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What would you add to this roast beef sandwich to make it PERFECT?

a mix of blue cheese & boursin? or maybe just some cornichons or a good pickle on the side. the sandwich sounds perfect to me!

Aug 24, 2008
ccqueen in Home Cooking

Good Bar Food in Seattle

for snazzy cocktails and above-average food, i love sambar in ballard & licorous on the hill. union & oliver's twist would be close thirds. for beers & pub food, i agree with brouwers, also smith on the hill.

Jul 12, 2008
ccqueen in Pacific Northwest

Very Blueberry Muffins

essie, i've worked in professional kitchens for over five years, and went to pastry school before that. I've ALWAYS used kosher salt in my recipes.

Jul 12, 2008
ccqueen in Recipes

SEA brunch

i second boat street. perhaps monsoon? they have an awesome brunch with french staples and dimsum options! cafe campagne or le pichet, although i don't know about 8 people at pichet. four seasons for super traditional. senor moose if you want to try a funky little place with mexican breakfast. kingfish for soulfood brunch.
i have heard bad things about veil's brunch. super tiny portions with extravagantly high prices. uncomfortable atmosphere.

Jun 03, 2008
ccqueen in Pacific Northwest

sea - maneki, ozen menu chicken?

sounds like their karaage to me. i love maneki & the chicken!

Jun 03, 2008
ccqueen in Pacific Northwest

Help me finalize my Seattle list!!

i worked there, and that's not how it works. sorry you had a bad experience, though. it's true they do offer a limited menu. everything comes in small or large portions. and, yes, sometimes you have to sit at a communal table. like most restaurants, they bring the food one course at a time, unless you ask for it otherwise. it's a very unique dining experience, but if you're looking for French Laundry service with a sommelier waiting on you hand and foot, that's not sitka!

May 26, 2008
ccqueen in Pacific Northwest

Help me finalize my Seattle list!!

paseo is very far away from salumi, fyi. but maybe it'll give you time to digest :)
as for bahn mi, you'll see signs at every other vietnamese place for them, but i think green leaf and tamarind tree are the two that don't have them! the difference between really good and average bahn mi is negligible...in seattle, to me, anyway.

May 22, 2008
ccqueen in Pacific Northwest

Help me finalize my Seattle list!!

i think juanita is miles ahead of cucina de ra. if you do go, try to get a corner table by the window. they have a beautiful "backyard" view that makes you feel like you're in the middle of a forest (in the summer, anyway). i think you mean palace kitchen? i haven't heard of palace cafe?

May 19, 2008
ccqueen in Pacific Northwest

PIAN PIANINO

the last couple of times i walked by, the space has been completely gutted, looks like they still have alot of work...but it's amazing how fast they can get that stuff done!

May 18, 2008
ccqueen in Pacific Northwest

Help me finalize my Seattle list!!

i second tamarind tree or green leaf, both in the international district, upscale, but not expensive vietnamese, i bet it's something you don't have in new orleans. also, cafe juanita, IMHO, is THE BEST restaurant around, and i've worked at a bunch on your list! it would be great after the cirque de soleil show, and closer.
for breakfast: le pichet, cafe campagne, both downtown.
lunch: quinn's on capitol hill
harvest vine is waaay far away from downtown & they don't really do a happy hour or have drinks. maybe you're thinking of txori, their new pinchos bar downtown? that would be nice for happy hour.
also, Vessel used to be an excellent bar, but they've been going through some major turmoil and recently lost their star bartender (voted best in the city). it's really changed the place for me.
Sambar is an awesome place to get drinks, it's in Ballard, which is an interesting neighborhood. Have fun! Sounds like you have a great plan.
Sitka & Spruce would be my choice out of the three.

May 18, 2008
ccqueen in Pacific Northwest

Thai sticky sweet rice - need to rinse?

growing up in a thai household, my mom taught me to soak at least an hour, preferably overnight. no need to rinse.

Apr 26, 2008
ccqueen in Home Cooking

Does Mom's Diet Affect Baby's Sex?

hmmm...you'd think Posh Spice would have had 3 girls instead of 3 boys if this were true. Heck, all of hollywood should be producing girl offspring.

less eggs during pregnancy means boy...wha???? you lost me.

Apr 26, 2008
ccqueen in Features

Sitka for lunch?

Website has not been updated. They are no longer serving lunch. They are switching over to dinner Tues-Sat soon. You should call and see if they'll be open while you're in town. Sunday & Monday nights they are hosting dinners with the chef/owner of soon-to-be-open Pian Panino. Worth trying to get a spot if they aren't open for dinner.

Aug 14, 2007
ccqueen in Pacific Northwest

Veil?

do you know how many people have passed through the kitchen of the french laundry? thousands. whether it's for a week or ten years, people always put it on their resumes. it's definitely not a reason to visit veil. this place has been barely making it since they opened. spotty service, a menu full of hits and misses, outrageous prices. there are tons of better restaurants in seattle.

Aug 12, 2007
ccqueen in Pacific Northwest

Best Eats in Pike Place Market (SEA)??

oriental mart is gross. salty, not fresh. sitting out all day. not recommended at all. jack's fish and chips is also not good, greasy, fried to the point of being burnt, terrible packets of tartar sauce. you can get a nice whole dungeness though or the cioppino as someone else suggested.
le panier is one of the best bakeries in the city. they have great baguette sandwiches, the pain au chocolate, almondine and chocolatines are fabulous.
delaurenti has a nice deli for olives, antipasti, meats and cheeses. especially if you don't plan on visiting salumi, you should definitely by some salumi at delaurenti.

