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Monkey Bread - Do you have a favourite recipe?

Leslie Mackie has a recipe in her Macrina cookbook. I have not tried the recipe but her monkey bread is delicious and everything else I have tried in the cookbook has turned out wonderfully - I highly recommend it.
If you are not familiar, Macrina is a great Seattle bakery known for their breads, muffins and scones. Definitely worth a visit!

Mar 27, 2009
winemd in Home Cooking

Magret duck breast in Seattle?

I can't find any either! Very frustrating in this large city. You can order wholesale from Nicky USA, I think. We always bring a cooler with us when we visit Portland and hit the NW Market last to pick some up fresh and bring home to Seattle.

Dec 31, 2008
winemd in Pacific Northwest

Seattle Area Bakeries

Pain au chocolat and ginger biscuits at Besalu!

Oct 01, 2008
winemd in Pacific Northwest

First date advice; need help

It sounds like food is not the main concern here, and the Seattle waterfront is taking the atmosphere in its own hands. I suggest just enjoying yourselves and let the evening take you where it may. Hopefully you can use everyone's generous advice on your second date (you'll definitely want to save some pennies for all these suggestions - I think you are looking at more like $200 for the evening in most of these places if you are having drinks and dessert. BTW, Via Tribunali has really good pizza on Capitol Hill and you could spend a lot less money, plus, it's fun!

Sep 20, 2008
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Italian on Capitol Hill

OMG Spinasse was awesome!! We went spur of the moment on Friday and called ahead, but they were booked (the bar is open to first come, first served - about 8 seats). We only had to wait about 20 minutes. Yes, it is pricey but the food quality, service, wine list and atmosphere were all spot on. The wine list is all Italian - with great selections from Piedmont, by the glass, half liter or bottle for a lot of the choices. Service was casual and friendly, but efficient without a drop of pretension. The room reminded us a lot of one of our favorite Portland joints, Le Pigeon. Great small touches around the room and nice mood lighting.
OK, the food:
First they brought out an amuse bouche of crostini with ricotta and mint, and another of rabbit liver. These boded well for the meal to come. We started with the Marinated Beet and Farro Salad which was divine (and healthy, too!) and the Chicory with roasted rabbit loin, parmesan and balsamic vinegar - also a hit. Next, was pasta, what Justin Neidermeyer is known for, and they did not disappoint. Delicious delicate ravioli was filled with rapini and I think a bit of ricotta? bathed in sage butter with pinenuts. The tajarin was cooked to perfection served with a very satisfying meat ragu. For entree, my husband and I shared the lamb leg. Really good and accompanied by braised chickpea and peppers. We skipped dessert - they had a cheese and a poached peach with hazelnuts but I was craving chocolate so we hit the Q for Haagen Daaz instead. The server admitted they are still working on the dessert portion of the menu.
Overall, a fantastic experience and we can't wait to go back. I was completely satisfied even though I couldn't have any wine (I'm pregnant), because my taste buds were so happy! I hesitated writing a good review because I'm selfish and don't want it to be so hard to get into, but there is no avoiding that so go soon before the word is out to the masses!

Sep 07, 2008
winemd in Pacific Northwest

Best for Chowhounds: Washington or Oregon?

I live in Seattle and looove coming down to Portland 4 or 5 times a year and feel like I am only beginning to understand the breadth of offerings this "smaller" city has to offer. And as a Seattle native, I agree with the post the Portland has more culture per capita. That being said, Seattle is incredible and really starting to come into its own. We have Green Leaf, Salumi, of course the Pike Place, tons of farmers markets, Nishino, Manny's (awesome pale ale), Besalu, Estrella Creamery and tons of new great creatives hatching everywhere. It is more expensive and traffic here blows. I would be pretty happy ultimately living in either city.

Jul 24, 2008
winemd in Pacific Northwest

Eating our way around Seattle in about 2 days

I second the Boat Street for breakfast - and they have a patio. Definitely Matt's in the Market for dinner, or take a cab to Sitka & Spruce (they don't take resys, be forewarned). Skip Etta's (terrible service, ok food). I also recommend checking out the Vietnamese food scene here, but in addition to those already mentioned, Monsoon on Capitol Hill is really great too and a little more upscale with a great wine list. Purple in Woodinville is fine but not great at all, but your choices are very limited over there. I suggest eating the big breakfast in Seattle, going wine tasting in Woodinville, skipping a big lunch, and making an earlier reservation for that night at Cafe Juanita in Kirkland (but make it now to get in) for the best and most romantic dinner maybe in all of Seattle. It is only about 15 minutes from Chateau Ste Michelle. Chef Holly just won the Beard award and her take on Northern Italian in absolutely fantastic. You will need your appetite for that one. Also, while in Woodinville, make sure you check out the "warehouse" wineries. You will get a more personal experience with a chance to meet a lot of the actual winemakers. Not all are that great, but the best are Mark Ryan (not always open - his wines tend to sell out quickly, but give it a shot), Stevens Winery, Darby Winery, Page Cellars and Guardian to name a few. Januik is also worth checking out for one of the larger wineries. Have a great time!

