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The Vegetarian Tasting Menu at Canlis – Throwing Down the Gauntlet

Asparagus

Back in 2010, I had the wonderful experience of staging at Canlis for a couple of weeks. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of dining there, Canlis is a legendary fine-dining institution in Seattle. It boasts spectacular views high above Lake Union, unmatched service that is always as friendly as it is …

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Sopes with Plantain, Zucchini and Two Sauces – Recipe

Sopes with Plantains and Two Sauces

In Mexico, there are a whole class of dishes called that are generally thought of as street food, though they may also be offered in smaller sizes as appetizers at restaurants. Most (all?) antojitos include a corn masa component, which may be thick or thin, topped, rolled or stuff, baked or fried, and can include …

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Crispy Yuba (Tofu Skin) Rolls – Recipe

Crispy Yuba Rolls

Yuba is a thin skin of tofu that is a byproduct of making soymilk. It is pulled in sheets off the top of the pot of boiling soymilk, much like the skin that forms on a pot of simmering cow’s milk. It can be made at home, but I’ve never tried. I buy mine from …

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Portland Pod People – A Food Cart Revolution

I’ve written previously about how Seattle is experiencing a resurgence of food carts. They have taken our culinary scene by storm, cooking up everything from Korean-Hawaiian tacos to poutine. What I didn’t understand until now is that comparing our food cart scene with Portland’s is like comparing a takeover of the middle-school student council with …

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Ubuntu Restaurant, Napa, CA – Restaurant Review

I first heard about Ubuntu when Chef Jeremy Fox won a Best New Chef award from Food and Wine in 2008. I was thrilled to hear that a restaurant was cooking vegetables at that level, and simultaneously despondent that I wouldn't be able to make it to Napa anytime soon. When Sarina and I planned …

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Volterra – Italian – Seattle (Ballard Neighborhood) – Capsule Restaurant Review

Confidence is an appealing quality in a restaurant, especially when it is backed up by execution. Volterra delivers both in spades. The menu, the staff, and the food all exhibit a quiet certainty that they can make terrific modern Italian food.

We started with a simple frisee salad with grated truffle cheese. The salad was dressed …

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Marination Mobile – Hawaiian / Korean Curb Cuisine – Restaurant Review – Seattle, WA

 

More groovy new street food in Seattle! Marination Mobile is prowling the streets, dishing up "Hawaiian and Korean curb cuisine". I'm presumably living right, because their Wednesday spot is right up the street from my work in Fremont (outside of Sound Scooters, at the same location that Skillet occupies on Thursday), so I've been able …

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