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B-ham disappointments

I have another one - Super Mario's restaurant on Northwest. Go get the mixed pupusas and roll around in the glorious carb frenzy. So fricking good. The restaurant itself is a very clean but ugly place - if you're the type, I think it makes a fun takeout meal to go eat on your lap looking at the bay.

Anything new in Bellingham these days ?

Anyone tried Maikham on North State Street, in the old Dashi space? I hear it's Thai and Laotian. Google isn't turning anything interesting up. I may just have to invent a justification to eat out again this week.

I can report that I & Wife Thai is pretty good. My standards aren't super high for Thai, I don't know enough, but I really appreciate that they are very obviously cutting their fresh veggies fresh. Everything actually looks newly hand cut with care.

Anything new in Bellingham these days ?

I've been in once for nachos and a game. Nothing earth shattering, very generic pub food, but I suppose that's a guaranteed money maker.

Oct 07, 2014
Vetter in Pacific Northwest

What to make with homemade Concord grape vinegar?

It's incredibly vivid and fresh tasting, but I need ideas and I have over a half gallon to play with and give away. I seem to be the only shrub drinker in my group of friends. So far I've thought of using it with venison, maybe with a spicy rub or Cajun seasoning and deglazing the pan, and perhaps in a vinaigrette over bitter greens with hazelnuts. What jumps out at you?

Gotta admit, some is going over ice with its countertop companion, the grape infused vodka...

Sep 29, 2014
Vetter in Home Cooking

Anything new in Bellingham these days ?

I had a great discovery there - do you know the owner gives you free leaf lard if you ask for it with your purchase? I was astonished to find a 16 oz sized tub of pastured pork lard handed to me with my sausages. That guy is RAD.

Butter shopping in Bellingham

Good question. I haven't seen any of those, but I don't recall looking at Terra Organica. I recall that Breckenridge Dairy used to make a nice salted butter, but it's been years since I had it (they used to come to the market). I get Kerrygold at Costco or TJs. You can definitely get grassfed raw cream in town if you want to make your own.

I'm curious to hear what you turn up! Yay for good butter!

Jun 22, 2014
Vetter in Pacific Northwest

Bellingham's Rock & Rye

Don't get me wrong, I plan on going and I hope it's fabulous. But I get so tired of the local fine dining places aiming for classy and hitting silly and pretentious. (I didn't read gastric as a spelling error.) There is nothing wrong with plain and simple English OR in taking the pride to get the term of art correct. I guess I'm just hypersensitive after years of riding the elevator in the Towers and rolling my eyes at the Nimbus menu, former home of vegan charcuterie ;)

I do wonder - isn't the place owned by the same people as Bayou? Will they keep investing the money in quality ingredients and a spotless interior? Bayou started out as a MUCH different creature than it is now. I hope this is a fresh start.

Jun 22, 2014
Vetter in Pacific Northwest

Bellingham's Rock & Rye

That menu cracks me up. It is so hard to take a place seriously when they call a gastrique a gastric (mm, gastric juices?) and don't use spell check. It's like the Nimbus menu writer has come back to torment us all.

Edited to add: Oh lord, I can't help it, PUDGET SOUND? I weep.

Jun 21, 2014
Vetter in Pacific Northwest

substitute for soy sauce

Coconut aminos are delicious. OP may want to note the sugar content, but they are fun to play with. I particularly love them with good fish sauce and Korean gochujang - awesome synthesis.

Mar 29, 2014
Vetter in Special Diets

Your favourite carb substitute?

I just ran across a new cauli rice that looks splendid - can skip the raisins, obviously, but isn't this interesting? Bright spices, tartness, texture from cashews: http://food52.com/recipes/21165-spice...

Mar 02, 2014
Vetter in Special Diets
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Your favourite carb substitute?

How do you prepare the veggie noodles to maximize texture/minimize the "wet"? That is the skill I need to acquire to finally sell these to my gluten eating & blood sugar stable hubby. I managed to get him happy with cauli rice, but it's not inherently AS wet.

Do I salt and drain the cut up veg then cook? I never see technique addressed on the low carb sites, but I think it's so important.

I love the eggplant idea!

Feb 23, 2014
Vetter in Special Diets

Bellingham - BBQ recs ?

The beans are straight out of a can. They told me. Sigh. Meat is pretty good, but the sides are all meh in my experience. The potato salad I had last week was full of undercooked potatoes and was very bland. I wish they'd just pick a couple things and do them well - and NOT use disposable plates and cutlery.

Jan 07, 2014
Vetter in Pacific Northwest

Anything new in Bellingham these days ?

My east coast pizza snob tells La Fiamma he wants it DONE on top and bottom and is marginally happier with the pizza. Maybe some other folks could embrace his cheeky request. There is an improvement. But I eat gluten free, so my evaluation is purely visual. (Bottom line, though - we do pizza at home too. Even GF I can beat the pants off Bham bought pizza.)

Jan 07, 2014
Vetter in Pacific Northwest

Anything new in Bellingham these days ?

Keenan's is good but spendy. But at least now I feel like they are trying, in earnest, to put food out they can take pride in. That is kind of lacking in this town and I really appreciate the new attitude. I wish the space was cozier (ah, I miss Prospect Street too) but we can't have it all. The view is splendid!

Jan 07, 2014
Vetter in Pacific Northwest

What makes your pumpkin pie delicious?

Just checking - only 250F? Seems low even if precooked. I'm gonna give this a try. Have you seen that Food52 recently published a similar caramelized pumpkin pie recipe? Thank you!

Nov 12, 2013
Vetter in Home Cooking

Soy House, Bellingham

I am PUMPED. I work downtown and I know I'll be looking for excuses to go out to lunch when I should be eating leftovers! They are saying they open on the 9th.

