Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Before I begin writing about Samurai Noodle, where I have now been 4 times (update: 5 times), including last Wednesday with LWTB guest "Pibby," I shall post the following rad video, featuring a penguin and some orcas.

So, Samurai Noodle...

606 5th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 624-9321 quite good. Ramen as I think ramen should be...but what the hell do I know? I know it's oishii to the max, so there. I recommend the Tonkatsu - pork broth - with Samurai Armor. Samurai Armor gets you extra pork, nori, bamboo shoots, green onion and a flavored egg. While I recommend that, next time I go I am definitely trying the Tetsu Hell Fire dipping ramen. I can't wait!

Update (12/12/08): Tried the Tetsu Hell Fire, and damn! it was hot. I've got a pretty good tolerance for hot foods, and I tolerated this fine, but the hotness stayed with me well after I had finished my Ramen. Yum!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Lame, gold lame, lame duck, turducken goodness

I know. We suck. I promise a new post will come soon.
In the meantime, feast your eyes on this:


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Pizza Dough

For now, try this, a delicious pizza dough recipe I learnt from my brother in-law:

Pizza Dough

3/4 cup hot water
3/4 cup milk
4 pinches sugar
1 tbsp (1 packet) yeast
1 tsp salt
3-4 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp rye flour
3 tbsp wheat flour
approx. 4 - 5 Cups white flour

Add all ingredients except white flour into a mixing bowl and mix them up.
Add white flour until it turns to dough, not gooey any more, but doughy.
Heat oven to 100º then turn off.
Put a towel over mixing bowl/dough and put in oven for at least 1 hour to allow dough to rise.

Should make enough dough for three or four or five thin crust pizzas.

Cook pizzas in 450º oven until crust starts to turn golden-brown/sauce is a-bubblin'

Slightly larger batch:
1 1/4 cup hot water
1 1/4 cup milk
6 pinches sugar
1 1/2 tbsp (1 1/2 packet) yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt
5-6 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp rye flour
4 tbsp wheat flour
5 1/2 - 6 Cups white flour

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Entre Nous

Last Wednesday took us to Entre Nous, a nice little French bistro

Entre Nous
216 Stewart St
Seattle, WA 98101

I was in the mood for a croque madame, so instead of going back to where we'd been, I found this place on teh interweb, and suggested we try it.

Before we got to the croques, however, we tried the Pate de Campagne...good! And we also ordered some frites...good! (no hair, either! [see below])

Both Jacob and I ordered croque madames, and they were an eggy/bechamely bit of deliciousity. David went med and ordered the Sandwich Merguez - Mediterranean sausage made with lamb, beef and cumin. He was kind enough to let us try it, and by gosh...good!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Lunchbox Laboratory, revisited

Lunchbox Laboratory
7302 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

Not con
tent with our initial visit to The Lunchbox Laboratory, we decided a return was in order. This time, we created our own burgers, each opting for the "dork" (duck and pork) burger.

Liam: I decided on dork with pepper jack, bacon, mayo, and "Satan's Tears Habanero Ketchup" with a side of mac 'n' cheese. YUM! The burger was delicious and HUGE. I could not bring myself to finish it. The mac 'n' cheese was a basil mac 'n' cheese, and it was delicious as well.

I would say this was a little better experience than the first time. For one thing, it was nice and warm outside, so we sat outside instead of under the cold-blasting AC inside. Plus, the dork. Oh the wonderful dork. It really was something special.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Oh, the places we've been

Yes, to the 4-6 people who read this, we are lame. Sorry.
Here's a list of the places we've been since the last time we wrote:

Green Leaf Vietnamese
418 8th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

Awesomely delicious food. I think we both got something that involved eggs. At least one of us did.

Paseo Caribbean Restaurant
4225 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA

My favorite restaurant in Seattle. I (Liam) actually moved to the same neighborhood at one point so I could be closer to Paseo. Pork sandwich (hot!). Fish/shrimp/scallops in red sauce (hot!!!). Black beans (hot hot hot!). Midnight Cuban sandwich (hot!). I'm told even the tofu in red sauce is excellent. Needless to say I've never tried that.

Jade Garden
424 7th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

We wanted dim sum. I'd heard this place was good. Guess what. It is good! Not as good as King's Seafood in Vancouver. But then, what is?

