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  1. #1
    Cindy Fuller Guest

    Default Saturday afternoon downtown

    The SO was getting low on his drug of choice (coffee), so we went
    downtown to pick up some beans at Caffe d'Arte. Of course, we needed to
    make the trip worthwhile, so we moseyed down to Pike Place Market. The
    place was mobbed. WHERE'D ALL THE TOURISTS COME FROM?!? IT'S ONLY
    APRIL, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!! We had lunch at the Athenian, where
    several tourists had to have their pictures taken at the bar where Rob
    Reiner and Tom Hanks sat in the famous tiramisu scene from "Sleepless in
    Seattle." After lunch we went down to World Spice to get an emergency
    supply of Vietnamese cinnamon. We also got some khmeli suneli (Georgian
    spice blend), which I'd never seen in there. Then we went across the
    street to Spanish Table to get two bottles of wine. Back upstairs to
    Pure Food Fish to get some manila clams and monkfish for the evening's
    paella. Not a bad haul.

    The paella came out good. True to the fishmonger's word, the monkfish
    chunks stayed intact during the cooking process. I overloaded it with
    veggies (artichoke hearts, tomatoes, yellow pepper, piquillo peppers,
    peas, and green beans) so I wouldn't have to cook a side of vegetables.
    Yes, call me a lazy bum.

    Cindy

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    kilikini Guest

    Default Re: Saturday afternoon downtown

    Cindy Fuller wrote:
    > The SO was getting low on his drug of choice (coffee), so we went
    > downtown to pick up some beans at Caffe d'Arte. Of course, we needed
    > to make the trip worthwhile, so we moseyed down to Pike Place Market.
    > The place was mobbed. WHERE'D ALL THE TOURISTS COME FROM?!? IT'S
    > ONLY APRIL, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!! We had lunch at the Athenian, where
    > several tourists had to have their pictures taken at the bar where Rob
    > Reiner and Tom Hanks sat in the famous tiramisu scene from "Sleepless
    > in Seattle." After lunch we went down to World Spice to get an
    > emergency supply of Vietnamese cinnamon. We also got some khmeli
    > suneli (Georgian spice blend), which I'd never seen in there. Then
    > we went across the street to Spanish Table to get two bottles of
    > wine. Back upstairs to Pure Food Fish to get some manila clams and
    > monkfish for the evening's paella. Not a bad haul.
    >
    > The paella came out good. True to the fishmonger's word, the monkfish
    > chunks stayed intact during the cooking process. I overloaded it with
    > veggies (artichoke hearts, tomatoes, yellow pepper, piquillo peppers,
    > peas, and green beans) so I wouldn't have to cook a side of
    > vegetables. Yes, call me a lazy bum.
    >
    > Cindy


    Dang, you've got me jealous. I love Pike Place Market and the Athenian
    place. My Dad lives in Seattle and I know the place well. :~)

    kili



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    Puester Guest

    Default Re: Saturday afternoon downtown

    Cindy Fuller wrote:
    > The SO was getting low on his drug of choice (coffee), so we went
    > downtown to pick up some beans at Caffe d'Arte. Of course, we needed to
    > make the trip worthwhile, so we moseyed down to Pike Place Market. The
    > place was mobbed. WHERE'D ALL THE TOURISTS COME FROM?!? IT'S ONLY
    > APRIL, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!



    High school spring breaks. Get used to it. Travel costs
    abroad have
    risen so much due to the exchange rate/weak dollar I suspect
    many people will vacation in the U.S. for a few years at least.

    gloria p

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Saturday afternoon downtown

    On Sun, 06 Apr 2008 15:28:31 -0700, Cindy Fuller
    <cjfullerSP[email protected]> wrote:

    >Of course, we needed to
    >make the trip worthwhile, so we moseyed down to Pike Place Market.


    I'm surprised you didn't mention The Pasta Guys. It's the most
    amazing booth I've ever seen. My other favorite place there was the
    tea and spice shop near the booth where they toss the fish around. It
    has a bazillion types of salt that I'd only read about up to then.

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    merryb Guest

    Default Re: Saturday afternoon downtown

    On Apr 6, 3:28*pm, Cindy Fuller <cjfullerSPAMOR...@mindspring.com>
    wrote:
    > The SO was getting low on his drug of choice (coffee), so we went
    > downtown to pick up some beans at Caffe d'Arte. *Of course, we needed to
    > make the trip worthwhile, so we moseyed down to Pike Place Market. *The
    > place was mobbed. *WHERE'D ALL THE TOURISTS COME FROM?!? *IT'S ONLY
    > APRIL, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!! We had lunch at the Athenian, where
    > several tourists had to have their pictures taken at the bar where Rob
    > Reiner and Tom Hanks sat in the famous tiramisu scene from "Sleepless in
    > Seattle." *After lunch we went down to World Spice to get an emergency
    > supply of Vietnamese cinnamon. *We also got some khmeli suneli (Georgian
    > spice blend), which I'd never seen in there. *Then we went across the
    > street to Spanish Table to get two bottles of wine. *Back upstairs to
    > Pure Food Fish to get some manila clams and monkfish for the evening's
    > paella. *Not a bad haul.
    >
    > The paella came out good. *True to the fishmonger's word, the monkfish
    > chunks stayed intact during the cooking process. *I overloaded it with
    > veggies (artichoke hearts, tomatoes, yellow pepper, piquillo peppers,
    > peas, and green beans) so I wouldn't have to cook a side of vegetables. *
    > Yes, call me a lazy bum.
    >
    > Cindy
    >
    > --
    > C.J. Fuller
    >
    > Delete the obvious to email me


    Ha ha- I was up there last Tuesday- it's the cruise ship crowd! I had
    to go to DeLaurenti's...

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    Victor Sack Guest

    Default Re: Saturday afternoon downtown

    Cindy Fuller <[email protected]> wrote:

    > We also got some khmeli suneli (Georgian
    > spice blend), which I'd never seen in there.


    What does it actually contain? I have two different packages here. One
    contains coriander, salt, marjoram, basil, paprika, cayenne pepper,
    celery, and mint. The other contains the same ingredients, plus
    parsley.

    According to Poklyobkin, there are actually supposed to be two versions
    of khmeli suneli: a full and a reduced one. The reduced version
    contains the following:

    1. basil
    2. coriander
    3. marjoram
    4. dill
    All of the above in powdered form and equal amounts
    5. paprika 1-2% of the total weight
    6. saffron 0.1% of the total weight

    The full version contains the following:

    1. fenugreek
    2. coriander
    3. dill
    4. celery
    5. parsley
    6. basil
    7. summer savory
    8. mint
    9. bay leaf
    10. marjoram
    11. paprika 2%
    12. saffron 0.1%

    The mixtures should be greenish in colour.

    Victor

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