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  1. Thanks cxt! I'm really looking forward to it! I love museums and the idea of exploring outside the city. Question for you, because I like getting a sense of distance and I'm very bad with maps: how long would it take, at a normal pace and without lingering anywhere, to walk from Tivoli to Nyhavn? As I'm investigating hotels (though I'm starting to lean toward the idea of renting an apt) I've been trying to figure out how far is too far. I'm a big walker and I like going out on foot and just exploring.

    Oh, I'm sorry it took me so long to see this! Thanks to Poots for answering the walking/timing question. I agree that nearly everything from Ameliensborg to Valby and Amager to Langlinie are walking distance. It might take up to an hour from one end to the other but there will always be something interesting to see.

    I highly recommend renting a bike or buying and selling back, if you will be there for a month or more. Everything is accessible on a bike and you can also take them on the trains.

    I haven't patronized them very much, but I hear that Emmery's, a little deli/coffee/bakery/wine shop with a few locations in Copenhagen, has the best of everything.

    In the future, I'll try to do a better job of keeping up with this, our one little Copenhagen thread!

  2. We're hoping to make our first trip to Copenhagen next year. I'd love to hear everyone's food (and non-food) suggestions.

    I think I am better at the non-food suggestions in Copenhagen. If you love modern art and marzipan, this is your city!

    -Take the train up the coast to Humlebaek and walk 5 minutes to the Louisiana Museum (just follow everyone else). Pick a day when the weather is (relatively) nice and take a picnic lunch. The ISO on Vesterbrogade is a block or so west of the main train station and has a good selection of breads, cheeses, wines, etc.

    - Another museum and picnic option is taking the train to Ishoej and the Arken Museum, followed by a picnic right on the beach, bathing suits more or less optional.

    - If you like contemporary art and are out on Nyhavn, go over to the shady side of the canal and stop in at Charlottenborg, the art school's exhibition space.

    - If you are not afraid of heights, climb the outdoor spiral staircase on the steeple of Vor Frelsers Kirke. Celebrate your ascent by going to nearby Christiania afterwards. I haven't been there since it was supposedly cleaned up by the police, but if Spiseloppen is still open, have lunch or dinner there.

    - The Canal tours sound touristy but they are fun. Be sure to duck your head at the bridges!

    - Poots and KJBecker are right -- Copenhagen is expensive. But there are lots and lots of cafes where you can sit for as long as you like and have a beer or a coffee. They are always relaxed and friendly. Try Den Tatovarede Enke, The Tattooed Widow, in Baron Boltens Gaard, if you like beer. Try the Carlsberg Brewery tour in Valby, a short bus trip west on the #6, if you like free beer. You can't go wrong with anything from the Reinh van Hauen bakeries.

    Have fun! Copenhagen is not as flashily beautiful as Paris or as flagrantly hip as London but it is friendly and comfortable and cozy.

  3. There was a nice review in the Times the other day of this new place.  The food sounded very interesting - has anyone tried it yet?

    You mean the yellow and blue building on the north end of Lake Union, right? We went there for lunch on a sunny day and had a great time lounging around on the patio. They had a hip-looking bar and dance floor downstairs and nice tables upstairs. In spite of the 80 degree weather, I couldn't resist a dish of beans and rice and braised vegetables called Christians and Moors, which was delicious. My co-workers had salads, which weren't that interesting. The service was pleasant and the view is great. I'll definitely go back.

  4. ... if she tried something she didn't like, entire racks would be tossed until they were to her satisfaction. ...

    Actually, I don't know if they were really "tossed"....my grandmother used to own a small apartment building on Capitol Hill and one of her favorite tenants was a Fran's employee, who used to bring us the "rejects". (I think they were up to taste standards, but misshapen or malformed). Ah, those were the days!

    I agree that Essential's are also excellent, although the prices give me the flutters. Are they up and running in the old Red Hook building or what? I peeked in yesterday and saw chocolate drippings on bowls and pans -- a good sign, but otherwise it still looked like it was under construction.

  5. Do all y'all think Owen really needs a car? Thesouth end of Lake Union to Leary Way in Ballard is less than a 20-mnute bike ride, even for a slow-poke like me. Westlake to Fremont is an ugly ride with no dedicated bike path, but I think taking a car through Fremont and Ballard is so unpleasant compared to biking!

    But this is eGullet, not eGearhead! Hre are some restaurant recommendations in Fremont, which is at the east end of Leary Way...

    Chiso or Blue C for sushi (the latter with the conveyor belt and improving sushi, I hear)

    Jai Thai or Kwanjai for thai

    El Camino for mexican

    fish and chips at Norm's or Pacific Inn (and they aren't bad at Nickerson Street Saloon)

    bar food at the Triangle

    there's a new panini and gelato place at the Lenin statue, although I've had only the gelato

  6. On 47th in the U District is University Seafood and Poultry. My usual Saturday routine in the summer is to go to the University Farmers Market to get produce, etc. and then to University Seafood

    Hey, this is my routine, too! See you there, LEdlund. I agree that University Seafood is terrific, both for fresh fish and preserved (kippered, smoked..not sure what the difference is but they are both great).

