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GretaGrace

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Sriracha Lover's Ultimate Gift Pack

Want to know what I put in my 3oz containers when I travel? Sriracha!! I'm always afraid that wherever I'm going won't have it, so I bring my own. It goes on just about everything I eat, including veg, eggs, soups, mixed with mayo and lemon juice as a salad dressing, and of course bloody mary's!!

Atlanta: Rockin' Burgers at the EARL

Oh how I miss the EARL!!! I used to live in the EAV and we went to the EARL often. I loved their burgers with fried okra. OH, and don't forget about Dunch... the best part of Sunday.

"Your lack of manners" email

And similarly, the bride-to-be really needn't have further distributed the email. That's pretty childish on her end too...

What's the Best Picnic You've Ever Had?

My all time favorite picnic was just outside of Utrecht in the Netherlands. I was about 19 or so traveling with my dad. He had work to do, so I spent the day wandering around the city, markets, and little shops picking up all sorts of goodies for dinner. That evening we sat on the dock of this little lake and ate the best meal ever consisting of the ripest cherry tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, and the most divine marinated mushrooms. All of that along with some cured meats and the finest bottle of "chateau ala gut-rot". As a 19yo kid in a foreign country, I had no idea about wines. I highly doubt I could have picked a worse bottle had I tried! But it added to the memory of the meal, shared with my day on a lovely summer evening.

Care to introduce yourself?

I am 30-something who lives in Seattle and works for a large software company. To keep my sanity, I compete in roller derby and rowing. And like most of us here, I enjoy food, drink, and conversation - all of the lively sort! I don't use a lot of recipes, but come to SE and other sites to get new ideas of what works well together. Y'all are a creative group; I love it!

@dbcurrie - Thanks for the FB group - I just requested to join.

Dinner Tonight: Asparagus and Shiitake Risotto

I make one similar to this, and it's actually really good with grapefruit as the citrus.

Drink The Book Giveaway: "Food & Wine Cocktails 2011"

Hands down the ZigZag Cafe in Seattle. Murray is quite well known, but it's for good reason. He creates such unique and distinct cocktails that I'm always surprised, and never disappointed. My favorite is the Hot Charlotte which combines cucumber, gin, St. Germain, lemon juice and...wait for it...Tabasco! I thought there was no way this could taste good, but it has become my new favorite and removed any trace of doubt (not that there really was any to begin with) that the ZigZag Cafe has the very best cocktails. End of story.

Happy National Animal Cracker Day

I have to say... the animal crackers you have pictured are the worst kind!! They are so bland and boring, the only tolerable way to eat them is with a quick dip in the nutella jar. However - had you pictured the animal crackers that come in the little circus box that I used as shoes as a little kid...Those would have done justice to the name "animal cracker"!!

Help! Need (food) recipe to impress date

SkinnyFatty - If that date doesn't work out, let me know... I'll come over and you can cook for me! ;-)

The Cider Press: Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Washington

Ooh! I've been looking for a day trip from Seattle, and this sounds just about right!

Cool Drinks, Boston: Iced Hot Chocolate at L.A. Burdick

I go to Boston (almost) every October to race in the Head of the Charles, and Burdick's is always my post-race treat. Love everything in that place!!!

Stories of Astonishing Food Ignorance

Recently, this is a conversation I had with a co-worker...

Me: So I recently found out I'm allergic to dairy (via a blood test), and so I'm not eating any dairy to see if I notice anything different.
Her: So no cheese, no milk, no eggs?
Me: (10 seconds of blank stare)
Her: What?
Me: Eggs aren't dairy.
Her: They're not? But they're sold in the dairy section.

Nordstrom's Tomato Basil Soup

Ugh... Sorry to sound like that person, but it's Nordstrom, not Nordstrom's. The tomato soup from Nordstrom. Having worked there, it was ingrained in us to say it correctly. And now anytime I hear someone say Nordstrom's, it's like nails on a chalkboard.

(Ducking away before I get a tomato thrown at me)

Recap: Top Chef All-Stars, Episode 11, Paula Deen

Does that photo of Mike Isabella remind anyone else of a monkey f*cking a football?

