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Farm Stands / Apples Walla Walla to Seattle ?

Any thoughts on true farmstands on the road from Walla Walla to Seattle that would be open next Sunday Morning ( Nov 6) ? Not the kind in a big barn with pineapples...but small places with great apples, pears, etc...

Thanks !

Oct 31, 2011
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Whistler / Blackomb Breakfast

Heading to Whistler next week .... anybody have a favorite breakfast spot for eggs, pancakes & Bacon that won't set me back $ 40 a plate ????? I'm thinking the old fashoned greasy spoon locals kind of place....Also for provisioning the condo, is the Save on foods in Squamish any good, or should we hit somewhere in West Van - North Van on the way out ?

Jan 18, 2010
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Agate Pass Cafe

Just a quick one... went to Agate Pass Cafe in Suquamish last night...grrat spot.. Smoked salmon Blinis (would have been nice to have had a caviar option...but the fried capers were a fine addittion), nice salads, I had an outstanding duck with great lentils, and my wife had beef bourgionnion with nice green beans and potatoes..Olive oil cake for dessert..

Service was nice (though we had to ask for forks and knives to be replentished) but very sincere.

We will go back for sure !

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Agate Pass Cafe
7220 NE Park Way, Suquamish, WA 98392

Jan 03, 2010
tilt in Greater Seattle

Whats missing in Queen Anne??

Malarkey-

Have to agree.......Nice enough fellow, but no drip coffee, Also go in and one entire display case is empty.....Tofu or eggplant sandwiches from Baggette Box, but no Salumi ? No soda either...

Oh well, the floor is nice.............

Jun 21, 2009
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Bakeman's - Seattle

White on white cranberry mayo salt and pepper.... You want Pie ??????

Jun 11, 2009
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Bustle.. Dessert topping or Floor Wax ?

So..... Bustle on Queen Anne is open..... rumors abounded as to what it would be... I've driven by two days, but have too busy to stop in... any reports ????? Is it a coffee shop ? a bakery ? a wine bar????

Jun 10, 2009
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Queen Anne 2009 (SEA)

I have heard that the spot across from Kens is to be a bakery...I know I know, it doesn't make sense to me, but the folks I heard it from are very much into the QA scene....maybe the staff will be friendlier than Macrena....

Mar 14, 2009
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Whats missing in Queen Anne??

I've lived on QA for 15 years...have a 12 year old, and love the being here.

two words...Papa Hayden. http://www.papahaydn.com/

If you are truly serious, do some due dilligence and go to Portland and go to Papa Hayden on 23rd . Great food, and great desserts, a weekend bruch that provides additional revenue, and a side spot called jo bar.......

You put that concept on QA and you'd make the community very happy , !!!!!!!!!

Feb 25, 2009
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Vancouver - Feenies Alums ?

Seattle poster heading to Vancouver next weekend - Last time we were there was 2 years ago, and were wowed by Feenies -, and have followed the soap oprea from a far -

HAve any Alums opened up spots we should check out ? More in the idea of Feenies rather than Lumiere

Thanks !!!!!!!!

Tilt

Jan 10, 2009
tilt in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Queen Anne 2009 (SEA)

Lots going on on the hill ....Opal is dark , with a sign saying "new restaurant soon", Jamba Juice has left the Ave, leaving a "For Lease" sign, Vincenzios is prepping in the old Ace Hardware spot, what will become of their old site ? And a telltale PortaPotti has been dropped in front of the old nail place across the street from Kens, which had a liquor application up for a wine bar....

Anybody got more scoop ?????????

Jan 03, 2009
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Hubers in Portland

Been Many, Many Many years....but.....flaiming spanish coffees !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nov 11, 2008
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Yakima Fruit Stands

Well ...........we'll be helping with crush at Steppe Cellars.....

Sep 25, 2008
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Yakima Fruit Stands

Will be cruising Yakima Valley this weekend, doing the wine thing in Rattlesnake Hills, but also want to hit some fruit stands and bring back some good apples & such...any suggestions where to look ?

Sep 24, 2008
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Lunch at Wild Ginger

The Duck Rocks !!!!!!!!!!!

Wine List is fab, ask for Ole, and he"ll set you right !

Sep 09, 2008
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SEA: Canlis or other similar

When was the last time you were there ?

I am so tired of hearing folks trash Canlis on the boards. It is a Seattle Icon, The food is damm good, and the service is impeccable. And it has one of the deepest wine lists in the city. As well these guys understand the community - case in point the annual free BBQ at little howe park on Queen Anne that Canlis throws every year.

