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Weekend in Seattle - Food recs?

Consider also aragona, from the people who own spinossi, downtown seattle. We had a really fabulous, adventurous but not crazy so meal there a few weeks ago. Went crazy over the tuna mortadella we were served. Really talented chef in the kitchen.

Aug 13, 2014
katnat in Greater Seattle

Your Giant American Refrigerator Is Making You Fat And Poor

I agree that it's a silly argument. But one point not brought up in the discussions is the idea that do we really need to refrigerate all that food? I split my time between the us and uk. In the us I have a standard American fridge, uk has a teeny teeny one that is basically useful for storing meat, wine, milk. Most of my produce stays in a cool pantry and I can tell you that there is no difference in food spoilage between the two places. I'm buying about the same and you know what, most food (maybe except beer) doesn't even taste as good ice cold.

Jul 29, 2014
katnat in Food Media & News

Fresh Herring In Seattle

I saw them today, wed July 2 at uwajimaya

Jul 02, 2014
katnat in Greater Seattle

Blu Skillet Ironware?

Just bought one of the skillets and it's sitting on my table with 3 red ripe tomatoes in it (visuals are beautiful). I too can report that the weight is perfectly balanced and it looks like it will season up beautifully. Only problem is that the skillet is so gorgeous I almost don't want to mar the finish by actually cooking on it.

Apr 26, 2014
katnat in Cookware

How can I intensify the lemon flavor in a dish without added so much lemon juice that the dish seems watered down?

I'm wondering whether timing of when you add the juice makes a difference. ie. adding early in the cooking process mutes the flavor, adding right before service is freshest and brightest and most lemony.

Marble Arch questions (also Cambridge and Salisbury)

The market is right in the back of waitrose. Fairly large one too.

Apr 06, 2014
katnat in U.K./Ireland

Marble Arch questions (also Cambridge and Salisbury)

Also if you're there on a Sunday, there's a good, upscale (meaning expensive) farmers market just off the marylebone high street. Well worth checking out.

Apr 04, 2014
katnat in U.K./Ireland

Quintessential Bay Area in 4 Days

I would agree that if you're from Montreal, beauty's is most def not a bagel. There is a resto in Montreal called beauty's tho.

Mar 21, 2014
katnat in San Francisco Bay Area

Source of high quality FRESH flour for bread baking

I'm not sure the flour would make a difference, but the several bread books I've consulted (including tartine) really make a point of freshly milled flour, especially if you're using whole wheat.

Feb 22, 2014
katnat in San Francisco Bay Area

Source of high quality FRESH flour for bread baking

Anyone have a rec for source of really freshly milled high quality flour to be used for bread baking? I've sort of become obsessed with duplicating tartine's bread. Prefer something in the east bay. Thanks.

Feb 22, 2014
katnat in San Francisco Bay Area

Breakfast near Brooklyn Museum this Saturday. What's good?

Forget tom's. Sunshine co, right across the street is far better. Great space, inventive food and music.

Jan 29, 2014
katnat in Outer Boroughs

Totnes Devon area

For a light lunch, I really like olsen's Scandinavian cafe. They do smorgasbord that's very fresh and well prepared. Also try to book at riverford field kitchen for either lunch or evening meal, family style eating, they grow most of what they serve. La fourchette on the high street does great onion soup. Waterside bistro is pretty good. Fat lemons cafe does a nice tea. There are many other restos on the high street. Further afield is the sea horse in Dartmouth, really great seafood.
Plenty of good food in the area. Enjoy.

Jan 12, 2014
katnat in U.K./Ireland

When Your Order Is Not What You Ordered

I had the experience of going to my crappy neighborhood Chinese and ordering some eggplant dish. When it arrived it was something pork with not an eggplant in sight. When I called the waiter over, he looked at it, shrugged and said, 'bad translation' before walking off. We couldn't help cracking up and ever since then that's become the code for you can't always get what you want...

Nov 07, 2013
katnat in Not About Food

Chicken raised here to be processed in China and sent back?

Follow the money. Who is pushing the USDA to allow this to happen? Tyson? Walmart? Just wondering. And if we didn't insist our food be so cheap then there wouldn't be the incentive to lower and lower costs. All at the expense of our environment, workers both here and in china and our health.

Sep 15, 2013
katnat in Food Media & News

Snowdon/NDG area?

How bout quartier des perses by villa Maria metro for a change of pace. It's Persian and their kebabs are excellent and good value.

Jul 28, 2013
katnat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Uni Simple

I've made it with a very simple pasta sauce. Garlic, parsley, lemon rind, olive oil. Cook pasta, sauté above ingredients and toss drained pasta with that plus a little of their cooking water. tHEN fold in uni off the fire. Save best looking bits for on top. A little fried bread crumbs on top make a nice textural contrast.

Jul 19, 2013
katnat in Home Cooking

Mark Bittman's VB6

I've been trying to be vb6 but here's my problem - lunch (I work from home) is usually reconfigured leftovers with lots of fresh veggies added. Usually there's a small piece of meat involved. Don't know what I'm supposed to do with what is really not enough for dinner but us perfect for a lunch - throw it out?

