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Pink Food Stand @ Shilshole?

If you go, I'd recommend the #2 cuban pork sandwich as opposed to their most popular, the #1 cuban pork. Difference is, #2 is a couple of slabs of pork tenderloin, as opposed to shredded, and has slightly more tangy mayo sauce than the #1. The sauce is to die for, with cilantro, jalapenos, and caribbean spices. And the baguettes are toasted perfectly, along with those thick sliced caramelized onions... the whole thing is a big but happy mess. Chew carefully because I always have a stomach ache from eating these too fast before they fall apart.

Apr 25, 2009
SeattleK in Pacific Northwest

traditional dishes for Chinese anniversary?

Well, our anniversary Szechuan dinner was a resounding success last night. We had 9 people (oops, unlucky!) and 8 main dishes, plus appetizers and soup. So needless to say we took home leftovers. The restaurant was very crowded, mostly with Chinese I was told - and, the servers seemed to be impressed that we ordered a number of "non-American" dishes. Here's what we had:

Green onion pancakes - almost like quesadillas! Hot, crispy and, with the pungent hot/garlic chile sauce, very yummy

Pork potstickers - crispier and much better than any I ever had

Cold sliced beef with Szechuan salt and pepper - nothing special

Tea smoked duck appetizer - bland but good if you like duck

*****

Pickled cabbage soup with pork and clear noodles - excellent

*****

Chug gin hot chicken (fried, crispy outside)

Whole fish in black bean sauce (I didn't taste)

Smoked pork and wild chilies (meaning hot) - too smokey for my taste but everyone else liked

Ants in a Tree (noodles with something, kinda bland)

Eggplant with garlic sauce - fabulous and a nice sweet counterbalance

Dry fried stringbeans - crispy and garlicky and wonderful

Cumin lamb - is this really Chinese? It was so different flavorwise, but good.

Dan Dan noodles - soupy and not bad, could have been a bit peanuttier

Oct 12, 2008
SeattleK in General Topics

Chili left out all night. Would you eat it?

Nope!

Oct 10, 2008
SeattleK in General Topics

How often do you have dessert :)

I seem to eat a pint of Ben & Jerry's or Haagen Dasz once a week, in one sitting. Otherwise, I usually have something sweet after lunch or dinner (like a brownie) most days. I call it a "palette cleanser." :-)

If I eat 2 desserts in one day I usually have a very light dinner like a bowl of soup to compensate, calorie-wise.

Of course, the nutrition in this logic is absent.

Oct 10, 2008
SeattleK in General Topics

Chili left out all night. Would you eat it?

Well, we ate it last night and... we had to be rushed to the hospital in the middle of the night! Just kidding. So far so good.

Oct 10, 2008
SeattleK in General Topics

Best Shabu-shabu in Seattle?

My sis wants a Japanese Shabu-shabu meal for her birthday. (I had to look up exactly what this is!) Web research and opinions (aside from this board) have not yielded much consistent and reliable info.

Anyone out there have a recommendation?

Oct 09, 2008
SeattleK in Pacific Northwest

Chili left out all night. Would you eat it?

Hubby and I just made a new pot of turkey chili last night around 8 p.m. It was left on the stove to cool and we forgot about it when we went to bed. I got up this morning at 7 a.m. and - after cursing our lack of attention - stashed it in the fridge.

Food safety wisdom probably advises to dump it. But the real question is, would you eat it anyway?

Oct 09, 2008
SeattleK in General Topics

Best cheap tea?

I don't know if you consider this cheap, but hands down the best black tea (to me) is Yorkshire Gold from Taylors of Harrogate. It's about $7 for 40 bags, and you can get 2 cups from one bag. Very rich, full bodied - will put hair on your chest!

Don't confuse it with their regular Yorkshire tea though - that's not as rich. It has to be the Gold (named after its beautiful color).

Oct 07, 2008
SeattleK in General Topics

traditional dishes for Chinese anniversary?

Hey, I go away for a day or so and look what happens. More info! Thanks so much cimui, Ruth and Kevin....We are bringing 10 folks so hopefully that's lucky too. Everyone likes spice/hot. None of the proprietors have mentioned a banquet menu or price yet; I do see that there are set dinners for certain numbers of people but you can't pick your dishes. If anybody is curious, here's the link to what this restaurant carries - it scrolls in the red section under the lunch banner in the center. It's making me awfully hungry!

Thanks also for the folklore and reasoning behind some of these dishes. Very handy!

http://www.szechuanchef.com/menu.php

Oct 05, 2008
SeattleK in General Topics

traditional dishes for Chinese anniversary?

Hey, thanks ricepad, for the great details! I will share this with my siblings as we plan. Hannaone, that;s good to know - I will ask the proprietors about the four elements and see what they say. And raytamsgv, you are right - I went 2x during slow times, to different restaurants, and I got an uncomprehending response. When I tried to clarify what I wanted, I got the "just come in and order" response. Now I know to ask for a special dinner and clarify the price range and number of folks, etc. Thanks!

Oct 03, 2008
SeattleK in General Topics

traditional dishes for Chinese anniversary?

We are taking my parents out for dinner for their 50th anniversary. My mom said they would love to have a "Chinese feast." Web research has provided few clues, if any, as to what might be included in a Chinese anniversary dinner. The only thing I've found so far is that there should be an even number of dishes, since odd could portend bad luck. It seems obvious that we should have a soup and a mix of veggie dishes and meat dishes, but beyond that are there any guidelines that might create a great meal?

We are probably going to a Sezchuan restaurant but may end up in a another type of Chinese place if I get outvoted.

Thanks much!

Oct 03, 2008
SeattleK in General Topics