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Potbelly

To follow up on this, they opened the one here a couple of weeks ago, and I've had the chance to try it a couple of times. For the most part I thought it was decent (definitely better than Subway or Quizno's), but to be honest, I think I still prefer Jimmy Johns for a quick lunch. Your mileage, of course, may vary.

Sep 15, 2011
Vexorg in Chains

Costco saves me from my own stupidity

Every single coupon in the book has the exact same barcode on it anyway. On one visit I had an item with a coupon but didn't have the actual coupon with me. Someone had left a random coupon from a previous use at the checkout, and I just had them scan that, and it applied the discount just fine.

Aug 30, 2011
Vexorg in Chains

Potbelly

I've got one of these that's going to be opening soon near my office (they're just beginning to expand into the Seattle area now.) This area is thoroughly oversaturated with chain sandwich places though. Within a few blocks of my office I have five Subways, two Quizno's, two Jimmy John's, two Specialty's and a Panera Bread, plus a couple of smaller deli places. so I guess I'll have to see how they manage to do here. Right now, I tend to stick to either one of the local places or Jimmy Johns, but I'll have to at least try this one out.

Aug 19, 2011
Vexorg in Chains

Seattle- Perfect french fries?

Gotta' second this one. The fries at Tat's are dfeinitely one of my favorites.

Aug 09, 2011
Vexorg in Greater Seattle

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 3rd quarter 2011 [Old]

A couple quick ones to add here:

Yea: The dark chocolate covered almonds with sea salt and Turbinado sugar. I can't stop eating the blasted things (I still wish they hadn't discontinued the dark chocolate covered Macadamia nuts though...)

Nay: The "Really Expensive" Lasagna Bolognese in the frozen food section. It just smelled and tasted weird to me.

Aug 05, 2011
Vexorg in Chains

Salumi: yea or nay?

If you're on a strict lunch schedule at work, chances are Salumi isn't exactly the place to be going. in the first place.

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Salumi
309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Mar 24, 2011
Vexorg in Greater Seattle

Eastside Pizza Recs

It may not be the type of pizza you're looking for, but I happen to like Mod Pizza next to Bellevue Square. They make individual pizzas on demand with a nice selection of topping options, and baked in a brick oven.

Unfortunately I don't have a lot of other recommendations. I guess it all depends how fancy you're looking to get.

Feb 01, 2011
Vexorg in Greater Seattle

Unpretentious homestyle food downtown?

I'll definitely second the recommendation for Bakeman's. I also happen to like Mel's Market (Third and Madison) for stuff like baked potatoes, lasagna and salads, but they're pretty much limited to the weekday lunch crowd.

Dec 02, 2010
Vexorg in Greater Seattle

is non-alcoholic vanilla extract any good?

While browsing through the spice section at the local grocery store the other day I saw that there was an alcohol-free vanilla extract being offered among the other various vanilla extracts. I do not drink alcohol, and although I don't have a problem with purchasing and using regular vanilla extract, I was curious about the alcohol free stuff (which seems to be glycerin-based from a quick glance at the ingredient list) as an alternative Has anyone tried this, and if so, was the stuff any good?

Nov 26, 2010
Vexorg in General Topics

Din Tai Fung: Opening date?

I saw some noise on one of the local Twitter feeds today (@MyBellevue) saying that they would actually be opening this Saturday.

Nov 03, 2010
Vexorg in Greater Seattle

New Cooking Channel Reactions??

I haven't watched too much, but they need to stop blocking Chairman Kaga's subtitles with their logo on Iron Chef.

Oct 16, 2010
Vexorg in Food Media & News

Din Tai Fung: Opening date?

(oops, should read the link first. Disregard.)

Oct 05, 2010
Vexorg in Greater Seattle

Good taco trucks on the eastside?

While I was out near Microsoft campus today I saw what appears to be a new taco truck in the parking lot of the Chevron at the corner of 156th and Bel-Red Road. I don't get out that way much these days so I don't know how long it's been there, but has anyone tried this one yet?