Georgetown Truck Stop
5327 Denver Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

Cool place. Excellent food. A little shack-a-lack in Georgetown that has a few specials every day, and a smallish menu of breakfast (all day) and sandwiches. Super nice people run it. Really good. I think I had a pulled pork sandwich. It was shittin' good!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Le Pichet

Jacob: LWTB has been reunited back in Seattle this week. I nearly had a breakdown, but I managed to keep it together.

Le Pichet
1933 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

Oui, oui, you seely peeple and your want for the Fronch food!

Liam, Joe, and I went to Le Pichet today to have a pleasant dejeuner. Having enjoyed previously the Cafe Presse, we figured that its grandpère would be equally excellent. And we were not disappointed.

Yawn. Haaawwwrmmm. What? Hrrmmm? Quelle heure est-il?

Oooo La La!!

I had some yummy sausage-y things with grapes embedded in them, along with a fabulous beet salad and a soft-boiled egg. It was a very refreshing, delightful repast, and I'd definitely eat here anytime.

Liam: I had a delicious ham and gruyere quiche. It was the tallest piece of quiche I've ever had. It was very light and fluffy. Did I mention it was delicious?

We also shared some frites. With a nice mayo dipping sauce. Unlike Cafe Presse, though, these frites were of the hairless variety. I must admit I found that a bit disappointing. I was looking forward to hairy frites.

C'est magnifique!

Sadness is not filling.

Jacob: While Liam and Jeanette were laughing it up in France, I was not.

Cafe Triste
123 Rue Tears

Even pork can't make me happy.

Liam: Aw. Poor Jakey eating his pork with fingers and eating sticks. A word of thanks to you for directing me to one of the most interesting and delicious things I've ever eaten: Pied de Porc. It was yum!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

La Part des Anges

Liam: LWTB this week brings us across the pond. When I say "us" I of course mean Liam and Jeannette! I wasn't sure if I was going to do one this week, but then we went to a little tiny restaurant in Montmartre, and it was so good I just couldn't resist.

La Part des Anges
Bistrot à Vins
13 rue Chappe
01 46 06 69 80

You can't miss it!

Technically, it wasn't lunch. However, it was 2:15 pm in Seattle when we sat down to eat, so it was lunchtime somewhere. We had walked by this place earlier in the evening, and I had a good feeling about it. It's about the size of a small jail cell, so I knew I would like it. The place was packed, both inside and out (it had 3 tables on the sidewalk), so we had to wait half an hour for a table. When our table finally opened up, we had to wait for two chairs to show up. A woman came running from across the street, I think out of her apartment, with our two chairs. She may have been related to the chef/owner. We're not sure. There were only two people working in the restaurant, a waiter and a chef.

Chalkboard, kitchen, chef

Enough of the backstory, get to the food already, bitch!

Ok. The menu was just written in chalk on a black board. You could order sort of a package deal:
19.50 (euros) for one entree and one plat (or one plat and one dessert), or 7 euros per entree and 14 euros per plat. We opted for one entree and plat, plus one other entree.

Jeannette ordered her entree - Terrine de la mere "Micheline" - pork and chicken livers ground into a chunky paté. Oh my gosh, it was so delicious. Chunky and porky and livery and oh so good.

For my entree, I ordered Rilettes de crevettes au gingenbre et curry. Three little mounds of ground up shrimp with ginger and curry. The chef told us that he just kind of made it up. Since the weather was getting so warm, he wanted to make something light and refreshing. It was excellent! Just a hint of ginger and curry and it was very refreshing.

I could have stopped there, for sure, but no. For our main dish, which we shared, I ordered the Souris d'Agneau confite aux aromates. A bowl of gravy/confit with mashed potato, carrot, and a nice big yummy leg of lamb. The flavors were amazing...cardamom, cumin, herbes de Provence. Every bite was a little lamb-y/gravy-y/potato-y explosion in my mouth! The picture doesn't do it justice because my phone kinda sucks for taking pictures.

Deliciousness makes my glasses go all caddywumpus!

To top it off, we asked the waiter for a wine recommendation, and he brought us a Côtes du Rhone that was excellent!

We also decided to get dessert. It was strawberries and raspberries with cream, warmed in the oven. And again, really good!

10/10 I say. There was nothing bad about this meal. Nothing! I just wish Jacob could have enjoyed it with us, to make it an official LWTB meal.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Lunchbox Laboratory

Liam: This week we decided to try a place that we'd read a couple of reviews of, The Lunchbox Laboratory.

Lunchbox Laboratory
7302 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

The boys, about to commence lunching with.