Jul 24, 2008
winemd in Pacific Northwest

Best restaurant for dinner in Willamette Valley?

We won't be able to be in Portland that night, but will be the day after the wedding. Is Lucier really the most recommended? How about Sel Gris?

Jul 23, 2008
winemd in Pacific Northwest

Best restaurant for dinner in Willamette Valley?

My fiance are getting married there next week and would like to go to the most delicious and memorable meal the night before our rehearsal. We have been to Nick's and the Joel Palmer house before and both were pretty good, is there anything that will blow us away? We need a new favorite down here!

Jul 23, 2008
winemd in Pacific Northwest

Best restaurants/vineyards for first time Seattle visitor?

I would definitely recommend Sitka & Spruce - my favorite of the moment. They don't take reservations for smaller parties, so go when they open or just plan on heading across the street for a beer or two while waiting. Ditto for How to Cook a Wolf, which is great too, but the last two times I went the menu didn't have much in the way of game, poultry or beef - more just small plates and pastas. I am also a big fan of Monsoon for upscale, delicious Vietnamese. If you can make it to the eastside, check out Cafe Juanita (Holly just won the James Beard) for awesome, decadent Northern Italian. This is really only a twenty minute drive (with no traffic) from downtown, and perfect after an afternoon of visiting the Woodinville wineries. Make a reservation way in advance for weekends. Finally, I love the Boat Street Cafe, and visiting them for brunch on the weekends is a huge treat.
Some labels to look for for Washington's best wines that you can find on wine lists, but not widely available outside of the state, would be Cayuse, Mark Ryan, Buty, Betz, Delille, Stevens, any of the Longshadows projects, Quilceda Creek.

Jul 18, 2008
winemd in Pacific Northwest

The Strategic Wedding Registry

I understand wanting to buy the bride & groom a personalized gift. It is sweet and thoughtful and great if you know their tastes. But take it from me, getting married very shortly here, I have registered because these are things I really NEED and since people are gonna blow cash on me anyways, I would really love to have the All Clad pans, Le Creusets, etc. I have been dreaming of for years and could never afford. People who know me best know that is a truly personal gift, even if it is from a registry.

Jul 17, 2008
winemd in Features

Sayulita - Good Restaurants... WHERE?

We are going there in August for our honeymoon and are praying Sayulita Cafe is open! We love it. Our other favorite meal there is Tacos al Ivan - I could eat 8 in one sitting, and I am a medium sized girl! For woodward, I recommend looking for privately owned villas. You get a pretty good rate this hot time of year.

Jul 16, 2008
winemd in Mexico

NC chowcouple hits Seattle overnight

Yeah Nishino rocks. Don't bother looking for better sushi in Seattle unless you are on a budget.

Jul 16, 2008
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Beast, Fenouil or Clyde Common? Any others?

My fiance and I will be dining in Portland the day after we get married before we fly out to our honeymoon (we are from Seattle). This is the first meal as hus/wife after our reception and want it to be special, based on food and wine. NOT looking for the most romantic with OK food. We love the Pigeon and also Park Kitchen. Sel Gris was another recommended. What do you locals think is the new best??

Jul 16, 2008
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Breakfast in Seattle

Skip Tilth, Lola's OK, I looooved the Boat Street Cafe! I had been a fan of dinner there for awhile and finally made it to brunch. If it's sunny the patio is open and rose and bubbles flowing! Great menu selection, with everything from cornmeal cakes, lox, quiche omelettes. Everything we had was yummy.

Jul 16, 2008
winemd in Pacific Northwest

One Dinner: Tilth or Crush (Seattle)

I like both just fine, but I would rather go to Sitka & Spruce or the Boat Street Cafe any day (I think this is Seattle's most underrated restaurant, and brunch is excellent also).

Jul 10, 2008
winemd in Pacific Northwest

Molly Moon ice cream in Wallingford (SEA)

I love Molly Moons - thank her for a great ice cream joint in Seattle! Balsy considering the weather here. I'm really surprised by the critiques. The Salted Caramel is salty - by hey! isn't it supposed to be? Yes I have had Bertillion and this is a close second, but I was in Paris and doesn't everything taste better there? I think the textures are lovely and the flavors are not too sweet which I really love. The Maple Walnut may be my personal favorite, and the Scout Mint is really refreshing. Try the Honey Lavender also - delicious. Five bucks for a pint - get it before they figure out they could charge a lot more!

Jun 27, 2008
winemd in Pacific Northwest

Anyone been to the Corson Building yet?

I love Sitka & Spruce and was thinking about getting a res at the Corson Building? Any reviews?

Jun 24, 2008
winemd in Pacific Northwest