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Hominy in Vancouver?

Not impossible I've seen it a few places. But I agree the weird thing is that it is EVERYWHERE in the USA... wierd.

Apr 04, 2014
schraminvan in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Hominy in Vancouver?

I'm always amazed by how hard it is to find canned hominy in Vancouver. Every supermarket will have a Mexican section full of can goods, but no hominy. I've found a couple sources, like the store at Commercial & 14(?). At some point I saw a store that carried not the large cans but a soup can size can of hominy. Any saw this or have any sources close to Main Street?

Apr 04, 2014
schraminvan in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Liquid smoke in Vancouver?

Thanks for the info peeps! I've had trouble finding it in the past. Whole Foods? Thought they wouldn't sell something that's a known carcinogen. I'll check No Frills, Army & Navy.

Apr 03, 2014
schraminvan in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Liquid smoke in Vancouver?

Has anyone seen or know where to pick up some liquid smoke in Vancouver city?

Thx

Apr 02, 2014
schraminvan in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

2 Chowhounds (& Chowpup) in Pheonix for a week

Great looking list, thanks!

Mar 12, 2014
schraminvan in Phoenix

2 Chowhounds (& Chowpup) in Pheonix for a week

Hey CH, I've never been to the Southwest before, but have used these board for Pacific Northwest cities before with great results.

Me, my wife and our 10 month old girl are out for a week, staying at a rental in the Gilbert/Chandler area. This is our first trip with our new baby so our usual late night happy hour excursions are out. A couple of questions..

I've got Pig & Pickle, Pizzaria Bianco (as these look more casual thus kid friendly) on my list. Any other can't miss eateries? Looking also for solid Mexican food (Vancouver BC ain't quite there yet)

Is there anything worth checking out in the Gilbert/Chandler area?

Finally, I love beer, have any breweries/brewpubs that are worth a pilgrimage? (no drive is too far for good beer)

Thanks!

Mar 10, 2014
schraminvan in Phoenix

Seattle for Babymoon

Thanks for the tips everyone, we just got back and had a great weekend in Seattle.

We stayed in Capitol Hill at a great B&B called Foxglove, really really nice.

On Saturday we had lunch at Boom Noodle. Both of our dishes were great, but a little overpriced. I had Tokyo Ramen and my wife had Pad Thai. This place seemed never be full every time we walked by there all weekend. The atmosphere could use some work.

Saturday night we ventured into new territory in West Seattle. Nice little neighbourhood. Dinner at Ma'ono was excellent! Thanks for the recs Chowhounds! What a great restaurant, nice atmosphere, great service and to food and mixed drinks were top notch. Being a beer nerd, we went over to Beer Junction for bottle shopping and for e to have a pint. Really fun, definitely something that you'd never see north of the border. We had dessert at Shoofly Pie Co., which was OK, the coconut cream pie seemed a little stale and had far too much whip cream on top.

Sunday we were of for more new areas, in Queen Anne Hill. We spent all morning window and store shopping, really nice and relaxing. We planned to go to Toulouse Petit for brunch, but it looked like half of Seattle was waiting for a table out front so we abandoned that plan. We went over to Ballard for the Farmer's Market, ended up having sandwiches at Other Coast Cafe, super awesome, and just what we were in the mood for.

After a respite at Chuck 85th bottle shop (again very Seattle) we got in a crazy long line up before opening at Walrus and Carpenter. We waited and hour to get seated, but it was well worth it. AMAZING food and atmosphere, I can see what all the hype is about. The staff were calm, gracious despite the insane amount of volume. This was the highlight of the weekend for me.

We went back to Capitol Hill after this and spent the remainder of the evening nibbling and trying cocktails in various bars and restaurants in the neighbourhood. Smith, Tavern Law, Canon, Quinns. There sure we a lot of interesting looking places, if only we had more time!!

Before we left on Monday we ventured over to Toulouse again. They had a 3 course lunch for $15 for Seattle Restaurant Week. Whoa... What a lot of food! Although I wasn't too impressed with the presentation, nor the decor, it was a solid dining experience, great flavours, my lamb burger was awesome.

Thanks for all the feedback Chowhounds!

Apr 16, 2013
schraminvan in Greater Seattle
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Seattle for Babymoon

Fried Chicken & Whiskey, sounds like my slice of heaven! ..and a new Seattle environ to check out? Might have to definitely make a stop there. RW menu looks good, but no fried chicken... maybe on Saturday

Apr 09, 2013
schraminvan in Greater Seattle

Seattle for Babymoon

I just realized that it's Seattle Restaurant Week. Looks like a lot of things are booked!

Here's what I',m thinking so far
HH Saturday - ??
Dinner Sat - Quinns Gastropub
Brunch Sunday- Boat Street Cafe
HH Sunday - Walrus and Carpenter
Dinner - Somewhere in Ballard? Golden Beetle? Bastille? or head over to Freemont for Revel or Whale Wins?
Monday Breakfast - Skillet Diner

Apr 09, 2013
schraminvan in Greater Seattle

Seattle for Babymoon

Coming to Seattle for a little weekend geaway before we have our first baby. We've been many times, love the city. Havent been in while so I'm wondering where might be good to go for a nice dinner. Don't want anything to outrageous in price. like bustling places that are fun. Normally we stick around Belltown, maybe a trip to Ballard. This time we are in Capitoal Hill at a B&B and are looking for some more interesting areas of the city to explore.

Thinking on Sitka and Spruce, Walrus and Carpenter, Book Bindery, Boat Street Cafe, Whale Wins, Staple and Fancy, Nook for brunch, Canon for a good whiskey.Obviously don't have time for all that, so help me filter.

