung's quality

I find that the Bellevue location is inferior in quality to the LA location and far inferior to the international locations i've been to (China). The thing I like about DTF is the quality of the filling, skin and the sauce and that it is fairly consistent. I've had better in Shanghai (at some small hole in the wall places).

The Bellevue always seems to have the dumplings come out not quite hot/fresh enough, the skin tends to be a bit tough and they could up the seasoning a bit.

LA tends to be more consistent in this regard with a slightly higher quality level.

The Shanghai location I went to was another decent step above that.

Dec 17, 2013
Psiweaver in Greater Seattle

In the UAE, I'm dying for real corn beef & pastrami sandwiches and Gray's Papaya hot dogs!!!

Honestly my suggestion is that you make it at home. Its not terribly difficult to do.

Finding the rye bread is going to be much harder though.

Please help a sad girl find some Mexican food in Seattle

El Camion is the only place in Seattle that I've found to be close to what you are looking for. The spicy pork is very good as our the Chicken Mole tamales. I grew up in San Francisco area and then lived in Southern CA for 4.5 years so I know what you want but there really isn't much up here that has that. Rolled Tacos, Carne Asada Burritos, Al Pastor etc.

Jul 25, 2013
Psiweaver in Greater Seattle

Britt's Pickles

I really like Britt's pickles. I'm really hoping his black garlic kimchi gets approved by the WA state food board or whomever he's waiting for approval on.

Mar 07, 2013
Psiweaver in Greater Seattle

Seattle Knife Sharpening

Daniel really does the best job of anyone i've found in the greater Seattle area. That would be my suggestion.

Mar 07, 2013
Psiweaver in Greater Seattle

Chocolate in Brussels

If you are going to Antwerp you should definitely check out Chocolate Line IMO the best and most interesting Chocolates in Belgium.

Jan 24, 2013
Psiweaver in Europe

Amsterdam Food Near RAI and more

I'll be in Amsterdam next week for a convention at the RAI and i'm hoping to find some good places to eat near the RAI.

I'm also looking for general recommendations about some of the best places in general to eat in Amsterdam. Thai, Indonesian and whatever else Amsterdam does well. I'm not picky and will eat just about anything.

Jan 28, 2012
Psiweaver in Europe

Where to buy wild boar in San Francisco?

The butcher in the ferry building has wild boar shoulder which is assume what you are looking for if you are making sauce etc.

Self-centered sushi bar request.

Sushi Ran has really gone downhill over the last few years. They used to be great with both their cooked dishes and their sushi being very good, but both have declined greatly in quality and I wouldn't exactly say its moderate to moderately high price point, I've never gotten out of there for under $100 a person when actually ordering a decent meal and some basic sake.

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Sushi Ran
107 Caledonia St., Sausalito, CA 94965

Plugra for under (or not much over) $4 a pound?

I'd suggest checking out Smart and Final and possibly ordering it from them. They were selling the 1ld red wax paper wrapped blocks for something like $3 or $3.50 a ld for a long time. There was only a few Smart and Finals in Los Angeles area that carried it while many others did not. You might want to try calling around to see if certain stores up here have it.

Knife sharpening in Seattle?

I highly recommend Epicurean Edge as well not only for knife sharpening but for any of your knife needs. This is one if not the best knife shop i've ever been into. He has a huge selection and will do almost anything that you may ask about. I find his ability to help you select a knife is fantastic as well.

May 02, 2011
Psiweaver in Greater Seattle

Where, O Where is there a Chili Dog without Beans?

There is a place on Pico called Marty's thats the home of the Combo that makes the best Chili Dogs in Los Angeles. They use vienna beef dogs which are perfectly snappy.

Apr 23, 2011
Psiweaver in Greater Seattle

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2011 [old]

sadly that lambic is sweetened with a ton of extra sugar.

Apr 16, 2011
Psiweaver in Chains

Looking for a great, extensive tasting menu in seattle

Yes it probably is a cultural difference either way though doesn't help the high end dining scene. Too me though i look to somewhere like San Jose or even San Francisco to see where tech money likes to do there. They have much higher end places and many more of them. I'm not quite sure what the deal is but its certainly odd/interesting.

Mar 25, 2011
Psiweaver in Greater Seattle

Anyone in Seattle familiar with Original Joe's in San Jose, California?

there really isn't anything like that up here that i've found. I too like Machiavelli's atmosphere pricing and food quality, but its not the same as Joe's.

