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No kids allowed?

yes. the ban would not keep me from going to the restaurant. and in some ways, i may choose to go to this restaurant if i need some peace a quiet and not have all that racket.

Jul 30, 2015
ritabwh in Not About Food
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lynnwood to anacortes, where to stop for lunch?

i thought i'd share some more even if i feel like i'm talking to myself....heh.
i stopped by Skagit's Fish Market.
outstanding.
thank you for the recommendation. i had the crab sandwich. i plan to stopping by in the future and picking up some crab sandwiches to take home for dinner! the "cowboy caviar" was very tasty too.

Jul 27, 2015
ritabwh in Pacific Northwest

Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

i knew it! i knew something was wrong with the current cheese whiz. they also had a jalapeno cheese whiz about 30 year's ago. i guess it's been discontinued.

Jul 18, 2015
ritabwh in General Topics

slow cooker spanish rice recipe 31494

did anyone try this? Slow Cooker Spanish Rice recipe showed up on the homepage about a month ago. it looked good, it looked easy. it looked like a good choice for potlucks at work. it was terrible. i followed the directions exactly except for one step which will become clear to you.
2 hours into the cooking, i checked the rice. the liquid was mostly absorbed. some of the rice was somewhat cooked and there were raw grains of rice throughout. after another 20 minutes, i panicked and added a cup of broth. after another hour, the rice was mushy, exploded with raw grains of rice. the seasoning was weak: needed more of everything, including salt. it was a big fat disappointment. it would have been great to take the ingredients to work, plug in the slow cooker, pour in the broth and have it ready for the lunch potluck.
any suggestions on how to improve this recipe? or another better recipe?

Jul 13, 2015
ritabwh in Home Cooking

Slow Cooker Spanish Rice

terrible. i followed the recipe to the letter. rice cooked unevenly. bits of hard rice mixed in with semi-cooked rice. 2 cups of broth was absorbed in 2 hours. i added another cup of broth for another hour and the rice turned to mush. the seasoning was weak and wimpy. i recommend twice the amount of chili powder and cumin and alot more salt.

Jul 12, 2015
ritabwh in Recipes

Mr Taster is leaving Los Angeles!

mr taster, i just saw your postings on the pdx food.org board. welcome to the pacific northwest. i live in seattle but frequently visit portland because my sister and her husband live there.

Baking Steel reversible griddle

scott, thank your for the link. my question has not been answered: can the new reversible griddle be used on a coil electric stove top? thanks!

Jun 05, 2015
ritabwh in Cookware

Baking Steel reversible griddle

i want this. i am going to get this.
http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/04/th...

but here is the blurb from the website.
i wonder if i can use this on an electric (coil) stove?
http://www.bakingsteel.com/blog/bakin...

Jun 03, 2015
ritabwh in Cookware

lynnwood to anacortes, where to stop for lunch?

thank you all for the suggestions.
i ended up going to El Gitano. i think next time i will stop at the Train Wreck on the way to anacortes or the Skagit Fish on the way back.
El Gitano was ok. nothing special for me. the chile relleno was freshly made and the poblano was very tasty. the cheese was wrong.
the salsa had a nice kick and the chips were warm and crunchy.
the birria was like no birria i had ever had. i'm used to a stewy soupy birria. it was tasty, but not the birria i am used to.
pleasant waitress. they were quite busy for lunch.

while in anacortes i went to Adrift for lunch,which i found to be expensive for what you got; hung out at Marine Supply & Hardware; A'Towne Bistro for dinner which was very good the basic small plates thing; and Mary Ann's Kitchen's muscular breakfast.

we didnt do Frieda's but my friends raved about it. so next time for sure.

May 18, 2015
ritabwh in Pacific Northwest

Ramen

i've been going to Onibaba shenever she posts a new ramen as well as when the mood strikes.
so far, in order of my preference:
1. tan tan men
2. shoyu ramen
3. miso ramen
4. shiyo ramen
5. kare (curry) ramen.
newest ramen offering spicy miso ramen which i have not tried.

May 06, 2015
ritabwh in Greater Seattle

lynnwood to anacortes, where to stop for lunch?

yes, wa state is not great for mexican but there are pockets i've found here and there, especially on the other side of the mountains in eastern wa. for some reason i thought up north would be good.

Apr 21, 2015
ritabwh in Pacific Northwest

lynnwood to anacortes, where to stop for lunch?

thanks. el gitano was also recommended to me. i thought mexican in the burlington area might be good because of the farming etc.

