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  1. Rover's? Gone. Le Gourmand? Gone. Book Bindery? Gone.


    As Paul and I tried to figure out where to go for our anniversary dinner, we realized there aren't a lot of special occasion places left. Of course it must have perfectly prepared food. But I also want a wine list which includes some nice old bottles or things I'm not likely to find in my own cellar. I'm looking for a beautiful dining room, above average service. Someplace where you get dressed up.


    What do we have left?

    Canlis of course.

    Il Terrazzo Carmine, sure.

    Aragona maybe. Although I've heard the tables for two are in an awkward part of the restaurant.

    Altura? That dining room isn't what I call beautiful and those tables are too close together for an intimate meal.

    Mistral Kitchen is too much of a scene. Maybe in the Jewel Box area? I've not eaten in there.

    Crush is more casual than I'm thinking.

    Nell's - well you know how I feel about that 1970's dining room.

    Restaurant Marron is getting good reviews.


    Where else?


    We ended up choosing RN74, mainly because of the wine list.

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  2. I've sent a message to girlchow about doing a road trip to Fife but haven't heard back. So I'm thinking that we should get our July BoM on the books. I'm available:


    Sunday, July 13

    Monday, July 14

    Wednesday, July 23

    Thursday, July 24

    Sunday, July 27

    Monday July 28


    How about the rest of you?



    Why I love New York and why I'll miss it: perfect night on Governor's Island for last night's NOLA Funk Festival. Beautiful weather, gorgeous views, great New Orleans music, and a big platter of spicy crawfish for dinner.


    Did I miss something? Are you leaving New York???



    Yes, I'm off to California. N got a teaching job in Santa Cruz; she'll be leaving in September, before the start of classes, and I plan to follow sometime next summer (or perhaps sooner).



    Congrats and welcome to the Left Coast. Maybe we'll get to meet soon then!

  4. We started out with a bunch of apps. Lambs tongue served on a frisee salad, roasted marrow bones, a charcuterie plate of a foie gras torchon, chicken liver mousse, smoked beef tongue and lamb terrine. all were served with grilled crostini, pickles and mustard. Yum. The chicken liver mousse and the smoked beef tongue tasted particularly good to me.


    I also liked my burger. The bun was a sort of firm potato bun and grilled so it really held up. Someone noted the cheeses was sort of lost and I think part of the problem is that the cheese was not melted on the meat, but melted on the tomato, so it never really integrated with the meat flavor. The bacon on it was really good. I usually don't like grilled onions on my burger because they make it too sweet, but these were really good. The only thing that would have made it better were pickles. Jan and I shared a lovely green salad with a perfect herbed dressing.


    Saving the best for last... those fries! I honestly think they are the best in Seattle right now. They are crispy but retain a bold potato flavor. I was convinced they were fried in beef tallow but our server said no, just vegetable oil. But the oil is used for the potatoes only. It's a really good thing that Red Cow is so far away from my house!

  5. When I was in high school, I listened to the countdown every Sunday.


    So did I. It was always so dramatic to see what would be the top five for the week. Sigh.

  6. I scrolled through the recent posts and updated the list of places we have noted to try. Sadly, I had to remove Dot's from the list:

    Pick Quick - Fife (girlchow, perhaps you could plan this for July or August?)


    Lost Lake Café

    Miller’s Guild

    Brgr Bar


    I'm adding Old Sage today because this made me drool!


    I also updated our list of places we've been:

