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  1. I went to Vegetarian Bistro (King between Maynard and 7th). I had some really good eggplant, and had one of the "chief specials" with bamboo pith (which I had for the first time, and really like the texture of).
  2. I've had good experiences ordering from Macrina. Here's their cake list: http://www.macrinabakery.com/Cakes.htm They have something that looks like it might fit your requirements: Bittersweet Chocolate Gateau A velvety flourless chocolate cake with swirls of raspberry. Dusted with Powdered sugar. $25.00 (serves 10 - 12)
  3. There's Salumi of course, and I like Mae Phim Thai for quick good takeout: http://seattle.citysearch.com/profile/10776791 Or Paloma for a more leisurely meal: http://www.cafepaloma.com/
  4. Look for the signs with a salmon trying to eat a bow tie.
  5. Joe and I just signed up for the "Master Series", running Tuesdays in November and December: http://culinarycommunion.com/classes/series-master.html From looking at the course description, most of the cooks here are probably already "masters", but there are lots of fun things that a lot of other cooking classes don't try to go in to, like "strange" seafood, how do manage cooking multiple dishes at once, garnishing, etc...
  6. Flying Fish always seems to have a "non-adventurous" dish or two, like fried chicken, and there are things they can eat with their hands like crab and shellfish. I assume you'll be going early anyway, but before 7 is probably best. Belltown at night is probably a little too sceney for a 9 year old.
  7. They were all over the place... some of the best I got were from the guy who sells salmon at the Indian Center at 12th and Weller some Friday afternoons.
  8. Matsutake definitely grows here, so does kelp (not sure if it's the same kind). Shiitake from the guy at Pike Place last year was around $6, which is pretty reasonably priced for me. I saw banana leaves (probably from Eastern Washington) in the farmer's market last year. Columbia City farmer's market seems to have a slightly larger selection of asian produce than the others, but I agree, they're hard to find. I meant to grow some of my own this year (a good source for seed seems to be: http://www.kitazawaseed.com/index.html). There are probably a lot of things that do grow here, but nobody is growing them commercially (like lemongrass, bamboo...).
  9. If it tastes anything like the chicory coffee they drink in New Orleans, I might just have to give up coffee ← I've heard that you can make tea out of blackberry leaves...
  10. Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards in Lynden. Google maps says Lynden is 102.8 miles from Seattle by road, so they should just make it if we're going as the crow flies...
  11. I don't know of any grain, but will corn or potatoes do? I know my CSA farm (in Kent) has planted some corn for the fall, and I've seen potato farms in the Skagit valley.
  12. When shipping was more expensive, people used to drink "coffee" made out of stuff like chicory root and roasted grains. Here's something similar: http://www.dadamo.com/typebase4/recipedepictor.cgi?460 If chicory root is from the same chicory that's going crazy in my garden I have plenty you can have... At Quillisascut we tried our best to eat from the farm and locally. Olive oil, coffee, and salt were probably our biggest cheats (the coffee was still roasted locally). Another thing that we missed was lemon. We made up for it with a combination of verjus from grapes and other unripe fruit and herbs like lemon verbena.
  13. I've been lazy about planting my tomatoes. I have a few in containers, and a few that are goign to go in the ppatch are still in the 4 inch plastic pots. amazingly some of them already have litle green tomatoes on them. The greens and peas I planted this spring aren't doing so well.. maybe because of the shade from the overwintered lacinato kale, 7 ft tall chard, and cauliflowers..
  14. If you're in Astoria, check out the Shallon Winery: http://www.shallon.com/. Chocolate and interesting fruit wines.
  15. "Raw Seattle" might have some interesting stuff: http://www.rawseattle.org/
  16. Uwajimaya has whole sockeye for $5.99/lb: http://www.uwajimaya.com/weekly_specials.html (of course they'll fillet it for you if you're worried about what you're going to do with a 6 lb fish...)
  17. There's smoked Yukon at Madison Market right now.. mmm... fatty and smoked salmon :)
  18. I have rosemary, thyme, oregano, lavender, vietnamese cilantro, and tangerine sage, and chives in my herb spiral. I aslo have mint, normal sage, chives, and parsley elsewhere. The only thing that I haven't been able to grow is dill. How big of a container does everyone use for tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant?
  19. I've noticed that the tables near the front are better for those who want to avoid the really rowdy kids, since they seem to be concentrated in the play area in the back... Also, I'm not sure if you know this already, but they recently extended the dinner hours until 9PM.
  20. My favorite cherry tomatoes last year were Sungold. If you're starting late, lots of tomato and other vegetable plants will be available next weekend at the Seattle Tilth plant sale: http://seattletilth.org/plantlist/SpringPlantSale.html
  21. Why else would they include a blowgun/straw?
  22. So is there anywhere in Seattle to get a solid block of dried bonito? Does Uwaji have it? And do you need a special bonito-grating box?
  23. If you're interested in Asian adaptations of Western dishes, try Purple Dot Cafe and Pacific Garden. Pacific Garden is a small chicken-curry-and-spaghetti joint. Purple Dot Cafe is a little glitzier, with a much longer menu (actually 3 or 4 different menus last time we were there), containing some good things and some bizarre things.
  24. For fancy Asian, I'd actually recommend Monsoon over Wild Ginger. May might also be good if you don't mind the complete lack of vegetables that aren't battered and deep fried.
  25. Maybe I'll have to try the oysters at Elliot's. I haven't been back after a traumatic risotto and "seared" ahi experience the first time I went.
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