Archive | November, 2010

Sexy Feast: A Kiss of Ouzo, “Lolita”-like Lust

With food scientist Harold McGee in town this evening, I’m recalling his appearance at the recent Culinary Institute of America’s “Worlds of Flavor” conference, where he talked about the complexity of flavor. McGee mentioned sensations such as the sound food makes, but argued that aroma…

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Escape from Seattle: A Voracious Journey to Victoria

As skeptical as I was about going on a food-related trip to Whistler, I was even more skeptical about making a similar trip to Vancouver Island. I’d been to both places about fifteen years ago, but I figured that Whistler had probably evolved more. The…

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My Challenge to Din Tai Fung

Leave me breathless instead of brothless
Nearly seven months ago, on April 24, I broke the news that Din Tai Fung was coming to the Seattle area. My prediction came true:
“Knowing the food scene here, knowledge of Din Tai Fung’s arrival will be cause…

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Chef’s Tasting Menu Proof That This Is Not Your Father’s Canlis

So many in Seattle are atwitter with Canlis’ menu contest. And rightly so. In hiding 50 menus in 50 days (Sundays off, generally), Canlis is providing 50 lucky Seattleites the chance to dine (with a guest) at 1950s prices. It’s all part of Canlis’ 60th…

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Prize-Winnin’ Blazin’ Flashover Bacon Burger at Kidd Valley

I’ve been on a bit of a burger binge lately. Part of the reason: USA Today asked me to pick a best (though not necessarily the best) burger in Washington for a national feature. So I ate a few from around the state, and even…

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Sexy Feast: A Lesson About English Overcoats from a Japanese Bakery

Last weekend, I attended the 13th Annual Worlds of Flavor International Conference & Festival at the Culinary Institute of America’s Napa Valley campus. The theme was “Japan: Flavors of Culture,” and a team of 39 of Japan’s most talented chefs came to teach other chefs,…

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My First Report on “Japan: Flavors of Culture” Hits Serious Eats

Last weekend I had the privilege of attending the 13th Annual Worlds of Flavor International Conference & Festival at the Culinary Institute of America’s Napa Valley Campus. For only the second time in its history, the conference focused on the cuisine of a single country:…

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Crazy for Crabs and Enchanted by Chutney at Flying Fish

South Lake Union is the scene of Chef Christine Keff’s relocated Flying Fish restaurant. I went in for a tasting menu experience, expecting a series of small bites, but was blown away by a big, welcoming platter of crabs. Keff explained that she loves to…

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Sexy Feast: Canlis Teaches That Time and Technique Are Key in the Kitchen and the Bedroom

Behold the beauty of “Of Earth & Ocean,” one course from the new Autumn Tasting Menu at Canlis. The colors and forms of the dish are dazzling, so much so that I hesitated to take my first bite. But not for long. As expected, the…

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Iron Chefs galore at Culinary Institute’s Worlds of Flavor conference

While some are supping on sushi in Seattle, I’m down in the Napa Valley attending the Culinary Institute of America’s Worlds of Flavor International Conference & Festival, with this year’s theme being “Japan: Flavors of Culture.”
And while I was especially amused seeing Masaharu Morimoto…

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