Archive | June, 2011

Finding Sex, Food, and Inspiration in La Figa

Over the years, I’ve had many inspiring moments in the world of sex. In Montreal, I saw Annie Sprinkle do a sex-positive solo performance called Sluts and Goddesses that included her “public cervix announcement.”
After speaking at the World Congress of Sexology in Amsterdam, I…

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The Mein Man: A Seinfeld-Style Order at Yoe’s Noodles

Dish: Tonkatsu Ramen
Place: Yoe’s Noodles, Bellevue
Price: $7.80
In the bowl: Ramen noodles, half of a hard-boiled egg, corn, thinly sliced green onion, mushrooms, and bean sprouts in tonkotsu broth.
Supporting cast: A plate with sliced tonkatsu, a lemon wedge, and some tonkatsu sauce…

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Oma Bap’s Bibimbap is So-So Bap

In Bellevue, Oma Bap is a new Korean restaurant in the midst of a grand opening celebration through tomorrow. “Inspired” is a word they tout, but I’m not quite feeling the inspiration.
Part of the problem is in the honesty that the food is “Korean…

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Sexy Feast: Uneeda Do It, Al Fresco Style

Seattle is experiencing a burger boom.
Among the best of the bunch is Uneeda Burger in Fremont.
Uneeda is a casual new eatery from Scott Staples of Restaurant Zoe and Quinn’s fame, so it’s fair to expect something slightly upscale, but still at an affordable…

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The Mein Man: Sober Thoughts About Drunken Noodles at Indochine

Dish: Drunken Beef Noodles
Place: Indochine Asian Dining Lounge, Tacoma (on Pacific Ave.)
Price: $13.95
On the plate: From the menu: “Tender marinated beef, rice noodles, bamboo shoots, onions, and bell peppers are sautéed with Thai basil and dressed in sweet soy sauce and rice…

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Sexy Feast: Riding the Rails of Pleasure at RN74

The big buzz around town is the opening of Michael Mina’s RN74 in downtown Seattle. In fact, dinner service starts tonight.
I was in last night for a sneak peek, and much of the talk was about the last bottle board. Crafted in the classic…

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The Mein Man: Counting Noodles at Kimchi Bistro

Dish: Job chae
Place: Kimchi Bistro, Capitol Hill
Price: $10.00
On the plate: Per the menu: “stir-fried potato noodles w/assorted veg and beef.”
Supporting cast: Banchan (including cabbage kimchi, bean sprouts, and daikon) and a small portion of rice.

What to do: Dig in, eating…

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Sexy Feast: Getting to the Meat of the Matter at Skillet Diner

While the previous Sexy Feast (in which I, somewhat prophetically, talked about covering up the weiner) celebrated the boom of food carts and trucks in Seattle, sometimes you just want to eat that food in a chair at a table.
That’s now possible with the…

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The Mein Man: Bloody Good Noodles at Spice Room

Dish: Guay tiow nua nom tok
Place: Spice Room, Columbia City
Price: $11.00
In the bowl: Per the menu: “rice noodles & rare beef in spicy rich broth,” but that’s not the end of the story.

Supporting cast: A tray with chili flakes, chili oil,…

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