Seattle: Red Mill Burgers Makes 'em Big 'n' Sloppy 'n' Ordinary

Thank goodness we have Zippy's in West Seattle to fall back on! Soon to be moving to White Center though...

Flavor Tripping Party

Oh wow! Just reading about eating lemons and such made my mouth water. Just the power of suggestion kicked those salivary glands into high gear!

Did anyone else have that reaction whilst reading these comments?

Kind of gross, and I probably shouldn't eat it, but can't resist

This post is cracking me up!!

My downfalls are...

Doritos - the super cheesy ones
Hostess chocolate covered "donettes" (mini donuts)
Top Ramen
Frosty's from Wendy's.

Chinese dinner in Seattle's International District

Shanghai Garden is good. Hand shaved noodles, and no MSG!
Seven Stars Pepper is also nice.
I've heard that Mike's Noodles and Hing Loon are good, but haven't eaten there.
If you aren't completely set on Chinese, I highly suggest Tamarind Tree (also in the ID). It's Vietnamese and really tasty!

Giannoni's in Seattle Does New York City Proud

I love seeing West Seattle joints listed on SE! I love living in WS, and the wide array of food options here! Thank you...

Charbroiled Perfection at Zippy's Giant Burgers in Seattle, WA

Thank you, Thank you!!!! I live in W. Seattle, and Zippy's is about 5 mins away. I think their burgers are the best! IMO, they beat out Zak's, Red Mill, and any of the rest of them! The #11 is the BEST!

And just another tidbit of info... Rahel is also one of the founding members of the Rat City Rollergirls (of which I am a former member, too)!

I think I know what I want for dinner...

Poll: Where Are You Eating Thanksgiving?

Excuse me, that's Cancale. Oops!

Poll: Where Are You Eating Thanksgiving?

I will be visiting my father in Normandy, France. Not sure if we are going to an all out turkey dinner or not though... But upon a post a couple of months ago about the oysters in Concale, we will be going there for lunch one day during my visit!!

Condiment Confessions

I have a friend that has a t-shirt that says, "I put ketchup on my ketchup". I personally think ketchup is devil spawn, but think the shirt is hilarious.

Have You Heard of JoJos?

Yup - JoJo's! Grew up in the Seattle area and there was a bar my parents would go to and get take-away of drumsticks and JoJo's. As an adult went to the same bar and ordered the same thing - still tasty 20 years later.

Recap: Top Chef DC Finale, And The Winner Is...

I think it should have been Kelly, Tiffany, and Ed in the finale. In any case, it was a lackluster season and feel let down. Oh well...

Lay's Sriracha chips

Has anyone yet tried the Lay's Sriracha potato chips? I went to my local chain grocery yesterday and didn't see them. Of the three new flavors (chicken 'n waffles, garlic cheese bread, and sriracha), the sriracha is the only one I really want to try. Curious if others have tried them and what you think of them...

Top Chef Just Desserts - Are you watching it?

After the very disappointing and boring Top Chef season, curious if anyone will be watching the Top Chef Just Desserts? I watched the first episode last night, and I'm pretty sure I'll continue to watch it. I mean, anything that combines food and competition, makes it difficult for me not to watch...

Unripe produce from your CSA

I recently joined a CSA and get a box of fresh produce every other week. In every delivery thus far, I've had to throw something out due to it never ripening. I'm looking for input about what I should do. Do I contact my CSA and ask for a credit? If I had been at the store to purchase these, I likely would not have bought it due to it not being ripe. Or do I just suck it up as part of doing business with a CSA?

Has this happened to you? What have you done?

Thanks!
GretaGrace

Eggs - Meat? Not Meat? Neither?

I told a friend over breakfast the other morning that I gave up meat for Lent. I was eating a frittata at the time, and she looked down and asked, "What about those eggs? They're meat." So ensued the discussion of whether or not eggs are meat. We argued (nicely) that they're not dairy, but unfertilized they are not a chicken either.

What do you think? Meat? Not meat? Neither?

I asked this same question over on The Kitchn and got some very interesting responses.

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