Aug 05, 2007
ccqueen in Pacific Northwest

Romantic Dinner for Young Couple

i'd go for cafe juanita...it's not in seattle proper, it's on the eastside, but the garden is beautiful in the summer. the food is amazing, and one of the most enjoyable dining experiences around.

Jul 10, 2007
ccqueen in Pacific Northwest

Ramen in Seattle?

i guess i'm just used to a higher quality sushi than blue c, and also look for the same in the rest of my meals. but if you like crappy sushi, you'll probably enjoy their mediocre ramen as well.

Jul 10, 2007
ccqueen in Greater Seattle

seattle with kids- wild ginger and pub rec's

like most crappy chains, wild ginger is fine for kids and midwesterners alike.

Jul 10, 2007
ccqueen in Pacific Northwest

Ramen in Seattle?

i'm skeptical...it's from the same people that opened blue c sushi & it's going to be a chain.

Jul 08, 2007
ccqueen in Greater Seattle

Crush or Sitka and Spruce?

let's see...who has a james beard award and who doesn't??? that would be Lark. Which restaurant has been featured in the 10 best restaurants in Seattle Magazine every year? Lark. No, they don't have a pretension, "chic" vibe, but they don't need bells and whistles to distract from absolutely perfect food! Definitely visit if you haven't yet.

Jun 28, 2007
ccqueen in Pacific Northwest

Crush or Sitka and Spruce?

based on your other favorites, i'd say crush would be your best bet. i love sitka and spruce, it is my absolute favorite restaurant in the city, but i wouldn't consider them "fancy" or have a chic vibe or have many choices. they have a fairly limited, but amazing menu.

Jun 27, 2007
ccqueen in Pacific Northwest

Seattle visit june 20-26th. Looking for thumbs up or down on itinerary.

you're also best friends with the owner and chef at veil. so you may be just a tad biased, and also getting better food/service than the rest of us that visit veil.
but everyone has their biases....

Jun 20, 2007
ccqueen in Pacific Northwest

Food in Seattle

yes, and both are disgusting and both are chains.

Jun 17, 2007
ccqueen in Pacific Northwest

Seattle visit june 20-26th. Looking for thumbs up or down on itinerary.

a big fat NO to Palisade. It's a chain, and there are so many other great places to eat. I'd chose either Canlis, Rover's or the Herbfarm, but not all three. Similar price range, different atmosphere/attitude. In my opinion, Canlis doesn't come close to either Rover's or the Herbfarm...both use amazingly fresh, beautiful local produce & are a joy to visit in the summer. Canlis is good, but sort of old fashioned and stuffy. The food definitely isn't mind-blowing.
Dahlia is solid, northwestern food. Again, not mind-blowing, but I've never had a bad meal there.
I'd definitely hit Lark, go right at 5, and you'll get a table.
Matt's in the Market is now set to open sometime in July????
You might want to add Union for awesome seafood/fish. and Tavolata, Union's new little sister, fun italian...great late-night spot.
also, if you have a car, La Medusa is another great Italian spot that incorporates local ingredients. They do a special menu on Wednesdays with ingredients from that day's farmers market.
Harvest Vine is a very unique Basque/tapas restaurant.
Have fun! Summer in Seattle is the best time to eat!

Jun 13, 2007
ccqueen in Pacific Northwest

Friday Night.. A Little Late- And Sunday Help in Seattle

it's actually Tavolata. Boat Street is nice for dinner. Definitely go to Sitka and Spruce. Le Pichet is nice for a lunch. Dinette if you feel like going up the hill. Serious Pie, Tom Douglas' new place, is great. Try the bread soup and a pizza made with local ingredients.

Jun 08, 2007
ccqueen in Pacific Northwest

Seattle - dining w/ a pre-schooler at Harvest Vine?

also, when are you planning to visit? Harvest Vine is closing from June 24th to July 7th for renovations. If you're visiting later in the summer, they're opening their new place in late August.

Jun 07, 2007
ccqueen in Pacific Northwest

Vegetarian recs for Seattle and Portland

moonlight is no more out of the way than cafe flora. for the money, i think carmelita is a much, MUCH better vegetarian restaurant.

Jun 06, 2007
ccqueen in Pacific Northwest

[sea] is there one part of town with more Chinese restaurants than any other?

the International District (formerly Chinatown). Not only are 99% of the dimsum places there. There is a good variety of Vietnamese, Cambodian and Japanese restaurants.

Jun 06, 2007
ccqueen in Pacific Northwest

Seattle - dining w/ a pre-schooler at Harvest Vine?

as someone who has worked in several of the restaurants mentioned, my suggestion to you is to call the restaurant and ask them. they are the ones that know best if a child should eat there or not, and are happy to tell you their policies.

Jun 05, 2007
ccqueen in Pacific Northwest

Le Gourmand - Seattle

I go to Sambar quite often and I love it. It's definitely one of the best bars in town, but I've yet to eat at Le Gourmand. I'm intrigued by the mixed reviews.
All the food I've sampled at Sambar has been excellent: nettle flan with meyer lemon sauce, FRITES!!!!, cheese plate and desserts.

May 23, 2007
ccqueen in Pacific Northwest