Also thinking about new areas of the city to go. Wallingford? Greenwood? Lake CIty? West Seattle? One thing I love about Portland is the variety of the neighbourhoods outside of downtown, whatchu got Seattle?

Apr 09, 2013
schraminvan in Greater Seattle

Coming back to Seattle after a few years

after looking around a bit more... if I want to go for a nice dinner, Spur or Book Bindery? What's the experience on price point at the end of the meal?

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Book Bindery
198 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109

Nov 08, 2011
schraminvan in Greater Seattle

Coming back to Seattle after a few years

Hi everyone, if my question is redundant just let me know. I've used CH in the past and gotten great results.

As I said in the title its been a few years since I've been down in Seattle, I'm a chef/teacher in Vancouver BC, and kinda wondering what I've been missing these last years. I love the Seattle food scene and have had some amazing meals there.

Been to in the past: Paseo, Salumi, most of Tom Douglas's places (PK rocks!), La Carta de Oaxaca, Top Pot, Matt's, Macrina Bakery, and a few others that escape me right now. I guess you could say I'm a fan of hole-in-the-wall type places, but also enjoy more upscale casual as well.

The list for now? ...looking at Revel, Quinn's, Spur, Walrus and Carpenter, Sitka and Spruce, Book Bindery, also going to SAM restaurant for chicken and waffles on Sunday brunch (the wife has a craving).

Is this a good list? Wouldn't mind hitting a few of these at least. Does anyone have anymore recommendations in the Downtown/Belltown area?

My other question... where are some great places for drinks happy hour or otherwise? I love the food scene in my Vancouver as well, but one thing that the U.S. always does better than us here North of the border is booze. Looking for some really good drinking places or somewhere with a good craft beer scene.

Let me know Seattle!

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Macrina Bakery & Cafe
2408 1st Ave, Seattle, WA

Salumi
309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Book Bindery
198 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109

Nov 07, 2011
schraminvan in Greater Seattle

Looking for an "Only In Seattle" type place

Agreed, it's awesome. You have to go during the day, during the week... the last I heard at least.

May 29, 2009
schraminvan in Pacific Northwest

Looking for an "Only In Seattle" type place

Here, here! I went to Paseo on a recommendation from this sight, (I live in Vancouver BC) and was blown away. Super good, tasty and fresh.... not mention inexpensive. Perfect!

May 29, 2009
schraminvan in Pacific Northwest

Seattle: super casual brunch place for 8

Awesome suggestion Zoogrrl. I've tried to go Macrina several times but the waits were immense. Is that brewery Elyssian?

May 29, 2009
schraminvan in Pacific Northwest

Seattle: super casual brunch place for 8

Hi,

I know brunch is a big deal on the West Coast. There will be 8 individuals looking for some grub on a Sunday. We will be walking from the Moore Hotel (Belltown) to Safeco Field.

Any suggestion for an easy brunch place along the way where we won't have to wait for a hour?

Thx

May 28, 2009
schraminvan in Pacific Northwest

Seattle happy hour on Saturday?

Wow! that's awesome Yoshi!

Who knew other people put so much work into cheap drinks

May 07, 2009
schraminvan in Pacific Northwest

Seattle happy hour on Saturday?

I'm looking for (and wondering) if any places in Seattle (Belltown/Cap Hill) have happy hour on Saturday afternoon. Any ideas or suggestions?

May 07, 2009
schraminvan in Pacific Northwest

Good Brewpub/Steak house - Seattle

Thanks for all the great reply's folks! What are the main drags of Cap Hill, if we're just walking around bar hopping?

May 01, 2009
schraminvan in Pacific Northwest

Good Brewpub/Steak house - Seattle

thanks T-dog, I will look up the Palace. I've been to Elyasian after a game before it was good, I love American micros. Any other suggestions? Now that I think of it any good restaurant, that has a fun type of atmosphere would be excellent. Belltown or Cap Hill?

Apr 29, 2009
schraminvan in Pacific Northwest

Good Brewpub/Steak house - Seattle

I'm from Vancouver Canada, but I am organizing a bachelor party in Seattle in July.

What I am looking for are suggestions for a good restaurant. I was thinking a steakhouse or nice brew pub, not mega expensive but with good drinks (strong!) and in the downtown area. I love Seattle and I know there are a lot of options so I want to try and narrow it down to good ones.

Also a couple a bars and perhaps a hotel if you're feeling really helpful.

Thanks

Apr 28, 2009
schraminvan in Pacific Northwest

cool eats in Seattle

Hey everyone thanks for all the great suggestions. I'm to Seattle today so I'll try to fit evrything in. I'm already fetting hungry!!

Jan 26, 2007
schraminvan in Pacific Northwest

Bacon in a Glass

Does any one know if I can get these beers in Seattle (and where) or Vancouver BC

Jan 22, 2007
schraminvan in Features

cool eats in Seattle

Yeah hearing alot about Paseo's, gonna definently make a trip up there

Jan 20, 2007
schraminvan in Pacific Northwest

cool eats in Seattle

Thanks alot
I went to La Carta two years ago and thought it was amazing! I live in Vancouver, BC and I wish we had more places like that

Jan 20, 2007
schraminvan in Pacific Northwest

best happy hour

all right seattlites... lets here where you can get the best in booze and cheap eats after work

Jan 20, 2007
schraminvan in Pacific Northwest

cool eats in Seattle

Basically just want some insiders information

Jan 20, 2007
schraminvan in Pacific Northwest

cool eats in Seattle

I'm going to Seattle next weekend. I am also a chef and in school so I'm kinda broke. Are there any really funky, cool but not outrageously expensive places to check out. Any suggestions are great. Coffee joints, lunch spots, dinner hideaways, also happy hours for Friday after work time

Thx
Steve

Jan 19, 2007
schraminvan in Pacific Northwest