Like I said, we had read a review of this place, and I for one was intrigued by the inclusion of "dork" (duck and pork) burgers on the menu. However, for this initial visit I decided to forego the dork, and ordered a burger off of the specials menu. Not really specials, per se, more like suggestions or recommendations. A nice touch, I realized, when I walked in further and tried to find something to order off the menu. There was too much. I wanted it all! So I ordered "The Fatty" - beef burger, havarti, bacon, and chipotle sauce. As my side I ordered the thin-cut fries with a side of sweet chili mayo.

not just whelmed....OVERwhelmed!

The Fatty

This was a big burger. I mean BIG. And tasty. I love big tasty burgers. One of the things which made my burger stand apart from most other burgers was the bun. It was really good. Not too bready so as to dry everything out, and it held together in spite of the sauce/weight/grease involved. YUM!

which bite first? I can't decide!

Next time I go, I am definitely ordering the dork, and tater tots, and I'd really like to try the mac 'n' cheese. Several folks in our group (we were joined today by David, Mark, Joe, and brand new LWTBer Atsuko, also the first girl to lunch with the boys). David accidentally got Mark's burger. Mark sent his back because he accidentally got David's burger. Joe and Mark ordered tater tots as their side, and they reported positively regarding the tots. Atsuko ordered mac 'n' cheese, and by all accounts it was tasty too!

mac 'n' cheese mac 'n' cheese mac 'n' cheese mac 'n' cheese

9/10 for me. I mean, I've had many a bad burger before, but boy this was a good'un. As an added bonus, my fries were hairless today!

Jacob: It was cool to have so many options for burger-ness, but it was genuinely overwhelming. I think I would have preferred to see a more "curated" and selective approach to the menu, instead of offering every possible burger in existence. It was kind of hard to make up your mind with a giant board of a zillion possibilities and an additional board of 10 specials. Maybe a more selective menu could be rotated out regularly, so people are inclined to come back and try the new specials.

The operation is pretty new and they seem to be working the kinks out. The crew is pretty friendly with an aging punk rock edge. There's limited seating inside, and the seats themselves are a bit awkward. If it's nice out, the outside seating is great. In fact, do go when it's nice out, because the ventilation system inside makes everything totally freezing. A little uncomfortable. But probably nice for the cooks.

My burger (which I forget the name of, since my eyes glazed over from the choice options), was really tasty and juicy. I got a side of fries, but I'm not a fan of fries that are too dry and these were. I should've gotten the tater tots. I tasted Joe's and they tasted especially good. I also got the Nestle Quik malt, which was decent and served in a Pyrex lab beaker.

About halfway through our meal the whole Laboratory kind of imploded. They're credit card machine didn't work, and then the phone died, and then something happened with the stove or something else, because the crew just shut the place down immediately and told several people in line that they unfortunately were closed because of technical difficulties. It was sort of amusing and sort of awkward (for me at least.) The staff seemed very frustrated. Hopefully they will get everything working smoothly, because it definitely is a good burger joint. I'd give the food an 8/10 and the service and overall dining experience a 6.5/10.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Café Presse

Jacob: For our thousands of fans, Liam and I have been lax. OK, I have been lax, but heck, I've been in NYC on vacation with my wife Sara and we've been having "Lunching with the Boys"-style awesomeness every day. And Liam's been in Vancouver winning some sort of Bronze medal in curling. And eating lots of good food, no doubt. So, please - we've had a good a excuse.

But back to last week's lunch. Café Presse.

Café Presse
1117 12th Avenue, Seattle

Café Presse and some dude.

Café Presse is owned by the folks that own Le Pichet and is, I gather, the informal vibe that Le Pichet was initially intended to have. Presse is very casual and feels like a combination of a funky Parisian cafe and your typical Seattle indie coffeeshop.

"Who is this freak taking pictures?"

Liam and I pared it down to us two, a meeting of the minds, the deciders, the Boys that Lunch. I ordered a cafe au lait and a croque monsieur. Liam ordered the croque madame. We also got a side of frites and the pork rillette paté.

Liam: Delicious. I decided to stay with last week's egg theme (hard-boiled eggs with chicken) and ordered the croque madame; basically a croque monsieur with an egg on top. YUM! First off, the croque monsieur part was excellent. The cheese (comté) was melted on top of and around the bread, and the jambon was in the middle. Really good. The sunny-side-up egg on top was just a bonus for an already excellent sandwich.

Madame Get In My Belly!

Spreadable pork. Yum.

