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San Miguel de Allende

Zacateros #79 San MIguel de Allende

I hope it is still there!

Mar 13, 2009
magfoodguy in Mexico

Poppy

It is open now. Has anyone been?

Sep 16, 2008
magfoodguy in Pacific Northwest

New Foodie needs dinner menu help

Crab Bisque: I think a sauvingon blanc from new zealand would add a nice crispness to break through the cream.

Aug 01, 2008
magfoodguy in Pacific Northwest

SEA dinner rec for 10th anniversary

Le Gourmad in Ballard. Romantic setting and very good food.

Jul 23, 2008
magfoodguy in Pacific Northwest

Anyone been to the Corson Building yet?

I had dinner at the Corson Building last night. Excellent dinner with a few standouts. I will briefly describe what I can remember. From the past meals described here, there seems to be some similarities with the ingredients but different preparations.
Rabbit Pate served in the garden with a sparkling rose
Head cheese with gooseberries, onions and radish
Green bean and mussel salad with walnuts and a hint of cinamom (ex!)
Calimari served two ways
Blue cheese soufle with lovage (not family style) (ex!) very subtle
Grilled sardines with farro and green peppers
Rabbit cooked in olive oil over peach pits and branches (EX!) with almonds
Salad with heirloon tomatoes from Willy's in Tonasket (ex!)
Tritip (ex!)
Roasted apricots with a subtle herbaly creamy sauce
The flavors were fairly complex and not assertive. The ingredients were the true stars with herbs and other accompaninets used more of a background. It is great to set a table with people that know a lot about food because it is very fun to analyze the other things that are not necessarily mentioned about the dish. Eating there was much like the better days at the Herb Farm except more fun. It will be interesting to see how things evolve.

Jul 19, 2008
magfoodguy in Pacific Northwest

best lamb in seattle

I had a gyro yesterday at Stell's over by SPU. It was more of a burger on pita but was really good. It was definitely different and I will be going back for another one.

Jun 22, 2008
magfoodguy in Pacific Northwest

Seafood in Downtown Seattle (uncrowded on a Saturday?)

Well uncrowded on a Saturday is probably a bad thing. However, a few options are within walking distance including Etta's in the Pikes Place Market, Elliot's down on the waterfront and Oceanaire close to Pacific Place (which is probably the closest if you are Downtown). Hope this helps.

Jun 14, 2008
magfoodguy in Pacific Northwest

SEA - tacos al pastor?

I can't wait to get another fix tommorow!

Jun 14, 2008
magfoodguy in Greater Seattle

SEA - tacos al pastor?

El Agave Mexican Cuisine is at the Ballard Farmer's market and has the real deal. Pork sliced and spit roasted with a pineapple on top. Excellent and very authentic.

Jun 08, 2008
magfoodguy in Greater Seattle

San Miguel de Allende

One more thing. Flor de Lis, the great DF tamale restaurant, now has a location in SMA.

Jun 02, 2008
magfoodguy in Mexico

San Miguel de Allende

There is a really great cocina that features shrimp cocktail on the road to the Aurora Shopping Center. I think it might be H. Marcias. You should really seek it out as it was truly outstanding. It is widely known in the area. Sorry for the lack of details.

Overall, I was pleasant surprised that the food in SMA turned out to be pretty good.

Jun 02, 2008
magfoodguy in Mexico

Treasure Cafe- Wheeler

I tried calling for a reservation and the number was disconnected. Is the Treasure Cafe still around?

May 16, 2008
magfoodguy in Pacific Northwest

Mexico City Quandary

I did not eat at La Opera but had a drink there. The food I saw did not look that great. I think you would be better off eating at the original El Cardenal and then having a drink at La Opera later on. I thought the breakfast at El Cardenal was really quite good and the atmosphere and people watching were also worth the experience. Also worth checking out is the candy store of 5th de Mayo- Celaya. Excellent candies. There are several good restaurants located in the centro. If you have not checked it out it might be worthwhile just flipping through "Good Food in Mexico City: A Guide to Food Stalls, Fondas and Fine Dining" by Nicholas Gilman for some ideas on a place for comida.

Apr 06, 2008
magfoodguy in Mexico

Oysters

Elliot's on the waterfront, Shucker's at the Fairmont on 4th Ave and Emmett Watson's if you are in the PP Market all have a good selection of local oysters.

Apr 06, 2008
magfoodguy in Pacific Northwest

Best Oyster Bar in Vancouver?