Yes, often times you might be there and the table beside you might be old Seattle power brokers - Pre Amazon, Pre Starbucks, Pre Microsoft. but it is a charming and wonderful place. And those old "blue hairs" understand manners and the understated class that was Seattle before the '80's

I had some of the best lobster Bisque EVER there, I have has a fantastic celebratory birthday for my father there, and have had both memorable special events and regular Thursday nights there.

Seattle is about diversity, and now there are many other choices, Which I welcome. but dear Leper I think your "compareables" are way off the mark -

You want dressy NW ? What about Union ? Or the Herbfarm ? or Rovers ?

I 100% agree with FoodDee below - while the product at Canlis is not the over the top pushing of the envelope, it is well executed in a wonderful setting , with fantastic service !

Sep 08, 2008
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Pig & Whistle- Greenwood (Sea)

Went to Pig and Whistle 2 weeks ago-

Still to new to give a full review, but...

LOUD room, huge projection TV on one wall.

Menu is both standard and eclectic - on one hand great chicken wings, and on the other fun pigs ears (somewhat like deep fried bacon). Apps also included smelt (owner/chef Vaughn is from the great lakes...yes that guy from Portage) which were pretty good.

Our table had mains of Suckling Pig which was ok, but the red cabbage served with it rocked. A rib steak ( which was a bit fatty) A pasta - that was uninspired, and a really good gnochhi.

While I don't think I'll go back for specifically for dinner anytime soon, I can sure see myself stopping by with some friends on a Sat/Sun afternoon to watch a football game, have some beers and wings, and maybe then sticking around for dinner.

Cheers

Sep 01, 2008
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Via Tribunali QA (Sea)

So after a year I make it to Via Tribunali on Queen Anne. It was a Monday night at 5:30, We (my wife and I) walk in, and the place is pretty empty. We sit in one of the booths (after decining an offer to sit upstairs - which seemed odd I would think they would want to at least make the main floor look populated before filling the balcony).

We order two glasses of Ruffino, and two pies. Wine comes in jelly gasses, which is appropriate, then our two pies come quickly thereafter.

I have had wood fired pizza from the old Cucina Cucina that I have liked more -heck - I've had better frozen pizza !!!!

I was expecting a hot, crispy crusted delight - instead we got a warm, wet, soggy bottomed mess. The fresh mozzerella must have had a high water content because the pie was way to moist. there was hardly any carmalization, and no dark brown spots on the crust. It was pizza, and it wasn't uncooked, just cooked badly, so I didn't feel that I should send it back, it just wasn't what I expected.

All in all - not worth the 45 bucks we spent

Sep 01, 2008
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Lunchbox Laboratory

Stopped by a few Sundays ago, was totally un impressed ! They seemed to be so overwhelmed with 6 people in line, grill was way backed up, and the gal behind the counter was visably flusterd and running around like a chicken with her head cut off

Never made it to ordering, and doubt if we'll go back.

Sep 01, 2008
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Bought half a steer, now what ?

So I bought half a steer, and will be getting a call from the butcher in a week or so to discuss how I want it cut...

I know I'll want the ternderloin seperated from the new yorks, (no t-bone/porterhouse) I'll want flap steak and Flat iorns, I'll want bones for stock & dog use... any other tips on things I should ask for ???

Thanks !

John

Jul 05, 2008
tilt in Home Cooking

Local sweet corn, when? Seattle area

For a fun time call...... the Agassi corn festival, some time in September...

A few years ago we were in BC at Harrison Hot Springs in late September, and happened upon the Agassi Corn Festival...tons of fun... its great when you see a sign that says Fresh Corn 4 PM.... and you come back at 4 PM and there is a truck with guys who just picked it in the past 2 hours !!!!!!!!!!

Really, its a great time, and stay at the lake and enjoy it all !

Jun 13, 2008
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Best cocktails in Seattle?

Counterbalance at Betty.... Absolut Ruby Red, Countreau, lime..... The best

Jun 07, 2008
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Market Street Grill

Hmmm... things are starting to add up...... We have been fans of Market Street in Ballard for a LONG time, last time in (3 weeks ago ?) was just wierd - wine list was way different, service was a bit off, It was a Friday night, and the place was dead...I didn't see John or his wife .... It just was very odd... Hit its peak with Eddie Montoya.

Market Street was the first of the "gentrification" of Ballard (turning the valhalla into the old pecululiar doesn't count) ...and I'm truly sad to see it go.

Apr 16, 2008
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Stevenson, WA -- B, L and D Options

Haven't been down that way for a year, but, the Big Wind ? Big River ? in Stevenson has always done us well.... good pub food .