I'm not saying they make transcendental food, and it's no cheap pho joint, but damn it is nice to eat somewhere 1) spotlessly clean, 2) awesome at keeping the truly gluten free safe, 3) uses real ingredients respectfully.

I am tickled pink for them that they can make a second location happen. Gotta admit - this southsider avoids driving to Little Canada more and more. ;)

Sep 06, 2013
Vetter in Pacific Northwest

Fairhaven happenins' [Bellingham]

I have only had atrocious (clearly dumbed down &/or manufactured) food at Jimmy's. I am floored that they could beat Soy House at anything. You must have caught them on a good day or maybe Soy House does a crummy sandwich? I wouldn't know - I can't do gluten. But I am perennially amazed that Jimmy keeps doors open. (That includes the nail shop - I do not get good employee-employer vibes in there, and won't go anymore.)

Jul 19, 2013
Vetter in Pacific Northwest

What's the best "green" or environmentally friendly dishwashing liquid you've used?

I had to come put in a vote for soapnuts liquid. I make it very strong and freeze and fridge it, and vastly prefer it for laundry...and recently found it does a great job on average dishes. I wouldn't use it for a pork-fat heavy meal, but a marinara bowl? Sure. You do have to get used to the idea that the lack of suds doesn't mean anything (or blend it up into foam if you must).

It also leaves NO scent. Same thing with laundry. The liquid has a vinegarish scent, but it washes away beautifully.

Jun 20, 2013
Vetter in Cookware

What's the best "green" or environmentally friendly dishwashing liquid you've used?

Simple Green is toxic. Check out the MSDS and the Environmental Working Group information. They fooled a LOT of us. (It hurts my lungs - which is why I looked it up to begin with. And wow.) Did you know it can kill insects? Really not good stuff.

Jun 20, 2013
Vetter in Cookware

The Bad Math Guy

Some of us pay a lot more sales tax - it's utterly reliable math for the math impaired.

For background, I've spent most my life in the Seattle area. Doubling the tax is always over 15%. Seattle proper, nearly 20%. I usually round up, too.

I don't see a lot of 20% tippers around here.

Jun 19, 2013
Vetter in Not About Food

Peri peri in Seattle area?

I'm looking for pure and FRESH peri peri - not a mix, so even Penzey's won't work. Ground is fine so long as it is fresh. I have two online (South African expat focused) shop options but I am really needing my fix! Any leads?

Mar 02, 2013
Vetter in Greater Seattle

Restaurant Lost Running Water & Stayed Open

I've sent my email. I am not calling the health department. I am pretty sure that the situation what similar to what Bobbert described. I do really want to know that the restaurant will learn from this, though. The takeaway that day was really "they are flaky or just don't care" and that bothers me. Still waiting for a response from ownership...who may be reading this thread, for all I know.

Feb 26, 2013
Vetter in Not About Food

Restaurant Lost Running Water & Stayed Open

I wasn't clear enough - this was a surprise to the staff. Not a planned outage. And the store is 20 minutes away.

Feb 25, 2013
Vetter in Not About Food

Restaurant Lost Running Water & Stayed Open

I wasn't the person in the group with the car keys and the food was already out. I wasn't thrilled, I assure you.

Feb 25, 2013
Vetter in Not About Food

Restaurant Lost Running Water & Stayed Open

Oops- this is a reply to treb:

They lost water. Full stop. Did they have two hours worth of clean water tucked away in the kitchen for hand and dish washing? Unlikely. And nobody, staff nor customs, could use the bathroom.

Feb 24, 2013
Vetter in Not About Food

Restaurant Lost Running Water & Stayed Open

Fellow Hounds, I just came back from brunch at a slightly upscale restaurant. It's a destination place for most locals, located in a purely residential area about 20 minutes "out of town". In other words, there was one available public sink & toilet for customers and staff.

One of my party returned to the table perplexed that she couldn't get the faucets to work in the bathroom. Once asked, our server looked mortified and reluctantly admitted that the water had just stopped working and that staff was out back working on it.

The restaurant kept seating people. I sat there uncomfortably. Between needing to use the ladies and the thought of unwashed hands...

By the end of our very leisurely meal - just under 2 hours later - I went to investigate again. The bathroom was still labelled out of order but another patron was in there experimentally flushing the toilet. The two (!) servers at the counter both couldn't tell me if the water was back on and had to ask other staff. It had just come back on.

I'm tempted to write the restaurant and just give them some feedback about how this was handled. How they handled this really undermined my confidence about the hygiene standards of the place. My town is already hurting for decent restaurants. I do want them to stick around.

What do you think?

Feb 24, 2013
Vetter in Not About Food

Etiquette question

Because it's not about how they like it. It's about not having the modesty or patience to stretch a bit and try to enjoy something out of ones comfort level.

(Don't get me wrong, I'm with Calpurnia here, but the kid is a clod.)

Feb 04, 2013
Vetter in Not About Food

Etiquette question

+1 It's like when I cook for my in-laws. I simplify and try to get in touch with what is conventional. It's more comfortable to have them enjoy my for-their-benefit cooking than to watch them push around one of my more authentically me efforts.

Feb 04, 2013
Vetter in Not About Food

Etiquette question

I didn't read the OP as taking himself too seriously. Just having a bit of pride in his food, and in a position to enjoy good manners from his guests. It's one thing to occasionally drown out the food with sriracha - but to do it all the time is disrespectful.

Feb 04, 2013
Vetter in Not About Food

Remember me? The sun-dried tomato ...

This post is years old. And yet...I feel the need to tell you that I love you.

Feb 03, 2013
Vetter in General Topics