Headed back up to Vancouver next week and want to sample some oysters. Last time we had pretty good luck at Rodney's. Any other suggestions?

real charcoal Seattle N End?

Sutter Home and Hearth on Ballard Ave has two kinds of real charcoal. One with mesquite and one with S American hardwoods. I like the one from SA hardwoods then add some wood blocks that you can also buy at Sutter. They probably have six different types of wood.

Apr 03, 2008
magfoodguy in Pacific Northwest

Trip Report - Mexico City / Oaxaca / Veracruz

Great photos.

I would also add that both "Mexico City: An Opinionated Guide for the Curious Traveler", by Jim Johnston, and "Good Food in Mexico City: A Guide to Food Stalls, Fondas and Fine Dining", by Nicholas Gilman are must reads.

I second the candied limes stuffed with coconut from Dulceria de Celaya on 5 de Mayo.

We found a great taco play in Polanco close to our hotel- Tazos Tacos or Taco Tacos. Something like that.

Anyway. Thanks again for sharing the photos.

Apr 02, 2008
magfoodguy in Mexico

Best Mexico area to vacation for food (and culture)?

Just returned recently from DF. Cominda at Cotramar was one of the best meals I have had in a long time and definitely a scene. We also ate at Pujol which was very good. Its great just to visit the various mercardos.

Mar 14, 2008
magfoodguy in Mexico

SEA - tacos al pastor?

Just back from Mexico City and must say this is a real challenge.

Mar 08, 2008
magfoodguy in Greater Seattle

tortilla soup?

I just got back from a trip to Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende. At a couple places, I had tortilla soup with fried pork rinds. It is a great addition!

Feb 18, 2008
magfoodguy in Home Cooking

Aguila y Sol Closed?

We are in Mex. City and tried to take a reservation for Aguila y Sol. According to our conceriege, the restaurant is closed. He recommed Pujol and after reading reviews here and in some magazines, we decided to go. The food was very good and so was the service. I had the mahimahi al pastor and the capichino squash blossom soup. I could barely sleep it was so good. Maybe someone on here knows what happened to Aguila y Sol.

Feb 01, 2008
magfoodguy in Mexico

SEA: Need recs for a great sicilian-american/italian-american place

I concur that Mondello's is very good for Sicilian. The owners are from Sicily. They also sell their pasta and some sauces at the Magnolia Farmer's market.

Dec 11, 2007
magfoodguy in Pacific Northwest

Making cassoulet, need ingredients

BTW. Chef Shop on Elliot sometimes have tarbais beans. It is my understanding that they will available only after the first of the year and only if the French do not buy them all. They are hard to find. As for Flageolet, you can buy them at DeLaurentis.

Dec 05, 2007
magfoodguy in Pacific Northwest

Making cassoulet, need ingredients

They have pork belly at Don & Joe's at the Pikes Place Market. You have to ask for it.

Dec 05, 2007
magfoodguy in Pacific Northwest

Turducken in Seattle?

University Poultry has them for $7/lb.

Dec 04, 2007
magfoodguy in Pacific Northwest

Second Annual Ultimate Seattle Restaurant Poll (2007)

1. Sitka & Spruce
2. Boat Street
3. La Carta Oaxaoca
4. Cafe Presse
5. Quinn

Dec 04, 2007
magfoodguy in Pacific Northwest

Seattle Restaurant in July - Any Help?

I should add that Flying Fish is probably the best local seafood place and they definitely feature local ingredients. I think the PI or Times recently reviewed it, too.

Jul 17, 2007
magfoodguy in Pacific Northwest

Seattle Restaurant in July - Any Help?

Drinks: go to Vessel. It is definitely one of the best places for cocktails in the US.
Dinner or lunch: Matt's in the Market in Pikes Place (of course) very Seattle and very good food.
Dinner: I second Crush and close by there is another good restaurant-Harvest Vine (tapas).
Other dinner places that I would recommend that are within 10 min or so include Sitka and Spruce in Eastlake but you must get there very early to get a table and Lark on Capitol Hill/Central Area-ish.

Jul 17, 2007
magfoodguy in Pacific Northwest

Seattle to Seaside Road Trip

Burgerville in Centralia! Great burgers and even better shakes.

Jul 16, 2007
magfoodguy in Pacific Northwest

Please help with prodigal daughter's visit home

I drove through South Bend and Raymond a few weeks ago. This is oyster country and there were lots of places serving oysters. Unfortunately, we did not have a chance to stop. I have bought oysters in South Bend before and there were amazing.

Jul 13, 2007
magfoodguy in Pacific Northwest