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Yays and nays from Trader Joe's, lately [OLD]

Oh my gosh...I thought I was going insane, but I thought the asian marinated chicken breasts tasted like fish (salmon specifically), too!!! I'm saving the one I didn't eat for the next time I go so I can return it. Blech!

A yay for the Green Onion Soup though (comes in a little microwavable bowel with seasonings). I actually made it on the stove top and drizzled in some egg for protein - yuuummmmmm!

Mar 17, 2009
mariannas in Chains

Trader Joe's new frozen buttermilk biscuits!

I just tried them and thought they were delish! I have a weakness for biscuits and rarely feel like making whole batch so this is a great way to get my fix. Straight out of the oven with butter and warmed jam...heaven!

Nov 14, 2008
mariannas in Chains

A third milk thread: why in the world do people buy skim or low-fat milk?

I rarely drink milk on it's own period. Actually, the only time I drink it is if I have cookies and it's 1% or skim when I do. I grew up on Skim milk and 1% is now the compromise my whole/2% milk loving SO and I make. If I drink 2% or whole milk on it's own, it's too rich. However, I always opt for them in coffee drinks or for cooking. If I can't taste it on it's own and feel it in my mouth, it's ok. To drink it straight up is just too rich for me...although I have no problem with triple cream bries. Go figure.

Nov 02, 2008
mariannas in General Topics

Lunchbox Laboratory

I ate there today around 3 and they had a steady stream of customers. They are closed Mondays and Tuesdays though. My new favorite topping is their candied basalmic onions. Oh soooooo delicious.

Oct 18, 2008
mariannas in Pacific Northwest

Really Crappy Unhealthy Disgusting Toe-curling Junkfood!

Ahhhhh yes...the "Frito Bandito." I was first introduced to that magical mixture at a summer camp I used to go to. We always had Frito Banditos on our overnight camp out...and S'mores of course.

Oct 06, 2008
mariannas in General Topics

Yakima Fruit Stands

Piety Flats used to be a fruit place known as the Donald Fruit Store. They always had great produce. However, I'm not sure if they still do fruit sales or if they are only doing the wine business. Probably a topic for the wine boards, but what places are you hitting up?

Sep 25, 2008
mariannas in Pacific Northwest

"Jazz"-ed up about apples

Oh man...winesaps used to be one of my very favorites. I remember when my dad pulled out our very few winesap trees to make room for something else (probably galas) - it was probably almost 20 years ago now - and I was devastated.

Sep 23, 2008
mariannas in General Topics

"Jazz"-ed up about apples

Having grown up on an apple orchard I'm sometimes surprised how much I love them. There were other examples of foods I ate a lot of as a child that I now hate, but apples...apples I have always loved.

That being said, my favorite has to be the Braeburn. I do love a good Fuji but Braeburns are my favorite fresh. However, for a pie I do a combo of Fujis and Braeburns for a perfectly textured dessert. I can't wait to go home next week and pick some right off the tree!

Sep 21, 2008
mariannas in General Topics

Candy you eat only during Halloween?

Candy corn. I just bought myself a bag today and it's almost gone! Oh well...at least they are fat free.

Sep 21, 2008
mariannas in General Topics

Red Robin Burgers

No, but I remember the book. ;)

Sep 01, 2008
mariannas in Chains

Red Robin Burgers

As much as it shouldn't matter, we've found that the best way to ensure almost properly cooked (I say almost since they don't do a proper medium rare) is to go at off hours.
I'm lucky in that my SO and I have flexible schedules and prefer to eat mid-afternoon and we've always had good luck getting good burgers at that time. Going at 6 pm though? No way. Ours is just too crowded and I don't think even the best cooks would be able to pay attention to the food that way it should be.

Aug 26, 2008
mariannas in Chains

Best Trader Joe's cookies?

It's all about the bite-sized biscotti. I always pick up several packs whenever I go to TJ's. They don't last long though...if I don't hide them from the SO the disappear in less than a day!

Jul 06, 2008
mariannas in Chains

Top Chef-Reunion

I don't think one needs to have read the Dahl books to know who Willy Wonka is...

Jun 18, 2008
mariannas in Food Media & News

best lamb in seattle

I love the lamb burger at Campagne - that with their frites and extra aioli is pure heaven. Yum.