Jacob: My meal was pretty excellent. The pork rillete spread was excellent, especially with the stone ground mustard. My croque monsieur was delicious, though I have to say that Liam's madame looked more tasty to me. Overall, I'd give give the meal an 8 out of 10. It's nice to have a decent french-ish lunch that is filling, not too expensive, and not precious. It was quite hearty and filling, but the addition of the pork rillete paté and its subtle yumminess was nice. I'm glad that we have Café Presse in Seattle.

Liam: The pork rillette was nice and smooth, but not moussey. There was a little bit of pork grain there, and it was delicious. The quarter-inch layer of fat on one side of the pork was just an added bonus. Served with stone ground and dijon mustard, it was hard to choose which one would be added. I tried to treat them as equals, but I think I may have preferred the dijon. The cornichons were a nice touch, and I got to eat all of them since Jacob "doesn't like pickles" (what's up with that? I may have to reconsider this whole LWTB thing).

mmmmmmmm...pork 'n' pickles

On to the pommes frites. We got ours with a little side of mayonnaise. This isn't your standard Best Foods/Hellman's (depending on which side of the Mississippi you live on) mayo, this was a (seemingly) home made mayo. It was more of a pinkish/peachy white than store-bought, and it was really good. The pommes frites were really good as well, in spite of the little clump of hair...sorry, two separate little clumps of hair we found in them. Did the hair stop us from eating the frites? No. Of course not. It was deep fried. I'm sure it was just as sanitary as the frites. Did I save the hair to show the waiter and try to get the frites for free? No. Darnit. I just threw it on the floor without thinking ahead. Oh well. I'd order them again, hopefully without the clumps of hair next time.

I'm saying 8/10 too. In spite of the hairy frites. My sandwich and the pork rillette was too delicious to say otherwise. And like I said, the frites were good, as was the dippin' sauce. And the price matched the quality of the food.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant

Liam: This week takes us to Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant.

Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant
2800 E Cherry St Ste A

Seattle, WA 98122-5007

(206) 322-8565

A Rock-Hewn Church in Lalibela.

This area of Seattle has many Ethiopian restaurants, but Jacob had been to Lalibela before, so he could vouch for it's goodness. Because of this, and because I'm quite fond of ethiopian food, I was pretty sure I was going to like eating here. Joining us today were friends Mark and Joe.

Hungry? Grumpy? The Living Dead?

Jacob: Apparently Lalibela used to be the capitol of Ethiopia a long long time ago, and sometime back in the 12th Century, the Ethiopian Christians living there carved these churches directly into the mountain rock. Look it up on the InTarNets - it's pretty amazing.

Liam: We sat down in the non-descript little place and Jacob went ahead and ordered for us. He ordered the vegetable plate, the Doro Wat, Zilzil Tibs and Yebeg Tibs. A nice 3 meat meal for us all to share, served on a big flat piece of spongy injera.

Zilzil Tibs.

What can I say. Everything was delicious. One thing about eating food that's so good is that there isn't much to say about it except it's effin' good! I suppose I could talk about the perfect balance of spices in the lamb, and the slight spicey burn of the chicken, but it would be me attempting to be a bullshitter. One nice touch to the Doro Wat were the two hard-boiled eggs that came with it. That whole chicken and egg thing happening right in front of you.

Silverware is for silly people.

One thing I love about this food is the lack of silverware, unless you count a piece of injera as your knife and fork. It's how food should be eaten...with fingers. My paws are going to smell like Ethiopia for the rest of the day, and that's good!

I'm going to give Lalibela a 9/10.

Jacob: Like Liam said, I had been here before -- many times, actually, so I knew what to expect. I hadn't been here in a while, though, and I was glad that it was still excellent. The Yebeg Tibs and Zilzil Tibs were absolutely excellent - I could eat that every day.

The Doro Wat I had never had before, and it was a bit awkward (but fine) to eat chicken drumsticks covered in yummy mysterious blackish gravy with your injera bread, but the hardboiled eggs were cool. It sounds weird, I guess, to say that, but I'm just not used to seeing whole peeled, hardboiled eggs in a big bowl of drumsticks and black gravy. It's like Easter...but not.

I would give Lalibela a 9 out of 10 as well, which is just as good in my book as perfect.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Skillet Street Food

Jacob: Today we stayed away from Pioneer Square and the tepid feasting options we were subjected to last week. Today we went to Skillet Street Food.

Skillet Street Food

Location and menu varies - see website for locations details

Liam and Skillet.

