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

This week, Serious Eats also posts my story about the new Crumble & Flake Patisserie. An excerpt:
Neil Robertson stepped outside his new Crumble & Flake Patisserie on its first Saturday morning of operation and was surprised to see a line snaking half a block…

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Serious Eats: Nagi Golden Gai

This week, Serious Eats posts my story about ramen at Nagi Golden Gai. An excerpt:
The Nagi Golden Gai experience is fascinating—from the walk up and down the stairs, to the wait for a call through a tube, to the two types of noodles and…

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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.

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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

This time around, Serious Eats posts my article about Tokyo Ramen Street, and its eight ramen joints in one location. An excerpt:
Just one year ago, Tokyo Ramen Street opened in the First Avenue Tokyo Station retail center, which includes about 100 stores and restaurants….Eight…

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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

So…check it out: I’m doing some writing for the Serious Eats blog!
Last week, they picked up my “First Look” story on Ethan Stowell’s new Ballard Pizza Company. From the Serious Eats post:
Ballard Pizza Company is the first of Stowell’s planned Grubb Brothers restaurants,…

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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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