Have fun, and if you are feeling rustic, blow off the spa at Skamania and head up to Carson for soem real hot springs !

Apr 10, 2008
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QA (Seattle) Coffee/Bakery/doughnuts

For the past two months I have gone to Macrena almost every morning to get what I call a Blackberry scone, and what the bakery natzis call a Marionberry biscut... every day I walk in, and face the surly "Artisan" bakers, a few are nice, but most have no customer service skills in the least. And after two months I should be known as "the biscut guy"

Last week I walked in , and in my daze I asked for a Blackberry Biscut, and was told that they didn't have any, I looked in the case and said " Oh, I ment Marionberry biscut"... I then asked what the difference between a marion berry and a blackberry was - (knowing full well that a marionberry is a cross between two blackberries that was developed at OSU in Marion County Oregon) I was then told by the holyer than thou staff person that a marion berry was closer to a blueberry than a blackberry, and that they must call it a marionberry in case anyone is allergic....I shook my head......

The next morning I went to the new top pot location on Galer.I walked in to the clean, bright room, to the tune of giggleing of three gals behind the counter, and the faint sounds of upbeat 90 pop music (dare I say the Backstreet boys ?) These gals were having fun - I asked for a Maple Bar, and it was perfect... as was the fun attitude of those working there. I went back on Friday, same crew, music a bit more subdued, but still with the same fun attitude....

This Morning we went to Cafe Fiore on Galer across the street from Top Pot , again, service with a smile, and a true feeling that they appreciated that we were ther - I've never got that feeling from Macrena - so now with two great alternatives, I'll be going to work via Galer, and not Mcgraw !

Cheers
Tilt

Mar 09, 2008
tilt in Pacific Northwest

Edison, WA - Farm to Market Bakery

Took a field trip today up to the Skagit to look at herons at Padilla Bay.. had a great time, but the real find was the Farm to Market Bakery in Edison... We had a great sandwich on local bread that had salumi mole salami, avacoado, corn, melted fontina.... it was fantastic ! My son had a bowl of beef stew with lots of veg... also outstanding. Looked like they had wonderful sweets as well, but we will save those for another adventure.... those going up for tulips should take the side trip... great spot !

(and for those that sound PR'ish, look at my other posts, I'm a real contributor :) )

Mar 09, 2008
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Sitka and Spruce - Corkage

Oh one last thing...make sure what you bring is something unusual, or means something to you... the idea is to have a treasure from your cellar that you would like to enjoy with the chefs food, not to avoid a mark up in wine.......

Have a great time
Cheers

Feb 26, 2008
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Sitka and Spruce - Corkage

I've had the same experience as olive -

First I call the afternoon of the reservation inquiring of the corkage policy, and noting that I'll be bringing something in.... Then when we arrive I make a point of introducing myself, and disclosing that I called in the afternoon, and have brought a bottle of "xyz"... as we are seated the matre'd usually will take the bottle or we will place it on the table....usually we will discuss if it needs decanting or chilling, etc.... at this point the sommiellier is usually appears, and we discuss the little treasure on the table , at this point I slip in that I'd be pleased to share a bit with the sommiellier/chef if they would like.... they evening progresses, and at some point an extra glass will appear, a half pour is made, much swirling, inhaling, tasting and discussing goes on.....at this time we are usually 3/4 of the way through the bottle, so at that point I ask what on the list might be a good thing to compare/contrast, and give a comfortable price point....a reccomendation is made, and usually we will order the bottle, drink half of it, and take the other half home.... when I have done this (10 or so times) I have never been charged corkage, If I dont buy a bottle of something on the list, but still call/disclose/offer 7 times out of 10 the corkage will be waived, and the other times, well I get charged what they told me earlier in the afternoon.....Most expensive corkage I've been charged - $ 35.......

Cheers.

Feb 26, 2008
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Salmon cooked on a plank, over a fire, on an island thingy.

Very popular with tourists, and 4th Grade field trips.............

Sort of like those charter "lobster bakes" in New England, locals never go, but if you are from out of town, its a way to get on the water, and see a place you normally wouldn't.

Feb 23, 2008
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Portage??

....PS.. How to cook a wolf is right across the street....

Feb 08, 2008
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Portage??

Nice, but I think the best discription is "earnest" we have been 4 or 5 times, and the chef/owner comes out each time to check on things.... This was the site of one of the oddest service experience I have ever had... there were four of us, very good conversation going... after dinner, coffee comes, and while we are talking, our server interups our conversation for the burning question of.... "are you right handed or left handed" so that he may place the handle of the mug appropriately... just put the coffee down and let your guests enjoy themselves !!!!!!

Feb 08, 2008
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