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  1. Another idea for an abundance of celery is to make juice. I go through 1/2 bunch of organic celery (including leaves) every day using my juicer... I add it, along with a cucumber, a few large leaves of kale and/or broccoli stems, a lemon, a large apple and a pear if I have one (otherwise I use 2 apples)...you can also add a bit of carrot if you have it... this makes about 30 oz of addictively delicious and healthy juice.

  2. In the 70's we used to use a seal a meal at home, so to me it kind of reminds me of '70's cooking, and something that came back again... like fondue. :biggrin:

    But, I know it's not exactly like seal a meal cooking, because we never cooked it at low temps for extended periods of time.

    I recently had the strip loin entree cooked sous vide at Union. I wasn't that crazy about it... it was fine, but not as good as a char broiled/grilled steak cooked the way I like, or even a good prime rib roast, but hubby raved about it.

  3. We had an excellent dinner at Union with my family 2 weeks ago. They were really impressed, it was their first time there. One of the favorite dishes of the night for our group was the Lobster Bisque (OMG that was GOOD!), and I loved my Venison perfectly prepared MR, would definitely order that again. Hubby had the Duck and pronounced it delicious, too.

    My family isn't too adventuresome with the ordering, so it's nice there are also traditional items on the menu, like a starter salad (which received raves) and they loved the fish (I think it was Sea Trout and Striped Bass on the menu that night). And all the desserts were well received by my family (creme brulee and something very chocolaty). The only disappointment for me, I mean thing I didn't like, was the order of Sea Urchin roe ceviche/salad appetizer dish for me (I think the same one little ms foodie did mention she liked). I am very adventuresome, but I didn't like it, and I REALLY tried to, but in the end no one at the table liked it when I offered bites, and although I never said anything to the waiter other than I didn't like it and it went mostly uneaten, our server noticed and told us in the end he removed it from our bill. What a sweetie. We're looking forward to going back for another special occasion dinner (this one was celebrating 2 birthdays).

    I sure wish they would open for lunches again. Even if just once a week, like Rovers. We would go MUCH more often for lunch were they open, and now the new Washington Mutual building across the street is open, so I'm sure they would get lots of lunch business, too.

  4. Thank you busboy and hjshorter for these recs. I will pass them along. :smile:

    For anyone reading this thread recently... I edited my above post to include a map of the area they are staying. Here is the link again, in case anyone else has any more suggestions.


    I've done some homework, and I'm throwing out a list of add'l names that look like good options for nearby or interesting inexpensive meals. If any of them jump out at anyone, can you please comment as to whether you agree/disagree, or have a better option? And are they easily accecssible by his metro stop or near an interesting sightseeing venue he could go to while in that neighborhood?

    Malaysia Kopitiam, 1827 M St., NW;

    Eastern Market (Market Lunch, Tortilla Grill & Cafe, Canales Deli)

    Pacific Cafe & Grill , a Vietnamese place at 11th and Penn SE.

    La Plaza, on Penn between 7th and 8th

    Las Placitas, 517 8th St., SE (on 8th Street, a block or two over from Penn Ave)

    Capitol Hill Tandoor & Grill lunch buffet. 419 8th Street SE Washington (Indian) - approx 2 mi east of hotel

    Marty's, 527 8th St., SE, burgers, ribs

    Negril... Caribbean, Howard Univ, 2301-G Georgia Ave. NW

    Old Ebbitt Grill, near White House, for burgers

    Breadline at 1751 Pennsylvania Ave. NW across from the World Bank

    Queen Makeda for Ethiopian food - (just n. of Kennedy Ctr).1917 9th St

  5. Thank you Busboy for those 2 excellent magazine references featuring cheap eats. They will come in handy.

    He is staying at the Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol, 550 C St SW, Washington, DC, 1 block from Smithsonian Air & Space Museum and 1 block from Metro.

    He is on a really tight budget, so inexpensive would mean cafes, ethnic (he is from Guyana/Caribbean, living in Miami now, and loves hot spicy food, and other ethnic foods, especially Thai), or other reasonably priced or bargain places. They will need b-fast, lunch and dinner. His boy is 16, so I'm sure eats a lot at that age, too.

