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  1. Any new-hot or classic-getting-better-all-the-time recos for this 2013 SXSW season?

    2nd Bar & Kitchen continues to make great food, Swift's Attic is awesome; both are all about small plates/sharing and local-seasonal stuff. I had a lovely meal recently at Clark's, a new seafood joint from the folks who also own Perla's, in fact I thought it was better than Perla's. I really like La Condesa as well, especially their small plates. Barley Swine is great as well, but its small and you will wait to get in there, especially with SxSW in town. And while I think the food is great I do think his prices are a bit steep (well, for Austin).

    Carillon for getting on a fancy feast because wowie can Josh Watkins cook. Really great stuff. Trace has done some switching up of staff, and I haven't been since all that happened but I really liked my meal there. Parkside on 6th is great, also small plates & sharing oriented. Backspace is also Shawn's joint and it's gotten some good accolades as of late.

    The Rainey district will be crawling with peeps but if you want some real interior mexican you might want to hit up El Naranjo.

  2. Ok... so it's been ~3 years... and that means that maybe just maybe a new salad cookbook has been released and someone found it fabulous.

    I live on salads, a LOT. They are so easy to throw together at the end of the day and as previously mentioned are great for warmer weather.

    Anything new that someone is cooking out of & loving?

  3. Ludo Lefebvre came off as a arrogant crybaby (if there is such a thing), it seems like he tried to blame everything that went wrong on someone else and didn't own up to his own short comings.

    The best line was where he said, "I usually have 5 people to help me do this."

    My favorite line was when he claimed Bayless was "copying" him by choosing to make tacos. WTF dude.

  4. I've noticed that some of the matte-finish silicone seems to retain a soapy fragrance when washed in the dishwasher. I wash it all by hand now.

    hmm that's interesting. I always wash everything by hand because I don't have a dishwasher. And the stinkiest spatula is one of the Le Crueset, so not exactly one of the 'cheapies.' Really odd, I never expected this to happen (all silicone promos push it as "non reactive") and I haven't done anything out of the ordinary with them to push that tempurature limit.

    Bottom line, I can't use these like this. They are going to throw themselves off the kitchen counter cliff into the garbage heap of death. On second thought, maybe I should take them down to City Kitchens and see if they've encountered this before...

  5. I have some silicone spatulas, some are Le Crueset, some are cheaper versions. I've noticed recently that a few of them are giving off a soapy plastic smell when I cook with them. It's fairly strong, and gives off a flavor as well that lasts awhile as I regrettably found out when using one to do a taste test of something I was making.

    ok, this has to be bad, doesn't it? I'm on the verge of throwing them away. I initially thought it was just soap residue and that I hadn't washed them thoroughly, but I still get the odor/flavor after a rewash.

    I did a search on Google looking for info, but nothing has really turned up. Has anyone else experienced this? These have worked fabulously for many years, it's only been recently this has started to happen. Does silicone 'break down' or 'offgas' after awhile??

  6. OK - 1st off - THANK YOU to everyone for your great input!  I wish I could get to everything, it all looked great, but for now here is the (dining) itinerary:

    Wed Oct 8th

    7:30pm Crush

    Thurs Oct 9th

    AM - Pike Place Market Breakfast Shopping + Food Crawl (get breakfast stuff for week)

    Lunch - Salumi

    Dinner - Teatro ZinZanni

    Fri Oct 10th

    Lunch - Chinatown (ID) Food Crawl

    Dinner - 7pm - Union

    Saturday Oct 11th

    Snoqualmie Falls and Winery tour (Columbia and Chateau St Michelle wineries)

    Dinner - 7ish - Spur Gastropub

    Sunday Oct 12th

    Bainbridge Island

    Brunch-ish - Cafe Nola

    Dinner - Madoka

    Monday Oct 13th

    Lunch - Salumi or Fish stand

    Departure 2pm


    If anyone happens to be at these places around these times - look for the young (under 30) Hispanic couple that is REALLY scrutinizing a menu/enjoying the food.  Come up and say Hi!

    Cant Wait to experience the PNW!!  :biggrin:

    I would switch out Spur for Quinn's on Capital Hill. :wink: But that's just me!

  7. I had dinner at the Corson Building last night.  Excellent dinner with a few standouts. The flavors were fairly complex and not assertive.  The ingredients were the true stars with herbs and other accompaninets used more of a background.  One of the courses was a blue cheese soufle excellently prepared and not served family style.  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.

    A group of us ate there on the 1st of Aug, and I felt that too ~shades of the Herbfarm~ but in a much better, more relaxed, more congenial form. I really liked it. Can't wait for that wood burning oven to be finished. I think the whole venue is great; trains, planes and all.

  8. By the way, does anyone know if that dress Padma was wearing was a Rami Kashou? It sure looked like it, and that would be a cool tie-in with Project Runway. The dress was really stunning on Padma - color, draping, all of it. I wish I could wear it.  :raz:

    :laugh: I'd say nope, because Rami would have chosen some fugly color that clashed with her skin tone.

  9. ok, what is it? 4 episodes remaining? I'm making predictions.

    Next 2 weeks spike or lisa goes home (yay! who cares what order they fall!)

    3rd week, Antonia bites it.

    Richard wins the final.

    Sticking to my guns on this one.

    I think Steph will win. Unless she blows it big time (and I don't think she will) there has to be some pressure--conscious or unconscious--to have a female winner. So all things being equal I think she would get the nod. But she is talented enough anyway to take the win, so my money's on her!

    It also wouldn't surprise me to see Stephanie win a couple more challenges and then Richard win the final. She's already won a trip, kitchen appliances, etc etc...

    I'd love it if she won the final. It definitely will be down to her and Richard. They are easily the best chefs on the show.

  10. I think this was one of the best shows of the season. LOVE restaurant wars!

    The right person went home, ab-so-fucking-lutely. This was Dale's chance, he was at the helm, he was in control. He should have risen above Lisa's grouching and pulled the team together. But he didn't. And his behavior in front of the judge's panel was pathetic.

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