  7. I'm curious about the other products - has anyone tried the ice cream or the other cheeses?

    Hey, I was there yesterday too. I was the one sneaking way too many free samples of cheese curds.

    The butter, as you said, is intoxicating, so I always get that. I like the blank slate with honey and nuts on toasted bagels. Did you try the sample of limited edition Beecher's havarti they were giving out? I thought it was terrific. I haven't tried the others they make.

  8. I finally got to try the Frites on 10th! Let me just say they are the perfect apres-SIFF snack. The woman behind the counter was an Encyclopedia of Frites and tipped us to the scam of ordering one cone each, which got us 3 different sauces, plus a sauce sampler which got us 5 additional sauces for $1.00. My fave was the rosemary mayo and my companions were partial to garlic aioli. Poblano pepper was okay, as was their frite-saus (mayo, lemon, mustard). Curry ketchup was universally panned and our german expert Jenny said it was not at all like the curry ketchup on german sausages . She also said the true experience is having the sauce dumped right into the cone which makes travelling with them easier and also explains why you need to fish them out delicately with the two-pronged wooden implement.

    Thanks for the tip Laurie A-B!

  9. University Seafood between Brooklyn and University Ave on 47th has Copper River King for $22 a pound and Sockeye for $20. This is a wonderful place ("Celebrating our 55th year!") that will go out of their way to ship special orders or ice-pack fish for travelling.

    I saw a New York Times article in April that said that under FDA regulation, all fish that will be eaten raw except tuna must be frozen. The chefs like how this preserves freshness and flavor and makes it easier to slice. The FDA likes how it kills potential pathogens. Because isn't the big health concern in sushi non-bacterial microscopic nematode worms? These might not survive the freezing and thawing.

    Just to add to an earlier post on The Dangers Lurking in Your Food, it's true that some bacteria, like the one that causes botulism, can form an endospore that resists boiling, but not all do. Fortunately, boiling kills a reasonable number of food-borne microorganisms, including Ghiardia and pathogenic E. coli strains. I loved the info on scromboid poisoning, which triggers the reactions of an allergy. The crazy things you learn on eGullet....

  10. But as I was making breakfast for a friend and myself recently, I started really craving ...


    Scrapple, hehee! I worked in Pennsylvania for 8 years and couldn't bring myself to even look at scrapple, let alone eat it! (Sorry A.H.) But during that time, my family became addicted to the Grilled Sticky Buns from The Diner in State College, PA. One Christmas I even mail-ordered them as a present for my brother in law.

    Someone mentioned the Farrell's Tin Roof Sundae. Is the Dairy Queen Peanut Buster Parfait a reasonable substitute?

    Finally, I love salted danish licorice, brimming with ammonia chloride. As a habit, they are more dangerous than smoking -- rumor has it that eating 5 packages will raise your blood pressure enough to kill you, so fortunately for me, they are difficult to find here. (If you know where to get them, don't tell me!)

  11. than bros. pho is delicious, cheap , and dining alone is comfy.  plus, the cream puffs are divine

    I agree with lemony that Than Bros at the north end of Broadway near Roy is an incredible deal, although pho is best on a cold rainy day. Maybe you'll be lucky, and get one of those in Seattle during your visit!

    Has anyone been to Crave on 12th? I haven't yet, but my cousin says it's a good breakfast/lunch place. They have several wines by the glass and it's in malachi's neighborhood.

  12. This is a fun question, Really Nice! In March I visited a delightful place in London called Chowki. This restaurant features 3 regions of India each month, making dishes that are typical of home cooking in those regions. When we were there they were highlighting Hyderabad, Mangalore and Rajasthan. We had the 3-course regional feast, for which one chose a starter and a main dish from the same region, with the chef supplying the geographically appropriate dessert. Each dish came with many small side dishes -- vegetables and dal and rice and sauces, so it was like having Indian tapas. The long, shared tables encouraged kibbutzing so we spoke with an Englishwoman whose family is Indian. She verified the claim of authentic Indian home-cooking and said she came to Chowki often since the featured regions change each month.

    I love being able to sample many dishes and different flavors on a theme. Wouldn't it be great to have a place in Seattle that offered this kind of culinary virtual tour for India or any other country? I've also been intrigued by descriptions here and elsewhere of

    El Bulli and The French Laundry. Well, we can dream...

    (Look everyone, I've learned how to add links to my postings.)

