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What is your "perfect breakfast"? [moved from Home Cooking]

French toast made with the cinnamon swirl bread from a local bakery, thick sliced bacon and a hot mug of milky tea...*sigh* Another favorite is fried eggs over creamy polenta with a side of cooked greens, it's all so yummy!

Mar 04, 2011
browneyedwoman in General Topics

Top Chef All-Stars - Ep. #12 - 03/02/11 (Spoilers)

Ack! Did not know he was married...I take it back. Just forget I ever mentioned it ;)

Top Chef All-Stars - Ep. #12 - 03/02/11 (Spoilers)

The picture of Mike in his pink dance pants was ADORABLE and I thought he was a pretty good sport about having it outed for all the world to see. Am I alone in thinking that he and Antonia actually have a little romantic chemistry??? Seems like the whole "we're related" thing is really distant and they're in no way actual cousins...so I'm just saying it wouldn't surprise me if they got together!
Anyway, I enjoyed the episode, emotional tugs and all. They all rocked their EC dishes and it confirmed how important food is in creating traditions and memories and how it can unleash such wonderful and emotional responses.
Oh, and I laughed when Richard mentioned his wife being an athelete and how competitive she was...they must be quite a couple as Richard is insanely competitive! His constantly pinched and strained face is kind of starting to grate on my nerves. I know this is an intense competition, they ALL want to win, but for crap sake take a breath. I do agree that the fake out PYKAG was cruel and not necessary and in that moment I really felt for the guy.

TC Just Desserts: Finale [spoiler]

Oh good! Couldn't believe I missed it at the last minute...even though Morgan created amazing final desserts I would've totally cringed if he'd won. Yigit deserved the win : ) I was also happy that Danielle did such a great job. I can see how it would've been a close finally.

TC Just Desserts: Finale [spoiler]

I just missed the last 5 minutes! Who won???

Walla Walla

Walla Walla's food scene just keeps getting better and better.
Saffron is an intimate space with wonderful food, right now there's a strong Turkish influence on the menu. The owners pull inspiration from their travels and that brings a much needed international vibe to WW. I'd also suggest Brasserie Four on Main St. It can be a little loud on busy nights but the food is solid and wine selection/price can't be beat.

What do you like to cook for yourself when your spouse or family isn't around?

Maxed out tuna salad on crusty bread, pasta or pizza with anchovies, my dh is not a fan of any of these wonderful things.
I also indulge in a big bowl of honey-butter popcorn and some good, malty hot chocolate...all to myself.

Mar 03, 2010
browneyedwoman in Home Cooking

What are your favorite items at Whole Foods Market?

Thanks Val! I knew there had to be something similar but did not think to "google", good tip.

Feb 26, 2010
browneyedwoman in Chains

What are your favorite items at Whole Foods Market?

My partner is in the city (Seattle) for work and is ready to use the opportunity to make a run through Whole Foods. There are many posts on what people like/love from Trader Joe's but I want to know what people like/love from Whole Foods (and I didn't find any existing threads on this)?
Thanks CH's!

Feb 26, 2010
browneyedwoman in Chains

Mama Mia's Trattoria

Has anyone eaten at Mama Mia's recently? I don't live in Portland but I'm looking for a good, fun place for a birthday dinner for 4-6 people. Needs to have reliable service and solid food. Kinda shooting in the dark (although I have perused all the Portland resto threads) so I hope someone can give me some first hand info.
Thanks!

Dec 17, 2009
browneyedwoman in Metro Portland

Your favorite mail order holiday treats.

Thanks! I'm thinking about ordering the cookie tin from Emporio Rulli (love cookie tins at the holidays, a childhood thing I think) and maybe a kringle from the bakery in Solvang. I do plan to cook/bake at home but our kitchen is torn apart for remodel so I don't have a full size stove, just a counter top. My excuse to go "order crazy":)

Dec 03, 2009
browneyedwoman in General Topics

Your favorite mail order holiday treats.

C'mon peeps...cookies, hams, chocolates, cakes, anything?...

Dec 02, 2009
browneyedwoman in General Topics

Your favorite mail order holiday treats.