Oct 04, 2010
Vexorg in Greater Seattle

Idiotic things you do in the kitchen

Not quite as disastrous as some of the other stuff here, but while making Spaghetti sauce a couple of days ago I tried to drain a can of tomato sauce before putting it into the pot. Didn't work out so well...

Sep 16, 2010
Vexorg in Not About Food

A Chowhound trying to cook in a "Bachelor's Kitchen"

Quite frankly, if you can afford to live on your own you can afford to put together a servicable kitchen. When I moved out of my parents house and into my own place about five years ago I spent no more than a couple hundred bucks and was able to get a not particularly fancy, but still respectable set of stainless steel pans (which remain in regular use today,) most of the utensils I use regularly, a surprisingly good set of forged knives for only $25 from Ross (still use these too, but they're badly in need of sharpening now and I've also added a Henckels or two,) plus a good silverware set and a so-so tableware set. I've accumulated a few small appliances over time too, and have put together what I'd like to think is a pretty decent kitchen.

Oddly enough, a number of the women I know don't seem to do much cooking...

Sep 14, 2010
Vexorg in Not About Food

George Foreman Hot Zone griddle - Any opinions?

Recently I've been messing around with making chicken teriyaki on an electric griddle, and I've been finding that there just doesn't seem to be enough heat to get everything cooked the way I like it (it's still better than trying to cook on the stove though.) While browsing in the store today I came across the George Foreman Hot Zone griddle, which mostlyu acts like a regular electric griddle, but has a "hot zone" that can be activated to allow for 500-degree searing as needed. I'm curious if anyone here has tried one of these, and what they think of it.

Sep 13, 2010
Vexorg in Cookware

Where To Lunch By The Train Station?

It's at the corner of First and Main in the Pioneer Square neighborhood. Should still be an easy walk (about 5 blocks) from the train station though.

Sep 12, 2010
Vexorg in Greater Seattle

Most Expensive Sandwich -- with GOLD dust! What would you put on it?

Wasn't someone in Vegas selling a $10,000 hamburger not too long ago? Granted, most of the cost of that was in the included bottle of wine, but still...

Sep 12, 2010
Vexorg in Food Media & News

Do you hand-wash or machine-wash your dishes?

I use the dishwasher for most dishes, but don't usually put pots and pans in the dishwasher because they don't get clean, and won't put any of my good kitchen knives in the dishwasher either. Those are all washed by hand. As a bachelor, I usually go through about 1 dishwasher load a week.

Sep 08, 2010
Vexorg in Not About Food

Electric griddle without nonstick coating

Lately, I've been finding that I've been using my electric griddle for a lot of different things, but in many cases, I'm finding that I'd much rather have one without the nonstick coating. I'm wondering if anyone has found a consumer-level griddle that doesn't have nonstick coating on it. I know there are plenty of commercial-grade models out there that would do the job, but I don't have the space or the money for one of those (maybe someday.)

Sep 06, 2010
Vexorg in Cookware

Favorite Teriyaki Joint?

Another vote for Happy Teriyaki (although I usually go to the 3rd and Marion one.) They make things really simply, but it works well.

Sep 04, 2010
Vexorg in Greater Seattle

Favorite Teriyaki Joint?

I've seen so-so reviews on that place (Teriyaki and Rolls I believe) so I haven't tried it yet (it also closes by 8.) One not too far from downtown that I found which seems pretty good is Himitsu Sushi and Teriyaki out on Northup Way. It seems to be primarily a sushi place, but also does take-out teriyaki as well. I haven't tried the sushi side of the menu, but the chicken teriyaki seemed pretty good. They're also open later than most places (I believe 10 on weekdays, 11 on weekends) which is another point in their favor.

Sep 04, 2010
Vexorg in Greater Seattle

Favorite Teriyaki Joint?

After having moved from Redmond to Downtown Bellevue I'm still trying to find the good ones here, but here are a few favorites of mine on the Eastside:

-Niko Teriyaki, Redmond (near the old QFC:) I've been eating here for years. Generous portions and good sauce.

-Yummy Teriyaki, Redmond (Bear Creek Shopping Center near Safeway:) To be honest this isn't my first choice, but my parents and siblings swear by the place.

