Archive | May, 2012

The Mein Man: Huong Binh Bundles Thin Noodles in Banh Hoi

Dish: Banh Hoi Thit Nuong Place: Huong Binh, International District Price: $7.50 On the tray: A plate with “intricate” bundles of thin rice noodles garnished with ground shrimp and scallions, along with a choice of meat–in this case, skewers of the “famous” grilled pork. On…
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Serious Eats: Crumble & Flake Patisserie

When someone earns accolades as Pastry Chef of the Year for a bakery that's yet to even open, it's no surprise that said bakery would have long lines once it finally did.
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Serious Eats: Nagi Golden Gai

Charged recently with the responsibility of finding one unique ramen restaurant out of thousands in Tokyo, my research led me to Nagi Golden Gai. It was the style of ramen and the location that attracted me.
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Sexy Feast: Urbane Shows That Asparagus Is Germane to Sexual Play

Urbane, the restaurant at downtown’s Hyatt at Olive 8, is part of Hyatt’s national initiative called “Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served.” The initiative is “focused on sourcing and providing healthy food and beverage options for Hyatt guests and associates that are good for the local…
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The Mein Man: Chan Is a Cute Little Place with Little, Little Dishes

Dish: Buckwheat Noodle Salad Place: Chan, Downtown Price: $9.00 In the bowl: From the menu: “buck wheat noodle salad with mixed vegetables, hardboiled egg and spicy vinaigrette.” Those vegetables include shredded cabbage, red onion, cucumber, bean sprouts, kaiware (daikon sprouts), and maybe some microgreens. Supporting…
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Sexy Feast: Nell’s Serves Supper That Will Pump You Up for Sex

While Seattle Restaurant Week gave me the opportunity to try an “upscale” eatery at a discounted price (see last week’s Sexy Feast write-up of The Coterie Room, which showed how a quenelle of anise hyssop ice cream taught a lesson about spooning), it also let…
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Serious Eats: Tokyo Ramen Street

Eight of the best were invited to open at Tokyo Ramen Street, and the response has been stunning. Here's a look at the food and the overall scene.
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The Mein Man: Sub Sand Has Good Duck and Bad Utens

Dish: Bamboo Shoot Duck Noodle Soup Place: Sub Sand, International District Price: $7.99 In the bowl: Rice vermicelli noodles, bamboo shoots, fried shallots and peanuts, and Thai basil. Supporting cast/What to do: Along with your soup, you get a plate of cold duck pieces (on…
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Serious Eats: Ballard Pizza Company

Given his success elsewhere, why has Ethan Stowell just opened a pizza place, and why is he spending some of his precious weekend time tangled in pizza dough?
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Soujuan Serves a Classy Kaiseki Meal in Tokyo

(Food photos at the end of the post.)When people ask about my recent trip to Japan, I’ve been joking that during my short, eight-day stay, I enjoyed four bowls of ramen and survived one earthquake. Those four bowls of ramen are just scratching the surface…
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