Posts Tagged ‘restaurant’

Peas Aren’t Just About the Pods

May 5, 2008

I am so excited to be starting a garden at the p-patch across the street this year. Along with tomatoes and basil and leeks and fennel and rainbow chard, I’m going to try growing some peas. But instead of growing the peas for the pods, I’ll be growing them for their delicate shoots. Apparently these shoots have been used in Asia for centuries, but they are pretty new to me. The young leaves and vines can be lightly sautéed and have a lovely fresh pea flavor.

I don’t have a specific recipe but the general idea is that you use the young tender vines and leaves from a snap pea or snow pea variety. You can also add just the leaves from the hardier stems. They only need to be sautéed for 10-20 seconds or so. I think they would go well with any dish that has light, fresh flavors, such as fish, stir-fry, risotto (with lemon!) or a pasta dish.

My first encounter with pea shoots was at Crave. Chef Robin Leventhal uses the shoots in a dish of goat cheese gnocchi. It is my favorite dish at Crave and I highly recommend it if you have a chance to stop by for dinner.

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Stealing Recipes

April 11, 2008

I’ve tried my hand at “stealing” a few recipes from restaurants. I started with something simple a few years ago, mango quesadillas from Agua Verde. Later I stumbled upon Penne alla Sorrentina from my family’s favorite restaurant, Vince’s. It’s fun, kinda like a puzzle, to try and recreate your favorite dishes.

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Eating in museums

April 6, 2008

Over the past week, I’ve had the opportunity to eat in 3 different museums: at Puck’s in the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), the Eiteljorg Museum’s Sky Cafe, and Taste at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). Circumstantially, all 3 museums had also finished extensive renovations in the past 2 years, with the restaurants all being part of the work.

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Out and about, Seattle

March 5, 2008

Since moving to a completely urban location 6 months ago, grabbing dinner out has become more commonplace. It’s so easy to walk out the door for a bite to eat when there are restaurants of every ilk within walking distance. On this block alone, a sub shop (lunch only), a bar/club, the Central Tavern (Seattle’s oldest tavern – bar food lunch and dinner), Med-Mix (good gyros and falafal, tasty fries, awful burgers), and the J&M Hotel (bar food, lunch and dinner). After relying heavily on Med-Mix during the first weeks of living here, I am still burned out on them. Across the street is the Grand Central Bakery – I pick up a sack lunch there once a week. Their bread is good, but so crusty and chewy my jaws can only handle one sandwich every 7 days. The italian grinder uses meats from Salumi, so if you can’t bear the long wait over on 2nd, Grand Central isn’t a bad bet. They also dress their sandwiches with a delicious pickled sweet red onion relish. Really excellent.

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