Apr 21, 2015
ritabwh in Pacific Northwest

lynnwood to anacortes, where to stop for lunch?

how about mexican?

Apr 20, 2015
ritabwh in Pacific Northwest

lynnwood to anacortes, where to stop for lunch?

driving to anacortes next week. any suggestions for lunch along the day?

Apr 14, 2015
ritabwh in Pacific Northwest

birthday steak house recommendations needed

jill,
thank you for your suggestions. i have about a month to figure this out. i've bookmarked your suggestions. decarlis looks fantastic.

Mar 28, 2015
ritabwh in Metro Portland

Favorite issue of a food mag

issue #1 Ramen: Lucky Peach

Mar 27, 2015
ritabwh in Food Media & News
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birthday steak house recommendations needed

my sister suggests Standford's in Hillsboro for her birthday dinner.
i would like to find somewhere a bit more upscale. the Hillsboror Standords location is a very convenient location but are there any other suggestions close by?
thank you !

Mar 26, 2015
ritabwh in Metro Portland

When the waiter wants to clear the dishes before everyone is done

yes, this is such a difficult situation especially at a table with more than two.
first, everyone should eat at a more leisurely pace and not wolf down the food. it would be so nice if everyone would finish at about the same time. it's kind of like driving along with the traffic flow.

second, the dishes should not be cleared until everyone is finished.
the end.

Mar 25, 2015
ritabwh in Not About Food

dried natto

thanks chemical.
i think we've decided that my friend should order from davis-sq's link. i think i might even order some myself.
re: dry natto, i suddenly remembered instant natto miso. it had dried natto in it and it rehydrated nicely in the instant miso soup, but it was nothing close to the fresh/wet natto that i would eat with rice. the dried natto were chopped into very small bits.

Mar 24, 2015
ritabwh in General Topics

dried natto

my friend lives on john's island in SC.
thank you for the link! i will send it to her.

Mar 24, 2015
ritabwh in General Topics

looking for natto in charleston

i apologize! i did a bit more searching and turns out maangchi recommends as carrying side variety of korean ingredients. thank you and again, my apologies.

Mar 23, 2015
ritabwh in Southeast

looking for natto in charleston

thank you. seems a bit more chinese or SE asian to me?

Mar 23, 2015
ritabwh in Southeast

dried natto

my friend would like to try natto. she does not have an asian market close by. there are dried natto beans on amazon. can these be rehydrated to be like the thawed frozen natto from the asian markets?
does anyone here have any recommendations on how to get "fresh" natto to my friend?
if i were to send frozen natto via overnight air, do you think the natto would keep safely?

Mar 23, 2015
ritabwh in General Topics

looking for natto in charleston

hi all,
i don't live anywhere near charleston, but i am trying to help a friend who lives near charleston. looking for a japanese/korea/asian market that sells natto, usually found in the frozen section.
can anyone let me know if it's possible to find natto in charleston?
thanks in advance!

Mar 19, 2015
ritabwh in Southeast

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

thank you steve. it's been a while i know. hope it's not too late to continue.
1. ask about how the food comes out? how should the food come out of a tandoor oven?
2. i liked your suggestion to ask about where the chef is from and specialties from that region.

Mar 18, 2015
ritabwh in General Topics

Costco To End Relationship With American Express

does this mean that i will have to pay Amex annual fees? i am of the understanding and those of us with the costco amex card did not have to pay the Amex emembership fee. this is not the costco membership fee i pay every year

Mar 02, 2015
ritabwh in Chains
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Marilyn Hagerty reviews McDonald's

i loved-still love her story. she writes an innocent review for the olive garden, it hits the internet for some reason, internet snarkers beat her down. then the tide turns and anthony bourdain (also snarked at her in the beginning) sponsors her to new york, etc. his publishing company has published her reviews into a book.

Jan 22, 2015
ritabwh in Food Media & News

Leave Guy Fieri alone: Why he has nothing to do with the Food Network’s decline

sorry, half the amount of the beef suet, if at all.

Jan 22, 2015
ritabwh in Food Media & News

Leave Guy Fieri alone: Why he has nothing to do with the Food Network’s decline

i really liked good eats and the motorcyle touring show. i liked the nerdy self-deprecating alton brown.
i started to not care for alton brown's new "character" on ICA, and now, i really don't like the character in cutthroat kitchen.

Signs that someone is a GOOD cook

i was kind responding to law-doc who said good cooks don't talk about their cooking. seems to me many and most folks here are very good cooks, and everyone etalks about their cooking and what they do.

Jan 22, 2015
ritabwh in General Topics