    They plan on visiting a lot of museums within walking distance of the hotel. Are there some museum cafes that might be a good option for them?

    I'm also wondering are there any Vietnamese places within easy reach? In Seattle, some of our best bargains for lunch are Bahn Mi's and Pho.

    Are there any grocery markets or similar, maybe bakery? ...they could pick up picnic items (ie baguette/cheese/fruit, etc) for picnic lunches or breakfasts, so they could splurge a little on dinner at a nicer inexpensive to moderately priced restaurant one night? Or pizza nearby? I've also read that DC has good Ethiopian food. Is there a recommended place nearby?

    edited to add a map Here

  6. My friend and his 12 and 16 year old are spending a week staying downtown DC. He is looking for inexpensive dining options for himself and kids. What can you recommend? It will need to be within walking, bussing or cab distance of downtown.

  7. I got into my Dick's habit when we'd stop there on the way home from girl's night out at the clubs. We really only stopped for the fries, as I don't care for the relish (sweet pickle?) they use on their burgers. I stop in there (either Broadway or 45th location) if I'm in the area maybe once a year to get my Dick's fry fix. Yes they are sub par, yes they are greasy... but I like that they are thin fries, salty, and they hit the spot sometimes! Dick's qualifies as a guilty pleasure... :rolleyes:

  8. Regarding the duck soup. I liked it, but my hubby did not care for it. He thought it was too mild and the duck pieces kind of unwieldy to deal with. The crispy duck skin also was soggy in the soup. He prefers the Pho. I would order the duck soup again though sometime.

    Duck Soup


    Crispy Spring Rolls (photo taken after we had, oops, already eaten a couple!). These are FABULOUS.


    We also had the Beef La Lot, and I wasn't crazy about it. I prefer the Beef La Lot at Tamarind Tree. (apologies it is hard to see them in this photo).


  9. Has anyone tried the pan fried chicken dinners at Alki Homestead in W. Seattle lately? It's been a few years, but their pan fried chicken dinners were pretty nice (think comfort food) and I love the charming & historical setting of the restaurant (ie. historical log cabin w/ river rock fireplace, antique furniture & historical photos of the area, etc). As I recall chicken dinners are about $13, or for served family style all you can eat, a couple dollars more. After dinner, a walk to the beach, just a block away, is nice, too.

    Alki Homestead Restaurant

    2717 61st Ave. S.W., Seattle


  10. Thank you so much for recommending Green Leaf! I had never heard of it so we decided to check it out.... and we had a wonderful lunch there today! We shared an order of Bahn Xeo (the crispy thin omelette mentioned above, that comes with filling of grilled shrimp, pork and bean sprouts) that you cut and eat by wrapping pieces of it in lettuce leaves w/ herbs of mint, Thai basil and cilantro, dipping in DELICIOUS sauce... and shared a bowl of combo Pho.

    I was extremely pleased with the quality of food and freshness of everything, especially the herbs and lettuce, which are better quality than Tamarind Tree.

    It's a smallish crowded place, but very cute, clean, with friendly, gracious service. They said they take reservations in the evenings for a group (if we ever want to meet there). I can't wait to go back.

    Combo Pho (rare beef, brisket, tendon, tripe, meat ball, well-done beef) $6.25



    Bahn Xeo (Vietnamese Pan Cake) (2) $6.95



    In addition, Here is a link with a great looking photo of their Green Papaya Salad w/ Grilled Shrimp $5.95

    Green Leaf Restaurant

    418 Eighth Ave. S.

    Seattle, WA


  11. NY style he asked, not necessarily competing with or pretending to be a NY deli. That said, you might try Eats in West Seattle or New York Deli in Bellevue (if that is the new one in Factoria?) I haven't managed to get to either, but they sound promising. Eats would be far more NW.

    If they are looking for a delicious Corned Beef Reuben and Chicken Soup w/ Motza Ball, I really enjoyed those I had at Eats Market in the Westwood Village in West Seattle. YUM.