Jun 18, 2008
mariannas in Pacific Northwest

What goes in your pulled pork sandwich?

Number five with diced white onion....and loads of BBQ sauce.

May 27, 2008
mariannas in General Topics

[SEA] Dinner downtown after SATC premiere

PK takes reservations for parties of 6 or more.

May 20, 2008
mariannas in Pacific Northwest

How is Andina in Portland?

I live in Seattle, but one of the last times I was in Portland I went based on the strong recommendations of some of my friends.

I thought it was better than lots of places, but I wasn't 100% thrilled. I think what threw me off was the dinner rolls. I know...small, stupid thing to get worked up about, but the night I went they tasted (and looked) exactly like the dinner rolls you get on a plane. Dry and cold with that funny aftertaste you get with cheap rolls. They had dipping sauces, but they didn't really match the bread and therefore didn't make much of an impact. A crustier, rustic bread would have suited the sauces much better.

Everything else was good, but I wasn't thrilled. I think it might depend on how familiar one is with fine dining. While I have been fortunate to have numerous fine dining experiences, this restaurant was one of the first for a few of my friends and I am not sure if the meal lived up to the hype.

May 15, 2008
mariannas in Pacific Northwest

Need rec's for a week in Seattle/Victoria/Vancouver

Not a restaurant, but make sure you hit up Roger's Chocolates in Victoria. Their Empress Squares are a little bite of heaven.

May 09, 2008
mariannas in Pacific Northwest

Lunchbox Laboratory

I *finally* was able to check out Lunchbox Laboratory tonight and boy am I happy I did. There were quite a few mouth-watering choices to be had, but as I am a girl of simple tastes I went for the prime rib burger with sharp cheddar, carmelized onions and mayo (I think it was the malt vinegar mayo). I also had a side of mac & cheese, tater tots with smoked tea salt, and a nutella shake. I knew from my fellow hounds that I was ordering way too much, but I wanted to try a little of everything that sounded delicious and figured what I didn't eat, my SO would happily wolf down later tonight.

Now for the big question...was it good? Most definitely. Whoever decided on grinding up prime rib and slapping it on a burger deserves a hug. It was the juciest, yummiest meat I think I've ever had between two slices of bread product. I think if I could have the LL meat on a Quinn's brioche roll (do they make their own bread?), that would be my perfect burger. Lots of nice sharp cheese and I was on my way to a happy tummy. My only complaint is that I didn't even really notice the carmelized onions were there. I don't know if there needed to be more of them or if the flavor just wasn't there, but I found myself adding the red raw onion to get that taste I was after.

The mac and cheese was great. I can't wait to eat it tomorrow for lunch...or breakfast. I loved the addition of blue cheese and am very glad I ordered it - even if it was cheese overload (in a very, very good way!).

All in all, I can't wait to go back. It's not a place you can go everyday nor would I probably be able to go more than twice a month without tremendous amounts of guilt. However, when only comfort food will do this place will be on my very short list (along with Quinns).

May 07, 2008
mariannas in Pacific Northwest

Love letter to Quinn's

I went with friends who aren't big meat eaters. They ordered a (seared? I'm not a fish eater so I am not positive that is how it was prepared) tuna dish and a bread salad. They said they were great although my SO (who also ordered a bread salad) said he missed the mozzarella on the salad.

Apr 17, 2008
mariannas in Pacific Northwest

Love letter to Quinn's

I actually did ask for no bacon as I wanted to taste the beef. I can't live without cheese though. ;)

Apr 17, 2008
mariannas in Pacific Northwest

Love letter to Quinn's

After reading all the buzz here on CH I just had to go and try their burger. I have long used the Palace Kitchen as my "gold standard," but no more. My burger was perfectly medium rare and the brioche it was served on stood up beautifully to the all the wonderful juices. My biggest complaint about the Palace burger is that the bread they use turns to mush as you eat it - not so easy to eat!.

I went with my SO and a group of friends and everyone was very happy. My SO got a lamb dish with a polenta and goat cheese side. Oh my gosh...I could have eaten a meal of that polenta. Just delicious.

I also tried their "crimson poire" cocktail. I don't drink too much and I was very happy with my choice. It had a light cinnamon taste to it and the rhubarb compote at the bottom was so fresh and spring-y. What a great way to celebrate one of the first real spring days in Seattle!