Jul 10, 2013
katnat in Special Diets

[Dartmouth, Devon) The Seahorse

Funny enough, we were at the sea horse last week, twice, and had pretty much the same as described menu items. Absolutely fantastic. We are regular visitors to Dartmouth and always make a point of either lunch or dinner there. Other standouts are the grilled skate wing with a caper butter sauce. Really delicious. If you want to keep it more casual and cheaper, go to Tonk's casual cafe a few doors down, rockfish. Same excellent food, simpler preparations - tho the frito misto is always on the menu there too. A great pair of restos.

May 29, 2013
katnat in U.K./Ireland

Halloumi cheese

I've used a recipe from book I think called spice by a Boston chef whose name also escapes me. The idea tho was to pan fry it (no need for oil) then serve with a date, toasted almond and arugula salad tossed with a mustardy balsamic dressing. Sweet, salty, nutty. It was delicious.

Apr 22, 2013
katnat in Cheese

What to do with 2 lbs of Fresh Shitake?

Pickle them, a la david Chang. Roughly remember the recipe as vinegar, water, soy sauce, sugar; boil till sugar dissolved, then add shiitakes and poach till done (about 10 min). These keep a long time in fridge and can be used in salads, stir fries, relish trays etc.

Mar 31, 2013
katnat in Home Cooking

Presidio Social Club? [San Francisco]

Almost always been pleased with the food there. As others have said, not adventurous but generally high quality. Do not miss the smashed peas with mint side. But definitely pass on the liver and onions. Worst rendition of this classic I have ever had - gristly, bitter, gray, absolutely awful.

Mar 04, 2013
katnat in San Francisco Bay Area

what salad would you make? (urgent)

Think middle eastern-ish. Roast the baby carrots and peppers. Combine with tomatoes, garbanzos, parsley and assorted veg. Make dressing by combining onion dip, yoghurt, chili, cumin, thinned with Meyer lemon. Make it quite lemony and yoghurty. Spread roasted veg on platter and dribble dressing on top at last minute.

Dec 19, 2012
katnat in Home Cooking

The Office Pot Luck - What Would You Bring?

I'm going to a potluck tonight and I'm bringing thai-ish chicken salad. Chicken, jicama, red chili, cilantro, onion, ginger and lime dressing. Scatter roasted peanuts on top. Hope they like it.

Dec 15, 2012
katnat in Home Cooking

Carrying on vegetables and fruits onto the plane

I do it all the time. Be aware tho that anything liquidy or semi (jam) is a no no if you're not checking luggage. But heads of lettuce, citrus, onions, just about anything is game. I did once have the embarrassing experience of having the tsa guy open my bag and carefully lift bags of half rotten lettuce, yellowed parsley and moldy onions that I had thrown in without looking cuz I saw no point in buying more at my destination 'when I already had perfectly good ones at home'!

Dec 03, 2012
katnat in General Topics

Suggestions on my selection please - Jenn Air and Viking

I have a 30 in Viking. I don't think it's a new model, probably about 12-15 yrs old. I'm very happy with it tho it doesn't do low simmer very well. Seems to run hot. Also the oven seems to be on the hot side, impt if you do a lot of baking. None of this is a deal breaker if you adjust and compensate. Otherwise, love the power and the look of it.

Nov 13, 2012
katnat in Cookware

Question from San Francisco 'hound

I'm an sf resident who grew up in mtl. Just came back from a very long stay there and one of our favorite meals was at a place called Lawrence on st Laurent. Good market driven food, meat centric though not exclusively (one of our group is vegetarien and she loved an agnolotti pasta special). I see they do a whole roasted pig head special that looked very gulp lifelike! But the table eating it seemed very satisfied and attacked it with gusto.
I agree with APDC. In the past had the plateau du fruit de mer that was over the top and incredible.
As for language wars, while I speak French, I've dined with people who do not and haven't experienced any tensions when we've ordered in English at any resto in mtl.

Sep 09, 2012
katnat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Am I CRAZY to go to Italy without any formal dining plans or reservations???

I understand that some people need to do it, maybe in a big city (but even that is an if), but what's wrong with having a general plan and then following your nose and your appetite? I've never understood the people who write in asking for critique and they have scheduled EVERY single meal, often at big Michelin star $$$, two or even three per day. Don't they get tired and want to break free of self imposed must eat check the box dining?!

Jul 11, 2012
katnat in Italy

There was a movie about a guy, North African immigrant, in Marseille trying to open his dream restaurant on a ship on a coastal area of France...

It is the secret of the grain, la graine et le mulet in French. Very sweet movie, I think a big hit in France.

Jul 08, 2012
katnat in Food Media & News

Monterey Market (Berkeley)

C'mon people. Monterey mkt is a treasure. Right now for ex, they offer strawberries, clearly labelled from 7 or 8 different farms, most organic. When tomatoes come in, we'll have 20 or 30 diff varieties. Ditto for stone fruit. The quality is pretty good to excellent all around. prices are competitive. Sure they've moved things around, but it's not that big a place. How hard can it be to find what you're looking for. To say that its so confusing you'd rather shop at safeway????

Jun 21, 2012
katnat in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Cooking Website & why you find it interesting

I have to put a plug in for eatyourbooks.com. Basically a website that accesses the recipes in YOUR cooking library. That means any cookbooks you own, blogs you follow and magazines you read. Every time I search for a recipe, I find long lost recipes from cookbooks long since forgotten I own. It's a great resource.

Jun 16, 2012
katnat in Food Media & News