'Tis the season to indulge in all kinds of holiday goodies. What are your favorites to order online? I'm looking for anything that is truly worth the money to get by mail order, the things you can't wait to have show up on your doorstep?

My bank card is warmed up and ready for use:)

Dec 02, 2009
browneyedwoman in General Topics

what foods can't you eat anymore that are killing you?

I cannot eat nightshades at all and it's food torture!

I love spicy food and potatoes and just can't indulge because of autoimmune condition...such a bummer. Still so much I can indulge in so I just try and focus on those foods, but so sad to not be able to eat the frite with my steak or my favorite mexican meals.

Oct 24, 2009
browneyedwoman in General Topics

A little worried about my ground beef...

Yes, I should have described it better. It was "cryo" (?) sealed so no oxygen was getting in but it still wigged me out because I never wait that long to cook fresh meat.

Happy to report all is well intestinally speaking. No ill effects, the meat was fine.

Thanks for all the input!

Sep 23, 2009
browneyedwoman in Home Cooking

A little worried about my ground beef...

Thanks all!
I'm going to go ahead and grill'em up. I get so mad at myself if I waste food, especially something like this great beef, so I'm taking the risk.

Sep 22, 2009
browneyedwoman in Home Cooking

A little worried about my ground beef...

I picked up a pound of fresh ground beef at the butcher (Thundering Hooves for anyone familiar with Walla Walla), came home, put it in the back of the fridge and forgot it was there because our dinner plans changed at the last minute.

It was sealed, not just wrapped, but the date says Sept. 14. I made my hamburgers (they're now in the fridge waiting to be grilled) and they smell "normal" not foul, but I'm a little worried.

What do you think? Would you eat it?

Sep 22, 2009
browneyedwoman in Home Cooking

Thoughts on My Seattle Dining Options

Agree, let go of Ivar's...it's fun to be right on the waterfront (Elliot's) but I like the southern twist at Etta's. It's been a long time since I've been there but I remember having a very fun, tasty brunch at Etta's

Please report on where you end up:)

best hotel/restaurant combo

Sounds exactly like what I'm looking for, thanks!

best hotel/restaurant combo

Love Lola's (donuts and octopus hash, YUM!). Heathman might be the best bet, thanks.

best hotel/restaurant combo

Thank you for the suggestions! After looking at the logistics we'll actually be going to Portland instead of Seattle.

Has anyone eaten at the restaurants at the Heathman Hotels in either Portland or Vancouver( WA)?

best hotel/restaurant combo

My plan is to treat a group of dear friends to dinner and a night out in either Portland or Seattle and I'm wondering if there are great hotels that also have a wonderful restaurant? Our group won't be huge, probably around ten people.

I'm thinking ultimate convenience...no cars, no cabs, just an elevator up to the room. The resto could be right near the hotel, and I mean that, no more than a hop and a skip away.

I've been to Sazerac at The Hotel Monaco in Seattle...any other ideas? Price is not a concern at this point.

Thanks!

Sonoma or Napa meals

The chef and owner of Scopa actually grew up in Mendocino Co., both he and his wife are Californians. They both speak fluent Italian and he is a rockstar in the kitchen so I see how he could be mistaken for an Italian;)

Walla Walla Restaurants

I've only been to Aloha Sushi once and for me it was not good. It felt overpriced for the quality and the chicken had the texture and taste of pre-cooked, re-heated meat. Yuck!
I love Brasserie Four. We're in there probably 2x a week. The anchovy pizza is one of my favorites, that and a glass of wine = heaven.
I haven't tried the burger at The Green Lantern yet, but I will. I prefer the burger at Fast Eddie's over The Iceburg, local fav or not it's just not the best burger in town (IMO).
Both 26 Brix and Lucsious were in great buildings/locations so I hope new, quality restaurants will give it a go here in Walla Walla.

Guinness Pub Burgers

DH and I really love these burgers, HOWEVER, 1 tsp salt was too much for us. We cut the salt by half and it was perfect. We served them on toasted buns with pickled red onion and (on mine) a little cheddar.

Jan 29, 2009
browneyedwoman in Recipes