  13. My worst Seattle dining experience has to be Beppo's five or six years ago.  We spent an hour and a half waiting outside drinking crappy house wine.  Then, we sat down to a lovely (not) meal of a variety of pastas that all tasted pretty much the same

    This thread describes my Beppo's experience precisely! I went with relatives who think it is wonderful although I failed to see the appeal. Maybe they didn't eat in the dorms at college so it was a novel experience to stand in line to eat pasta primavera whose topping was obviously scooped directly out of an industrial-sized can of mixed vegetables plus parmesan cheese cut 30/70 with anti-clumping agents. They also love Melting Pot, by the way.....

    In my humble opinion, Olive Garden<Beppos=Chuck E. Cheese

  14. Anyone been to Cophenhagen more recently? Would love some recs for a friend...especially for Danish food. Thanks!!

    I go to Copenhagen for a few months every year. I don't go out too much, but here are some ideas:

    Brasserie Degas on Jernbanegade

    Spiseloppen (mentioned above although I don't know how the recent Christiania crackdown has affected it!)

    Cafe Viggo on Vœrnedamsvej is nice for eating alone. They are laid-back and wonderfully friendly, it's on an interesting street and you can sit outdoors.

    Last year RW Apple in the New York Times recommended Kommandanten, Le Sommelier and Godt (all fairly expensive).

    None of these are danish food, though! The Times article also recommended Ida Davidsen's and Cafe Victor for danish food. I haven't been to either, so I don't know if they are a bit "touristic" as my danish boyfriend would say. See www.aok.dk for addresses and opening times.


  15. cxt mentioned the pugliese loaf at Essential. Does anyone know how that compares to the same pugliese loaf from that Italian bread bakery in NYC that Mario uses all the time on his show...the name escapes me but the loaves are very dark and crusty.

    Oh dear, I barely remember what I ate for lunch, let alone a bread I may or may not have tasted the last time I was in the city 2 years ago! The Essential pugliese is medium dark and all their breads have a nice crust, defined as producing a healthy spray of crumbs all over the kitchen counter when you slice into them. Keep in mind that I live 30 seconds away from the main bakery so I get them right out of the oven. The ones in the grocery stores might not be quite so Optimal.

    Also, Le Painier....the chocolate filled croissants.....beyond delicious!

    As long as we have left the realm of strictly bread, I can also recommend the croissants at Le Fournil, just south of the University bridge.

    (Sorry, messed up the quotes. Maybe Mamster will fix it?) Done! -mamster

  16. I love Portland! This is does not fit the upscale criterion at all, but the cuban restaurant Canita on Burnside is tons of fun. Maybe a pre- or post-dinner drink? And don't forget, Powell's Books is open until 11 p.m.! (Although unfortunately most of their cookbooks are not at the downtown location).

  17. But there are no local tomatoes this time of year. Can only do the possible...try it in the summer!

    Oh, that's true...what was I thinking. I should have ordered the never-out-of-season pastrami!

    Has anyone tried the sandwiches at Beechers, the cheese place in Pike Place Market? I was there today but didn't get a sandwich. On the recommendation of the eGullet member who works there I got the honey fromage blanc (Blank Slate), which is so delightful that after trying it with various bread-cracker-walnut-hazelnut combinations, I'm now eating it straight out of the container off a spoon.

  18. WHAT?!  I just looked above and saw something about a Polish deli? 

    Must be George's, the place that we talked about some on this thread

    George's has the world's best horseradish.

    I went to Persimmon a few weekends ago and the eGulleteers were absolutely right about the atmosphere: it's quite cozy and neighborly. The sandwiches were good, but not as celestial as I was expecting from the reviews. I don't know about the Farmer's Market produce, because a few minutes after I ordered the caprese, one of the staff went out the door and returned 10 minutes later with a package of plastic-wrapped tomatoes (maybe it was for his own dinner). Anyway, I'll definitely go back for the breakfast.

  19. Thanks for the advice everyone! I talked to the manager of the state liquor store in Wallingford. Yes, they take special orders, but if the product is not already available in another state store (see useful link in tighe's post) one is obligated to buy an entire case. I'm not quite that thirsty, so I think I'll try one of the internet outlets.


  20. Oh, I did hear that the shop will specialize in European desserts. I'll be curious to hear any reports on this place. They're supposed to open in early March. Their address is going to be 2224 N. 56th St.

    Speaking of european pastries, I thnk the European Restaurant and Pastry Shop on 41st and University (I know, I know, the U District isn't exactly a restaurant paradise) has been completely taken over by the evil teriyaki side of the restaurant. I will miss the chocolate covered macaroons with the size and sturdiness of traffic buttons and the mohn (poppy seed) strudel.

  21. My sister has her own apparatus for deep frying turkeys and we're never terrible concerned about eating them as soon as they come out of the fryer. The advantage is that they cook in 45 minutes as opposed to hours and hours and hours. It is also highly entertaining to watch my brother in law impale a turkey on a hook and slowly lower it into boiling oil. The turkey doesn't get dipped in batter, so it is not like they are a whole turkey tempura that you'd want to eat as soon as possible. I think getting one "take-out" would be fine.

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