Apr 12, 2008
mariannas in Pacific Northwest

Polish cooking - any knockout recipes?

Interesting! I was never sure if sauerkraut was something that was actually Polish or if it was something my Polish grandfather just liked.

One of the best memories was my great aunt and uncle visiting from Poland in 1988 or 1989 and making Pierogis. I have never liked any of the pierogis I've had since then. I could have done without the cabbage rolls though...not my favorite!

Apr 06, 2008
mariannas in Home Cooking

Polish cooking - any knockout recipes?

We *might.* I don't have it here though. I probably won't be going home for a few months, but if someone from my family comes to Seattle to visit me I'll make sure to ask them for the Polish recipe stash - we might have one in there.

Apr 04, 2008
mariannas in Home Cooking

Polish cooking - any knockout recipes?

Yes! Polish "burgers" with or without saurkraut. Unfortunately, I don't have the recipe, but my dad does! When is your party? He is out of town until Monday and then I can call home and have someone read it to me. Basically, it's ground meat (I can't remember if it's beef or beef and pork or pork and veal...), breadcrumbs, butter, maybe some onion...mixed together and grilled in bacon fat. Mmmmmmm delicious. My grandfather was Polish and the recipe is from our beloved Polish cookbook.

Edit: Just kidding, I found the recipe! I knew it had to be somewhere.

Polish hamburgers (do not serve on a bun...well, I guess you could, but I wouldn't. we always had them with saurkraut, though I'm not sure how Polish that is).

1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons bacon drippings
3 slices white bread
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. ground pork
salt and pepper (to taste)
1/3 cup breadcrumbs

Fry onions in 1 tsp. drippings till golden
Soak bread in milk
Combine onions, bread, milk, egg, beef, and pork
Season and mix very well.

Form 8 patties, roll in bread crumbs
Brown in remaining hot drippings
Place in 350 degree overn for 20 minutes.

I cannot even describe how good these are.

Apr 04, 2008
mariannas in Home Cooking

Red Velvet Cake

When I worked in Madison Park I used to get the red velvet cupcakes from Bella Dolce...giant, moist, and delicious - topped with a cream cheese frosting with a lovely hint of coconut. I could really go for one of those right about now!

Mar 29, 2008
mariannas in Pacific Northwest

Any good sodas out there with no corn syrup??

The IBC I picked up (the cream soda variety) most definitely had HFCS listed.

Mar 25, 2008
mariannas in General Topics

35th Street Bistro - Tom Black

We went there today after not going for about a year (just never made it over to Fremont) and I was a little disappointed. I used to love their eggs benedict, but I found that it was really greasy as the english muffin appeared to be saturated in butter. My SO had their burger which I've always heard rave reviews about and was disappointed as well. It too was really greasy - the plate was covered in oil by the time he was done.

I mean...we aren't health food nuts or anything like that and yes, certain degrees of fattiness are to be expected with the dishes we ordered them, but this was just overkill in my opinion.

Mar 16, 2008
mariannas in Pacific Northwest

Low sodium?

Yes. DO NOT use a salt sub if you are a kidney disease patient. Potassium and salt intake need to be limited since the kidneys can't filter out the potassium as easily and salt makes people retain water.

Mar 13, 2008
mariannas in Home Cooking

Most disgusting taste (of normal foodstuffs)

It's fish for me too. When I was little my parents had a hard time finding things for me to eat because I was very sick and barely ate anything. Basically I survived on fish sticks and cheerios. I still like my cheerios, but almost any seafood product makes me ill just thinking about it.

My SO loves sushi and I *finally* let him take me to a well known sushi restaurant in our city. I figured if anyone can teach me that fish is fantastic, this is the place.

Not the case. I ate some sushi rolls (tuna and tempura shrimp) and even tried a halibut cheek. I was feeling pretty proud of myself, but all the rest of the evening I somehow felt...tainted. I couldn't get rid of the feeling until I literally had to rid myself of the offending product from my body (I'm sorry for the visual). I swear, I could taste and smell it for over a day and got ill just thinking about chewing it.

Blllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeechhhhhhhhhh.

Mar 13, 2008
mariannas in Not About Food