    Their menu is HERE

    edit: typo

  12. ...

    I'll be doing black tamales again this year, as well as at least one other type for my vegetarian, so I'm making mole this week.  It's such a huge ritual for me and I really look forward to it every year,

    A group of 20 of us in the PNW were lucky enough to taste Abra's Black Tamales and Mole on Sunday.


    I am not usually so fond of tamales (as they are usually too dry), but Abra's tamales have turned me into a fan. They were so moist and flavorful, not to mention gorgeous, too. And the Mole - absolultely fantastic! Better than what I ate in Oaxaca or anywhere else.

    Abra has posted her recipes for both the black tamales and mole on this thread and for anyone who is interested to make tamales and mole, I highly recommend her way!

    These are 2 photos I took of them on Sunday at the party at Seawakim's ...

    Abra & Shel's Mole w/ Black Tamales steaming (part 1) -


    Abra & Shel's Mole w/ Black Tamales (part 2) - These tamales turned me into a tamale fan!


    Thank you Abra! :wub:

  13. A group of us went to King's Chinese Restaurant (aka Ming's) in Bellevue awhile back and had a some really nice dim sum.

    Here's a link to check out the responses: Dim Sum

    Address is: 13200 Ne 20th St, Ste 4, Bellevue

    I had another good dim sum lunch at Kings/Mings in Bellevue on Wednesday, but the service was horrible. Not sure why, but the waitresses just didn't take care of us very well (ie. no water refills, didn't come around regularly to ask if we want more dim sum, etc.). But what we ate was very delicious and fresh tasting, ie. peavines w/shrimp in steamed dumpling thingy, scallop on top of shrimp in steamed dumpling, sauteed squid, meatball, sticky rice & pork in lotus leaves (excellent), hum bao w/pork, sweet fried dumpling with pork and mushrooms. I love the dim sum there. The setting there is also clean and fresh looking. People are dressed as in taking a lunch break from work attire (ie. dressy to dressy casual).

  14.   I wish Seattle had a Mexican-style chicken place where you could get a grilled half or whole chicken with tortillas and beans...maybe someday.

    Seagal, if you are ever out in Burien, you might try Taqueria La Estacion. They have a big grill outside that they use to grill their chickens. I asked the owner and he basically said it's just for that purpose. (you can see the grill from the road when you drive by, which is what prompted me to stop there). I've only eaten there once (keep meaning to get back) and didn't try the chicken, but it looked really good. They also have goat, so I'm tempted to try that as well! It's a family business and real friendly.

    Taqueria La Estacion

    14820 Ambaum Bldv.

    Burien, WA 98166


    edit to add: I've also had the Costco roast chicken and liked it. The seasonings really seem to permeate the entire chicken, and the meat stayed moist.

  15.   Blue Heron ordered the crab cake special which I'll let her comment on. 

    Thank you for posting the photos Rocky. I had a great time with you all. :smile:

    I agree with Rocky about his eggs bene which I tasted, but I am a tad bit more critical of Ettas after this breakfast.

    Tom Douglas should be embarrassed to serve the kind of crab cake that I and one of our dining companions (who was visiting here from out of town) ate on Sunday. It wasn't 'bad' per se, but it was mediocre. As our dining companion said, he's had better crab cakes at Anthony's, and I believe him. It was nicely crispy on the exterior, but it was so thick that the interior was kind of mushy in a mushy bread crumb kind of way. And the crab cake is supposed to be one of his signature items, so doubly dissappointing. My poached eggs were perfect, like Rocky's, and I liked my fried potatoes, too. But for a $15 breakfast entree I expect to get a perfect crab cake, and this was far from it. (I know his restaurants can do this right, as the last time I had one at Dahlia's, a few years ago, it was excellent.)

    The place has a nice vibe and energy to it, though, and was packed. A little hard to hear table mates at times.

    The nibble of sweet roll and bacon I tasted was really good! Service was also good.

    ps. the nectarine garnish was not quite ripe. But that is a minor quibble. :rolleyes:

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