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Review: Veil Restaurant, Seattle, WA

I really shouldn’t be writing a post tonight, I should be researching restaurants in Rome and Tuscany, or calling my old friend that I haven’t talked to in 6 months. Dinner at Veil was so inspiring I feel the need to get it all down in bytes before I can forget any details.

Although Veil had …

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Where to Eat in Israel (Jerusalem, Tel Aviv) and Italy (Rome, Florence, near Sienna)

The long anticipated sixth month sabbatical is now upon your loyal author! Starting Sept. 1 we’ll be traveling to Israel (Jerusalem, Tel Aviv) and Italy (Rome, Florence, and an agroturismo named Montesigliano near Sienna) for a month, and I plan to post lots of food pics from the road. I thought I’d interrupt our regularly …

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Review: Il Terrazzo Carmine, Seattle, WA

Things that will not happen to you at Il Terrazzo Carmine:

Your waiter will not try to upsell you to a more expensive wine or entree
Your waiter will not be either inappropriately familiar, nor will he or she be distant or hard to find when you need them
Your food will not involve foam, xanthan gum or …

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Braised Fennel – Recipe

Braising is something of a lost art, which is a shame because it isn’t at all difficult to do. Learn a couple of basic moves and you’ll be rewarded with a succulent, richly flavored, rustic dish that will have you and your guests mopping up every last bit of sauce.

A proper braise is composed of …

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Persian Sweets, Allergy Cards, and Virtual Carnivals

There are three unrelated things I want to talk about today. My challenge as an utterly unprofessional writer: segue between them so that you as innocent reader feel as if they are intimately connected.

Have you ever had Persian (aka Iranian) bakery treats? The Seattle area is home to the delightful Minoo Bakery at 12518 Lake …

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Review: Dinette Restaurant, Seattle, Washington

Sarina and I had dinner tonight at Dinette, on Seattle’s Capitol Hill in the space formerly occupied by the departed and lamented Green Cat Cafe. Dinette was much noticed when it first opened for chef Melissa Nyffeler’s collection of antique serving platters that grace the walls, the mismatched place settings, and her penchant for serving …

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Biscuits, Big Johns and Broccoli in Black Bean Sauce (A Very Fine Morning)

Fridays I often have some time alone with Mini-Me. Today we seem to have had an all food morning. This is good, we’re getting her up to speed young! First thing after she woke up, we made our favorite biscuits. Properly nourished and ready for adventure we headed off to Big John’s (aka Pacific …

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