Mar 25, 2011
Psiweaver in Greater Seattle

Looking for a great, extensive tasting menu in seattle

Do they make mashed potatoes on the same level as Joel's? if so i'll have to go and order a bunch.

Mar 25, 2011
Psiweaver in Greater Seattle

Looking for a great, extensive tasting menu in seattle

While that is true. Having lived in LA for almost 4 years I can certainly say that a large portion of the high end dining scene is supported locally there whether it is steakhouse type places like Cut, Mastro's, etc or something like Spago, Urasawa, Providence Water Grill, etc

Certainly vegas has a huge tourist based economy, my point was more that for the size of city seattle is and the amount of money that is based here, M$FT, Amazon, Starbucks etc the high end dining scene is comparably weak. There are a couple places yes, but no where near the depth or variety that you'd find in some other major cities.

Mar 25, 2011
Psiweaver in Greater Seattle

Looking for a great, extensive tasting menu in seattle

Yeah there isn't going to be anything remotely approaching that level of dining. Seattle tends to be cheap and doesn't really value a high value dining experience like your referring too. I find Joel Roubochun stuffy but the L'Atelier is very very good for what it is. There isn't a high end dining scene really in Seattle. Its much more mid level to mid high, nothing truly on the high end world class level, at least that I've been to or in comparison with the cities I've lived in previously.

Most of this is due to the fact that the people in Seattle who have money don't tend to spend it on food in a public place. They might host private events at their houses but they aren't going out for elaborate dinners.

Mar 23, 2011
Psiweaver in Greater Seattle

So Since Thundering Hooves closed...

I find Bill the Butcher to be among the best local butchers other than the Swinery for certain things. I go to the Magnolia store and both of the guys there are very knowledgeable and helpful. They also work on sourcing the things that I want.

The other places i've been to are

A&J Meats on Queen Anne which is just a total joke, very very overpriced the seafood place stinks and the meat is of a poor quality not to mention after about 10 requests for a few specific cuts etc that were repeatedly ignored.

Rainshadow Meats I found the beef here to be pretty good but the attitude and we are so superior message was just uneeded. In addition when I asked about certain cuts and sourcing certain game meats I was told that they didn't do that.

Swinery is great and has probably the best bacon in seattle.

The meat place down by de laurenti in pike's place pretty good but not really grass fed etc.

Overall the ability to request certain cuts of beef and game and actually have anyone deliver on it is terrible in Seattle. Its funny because in LA i have 5 places that I could go to easily and they would stock a lot of the stuff that I wanted. To me it doesnt' seem hard to have Venison Rack's, Wild Boar Shoulder, duck etc as a regular item.

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Queen Anne Cafe
2121 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

The Swinery
3207 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Mar 23, 2011
Psiweaver in Greater Seattle

Underground supper clubs

i have heard that there are some around Seattle and the east side. unfortunately i have been unable to get an invite or find out any more information other than that they happen. I'd love to find some as the private supper club thing is very cool and interesting and to me would seem to perfectly fit the Seattle environment.

Mar 23, 2011
Psiweaver in Greater Seattle

Salumi: yea or nay?

I think that Salumi is very good for what it is. It seems like a lot of you don't really like the vibe there, which is great because it means shorter lines for those of us who do. There really aren't very many places like Salumi in the United States. Yes it is a little cramped compared to having huge comfy chairs but its a Sandwhich shop. Their Porchetta and Meatball are great. I like the Muffo as well. The gnocchi are great when they have those. The counter people other than being somewhat impatient from time to time are generally great and friendly and as long as you treat them with respect generally return it.

The salumi based sandwhiches are simple so that you can appreciate the cured meat rather than 35 other things piled onto them.

I have taken probably 30 people there in the 8 months I've lived in Seattle and everyone has loved it. Its probably one of the only things that I've encountered that Seattle does on anything close to a world class level.

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Salumi
309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Mar 23, 2011
Psiweaver in Greater Seattle

Local Seafood Seasons

really interested in this as well.

Feb 18, 2011
Psiweaver in Greater Seattle

Korean Fried Chicken

i'll be checking this place out.

Feb 17, 2011
Psiweaver in Greater Seattle

Where to take a friend for dinner at the market

That sounds really good. I'll have to lobby the guy I know who works there then.

Feb 16, 2011
Psiweaver in Greater Seattle

Your Favorite Dim Sum in China Town?

yeah i just flipped through their asian thing. I'm not sure how much to trust it as they listed samurai noodle as great ramen. its mediocre at best.

Feb 16, 2011
Psiweaver in Greater Seattle