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  1. Hing Loon has a great braised pork belly with taro (or with fermented vegetables) that is just the thing in this blustery time of year.
  2. La Taberna del Alabardero is fairly new and I've heard their paella is quite good, though I haven't eaten it myself. I enjoyed their huevos rotos and service is attentive. I would pass on Tango, although the bar is nice for cocktails and non-committal nibbles.
  3. Hi all, It´s been a while since any posts on the scene in Granada. I will be here until June and am curious to know if there are any new developments here. I have not been to the city for a few years and am looking for a place to work or stage. (Have knives, will travel.) Although I adore traditional food, I am looking for any places that tend towards a more modern cuisine, albeit grounded within tradition. It appears that Restaurante Iris has closed. I am curious about Iberos y Patagónicos, if indeed it is still around. Very interested in Calima in Marbella-- is there anything similar going on in town? Cheers, and thanks in advance!
  4. Sitka and Spruce is pretty damn amazing. They haven't been doing brunch very long but, wow. Chill atmosphere, great coffee and fantastic egg dishes along with a full spread of delights (ie. octopus salad, salame, housemade yogurt, roasted beets) to sample.
  5. A pho restaurant is opening in what used to be Coffee Messiah. Now there's a reimagined space!
  6. Expo is short for expediting tickets or reading off orders as they come in; coordinating simultaneous platings of dishes from different stations, making sure they get out in a timely fashion and often finishing the plates (wiping the rims, garnishing, etc.)
  7. While the room at Nell's is a bit strange, I think the food and service are among the most enjoyable and accomplished in Seattle. It's really too bad that you were disappointed. I'd certainly give it a chance.
  8. Nell's is my old standby for Monday nights. Haven't noticed if they are particularly veg. friendly, but I'm sure if you called ahead Philip could whip something up for your friends.
  9. I called Bandol this morning to see if they were open for lunch. Well, they weren't, and it turns out that they are closing soon, perhaps as soon as this next week. It's really a shame, I never even got to try it out.
  10. I think we can all agree here that Mutual Fishis one of our top picks for quality seafood (see shrimp thread going on right now). They're just north of Columbia City on Rainier Ave. S. (just south of the ID). Also, I'm a Larry's girl (when I'm in the hood) and I really think the fish counter help at any Metropolitan Market is always pretty good. If you tell us what neighborhood in Seattle you'll be looking, we could probably find more places where you can find salmon closer to you. Or, wait, were you asking where to buy actual salmon, or could you possibly mean good restaurants where you can order salmon as an entree? And Mutual may be one good place to find Yukon River Salmon . . . It's listed on the website anyway. Wonder about the price . . .? My apologies Anita.
  11. Boil frozen octopus in a heatproof plastic bag for 2+ hours. It becomes very tender and all of the juices/flavor stay next to the flesh of the octopus rather than leaching into the cooking liquid.
  12. An actual (Spanish) tapas bar. Small would be okay. Food on display in a case, along with ham, chorizo and other charcuteria, fried things (fish), olives etc. Taken standing up or sitting at stools or small tables. Good Spanish wine, and small glasses of beer. Or sherry.
  13. A new place is going in right next to the Baltic Room called Baguette Box. Baguettes Sandwiches Wine + Beer is printed on the window. Finally folks are figuring out that tiny hole in the wall places can work. We'll see when it opens . . . I always love a good sandwich.
  14. The question is, what defines a cuisine? In my opinion, Chez Panisse does not cook California cuisine although Alice Waters and her staff are very devoted to the products of California. Cuisine emerges after generations and generations of cooking local produce and finding out what works. I'm not certain that a Northwest cuisine does exist, although the dishes mentioned are certainly good vehicles to showcase the amazing products we have around us. The closest that we have is probably fresh oysters, salmon and dungeness crab-- prepared simply and fresh, fresh, fresh.
  15. Caffe Dell'Arte on second makes good, strong espresso. It is a bit clinical in its environs, but always very good.
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