-Tanpopo, Crossroads: Really tasty chicken Yakisoba.

Kami Teriyaki, Kirkland (Totem Lake neighborhood): Haven't been there in quite a while, but this was one of my lunch standbys when I worked in the area.

Sarku Japan, Southcenter Mall: Yeah, it's mall food court teriyaki, but there's something oddly compelling about the stuff...

Sep 02, 2010
Vexorg in Greater Seattle

<sea> hatch green chile

Did they actually have them roasted, or just fresh? I didn't see any label for the heat level on the ones I bought a few days ago, but their use in a batch of chicken enchiladas quite distinctly put them into the Hot category. It may just be the one store though; when QFC had them last year heat levels seemed to be labeled.

Aug 30, 2010
Vexorg in Greater Seattle

<sea> hatch green chile

The downtown Bellevue QFC had Hatch chiles last night as well. I didn't see any indication of heat, but I have a batch that I intend to roast up and make something out of this weekend.

Aug 27, 2010
Vexorg in Greater Seattle

Blind taste tests that you think would lead to surprising results

It's not the switch the Pepsi that necessarily bugs me, but the fact that they have two soda machines with sixteen heads at the Costco here, and yet can still only manage to offer five flavors total (3 of which are caffeinated so I can't drink them anyway.) Needless to say, between that and the changeover to their own brand hotdogs (which I find rather mediocre) I've been eating a lot less Costco dogs lately.

Aug 24, 2010
Vexorg in General Topics

Food Scars - Things you will never eat again.

I can't say it's something I'd never eat again, but right now the Whitman's Sampler is definitely on my pooh-pooh list. A couple of years ago around Valentine's Day I had the bright idea for a Blog post of putting together a guide to the Whitman's Sampler so people can figure out what's inside all that chocolate (not going to link it here, but it's easy enough to find on Google if anyone's interested.). As I was finishing up the post, I was apparently in the process of coming down with stomach flu, and a sleepless evening of horking up half a pound of candy hasn't exactly made the idea of eating the stuff seem all that appealing. I'm certain the candy had nothing to do with it (two other people in the family got stick that evening as well, and hadn't eaten any of it) but I still hesitate to eat the stuff.

Aug 18, 2010
Vexorg in Not About Food

Got Milk? Reduced fat milk that tastes like whole--what's available in your neck of the woods?

Here in Washington, the Darigold 2% milk seems to be a lot richer than the other 2% milk available here, but for some odd reason this seems to only be true for the half-gallon containers.

Aug 12, 2010
Vexorg in General Topics

Good Non-Chain Eating in Bellevue Area?

Assuming you're going to be at Sixty Acres you'll be much closer to Redmond and Kirkland than Bellevue, so you might want to keep that in mind when planning. Woodinville is also not too far from there if you want to look there as well.

Jul 11, 2010
Vexorg in Greater Seattle

Best Workin'Persons Lunch in Downtown Seattle

I work at the south end of Pioneer Square near the stadiums, and these are my usual spots in the area:

-Bakemans (2nd and Cherry) The turkey sandwiches are the favorite, but some of the daily specials are good as well. Just make sure you know what you're doing and be ready to get through the line quickly, the owner has a bit of a reputation...)
-Happy Teriyaki (3rd and Marion - Probably not the best teriyaki in the world, but I happen to like it)
-Thai Curry Simple (Fifth and Jefferson - Pretty good curry for $5, and just off the bus tunnel)
-Samurai Noodle (5th and Weller outside of Uwajimaya - Japanese ramen. Can be a bit crowded for a sit-down meal, but if you call ahead to order take-out you'll usually be in and out fairly quick.)
-Mel's Market (Third and Madison - I really like the baked potatoes and the lasagna here.)
-Tat's Deli (2nd and Yesler - Good Philly cheesesteaks and the Tat'strami is quite popular as well. There can be a line if you go during the lunch rush, so you might try going a bit later if that's an issue.)

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Uwajimaya
600 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA

Jul 02, 2010
Vexorg in Greater Seattle