I had heard about this place from a friend of mine and I thought it was really intriguing. As you can see, the entire of Skillet is an Airstream trailer. It travels to different parts of the city, depending on the day. The food is gourmet grill food and sandwiches, and you have to either eat on the street or take it back to work/home with you.

The line was really long, but it felt like part of the experience. Besides, we had our friends Tim and David along with us, so it was fine.

Less talking. More eating.

I ordered the burger (grilled kobe-style beef, cambazola, bacon jam!, arugula, brioche bun, with handcut fries). I asked them if they'd cook it rare for me, since I like my meats dangerous, and the lady said the cooks would probably jump for joy to be able to cook a burger to a color other than grey.

Cooked to Perfection.

We all tried the poutine (just now I tried to look it up on the internet as "putain", but I have found that that is a very different word.), which was french fries with gravy and cheese curds mixed in - very rich and delightful. All in all, I give my meal an 9 out of 10. I think if I would have been a little more hungry, and my burger was a tiny bit bigger, I would have said a 10 out of 10.


Liam: I had the lemongrass pork, with ginger aioli and cole slaw, and I too got the poutine upgrade for my fries. I'll start with the poutine. It was delicious, don't get me wrong, but it wasn't the poutine I'm used to. I prefer a little bit more gravy, and my cheese curds on top instead of mixed in. To taste what I'm talking about (aboot?) head up to Belgian Frites on Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC. Of course I finished every last fry/curd/morsel of my poutine, so I'm not giving it bad marks on any account.

Now the pork. Mmmmm, pork! I loves me some pork, it's well known (HELLO! Bacon of the Month Club). And this pork was deliciously delicious! Lemongrassy, gingery, perfectly pulled and cooked. And the ginger aioli was fab. There were a couple of big hunks of lemongrass and ginger in the sandwich, which gave it a nice touch.

Deliciously delicious pork, oozing from my manos!

I would definitely eat here again, and soon! I need to try the burger, because it looks terrific. And it features 'bacon jam' which can only be good.

I'm saying 8/10, partly because I don't want to copy Jacob again, and partly because I'm being picky and asking for, nay, demanding, more gravy on my poutine. As I said to David, poutine contains 2 of my favorite things in foodville: gravy/dipping sauce and cheese. How can one go wrong?

The price was right, too. My meal was all of $10. Pork sandwich, poutine and a bottle of water.

The only negative comments we heard were regarding the size of the burgers. We are Americans, after all; our food must be big! I found the size of my pork sandwich to be more than adequate.

So hungry we are.

Bacon jam, being jammed into David's mouth.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Liam: We went to Tig.Asian.Tapas in Pioneer Square today.

614 1st Ave (between Cherry St & Yesler Way)
Seattle, WA 98104

Liam is sad.

The food was just ok. We ordered the bacon-wrapped-scallop-with-asparagus-spear-stuck-through-it- on-top-of-salad appetizer, and that was pretty good.

I ordered a bento box of pork katsu that was way overcooked and lukewarm. Nothing like overcooked pork with overcooked breading. Yum factor = "not so much". The california roll that came in the bento box was pretty mayonnaisey. I like mayo, but not in my california roll. Come to think of it, I don't really like california rolls that much. It also came with two fried (deeply, perhaps?) gyoza. Again, just ok. Lukewarm. And topping it all off was a nice iceberg lettuce salad featuring my favorite: thousand island dressing. ew. I dutifully ate a few bites of the salad, however, so as not to be all judgy without eveng trying it.


Jake ordered bibimbap that was ok, but also lukewarm. It had some spice to it though. Mayhaps he can be more specific about his meal and also can add pics of us "enjoying" our meal.

Jacob: Yeah, I heartily agree with what Liam says. The lukewarm-ness of the lunch was sort of bothersome. If it had been hot, or cold, that would have been fine, but lukewarm just sort of feels unhealthy, like the food had been sitting for a long time all plated up.


My Bibimbap was pretty good. I haven't eaten a lot of Korean food and the bulgogi beef was taste, but again, lukewarm. Liam's katsu was kind of gross, sort of like breaded chicken jerky.

So overall, I'd give it a 5 out of 10. It was fair. The service and food was fair. The price was high. I think it's no more Tig.Asian.Tapas for us.

Liam: Agreed. 5/10. And a bit pricey, indeed.

Monday, March 24, 2008


This will tell tales of our weekly lunching journeys. Our intent is to try a new place every week.