The International Food Blogger Conference is just a week away, and I wanted to share a few of my favorite places to eat in Seattle with everyone coming from out of town. I am a proud Seattleite, and I love showing off my city to visitors!
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Thursday night dinners at my friend Ellen’s house are alive and well. I just haven’t had time to write about any of them! So this post is going to be about a dinner we had in January.
Ellen loves shabu-shabu, the Japanese version of hot pot, which basically involves cooking thinly sliced vegetables and meat in a bubbling pot of broth right at your table. Then you dip the cooked meats and vegetables in ponzu or sesame sauce and eat everything with rice.
When all the meat and veggies are cooked, Ellen likes to throw in some noodles in the end. I’ve personally never understood how she still has room to eat this, but the broth is super flavorful and makes for extra good noodles.
Shabu-shabu is a Thursday night staple and is particularly good during winter (although with Seattle’s temperate climate you can eat it all year long). We were all set to do it when Ellen got the call that her pregnant sister was going into labor.
Lynn stepped in and said she would host the dinner, which was great. There was just one problem. None of us had done shabu-shabu without Ellen. We are a resourceful group of ladies though and decided to press on.
Gathering the vegetables was easy enough, but buying the meat was a little more challenging. How much thinly sliced beef to buy for five people? We consulted with the butcher and wound up getting four packages of meat since the Thursday night group is a bunch of hearty eaters.
Both Lynn and I had almost a nervous breakdown in Uwajimaya’s noodle aisle. As you might imagine, the Asian grocery store had hundreds of varieties of noodles, and we couldn’t find the ones that Ellen had put on her list. We talked to several Uwajimaya employees, but we still couldn’t figure it out so we decided to forego the noodles.
At Lynn’s house, we got everything ready to go into the pot.
And then we got to cooking. I think the strongest appeal of shabu-shabu is that it’s pretty hard to mess it up.
Mahnaz suggested that we put some of the meat directly on the heat source for the shabu-shabu pot to essentially grill it. This is something Ellen never does, but we tried it, and it was delicious.
I take a lot of food photos with my phone, but I never realized how many until tonight. I needed to clear space on my memory card and discovered I had 5 months of food photos stored. So I’m finally putting them on the blog where they belong.
The top photo was taken at Uwajimaya, my favorite supermarket in Seattle. I couldn’t believe the name of this beverage. Who wants to drink sweat? What’s odder is that I showed photo to my friend Sarah, and she was like, “Oh yeah, Pocari Sweat. That stuff is good.”
Part of me thinks it’s really cool that Costco sells Dick’s milkshake mix. The other part of me wonders why someone would personally ever need to make that many milkshakes.
Ezell’s fried chicken is a special treat that I allow myself to eat about once every three years. It’s always good.
I would like to go on a tour of Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream. Until then, I’ll just have to catch shots like this.
This spinach pizza was a late night desperation dinner. We didn’t have any food in the house except for a Boboli pizza crust, some spinach that was two seconds away from going bad and mozzarella cheese of questionable age. It turned out to be a pretty tasty pizza! Carmelized onion can right many wrongs.
Every grill romaine lettuce for a salad? I tried it for the first time this summer, and it brought a completely different flavor to the romaine. To let that shine through, I kept the salad pretty simple. I just added some artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes, some parmesan cheese and a squeeze of lemon.
I think the recipes for all of these dishes came from Real Simple magazine. Pesto, chickpeas and radishes was something I would have never thought to put together myself. And tossing couscous in brown butter was a revelation!
If I had to eat the beet salad at Fonte Coffee & Wine Bar every day for the rest of my life, I think I might be okay with that.
Geraldine’s Counter has pretty food. But on this visit, everything was woefully underseasoned. It’s amazing what salt–or lack of it–can do to a dish.
Every time I see this pinball game at Full Tilt Ice Cream in White Center, I think of Lindsay Lohan.