    Palace Kitchen- Anita

    The Maple Leaf Grill- Jan

    Jaks- Rocky

    Bad Alberts- Reese

    Sterling Café- Reese

    Collins Pub- Tighe

    Hi Life- FaiJai

    Sport- Wendy

    35th Street Bistro – Eden

    Blue Moon - Margaret

    Market Street Grill in Ballard- Lauren

    Ruth's Chris Steakhouse downtown- Leslie

    Fred's Riverton Alehouse in Snohomish- Fred & Ed

    Earth & Ocean - Little Ms Foodie

    Palace Kitchen, round 2 - Fai Jay

    Asada - White Lotus

    Cascadia - hhlodesign

    Feenie's - Ling

    Moxie - Gourmetlight$

    Two Bells - Barry

    Deluxe - Allyson

    Brasa - Sparrowsfall

    22 Doors - Allyson

    Elliott Bay Brewing - Tighe

    Farestart - Dandelion

    Stell's - Eden

    Leny's - rockdoggydog

    Home Cooked - Lauren

    King's Hardware - SeaGal

    Zayda Buddy's - Malarkey

    Jolly Roger - Little Ms Foodie

    Buckley's on Queen Ann - Leslie

    Lunchbox Labratory - GourmetLight$

    Metropolitan Grill - FayJai

    Quinn's - Lauren

    BOKA - heyjude

    Skillet - croseattle

    10 Mercer – Eden

    Pig N Whistle – Rocky

    Latona Pub - Sally Simpleton

    Whalemaker Bar at Ivar’s – Sparrowsfall

    Spur - Allyson

    Zippy's - Tighe

    Springhill - da Goose

    Shadowland - Rocky

    Frank's Oyster House and Champagne Parlor - SeaGal

    Smith - Croseattle

    Table 219 - da goose

    June - Sally Simpleton

    Maggie Bluffs - Leslie

    Luc - Eden

    Wedgwood Broiler - Lauren

    5 Corner Market - Jan

    Toulouse Petit - Allyson

    Local 360 – da Goose

    Tavern Law – sparrowsfall

    Uneeda – Allyson

    Mulleady’s – Lauren

    Roosevelt Ale House – SeaGal

    Bastille – SeaGal

    Marjorie – Allyson

    Lil’ Woody’s – da goose

    Katsu Burger - croseattle

    Golden Beetle – Eden

    The Burgundian – Lauren

    Loretta’s – Fay Jai

    8 oz Burger – Eden

    Copperleaf – tighe

    Burgermaster – da goose

    Sam’s Tavern – Lauren

    Relish – tighe

    Naked City - Eden

    Park Pub - SeaGal

    Brass Tacks – Cro

    Hunt Club – sparrowsfall

    La Bete – croseattle




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  7. I don't find it creepy. But then again, I pretty much live my life on the internet so, there ya go. I'm not a very private person I guess.


    That said, it depends on how they use the information. It still wouldn't creep me out but I would probably not be pleased if they didn't use it with finesse. Years ago, I went to a work party at one of my husband's co-workers house. There were maybe a dozen people there. I guess the wife of the co-worker had asked what each of our favorite foods are and my husband said that cheese was mine. She put out a huge cheese plate on the buffet and, as I was looking at it, she says loudly "I hear that you like cheese". It was awkward and to this day I still have friends tease me by saying "I hear you like cheese".

  8. That's not so much a problem of privacy, but I don't like over tailoring to my preferences because it decreases the chance that I'll discover something new. And I find conversations with people who agree with me on everything can get pretty boring. (Why the hell else have I been here since 2005?)


    This is a really good point. One assumes that if they are good at Googling, they will know that I like to try new things?

  9. It's not to be liked, it's to provide good service. I was just adding a personal story of how I used Google to find out more about a person I was dining with. I place a value on knowing my diners likes and dislikes. If I can glean that from Google, great! If a restaurant can find out what kinds of wines I prefer, and then their wine steward can have the knowledge when making recommendations, how is that a problem?

  10. But the restaurant doesn't control what information is out there. They have a name and a phone number for a reservation. They spend 8 to 11 minutes googling the person using that information (because using google is free and relatively easy). They find out on Facebook that a man by that name who lives is from a city that is a match for the area code has a birthday on the same night at the reservation. Bingo. We will mark that in our "system" so the service staff knows and can follow the protocol for "what to do when your diner has a birthday".


    That googling also resulted in a hit saying that the person recently registered a sailboat in Massachusetts or filed for bankruptcy is really of no use to the restaurant and has a very high likelyhood of being ignored.


    We may not like how much of our lives are online but how does that make it creepy that a restaurant googles our names?


    I agree with this completely. I take pride in knowing the likes and dislikes of my friends who come to dinner, why wouldn't a restaurant want to do the same? And, just recently, I went to a dinner party where a member of our City council was attending. I couldn't remember much about them so I spent a few minutes on Google so I would know if I liked them or not :P

    and to know whether or not to bring up the new $15/hour minimum wage Seattle just enacted!

  11. who among us does not like orphan black?


    I love Orphan Black! Did you notice in the most recent episode, in the scene with Sarah and Alison in Alison's room at rehab, that there was a mirror reflecting the two of them speaking. It was amazing!


    Then you need one of these.


    I have a MyWeigh scale and it has served me well.


    That's a really nice scale, thanks for pointing it out. I'll have to put that on my ever lengthening wish list.


    SLB - thanks also



    Same here. It looks like exactly what I want in a scale. My current scale only goes to 5 pounds and I find that frustrating.

  13. Let's shoot for Monday, June 16th. I checked and Red Cow has availability that evening so I'll go ahead and make a reservation. What time and who's all in? So far we've got:


    Lauren and Paul

    Eden and Bill



    I'm totally up for lunch at Miller's Guild. I can do weekends or Mondays. And we've got our summer field trip to Fife with girl chow to plan too!

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